In This Issue
Health Equity Collaborative
ADH & the AR Black Hall of Fame
Spotlight on LGBT Disparities
Health Equity Video Presented at ASTHO Meeting 
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) held a conference in October and asked states to submit videos that showcased health equity work. The video montage of each state was showcased during the luncheon plenary session. To view Arkansas' video, click the Youtube link below.
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  • The OMHHD has moved to the 4th floor. We are now in Rooms 451-456.
  • Dr. Rosa Hatch has joined our staff as the new Health Program Specialist with an emphasis on the Hispanic community. Rosa previously worked as the Health Program Specialist for Tobacco Prevention for five years.  Rosa can be reached at 501-661-2990 or 
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    OMHHD Advisory Committee

    Quarterly Report 

    The Advisory Committee continues to be committed to monitoring ADH's progress in achieving health equity and eliminating health disparities. The purpose of this report is to assist in tracking Center involvement as it addresses the HP2020 goal to Achieve Health Equity, Eliminate Disparities and Improve the Health of All Groups.  To view the report click here.
    Health Equity Resources


    Ensuring Equity: A Post-Reform Framework to Achieve High Performance Health Care for Vulnerable Populations


    HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities


    Did You Know...

    Like us on Facebook
    ....that the Arkansas Department of Health has a Facebook page?  Every Wednesday our office posts a "Did You Know..." fact about a health disparity issue.  To check us out, be sure to "like" the ADH page by clicking the icon above. 
    Clinic Named after
    Dr. Joe Bates 
    The President of the Marshall Islands was among the many that gathered to celebrate the opening of the Dr. Joseph H. Bates Outreach Clinic in Springdale. Named to honor Dr. Bates for his efforts in securing federal funding for the clinic, it is designed to improve access to healthcare for the Marshallese community and others in the region. To see the grand opening, click here.
    Dear Colleague,    
    The Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHHD) at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is devoted to promoting awareness to issues related to health equity. Our mission is to provide leadership in improving health outcomes by advocating health equity for at-risk populations as defined by race or ethnicity, age, education, disability, gender, geographical location, income and sexual orientation. This newsletter is intended to highlight activities conducted by the various ADH Centers with the goal to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.
    Arkansas Selected for Health Equity Collaborative

    With support from The Aetna Foundation, The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) selected Arkansas along with 6 other states to receive technical assistance to support efforts in advancing health equity through implementation of health care reform. Other states in this collaborative are Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia and New Mexico. This initiative will provide a structured opportunity to integrate health equity initiatives across state agencies - specifically Medicaid, Public Health and Minority Health - and implement a cross cutting health equity agenda.


    Partner organizations include: Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, and Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.


    More information about Advancing Health Equity through State Implementation of Health Reform can be found here. To join the conversation, all are welcome to attend the first Health Equity Collaborative Meeting.  It will be held Tuesday, December 13 from 12:00-1:00 PM at the College of Public Health Room 3202. 


    *To RSVP and secure lunch, please email Glenda McNew.

    STAR. Health Connection to Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Inductee

    Pictured from L to R: Dr. Idonia Trotter,

    Dr. Michelle R. Smith, Dr. Joe Bates,

    Mrs. Kathryn Trujillo, Mr. Charles Stewart

    and Dr. Zenobia Harris.

    On October 15,
    Kathryn Hall-Trujillo was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.  She is the Founding Director of Birthing Project USA: The Underground Railroad for New Life.  The mission of the international organization is to improve birth outcomes for women of color by providing technical assistance and support to communities and organizations to replicate and sustain the Birthing Project models of providing education, support and access to care and services to at risk women and families. The Chicot County Project was the 100th Birthing Project established worldwide and is implemented in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health and its STAR Health initative, which targets Chicot, Desha and Lincoln counties in an effort to reduce disease burden, reduce infant mortality and improve oral health in these areas. The OMHHD hosted a special meet and greet with Mrs.Hall-Trujillo in the Department of Health auditorium on October 17 where she served as the keynote speaker on a panel entitled: STAR. Health & The Birthing Project: Partners in Reducing Infant Mortality in the Delta.  Other panelists included: Charles Stewart, Arkansas Black Hall of Fame; Dr. David Grimes, ADH; Kaye Murry, ADH; Dr. Zenobia Harris, ADH; and Dr. Joe Bates, ADH.  
    LGBT Health Disparities Addressed by OMHHD, HIV/AIDS and Tobacco Sections

    Friday, September 16 was the first of many forums that will be offered to address health disparities faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Arkansas Hospital Association and UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs hosted a presentation as part of the "On the Road to Equality" bus tour -- a nationwide effort to spread the message of equality. This presentation was sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and focused on educating medical centers and health professionals on ways to provide equitable and inclusive care to their LGBT patients. Shane Snowden, founding director of the Center for LGBT Health & Equity at the University of California San Francisco, was the keynote speaker. Click here to read the Report Summary of the Presentation.


    The AIDS/STD/Hepatitis C Section hosted a cultural competency workshop on October 13 at the Cox Building.  The training entitled, "Working with a Transgender Population, was geared toward HIV/AIDS Providers and was sponsored by National Community Health Partners.   Participants were able to differentiate between various trans identities;  explain the continuum of sex, gender, and sexual orientation; identify the financial, emotional, and sexual health challenges that impact HIV risk among transgender individuals; and demonstrate humility and competency in communicating and working with trans-persons. 


    The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's Minority Sub-recipient Grant Office (MISGRO) is hosting a workshop on November 29 from 9am-3pm on Outing Tobacco: Practices and Prevention in LGBT Communities.  The guest presenter will be Gustavo Torrez, who is the Program Manager for LGBT Health Equity.  The registration deadline is November 22.  To register call 870-575-8923.  To view the program flyer click here



    Cancer and the LGBT Community: Special Issues and Concerns

    Approximately 10% of the population is estimated to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).  This population exhibits higher rates of cancer-related morbidity and mortality due to certain risk behaviors, nulliparity, hormone use, changed body image following gender reassignment surgery and decreased access to preventive, screening and therapeutic services. Participants will receive an overview of the barriers to care encountered by members of the LGBT community affected by or at risk for cancer and information and resources to better address these barriers and provide culturally sensitive, appropriate services to this population. To review the archived webinar click here. (Webinar will be available 11/28/2011).


    Other LGBT Resources:

    To Treat Me, You Have to Know Who I Am

    New York announced the launch of a mandatory employee training program that will improve access to healthcare for LGBT individuals and help to reduce health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identification. The training teaches staff to provide respectful, patient-centered and culturally competent healthcare services to those who are served by public hospitals, community health centers and nursing homes.


    Tres Gotas de Agua (Three Drops of Water) 

    A moving documentary produced by Somos Familia, is a short series of interviews with three immigrant Latina women telling their stories about their children identifying as LGBT.  Mirna, Dolores and Susana speak about their children's coming out processes, the hardships they've faced in taking a stand for gay rights, acceptance of LGBT people in Latino communities and how important it is to love them, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of the community.

    To contact us, please call 501.661-2622 or view our webpage.