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Webinar: Youth Justice, Youth of Color and Health Policy Implications

18 Feb

Webinar hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team.


TOPIC: Youth Justice, Youth of Color and Health Policy Implications

SPEAKER: James Bell, Founder and Executive Director, W. Haywood Burns Institute

DATE: February 19, 2015

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

On any given night in 2011, more than 61,000 youth were incarcerated, and 75% of those youth were brought in for non-violent offenses. The majority (65 percent) were youth of color.  The U.S. stands out in its use of youth incarceration with higher rates than any country in the world: five times the rate of South Africa; 15 times the rate of Germany and 30 times the rate of Italy. With this social backdrop, the W. Haywood Burns Institute was launched in 2001 to better understand policy implications for the unequal treatment for youth of color in the youth justice system.

In this webinar, Burns Institute founder James Bell will discuss justice policy implementation trends with particular attention to their impact on the mental health and life outcomes for youth of color.  The presentation will also include a review of national youth incarceration data and strategies that are used to assist jurisdictions in understanding disparities in their youth justice system. Programs and practices that have significantly contributed to the reduction of delinquency for youth of color, including examples of community-based interventions driven by evidence-based practices, will be used to illustrate the impact of the work as well as opportunities for replication.

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The Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) is a group of 12 federal agencies convened under the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners, and stakeholders that are committed to action. The FIHET provides a forum for federal agencies to increase dialog between traditionally siloed programs in ways that enhance cross-agency coordination, maximally leverage existing resources, and increase the impact of federal resources on conditions within communities.

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Washington attorney general wants to raise smoking age to 21

22 Jan

Pictures-Of-SmokersWashington state would become the first in the country to ban tobacco for everyone under age 21 under a plan announced Wednesday by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Ferguson and legislators said bills to raise the smoking age from 18 were inspired by the effectiveness of such smoking laws elsewhere. The first city to do so, Needham, Mass., in 2005, saw a drop of more than 50 percent in its high-school-smoking rate by 2012, Ferguson said.

Dozens of cities and counties have followed suit, including New York City; Suffolk County on Long Island in New York; and Hawaii County, which encompasses the “Big Island” of its state. However, bills to make the smoking age 21 failed in the past two years in New Jersey, Utah and Colorado.

Four states — Utah, New Jersey, Alabama and Alaska — and Washington, D.C., require tobacco users to be 19 or older.

Officials in Washington state cited several studies showing most adult smokers started as teenagers as justification for the change.

“For me, it’s really about helping these kids not have a lifetime of addiction,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, the lead House sponsor of the bill in that chamber.

The House version of Ferguson’s bill has been referred to the Health Care and Wellness Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, a co-sponsor of the bill. State Sen. Mark Miloscia, R-Federal Way, lead sponsor of an identical Senate bill, said he expects a tough, possibly multiyear fight getting the change through the Capitol.

“This is the start of a conversation,” Miloscia said.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Changes to The Morehouse School of Medicine Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research, Pilot Project Timeline

20 Jan

Special Notice: Changes to TCC Pilot Project Timeline

The Morehouse School of Medicine Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research (U54MD008173) is currently soliciting applications to support pilot research projects that are aligned with TCC for Health Disparities Research thematic focus of addressing the barriers to implementing health policies that target achieving health equity.

Please note the following changes to our Pilot Project Program RFA Timeline:

Letter of Intent (LOI) EXTENSION*: Tuesday, January, 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST

*Please note that the LOI is OPTIONAL and not a requirement for submitting a full application.

Technical Assistance Webinar: Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am EST

To register for the Webinar, please visit the Pilot Project Portal at

Final Applications Due: Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5:00pm EST

To submit an application, please visit the Pilot Project Portal at


To view application materials, resources, and to submit applications please visit the TCC Pilot Project Program Portal at:

Please click on “Contact TCC” in the Pilot Project Portal for any questions or comments. You may also contact TCC Program Manager Ulochi Nwagwu, MPH at (404) 756-5059, or via e-mail at