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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program is seeking candidates for six fellowships at the nexus of health science, policy and politics in Washington, D.C.
The fellowships, each for up to $165,000, are outstanding opportunities for exceptional mid-career health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy promoting the health of the nation.
Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care and health policy.
The proposal deadline is Nov. 13, 2013.
See more information here.
A unique group of research and policy leaders urged increased focus on Latino health and the future of Latino health care during a panel Sept. 5, 2013, sponsored by the Texas Tribune.
- Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday
- Dr. Esteban Lopez of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
- Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Watch the panel here or below, courtesy of NowCastSA.com.
The Utah Department of Health recently released several videos, “For Me, For Us,” to offer reliable health care information to racial/ethnic minorities, the Daily Herald reports.
Each video tackles healthy eating, access to health care and healthy births, and other health challenges facing minorities in Utah.
How do Hispanics use the Internet to get informed on health issues?
A MediaPost Blog called Engage:Hispanics sought to answer this question and found that, despite a strong demand for health content online among Hispanics, there is very little of it available in Spanish:
According to comScore, Hispanic usage of health care websites is growing twice as fast as the general market. In September 2011, a total of 17.2 million Hispanics visited a health-related website; this represents 52% of all online Hispanics and an annual growth rate of 31%.
Compare this to the general market, where 66% of online users visited a health site in September 2010, up 15% from the previous year. The fact that most Hispanics are young helps explain why they are less likely than the general market to visit health sites, but language preference and the relative lack of Spanish language health information also seem to play a roll.
In the past 12 months, usage of health websites skyrocketed among the bilingual and Spanish-preferring online Hispanics. As a result, more than half of all online Hispanics visits a health site each month.
The blog entry indicates that there is a “clear demand for Spanish language health information online and relatively few companies providing it. Providing online Spanish health content would not only meet this demand, but it would also help Hispanics get healthy.”
Read more here.
Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work in Latino communities across the country.
By SaludToday Guest Blogger: Sallie George
Do you know someone doing exceptional work to improve health or access to health care in his or her community? Or someone who has solved or who has made good progress toward solving a daunting community health problem?
If so, nominate your local health hero for a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders award.
As the nation’s largest health philanthropy, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) selects 10 of these individuals each year to receive the Community Health Leaders award, which includes national recognition, opportunities to network and collaborate with fellow health leaders around the country, and $125,000 to support the leader’s work. The winners receive tools and knowledge to help them continue their efforts to improve health and health care where they live.
Josephine Mercado, founder of Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc. (HHI) in Central Florida, was named a Community Health Leader in 2010 and recently sat on an RWJF sponsored panel discussion about the health of the Latino community. She said: “Recipients of the Community Health Leaders award are an honored and privileged group. The award has placed HHI at another leadership level in the Central Florida community.”
Selected leaders come from diverse professional backgrounds and regions of the country. They’re working to solve the health challenges that confront their own communities throughout the U.S.
Recent award winners are providing compassionate care to dementia patients, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, providing free health care to homeless women, and developing support services for brain injury survivors.
The annual call for nominations has been released and RWJF is accepting nominations from October 21-November 28, 2011. Don’t miss your chance to recognize your most outstanding local health leaders.
For more information and to nominate someone, visit www.communityhealthleaders.org.
The Center for American Progress’ new fact sheet, Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity, spells out health issues facing the nation’s minority groups.
Hispanic health care coverage statistics include:
- 68% of Hispanics had health insurance coverage in 2009 compared to 88% of whites.
- 35% of nonelderly uninsured Hispanics report having chronic health conditions.
- Close to a third of Hispanics lack a usual source of health care and 46% of uninsured Hispanics who report having chronic health conditions lack regular care.
Hispanic chronic health conditions include:
- 10% of Hispanics of all ages report they are in fair or poor health.
- About 40% of Latinos age 20 and older were obese in 2008.
- 14% of Hispanics have been diagnosed with diabetes compared with 8% of whites.
- Hispanic women contract cervical cancer at twice the rate of white women.
- One in five Hispanics report not seeking medical care due to language barriers.
For more, see the fact sheet.
While millions of Americans of all backgrounds face the problem of being unable to access care because of a lack of insurance or inadequate coverage, Latinos are far more likely than people in other racial and ethnic groups to be unable to afford or get care when they need it, Newsweek reports.
Government agencies and public health officials are joining the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in highlighting ways in which the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance more accessible and affordable to the nine million Latinos that will be eligible to receive health coverage under the new public health law. With one in three Latinos lacking health insurance coverage, Latino families have suffered more than any other ethnic group due to lack of coverage and inadequate care.
However, the 8 percent of U.S. residents that the Congressional Budget Office estimates will remain uninsured once health reform is implemented will still be disproportionately Latino.
Access-to-care issues thus must remain a priority for policy-makers and health researchers.