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Black AIDS Institute Interview with AIDS Czar (posted 12/4)

Posted: December 04, 2009

This fall, Jeffrey Crowley, director of the Obama Administration's Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), traveled with his team to a dozen cities across the country, seeking opinions about how to reduce HIV infections and improve the quality of healthcare and support services available to people living with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to these White House-sponsored discussions (see list of locations where these meetings took place), "unofficial" grassroots town-hall meetings were held from Dallas to New Orleans to Detroit.  Input was also solicited on the ONAP website.  As the official community discussions drew to a close, the Black AIDS Institute spoke with Crowley about what his office has learned about HIV/AIDS in Black America through these discussions and the next steps needed to create the National HIV/AIDS Strategy that President Obama has promised.  Click here to read the interview.



New SAMHSA Co-Occuring and Homeless Activities Branch Website (posted 12/3)

Posted: December 03, 2009

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the availability of a new website to help SAMHSA grantees, health professionals and the public address problems of homelessness and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

The website, Co-Occurring and Homeless Activities Branch (CHAB), features an on-line library of tools that are designed to advance the field and improve the effectiveness of prevention, treatment and recovery programs operated by SAMHSA's CHAB and other service providers.

The CHAB website provides a platform for creating an interactive community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and public agencies at federal, state, and local levels working to prevent and treat homelessness and co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders.

The website also provides users with the opportunity to read interviews with experts, engage in social networking, interface with others to exchange information about effective approaches to common problems, and learn about upcoming events.  The CHAB site integrates Web 2.0 functions for facilitating information sharing and other activities. 

 



Journal Articles on HIV Care and Minorities (posted 11/30)

Posted: November 30, 2009

The most recent issue of Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved includes three articles focusing on race/ethnicity and HIV care. 

The first article entitled Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Survival among HIV-Infected Patients in Care focuses on disparities in survival rates among HIV patients in minority communities.  The study found that compared to other racial/ethnic groups African Americans had lower survival rates.  The authors concluded that more research into the biological, behavioral, sociocultural, and healthcare delivery reasons for persistent racial disparities in HIV infection is needed in order to better address them.  To download the study click here.

The second article entitled The Impact of Acculturation on Utilization of HIV Prevention Services and Access to Care Among an At-Risk Hispanic Population investigates how acculturation influences access to HIV prevention and related services.  The study found that Hispanics who have low levels of acculturation (limited English proficiency, born outside of the United States and have been in the United States less than 10 years) are at greater risk for HIV infection, are less likely to get tested for HIV, and less likely to access health care services.  Based on these results, the authors recommend developing HIV prevention programs that include an emphasis on outreach efforts to monolingual Spanish speakers and the undocumented.  Additionally, they recommend that services provide education on how to navigate the US health care system, and provide access to Spanish language hotlines and confidential HIV testing and counseling sites.  To download the study click here.

The third article entitled Sources and Types of Social Support that Influence Engagement in HIV Care Among Latinos and African Americans examines the types of support systems that HIV patients in African American and Latino communities seek out.  The study found that patients relied on health care providers to sustain engagement and maintenance in HIV health care, but that when needing general support for daily living, they were more likely to turn to family and friends.  Based on these results the authors recommend that health care providers and HIV organizations work to understand how HIV-positive African Americans and Latinos interact with these respective sources of support and to have clear means of communicating the needs of clients up and down the chains of support, including to family and friends who tend to provide support for general subsistence.  To download the study click here.



Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP (posted 11/30)

Posted: November 30, 2009

The Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a new brief entitled Progress Enrolling Children in Medicaid/CHIP: Who is Left and What are the Prospects for Covering More Children? that examines the five million children that are eligible for CHIP but remain uninsured. 

According to new coverage estimates released in September 2009, the number of children without health insurance coverage declined by about 800,000 between 2007 and 2008—reaching its lowest level in over a decade.  However, despite this progress, an estimated 5 million children are eligible for programs like Medicaid or CHIP, but are not enrolled—falling through the cracks in most states.  This brief examines the characteristics of the children who remain uninsured and the prospect for enrolling them in public coverage.  While many states have adopted a host of policy changes aimed at increasing participation over the last decade, barriers to enrolling more children still exist.  The authors cite research showing over 90 percent of low-income parents say they would enroll their uninsured child if their child was eligible, but around half do not know their child is eligible, do not know how to apply, and/or find the application process difficult.  For more information click here. To download the brief click here.



AIDS.gov Celebrates World AIDS Day (posted 11/24)

Posted: November 24, 2009

AIDS.gov is celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1st by utilizing social networking technology.  Help AIDS.gov spread the word by taking your photo with a red ribbon and posting it on their Flickr group, or post something on your Twitter account using the hashtag #WAD09, or simply change your social network profile picture and status.  Find out how else you can take action to spread the word about World AIDS Day with AIDS.gov by clicking here



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