Health Equity

CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum, November 18, 2021, 2-3 PM

The next CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum is scheduled for November 18, 2021, 2-3 PM Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 Start Time: 2- 3 PM Eastern Time (ET) Please dial in at least 15 minutes prior to call start time. Conference Leaders: Ing-Jye Cheng, John Hammarlund, and Jill Darling **Agenda is Subject to Change** …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: November Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? November is National Diabetes Month November 18 is National Rural Health Day Return on Investment (ROI) Calculator for Partnerships to Address the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) CDC …

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IPRO QIN-QIO Presents: Optimal Z Code Utilization & Reimbursement Opportunities, Webinar, December 7, 2021, 11 AM

Healthy People 2030 defines social determinants of health as “the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.” Addressing social determinants of health has increasingly gained importance for improving health outcomes and reducing disparities.  According …

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CMS OMH Celebrates National Rural Health Day

Throughout the month of November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing National Rural Health Day, November 18, and highlighting the unique health needs of rural communities. Despite comprising the vast majority of the land area in the U.S., rural areas only contain about 19% of the …

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Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population: Part 1 of a HRSA Webinar Series (In Spanish & English)

Español abajo Webinar series on best practices and opportunities for action: Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population The Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs invites you to their first webinar, part of the “Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population Learning Series” on Breaking Down Social Barriers of Health …

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Join the HQIC Webinar, November 23, 2021: One Hospital’s Journey to a Culture of Health Equity: Lessons Learned from a Rural Community

November 23, 2021 | 2-2:30 PM ET | 1-1:30 PM CT | 11-11:30 AM PT Join this exciting presentation to learn about the population health initiatives at Jefferson Healthcare, a rural health system located in Port Townsend, Washington. In 2020, a robust health equity initiative was started that strategically overlapped with hospital operations and focused …

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Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Technical Assistance Center for American Indian and Alaska Native programs from CMS

The Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Technical Assistance Center guides American Indian and Alaska Native programs in planning and implementing programs to care for their elders and people with disabilities. Visit the online LTSS TA Center for videos, best practices, toolkits, a resource library, and a step-by-step planning roadmap.

Rural Americans Share Personal Stories to Inspire Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines in Local Communities and Nationwide

New PSAs from the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative Speak to Those Still Hesitant About Vaccination Across Rural Communities In September 2021, incidence rates of COVID-19 in rural America were roughly 54% higher than elsewhere in the country according to the Rural Policy Research Institute. As this disparity and rates of vaccine hesitancy continue, the …

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“Medicare & You” Handbook Now Available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese

Translated handbooks are available to order from Medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the “Medicare & You” handbook is now available in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. The handbook is being released as part of this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which kicked off on October 15, 2021, …

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Health Equity Updates: October Newsletter

View the latest health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry Legislation Introduced for Medicare Pilot Program for Medically-Tailored Meals …

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Four Ways to Improve Health Literacy at Your Health Care Organization

October is Health Literacy Month, when we take time to recognize the importance of creating equitable access to health care information for individuals, and the role health care organizations play making health literacy a priority.  The CDC has two definitions of the term, based on the Healthy People 2030 initiative: Personal health literacy is the degree …

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CMS OMH Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

During September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month and the unique health care disparities that impact this population. As the largest minority population in the U.S., Hispanics comprise more than 18% of the total population in the U.S. In addition to being the …

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Health Equity Updates: September Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? Communicating About FDA Approval to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Biden-Harris Administration Invest over $19 Million to Expand Telehealth in Rural & Underserved Areas Bringing Heat & Light: A …

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ODPHP’s 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium

September 8-9, 2021 The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and Trust for America’s Health are hosting the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium. During this free, 2-day virtual event, attendees will hear from researchers, local and state health officers, aging directors, and policymakers from across the nation who are making a positive impact in the lives of older …

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New Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would like to share this announcement from our colleagues in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the HHS Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to enhance existing resources …

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Hospital IPPS Final Rule Increases Payments to Treat COVID-19 and Improves Quality of Data Collection

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) is taking action to drive value-based, person-centered care, and promote sustainability and readiness to respond to future public health emergencies in our nation’s hospitals through the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/ Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System final rule released today. The final rule, effective …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: August Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? CDC and OMH Partner to Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 (Updated) AHIMA releases Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) White …

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Get Vaccinated During National Immunization Awareness Month

This August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing National Immunization Awareness Month and encouraging you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates for preventable diseases like pnemococcal pneumonia, flu, and hepatitis B have declined, …

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CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum: August 5

Thursday, August 5, 2-3PM EDT The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 2-3PM EDT. Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling Agenda (Subject to Change) Opening Remarks Chair – Todd Smith …

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Health Equity Updates: August Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? America’s Health Rankings Inaugural Health Disparities Report CMS Proposes Changes to Reduce Disparities among Patients with CKD and ESRD CMS Proposes Physician Rule to Improve Health Equity & …

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Celebrating 31 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

During July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) observes the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). First enacted on July 26, 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. In the …

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CMS Proposes Physician Payment Rule to Improve Health Equity, Patient Access

Rule Would Expand Access to Telehealth Services, Enhance Diabetes Prevention Programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to address the widening gap in health equity highlighted by the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) and to expand patient access to comprehensive care, especially in underserved populations. In CMS’s annual Physician Fee …

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st Anniversary

July 26, 2021 is the 31st anniversary of the day the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. We’re raising awareness about …

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July is BIPOC Mental Health Month

For historically marginalized communities, traditional systems of care may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) mental health. Community care, self-directed care, and culturally-based practices are all valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health – but they may not be aware of these …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: July Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month! Building an Organizational Response to Health Disparities: Resources for Standardized Demographic and Language Data Collection Community of Practice: Preventing and Reducing the …

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Health Equity Updates: July Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? HHS Awards $250M to Fight COVID-19 and Improve Health Literacy A New Guide on Universal Screening for Health-Related Social Needs VacciNATION: Inspiring Stories on the National COVID-19 Vaccine …

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IPRO HQIC Event on June 28: Partnering with Representative Patient and Family Advisors to Achieve Health Equity

June 28, 11AM–12PM EDT Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in hospital safety and quality outcomes demonstrate that care is not equitable across all populations. Person and Family Engagement (PFE) is central to the HQIC and is recognized as a promising mechanism to aid in achieving equity in both quality and safety. However, some populations may …

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June 15-July 8: We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars

Join CMS for our We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars The HHS We Can Do This campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and get more people vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources and toolkits for …

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LGBTQ+ Week of Action

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to promote Weeks of Action!  Each week will focus on engaging a targeted population to encourage action to come to HealthCare.gov during the Special Enrollment Period and enroll in coverage or potentially take advantage of more cost savings.  June Health Observances June is Pride Month, …

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TMF Webinar on June 9: COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy

June 9, 1-2PM EDT The COVID-19 pandemic revealed deep-seated inequities in health care and amplified social and economic factors that contribute to poor health outcomes. These factors also influenced how the COVID-19 vaccines were developed and rolled out. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “COVID-19, Health Equity, and Vaccine Hesitancy.” During this webinar, …

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TMF Webinar on June 22: A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19

June 22, 1-2PM EDT Loneliness was a mental health issue prior to COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated and contributed to increased isolation. Join TMF for a webinar on June 22 titled, “A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19.” During this webinar, attendees will explore and discuss this issue from a health equity …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: June Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? The American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity released toolkits to support hospitals with health equity tactics Rural/CAH Corner COVID 19 Vaccines and Racial and Ethnic …

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Celebrate Pride with CMS OMH

June is Pride Month, a time for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons and recognize their unique health needs. LGBTQ+ persons are comprised of a multitude of groups that have their own unique health needs. Transgender individuals, for …

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Health Equity Hospital Highlights: May Newsletter

View the latest hospital health equity news, events, and tools to support your efforts in eliminating health care disparities within your health system and communities. What’s inside? Importance of Infrastructure within Hospitals to Assess and Address Health Equity CMS Proposes to Enhance the Medical Workforce in Rural and Underserved Communities Asian American and Pacific Islander …

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Health Equity Updates: June Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? New Health Equity Tracker Released Featured Health Equity News The Conversation / La Conversación Become a Part of the Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Workforce Medicaid and Rural Health Pain in …

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Call for Stories: IDEA Initiative Structural Racism & Health Disparities

Deadline: May 19, 2021 The Anticoagulation Forum’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA) Initiative is developing a multi-part webinar series to highlight the critical topic of structural racism and health disparities. We are seeking both providers and patients to share their experiences on how racism has impacted them asthey sought or provided healthcare. If you …

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Post-COVID-19 Strategies for Building Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems

Wednesday, May 19, 3PM EDT COVID-19 has exposed deep fissures in our national and local healthcare systems, which comes as no surprise to mental health providers already accustomed to treating behavioral health needs rooted in systemic racial and economic disparities. Addressing these needs requires targeted outreach and robust community engagement efforts aligned with the principles …

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Health Equity Updates: May Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Limited Progress in Increasing Proportion of Black Physicians HHS Releases New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines CMS Proposes to Enhance the Medical …

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IPRO & Telligen HQICs Event on May 24: Pressure Injury: All-Cause Harm

May 24, 11AM-12PM EDT Materials Recording Slides Join both the IPRO & Telligen Hospital Quality Improvement Contractors (HQICs) as they team up for a joint Learning and Action Network (LAN) webinar event on the All-Cause Harm focus area of Pressure Injury. The webinar will include: A presentation of aggregated results from the IPRO and Telligen …

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May 8: Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans

May 8, 2-3:30PM EDT THE HHS Office of Minority Health invites you to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Virtual Panel Discussion The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), the National Park Service (NPS), and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) …

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as part of our commitment to understanding the health needs of this diverse population. Included in the Asians and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders (Asian and NHOPI) population is a wide variety of …

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CMS Webinar on May 13: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

May 13, 12-1PM EDT Please note: You will receive an email with login information from GoToWebinar upon registration. If you do not receive an email in a few days’ time, please contact CMSOMHTeam@ketchum.com. Hosted by the CMS Office of Minority Health, Join Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director of CMS OMH, who will share information and resources …

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May’s Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen friends, neighbors, and businesses discover new ways to support each other. In our communities, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they built resilience that helps them …

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NYSHealth Webinar on May 6: Addressing Anti-Asian Violence: Providing Mental Health, Safety, and Support for Asian New Yorkers

May 6, 11-11:30AM EDT This 30-minute webinar will feature a short discussion followed by audience Q&A. NYSHealth invites you to attend its webinar series, “Practically Speaking,” that will share actionable ideas to better serve New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will focus on supporting the mental health and safety of Asian New Yorkers in …

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Webinar on April 28: The Native Aging in Place Project

The Native Aging in Place Project: Building sustainable LTSS capacity in your tribal community April 28, 2PM EDT | Register now The Native Aging in Place Project (NAPP) provides long-term services and supports (LTSS) designed to enable Spirit Lake Tribal elders to live independently in their homes. In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the …

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April 28: COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now?

COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series (Session 7): COVID-19 Impacts on Black & Latino Communities: Where are we now? April 28, 7-8:15PM EDT The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and its partners are holding their first virtual briefing series on COVID-19.  Briefings will address lessons learned by physicians and healthcare providers from the COVID-19 pandemic on managing chronic …

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The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism Virtual Forum

April 27, 1–4:30 PM EDT Register April 28, 1–4:45 PM EDT Register During National Minority Health Month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) will host The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care – a two-day virtual forum to explore the advancement of health equity and …

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May 25: Delivering Whole Person Care: Improving Outcomes in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

May 25, 11AM-12PM EDT Part of the Addressing Health Disparities to Reduce Opioid Use Harm SWEEP Materials Recording Slides Only 20% of what influences the health of patients is related to the quality of the health care they receive. The other 80%—called the social determinants of health—is found in patients’ behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, and physical …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources: Reaching Vulnerable Populations

As COVID-19 vaccines continue rolling out across the country, CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS. With information coming from many different sources, CMS has up-to-date resources and materials to help you …

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Health Equity Updates: April Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? April: National Minority Health Month Large Federal Investments to Build Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Hospitalized Black Patients at Higher Risk for Poor Safety Outcomes Updating Health Literacy for Health …

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4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

May 6, 2021 | Registration is Free The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is proud to host the 4th annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and includes a full day of …

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Webinar on March 24: Alaska Native Traditional Foods Movement Webinar

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Traditional foods are an integral part of Alaska Native culture. The gathering, hunting, preserving, and eating of traditional foods is more than just a diet – it’s a way of life. Traditional foods offer nutritious meals that provide physical and healing benefits. They also provide comfort and a sense of home. …

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New CMS OMH COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Vulnerable Populations Webpage

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority and vulnerable populations. The COVID-19 vaccine can reduce the spread of the virus and help end the public health emergency. Community partners working with racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations are critical in helping consumers …

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Biden Administration to Invest $250 Million in Effort to Encourage COVID-19 Safety and Vaccination Among Underserved Populations

HHS Office of Minority Health Will Offer Localities Funding to Partner with Community Organizations to Connect Minority, Underserved Populations with Vital Services, Promote Pandemic Safety Measures As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness today, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety …

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CDC Celebrates Women’s History Month

Women’s Role in Health Literacy March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to highlight Dr. Ruth Parker. Not only is she nationally recognized for her health literacy research, teaching, and advocacy, but she’s a professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and a professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins …

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Drop in Life Expectancy, Vaccine Access & Devastating Winter Storm

Check out the March Population Health Spotlight newsletter from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation In this edition, learn more about the latest news and resources on COVID-19, including the drop in life expectancy, vaccine access and the impact of new variants, as well as new initiatives for supporting vulnerable communities. Highlights …

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Health Equity Updates: March Newsletter

Check out the latest health equity news, health observances, events, and resources supporting the IPRO QIN-QIO efforts to eliminate health disparities for Medicare beneficiaries. What’s inside? AHRQ Chartbook on Patient Safety Rural N.C. Community’s Strategies to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine National Evaluation of Social Determinants of Health COVID-19 and Food Insecurity Health Equity Webinar Materials April …

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Webinar on March 18: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities

Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities: A Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association March 18, 1-2PM EDT Structural racism has been and remains a fundamental cause of persistent health disparities in the United States. This presidential advisory by the AHA reviews the historical context, current state, and potential …

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