Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DHHS: Minority Health Newsletter

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Office of Minority Health - 1800-444-6472

Towards Health Equity

Provided by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
November 20, 2012

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Monthly Updates

Native American Heritage Month Resources

Each 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.
·  Read HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' statement
·  Resources
·  Features and Multimedia

National Diabetes Month Resources

Nearly 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 disease.
·  Visit the AANHPI Diabetes Coalition webpage Exit Disclaimer, hosted by NCAPIP
·  Get diabetes data and statistics and research info from the Office of Minority Health
·  Test your knowledge and take this quiz on gestational diabetes

CA7AE, Colorado State HIV Assessment Tool

CA7AE, 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 Empowerment

Washington, 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 self-management. Read the full story. | Watch the video on YouTube Exit Disclaimer.

More HIV/AIDS Resources
·  Find out about HIV/AIDS technical assistance and capacity building services available to community-based organizations through the Office of Minority Health Resource Center
·  HIV 101
·  World AIDS Day: Posters and resources | Plan an event (from AIDS.gov)

What's New in the Knowledge Center

The 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.

Upcoming Events and Conferences

Rescheduled: 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, December 17-19, National Harbor, MD

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 or Health 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 Exit Disclaimer  announced a new partnership with multi-platinum recording artist Tyrese Gibson and Feel Rich Exit Disclaimer, 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 form Exit Disclaimer.

The Office of Minority Health, text4baby and the National Healthy Start Association Exit Disclaimercongratulate Ashley P., winner of the 2012 State Enrollment Contest! Read her story Exit Disclaimer.

Research Corner

This month, Research Corner provides scholarly resources on diabetes.
·  Diabetes Report Card. Center for Disease Control & Prevention. 2012.
http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/DiabetesReportCard.pdf [PDF | 1.4MB]
·  The Live 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 Exit Disclaimer
·  Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Diabetes Care / Adeola, M. Minority Nurse, (Summer), p. 36-42, 2012
http://www.minoritynurse.com/hispanic-latino-health/racial-and-ethnic-disparity-diabetes-care Exit Disclaimer

African Americans
·  Independent 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 Exit Disclaimer
·  BMI–Mortality 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 Exit Disclaimer

·  Effects of 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 Exit Disclaimer
·  Food Insecurity and Low Self-Efficacy are Associated with Health Care Access Barriers among Puerto-Ricans with Type 2 Diabetes. Kollannoor-Samuel, G.; Vega-L√≥pez, 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 Exit Disclaimer

Asians/Pacific Islanders
·  Understanding 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 1181-1188.
http://dx.doi.org/10.2337/dc12-0210 Exit Disclaimer
·  The ARIC 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 Exit Disclaimer

American Indians/Alaskan Natives
·  The Costs 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.
·  Genetic Histories: Native Americans' Accounts of Being at Risk for Diabetes. Puneet Chawla Sahota Social Studies of Science. August 20, 2012.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306312712454044 Exit Disclaimer

Career Development Day. Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce. December 1, 2012

Training Opportunities: FEMA EMI. HBCU's and TCU's




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SBA: New Jersey Nominations for Business Week Awards

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Release Date:

 November 20, 2012


Harry Menta (973) 645-6064

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SBA Seeks Nominations for 2013 Small Business Week Awards

NEWARK, NJ---The U.S. Small Business Administration is searching for the next New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year.  This year’s winner will be honored during National Small Business Week May 19th – 24th, 2013.

According to Al. Titone, SBA New Jersey district director, nominations are being sought for the 2013 New Jersey Small Business Person of the Year Award.  Thanks in part to a new web portal http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba.gov/user that the agency launched this year, SBA will now accept nomination packages online for the very first time.

“The portal will make it that much easier for small businesses to find nomination guidelines, forms and gain access to complete their nomination package online,” said Titone. “We are also allowing small business owners the option of submitting a hard copy of the nomination to the New Jersey district office.”

"Each year the president designates a week to honor and recognize the achievements of the nation's 27 million small business owners," said Titone. "We are looking to individuals, local chambers of commerce, banks, trade associations and other community-based business organizations to submit nominations and sponsor candidates."

The SBA will recognize each state Small Business Person of the Year representative at its annual National Small Business Week celebration in Washington, D.C., where the 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year will be introduced.  
In addition to submitting a nomination through SBA’s online portal, nominations may also be submitted to: Harry Menta of the SBA New Jersey district office at Two Gateway Center, Suite 1501- Newark, NJ  07102.  The deadline for all nominations is Thursday, January 3, 2013.  For more information on eligibility criteria and guidelines contact Harry Menta at (973) 645-6064 or e-mail him at harry.menta@sba.gov