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January 2014


A new year, a new look!

Our monthly newsletter has a new look and a new name, but you still can count on the same vital, timely news and information about efforts to advance health equity, from Washington, DC, to your community.

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In this issue:

Advancing Health Equity in 2013: The Year in Review

In 2013, OMH continued its work to advance health equity and eliminate health disparities. Relive the year and explore our work; view the Year in Review on Storify.

Workforce Diversity, Cultural Competency and Eliminating Disparities

Penned by J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, OMH Director, and Chazeman Jackson, PhD, OMH Health Science Advisor, this article offers rationale for increasing the diversity and cultural competency of the health and health care workforce, and reviews key strategies led by the Office of Minority Health. Read the full article in Public Health Reports' supplement on workforce diversity and health disparities. 

Sneak Preview: Improving Health Data Collection

In a forthcoming Annual Review of Public Health article, OMH Director of Data and Policy Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH, and her co-authors examine challenges to collecting data by race/ethnicity, primary language, sex and disability status, and the impact on knowledge about health disparities. The article discusses how the Affordable Care Act helped to improve data-collection standards that can shape better public health policies. A preview of the article is available on annualreview.org. 

50 Years Later: Historic Surgeon General's Report on Smoking Revisited

Fifty years ago, the Surgeon General warned the nation of the long-term dangers of tobacco use. Today, smoking continues to be the number one cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. Last week, the Office of the Surgeon General released its 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress at the White House. Learn more about how far we've come as a nation and what more can be done to help Americans kick tobacco for good:

Save the Date: Upcoming Events

January 23-25: Health Action 2014 Conference in Washington, DC

February 7: FDA Public Meeting: Sickle Cell Disease and Patient-Focused Drug Development in Silver Spring, MD 

Find more events in your community. Subscribe to the weekly FYI Health Resources newsletter.

Affordable Care Act and Job Creation

A new report from the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies reveals that the Affordable Care Act could be a significant source of job creation and provide opportunities to diversify the health care workforce and better serve racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. Download the full report.

Affordable Care Act: Tips for Consumers

You're covered. So now what?

If you are one of over 350,000 Americans who have signed up for affordable health coverage since October 1, congratulations! Here are some tips from HHS to help you better manage your family's health care.

  Not enrolled yet? You can still enroll until March 31, 2014.

New Health Disparities Newsletter

Health Disparities Pulse is the new quarterly newsletter on minority health and health disparities from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. In this issue: funding opportunities, exploring the environment in health disparities, web-based software for limited English proficiency patients and more. Download the inaugural issue. 

Call for HIV/AIDS Research Papers

Although major progress has been made in the reduction of HIV infections among children and adults since 2012, questions concerning tolerance and resistance are still looming. In July 2014 the Journal of the American Medical Association will publish a theme issue dedicated to HIV/AIDS research. Authors are invited to submit evidence-based manuscripts on HIV-related topics regarding prevention and treatment for consideration for publication in this issue. Learn more about JAMA's call for papers.

What's New in the Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center at the Office of Minority Health Resource Center is the largest dedicated repository of health disparities information in the nation, with a collection of 50,000 documents, articles, reports, books, journals and media 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.