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The CHE blog features articles that address different aspects of working towards achieving Health Equity. Check out the blog for stories of success, learning from failure, recommendations, new ideas, and other perspectives of people contributing towards our common goal.

Collaboration to Curb Violence

NadineGracia The consequences of violence are tragic for many youth, and for minority youth in particular, according to a blog post on the website for the Office of Minority Health.  J. Nadine  Gracia, MD, MSCE, and Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, writes that homicide is the leading cause of death for African  Americans, the second leading cause of death for Hispanics, and the third leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Natives. There are also other costs to violence,  including risks to physical and mental health, and social and economic ones as well.

To address this issue, the OMH and the COPS Office have formed the Minority Youth Violence Prevention: Integrating Public Health and Community Policing Approaches (MYVP) initiative, involving organizations in public health, law enforcement, and in the community to reduce disparities in access to public health for at-risk minority male youth between the ages of 10 and 18.

Read more by clicking HERE.

 

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Op Ed: End Health Care Disparities

Our country has been good at documenting disparities in care but poor at delivering solutions, according to an editorial by Dr. Marshall Chin in the Philadelphia Inquirer. While he commends the progress provided by the Affordable Care Act by covering millions of previously uninsured people, he stresses that access to high-quality care is vital.

This may simply consist of giving instructions in a patient’s language or following up a patient’s care with phone calls. He also believes that technology can provide needed communication.

Culled from hundreds of studies, his team has developed a “roadmap” for high-quality care for all patients. To read this list of helpful steps for ensuring quality improvement for all, read the editorial by clicking HERE

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Interest and Need for Services for Racial and Ethnic Minorities

An expanded online screening site  launched by Mental Health America shows there is significant interest and need in mental health services among people who identify as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority.

According to an announcement on the website, people from racial and ethnic minorities indicate that they are more likely than whites to report that they would monitor their health by taking screens regularly, and they want a way to privately contact a peer to discuss results.

Mental Health America is released the data to coincide with the observance of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July. Some initial results include:

  • 29.6 percent wanted additional information about where to go to start getting mental health help and 27.9 wanted online, self-help application or tools to help with their health.  Both these rates are virtually identical to white respondents.
  • Asian Americans were most likely to take the Depression Screen; Native Americans were most likely to take the Anxiety Screen; African Americans were most likely to take the Bipolar Screen; and Native Americans were most likely to take the PTSD Screen.
  • Racial and ethnic minorities were more likely than whites to report that they would monitor their health by taking screens regularly (7.2 percent versus 5.9 percent) and take another screen immediately (16.9 percent versus 13.7 percent). They were also more likely to want a way to privately contact a peer to discuss results and next steps (16.9 percent versus 13.8 percent).
  • Individuals who identified as Biracial were most likely to score as having “Severe Depression” (40.6 percent), “Severe Anxiety” (46.6 percent), and “Positive for Bipolar” (59.9) percent.
  • Native Americans were mostly likely to screen “Positive for PTSD” (81.3 percent).

There is much more information available at the website; click HERE to read more.

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