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November 2012

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Join NAMI in celebration of Native American Heritage Month and be sure to participate on Tuesday, November 27 at 3:30pm EST in our 4th annual national webinar, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health: Eliminating Domestic Violence and its Outcomes, cohosted by First Nations Behavioral Health Association and Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health.  This year, we focus on current initiatives in American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) mental health with an emphasis on programs to prevent and eliminate domestic violence and its outcomes.

This 90-minute webinar will feature updates from each sponsor and feature presentations from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and Family Wellness Warriors Initiative of the Southcentral Foundation. Register now!

NewsCante' Wast'e Win


Race/Ethnicity and Self-Reported Levels of Discrimination and Psychological Distress, California, 2005  (Preventing Chronic Disease, CDC 10/18/12)
An analysis of the 2005 California Health Interview Survey found that self-reported discrimination may be a key predictor of high levels of psychological distress among racial/ethnic groups in California and race appears to modify this association.

Systematic Incarceration of African American Males Is a Wrong, Costly Path (ScienceDaily, 11/11/12)
A comprehensive report on the correlation between the incarceration of African American males and substance abuse and other health problems in the United States. Authors conclude that the moral and economic costs of current racial disparities in the judicial system are fundamentally avoidable.         

Differences in patient-reported experiences of care by race and acculturation status (Kaiser Family Foundation Disparities Research Roundup 11/15/12)
Using data from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Clinician & Group Survey Adult Primary Care instrument, this study featured in Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, found that race and acculturation status were significantly associated with experiences of care, including patient ratings of their provider and perceptions of shared decision making and helpfulness. Consistent with previous research, unacculturated Hispanics had the poorest self-rated health scores, gave significantly higher provider ratings, and had more interest in shared decision making than other groups. The authors conclude that race and acculturation may play a role in physician-patient relationships and overall health care delivery.

New Resource

NAMI survey report, College Students Speak, discusses findings of 64 Percent of students with mental health problems withdraw from school; 79 percent call for faculty training for mental health awareness and much more.

Funding Opportunities
  • HHS/Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: AHRQ Conference Grant Program (R13) Grant. More information
  • Cultural Competency technical assistance from REACH Healthcare Foundation: Partnering with the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund. (Applications due Dec. 13) More information 



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