Resources Roundup 2008

One of the biggest benefits of attending minority nursing association conferences—in addition to all the networking opportunities, educational programming, CEUs and camaraderie, of course—is getting to visit exhibits filled with booth after booth offering free or low-cost minority health resources that you can take home and start using in  your practice right away. For readers who were unable to attend this summer’s National Association of Hispanic Nurses and National Black Nurses Association annual conferences, MN’s third annual Fall Resources Roundup highlights some of the more interesting items we brought back from these events—and we don’t mean all those cool freebie pens.

Por Tu Familia

The American Diabetes Association’s Por Tu Familia program offers a wide variety of culturally appropriate bilingual resources designed to educate Latinos about diabetes prevention, treatment and management. These tools include everything from printed materials—brochures, recipe books, nutrition guides and food/exercise journals—to outreach activities such as nutrition and exercise workshops and a feria de salud (street health fair). For more information and free materials: 1-800-DIABETES

Recreational Drugs and HIV Antiretrovirals: A Guide to Interactions for Clinicians

What happens when HIV/AIDS patients who are on complicated antiretroviral drug regimens are also using recreational or illicit drugs, such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or even Viagra? Sometimes nothing; but in some cases, the resulting drug interactions can cause adverse, even dangerous, effects. Recreational Drugs and HIV Antiretrovirals: A Guide to Interactions for Clinicians, a new reference guide from the New York/New Jersey AIDS Education Training Center, does not condone the use of illicit drugs but is intended to provide advice that may reduce harm to patients who use these substances in conjunction with antiretroviral agents. Downloadable from: http://www.nynjaetc.org.

47 Healthy Soul Food Recipes

“Family Reunion Black-Eyed Pea Salad,” “Slow-Cooker Collards” and low-calorie, low-fat corn bread made with egg substitutes and canola oil are just a few of the 47 Healthy Soul Food Recipes available in this “cookbooklet” from the American Stroke Association. Developed as part of the ASA’s ”Power to End Stroke” African American outreach campaign, the booklet also contains easy-to-read information about stroke warning signs, risk factors, optimal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and diabetes screening, plus health promotion messages from black entertainment icons Tom Joyner and Alexis Prater. Copies can be ordered from: http://www.StrokeAssociation.org.

Medicare Prescription Assistance Handouts

Many senior citizens who are having trouble affording their Medicare prescriptions are unaware that they may qualify for a Social Security program that provides additional prescription assistance. To spread the word about this benefit in African American and Hispanic communities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created easy-to-read patient handouts that explain in simple terms and pictures how to apply for extra help with prescription drug costs. Downloadable from: http://www.medicare.gov (click on “Find a Medicare Publication,” then search for publication ID# 11318-AA).

“You’ve Got the Power!”

“You’ve Got the Power!” is a new public awareness campaign launched by the National Medical Association’s Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Increase Minority Participation and Awareness of Clinical Trials). It offers a variety of persuasively written patient education materials—including a brochure, fact sheet and bookmark—that explain why it’s so important for people of color to take part in clinical trials. The materials also address cultural fears and misgivings minority patients may have about participating in research studies. For more information and free materials: http://www.impact.nmanet.org or (202) 347-1895.

“In Control”

“In Control: Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes” is an award-winning 20-minute DVD created to educate African American and Hispanic diabetes patients, their families and caregivers about the devastating impact of this disease in their communities and the importance of actively controlling their diabetes through day-to-day self-management. Produced by a minority nurse, Cynthia Degazon, PhD, RN, professor emerita at Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing, the DVD focuses on real-life stories of people of color living with diabetes who are learning to manage their disease by making healthier lifestyle choices. Copies are available from: Dr. Cynthia Degazon, cdegazon@hunter.cuny.edu“>cdegazon@hunter.cuny.edu.

What It Means to You

According to the landmark 2004 Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis, more than 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, with Asian and Hispanic women at particularly high risk. The Surgeon General’s Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis: What It Means to You condenses the original 400-page report into 24 pages of osteoporosis prevention and bone health tips written in easy-to-understand, plain language. It is available in English, Spanish and Chinese. To order copies: http://www.osteo.org.

“Just Like Winter, Meth is Here”

Like the Winter, Meth is Here

In response to the growing crisis of methamphetamine addiction in Indian Country, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has partnered with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Congress of American Indians and other organizations to launch the first ever anti-meth public service ad campaign targeted to American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The campaign offers several culturally sensitive print and radio ads that promote taking pride in Native culture as an alternative to using meth.

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