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Remembering Mareasa Isaacs: Early Contributor to the NNED

Posted: September 18, 2012

Mareasa Isaacs, PhD, passed away on Sunday, August 26th at her home after a brief illness. Dr. Isaacs was an early supporter of and contributor to the NNED. She co-authored the original NNED Blueprint that outlines the rationale for the NNED in the context of behavioral health disparities, the core principles and values that guide NNED interactions, and priority areas for the NNED. Her work and passion continues on through the work of the NNED.

Read a tribute to Dr. Isaacs on the Children's Mental Health Network.

Not Another Life to Lose: Suicide Prevention Issue of National Council Magazine

Posted: September 18, 2012

In a nation where there is a suicide every 15 minutes, how can we more effectively engage and intervene with those who experience such pain and despair that they plan to take their lives? “Not Another Life to Lose,” the special issue of National Council Magazine, offers answers from the leaders in the field and from those like who have suffered, survived, and inspired others through their stories of resiliency and courage.

The magazine has a section on special populations and includes the following articles:

  • Shattering the Black Suicide Myth
  • A Legacy of Strength: Changing the Tide Among American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Older Adults: Changing the Alarming Statistics
  • Coming Out of the Closet: Unearthing the Facts on LGBT Suicide
  • Reversing the Culture of Suicide in Rural America: Advantage Primary Care
  • Culture Shock: Latina Teens Face Suicide Risk

The magazine also features an infographic -- “Suicide in America”, that promotes awareness and prevention. The infographic provides suicide rates by age, race and gender, it also provides data on populations at highest risk and those that need focused intervention. It is available to share across social media and on the web.

Read the complete magazine (pdf). Download the infographic.

Knowledge for Equity Conference: Using Data to Promote Health Equity & Address Disparities

Posted: September 17, 2012

The National Knowledge For Equity Conference will be held Nov. 13-14, 2012 in Silver Spring, MD. Designed to help community-based organizations better understand how to access, analyze and use existing national, state and local data, the conference will include workshops, breakout sessions and presentations. Register now!

Workshop and Session Topics:

  • Measuring and reporting disparities in social determinants of health;
  • Using data for strategy development and improvement;
  • Forming data collaboratives and partnerships;
  • Using data for public education;
  • Federal resources for data;
  • Town hall meeting: How the federal government can do more to improve access and use of data by community based efforts;
  • How to find out what works; and
  • Opportunities to learn from community groups from around the country.

Audience:  The Conference is primarily for members of community-based efforts (coalitions, grassroots organizations, etc.) and nonprofit organizations that use data to advance their health equity or health disparities work. The conference is open to anyone who is using data to address health disparities and is willing to learn and share their experience with others.

Travel Reimbursement Available for Community-Based Organizations. Funding is available to reimburse attendees for their travel. The travel reimbursement, which includes a waiver of conference costs, will be available to representatives of grassroots organizations, coalitions, and non-profit organizations. Priority will be given to organizations with annual budgets under $500,000. For more information about the travel reimbursements and to pre-register for the conference please go to K4E Pre-registration Form.

Learn more about the conference. View conference agendaRegister now!


National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15, 2012

Posted: September 17, 2012

The National Hispanic Heritage Month is commemorated each year between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, this year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit”. The month is a time for celebrating the many ways that Hispanic people and culture have enriched America. It is also a time to remember that our work to close the access to health gap and to improve the health status of Latinos is not done. Throughout the month, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) will share information and resources designed to empower, educate and inform. Check out the website and follow OMH on Twitter in English and now in Spanish to get the latest information.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Multicultural Action Center has a number of resources for Latinos, which include:

Access resources on the Multicultural Action Center website. Visit the Office of Minority Health website.

Improving HIV Surveillance Among American Indians and Alaska Natives

Posted: September 15, 2012

The Federal Implementation Plan for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy specifically encourages improved surveillance to better characterize HIV among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), in proposed action steps to address the Strategy goal of reducing new HIV infections. The Implementation Plan calls for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide state health departments that have high concentrations of AI/AN populations with recommendations on effective HIV surveillance activities. Five areas for improvement of HIV surveillance among AI/AN were identified from literature reviews and discussions with staff in the jurisdictions:

  • Ascertainment of HIV infection
  • Reporting of diagnoses to surveillance
  • Identification of the race/ethnicity of reported cases
  • Effectiveness of data presentation in surveillance reports
  • Dissemination of AI/AN surveillance data. 

The literature review, focus groups and key informant interviews also identified action steps to improve HIV surveillance among AI/AN including:

  • Routine or periodic linkage of HIV surveillance data to other databases, such as tribal membership rolls or the IHS National Patient Registration System to correct race/ethnicity misidentification;
  • Combining several years of data and reporting AI/AN-specific data rather than subsuming these data under an “other” race/ethnicity category;
  • Working through a Tribal Liaison, Indian Health Board, or Tribal Epidemiology Center to identify data needs of AI/AN Tribes, communities, and non-governmental organizations;
  • Accommodating these data needs through analysis of surveillance data by zip code or county to approximate the boundaries of tribal lands or communities; and
  • Establishing formal and informal agreements, including provisions for data sharing to ensure that data reach those empowered to use them for public health action in AI/AN communities.

Read the full report (pdf).

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