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Understanding Barriers to Minority Mental Health Care
"Spikes in violence and an uptick in school and mass shootings continue to propel discussion of the unmet demands of the American mental health system. A 2016 CDC report revealed suicide rates in the United States jumped a startling 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, with a marked increase in deaths from those as young as 10 to as old as 74. Diverse populations are most vulnerable to such neglect. A question repeatedly asked by both health experts and policy pundits is: If resources are not sufficient for the general population, how do underserved groups address their psychiatric needs?" Read more from the University of Southern California Nursing Staff.
National Minority Health Month
National Minority Health Month is observed every year in April to highlight the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations and the ways in which legislation, policies and programs can help advance health equity. National Minority Health Month may be over, but we continue to work with community partners, health advocates, and organizations to improve the health of people and communities across our state.
You can stay on top of the latest National Minority Health news by signing up for email updates from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) or by following them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
June is Men's Health Month
June is National Men's Health Month, and June 11-17 is Men's Health Week. The purpose of this annual observance is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, as men's health is often overlooked and their symptoms often ignored.
Join ADPH in encouraging men and boys to take steps to become healthier, stronger, and make their health a priority. Friday, June 15 is Wear Blue for Men's Health Day - use #ShowUsYourBlue and #ALOMH hashtags to share your support of men's health with us.
Join us on June 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. in downtown Montgomery for a fun, informative Men's Health event!
On average, men live five fewer years than women and die at higher rates - making up 92 percent of workplace deaths, mainly because they are often employed in dangerous occupations. Furthermore, 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer and approximately 28,000 will die from the disease this year.
The leading causes of death for men in Alabama include:
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
- Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke)
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Nephrosis
Lifestyle changes can help lower risk, and men should take these important steps to improve their health and stay healthy:
- Quit using tobacco
- Get enough sleep
- Increase physical activity
- Eat healthy food
- Tame stress
- Schedule regular checkups
- Keep track of your readings for blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol and follow your health care provider's recommendations
- Get vaccinated to stay healthy
Some diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups can help diagnose health issues before they can become problems. Men should pay special attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or other symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away.
Visit the Alabama Department of Public Health Men's Health page for more information.
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project conducted by the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ADPH. PRAMS collects Alabama-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.
On a personal level, moms can positively influence the success rate for future healthy pregnancies and deliveries by sharing their experiences with the PRAMS program. All information is kept strictly confidential. Mothers are randomly chosen from reported Alabama births to participate in the PRAMS survey. Mothers who complete and return the survey may choose a gift as a token of our appreciation (diapers, manicure set, insulated cooler, or PRAMS branded onsie).
Providers, we need your help educating expectant mothers and encouraging them to complete and return the PRAMS survey if they are randomly selected to participate. Why should you support PRAMS? Data collected through the PRAMS survey has been used in promoting policy change and improving public health outcomes.
For more information, please visit PRAMS or call 334-206-2923.
Men's Health Event
Join us on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. outside of the RSA tower in downtown Montgomery for a fun, free event promoting men's health. Plenty of men's health resource information will be available along with activities such as golf demonstrations, football toss, and produce sales.
Your Pathway to Accreditation and Reimbursement
The National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Standards and Operating Procedures for National Diabetes Prevention Programs, presented by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the Alabama Diabetes Program.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery, AL
Registration is from Monday, July 16, 2018 until Friday August 17, 2018. View the flier for more information.
Page last updated: June 20, 2018