header5.jpg

News and Updates

Check out the News and Updates section for news about CHE and other important news related to health equity. To send your news, please contact us.

Suicide Prevention – American Indian and Alaska Native Resources

There is a suicide prevention section on the website for Indian Health Service, the Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives which includes links to resources and help.

Despite the strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families and communities, suicide remains a devastating and all too frequent event. The website describes complex, interrelated factors that contribute to an increased suicide risk among AI/AN people. Risk factors include mental health disorders, substance abuse, inter-generational trauma, and community-wide issues. Factors that protect AI/AN youth and young adults against suicidal behavior are a sense of belonging to one’s culture, a strong tribal/spiritual bond, the opportunity to discuss problems with family or friends,  feeling connected to family, and positive emotional health.

To learn more, please visit the website HERE.

0 Comments

FAIR Searchable Database

The FAIR Database contains 388 journal article summaries from 11 systematic reviews of racial and ethnic health disparities intervention literature. The database is searchable and allows the user to filter by disease area, race or ethnicity, level and strategy and well as entering search terms.

Read more about Finding Answers’ systematic reviews, and access free copies of all of the 11 publications HERE.

Systematic literature reviews were conducted for the following health topics and intervention strategies: asthma, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer (CRC), HIV prevention, prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease (CVD), depression, diabetes mellitus, breast cancer, cultural leverage and pay-for-performance incentives. Diseases examined in the database were chosen because they cause significant morbidity and mortality, have clear standards of care, and have large documented disparities in care. Diseases outside the scope of the supplement (e.g., stroke, lung cancer) are not included in this database.

0 Comments

Resources for Integrated Health: SAMHSA-HRSA (CIHS)

hands joinThe SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) provides resources on integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. Some resources are listed below, and the site can be reached by clicking HERE.

 

CLINICAL PRACTICE

FINANCING

  • The SBIRT reimbursement map: an interactive tool to help determine whether billing codes are listed on a state’s fee schedule and whether or not they are open for reimbursement.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

INTEGRATED CARE MODELS

OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION

  • CIHS worked with five states to get behavioral health organizations involved in health information exchanges (HIEs) and developed an array of resources states and organizations can use to work through the barriers of sharing behavioral health data.
  • Disclosure of Substance Abuse Records with Patient Consent: A 50 State Comparison, created by the George Washington University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows  detailed requirements for the disclosure of substance abuse patient records with patient consent in all 50 states as compared to 42 CFR Part 2.
  • On the confidentiality page, the business associate identification flowchart and a sample agreement checklist helps define  business associates, those  entities who perform a function involving the use or disclosure of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of a covered entity (such as claims processing, data analysis, case management, utilization review, quality assurance, etc.) or provides certain specified services where the provision of the service involves the disclosure of PHI for a covered entity.

WORKFORCE

  • The American Psychiatric Nurses Association resource center provides integrated care resources to help nurses plan and implement the integration of mental healthcare into primary and specialty healthcare settings.
  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers a list of nursing grant programs that fund nurse training programs, support nursing education opportunities, and help to strengthen the nursing workforce.
  • SAMHSA’s Buprenorphine: A Guide for Nurses provides information for nurses (including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nurse practitioners) about buprenorphine products for the pharmacological treatment of opioid addiction. The guide can help nurses working with community physicians to improve treatment outcomes for individuals receiving office-based treatment for opioid addiction.

IN THE NEWS

  • Reducing Disparities in the Quality of Care for Racial and Ethnic Minorities explores key lessons on how communities can share data, encourage collaboration, and make patients and clients part of improving quality for all.
  • A new smart phone application developed by researchers at Tel Aviv University is poised to transform the monitoring and treatment of people with mental illnesses.
  • The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provides scholarships and repays educational loans for primary care physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health providers, medical residents, and other primary care providers who agree to practice in areas of the country that need them most. 
  • Check out the latest edition of ¡Avanzamos!, NAMI's magazine for the Latino community, which features information about CIHS' Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) peer-support training (now available in Spanish).
  • A study conducted by the Cancer Support Community, a global nonprofit network of cancer support, found that high levels of distress were significantly linked to an increased likelihood of patients seeking support from a member of their healthcare team, especially among patients with lower income.

ESOLUTIONS

Can Nurses Be the Cornerstone of Integrated Care? reviews the role of nurses in primary and behavioral healthcare integration efforts. (May 2014)

0 Comments