The State of Minority Health in America | October 2015 Newsletter

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October 2015


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Join us tomorrow 10/14 at 2:30 pm ET for a webinar in Spanish on the Promotores E-Learning Program.

In this issue:

HHS, Walgreens Partnership Provides Up to $15 Million in Free Flu Shots

Now in its sixth year, the program aims to improve immunization rates among uninsured and underinsured Americans, and has been instrumental in helping to protect more people from the flu each season. Eligible individuals can call 1-800-925-4733 to find the nearest Walgreens location with flu shot vouchers available. Learn more about the HHS Walgreens immunization partnership.

News: The Kelly Report and the State of Minority Health in America

The Kelly Report, a new Congressional report on the state of minority health in the U.S. released at the September 2015 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust, offers comprehensive legislative and policy solutions to improve health outcomes in minority communities. Spearheaded by CBC Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly, the report calls upon Congress to make improving health outcomes in diverse communities a top priority. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and OMH Director Dr. J. Nadine Gracia contributed to the report. Download the Kelly Report.

New Webinar Series on Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is hosting a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications.

  • October 15: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing 
  • October 20: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models? 
  • November 5: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities

Register and learn more about the webinar series. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Continues, Focus on Improving Health Outcomes

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate the many ways in which Hispanic and Latino history and culture have shaped our nation’s path. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Legacy. Building Our Future.” Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Tomorrow 10/14 at 2:30 pm ET:  Webinar on Promotores de Salud E-Learning Program (in Spanish)

Other resources:

In Case You Missed It: National Partnership for Action Newsletter

Across the country, the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) is inspiring a grassroots effort to reduce health disparities. Check out the latest NPA Quarterly Newsletter and learn more about cultural competency, regional highlights, conferences and events, and more. 

Hispanic Health – From the NPA Blog 

Take the Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge

Support the Million Hearts initiative and help prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The Hypertension Control Challenge competition seeks to identify clinicians, practices and health systems that have had success working with patients to control hypertension. The challenge is open to public and private clinicians, medical practices and health systems, and strategies used by champions that support hypertension control may be written into a success story and posted on the Million Hearts website. Learn more about the Hypertension Control Challenge. 

Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Opportunity

Help the Healthy People 2020 initiative advance the health of all Americans. Starting October 15, HHS will seek public comments on new objectives to be added to the Healthy People 2020 goals in the following topic areas: family planning; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health; preparedness; and social determinants of health. Participate in the Healthy People 2020 public comment period through November 13.

October Health Observances