Tuesday, March 28, 2017

OMH Announces Release of Phase Two Report on Eliminating Hepatitis B and C in the United States

OMH Announces Release of Phase Two Report on Eliminating the Public
Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States

Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the second phase of a report on eliminating viral hepatitis in the United States. The report, Eliminating the Public Health Problem of Hepatitis B and C in the United States, provides a U.S. strategy for eliminating hepatitis B and hepatitis C virus infection and the disease and mortality caused by these agents as public health threats by 2030.  The report sets out elimination goals for the nation and a practical set of recommendations to scale up current prevention activities and focuses on five areas:  (1) public health information; (2) essential interventions; (3) service delivery; (4) financing elimination; and (5) research.
Results from phase-one, released in April 2016, examined the feasibility of ending the transmission of hepatitis B and C in the U.S. and preventing further sickness and deaths from the diseases. The phase-one report concluded that eliminating hepatitis B and C in the United States is feasible, but it will take considerable will and resources. In the short term, it is feasible to control hepatitis B and C by reducing their incidence and prevalence.
The phase-two report outlines some key targets for the larger goal of eliminating the public health problem of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the U.S. by 2030:
Hepatitis B
  • A 50% reduction in mortality from hepatitis B (compared to 2015) is possible in the U.S. by 2030.
  • Meeting this goal will require diagnosing 90% of chronic hepatitis B cases, bringing 90% of those to care, and treating 80% of those for whom treatment is indicated.
Hepatitis C
  • A 90% reduction in incidence of hepatitis C is possible in the U.S. by 2030.
  • Meeting this goal will require treatment without restrictions and a consistent ability to diagnose new cases.
  • A 65% reduction in mortality from hepatitis C (compared to 2015) is possible by 2030.
Millions of Americans are living with viral hepatitis, and more than half don’t know they have the virus. Thus, they are at risk for life-threatening liver disease and cancer and unknowingly transmitting the virus to others. It is estimated that 3.5 million people are living with hepatitis C in the United States and 850,000 people are living with hepatitis B.
Viral hepatitis is especially a concern for racial and ethnic minority populations. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017 – 2020:
  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the racial/ethnic group that is most heavily affected by hepatitis B virus; they comprise about 5% of the U.S. population but comprise about half of all persons living with hepatitis B.[1]
  • An estimated one in 12 AAPIs is living with hepatitis B infection. However, as many as two of three hepatitis B-infected AAPIs do not know they are infected because they have not been tested.
  • Africans Americans comprise approximately 11% of the U.S. population, but comprise 25% of people in the U.S. with chronic hepatitis C infections.
  • African Americans have higher rates of infection and hepatitis C-related death compared with the overall population.
  • African Americans aged 60 and older are 10 times more likely to be chronically infected with hepatitis C compared to other races.
  • American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people are the racial/ethnic group with both the highest rates of acute hepatitis C infection as well as hepatitis C-related deaths. The AI/AN HCV-related death rate is more than double the national rate. Hepatitis C-related hospitalizations among AI/AN people more than tripled from 1995 to 2007.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health thanks the National Academies for this vital report, which was sponsored by CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis and Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, HHS Office of Minority Health, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

To view the full report, click here:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Mountain States RHEC’s Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Cultural Sensitivity When Collecting Sensitive Data

RHEC VIII CultComp 420 Webinar BannerAre you interested in learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments?

The Mountain States Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) aims to end health disparities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. One of its main priority areas is to provide education and awareness of cultural and linguistic competency within the region. This year, the RHEC is hosting a webinar training series on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of the National Standards of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities, and the impact of cultural needs assessments. Upon completion of this webinar, the participants will be able to accomplish the following from the specific tribal perspective:

1. List three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services
2. Identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes
3. Discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers
4. Enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce

DATEApril 20, 2017
TIME11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time

 Jason Baldes, Director of Wind River Native Advocacy Center


Jennifer Kenyon, Senior Research Associate, CSRA’s Health Determinants and Disparities Practice; and Dee Le Beau-Hein, MS, Behavioral Health & Recovery Administrator, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Health Board CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice

CSRA’s Health Determinants & Disparities Practice (HDDP) has more than 50 years of combined experience in studying, writing about, advocating for, and promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS), cultural and linguistic competence, and developing strategies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. HDDP is committed to bringing CLAS and equity solutions to systems impacting health. HDDP provides training, technical assistance, and learning tools on CLAS for an array of health professionals.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board was established to provide the tribal nations in the Great Plains region with a formal representative board as a means of communicating and participating with the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service and other Health and Human Services entities and organizations on health matters. Its mission is to provide quality public health support and health care advocacy to the tribal nations of the Great Plains by utilizing effective and culturally credible approaches.

UDOH Job Opportunity

The Utah Department of Health has a recruitment open for the following position:

$22.85 - $36.25

This is a full-time, career service exempt position with benefits.
Requisition #   11515
Closes:   04/05/2017 at 11:59 pm MST 

In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at https://statejobs.utah.gov.  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.    

Monday, March 20, 2017

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title: ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST Program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, reductions in trauma, and sustained community change.
For the purposes of this FOA, civil unrest is defined as demonstrations of mass protest and mobilization, community harm, and disruption through violence often connected with law enforcement issues. Communities that have experienced civil unrest share similar characteristics [1]:
·        Barriers to access and lack of social services, health care, legal and political representation, housing, employment, and education;
·        Current and historic strains in community and public sector relationships, e.g., law enforcement, school, health, and/or housing and community relationships; and
·        Racial/ethnic minority and marginalized populations with experiences of poverty and inequality.
The ReCAST Program closely aligns with SAMHSA’s Recovery Support and Trauma and Justice Strategic Initiatives. For more information on the funding opportunity please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-17-009

More information on these Initiatives is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/strategic-initiatives. In addition, this program seeks to address behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities by encouraging the implementation of strategies to decrease the differences in access, service use, and outcomes among the racial and ethnic minority populations served. (See PART II: Appendix F – Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities.)

OMH Announces Release of Health Data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population

Office of Minority HealthOMH Announces Release of Health Data for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of the first large-scale federal survey designed to provide detailed health information about the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island population in the United States.  The project, the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), was conducted in 2014 through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the CDC.
Data from the survey provide detailed information on factors such as access to and use of health services, health insurance coverage, immunizations, risk factors, and health-related behaviors about Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. The survey results can be used by policymakers, researchers, health professionals, community leaders, and others to help inform their programs and policies and to plan future interventions to help achieve health equity for this population.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has developed a data brief that highlights differences in the prevalence of selected health conditions between the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population and the Asian population with whom they have been historically combined. The CDC has also made the data file publicly available.
“For years, we have been limited in our knowledge of the health status of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders because of their grouping with the larger Asian population,” said Carol Jimenez, OMH Acting Director.  “This is a historic survey that for the first time provides a detailed look at the health status of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community, which is the first step in addressing the disparities that uniquely affect this community.”
The CDC partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau in order to increase representation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander households for this project. As part of this joint effort, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau collected data from approximately 3,000 households containing one or more NHPI residents, using the American Community Survey sample.  Responses were collected by the Census Bureau and securely transmitted to the National Center for Health Statistics, where any personal identifiers were removed.

Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth through Age 8

National Governors Association Early Childhood Workforce Grant Team would like to invite you to special event!
Dr. Kimber Bogard, one of the authors Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8, is coming to Utah on April 27th to:
  • talk about this report
  • explain the recommendations for creating a quality early care and education systems for professionals working with young children
  • discuss the possibility of having Utah become one of the states that is implementing this work
This event is no cost and is open to anyone who is interested in supporting the early childhood profession and young children so PLEASE share the invitation with your networks!

RSVP by April 21st to carolynchristensent@utah.gov.

BRFSS Data: Dementia Caregivers Provide Long, Intensive Care

Majority of Dementia Caregivers Provide Care for Sustained Period of Time

BRFSS Logo with taglineIn 2015, 59 percent of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers had been providing care for at least the past two years. And, that care is often intense and intimate: 64.4 percent of caregivers help with personal care like bathing and feeding, while 81.7 percent help with household activities like cleaning and managing money. These data come from a new analysis – conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program – of the Caregiver Module from the 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Public Health Roadmap M-02 NewThe data demonstrate just a fraction of the burden Alzheimer’s and other dementias places on caregivers. Individual fact sheets are now available for the 24 states that used the Caregiver Module in their 2015 BRFSS surveys. With these new data, states can see the scope and burden of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including the toll that caregiving takes on mental and physical health.
We encourage you to download your state’s fact sheet not only for your own use, but to distribute to health officials, public health practitioners, and state policymakers. Tweet the fact sheet, link to it on your website, blog about it. Data are only useful when used to inform policy and systems change, and that can only happen if the data are widely distributed.