This past year our Federally Qualified Health Center was able to work with the DRIVE program through the National Minority Quality forum. The individuals at the NMQF are passionate, engaging, and innovative in their mission to increase health equity through flu immunizations. Through our participation, our team was given access to coaching and brainstorming sessions to plan an effective campaign to increase immunizations at our organization. We were also provided with the highest quality resources including subject matter experts to provide education for our providers and patients. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience collaborating for the common goal of increasing awareness of the importance of flu vaccinations!
Clinical Pharmacy Director at ARcare
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., joined community leaders from across the country as a part of a National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity’s (SHC) Health Champions initiative in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control on May 12.
The event provided local trusted voices nationwide – from the SHC-supported Faith Health Alliance, Community Pharmacist Ambassadors and Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (a.k.a. HAIR) Wellness Warriors (hair stylists and barbers) – with important, up-to-date safety practices for helping their congregants and customers stay healthy.
Dr. Emanuel noted the importance of community leaders in promoting health in underserved communities of color.
“I commend NMQF and the community leaders in their health promotion efforts,” he said.
Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President of SHC, echoed his sentiment as she praised Dr. Emanuel for his commitment to public health.
“We were honored to have a national expert provide clear information on how community leaders can continue safeguarding the health of people in their churches, salons and barbershops, and community centers. NMQF and SHC are committed to supporting community leaders in their health promotion efforts,” she said. “I am grateful to Dr. Emanuel for equipping our community partners with practical advice related to COVID, ranging from how to improve the safety of their physical spaces, to practices that reduce risk of infection such as masking and vaccines, and the importance of hypertension control.”
The Rev. Dr. Terris King, who is leading Faith Health Alliance with Bishop Dr. J. L. Carter, said this event was important for African Americans who have have suffered vaccine disparities, COVID-19 infection and death, and other health inequities – through less knowledge and access, social and economic barriers and discrimination and bias in the health system throughout the pandemic. He said community leaders can play a pivotal role in closing these deadly gaps.
“The existing healthcare model must change to emphasize the importance of community-based care,” he said. “Having Dr. Emanuel speak to this important group emphasizes their critical role in promoting health in underserved communities of color. The realization of and access to equitable health care will not be achieved for vulnerable populations without the further integration of these trusted voices in the community into the healthcare system.”
Supported by funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Minority Quality Forum’s SHC vaccine initiatives also receive support from Sanofi Pasteur.
Kelly Ann Collins
About National Minority Quality Forum
The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The mission of NMQF is to reduce patient risk by assuring optimal care for all. NMQF’s vision is an American health services research, delivery and financing system whose operating principle is to reduce patient risk for amenable morbidity and mortality while improving quality of life. For more information, please visit www.nmqf.org.
About the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity
The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity promotes sustainable healthy communities, especially those with diverse and underserved populations, through the provision of actionable data, research, and engagement of clinicians and community leaders. For more information, please visit www.nmqf-shc.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2021) —The City of Mesquite will host its virtual Community Health Forum Series on April 8 at 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET with a focus on minority health issues as a part of National Minority Health Month and the City’s effort to help the community move forward and onward from the impacts of the pandemic.
Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President of National Minority Quality Forum’s Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality
and Equity, and Dr. Jaime A. Davidson, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Diabetes Touchstone Center, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, will be the feature panelists for the event.
To join the conversation, join the webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88903991925 or by phone (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location) US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866. The webinar ID: 889 0399 1925.
For more information about the City of Mesquite’s COVID-19 recovery efforts, please visit https://www.cityofmesquite.com/3471/Community-Health-Forums.
24 February 2021 | Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, D.C.—National Minority Quality Forum’s Center for Sustainable Health Care and Equity (NMQF/SHC) has been awarded a five-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase COVID-19 vaccine understanding and acceptance among African American communities.
This program will examine, update and develop new materials that are culturally relevant to the African American community. These materials include tools for medical practitioners in African American communities to share with and educate patients; information for community leaders to share with their African American constituencies; messaging and graphics for advocates to use to communicate through social media.
Communications training will also be available to community leaders on how to best educate African American patients and the public.
Dr. Laura Lee Hall, Ph.D., President of Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity said she is honored to have funding from CDC to assist African Americans, and the clinicians who serve them, to achieve better health.
“African Americans have suffered vaccine disparities, COVID-19 infection and death, and other vaccine-preventable diseases–through less knowledge, access, social and economic barriers, and discrimination and bias in the health system. We will seek to empower the African American community to understand and promote their own health through vaccination.”
If you would like to join this effort or learn more, contact Naomi Oledibe, PMP, Public Health Junior Program Coordinator for NMQF/SHC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Ann Collins
About Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC works 24/7 protecting America’s health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America’s most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world. Learn more at www.cdc.gov.
About National Minority Quality Forum
The National Minority Quality Forum assists health care providers, professionals, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and community and faith-based organizations in delivering appropriate health care to minority communities. This assistance is based on providing the evidence in the form of science, research, and analysis that will lead to the effective organization and management of system resources to improve the quality and safety of health care for the entire population of the U.S., including minorities. For more information, please visit www.nmqf.org.
A new online resource on the topic of vaccine equity with continuing education credit is available from the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA). They are leaders in practice transformation and are a dedicated association of Community Health Centers.
Click here for instructions on registration and enrollment.