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

"Coordinating Veterans' Health Care"
Thursday, October 15, 2015  |  2-3pm (ET)

Learn more about the Veterans' Care Coordination Center including:
  • Eligibility
  • Qualifications
  • Services to assist senior veterans and their spouses obtain the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit
Guest Speaker: Amy Rhoads, Marketing Specialist
Veterans Care Coordination Center

Did you miss July's UP Networking Webinar?

The 1-hr webinar provided insights and education related to current and future housing issues for the elderly. Learn how and why to partner with housing authorities and other community resources.

Guest Speaker: Robyn Stone, DrPH
Executive Director, Center for Applied Research
Vice President of Research, LeadingAge

UP Network Webinar Schedule:
All webinars will be held from 2-3pm ET. Unless specified below, topics for UP Network webinars on the following dates are to-be-determined. Check this page periodically for additional information as it becomes available, or subscribe to the UPDate to receive details and registration links as soon as they are available.

Coordinating Veterans' Health Care
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October 19 October 18

UP News & Highlights

This year's National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. This annual observance celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of Americans with Hispanic ancestry.  

Hispanic Quiz (Answers below)

1. Which 3 states account for more than half of the nation's Hispanic population?
2. The U.S. Hispanic population has grown _____% between 2000 and 2011.
a. 38%
b. 48%
c. 58%
3. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S. What percentage of Hispanics ages 5 and older speak Spanish at home?

Answers: 1. CA, TX and FL; 2. (b)48%; 3. 74% which represents 35 million people
( Pew Research)
What are some of the demographics of an elderly Hispanic person?

According to the Administration on Aging there are almost 2.7 million Hispanic people who are 65  years or older. The rate of elderly Hispanic people will grow to over 17 million by the year 2050. So as this population grows, home health agencies need to understand this population better and address their distinctive needs.

The following facts are current demographics for Hispanic seniors. You will need to assess your particular communities for variances.
  • Education level (2008):
    • 46% are high school graduates and 9% have a bachelor's degree or higher
      • General senior population are 77% and 21% respectively
  • Living Arrangements (2007):
    • 65% of older men live with a spouse
    • 17% live with other relatives
    • 3% live with non-relatives
    • 26% live alone
    • Older Hispanic women are more likely to live alone than older man
    • Hispanic seniors are twice as likely to live with family than the general senior population
  • Socioeconomics (2008):
    • Median income of $33,418
      • Non-Hispanic white seniors median income is $46,720
      • 19% of Hispanic seniors are at poverty rate (twice that of non-Hispanic white seniors) 
  • Health Status (2008):
    • 39% have received the pneumococcal vaccination
      • Non-Hispanic white senior rate is 64%
      • Non-Hispanic Black senior rate is 43%
    • 11% are diagnosed with diabetes
      • Non-Hispanic white senior rate is 6%
      • Non-Hispanic Black senior rate is 11%
Below are several graphs from the Cardiovascular Health for At-Risk Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) that displays high rates for the Hispanic population.

Figure 4: Percentage of Total Cholesterol Levels > 200 mg/dL of Populations
(AHA/ASA, 2013)

Figure 5: Percent of Obesity Rates by Racial/Ethnic Groups (Ogden, et al., 2015)

Free Tools & Resources

Many of our patient tools and resources are translated into Spanish. When you are on a BPIP webpage you will notice that there are sub-bullets when Spanish version are available.
Additionally, there are links in most of our Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) for Spanish resources.

Other HHQI resources:
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please contact us at HHQI@wvmi.org.
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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-091115