Posts tagged health
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 31 of the leading Latino civic organizations in the U.S., has released its agenda of national policy and legislative priorities on Latino issues.
The document, which will be presented to presidential candidates and delegates at the national Democratic and Republican Conventions, covers education, civil rights, immigration, economic security and improvement, health, and government accountability to give candidates an understanding of policies needed to advance the social and economic status of the Latino community in 2012 and beyond.
In the health realm, the document states: “To reverse the disparity between the health status of Latinos and the population at large, public policy must focus on expanding health insurance to the 30 percent of Latinos without coverage, investing in prevention, and improving the cultural and linguistic competence of our health care professionals.”
Read the full agenda here.
The report, Minorities, Mobile Broadband, and the Management of Chronic Diseases, summarizes key issues raised during a roundtable discussion among leaders from the government, health care, technology and health policy sectors. The report was prepared by the Joint Center Media and Technology Institute and the Health Policy Institute with support from the UnitedHealth Group Foundation.
The report indicates that mobile devices, telemedicine and health applications can bolster preventive and follow-up care for minority mobile users, thereby improving their health outcomes. Mobile technology also has the potential to reduce administrative expenses and inefficiencies that contribute to rising healthcare costs and reduce access to affordable care.
About 63% of Latinos are wireless Internet users, and they are more likely to own a cell phone (87%) than whites (80%), according to the report.
“In effect, by increasing the ability of some people to manage their own care on an outpatient basis, doctors and hospitals will have more opportunities to devote their time and energies to serving patients with more urgent needs,” the report states.
Forty years ago, nearly half of all students walked or biked to school. Now, only 14 percent do.
Why the change?
One major factor is school siting, the decisions school leaders make about where to build or rehabilitate schools. Over the past several decades, schools have increasingly been built on the outskirts of communities, too far from children’s homes for walking or biking to be practical. Meanwhile, obesity rates in children and adolescents have more than tripled, and a third of children are overweight or obese.
Locating schools closer to where families live can make it easier for kids to walk and bike to school—and more convenient for families to use school fields and other facilities after hours, when school is closed. When it comes to ethnicity and socioeconomic status, however, few neighborhoods are well integrated, which means students in neighborhood-based schools can be highly segregated, too.
But there are lots of ways to support both walkable and diverse schools. To help districts nationwide make school siting decisions that support their students’ health and educational success, Changelab Solutions has released a set of model school siting policies and other materials.
We at SaludToday would encourage you to watch this video that puts a unique spin on answering the question: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
The video comes from Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, associate professor of family medicine and public health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. K. “Vish” Viswanath, an E-health expert at Harvard School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, addressed the critical crossroads of poverty, communication and health on April 21, 2011, at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) in San Antonio as part of the SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series.
Viswanath’s pointed out severe disparities in use of communication mediums—the Internet, TV, cell phones, social media, etc.—among racial/ethnic, less educated and lower income populations.
He said it’s important to consider these populations when designing communications.
Watch video of his talk here.
The SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series, sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and the CTRC, brings some of the top U.S. health disparities experts to San Antonio to offer the latest trends, tools and advancements in the fight against cancer health disparities. The series is a joint project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio.
The series launched in October 2010 with disparities expert Rena Pasick. Other past lecturers include Lloyd Potter, Paula Braveman and Isabel Scarinci.
The next lecture features cancer prevention expert Dr. Karen Emmons of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at 4 p.m. May 5, 2011, at the Mabee Conference Room on the 4th floor of the CTRC, 7979 Wurzbach in San Antonio.
Watch all the lectures here.
The new Buena Salud book series presents the latest Latino health information and medical advances about individual diseases and conditions in a warm and conversational tone.
Written by Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the series sprinkles real-life stories throughout and are published simultaneously in English and Spanish to inform, support, and deliver advice that will guide a Latino readership towards better care of their health.
The series launches with books on the top two health concerns for U.S. Latinos: heart disease and diabetes.
Watch a WKYC-TV news report on the book series here or below:
A new community grants program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH), will help spark action in communities to address the many factors that influence health.
As the recent County Health Rankings illustrate, social and economic factors, such as education and employment, can affect health directly and indirectly, and those negative effects may accumulate over individuals’ lifetimes and continue unbroken through generations.
The first round of the community grants program is open to communities that are ready to take action to address the social and economic factors that affect health—factors which have a significant impact on health outcomes, yet are often ignored in community health improvement activities.
Grantees will receive up to $200,000 over 24 months. Go here for more info.
April 27 is the deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
Across U.S. states, wide differences persist in coverage rates, affordability of health care, children’s receipt of preventive care and treatment, and their opportunity to lead healthy lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund state-by-state scorecard on how the health care system is working for children.
The scorecard found that children in the five top-ranked states—Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire—are more likely to be insured and to receive recommended medical and dental check-ups than children in poorer-performing states like Florida, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, or Nevada.
The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is joining others around the nation to improve Latino health as we recognize World Diabetes Day and on Nov. 14.
Diabetes and obesity are some of top health issues facing Latinos in South Texas.
The IHPR’s South Texas Health Status Review identified obesity and diabetes disparities in the region, our Salud America! network targets Latino childhood obesity, and our SaludToday blog continues to highlight the latest research in these areas.
Find out more about our efforts to improve Latino health here.