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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.

HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: Family Act Introduced Today

12 Dec

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (The FAMILY Act) today. If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.

The FAMILY Act will permit employees to earn up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year through the creation of a national insurance fund.  Both employers and employees would contribute to the fund, which would be administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration.

To read more about the legislation:

SAAPHI encourages you to take action and urge your legislators to support this bill:

Racial Equity Toolkit: Implementing The Greenlining Institute’s Racial Equity Framework

12 Dec


The Greenlining Institute has created a  tool to assist those working to develop fair and equitable policies. Greenlining’s Racial Equity Toolkit is a step-by-step thinking tool designed to help policymakers consider the needs of all communities.

To read more and download the toolkit click here:

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Let the Sunshine In! New Law Ends Secret Drug Industry Payments & Gifts to Doctors

17 Oct

The  Physician Payment Sunshine Act (PPSA), will now allow patients to be able to see if their physician is unduly influenced by money or gifts from the drug and/or device industries.

The ew Law Ends Secret Drug Industry Payments & Gifts to Doctors and will provide transparency about potential conflicts of interest that could change how providers care for their patients and allow patients to hold them accountable.  


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

24 Sep

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program Announces Call for Applications

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is designed to provide a comprehensive fellowship experience at the nexus of health science, policy, and politics in Washington, D.C.

The program provides an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health and healthcare policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy.

Exceptional candidates from academic faculties and nonprofit healthcare organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants may have backgrounds in the disciplines of allied health, biomedical sciences, dentistry, economics or other social sciences, health services organization and administration, medicine, nursing, public health, social and behavioral health, or health law. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Up to six grants of up to $165,000 will be made in 2014. Each fellow will receive up to $94,000 for the Washington stay (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015) in salary, plus fringe benefits or a fellowship stipend.

The complete call for applications and application instructions are available at the RWJF Web site.

The deadline is November 13, 2013.

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HIGHLIGHTED STORIES:FDA moves restricting menthol in cigarettes

7 Aug


The FDA has released report that has set the stage for restricting or banning mentholated cigarettes. Any action taken by the agency would have the strongest effect on African-American communities – menthol cigarettes are the choice of 75% of black smokers. Three major African American interest groups have urged the FDA not to ban mentholated cigarettes, as they fear that an underground market will emerge and stress law enforcement agencies.

Read more at: 20130724,0,6557153.story

HIGHTLIGHTED STORIES: American Lung Association Calls for Swift FDA Action to Remove Menthol Cigarettes from the Marketplace

30 Jul

The US Food and Drug Administration has released a report concluding that menthol cigarettes pose a greater risk to public health than those without. In response, the American Lung Association is calling for the FDA to remove those cigarettes from the market. This recommendation is also based on data that the availability of menthol cigarettes reduces smoking cessation, especially among African Americans and increases the overall prevalence of smoking among African Americans (as they are disproportionately marketed per capita to African Americans).

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