July Health Equity Link

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

u s department of health and human services - office of minority health

July 2020  |  View as a webpage

Health Equity Link Banner 2020

In this Issue

Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19

save the date  virtual symposium

On Thursday, September 17, 2020, OMH will host a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations.

The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium will feature presentations and strategies developed for public health leaders and community organizations confronting the pandemic. It also aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color.

Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by signing up for OMH email updates and by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Learn More

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Two people holding hands in support, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. OMH will highlight resources to support mental and emotional wellbeing while following the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, racial and ethnic minority groups experience disparities in access to mental health services and quality of care which impacts managing their emotional wellness and contributes to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide.

Mental health disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities can be left unaddressed with inadequate culturally and linguistically appropriate care. The OMH Think Cultural Health e-learning courses are designed to help health professionals provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). The e-learning program offers free and accredited e-learning courses, including a course tailored for behavioral health professionals.

Visit our National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month webpage, also available in Spanish, for downloadable materials and mental health resources.

Learn More

Active & Healthy

woman gardening at home, spraying plants with water, emotional wellness

OMH continues to encourage the nation to stay Active & Healthy in and around their homes and communities during these uncertain times. Through simple and creative steps we can continue to advance our mental and emotional wellness while adhering to the social distancing guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, physical activity can help boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, and improve your sleep. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration developed a free handbook to help address eight dimensions of wellness: social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, occupational, intellectual and financial.

Encourage others to take active and healthy steps towards better health by sharing resources, downloading our graphics, and using the hashtags #ActiveandHealthy and #EmotionalWellness.

Learn More

National Youth Sports Week (July 20-24)

Youth sports game plan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

July 20-24 is National Youth Sports Week led by The National Council on Youth Sports. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends that kids between the ages of 6 and 17 get at least sixty minutes of physical activity every day. With summer youth sports activities slowly beginning to start back up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends assessing the following risks of spread before resuming team sports:

  • Physical closeness of players, and the length of time that players are close to each other
  • Ability to engage in social distancing while not actively engaged in play
  • Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear
  • Age of the player and their ability to comply with social distancing
  • Players at higher risk of developing a serious disease
  • Size of the team
  • Presence of nonessential visitors, spectators and volunteers
  • Travel required outside of the local community

Learn More

World Hepatitis Day (July 28)

World Hepatitis Day Green Banner

Viral hepatitis affects millions of people worldwide and World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and share resources to prevent and treat the disease. Take the time to get tested and encourage others to do the same. To find your nearest testing and diagnostic center the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a Viral Hepatitis Prevention Point of Contact List.

Additionally, the World Hepatitis Alliance hosted a webinar to address what it means to live with viral hepatitis during the COVID-19 pandemic and regularly update their website with information on the virus for people living with viral hepatitis.

To learn more or to download campaign materials and resources, visit the World Hepatitis Day website.

Learn More

Knowledge Center

knowledge center see our newest acquisitions

Epidemics and natural disasters pose a challenge to the mental health status of vulnerable populations. To find publications in support of both consumers and health professionals, search the online catalog.

Learn More

scd 2019