A Newsletter for the HHQI Underserved Populations (UP) Network            
August 2013 


UP Network Announcements  


The UP Network calls will resume to twice a month beginning in September. Below is the listing of calls for August and September.
Registration is now open for both the August 14 & September 11 webinars - click here or on the title of each session.


Speaker: Ndidi Amutah,Ph.D, MPH, CHES, Assistant Professor, Department of
Health & Nutrition Sciences, Montclair State University, New Jersey

Webinar: September 11, 2013 @ 3-4 PM (ET)

Speakers: Adam Baus is Assistant Director of the West Virginia University Office of Health Services Research, within the School of Public Health.

Gina Wood is a Registered Dietitian with over 13 years of experience in acute care, private food industry and public health. Gina works with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Morgantown, WV 

 Registration is now open (Note: new call in number - make sure you register)  


Webinar: September 25, 2013 @ 3-4 PM (ET)

Speakers: Amy Silbaugh, Manager, Mental Health Services

Gary Mahoney, Psychiatric Bridge Program, Mental Health Services

VNA of Ohio

  • Community Mental Health on Wheels 


Click here to access the flyer for additional upcoming sessions.


You can also listen to archived UP Events here.

UP News & Highlights


National Cultural and Linguistic Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards 2013


Earlier this year the HHS Office of Minority Health updated the CLAS standards following 10 years of successful implantation. The modifications were needed to changing health and health disparities, changing demographics and legal changes.

The revised CLAS Standards expand definitions of Culture, Audience, Health, and Recipients.

Below are some resources:

The CMS Health Disparities PULSE Resource Center is a new website geared toward reducing and eliminating health disparities for vulnerable minority populations. PULSE is an acronym for Portal to Understanding, Learning, Sharing and Educating, and the website will be a public resource dedicated to promoting health equity through an abundance of resources and interventions


Find plenty of National CLAS Standards Tools and Resources including:

  • Presentations
  • Quick Primer
  • Links & Resources

Tools/Resources of the Month


Here are two sites that provide multiple languages of health information/teaching sheets.

  • Health Information Translations (Collaborative of four health systems in Ohio)
    • FREE patient education in numerous languages
    • Topics include health conditions, food and diet, home care items (e.g., foley
      care, incision care...), and even common therapy exercises (also see health conditions for after care of orthopedic surgeries


Check out the new icon for the BPIPS (see Cardiovascular Health Part 1)to find  resources that are translated in other language(s). 

For more information or to suggest future UP topics or speakers, please contact us at hhqi@wvmi.org.
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