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May 16 Webinar Recording: Achieving Health Equity through Accessible Communications

posted May 9, 2018, 2:17 PM by daniel yoo   [ updated by Tech Support ]

This webinar outlined cross-cutting strategies to support more inclusive and accessible approaches to implementing Healthy Communications and Health Information Technology (HCHIT).

View the webinar recording here:

Please note that, due to technical issues beyond our control, closed captioning was not provided for the last five minutes of this webinar; however, the transcript document captures the entire session. 

To view/download the webinar transcript and fully accessible presentation slides (PDF format), please click on the links below.

Recording Now Available: Strategies for Building and Strengthening the CHW Effort

posted Mar 28, 2018, 3:25 PM by daniel yoo   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 1:15 PM by Tech Support ]

On April 26, the Mountain States RHEC’s Community Health Worker (CHW) Subcommittee shared strategies and pathways for building and strengthening CHW efforts in the community. The webinar focused on the history, infrastructure, strategies, goals, and progress of the Utah Broad-Based CHW Coalition.

ASTHO Webinar: Integrating Health Equity into Funding Opportunity Announcements

posted Jan 24, 2018, 7:16 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 7:16 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:

Abstracts Sought by January 12 for Atlanta BRFSS Training Workshop

posted Jan 8, 2018, 9:50 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 9:51 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.

Recording Now Available: Watch the July 31 Mountain States RHEC’s Native American cultural competency webinar on cultural needs assessments

posted Aug 3, 2017, 1:23 PM by Camila Santos   [ updated Aug 3, 2017, 1:26 PM ]

Learn more about tribal communities and how to best serve American Indians and Alaska Natives by watching Independent Senior Strategist and Tribal Health Consultant Tom Anderson’s presentation on the diversity of existing health care in Indian Country and the wide and varying differences in tribal health perspectives and cultures of health. He shares examples of best and promising practices of cultural competency aligned with the CLAS Standards as well as health equity challenges in tribal communities through the lens of health and cultural needs assessments.

View it here:

Recording Now Available For The Mountain States RHEC (RHEC VIII) Native American Cultural Competency Webinar

posted May 23, 2017, 6:33 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

Did you miss the April 20, 2017, Native American Cultural Competency webinar hosted by the Mountain States RHEC (RHEC VIII)? The webinar, which focused on addressing cultural sensitivity when collecting sensitive data is now available for listening. Upon listening to the webinar, participants will be able to do the following: list three benefits of providing culturally and linguistic appropriate services; identify and understand the holistic healing approach, cultural norms, customs, and protocols of the Great Plains tribes; discuss effective strategies when working with the Native American population that can be shared with co-workers; and enhance the relationship between healthcare provider and patient by building a culturally competent workforce.

Listen to the recording:

To view/download the presentation (Power Point format) click below

Mountain States RHEC Native American Cultural Competency Webinar: Overview Of Working With Tribal Governments

posted Jan 24, 2017, 10:58 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]

Did you miss the Mountain States RHEC's webinar on the history of tribes and treaties, utilization of CLAS Standards, cultural sensitivity when working with tribal communities and the impact of cultural needs assessments? You can now view the recording!

View it here:

Department of Education (DOE) Issues a Fact Sheet Regarding Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

posted Dec 14, 2016, 11:25 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

The DOE issued a Fact Sheet that announced the final regulations under Part B of IDEA, aimed at promoting equity by targeting widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. The regulations address several issues related to significant disproportionality in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities based on race or ethnicity.

See the Fact Sheet for more information.

Region VIII Releases Healthcare Coverage Expansion in the Mountain States Region: Implications for Health Outcomes Report

posted Sep 8, 2016, 4:51 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

According to the Healthcare Coverage Expansion in the Mountain States Region: Implications for Health Outcomes report released by the Mountain States RHEC, some states in Region VIII have not expanded Medicaid although the lack of healthcare coverage results in higher medical care expenditures and can negatively impact health outcomes for populations at risk of experiencing health disparities. Of the six states in Region VIII, three – Colorado, Montana and Utah – have expanded Medicaid and governors in Wyoming and in South Dakota have included Medicaid expansion in their respective FY2017 budget proposals. 

See the report below and find out how this impacts the region

Native CDFIs Providing Hope via Financial Literacy, Economic Opportunity

posted Apr 26, 2016, 6:54 AM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 28, 2017, 6:03 AM ]

In the language of the tribal Native American group, the Lakota, there is no traditional word for money. That makes the work of the Four Bands Community Fund, a nonprofit and Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) all the more important. The organization’s mission is to create economic opportunity for residents of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota and also to help the people better understand the basics of money. To view/download the full article please see below.

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