News & Announcements
New Anti-Suicide Campaign Solicits Help From Peers, Families of At-Risk Native Youth
Posted: November 06, 2011
Alaska tops the nation in suicides, and the highest rate is among young native men. A new prevention campaign called “Lead the change: Speak. Connect. Act.” isn't aimed directly at potentially suicidal youth, but rather at the people who love them. It comes from the Southcentral Foundation, the non-profit health care affiliate of regional Native corporation Cook Inlet Region Inc.
"We're reaching out to family members, friends, trusted adults, people that are around youth that are willing to help and speak, connect, act about suicide prevention," said Amanda Murdock, a clinical associate with Southcentral Foundation. "We really want people to be comfortable with warning signs and ways to help." Native youth are being trained to recognize and respond to actions indicating that peers might kill themselves. "I know I have the skill and ability to help somebody if they have thoughts of suicide, and I could point a friend or a classmate in the right directions for the right resources," said Caitlin Stewman. "And I could help bring them to a better place by giving them hope."
In fact, the campaign itself was largely shaped by youth. "We wanted to get the voice straight from our youth,” said Amber Latham, a clinical associate supervisor with the foundation. We didn't want to just come up with something for them. We asked them questions -- 'what do you think would make a difference for your peers, a positive difference?' So this is what they came up with."
Read more on the KTVA CBS 11 Alaska website.
Refugee and Immigrant Youth and Bullying in Schools
Posted: November 04, 2011
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS) fourth part of their publication Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel focusses on bullying (pdf). The document is structured as Frequently Asked Questions and defines immigrant bullying as "bullying that targets another's immigrant status or family history of immigrantion in the form of taunts and slurs, derogatory references to the immigrantion process, physical aggression, social manipulation, or exclusion because of immigration status". Some of the questions addressed in the document include:
In the end the document lists best practices and their adaptation for schools with refugee/ immigrant students. The document also lists various anti-bullying programs being used specifically for refugee/ immigrant children, these include: A curriculum and video from the Colorado Trust called "Creating a Refuge from Bullying"; the "Unity Project" which works closely with schools to assess isues of bias and harassment and collaborate with schools to offer workshops and programs; and the International Rescue Committe which uses classroom dialogues to facilitate conversations between refugee and US-born youth on bullying, as well as role plays to help students explore non-violent ways of gaining respect.
View BRYCS' list of highlighted resources on bullying.
African-American Women More Likely Than Men to Stick with Substance Abuse Counseling
Posted: November 02, 2011
A new study entitled Motivational enhancement therapy for African American substance users: A randomized clinical trial, finds African-American women are more likely than men to stay with a type of substance abuse counseling called Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). However, the women’s substance abuse issues continued.
The study compared MET with usual counseling for substance abuse among 194 African-American men and women who were seeking outpatient substance abuse treatment. “The idea of Motivational Enhancement Therapy is for counselors to help patients build motivation and strengthen commitment to behavior change,” lead researcher LaTrice Montgomery of the University of Cincinnati said in a news release. MET is designed to address patients’ ambivalence about substance abuse treatment, she said. MET uses exercises to help patients examine the pros and cons of substance abuse, Montgomery explained. “A patient discusses what he or she considers the ‘pros’ of substance use, such as drinking alcohol to reduce anxiety, but despite its ability to help reduce the patient’s anxiety, the patient might also acknowledge that heavy drinking negatively influences their interpersonal relationships,” she said.
Call for Measures: Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Consensus Standards
Posted: November 02, 2011
The Healthcare Disparities and Cultural Competency Consensus Standards project seeks to expand on the National Quality Forum's (NQF) previous work where a set of criteria to evaluate disparities-sensitive measures was identified and 35 disparity-sensitive measures for the ambulatory care setting were endorsed (National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Ambulatory Care – Measuring Healthcare Disparities). The current 2011 project began with a commissioned paper, which provided guidance to NQF regarding the selection and evaluation of disparity-sensitive quality measures, outlining the methodological issues with disparities measurement, and identifying cross-cutting measurement gaps in disparities. The commissioned paper and this project are specifically focused on disparities for racial and ethnic minority populations. The Call for Measures is open through January 18, 2012 at 6:00pm ET.
Call for Measures:
In this call, NQF is seeking to identify and endorse performance measures for public reporting and quality improvement in the following areas;
For example, NQF is seeking:
Read more about the project on the NQF website.
Final Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language Published
Posted: November 01, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Oct. 31, 2011, published final standards for data collection on race, ethnicity, sex, primary language and disability status, as required by Section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act. The law requires that data collection standards for these measures be used, to the extent practicable, in all national population health surveys. They will apply to self-reported information only. The law also requires any data standards published by HHS comply with standards created by the Office of Management and Budget. Proposed standards were published on June 29, 2011, and public comments were accepted until August 1, 2011. The standards, effective upon publication, apply to population health surveys sponsored by HHS, where respondents either self-report information or a knowledgeable person responds for all members of a household. HHS will begin implementation of these new data standards in all new surveys and at the time of major revisions to current surveys.