Category Archives: National Health Watch

Reminder: Film Screening and Health Kick-off TODAY in Mount Hope, Saturday Dec 11

Today, Saturday, December 11 at 11:00 AM, join Urban Health Watch and a number of other partners for a great family-friendly film about two preteens who ask the question “What’s on Your Plate?” They’ll explore issues like access to nutrition and ways to eat healthy if you live in an urban city.

Hello Urban Health Watch readers,
This is a reminder if you live in RI: Today, Saturday, December 11, Urban Health Watch is co-hosting a film screening of “What’s On Your Plate?” – a movie that will leave youth and adults, alike, with great ideas and tools on how to improve access to nutrition in our own communities and how to engage youth in the process. Set primarily in New York City, this film also addresses the challenges to eating healthy if you live in an urban city, and how to find short-cuts and hidden resources to overcome those barriers.

See more information below:

WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE HEALTH EVENT
Saturday, December 11, 2010
11:00 AM
Mt. Hope Learning Center
140 Cypress Street
Providence, RI 02906

Join the Mt. Hope community, Urban Health Watch, and a number of other community partners for a great workshop on nutrition, access, and health in our daily lives! This Mt. Hope Health Initiative Kick-off event will feature a health documentary screening (of the movie Whats on Your Plate?), follow-up discussion, refreshments and raffles. The event is free and open to the public.

More info:
-> http://www.whatsonyourplateproject.org/
-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oHoEA7S7kY

Recent Links and Articles on Health: Nutrition, Access to Care, and Challenges to Overcome

PROVIDENCE, RI – Below are some links for those of you interested in the topics of Childhood Obesity, Access to Nutrition, Access to Affordable Care, and Overcoming Health Disparities. They include short-form press releases, podcasts with Public Service Announcements, videos explaining local initiatives, and long-form studies especially posted for those that do Health Policy work. The sources and references for these links come from a variety of places, including (but not limited to) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), RI Kids Count, and right here on UrbanHealthWatch.net. We know there is a lot, so we leave you with these parting words (and requests): Take A Peek; Take Your Time; and Take A Minute – to leave a comment with your own links, resources or articles.

Recent Links on Childhood Obesity & Nutrition

Heavier and wider kids
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS HealthBeat

A study says more American kids have been growing overweight – and, the study, which looked at different generations of kids, finds overweight kids have been growing even fatter. (…) The increase in waist size especially could cause more health problems.

Keep Reading
Download/listen to a Short Podcast:

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School Environment Affects Diabetes Risk
(And School-based Obesity Intervention Works)
From the National Institutes of Health

Healthier foods at school, longer and more intense physical activity and lessons in healthy lifestyles can reduce obesity and other risk factors for diabetes. These findings, from an NIH-funded study, suggest that school-based changes might help at-risk kids improve their health. (…) At the end of the study, kids who had been overweight or obese at the intervention schools had a 21% lower obesity rate than those at the comparison schools. Other diabetes risk factors, like larger waist size, also fell more at the intervention schools.

Keep Reading

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Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative (PHCSI)
Learn More, Review Recent Work

The Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a community campaign to add healthy options and variety to the food available at small markets in the city. By working with store owners and local farms, the PHCSI wants to make it easier for all families to find and cook healthy food. Choosing more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is a great way to take care of your body and reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses.

About PHCSI
About PHCSI – The Video
Providence en Espanol Covers PHCSI
NBC/Turn to 10 Covers PHCSI

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Carrots or Candy in Corner Stores?
Federal Facilitators and Barriers to Stocking Healthier Options
Listed in the CDC Public Health Law News

Sheila Fleischhacker and Joel Gittelsohn have written the article “Carrots or Candy in Corner Stores?: Federal Facilitators and Barriers to Stocking Healthier Options” in the Indiana Health Law Review. The article examines federal legal facilitators and barriers to stocking healthier options in the food environment, with particular emphasis on how healthy foods get to smaller grocery stores or “corner stores” in predominantly low-income areas.

Click here to download/read the 34-page article.

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Notables from the Farm Fresh RI Newsletter and Blog
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2004.

1) The vision of Farm Fresh RI A New England abundant with diverse family farms and fertile soils, with locally and honestly produced foods and flavors at the heart of every dinnertable.  One of their objectives is to “Increase access to fresher, tastier food.”  In that regard, they recently listed several “Benefits at Farmers Markets (in RI)”

  • SNAP, formerly Food Stamps. Just bring your EBT card to the welcome desk at a participating farmers market. All Farm Fresh markets also provide up to $5 free each day you use your EBT card to shop at the market. Many of our markets have SNAP personnel on site who can help you determine if you are eligible and fill out the application.
  • WIC Farmers Market Checks and Fruit and Vegetable Checks can be used at RI farmers markets. Just give the check directly to the farmer at the market. WIC info is here.
  • Senior Coupons: low-income seniors (60+) are eligible for $15 worth of checks to spend at local farmers markets. Call a senior center for more info

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2) The Market Mobile brings food directly from producer to plate. Here’s how Market Mobile works:  Every week, Farm Fresh works with local producers to list food for sale online. Producers log onto the Market Mobile site and enter what foods are available this particular week, the quantity available, and the price per unit. On Thursdays, Farmers arrive at a delivery hub and drop off orders in each customer’s box. One delivery truck goes out with all of the orders. For more info please contact Hannah at (401) 312-4250 or by email at hannah@farmfreshri.org.

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Tackling Obesity in RI
Urban Health Watch Radio, Episode 3

On Episode 3 of Urban Health Watch Radio, we spoke to a roundtable of health advocates and experts on the topic of obesity, taking a special look at rates and trends in RI, and how to turn things around individually and through community involvement. We talked about ways to make changes at work with you and your colleagues, at doctors’ offices and health centers between physicians and parents, and at home with your family with tips on how to access nutritious, healthy, and affordable fresh foods. We also discussed programs, policies, and strategies for outreach specifically targeting children and youth.  Guests from Episode 3 will help you understand how to take action, from where we live, work, and/or play.

Click here to listen to the podcast ANYTIME from your computer.

Learn About Urban Health Watch Radio

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Links About Access to Care

Clinica Esperanza – Hope Clinic: Free Health Clinic in Providence

Clinica Esperanza- Hope Clinic
60 Valley Street Unit 5 “The Plant”
Providence, RI 02909

NO HEALTH INSURANCE? Check out a FREE Health Clinic Happening in Providence Every Tuesday and Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Clinica Esperanza- Hope Clinic Hope Clinic offers free preventive health screenings and doctor exams in a friendly and confidential environment. The clinic is open to adults who live in Rhode Island and have no health insurance. An appointment is needed. Find more info online at http://www.aplacetobehealthy.org or by phone: (401) 347-9093 or (401) 649-9683.

NO TIENES SEGURO MEDICO? Ven para servicios, GRATIS, en una Clinica de Salud que ocurre cada Martes y Viernes, 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Clinica-Esperanza es una clinica de salud gratuita que ofrece varios examenes preventivos y consultas medicas en un ambiente amigable y confidencial. La clinica atendera adultos que viven en Rhode Island sin seguro médico. Es necesario hacer una cita. Encontraras mas informacion si vesitenos en http://www.aplacetobehealthy.org o por telefono: (401) 347-9093 or (401) 649-9683.

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RI Kids Count Reports Fewer Insured Children in RI
From the RI Kids Count Newsletter and Website
September 16, 2010

“’The economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 resulted in the loss of jobs, and with that the loss of employer sponsored health coverage. We are seeing these effects in the children’s health insurance coverage numbers released today,’” stated Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.”

Providence, RI – Rhode Island KIDS COUNT released new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 Current Population Survey (CPS). The CPS reports that 7.7% of Rhode Island children were uninsured in the three-year period from 2007-2009, an increase from 6.4% in the three years from 2004-2006, the period just before the economic downturn. (…) Rhode Island now ranks 19th in the nation for children’s health insurance coverage, down from 13th in 2004-2006. (…) Children with health insurance are more likely to receive treatment for health conditions such as asthma and ear infections, that if left untreated can have life-long consequences and lead to more serious and costly health problems. Uninsured children and adults are more likely to have costly hospitalizations and emergency room visits that could have been prevented with access to regular health care.

Keep Reading/Download the Press Release

More from RI Kids Count

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Affordable Care and Access for All Rhode Islanders
Urban Health Watch Radio, Episode 1

On Episode One, we speak to a roundtable of health advocates and experts about issues of affordable health care and access for all Rhode Islanders. We’ll talk about the opportunities available to entrepreneurs and self-employed workers and to families and residents who are uninsured, under insured or earning lower incomes. We’ll also talk about services that hospitals and health centers offer by choice and the ones they’re now required to offer by law. Episode one’s experts will help us understand why insurance or access to regular care is important to children and families and they’ll review policy changes and updates to make sure everyone is informed about all their health insurance and access options.

Click here to download/listen to a podcast ANYTIME from your computer.

Find All Three Episodes of Urban Health Watch Radio

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Other Links

Why The Poor Pay Virtually No Attention to Those ‘Quit Smoking’ Campaigns
By Carolyn Thomas
From reportingonhealth.org

A fascinating study in the UK sheds some light on that question by observing that the poorer you are, the more likely you’ll be to take up smoking, and the less likely you’ll also be to quit smoking. It helps to explain the spectacular lack of success that otherwise effective anti-smoking campaigns have among lower socioeconomic populations. (…) [R]esearchers conclude that disadvantaged populations will continue to resist health promotion measures like ‘quit smoking’ campaigns until their more urgent short-term problems are successfully addressed. (…) Poor housing conditions, occupational hazards, and environmental dangers are more immediate threats to the health of those in lower socioeconomic positions than is smoking.

Blog/Article Link:

Original Study Link:

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Improving Your Health Literacy
from “Navigating the Health Care System: Advice Columns from Dr. Carolyn Clancy”

In this article, found on the webpage of the Agency for Health Research and Quality, Dr. Carolyn Clancy gives great tips on how to improve interactions with pharmacists. October, she says, is “Health Literacy Month,” which is “a good time to try these suggestions,” writes Clancy, who writes an advice column called “Navigating the Health Care System.” Here are some excerpts from some of her suggestions:

  • Have another adult with you.
  • Bring all your medicines to your next doctor’s visit.
  • Ask questions. Then, make sure you get and understand the answers.
  • Repeat information back to your doctor or nurse. After your doctor or nurse gives you directions, repeat those instructions in your own words.
  • Let the doctor’s office know you need an interpreter if you don’t speak or understand English very well. You have a right to an interpreter, at no cost to you.

Read more

Community Datebook Updates and Partner Events: Wednesday, October 13 on UrbanHealthWatch.net

by Reza Corinne Clifton
Editor, UrbanHealthWatch.net

PROVIDENCE, RI – Below are some of the latest updates and posts found on the Community Datebook Page of UrbanHealthWatch.net. You’ll notice that several of the events come from YWCA Northern Rhode Island, an organization located in Woonsocket, RI, close to the Massachusetts-RI border, and not far from Worcester, MA. Like Urban Health Watch, health events at YWCA NRI are supported, in part, through a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant offered through the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Follow events and updates directly on the Community Datebook Page, or if you are interested in other health events in the Northern RI area, click here to see a full listing of YWCA NRI fall health events.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Workshop on Basic Health Issues and Screening Information
With the “Healthy Choices Book”
Presented by YWCA Northern Rhode Island and Lifespan

Wednesday, October 13
1:30pm
YWCA Northern Rhode Island
514 Blackstone Street
Woonsocket, RI

Registration is required (and still available) by calling 401-769-7450 ext 12.
Participants will receive a complimentary book.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Community Health Fair
Presented by SEDC:
the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
SEDC
270 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
10AM-12PM & 5PM-7PM

Services Available at the event include: Free seasonal flu shots, basic health screenings, free HIV testing, community resources, children’s activities and more! For more information, or to acquire a flyer in Khmer, Hmong, and Lao, call SEDC at (401) 274-8811.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
10-11 AM
S.E.D.C.
270 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

“Fall Women’s Wellness Series on Nutrition/Exercise”
First Day of Classes

Thursday, October 14, 2010
1:30 PM
YWCA Northern Rhode Island
514 Blackstone Street
Woonsocket, RI

YWCA Northern Rhode Island is offering a “Fall Women’s Wellness Series on Nutrition & Exercise.” The program will consist of four Thursday Afternoons at 1:30 PM (Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28 and Nov 4) or two Thursday Evenings at 6:30 PM (Oct 28 and Nov 4). Registration is required. For more info, or to register, call 401-769-7450 ext 12.  Click here to see the full list of fall season health events happening at YWCA NRI.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Women’s Stress Reduction & Relaxation Program
Presented by YWCA Northern Rhode Island

Saturday, October 16
10:00 AM
Mercy Rehab at Mt. St. Rita’s
15 Sumner Brown Road
Cumberland, RI

YWCA Northern RI invites women to enjoy a day of relaxation techniques, Reiki, Massages, Light lunch, entertainment, etc. Registration is required. For more info, or to register, call 401-769-7450 ext 12. Click here to see the full list of fall season health events happening at YWCA NRI.

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October 18-21, 2010

7th National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations
Improving health care for culturally diverse populations:
A new place on the national health agenda

Presented by Diversity Rx

October 18-21, 2010
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
201 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MA

Read additional information about the conference objectives here.  For details on registration, logistics and accommodations, click here.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Community Health Fair
Presented by SEDC:
the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
60 North Main St.,
Woonsocket, RI 02895
10AM – 12PM

Services Available at the event include: Free seasonal flu shots, basic health screenings, free HIV testing, community resources, children’s activities and more! For more information, or to acquire a flyer in Khmer, Hmong, and Lao, call SEDC at (401) 274-8811.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Health Justice Voice Meeting
Learn the Truth, Get a Voice / Conozca la Verdad y Promuevala

Monday, October 25, 2010
5:30 – 7:30 PM
John Hope Settlement House
7 Thomas P. Witten Way
Providence, RI

Free and Open to the Public / Gratis y Abierto a la comunidad
Light Dinner will be provided / Se sirven comida

For more information about the meeting or the Health Justice Voice program click here or call 421-6993 x319. / Para aprender informacion del programa o de la reunion, apunte/haz clic aqui o llame al 421-6993 x319.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

4th Annual New England Regional Children’s Heath Care Summit
Presented by The New England Alliance for Children’s Health,
An Initiative of Community Catalyst

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm Street
Manchester, New Hampshire

FREE OF CHARGE / Registration closes October 18, 2010

Advocates for Children’s Health are invited to take advantage of this free conference and encouraged to forward the invitation to others who might be interested.  Registrants are also invited to bring literature to the Summit to share with other NEACH partners.

For more information about the conference, click here to download a draft of the agenda or contact Maia Fedyszyn at 617-275-2871 or mfedyszyn@communitycatalyst.org.  To register for the conference, click here.

Looking at Native American Health on the Anniversary of Columbus

by Reza Corinne Clifton
Editor, UrbanHealthWatch.net

This post also appears here and on IsisStorm.com

Looking at Native American Health on the Anniversary of Columbus

PROVIDENCE, RI – On Monday, October 11, many around the country were commemorating the explorations and accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, for it was the annual federal holiday honoring his adventures of 1492. Yet not everyone sees reason to celebrate this “discoverer” of the New World. Here on Urban Health Watch, and in partnership with IsisStorm.com, we decided to take a look at another angle of the Columbus legacy: Issues and Disparities in Native American Health. One of the experts we turned to was Donald Warne, M.D., who, according to the health documentary, Unnatural Causes, comes from “a long line of Oglala Lakota traditional healers,” and was “trained in medicine at Stanford and public health at Harvard and has studied diabetes education and minority health policy.” We also turned to the topic of sexual violence against Native American women, a topic that’s been covered in great detail by the activist and educator, Julianne Jennings, and by the nonprofit/NGO, Amnesty International (and Amnesty USA).

Check out these great links to learn more about the enduring health challenges facing Native Americans / American Indians.

Federal Indian Policies and Health
Featuring Dr. Donald Warne
WEB-EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, Unnatural Causes
From the UNNATURAL CAUSES series: Episode 4 – Bad Sugar

Historically, federal Indian policies have been destructive to Native American communities – ranging from removal to assimilation and termination. These policies have had a negative impact on health and health-related behaviors. More recent trends towards self-determination and tribal control provide reason to hope.

Info, extended: http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/video_clips_detail.php?res_id=73
Info, short: www.unnaturalcauses.org

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Culture of Diabetes – Native Americans and Futurelessness
Featuring Dr. Donald Warne
WEB-EXCLUSIVE VIDEO, Unnatural Causes
From the UNNATURAL CAUSES series: Episode 4 – Bad Sugar

In some Native American communities, diabetes is so common that people grow up feeling that it is in some ways, inevitable. “I don’t have diabetes yet,” is what Dr. Warne often hears from his patients. Yet hope for the future is an important factor in preventing and controlling diabetes – something health care practitioners need to take into account when treating patients.

Info, extended: http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/video_clips_detail.php?res_id=76
Info, short: www.unnaturalcauses.org

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No justice for alaskan and native american women
AmnestyUSA | May 19, 2008

One in three Native American or Alaska Native women will be raped at some point in their lives. Most do not seek justice because they know they will be met with inaction or indifference. Besides providing data and information on trends, it features Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kate Gilmore.

Youtube Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5CtIPbbeTw
Info: http://amnestyusa.org/maze

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EXTRA LINKS:

More about Women and Native Americans From Julianne Jennings:
http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/opinion/86913632.html
http://juliannejennings.webs.com/womenofturtleisland.htm
http://juliannejennings.webs.com/

From Amy Stretten/NativeJournalist.com
http://nativejournalist.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/final-day-of-health-action-2010/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_iVh3SpVHo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTJk1-ETheI
www.NativeJournalist.com:

From KittyFarmer.com and More from Dr. Donald Warne
http://vimeo.com/3564943
http://vimeo.com/8486687
http://www.kittyfarmer.com/

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Jobs in Health, Healthier Corner Stores: New on Urban Health Watch and UHW Radio


Get up, get out and get active for your health.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Have you been following UrbanHealthWatch.net and Urban Health Watch Radio? Starting with the latter, you’ll see that today is one of the last times you’ll hear Episode 2 of Urban Health Watch Radio on WRIU. With information on how to land a job in healthcare and some of agencies helping you get there, Episode 2 is especially relevant in these times of high unemployment and job uncertainty. Please be sure to listen, and tell your friends since next week we debut Episode 3, which deals with strategies to curb obesity.

Other updates you’ll see come from announcements on the UHW Community Datebook page, like the one I’ll post below about events to usher in healthier options in neighborhood markets and corner stores. It’s an exciting initiative that shows what residents and advocates can do in their own backyards.

While you’re online, be sure to check out the podcast of Urban Health Watch Radio, Episode One, and check out the newly posted survey about the show – because we want to hear from you. Thanks for your support and help spreading the word.

– Reza C. Clifton
Editor, UrbanHealthWatch.net
(e) urbanhealthri@gmail.com; (p): 401-497-5246

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August 6, 2010

NEXT EPISODE 2 BROADCAST DATE
(90.3 FM or streaming online live at http://www.wriu.org):

Friday, August 6, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

PODCAST:
Click here to listen from your computer.

GUESTS:
Donna Policastro, RN, Executive Director of RI State Nurses Association
Peggy Benz, Director of the Education Exchange
Paula Reid, Program Manager, Medical Homes Project, Rhode Parent Information Network
Shavon Smith, Program Manager, Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) and Representative of the Community Health Workers Association in Rhode Island

SHOW INFO:
On Episode Two, we speak to a roundtable of health advocates and experts about health careers in RI and how to join the workforce. We talk about opportunities for adults in Westerly and Peacedale who may just be starting in health care and we’ll hear from the RI State Nurses Association about opportunities in nursing and how to advance in the field. We also talk with two representatives from RI Parent Information Network (RIPIN) – about the organization’s creative approach to hiring parents and about the newly established Community Health Workers Association – a resource for anyone whose work is geared toward keeping communities healthy. The show’s experts help us understand how to get connected to jobs in health and where to go for more details, resources, and, even, free classes.

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August 10 & 14, 2010

HEALTHY CORNER STORE MAKEOVERS
Part of the Providence Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Tuesday, August 10 & Saturday, August 14

(August 10)
12:00 – 2:00 PM
New Battambang Market
366 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI

(August 14)
11:00a – 1:00p
Mi Quisqueya Market
933 Broad Street
Providence, RI

The Environmental Justice League of RI and students from the Environmental Justice League’s Community Environmental College invite the public to participate in two Healthy Corner Store Makeovers, on Tuesday, August 10th and Saturday, August 14th. Activities include introducing new healthy products to customers through taste tests and cooking demonstrations, labeling healthy items in the store, and physically rearranging products and displays to promote the healthiest options. Info: http://www.ejlri.wordpress.com or (in English o Espanol) 401- 383-7441.

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August 11 – 13, 2010

The National Health Policy Training Alliance for Communities of Color
A Two-Day Training for Journalists
URBAN HEALTH WATCH WILL ATTEND

August 11 – 13, 2010
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, Louisiana

Health reform presents an historic opportunity to address fundamental inequities in the health care system and to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities that continue to plague the nation. As the process of health reform implementation moves forward, the media will play a key role in informing the public about how these changes will affect their communities.

Summer Spots: Recent News and Timely Updates from an Urban Health Watch Perspective

by Michelle Wilson,
Director of Community Services, Urban League of RI
Co-founder, UrbanHealthWatch.net

PROVIDENCE, RI – Here at Urban Health Watch, we’ve been steadily working on connecting you to resources through Urban Health Watch Radio – and the online pages corresponding with each episode. We’ve discussed and posted resources dealing with access to care and access to health careers, and, through the Community Datebook Page, we’ve informed of you key trainings and important meetings happening in-person and online. However, we’re not the only ones keeping busy this summer, as you’ll see in the excerpts and links below. Check out some of the recent conversations and actions in the areas of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment and advocacy. Much of it deals with the African American community, which, according to a 2009 fact sheet from the CDC, accounts for “a higher proportion of cases at all stages of HIV/AIDS—from infection with HIV to death with AIDS—compared with members of other races and ethnicities.” It’s clear that health advocates near and far have work to do – even during this hot New England summer. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

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Advance in Quest for HIV Vaccine
7/11/2010
HIV research is undergoing a renaissance that could lead to new ways to develop vaccines against the AIDS virus and other viral diseases. Click here to keep reading.

Obama to Outline Plan to Cut H.I.V. Infections
7/10/2010
Wall Street Journal: President Obama will unveil a new national strategy this week to curb the AIDS epidemic by slashing the number of new infections and increasing the number of people who get care and treatment. Click here to keep reading.

White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV/AIDS
6/2/2010
C-Span: Dr. Garth Graham joined Federal, State and local experts, providers, community members, and men living with HIV at an ONAP convened meeting to raise awareness about the domestic HIV epidemic among Black men. Click here to keep reading to see the video.

Black Community Response to HIV/AIDS
6/2/2010
C-Span: Panelists talk about responses by the black community to the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African-American men. Among the issues addressed are homophobia and the stigma associated with HIV status, access to adequate health care, education programs, the role of the black church, and the need for open dialogue about the epidemic. Click here to keep reading or to see the video.

Data Trainings, Glucose Screenings & Looking at Lead Poisoning: Updates to the UHW Community Datebook, June 21 – 29, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010


Online Mapping on ‘QuickHealthDataOnline’
A Telephone Training on the Online Information System
By the Office on Women’s Health

Monday, June 21, 2010
11 am – 12 pm
Toll Free Number: 1-877-960-5201
Passcode: 563427#

Announcing the availability of a series of telephone trainings on the Office on Women’s Health online information system QuickHealthDataOnline. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level. To the extent possible, data are provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age. Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps.

Prior to the start of the session, (1) be sitting in front of your computer, (2) open the internet on your computer, (3) go to the following web address: http://www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata, and (4) set the telephones on Mute.

For more information, visit http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh or contact Al Meltzer – (e): ameltzer@qrs-inc.com; (p): (703) 352-7393.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

FREE Health & Wellness Information &
Glucose & Cholesterol Screenings

Presented by Shekinah Family Worship Center

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 PM
25 Pomona Ave.
Providence, RI

Information: (w) http://www.shekinahfamilyworshipcenter.org; (e) sfwc@cox.net; (p): 401-421-0226

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Health Disparities and ‘QuickHealthDataOnline’
A Telephone Training on the Online Information System
By the Office on Women’s Health

A Special Focus on the Hispanic Population

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Toll Free Number: 1-877-960-5201
Passcode: 563427#

Announcing the availability of a series of telephone trainings on the Office on Women’s Health online information system QuickHealthDataOnline. The system contains data on demographics, mortality, reproductive and maternal health, disease incidence, and access to care at the county level for all states and territories; additionally, data are included on prevention, violence, and mental health at the state level. To the extent possible, data are provided by race, ethnicity and gender, and where applicable/available, by age. Also, the system incorporates graphing and mapping features so that the data of interest can be used directly as tables, graphs/chart and maps.

Prior to the start of the session, (1) be sitting in front of your computer, (2) open the internet on your computer, (3) go to the following web address: http://www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata, and (4) set the telephones on Mute.

For more information, visit http://www.healthstatus2010.com/owh or contact Al Meltzer – (e): ameltzer@qrs-inc.com; (p): (703) 352-7393.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

LIFESPAN COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATES MEETING
“Lead Poisoning and its Impact on Communities of Color”

Presented by Emily Godfrey
Childhood Lead Action Project

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m.
The Miriam Hospital, 1st floor
Sopkin Auditorium
164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI

RSVP REQUIRED (lunch will be provided; limited seating)
(p) 401-431-5410 ext 223; (e) jrawlings1@lifespan.org

Learn more about “Lead Poisoning and its Impact on Communities of Color” with Emily Godfrey, the Project Coordinator of the Immigrant and Refugee Lead Prevention Project at the Childhood Lead Action Project. For more information or to RSVP contact Minority Outreach Specialist, Julie Rawlings, at 401-431-5410 ext 223 or by email jrawlings1@lifespan.org.

Lunch will be provided and parking will be available in the FREE visitor’s lot across the street from the main entrance of The Miriam Hospital or the FREE valet service can be used at the main entrance of the hospital.



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