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Report on the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief on the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS) is released

posted Mar 15, 2017, 10:12 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 10:14 AM ]

I am pleased to report that the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief on the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS) was released this morning. A complete copy of the data brief is attached below.

Selected Health Conditions Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Adults: United States 2014
Adena M. Galinsky, Ph.D., Carla E. Zelaya, Ph.D., Patricia M. Barnes, M.A., and Catherine Simile, Ph.D.

Key findings Data from the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • The age-sex-adjusted percentages of NHPI adults with fair or poor health (15.5%), serious psychological distress (4.1% in past 30 days), cancer (5.7%), coronary heart disease (6.0%), diabetes (15.6%), lower back pain (28.5% in past 3 months), arthritis (19.7%), migraines (14.1% in past 3 months), and asthma (9.9%) were greater than the corresponding percentages for single-race Asian adults.
  • NHPI adults were more likely than all U.S. adults to be in fair or poor health, to have diabetes, and to have ever had asthma, but they were less likely to have cancer.
With best wishes,
Sela

RHEC IX Releases Elderly Health Disparities: Translating Research into Practice Report

posted Feb 14, 2017, 1:14 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:11 AM ]

Through the Youth Health Equity Model of Practice (YHEMOP) program, the Pacific Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC IX), partnered with San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Program to perform a review and analysis of literature that focused on elderly health disparities. The result is a compilation of data and list of programs that can be used to improve health care delivery for minority elders in Region IX. The report includes an executive summary, data matrices and annotated bibliography. It also includes and a template letter and messaging for sending to relevant legislators.

View or download the report below

CHW Program Database

posted Jul 13, 2016, 7:28 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:11 AM ]

The Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (Pacific and Southwest RHEC) works on health equity issues across an expansive region that spans from Arizona in the east to the Republic of Palau in the west. The Pacific and Southwest RHEC’s Community Health Workers (CHW) Committee developed this regional CHW program database to include existing CHW programs, populations served, services offered, language capacity, CHW collaborators, funding sources, and CHW websites. The purpose is to begin to create a regional map of CHW work and stakeholders in the region.

The Pacific and Southwest RHEC would like to invite you to use the database to engage CHWs, CHW trainers and CHW employers to support community empowerment, health and vitality. We also invite you to email us with updates to the database, and to share best and promising practices for integrating CHWs into care teams. Ultimately, your feedback will help promote regional advocacy efforts to expand and sustain CHW programs and workforce, and help to build innovative partnerships between private and public sectors.

Our hope is to enhance prevention and access to health care, so we would appreciate your participation and feedback. Specifically:
  1. Are there organizations or programs that need to be added?
  2. What experiences have you had with the organizations or programs that are listed that would contribute to a promising/best practice?
  3. Are there organizations or programs listed that you would recommend as workshop or webinar presenters?
  4. General updates to the database?
We thank you in advance for your participation and feedback!

Sincerely,

The Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council
Community Health Worker Committee

Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council Releases Three Community Health Workers’ Information Briefs

posted May 2, 2016, 6:27 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:11 AM ]

The Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council released three information briefs addressing Community Health Workers as frontline service providers who serve to bridge formal health systems. The Community Health Workers in an Evolving Technology Environment brief discusses the use of technology in health care delivery and patient engagement as a new opportunity for health improvement. The Mental Health First Aid brief discusses Mental Health First Aid, which is an adult public education program designed for individuals who may not be familiar with this field, to improve their ' knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues. The Community Health Workers and Chronic Disease Prevention: An Overview of Resources brief discusses the national resources that are available to support the work of Community Health Workers within the arena of chronic disease management. To view or download the briefs, please click on the links below.

Region IX Health Equity Council Releases Environmental Scan

posted Apr 19, 2016, 6:42 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

The Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council released an Environmental Scan on April 19th, 2016. The Environmental Scan describes the challenges and the opportunities, which are unique to this region. This scan will drive the RHEC’s actions in pursuing particular priorities related to health equity and show the extent of health disparities throughout the region. The scan looks at demographics and geographic distribution, disparities in health outcomes, social determinants of health and the impact of geography on access to health care services for those populations that live in remote areas of the region. Click on the press release and Environmental Scan to learn more.

Pacific & Southwest RHEC Proclamation for National Minority Health Month

posted Apr 30, 2015, 12:02 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

The Pacific & Southwest RHEC has proclaimed April 2015 as National Minority Health Month, highlighting the theme, 30 Years of Advancing Health Equity; The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America. The proclamation may be downloaded and read below.

Pacific and Southwest RHEC Fact Sheet

posted Apr 14, 2015, 11:51 AM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:13 AM ]

Pacific and Southwest RHEC has developed a fact sheet highlighting their vision, membership, priority areas, council structure, and steps to get involved in the work of the RHEC. This fact sheet can be downloaded below.

Your input is crucial to ensure and improve the quality of our materials! Please click here to give us your feedback!

The Pacific and Southwest RHEC Invites Californians to Enroll in the Healthcare Marketplace

posted Dec 8, 2014, 12:45 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

In the month of December, 51 Affordable Care Act education and enrollment events are taking place throughout California, sponsored by L.A. Care Health Plan. The events will include information about the health insurance coverage options such as the L.A. Care Covered health plan for individuals and families; the MediConnect Program for low-income individuals; the Medi-Cal Plan for adults, families, older adults, and people with disabilities who meet the income requirements; and/or the Healthy Kids Plan for children under age five. For more information, please download the flyer below.


The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit

posted Feb 24, 2014, 4:17 PM by NPA RHEC   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

The Affordable Care Act Resource Kit has been developed to guide activities that will improve opportunities for health care access and coverage as part of efforts by the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The main audience for this Kit is NPA partners, Regional Health Equity Councils, and other affiliate organizations interested in conducting ACA outreach and facilitating enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces. The Kit provides basic information and a directory of links to resources that may be referenced or distributed during conferences, trainings, project planning and community events.

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