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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Flu Clinics, Cultural Competence, Children’s Health: UHW Datebook Updates

Hi Friends,
Here are some local, regional, and national health events for your attention, and to pass along to others.  The full details and more are all posted on the Community Datebook page of UrbanHealthWatch.net.

Sincerely,
Reza

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

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

FLU CLINIC
Presented by Lifespan Community Health Services

Wednesday, October 6
6:30-7:30 pm
Emanuel Church
77 Hartford Avenue
Providence, RI

Open to those who do not have insurance.

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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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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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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

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.

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.

Let’s Hear from YOU: The Urban Health Watch Survey

Have you listened to Urban Health Watch Radio on WRIU?

Have you heard the Urban Health Watch Radio Podcast on UrbanHealthWatch.net?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!

Click here or on the check mark to take the SHORT online survey to tell us what you thought of Urban Health Watch Radio. Your voice matters and, as always, we want to invite you to “Join the Discussions and Create the Solutions.”

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.

Episode 2 of Urban Health Watch Radio: The Links, the Guests, and the Online Podcast

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

Tuesday, July 20, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 23, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, July 27, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Friday, July 30, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, August 3, 2010: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

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.

CONTACT INFO:
Shape Up RIhttp://www.shapeupri.org, 401 – 421-0608

RI State Nurses Associationhttp://www.risnarn.org, 401 – 331 – 5644

RIPINhttp://www.ripin.org, 401-270-0101

Community Health Workers in RI http://www.chwassociationri.org.

The Education Exchange – 401-783-0293

ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS IN RHODE ISLAND
from the Report published by Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
January-March 2009

Community Health Workers are generally considered to be frontline public health workers. They are trusted members of or have a close understanding of the community they serve. This relationship enables these workers to minimize social and cultural barriers between community, health and social service institutions. Community Health Workers often act as a bridge to complement and enhance the work performed by many other health and social service professionals.

Rhode Island is one of the first states in the country to assess the size of its Community Health Worker workforce, and the first to predict the demand for such workers now and in the future. The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training in cooperation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as part of the Transcultural Community Health Initiative with the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Brown University was charged with the responsibility of collecting information on the state’s Community Health Worker workforce. Information concerning the Community Health Worker workforce was obtained directly from establishments classified in industries* that are considered to be
the most likely to employ this occupation.

Click here to continue reading the report or contact RI Department of Health:
http://www.dlt.ri.gov – (401) 462-8000 – TDD: (401) 462-8006.

ABOUT URBAN HEALTH WATCH RADIO
Providence, Rhode Island-based blog, Urban Health Watch (UrbanHealthWatch.net), and Southern RI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) have united to launch Urban Health Watch Radio, a public awareness campaign and radio program on 90.3 FM, WRIU – a broadcast service of the University of Rhode Island and a station that can be heard throughout Southern Rhode Island as well as other areas of the state; parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Long Island, NY; and worldwide or from anywhere via an Internet webcast. The goal of Urban Health Watch Radio is to provide actionable steps that people can use everyday by extending health education into the community and delivering culturally appropriate messages about public health.

UrbanHealthWatch.net is managed by the Urban League of RI, an affiliate of the National Urban League, and funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant offered by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Urban Health Watch Radio is made possible by a grant from Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (AHEC), an organization striving to, among other goals, increase the interaction of health professionals with communities in southern Rhode Island.

For more information, click here to keep reading, email urbanhealthri@gmail.com, or call 401-351-5000 extension 119.

MORE ON 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 listen to the podcast.