November, we honor the culture and contributions of the first Americans
during Native American Heritage Month. Although often referred to as one
group, American Indians and Alaska Natives have diverse cultures, languages
and customs unique to each community. Health challenges, however, have not
been as unique, with many First Nation communities experiencing the harsh
impact of diabetes, HIV, heart disease, substance abuse and infant
mortality. During Native American Heritage Month, the Office of Minority
Health is sharing information and resources designed to empower, educate
and inform. Check out our website
and follow OMH on Twitter
to get the latest information.
26 million people have diabetes in the United States, and pre-diabetes is
far more common than previously believed. About 35 percent of U.S. adults,
20 years and older, or 79 million people, currently have pre-diabetes.
Racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by
diabetes, especially the elderly among these populations. Each year in
November, the American Diabetes Association joins with health care
organizations, practitioners and advocates in raising awareness about the
Colorado State HIV Assessment Tool Helps Native Communities Take Action
Underreporting and lack of data sharing can be a challenge for Native
groups working on HIV issues. The Community Readiness Model, developed at
Colorado State University, provides a tool designed to help communities
develop and implement prevention and intervention efforts in line with
their readiness level and their specific culture. The model, which has
received national and international recognition, integrates the culture of
the community and uses community input. Read
the full story.
Improving African Immigrant Health through
DC, is home to one of the largest concentrations of African immigrants in
the nation. Many health care providers struggle to identify resources and
understand the unique health needs of their African-born patients, and
African immigrants themselves may be hindered by communication barriers.
Enter an innovative pilot project – BEAT IT! (Becoming Empowered Africans
through Improved Treatment of Diabetes, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS), which is
working to close those gaps and promote improvements in disease
the full story. | Watch
the video on YouTube.
Find out about HIV/AIDS technical assistance and capacity building
services available to community-based organizations through the Office of
Minority Health Resource Center
Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the
largest repository of health disparities information in the world, with a
collection of 10,000 documents, reports, books, journals, media and more
than 30,000 articles related to the health status of racial and ethnic
minority populations. The library collection also includes sources of
consumer health material in more than 35 languages.
As health care workers respond to the devastation of Hurricane
Sandy, managers of disaster response efforts may benefit from these resources
in the Knowledge Center.
Good news: If you previously registered for the 2012 Science of Eliminating
Health Disparities Summit, you do not need to register again. Your existing
registration will transfer. This includes any sessions that you selected.
You will need to rebook your hotel. Contact the hotel directly at
301-965-4000 and reference the code SCM
Disparities, or register online with the group code SCMSCMA.
The deadline for hotel reservations is December 7.
The program schedule will remain the same. Please refer to the program-at-a-glance
on the Summit website.
New registrations will be handled on-site. The 2012 Science of
Eliminating Health Disparities Summit is the leading scientific gathering
on health disparities. Visit
the summit website to learn more about sessions and topics.
Text4baby Partners with Feel Rich, R&B
Singer Tyrese to Reach New & Expecting Moms
Text4baby announced a new
partnership with multi-platinum recording artist Tyrese Gibson and Feel
Rich, the first ever
multicultural health and fitness media company. The partnership, Feel Rich
Moms, will raise awareness of text4baby and encourage moms to sign up for
this critical service. The central piece of this partnership will be a
contest; the grand prize winner will receive a customized lullaby for her
baby written and recorded by Tyrese and produced by QD3. One runner-up will
receive a year's supply of Johnson's Baby products, courtesy of text4baby
founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson. To enter the contest for free,
text the word "BABY" to 511411, and when prompted, enter the
participant code FEELRICH or enroll through the online
Well, be Well Study: A Community-based, Translational Lifestyle Program to
Lower Diabetes Risk Factors in Ethnic Minority and Lower-socioeconomic
Status Adults. Kanaya, A. M.; Santoyo-Olsson, J.; et al.
American Journal of Public Health, v. 102, #8 (August), p. 1551-1558, 2012. http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300456
Association of Waist Circumference with Hypertension and Diabetes in
African American Women, South Carolina, 2007-2009. Warren
TY; Wilcox S; et al. CDC - Preventing Chronic Disease, v. 9, 2012: 11_0170. http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110170
Paradox and Fitness in African American and Caucasian Men With Type 2
Diabetes. Peter Kokkinos, PHD; Jonathan Myers, PHD; et al.
Diabetes Care. May 2012 vol. 35 no. 51021-1027. http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc11-2407
Acculturation on a Culturally Adapted Diabetes Intervention for Latinas.
Barrera, M. Jr; Toobert, D.; et al. Health Psychology, v. 31, #1 (January),
p. 51-40, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0025205
Insecurity and Low Self-Efficacy are Associated with Health Care Access
Barriers among Puerto-Ricans with Type 2 Diabetes.
Kollannoor-Samuel, G.; Vega-López, S.; et al. Journal of Immigrant and
Minority Health, v.14, #4, p.552-562, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10903-011-9551-9
and Addressing Unique Needs of Diabetes in Asian Americans, Native
Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. George L. King, MD,
Marguerite J. McNeely, MD, MPH; et al. Diabetes Care May 2012 vol. 35 no. 5
predictive model reliably predicted risk of type II diabetes in Asian
populations. Calvin WL Chin, Elian HS Chia; et al. BMC
Medical Research Methodology 2012, 12:48. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2288-12-48
of Treating American Indian Adults with Diabetes within the Indian Health
Service. O'Connell, J. M.; Wilson, C.; Manson, S. M.; et al.
American Journal of Public Health, v. 102, #2 (February), p. 301-308, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300332
The Black Emergency Managers Association International
BLACK FIRE BRIGADE
African Public Health Coalition
Upward African Women
Mission is to increase the diversity of corporate America by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. We attract African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans to business Ph.D. programs, and provide a network of peer support on their journey to becoming professors.