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  • June 17, 2020 10:45 AM | Anonymous


    REGISTER HERE


    2020 6th AFRICAN MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT


    Fri, July 10, 2020

    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CDT


    Theme of Summit: The Necessity of Resilience: Living with the Mental Health Consequences of Systemic Racism and COVID - 19.

    Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know – Pema Chodron

    While people around the world are striving so hard to stay safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is the COVID-19 crisis that is taking its toll on African Immigrants and Refugees and too few are taking cognizance of their mental health well-being. It is of a fact that the impact of COVID-19 on African Immigrants and Refugee’s mental health is experienced differently. Research has shown that building resiliency is important in overcoming the short- and long-term impact of trauma. The 6th African Mental Health Virtual Summit will feature important presentations that would bridge the gaps between challenges and solutions, provide tools and skills to inform true and collective action needed to build resiliency as well as transform how the recognition, acknowledgment, and appreciation of cultural differences influence resilience building among People of African Descent.

    Please visit the Summit website here and sign up today!


    ****Summit registration is free for the first 60 people to register****

    **** CEUs Available ****

    CE Hours for the Board of Psychology is 7.5

    CE Hours for the Board of Social Work

    CE Hours for the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

    CE Hours for the Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy (LPC & LPCC)

    To view the 2020 6th AMHS Information Booklet click here


    To view 2020 AMHS Awardees click here


    For more information on the Summit, please visit www.africanmhs.com or email africanmentalhealthsummit@gmail.com


    Progressive Individual Resources (PIR) CANCELLATION POLICY: PIR thanks you for registering to attend our Virtual Summit. We understand that unforeseen situations arise and you may need to cancel your registration. If you are unable to attend, a substitute individual is welcome to attend in your place but PIR must be notified in writing (email is acceptable) with the name and contact information for the person who will be attending.


    PHOTO PERMISSION POLICY: Professional photographs and/or videoing may occur at the Summit. Your image may be used in Restoration for All Inc. (REFA) and PIR printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the internet.


    If you have questions about our cancellation policy or concerns about your image being used, please contact: africanmentalhealthsummit@gmail.com




  • June 12, 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA's Policy & Advocacy and Health Equity Committee are hiring an intern! Please see the attached description and posting. Applications due June 25, 2020.


    Health Equity PA Internship Description.pdf

  • June 08, 2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA community, check this out. Thank you to one of our members for sharing these free resources!


    https://www.magnoliapictures.com/knightfoundationseries

     

    The Knight Foundation and O Cinema Partner to Offer Free Virtual Screenings of Magnolia Pictures Documentaries I Am Not Your NegroWhose Streets? and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

     

    Starting June 7th, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and O Cinema will work with Magnolia Pictures to make documentaries I Am Not Your Negro (June 7th), Whose Streets? (June 14th) and Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (June 21st) available for free across eight of the Knight Foundation’s communities. These three films speak powerfully to systemic inequality and serve as blueprints for effecting change.

     

    Community partners in each city, which include Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul will host virtual discussions about ways to support social justice and anti-racism in their communities. The films are being made possible thanks to the support of Knight Foundation, which has generously agreed to cover the rental fees for viewers. Each film will be made available to view each Sunday, for free, during a 24-hour window. 

     

    Please register in advance to watch I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO by filling out the below form to receive a secure link and password to view the film. The email with link and password will arrive in your inbox each Sunday at 1pm.  This website will be updated each Monday for registration for the current film of the week.


  • June 03, 2020 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Public Health Supporters:


    Looking for the latest data on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

    A reminder to get news from reliable, trustworthy sources and avoid the "infodemic" of misinformation. Help us elevate good public health messages by sharing these resources as widely as possible. Local, national, and global recommended sources are listed below.


    Minnesota Resources


    Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

    • MDH public hotlines

      School and child care questions: 1-800-657-3504

      Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903

      Discrimination helpline: 1-833-454-0148

    COVID19 map
    This information is also available on the Minnesota Department of Health Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage, which is updated daily at 11 a.m. with data current as of 4 p.m. the previous day.



    COVID-19: Should you get tested?


    courtesy of Dakota County Public Health Department  - 5/11/20


    As testing capabilities increase in Minnesota, and across the county, it’s important to know if, where and how you should get tested for COVID-19.

    Who should get tested

    ▪ The people who should be tested now are those who have symptoms of COVID-19, especially hospitalized patients, health care workers, patients and staff in congregate care settings, dialysis and other patients including outpatients.
    ▪ The Minnesota Department of Health also recommends that people get tested in certain situations, such as a setting where an outbreak is occurring.
    ▪ People who do not have symptoms should generally not be tested for COVID-19.

    The state offers an easy-to-use online testing tool to help determine if you should be tested.


    Where to get tested

    To find a COVID-19 testing location near you, use this interactive map that shows coronavirus clinics in your area. Testing sites are designed to keep you and health care workers safe. Sometimes you may stay in your car. Other sites will screen you before you go indoors. Many sites will require an appointment before you arrive to ensure they’ve collected your contact and insurance information.


    Know before you go

    The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires that COVID-19 testing is provided at no cost to the patient. This applies to all health insurance coverage in Minnesota. It is important to know that this applies to the test only. Office visits are not covered through the CARES Act. Some insurance carriers have agreed to waive copays and deductibles for in-network visits associated with the COVID-19 test.

    Check with your health insurance to find out what will be covered and what is in network. If you have questions, call your insurance company prior to getting tested. If you don't have a doctor or health care provider, or are uninsured, contact a federally qualified Community Health Center.


    Waiting for test results

    If you or a loved one gets tested, results will come from the testing clinic or provider. Test results generally take 3–7 days. If you have a fever and/or cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms while waiting for results, you should stay home and away from others as much as possible. 
    Family members and close contacts of people who have tested positive should limit their activities in public for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. Someone from the Minnesota Department of Health or the county where you live will call you if you’ve tested positive.


    Resources for Underserved Communities


    Low Income Energy Assistance Program Information shared by the U of MN Extension's Sustainable partnership. If you have any questions please contact Joel Haskar at haska004@umn.ed.


    Since Covid-19, there have been some big changes in the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that helps people pay their energy bills or get a broken furnace repaired/replaced:

    • The application deadline has been extended to July 1
    • Income eligibility is based on the last month only (not a whole year) -- this to help the newly unemployed
    • The annual crisis maximum has increased to $1200 instead of $600

    You will also see in the eap-flier-english that there has been special attention paid to make sure people feel safe about applying regarding citizenship status. Translations in Hmong, Spanish & Somali available.


    Sometimes LIHEAP runs out of money, but it sounds like more money has been pumped into the system AND getting signed up makes people eligible for some enhanced utility programming/ rebates and other CAP programming (Head Start etc.). Bottomline is we want people to sign up. 


    Discrimination Helpline

    Avoid stigma or showing prejudice to Minnesotans of Asian descent or assuming someone of Asian descent is more likely to have COVID-19. Witness or experience discrimination? Call the helpline at 1-833-454-0148.


    Resources like the Minnesota Crisis Response Line (952-891-7171) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) are also available for those in need.




    Mental Health Resources


    First Responder Toolkit app - released 5/14/20


    https://firstrespondertoolkit.com/


    The First Responder Toolkit app aids those deployed to emergency response events in maintaining their own physical, emotional, and social well-being.


    In the future it will provide checklists for before, during, and after deployment that help responders pack for deployment, take care of daily needs, maintain important relationships, reflect on experiences, and more.


    A variety of responders will find this app useful to help manage their self care while working in demanding situations, when caring for oneself is essential in order to help and care for others.



    APHA sounds alarm over mental health in midst of COVID-19 pandemic, press release May 12, 2020






    National/World Resources


    American Public Health Association

    • COVID-19 page on apha.org for public health professionals that links to APHA resources as well as those from such trusted sources as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
    Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


    World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019



  • May 22, 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    Register today to receive your voter absentee ballots! Ballots are available for the following upcoming elections:


    August 11, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION

    November 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION


    https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx


    Registered to vote?


    You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it makes the process easier. You can check your voter registration status online. If you need to register or update your voter registration, you may want to do that online before applying for an absentee ballot.

  • May 13, 2020 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    10 Essential Public Health Services Public Comment Period Extended


    Guided by a Task Force and with input from more than 1,300 stakeholders, the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) and the de Beaumont Foundation are pleased to release the proposed 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS) framework for public review and comment. Comments will be accepted from March 2 through April 2, 2020. Using this survey link, you can submit your comments on as many Essential Services as you would like and provide general comments on the framework. Comment Guidelines: Please confine your comments to the content of the draft. Grammatical errors or other typographical errors will be addressed prior to final publication in June 2020. Comments will be accepted through the survey only. No comments will be accepted via e-mail, fax, letter, or other format. The comment period has been extended through May 22, 2020.


    More information

    Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI)


  • May 11, 2020 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    from the Minnesota Department of Human Services:


    During these difficult and uncertain times, it’s important for people to have reliable information about public assistance programs. Immigrant communities have a particular need for guidance due to fear and confusion over the federal “public charge rule.” 

     

    Earlier this year, DHS distributed an informational flyer about the public charge rule which provides contacts for free and confidential legal advice. We’ve recently translated the flyer into HmongKarenSomali, and Spanish. Additional PDF versions of the flyers are attached.

     

    I also want to remind you that U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice that testing, treatment, and preventive care related to COVID-19 will not be included in public charge determinations.



    DHS Public Charge Flyer (English).pdf

    DHS Public Charge Flyer (Hmong).pdf

    DHS Public Charge Flyer (Karen).pdf

    DHS Public Charge Flyer (Somali).pdf

    DHS Public Charge Flyer (Spanish).pdf



    DOES PUBLIC CHARGE APPLY TO YOU?


    Everyone’s situation is different, and we want you to have the best information for you and your family.


    In immigration law, “public charge” describes certain immigrants who use certain government programs. You may have heard that public charge rules can affect your immigration status if you use programs like Medical Assistance (MA), SNAP or the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). If you want to know if these rules apply to you, talk to a lawyer.


    For free and confidential legal advice in English, Spanish, Somali and other languages, call:

    Mid-Minnesota Southern Minnesota Legal Aid: Regional Legal Services:

    800-292-4150 888-575-2954


    IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

    Public charge does not change eligibility for government programs.

    Public charge does not apply to all immigrants.

    Public charge does Public charge does not not apply to all apply to U.S. citizens.

    government programs.


    This information is not legal advice. Talk to a lawyer if you have questions or concerns.


    When we help each other, we create a brighter future for Minnesota


  • May 04, 2020 5:36 PM | Anonymous

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    Introducing Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers

    A new online course from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Coalition of STD Directors

     

    Today, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) announced the launch of a free, on-demand training for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers. The course,Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers, will support ongoing public health agency efforts to prepare new contact tracers for their work of helping identify COVID-19 positive cases and those they've been in close contact with.

     

    As the nation looks to restart the economy and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to quickly contain future outbreaks is more important than ever. To achieve this, state and local health agencies will need to rapidly scale up their contract tracing workforces. Making Contact provides approximately three hours of free online training to quickly teach participants the basics of contact tracing, regardless of prior experience in public health.

     

    Participants will walk through the steps of contact tracing and interviewing, experience case-based scenarios, and complete knowledge exercises to reinforce important concepts. The course comes with helpful job aids, which will familiarize learners with frequently asked questions about COVID-19, fundamental components of contact tracing in a remote environment (over phone, video call), tips for conducting interviews, and more. 

     

    Interested in using the course in your jurisdiction? See below, read our press release, or visit ASTHO's e-learning center for more details! Contact us at learn@astho.org with any questions.

    ASTHO and NCSD thank all of our partners who provided input, expert review, and/or source material for training development, including: 

    • Cardea Services
    • CDC
    • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
    • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
    • National Association of County and City Health Officials
    • NCSD Disease Intervention Specialist Committee
    • Public Health Foundation
    • Resolve to Save Lives, a Vital Strategies initiative
    • Texas Department of State Health Services
    • Virginia Department of Health
    • Washington State Department of Health


  • April 27, 2020 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    MPHA Members,


    Join the American Cancer Society's Action Network to support a number of public health issues at the Capitol. See below for how to make your voice heard!


    From ACS-CAN:


    This week, we’re taking action! Though we can’t be together at the state capitol, we can use our voices together to fight cancer. We hope you join us for a virtual Week of Action starting tomorrow, Monday, April 27th until Friday, May 1st.


    With your help, we’ll be advocating for legislation to raise the tobacco age of sale in Minnesota to 21, remove barriers to breast and cervical cancer treatment coverage, and ensure that all Minnesotans have access to clinical trials.


    Visit our Week of Action resource page for suggestions on actions you can take every day this week and talking points, too. We encourage you to get creative!


    Certain days this week, you’ll get emails with an action alert and a call alert, so we can contact lawmakers in a specific way together.


    Review the Week of Action resource page. If you have any questions, please reach out to Britta at Britta.babel@cancer.org.


    Let’s get to work, advocates!


  • April 27, 2020 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, April 28
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT


    On Sunday, April 26, Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) will premiere Our Invisible Guardians, a documentary about public health and the many people who work behind the scenes on issues vital to keeping us healthy. Since the film was made a short five months ago, COVID-19 has changed our world and public health is far from ”invisible.”

    Join School of Public Health (SPH) Dean John Finnegan as he talks with documentary stars and SPH faculty Michael Osterholm, Marizen Ramirez, Timothy Beebe, and Jeff Bender about their focus on the coronavirus and its impact.


    Registration & details at: https://www.sph.umn.edu/event/no-longer-invisible-public-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/


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