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Upcoming #TwitterChats for National Minority Health Month

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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April is National Minority Health Month and HHS is holding two Twitter Chats to mark the occasion.  The events will raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities.

#CDCsalud Chat: Wednesday, April 24th from 1-2pm ET

A recent survey found that high blood pressure is of significant concern among Hispanic/Latino groups. More than a quarter (26.1%) of Hispanics/Latinos reported having high blood pressure and nearly a third (30.4%) with high blood pressure report they weren’t taking the medication that could reduce their risk for heart attack and stroke. The CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and experts from the American Heart Association will answer questions during this Twitter Chat about heart health among Hispanics in the U.S.

Who is Involved?

How can I participate?

  • You can RSVP to the Event and Share it on Facebook.site exit disclaimer
  • You can ask questions leading up the event and during the chat using #CDCSalud.site exit disclaimer

#ActNow Chat: Monday, April 29th at 1:00 pm ET

Minority health determines the health of the nation.  HHS would like to use this opportunity to answer questions about the advancement of health equality and how the Affordable Care Act works to close health disparities for minority groups. This Twitter Chat is sponsored by the HHS Office of Minority Health in collaboration with the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs and the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.

Who is Involved?

How can I participate?

  • You can ask questions leading up the event and during the chat using #ActNow.site exit disclaimer

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Comments

Submitted by Bonnie on
Minorities often comprise our rural and lowest income population and often have the most health risks. Lack of dental care, and risk factors for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Hepatitis C are realities for most of this population. How can a Medicaid and Medicare patient access services such as dental treatment? Where does a patient go when there is a shortage of Providers in an area, and speciality providers do not accept Medicaid? We cannot really address disparity until we acknowlege adults have health issues that are not covered by Medicaid and Medicare, and that Provider reimbursement truly affects the quality of Minority healthcare.
Submitted by susan on
Regarding the marketplaces for insurance which will stand up in October, what kind of outreach is HHS doing for the Hispanic community?
Submitted by Jim on
I was unaware that there exists a health disparity for minority groups. Have I been brainwashed?
Submitted by Tony on
Will there be regional (Region 5) HHS representatives available to moderate town hall meetings in Spanish?
Submitted by LMJ on
The root of health issues are education and socioeconomic problems and not racial or ethnic. Health insurance is a scam.
Submitted by Oscar on
This chat should be done more often don't forget to include HIV care among Hispanics
Submitted by Vicki on
What is the best source for an unemployed individual to find health insurance (affordable) that provides quality benefits? Additionally, how would the Affordable Healthcare Act benefit an individual in this situation? Finally, what resources are available to explain and guide an individual to access the benefits of the Act?
Submitted by Chris, Digital Communications Division/HHS on
Vicki, when key parts of the health care law take effect in 2014, there’ll be a new way to get health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your budget, with less hassle. Visit http://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace for more information