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Congresswoman Introduces Resolution for Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (posted 6/12)

Posted: June 12, 2009

On Tuesday June 9th the American Chronicle reported on Congresswoman Barbara Lee's introduction of legislation supporting the goals and ideals of National Caribbean American HIV/Awareness Day which is recognized every year on June 8th.  The resolution seeks to encourage State and local governments and media organizations to publicize the importance of the day in their communities and encourage Caribbean American, Caribbean-born and all people in the United State to, educate themselves on the disease, know their status and undergo testing for HIV.  Additionally, the resolution supports the development of a National AIDS strategy with clear goals and objectives to reduce new HIV infections, particularly among communities of color.  To read the article click here .

ARRA Sources of Funding Available for Youth Ages 13-24 (posted 6/12)

Posted: June 12, 2009

The Office of Disability and Employment Policy has formulated a document to assisst with the mapping out and integrating of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (economic stimulus package) resources entitled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Overview of Sources of Funding Available for Direct Services to Youth Ages 13-24 .  To download the document click here .

Minority Health Issues Discussion at Whitehouse (posted 6/11)

Posted: June 11, 2009

Kaiser Health News reports on a discussion held Wednesday June 10th at the Whitehouse between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House Health Czar Nancy Ann DeParle concerning minority health issues.  According the Associated Press, during the discussion Sebelius "said the Obama administration is committed to addressing the 'alarming disparity in the delivery of quality health care'," which she said was necessary to lower costs.  To read the news article from Kaiser Health News click here .

At this discussion Secretary Sebelius released a new report on health disparities in America.  The report entitled Health Disparities: A Case for Closing the Gap highlights some of the glaring disparities that exist in the current health system.  To view the report at click here .

State-by-State Health Disparities Among Women (posted 6/10)

Posted: June 10, 2009

The Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on Wednesday June 10th outlining the persistence of disparities on 25 indicators between white women and women of color on a state-by-state basis.  The report entitled Putting Women’s Health Care Disparities on the Map: Examining Racial and Ethnic Disparities at the State Level found that, among different racial and ethnic groups, American Indian and Alaska Native women had among the worst outcomes on many health indicators, often twice as high as white women.  At the same time, the report reveals tremendous variation among states within racial and ethnic groups.  The report moves beyond national figures to quantify where disparities are greatest, providing new information to help determine how best to combat the problem. The analysis also provides new state-level data for women of many racial and ethnic populations that are often difficult to obtain.  For more information click here .

To listen to the NPR interview of Cara James, co-author of the study, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan click here .

Focal Point: Youth Empowerment and Participation in Mental Health Care (posted 6/9)

Posted: June 09, 2009

The new issue of the Research and Training Center (RTC) in Portland's semi-annual publication Focal Point is now available online.  The Summer 2009 issue entitled, Youth Empowerment and Participation in Mental Health Care , highlights a number of successful and innovative efforts to promote youth voice and youth empowerment. Many of the articles are authored by or include contributions from youth who are directly involved in the featured programs.  Click here to download the full publication from the RTC website.

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