A Newsletter for the HHQI Underserved Populations (UP) Network      |     June 2015

Welcome to the Underserved Populations (UP) Network e-newsletter, the UPDate. This quarterly newsletter provides several summaries of news and/or research that affects underserved populations which may include: Health disparities, underserved regions, dual-eligible, or small home health agencies.
Underserved Population (UP) Network Announcements

Save the Date
Underserved Populations (UP)
Quarterly Networking Event

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  |  2-3pm (ET)


Registration Coming Soon!

Guest Speaker: Robyn Stone, Senior VP

Research/Executive Director

Leading Age Center for Applied Research

Did you miss the last UP Webinar Event on Hispanic Patients? 
You can now access the presentation materials and the recording.

4/22/15 Webinar (52 minutes)
  • Learn about chronic disease issues (e.g., diabetes and hypertension) affecting Hispanic patients.
  • Discuss health issues/barriers affecting elderly people in Hispanic communities. 
  • Discover ideas to reduce barriers and improve patient care and outcomes. 
Guest Speaker:
Viviana Lozano, BSN, RN
Hospice Case Manager, VNA Health Group
Chairperson of Marketing and Public Relations,
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Garden State Chapter


UP News & Highlights

United States Hispanic Population Facts:

  • Over 54 million Hispanic residents in 2013 (CDC, 2014)
  • Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the Hispanic populations (CDC, 2013)
  • Hispanic people have 24% poorer control of high blood pressure and 23% more obesity than white people (CDC, 2015)
  • As many as 1 in 4 of the U.S. uninsured population is Latino (DHHS, 2014)
  • As of June 2014, 2.6 million Latinos (ages 18-64) gained health insurance coverage since the start of the Affordable Care Act initial open enrollment period in October 2013, a 7.7 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate over that period (DHHS, 2014)


CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Health risks different among the Hispanic populations in the U.S. (05/05/15)

This telebriefing last month by CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, and a lead researcher discuss findings related to Hispanic populations. The report's findings are included in the May's CDC Vital Sign which focuses on Hispanic Health.  English and Spanish versions are available. 

The study looks at various factors affecting the Hispanic population's health. Even though this population in general have a lower socioeconomic status, and less access to healthcare there is still approximately a 24% lower overall death rate compared to non-Hispanic white people. One probable factor is that Hispanic people have lower smoking rates which prevent the negative harms on the cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems, as well as reducing the risk of cancers from tobacco ingredients. 

Hispanic people may have lower death rates but they are twice as likely to die from diabetes or liver disease compared to white populations in the U.S.  Cultural factors such as obesity rates and sedentary lifestyle increase their risk factors, especially for Hispanic people born in the U.S. 

Education and coaching on lifestyle modifications can make big differences with this population since most of the risks are not genetic but rather behavior factors. 



Tools & Resources 


HHQI UP Resources

Key UP Patient Tools from HHQI available in Spanish


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This material was prepared by Quality Insights, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization supporting the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The views presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. Publication number 11SOW-WV-HH-ADL-060215