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Web-based Substance Abuse Detection Tool for Physicians (posted 5/7)

Posted: May 07, 2009

On April 20, 2009 the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) introduced a toolkit that gives medical professionals tools and resources to screen their patients for substance abuse.  This NIDAMED toolkit includes an interactive website including a screening tool and resource guide to help primary care physicians screen patients for substance abuse during routine office visits.  The online screening tool is an interactive Web site that guides clinicians through a short series of questions and, based on the patient's responses, generates a substance involvement score that suggests the level of intervention needed. NIDAMED also includes an online resource guide with detailed instructions on how to implement the screening tool, discuss screening results, offer a brief intervention and make necessary referrals. In addition, a quick reference guide has been developed to serve as a prompt to medical professionals to initiate screening. This abbreviated guide provides a snapshot of the NIDA-modified ASSIST, briefly summarizing the questions, scoring and next steps. To access this new toolkit click here .



Early Education Opportunities for Hispanic Children (posted 4/30)

Posted: April 30, 2009

This issue of Social Policy Report published by the Society for Research in Child Development entitled Early Education Opportunities for Children of Hispanic Origins makes recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in education based upon the fact that young hispanic children are the largest racial/ethnic group in the U.S., as well as the youngest and fastest growing.  The article attempts to address the under-education of racial minorities, specifically Hispanic youth because they provide a unique opportunity based upon their linguistic profile by offering recommendations for the federal government including: ensuring that there are a higher number of culturally knowledgeable preschool and early elementary teachers proficient in both English and Spanish, continuing to explore more dual-language programs, and expanding the scope of databases developed to assess student performance.  To download the publication click here .



Federal Economic Stimulus Legislation - Nonprofit Grant Opportunities (posted 4/29)

Posted: April 29, 2009

The National Council of Nonprofits has prepared a report analyzing the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation, summarizing the major spending and tax cut provisions and identifying potential grant opportunities for nonprofits.  To download the report from their webiste click here .



RWJF Releases Report on Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities (posted 4/16)

Posted: April 16, 2009

Initimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recommendations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released a report on April 7, 2009 identifiying Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) as a widespread costly and complex social problem nationwide with serious health and safety implications.  The RWJF partnered with the Family Violence Prevention Fund to produce this publication that provides an overview of IPV from a variety of standpoints and offers recommendations and summaries for future work and funding efforts surrounding this issue.

Click here to go to the website.

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Ethnic Minority Affairs Office Releases Journal on Health Disparities (posted 4/16)

Posted: April 16, 2009

Communique
Special Issue: Psychological & Behavioral Perspectives on Health Disparities

In March 2009 the American Psychological Association's Ethnic Minority Affairs Office released their semi-annual news journal Communique.  This issue, entitled Psychological and Behavioral Perspectives on Health Disparities, provides an overview of health disparities and how they are manifested across different populations and different health outcomes.  Events related to eliminating health disparities and further resources are also identified.  For more information click here .

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