Monthly Archives: October 2014

Multicultural Health Brokers – CHW Video, Canada Oct 2013

Multicultural Health Brokers Video (

We, the Multicultural Health Brokers Video (, reach into our communities, working hand-in-hand with those we serve, responding to the heartbeat of their daily realities: their struggles and their aspirations (Canada, Published on Oct 28, 2013)

Thank you to Carl Rush and Sara Torres University of Ottawa for sharing this amazing video

California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management

California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management

On October 7, 2014, RAMP hosted “California Opportunities for Financing Asthma Prevention and Management” in response to the exciting and challenging time for financing asthma prevention and management in the state. While there is a significant body of evidence about the effectiveness of asthma interventions, many are not routinely covered by health plans, including asthma in-home visiting programs and asthma education in non-clinical settings. Most asthma stakeholders have relied upon grant funding for these types of programs and are interested in pursuing sustainable financing sources. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act, administrative changes, and an increasing emphasis on prevention provide new possibilities for increased program sustainability and better outcomes for patients and families.

During the webinar, speakers described the current financing landscape and provide a menu of opportunities for supporting these interventions. The presenters went into depth on a few of the issues with a lengthy Q&A period afterwards.

Topics covered included:

  • Understanding opportunities within Medi-Cal’s CalSIM program
  • Advocating for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services preventive services rule
  • Working with local health plans on reimbursement protocols
  • Accessing funds through Targeted Case Management/Medicaid Administrative Activities
  • Exploring social impact bonds

Speakers included:

  • Anne Kelsey Lamb, Director, RAMP
  • Richard Figueroa, Director, Health and Human Services, The California Endowment
  • Joel Ervice, Associate Director, RAMP
  • Brenda Rueda-Yamashita, Chronic Disease Program Director, Alameda County Public Health Department

Click on the links below for the webinar-related resources:

Entrevista en Vivo: La Diabetes y Salud Mental

Entrevista en Vivo: La Diabetes y Salud Mental

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CHW~LINK 10.6.2014

CHW~LINK  October 6th , 2014

9th Annual Communities Joined in Action (CJA) Conference This premier community collaborative event will be held on October 8-10 in Detroit, Michigan!Carl Rush and Lisa Renee Holderby Fox will be two of a great lineup of speakers  Agenda

CDC Announces FY 2014 Funding Awards for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Today Secretary Burwell announced nearly $212 million in grants to 193 awardees in all 50 states and DC to, as she said, “empower our partners to provide the tools Americans need to help prevent… heart disease, stroke and diabetes.” This represents the culmination of an immense effort by our center and CDC to design, compete and award six new programs that together will drive down chronic diseases, conditions and risk behaviors. With these awards out, we now turn to the energizing and exciting task of working with our partners and grantees to implement these new programs.

Thank you for all your work this year and all the contributions you made to the development and implementation of these new programs. Americans will lead longer, healthier lives as a result. For more information on the awards, please visit

Thank you, Ursula   Ursula E. Bauer, PhD, MPH  Director, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of MI by 86% in Swedish Cohort Study  Michael O’Riordan  September 26, 2014

Community Health Workers Attend Statewide Convening Cosponsored by a Foundation  September 30th, 2014  by M. Gabriela Alcalde

HHS Region IX: CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund Awards

On Thursday, September 25th, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and help lower our nation’s health care costs.

A total of 193 awards are being made to states, large and small cities and counties, tribes and tribal organizations, and national and community organizations, with a special focus on populations hardest hit by chronic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will administer the grants.

“These grants will empower our partners to provide the tools that Americans need to help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes,” said Secretary Burwell. “Today’s news is important progress in our work to transition from a health care system focused on treating the sick to one that also helps keep people well throughout their lives.”

The goals of the grant funding are to reduce rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, reduce obesity prevalence, and reduce rates of death and disability due to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

“Tobacco use, high blood pressure, and obesity are leading preventable causes of death in the United States,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “These grants will enable state and local health departments, national and community organizations, and other partners from all sectors of society to help us prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other leading chronic diseases, and help Americans to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.”

This is one of many ways the Affordable Care Act is improving access to preventive care, and coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Under the Affordable Care Act, 76 million Americans in private health insurance have gained access to preventive care services without cost-sharing and issuers can no longer deny coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing condition.

Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths among Americans each year, and they account for more than 80 percent of the $2.7 trillion our nation spends annually on medical care.

Total FY 2014 funding awards in Region IX:

Arizona – $2,510,381
California – $35,027,710
Hawaii – $4,750,647
Nevada – $3,262,066

For more information on funding awards, visit:


Are any of you going to the National Academy for State Health Policy 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference? If so please advocate for the CMS rule change for funding prevention services…Affordable Care Act Section 4106 (Preventive Services)


Environmental Scan and Literature Review:  Factors that Influence Preventive Service Utilization among Adults Covered by Medicaid Improving Quality of Care in Medicaid and CHIP through Increased Access to Preventive Services (April 15, 2014)
Christal Ramos, Anna C. Spencer, Arnav Shah, Ashley Palmer, Vanessa C. Forsberg, and Kelly Devers
Submitted to: Deirdra Stockmann, Ph.D. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244
The Urban Institute
Contract Number: HHSM-500-2010-00024I/HHSM-500-T0005      April 15, 2014

Executive summary 
Preventable disease accounts for 75 percent of health care spending in the United States, and is linked to 7 out of 10 premature deaths. Despite the benefits of preventive care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Americans access preventive services at only about half the recommended rate (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2013).

State Medicaid coverage of preventive services is widely variable (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured 2012). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents several opportunities to increase access to preventive services, both through the expansion of Medicaid and through several provisions in the law that provide incentives to states to increase access to Medicaid- and CHIP-covered preventive services.

Most notably, Section 4106 of the ACA gives states the option to receive a 1 percentage-point increased federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) to cover USPSTF- and ACIP-recommended services with no cost-sharing requirements for existing and newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. These incentives to increase coverage provide opportunity to promote preventive services among Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, many of whom will be able to access these services without cost-sharing.

This environmental scan examines the literature from the last five years on preventive care services for adults enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP in order to identify potential opportunities and strategies to promote preventive service utilization. It explores the influence of a variety of factors that affect the use of preventive services, including policy decisions at the federal and state levels, and barriers and facilitators at the delivery system, provider and patient levels, and how these factors potentially influence utilization. Evidence around health and costs outcomes associated with preventive services use is also summarized….to read more …

Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition | Access and Workforce 

Community Health Worker advocates Lisa Renee Holderby Fox and Gail Hirsch are members of the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition | Access and Workforce


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New for Hispanics! “Conserve su salud” Consumer Brochures 

AHRQ recently updated its “Conserve su salud” Spanish-language brochures to help Hispanics understand the different preventive services needed to help them stay healthy. The brochures provide information on what screening tests to take, and what steps to take for good health and preventive care. The information in the brochures is based on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations.

There are four “Conserve su salud” brochures available on the AHRQ Web site:

The “Conserve su salud” consumer brochures are available to download and print on AHRQ’s Web site: Hard copies of the brochures can be ordered by email ( or phone (toll-free, 800-358-9295). Organizations can order up to 500 copies of the brochures free of charge. Additional copies above 500 can be ordered for a cost of $15.00 per pack of 100 copies, plus shipping.

Additional charges may apply for expedited delivery and delivery to addresses outside of the United States. Requests for bulk orders are subject to approval based on inventory levels.