News & Announcements

Health Impact Project Grant (posted 10/27)

Posted: October 27, 2009

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and The Pew Charitable Trusts have launched a new national initiative to help people lead healthier lives and create healthier, safer communities.

The Health Impact Project will promote the use of health impact assessments to incorporate health into decisions made by sectors—such as transportation, planning, education or housing—that do not traditionally focus on health outcomes. Health impact assessment (HIA) is a flexible, data-driven approach that identifies the health consequences of public policies, programs and projects, and develops practical strategies to improve health and minimize adverse effects. HIAs bring together relevant public input and available data and use a range of analytic methods to provide science-based information that can help decision makers understand the health implications of proposed policies, project and programs, and make better-informed choices that avoid unintended harm and unexpected costs.  For more information click here.

New Demographic Profiles of U.S. Hispanics ?By Country of Origin (posted 10/22)

Posted: October 22, 2009

The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, released five demographic profiles of Hispanic populations in the United States by country of origin: Guatemalan, Colombian, Honduran, Ecuadorian and Peruvian.  These five profiles follow the release earlier this year of demographic profiles for the five largest Hispanic populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran, and Dominican.
The profiles of the ten largest Hispanic populations in the U.S. describe the demographic, employment and income characteristics of each group. Characteristics of each group are also contrasted with the characteristics of all Hispanics and with the U.S. population overall.  The profiles are based on the Center's tabulations of the Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey (ACS). ?? The view the demographic profiles from the Pew Hispanic Center website click here.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health Resources (posted 10/19)

Posted: October 19, 2009

Two NEW GLBTQI Recovery and Community Integration Resource Guides were developed by the UPenn Collaborative on Community Integration and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) with feedback and guidance from focus groups conducted by the authors with the Pink & Blues support group (Philadelphia) and the NAMI GLBT Leaders Group.

"A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know"
A 12-page colorful booklet covering a range of key issues in mental health recovery and community integration, such as treatment and rehabilitation, financial support, housing, employment, and peer support, with specific information to address the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (GLBTQI) individuals with a mental illness. The resource guide includes:

  • Information and Helpful Services for Achieving Recovery and Community Integration
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation Tips
  • Suggestions for Accessing Services in Housing, Employment, Socialization, and Peer Support
  • Self-Help and Advocacy Information


"GLBTQI Mental Health: Recommendations for Policies and Services"
This companion guide provides important considerations for service providers and policy makers, including an assessment of the barriers faced by individuals in the GLBTQI community who are seeking mental health care and practical strategies to address these obstacles. The information is based on both a growing body of literature on the topic and the focus groups conducted by the authors and includes:

  • Strategies to Address Barriers and Provide Supports for Promoting Recovery and Community Integration
  • Recommendations for Policy Makers and Providers
  • Resources for Service Providers, Policy Makers and Advocates

Click here to view the resources on the NAMI website.

Red Cross Report on American Somoa (posted 10/19)

Posted: October 19, 2009

The Red Cross Disaster Partner Services has published its third report on American Somoa since the earthquake.  The report highlights a high rate of child trauma and reports work to provide mental health counseling for children.

To download the report, click here.

White House Executive Order on AAPI issues (posted 10/19)

Posted: October 19, 2009

On Wednesday, October 14, President Obama signed an Executive Order restoring the White House Advisory Commission and Interagency Working Group to address issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. At the East Room ceremony, the President also observed Diwali, or the “Festival of Lights,” a holiday celebrated across faiths.

Click here to read more.


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