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Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021–2025
Planning document presenting goals to address health disparities through scientific research, activities that sustain research, and outreach efforts. Describes health disparity populations, including racial and ethnic minority, rural, less privileged socioeconomic status (SES), and sexual and gender minorities (SGM) populations. Outlines plans to implement research projects and activities, and discusses Leap Forward priority areas that will advance research methods in minority health and health disparities.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health
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Sexually Transmitted Infections - Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm
Highlights the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) across the U.S. Discusses how marginalized groups, such as women, LGBTQ, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations, among others, are disproportionately affected. Details how the barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, particularly rural American Indian reservations, can affect the rates of STIs. Makes policy recommendations to address these disparities.
Author(s): Sten H. Vermund, Amy B. Geller, and Jeffrey S. Crowley
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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CMS Office of Minority Health COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Vaccination resources for healthcare providers and community partners working with racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations. Provides resources to share with consumers and patients, including information in different languages.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Office of Minority Health
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Project ECHO - Indiana University (IU) Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
Offers CMEs and continuing education via live teleclinics for physicians and non-physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and certified health education specialists. Programs include didactic and case-based learning on hepatitis C, HIV, LGBTQ+, cancer, pain management, and COVID-19 response.
Date: 2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Indiana University - Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI), Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
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Suicide in Wisconsin: Impact and Response
Discusses suicide in Wisconsin, including data, risk factors, and the statewide prevention plan. Provides data on suicide trends from 2000-2017; suicide rates by sex, age, sexual orientation, and other demographics; methods of suicide; and more. Compares rural and urban counties on rates of suicide and hospitalization with self-harm injuries.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Reversing the Rising Tide of Suicide
Issue guide covering suicide risk factors, statistics, prevention strategies, and impacts of suicide on specific populations, including veterans, first responders, and LGBTQ youth. Discusses state-level initiatives including Mental Health First Aid training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and the Zero Suicide framework, with examples of state legislation to implement these models.
Author(s): Charlie Severance-Medaris
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Practicing Holistic Review in Medical Education
Issue brief that explores holistic review in medical school admissions and key issues related to diversifying and assessing medical school applicants and cohorts in order to expand the healthcare workforce in rural, minority, and underserved areas. Discusses the history and purpose of holistic review, which considers not only academic measures of potential success but also applicants' life experiences, socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, and disability status, among other characteristics. Recaps informant interviews describing issues and lessons learned from medical school administrators, particularly related to applicant evaluation and emerging assessment methods.
Author(s): Tim Bates, Sunita Mutha, Janet Coffman
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthforce Center at UCSF
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Engaging With Communities - Lessons (Re)Learned From COVID-19
Discusses health disparities in the U.S. and offers recommendations for community engagement and partnerships in public health to achieve and maintain improved health outcomes, especially among vulnerable populations. Offers examples of community, local health department, and other partner's efforts to respond to COVID-19, including activities implemented in tribal and rural settings.
Author(s): Lloyd Michener, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Philip Alberti, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Exploring the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Health Care Experiences among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) Who Live in Rural Areas of the Midwest
Study examining access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for rural, Midwestern men who have sex with men (MSM). Draws data from interviews with 34 MSM. Describes availability of PrEP, willingness of providers to prescribe PrEP, and stigma as a barrier to prescribing PrEP in rural areas.
Author(s): Christopher Owens, Randolph Hubach, Deana Williams, et al.
Citation: AIDS Education and Prevention, 32(1), 51-66
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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The 2019 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation's Schools
Study examining the experiences of LGBTQ students and the impacts of school climate on well-being, mental and physical health, and educational outcomes. Provides survey data on issues of harassment, assault, safety concerns, discriminatory policies, and examines support resources available to LGBTQ students. Discusses differences in the prevalence of issues and access to resources in urban and rural school.
Additional links: 2019 National School Climate Survey Webinar, Executive Summary, Infographics and Posters
Author(s): Joseph G. Kosciw, Caitlin M. Clark, Nhan L. Truong, Adrian D. Zongrone
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: GLSEN
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