News & Announcements Celebrates World AIDS Day (posted 11/24)

Posted: November 24, 2009 is celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1st by utilizing social networking technology.  Help 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 by clicking here

New Social Policy Report Brief on Hispanic Children (posted 11/23)

Posted: November 23, 2009

The Society for Research in Child Development has released an issue brief on young Hispanic children and their academic performance.  The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is an interdisciplinary  organization of scientists that releases a Social Policy Brief Report quarterly.  The most recent report entitled Young Hispanic Children: Boosting Opportunities for Learning presents facts on Hispanic youth and their academic performance in comparison to other populations and provides recommendations for ensuring the academic success of this population.  To download the issue brief click here.  To download other Social Policy Brief Reports click here.


Bill to Improve Access to Behavioral Telehealth Services in Rural Communities (posted 11/20)

Posted: November 20, 2009

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) this month introduced a bill to improve access to telemedicine and behavioral telehealth services in rural communities.  The Rural Telemedicine Enhancing Community Health (TECH) Act of 2009 (S. 2749) would establish three pilot projects in rural and underserved areas of the country to provide telehealth services and analyze their cost-effectiveness and clinical outcomes.  One of the pilot projects will be specifically for the provision of behavioral health services, with the aim of improving rural patients’ access to services and expanding collaborative and integrated models of care delivery.  The other two projects will focus on chronic diseases and treatment of stroke patients, respectively.  The Rural TECH Act of 2009 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, where it is awaiting a hearing.

Health Reform and Communities of Color (posted 11/20)

Posted: November 20, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) and the Kaiser Family Foundation have released separate publications addressing health care reform and health disparities. 

ACMH's publication entitled Ensuring that Health Care Reform Will Meet the Health Care Needs of Minority Communities and Eliminate Health Disparities: A Statement of Principals and Recommendations provides recommendations and guiding principles for health care reform to ensure that health care will meet the needs of minority communities, and create the impetus and infrastructure to eliminate health disparities/inequities. To download the publication click here.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an issue brief that examines some of the key provisions of health reform legislation that are likely to have a significant impact on people of color and also highlights the specific provisions of the proposed legislation that focus on health disparities.  These provisions include efforts to expand access to health coverage through Medicaid expansions and health exchanges, as well as workforce development, expansions of community health centers and several specific disparities provisions.  For more information click here.  To download the issue brief click here.

CDC HIV Incidence Data (posted 11/20)

Posted: November 20, 2009

The CDC has released the State of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, HIV Incidence in the United States that provides partners with an interactive, visual method of explaining and presenting HIV incidence data. This project was conceived based on feedback from partners who expressed a desire to have CDC data in a more accessible, visual way. This specific module portrays HIV incidence data from 2006, the most recent year for which those data are available. It allows the user to visualize the data by transmission categories, as well as by race/ethnicity and to overlay those two categories to gain a clearer picture of the groups most affected by HIV in the United States. To access the data click here.

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