FYI: Weekly Health Resources - Special Summer Edition

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources - Special Summer Edition

Every Monday in August, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is bringing you an extra edition of its FYI: Weekly Health Resources newsletter to help you catch up on OMH’s health equity-promoting activities and resources you may have missed so far in 2023. You will continue to receive the regular FYI: Weekly Health Resources every Wednesday. 

For many, late August signals the end of summer vacation and a return to work or school (or both). In this week’s final special edition newsletter, we’re featuring OMH’s e-learning programs, strategies, and resources that can help you jump back into working towards achieving health equity. Share these resources with your networks to give them a refresher, too!

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Engaging Youth and Young Adults in Community-Based Strategies to Improve Health Literacy White Paper

Engaging Youth and Young Adults in Community-Based Strategies to Improve Health Literacy White Paper

In April, OMH published the white paper Engaging Youth and Young Adults in Community-Based Strategies to Improve Health Literacy, focusing on involving youth and young adults in community-based public health campaigns to improve health literacy and reduce health disparities.

As part of the release, OMH and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a workshop, Engaging Community Health Workers/Youth Ambassadors to Improve Health Literacy, featuring recipients of OMH grant programs, Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 and the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities.

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Advancing Equity for AA & NH/PI Communities in COVID-19 Response Efforts: Best Practice Resource Guides

Advancing Equity for AA and NH/PI Communities in COVID-19 Response Efforts

In June, OMH released a series of resource guides to provide guidance on best practices to advance cultural competency, language access, and sensitivity toward Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) communities in the context of the federal COVID-19 response.

These include:

  • The Language Access Resource Guide focuses on meeting the specific language needs and preferences of AA and NH/PI communities in COVID-19 response activities.  
  • The Community Engagement Resource Guide focuses on developing and sustaining partnerships with AA and NH/PI community members, community-based organizations, and coalitions.
  • The Data Disaggregation Resource Guide focuses on improving the collection, use, and reporting of disaggregated data on AA and NH/PI populations related to COVID-19. 

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Think Cultural Health E-Learning Programs and Newsletter

Think Cultural Health E-Learning Programs and Newsletter

Through its Think Cultural Health website, OMH offers free, accredited online educational programs tailored for a variety of health care professionals, including physicians; nurses; oral health, maternal health, and behavioral health providers; disaster and emergency management personnel; and community health workers/promotores de salud.

Each e-learning program is designed to build knowledge, skills, and awareness of cultural and linguistic competency and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) to improve quality of care.

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In May, Think Cultural Health initiative launched a monthly newsletter dedicated to raising awareness of CLAS in health and health care.

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OMH Knowledge Center Reading Lists

OMH Knowledge Center

This year, Knowledge Center staff have curated the following reading lists, which contain a variety of resources and information focused on health literacy, culturally and linguistically appropriate care, and improving access to health care:

Looking for more information on a topic mentioned in one of these reading lists? View our search tips page for guidance on searching the online catalog, or contact the OMH Knowledge Center directly for research assistance.

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