In the Spotlight

Mental Health Disparities and Suicide by Grace Oladayo, RHEC V Emerging Professional

posted Aug 28, 2018, 9:31 AM by daniel yoo   [ updated Aug 28, 2018, 9:32 AM ]

People try to find reasons for everything. Nothing seems justifiable unless the individual feels like the reason is good enough. Why did this happen, why did/would you, why? Death by suicide often creates those questions, and it leaves people behind wondering the answers and looking for a reason why this person who was supposedly loved and cared for by family and friends would take his/her life. Suicide is often the end result of the many reasons people may or may not know about. Mental illness is one of the primary reasons and is diagnosed in more than 90% of those who commit suicide. About 450 million people in the world currently deal with mental illness, and about one million die by suicide each year. Suicide now has become one of the highest leading causes of death; the numbers are too high. A way to reduce those numbers is by fixing the underlying problem—the mental illness. Understanding the problem, funding research, and reducing the factors that may cause mental illnesses can significantly help control the associated problems and reduce suicide rates.

Many people in states with a high amount of health disparities do not receive treatments for their conditions. According to the Office of Minority Health, “Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.” This shows the lack of resources and treatments in the African American community. Hispanics/Latinos take up about 25% of the number of adolescents who had a major depressive episode in the past year and the 1 in 10 American Indian/Alaskan Native young adults who had thoughts of committing suicide. Regardless of the resources being made available for mental health, disparities still occur in the healthcare system. Health disparities create more poor outcomes than the actual problem itself as people resort to other options when they do not receive the health care they need to help prevent them.

Suicide rates in states such as Illinois and Ohio are increasing. More and more people are taking their lives, and even more are considering it; family and friends are looking for reasons why. To reduce suicide, resources need to be consistently available. This is especially important for those who live in neighborhoods with high health disparities, because those individuals are more likely to be victims.

March 23 Webinar Recording and Post-webinar Graphic Report: Great Lakes Equity in Healthcare Quality Webinar

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:44 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 10:39 AM ]

Learn about the important role equity plays in healthcare quality improvement efforts; effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies; and strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

Watch the March 23, 2018 webinar here: https://explorepsa.adobeconnect.com/prfrs43lq250/

Download the webinar recording in MP4 format here: https://tinyurl.com/GreatLakesEquityinQuality-mp4 

In this post-webinar graphic report, we share information about participants' satisfaction with the webinar and its delivery, their ability to apply the webinar’s information to their work, and how they plan to use the information.


To view/download the webinar presentation slides (PDF format), please click on the link below.

Great Lakes Health Equity Webinar: Equity in Quality

posted Mar 7, 2018, 6:40 PM by Tech Support

Join the Great Lakes RHEC to learn about the important role equity plays in healthcare quality improvement efforts; effective approaches health service organizations have taken to integrate equity into their organizational quality strategies; and strategies and resources to eliminate disparities and improve outcomes in readmissions, heart disease, and diabetes.

Register Here: https://explorepsa.adobeconnect.com/rhecvwebinar/event/event_info.html 

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:09 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:10 AM ]

Date: Tuesday, February 20 
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m. EST 

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, will host a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process based on its guide for integrating health equity language into funding announcements. 

Objectives for this webinar are to: 
  • Describe federal leadership on state/regional health equity initiatives; 
  • Provide specific examples of how a state health agency has incorporated health equity language into its funding announcements; and 
  • Describe the new tool for health equity developed by ASTHO and the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
For more information and to register: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=ld5wli570ckc&campaign=3214jsngdwuc

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:48 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:49 AM ]

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference Committee is encouraging the submission of abstracts for a presentation or poster for the BRFSS Training Workshop, April 9–13 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission deadline is Friday, January 12. Notifications of accepted presentations will be sent by Friday, February 16. 

Click on the link below for additional information and abstract guidelines. This is a great opportunity to increase the visibility of the great work that you are doing. 

https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/CallforAbstractsCleared4WebPg.pdf

A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available

posted Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Despite the nation’s advancements in health and medicine, care is still not equally available and accessible across communities, populations, socioeconomic groups, and ethnicities. The National Quality Forum (NQF) created a roadmap for the U.S. healthcare system (i.e., providers and payers) to reduce health and healthcare disparities through performance measurement and associated policy levers. The final report, A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities: The 4 I’s for Health Equity is now available. View or Download from below.

Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC V) Seeking New Members

posted Oct 11, 2017, 1:45 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 5:36 AM ]

The deadline to submit an application to become a member of RHEC V is November 10, 2017. RHEC V is seeking energetic and proactive members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. To submit your application, please click here.

Summer 2017 Issue of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Now Available

posted Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 31, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

The latest issue of the BRFSS features Wisconsin. This state uses yearly data from the BRFSS to track the prevalence of the health issues and behaviors. Get the latest issue.
https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/factsheets/pdf/Issue_9_508_tagged.pdf

Patricia Canessa (RHEC V) Appointed to American Public Health Association Committee on Health Equity

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:32 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:33 PM ]

Join us as we congratulate Great Lakes Regional Health Equity Council member Patricia Canessa on her appointment by the president and leadership of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to the association’s Committee on Health Equity. The committee is charged with assuring APHA meets its diversity, inclusion, and social justice goals by monitoring the diversity of its sections, committees, councils, and boards; encouraging APHA to maximize inclusion in decision-making at all levels; and recognizing and promoting best practices by APHA units, affiliates, and caucuses.

CHW Summit Materials Available

posted Nov 9, 2015, 5:03 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:54 PM ]

On October 30-31, 2015, Community Health Workers (CHW) and CHW stakeholder leaders throughout the Great Lakes region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH and WI), convened at the first Region V Great Lakes CHW Summit. The Summit was the culmination of over a year of careful planning by CHW-focused organizations from each of the six states of Region V and it was a rousing success. Virtually every seat was filled. There were over 90 participants on Day1 at the US Department of Health and Human Services Region V – Chicago Regional Office and over 70 participants on Day 2 at National Louis University.

Download the Summit Agenda and select the presenters’ name(s) to download session handouts and PPTs, where available. You may also read more about the Region V CHW Summit in the Spotlight below.

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