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HHS Promotes Health Care Delivered with "CLAS"
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards in late April, providing organizations with a blueprint to help reduce disparities and improve health care.
The Health Hut Fights Chronic Disease in Rural Louisiana
The Health Hut is one of the mobile health clinics taking part in the Mobile Health Map, a project of Harvard Medical School and the Mobile Health Clinics Association, a San Francisco-based national membership organization with more than 600 members. With support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, the Mobile Health Map has built a collaborative research network to document the spread and contributions of mobile health clinics as a model for improving access to care for racial and ethnic minority populations and others affected by health disparities.
The Family Van Bridges Gap to Health and Social Services in Boston
The Family Van is one of the mobile health clinics taking part in the Mobile Health Map, a project of Harvard Medical School and the Mobile Health Clinics Association, a San Francisco-based national membership organization with more than 600 members. With support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, the Mobile Health Map has built a collaborative research network to document the spread and contributions of mobile health clinics as a model for improving access to care for racial and ethnic minority populations and others affected by health disparities.
Sudden Deaths, Broken Hearts: Prevention is Key
Bridgett Alexander was pleasantly surprised by her third pregnancy. She lost her first baby, a girl, after three months because she never moved from the fallopian tubes to the uterus. Two years later, during the 23rd week of her second pregnancy, Alexander began leaking amniotic fluid resulting in three straight months of hospitalized bed rest, until she delivered her 5-pound, 6-ounce son, Jonathan, via C-section.
Get Your Cervical Cancer Screening
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Doctors say minority women are not accessing cervical cancer screening services as much as they should, putting them at higher risk of developing the disease. Although incidence of cervical cancer continues to drop in the United States, rates for minority women remain higher than in the rest of the population.
Social Determinants of Equity and Health in the United States
In the United States she is considered black, but in some parts of Brazil she has been told that she looks white, and in South Africa she was considered "colored."
The Long-Lasting Effect of a College "Hook up"
Beyond the books and the rigors of academia, college is often seen as a time of independence, cutting the apron strings and finding yourself.
Quilting to Uncover: Women's Stories of HIV/AIDS
It is said that a quilt is like a history book. It tells you about the past and the people that lived then. Today, a group of Southern women dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS have taken the art of quilting to a whole new level with the help of the Internet.
Thyroid Awareness Month
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month
If a woman consumes enough folic acid before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain and spine.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer, a Race We Can Win!
October is Breast Cancer awareness month
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Vision Research: So Diabetes Does Not Blind Us
More than 20 million people have diabetes, and 6 million people have yet to be diagnosed, increasing their chances of suffering from diabetes-related complications such as vision loss.
World Breastfeeding Week
Progress needed to Fight Eating Disorders
A desire to miss meals, obsessing over food and excessive exercise can be just a few of things that people think about concerning eating disorders.
Well Fed: Moving Breastfeeding from Personal Choice to Public Health Issue
The Role and Impact of Integrated Care
OMH has set out to investigate the role and impact of integrated care to identify culturally and linguistically competent elements, strategies and practices that could form a basis for a new standard of care.
In February, Take Heart!
An American Indian proverb says: The most difficult journey a man would ever take is from his head to his heart.
Loving Your Heart…in Red
Orlinda "Orie" Platero is a Navajo woman who is used to transitioning between two worlds.
Glaucoma Awareness Month
Thyroid Disorders Are More Common than You Think
There was a time when Joan Shey didn't pay attention to the small butterfly-shaped gland at the base of her neck. "I had no knowledge about the thyroid. I didn't even understand where the thyroid was and what the thyroid was - and I never knew in a million years that you could get thyroid cancer," Shey said.
No Kidding with Unsafe Toys
It's the holidays! And if you are thinking of giving toys as gifts you need to know which may be dangerous to children.
National Handwashing Awareness Week
December 4-10, 2011

Help decrease the spread of infectious diseases by simply washing your hands.
Men's Health League: Transforming Men's Health One Man at a Time
Back to School To Do List: Vaccinations, Checked!
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
The School Front of the Obesity Epidemic
It Takes More than Fresh Food to Rein in Childhood Obesity
Creating Oasis amidst Food Deserts: Strategies for Childhood Obesity Prevention
Rid of Cancer, Free to Ride
A Second Lease on Life
National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Friday: Penalty-Free, Commitment-Full Finish to the Week
Thursday: Healthy Kids Are Fit to Learn...and PPEs Are Ready to Help Them
Wednesday: Focus on Partnerships to Eliminate Disparities
Tuesday: PPEs Wearing a Chef Hat...Literally
Monday: A Jumpy Start to Heroes for Healthy Schools Week
Giving to the Fullest... Donating Yourself
Once a very rare occurrence, now each day about 74 people receive an organ transplant. However, 18 people die every day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Health Assessment
National Nutrition Month
Colorectal Cancer, Catch It Early, Get Screened!
It was 2003 and Laura Porter's second year of pediatric residency at Howard University in Washington, D.C., when she noticed something just wasn't right.
National Kidney Month
Bullying, Abuso, It Hurts in any Language
“Gay youth in communities of color represent a minority within a minority, putting them at greater risk of being bullied,” said Heather Cobb, senior director of media relations at Mental Health America, which sponsored a study of Latino parent’s views on bullying, sexual orientation and prejudice.
National Minority Donor Awareness Day
Nation's New Year's Resolution: Healthier Children!
Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to think about how to make children healthier in the New Year and in the new decade!
City-wide Campaign Becomes National Hep B Model
National recognition, high-profile partnerships, in-kind donations and non-stop media buzz have the grassroots Hep B Free San Francisco Campaign looking attractive.
OMH Observes World AIDS Day
AIDS is a crisis in our community, and it's one we can do something about. This year, resolve to learn more about HIV/AIDS and take steps to help.
Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies
In recognition of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, the Office of Minority Health and producer Tonya Lewis Lee released a documentary on Sept. 9, 2009, focusing on the issue of Infant Mortality in the African-American community.
Asian Community Curbs Diabetes Rates with Consistency and Attention to Details
It was summer 2006 and Shi-Chang Deng needed to see his doctor. He hadn't been feeling so well. With shortness of breath and erratic heart beats, Deng headed to the International Community Health Services clinic in Seattle.
Teen Athlete Encourages Peers to Lead Healthy Lives
Youth obesity and the potential for chronic disease may be headline news, but 15-year- old athlete Caitlin Baker wants her Native American peers to focus on the positive, and learn how to achieve healthy lifestyles.
A Week in Memphis
Higher Knowledge, Higher Service

The Higher Knowledge, Higher Service - First College to Community Health Outreach Week in Memphis got off to an emotional start at Shelby County's baby cemetery on a recent Sunday in May.
Real Men Keep Themselves Alive and Well!
In June, we celebrate Men's Health Month.
Tribes Battle Meth Use on Their Own Terms
When it came to major problems among Native populations, methamphetamine use ranked high on the list, due to the intense addictive nature of the drug, ease of creation and inexpensive price tag.
Students Tailor Preconception Message to Younger Crowd
The enthusiasm for April and preconception health was brought to the high school level as peer educators from Morgan State University tailored health information for more than 100 students attending an April 3 rally to kick off Minority Health Awareness Month.
Prostate Cancer. Did you get screened yet?
Each September, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition celebrates Prostate Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and educate the public about prostate cancer and the importance of early screening to decrease the mortality rate in the United States.
Cleft Lip/Palate more prevalent in Asians
Scientists still don't know what causes birth defects such as cleft lip and palate but Fernando Burnstein, M.D., medical director at the Center for Craniofacial Disorders, Children's Healthcare in Atlanta, said the prevailing amount of evidence points to genetic as well as environmental factors.
Here Comes the "AIDS Lady." HIV and African Immigrants.
"Here comes the 'AIDS lady!" Carine Siltz, founder of African Advocates against AIDS, in Garner, North Carolina, hears that a lot when she approaches a group of African immigrants to spread her gospel of HIV prevention.
Your Diabetes Is My Diabetes: A Bilingual Family Matter
Back in his native Venezuela, Manuel Hernandez was working for a company which required a mandatory annual physical examination among its employees and that rule eventually helped him find out about his diabetes.
"Preconception Care Is not a Luxury"
Preconception health is only a worry for those trying to conceive. Or so Mary M. Gottesman, N.P., used to think. “I really rehabilitated my thinking that when a girl enters puberty that is preconception,” she said.
Hepatitis C: The Importance of Screening for this Silent Disease
Andrea Thomas, 49, had moderately abnormal enzymes for years but her family physician ignored it, presuming it was a result of social drinking.
Support and Courage, Keys to Facing Multiple Sclerosis
One night, in 1990, Irma Resendez went to bed after a regular day of runs to the store, a trip to the park with her two and three year-old girls, a cleanup of the looks-like-a-war-zone play room. The next day, she was paralyzed from the waist down and with limited movement in her arms.
Teen Mother Pursues Success
In an average week at Kennedy High, it is not uncommon to find a handful of students clustered in a vacant room, picking apart chicken sandwiches before eating them while watching videos touting the dangers of shaken baby syndrome or the importance of proper nutrition.
Navigating the Untamed Waters of Autism
Autism was not what she expected, but Monica Velasco knew that something was wrong.
Latinos' Quest for Services for Down Syndrome
Sara Díaz lost her first baby in childbirth, and she wanted to take no chances with her second pregnancy, so she decided against amniocentesis, a test that can detect genetic disorders in unborn babies.
National Council of Negro Women Works to Curtail Infant Mortality
It wasn't the healthy meal everyone expected, but on a dreary February morning, the consensus was unanimous: "Mmm… delicious."
Breaking the Silence around HIV in African American Communities
The 10-year-old African American girl with HIV sat beaming in front of the doctor at the Yale Health Clinic. She made an unforgettable impression on Dr. Garth Graham, a medical student at the time and now the head of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Head on against Cervical Cancer
"Mine is a cautionary tale," says Kauthar Keister of Mobile, Alabama. "I was 32, preparing for my wedding and hoping for three babies, when I learned I had invasive cervical cancer."
Take the Test, Take Control: World AIDS Day 2007
In the 26th year of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, African Americans and Latinos are increasingly at risk for HIV infection.
Protecting the Company's Most Valuable Assets
Fighting Diabetes in the Workplace

Tailor-made car? Not likely for the average consumer. But at General Motors, employees and their families can get a tailor-made fitness plan to keep track of their weight, exercise and eating habits and help manage their diabetes.
Nurse Your Baby into Health…from the Second He Is Born
Her mother back in Mexico did not breastfeed her or her siblings for long, but Josefina Guillén, 39, says she always knew breastfeeding was best for a healthy baby.
Advocating for Your Child’s Rights:
How Do You Say Learning Disability en Español?

Is it a learning disability or a language problem? If your child can't keep up with school, do you know where to turn to determine how to help him?
Atlanta's Fight against Asthma
According to the American Lung Association, African Americans have highest asthma rates than any other racial or ethnic group. Studies suggest that Puerto Ricans may have higher asthma prevalence rates than non-Hispanic Whites and any other Hispanic subgroup.
Pamper Yourself, Achieve Wellness
The 8th annual National Women's Health Week will kick off on Mother's Day, May 13, 2007, and will be celebrated until May 19, 2007.
Demystifying Mental Illness in any Language
What were the first symptoms of depression?
Infant Immunization: Taking it to the Masses
It's only been a year since the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition in Pittsburgh Exit Disclaimer began working toward "community immunity," looking "to promote immunization across the lifespan."
Prevention through Leading, Sharing
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families.
Tuberculosis Control Efforts Demand Renewed Attention
Tuberculosis, or TB, is striking a hard blow to minority communities in U.S., while progress is slowing in efforts to eliminate tuberculosis in the country, according to a new CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
In 2007, I resolve…to resolve less and do more!
Remember us? Yeah, you do. We are those that were very resolved to do all kinds of things last year. Well, we didn't do that bad, actually.
Luring Life Savers to Donate Blood
During the National Blood Donor Month, blood banks double their awareness efforts to lure possible donors to help increase waning blood supplies.
AIDS among Minorities
World AIDS Day Observed on December 1, 2006
OMH Observes American Diabetes Month
Did you know, there are 20.8 million people in the United States who have diabetes, yet 6.2 million are unaware that they have the disease?
In 2006 I Resolve...
Dr. Jose Carneiro's fence has been asking for some tender loving care for a while, and there are a few other small and not so small household repairs he has been brushing aside…but he has resolved that his health will not share the luck of his fence.
Organizations Step Up, as Need for HIV Services Grows
The church has never shied away from questioning glances about its avant garde practices, offering clinical services, intensive case management, housing and financial assistance as well as nutrition and mental health counseling.
Recognizing the Link Can Save Your Life
Diabetes and Heart Disease

November is American Diabetes Month
Hearts N' Parks for Wholesome Hearts
September is America on the Move Month of Action
Key to Nutrition: a Diversified Portfolio
Are you concerned about obesity? Have you ever thought of using that energy to do something about good nutrition? Perhaps if you did, the weight would simply take care of itself.
There is more to the Sun than meets the eye… and that's good!
July is UV Safety Month
Spotlight on Diabetes Disparities
November is American Diabetes Month. More than 20.8 million people have diabetes in the United States, and pre-diabetes is far more common than previously believed.



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