Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Understanding Unconscious Bias: 
How It Impacts Your Work 

Friday, June 12, 2015
11 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. 

Training Focus
What is implicit bias? Why does it exist?

What are the implications of implicit
bias for individuals and

What strategies are there for
eliminating implicit bias?

Keynote Speaker

Matthew Freeman 
Diversity and Inclusion Consultant 
TMI Consulting

Friday, April 24, 2015

Region III Health Equity Blueprint for Action Released

Region III Health Equity Blueprint for Action Released

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) has released a Regional Blueprint for Action. This blueprint illustrates trends in regional data on health disparities and the social determinants of health. Among the trends identified:

  • The entire Mid-Atlantic region experiences crime rates higher than the national average. The District of Columbia had more than 20 times the national benchmark, followed by Maryland and Delaware with rates nearly 10 times higher.
  • In West Virginia, the incidence of food insecurity is the highest in the region, as is the rate of premature death; the state reports nearly double the national percentage of individuals in poor or fair health.
  • In all Mid-Atlantic states, individuals with a high school education or higher reported very good or excellent health at a higher rate than those with less than a high school education.
As a next step, RHEC members are sharing information from the blueprint with decision makers and professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region to raise awareness about key health issues and issue a call for action among regional partners.

To download the full Mid-Atlantic RHEC Regional Blueprint for Action  or download the Executive Summary to view a snapshot of the blueprint’s findings, please visit http://region3.npa-rhec.org/in-the-spotlight/blueprint.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

You're invited to
Food Deserts: Virginia Challenges and Solutions
Please join the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) for a viewing and discussion of Living In A Food Desert, a documentary describing Virginia's food access problem, how it impacts residents in three parts of the state, and the initiatives in place that address local needs for healthy, affordable food. 

Produced by Virginia State University in collaboration with Virginia Tech, this film will inspire you with its examples of dedicated Virginians creating real solutions to food access.

Following the film, there will be an opportunity for attendees to share successful strategies implemented in Virginia and learn from Melanie Deel about Lenowisco Health District initiatives and John Lewis about the Renew Richmond program.
Friday, April 24, 2015
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
VDH, Madison Building, 
Mezzanine Conference Room
109 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
To submit a Polycom site request, please contact Rich Watson at richard.watson@vdh.virginia.gov or 
(804) 864 - 7179
Register on TRAIN VA using the Course ID: 1056511. 

For more information, please contact Augustine Doe, OMHHE Health Equity Specialist at augustine.doe@vdh.virginia.gov or 804-864-7436. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Input Requested from Rural Providers on New Initiative

On January 26, 2015, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a major new HHS initiative focused on health care delivery system reform.  The announcement included measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients. To support these activities, HHS is creating a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network that will involve both public and private sector stakeholders.  You can read more about the initiative in the links below.

This initiative will have important implications for all health care providers and the patients they serve. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy wants to hear from rural providers to ensure that rural providers can leverage the opportunities to align with the goals laid out by the Secretary.  For example, what are the implications of the unique payment classifications for rural hospitals and rural health clinics for engaging fully in these new directions? How can we ensure that the goals are attainable for rural providers? 
We’re asking our grantees and rural health stakeholders to take a thorough look at information available through the links below and provide feedback.  Send us your comments at the following address:  RuralDSR@hrsa.gov

You can also provide feedback on key rural issues for the Learning and Action Network at the following address: PaymentNetwork@cms.hhs.gov

Links with information about the initiative:
Delivery System Reform News Release
Secretary Burwell’s Blog Item on Delivery System Reform
Secretary Burwell’s Article in the New England Journal of Medicine
Delivery System Reform Fact Sheet
Delivery System Reform Taxonomy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UNC Minority Health Conference on February 27 via Webinar Broadcast
Minority Health Conference

The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (VDH-OMHHE) invites you to join us on February 27, 2015 at 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the keynote address of the 36th Annual UNC Minority Health Conference. 

This year's conference is titled Reaching for the American Dream: Economic Mobility and Minority Health and will consider the impact of socioeconomic factors on minority health, with a particular focus on health disparities in the aftermath of the recession. Dr. William "Sandy" Darity Jr., PhD, Professor at Duke University, will speak, highlighting timely research on this topic and focus on opportunities to advance minority health in the present period of economic recovery. The keynote address will be followed by a facilitated Q & A session. 

The session is part of the VDH-OMHHE's 2015 Health Equity & Cultural Competency Training Series and will take place at the VDH Madison Building at 109 Governor Street, Richmond, VA in the Mezzanine Conference Room. Polycom sites are also available. Please see the flyer for details. Topics and dates of other sessions in this series will be released here and on the VDH-OMHHE website in the near future. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health 

Register Now | February 5, 2015 | 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET
Please join us on Thursday, February 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar featuring the Social Determinants of Health and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health topic areas. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.To be more effective, public health, health care, and prevention practitioners must understand the cultural context of their unique community and possess the skills and desire to work in those contexts. Cultural competence, the ability of an individual or organization to interact effectively with people of different cultures and backgrounds to produce positive change, is a key component to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. This Progress Review webinar will highlight the importance of social determinants of health and cultural competence in working with LGBT and diverse populations to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.
This webinar will feature Senior HHS officials. Additionally, presenters from a community-based organization will share their experience in offering culturally competent care.
Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, CHES) are available!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Apply to the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program by March 30 

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.
The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2015 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 383 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.

For more information or to complete an application, visit the NHSC website; Applications are accepted through Mrach 30, 2015.