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Multicultural PSA Campaigns Win International Innovation Award (posted 7/22)

Posted: July 21, 2010

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The Global Accelerator Award™ has been awarded to the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Ad Council and the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED), for culturally targeted public service announcements (PSAs) across the United States to “promote recovery from mental health problems within multicultural communities by educating and inspiring young adults to talk openly about issues of mental health.” The PSAs are part of a major multicultural outreach campaign for Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Chinese American, and African American communities during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Congratulations to SAMHSA, the Ad Council and the NNED Multicultural Steering Committee!

Winners of the Global Accelerator Award are organizations or people who have helped propel into action an idea that holds the promise of dramatically improving patient care and human health throughout the world. The Accelerator Award is based on an Innovation Cell methodology that analyzes which organizations or people have put an idea or strategy into action that has generated significant positive “buzz” or “chatter” on the World Wide Web – notably, on patient-led blogs and social networking sites. The Global Accelerator Award is powered by the Health Strategy Innovation Cell based at Massey College at the University of Toronto. The Innovation Cell specializes in capturing real-time global healthcare intelligence – to understand the needs, wants and preferences of patients and caregivers around the world through their website My Health Innovation. The Cell works to listen to people online and help launch their health ideas into action.



Campaign To Raise Awareness About Mental Health in Multicultural Communities Launched (posted 7/21)

Posted: July 21, 2010

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Ad Council, launched a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign to promote recovery from mental health problems within multicultural communities by educating and inspiring young adults to talk openly about issues of mental health. The culturally targeted PSAs seek to motivate societal change toward social acceptance and decrease negative attitudes that may surround mental illness. These PSAs are part of a larger multicultural public service effort designed to reach Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Chinese American, and African American communities during Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The Center for Mental Health Services Office of Consumer Affairs worked with the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) to develop messages that were culturally informed, meaningful, appealing and acceptable, and utilize means of messaging that have the greatest potential to penetrate and connect with culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse communities. The NNED National Facilitation Center convened a Multicultural Steering Committee (MCSC) comprised of ethnically and racially diverse experts and consumer leaders in the field. "Raising awareness that effective treatments for mental illnesses are available and that people recover, can encourage those in need to seek help," said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "Our goal with this campaign is to open the dialogue about supporting friends or family members with mental health problems in a culturally relevant way."

Each targeted PSA includes a website where consumers can go to find resources and download the PSAs:



National HIV Strategy Focuses on Eliminating Health Disparities (posted 7/21)

Posted: July 21, 2010

On Tuesday, July 13, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Office of National AIDS Policy Director Jeffrey Crowley, and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh unveiled the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) during a live briefing from the White House. NHAS is a comprehensive plan focused on:

  1. Reducing the number of people who become infected with HIV,
  2. Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV, and
  3. Reducing HIV-related health disparities.

The plan will serve as a roadmap for policymakers, partners in prevention, and the public on steps the United States must take to lower HIV incidence, get people living with HIV into care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities. For more information and to watch a recording of the briefing click here. To watch a recording of President Obama's comments on NHAS click here.

Secretary Sebelius also announced that $30 million of the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention Fund will be dedicated to the implementation of the NHAS. This funding will support the development of combination prevention interventions. It will also support improved surveillance, expanded and targeted testing, and other activities.


Resources:

 

National HIV/AIDS Strategy



New Data on Children of Immigrants (posted 7/21)

Posted: July 21, 2010

The Urban Institute has produced a new research brief that focuses on the family circumstances of children of immigrants. This brief is the second in a series that profiles children of immigrants using up-to-date Census data and other sources. The first brief highlighted the fast growth of the immigrant population and the increase in children of immigrants, along with important demographic trends. The current publication describes the family circumstances of children of immigrants, including family structure and parental employment. For more information click here. To download the brief click here.



Presentation on Cultural Competence and the Elimination of Disparities (posted 7/18)

Posted: July 19, 2010

To learn more about disparities in mental health care and the need for culturally and linguistically competent care, view these presentation slides from Dr. Larke Huang's presentation at the Georgetown University Cultural and Linguistic Competence Pre-Institute training session.  Dr. Huang, Ph.D., Office of the Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided an overview of the emerging data on disparities in health care, and specifically in behavioral health, and pointed to some current opportunities that communities can engage in to help eliminate these disparities.  Utilizing a Social Determinants of Health framework, Dr. Huang pointed to the importance of data collection. Additionally, Dr. Huang provided an overview of the opportunities to eliminate disparities present in Health Care reform and discussed several Health and Human Service Administration initiatives, including the Health Disparities Council, to address disparities in behavioral health care. To download the presentation slides click here (2.9MB). For more information on the Georgetown University Pre-institutes click here.



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