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Health Care Reform Tool Kit for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (posted 8/1)

Posted: August 01, 2009

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) has released a toolkit to help communities build support for quality affordable health care benefiting Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. This toolkit describes many ways that individuals can get involved and provides some background information and talking points to help communities prepare.  However, the APIAHF emphasizes that the talking points included do not represent all of the issues that affect AA and NHPI communities, nor do they represent all of the issues that will be addressed in health care reform.  The talking points that have been included are issues that have been identified by APIAHF as relevant to most of the work that they do as an organization on a daily basis. Click here to download the toolkit from from the APIAHF website.

The APIAHF is hosting a webinar on Tuesday August 4th at 3pm ET to explain how to use this toolkit in health care reform advocacy efforts.  Click here for more information.

National 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book (posted 8/1)

Posted: August 01, 2009

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has released their 2009 National KIDS COUNT Data Book entitled Counting What Counts: Taking Results Seriously for Vulnerable Children and Families: The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book. The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being.  The essay at the beginning of this year's Data Book calls for a “data revolution” that uses timely and reliable information to track the progress and improve the lives of vulnerable children.  Click here to download the essay.  Click here to download the Data Book from the AECF website.

National HIV Prevention Inventory (posted 8/1)

Posted: August 01, 2009

The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report entitled National HIV Prevention Inventory that provides a picture of HIV prevention across the country in response to the fact that the HIV epidemic is far from over.  This report, based on a survey of 65 health departments, including all state and territorial jurisdictions and six U.S. cities, provides the first, comprehensive inventory of HIV prevention efforts at the state and local levels.  It is intended to offer a baseline picture of how HIV prevention is delivered across the country in an effort to provide policymakers, public health officials, community organizations, and others with a more in depth understanding of HIV prevention and the role played by health departments in its delivery.  Click here to download the report.  For more information click here .

Assessment of Medicare and Medicaid Documents for Limited English Proficiency (posted 7/31)

Posted: July 31, 2009

In response to a request by the House Small Business Committee, the Government Accountability Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report on CMS’s language access policies, their efforts to translate Medicare documents, and the challenges health care providers face in communicating with limited english proficiency (LEP) beneficiaries. This report examines the extent to which CMS translates Medicare documents into languages other than English in order to assess the cost burden for providing language services to LEP beneficiaries.  To download the report click here .

New Spanish-Language Consumer Guides (posted 7/31)

Posted: July 31, 2009

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new Spanish-language consumer guide that compares treatments for depression, prostate cancer and other conditions:

Spanish speakers who want to know how soon they can expect to feel better when taking an antidepressant, which rheumatoid arthritis drugs work best against pain or how surgery compares with other options for prostate cancer now can get this and other treatment information through new Spanish-language consumer guides released today by the Department of Health & Human Services's (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

AHRQ also released consumer guides in Spanish that compare treatments for high blood pressure, osteoporosis in women after menopause and renal artery stenosis-a narrowing of the renal artery that supplies blood to the kidneys. The six Spanish-language guides join three previously published Spanish-language guides on oral medications for type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and acid reflux disease.

"The lack of reliable health information in Spanish plays a role in health disparities faced by Hispanics in this country," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D. "It is critical that we fill this gap because many of the nation's 44 million Hispanics need or prefer to get such information in Spanish so they can talk with their doctors about which treatments are best for them."

AHRQ's recently released 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report shows that while the quality of health care is slowly improving for the Nation as a whole, it is getting worse for Hispanics, especially those who speak little or no English.

The new Spanish-language consumer guides are produced by AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program, the leading federal effort to conduct comparative effectiveness research. That program, authorized by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, represents an important federal effort to compare alternative treatments for health conditions and make the findings public. The program is intended to help patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others choose the most effective treatments.

To access the online Spanish-language consumer guides, as well as AHRQ's English-language consumer guides and companion guides for clinicians, go to . Audio versions of many guides also are available. To order free printed copies of the guides, call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 or send an E-mail to .

To download the report click here .

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