A Newsletter for the HHQI Underserved Populations (UP) Network                        February 2014
February 26, 2014 : 3-4 PM (ET) 
UPcoming Webinars  
There will be two UP Network Webinars in the month of February.
Click on the date of the session to register.
You can also watch or listen to past UP calls and webinars by visiting the UP Event Archives on the HHQI website.

February 12, 2014: 3-4 PM (ET)

Managing by Data

  • Primer on abstracting and interpreting CMS CASPER Data Reports
  • What, why, and how to collect and track essential compliance information, as well as corrective action plans

Speakers: Kathy Robi, BSN, MA, MS, CHCE, Senior Project Manager, Qualidigm (Connecticut QIO)

and Rita Grimes, RN, MSN, HCS-D, COS-C, ICCST, BCHH-C, LNC, CHAP Consultant, Home Health Care Consultant, Qualidigm (Connecticut QIO)

Health Disparities Among People with Disabilities 
  • Federal criteria for determining disability
  • Profile of people with disabilities
  • Dual-eligible populations
  • Health concerns and solutions for people with disabilities

Speaker: Diane McComb, MS Ed, Subject Matter Expert, Disparities National Coordinating Center



UP News & Highlights


February is the national month for heart disease awareness. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women in the United States.  American Heart Association sponsors a National Wear Red DayŽ (Friday, Feb. 7th) as well as highlighting it throughout the month to improve awareness of heart disease in women.  Below are a few new studies related to women and cardiovascular disease. 


Hispanic Women Are Not Aware of Risk Factors for Heart Disease


Nationally there is increasing cardiovascular health education to the general population, but it is not reaching everyone, especially the underserved or vulnerable populations. The Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women's Health recently published in the Journal of Women's Health, finds many Hispanic women are not aware of cardiovascular risks and the significance of heart disease for women.  Some of the specific cardiovascular fact deficits include: 
  • Aware that heart disease was leading cause of death in women
    • 27% Hispanic women vs.  88% white women
  • Know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
    • 59% Hispanic women vs. 81% white women
  • Participants were overweight or obese
    • 67% Hispanic women vs. 42% white women 


Read more at Medicinenet.com.


Does Gender Matter for High Blood Pressure Treatment?

Currently high blood pressure is treated the same for women and men.  A new study by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests that women need more aggressive treatment for their high blood pressure.  The study shows that women with high blood pressure have 30 - 40 percent more vascular disease when compared to men with similar blood pressure levels.

Read more at Healthfinder.gov.



Tools/Resources of the Month


Cardiovascular Health Resources for Women



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