Advancing Health Equity Newsletter - January 6, 2023

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In partnership,
The Equity Team --> Community Health Worker (CHW) Network Highlight The Houston Health Department, the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston (UTSPH), and the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute (TEPHI), will offer free-of-charge certification training for Community Health Workers (CHWs). The training will provide several tools revolving around topics on how to create connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare providers, guidance on helping community members navigate healthcare and social service systems as well as advocating for underserved individuals or communities to receive services and resources to address health needs.  

HHD’s Equity and Access grant partners and HHD staff are welcome to register! This CHW certification will promote the purpose of the CDC Equity and Access grant to have CHWs embedded and sustained in our communities to continue to meet the needs of Houston’s most vulnerable and be prepared for any future crisis. 

Details on registration coming soon! Stay tuned for a registration link in our February Newsletter! --> Health Equity Story Map 

Through story maps, the Houston Health Department and partner organizations work together to foster health equity for vulnerable Houston residents. This story map tool can act as a visual guide for identifying gaps and placement of resources in communities that may be less resilient to the impacts of COVID-19. To access this map, please click on the link here.

--> THAP Recruiting Ambassadors When you become a Trusted Health Ambassador, you will share accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines with your family, friends, and community. Fill out our interest form or call 832-395-8953 to learn more. --> Constance Carron Access and Health Equity Team Administrative Coordinator Health Equity Employee of the Month What Health Equity Means to Me:

Health Equity is the blueprint for broadening the impact to improve the quality of life for marginalized populations. When organization leaders work together cohesively without bias or judgment and share knowledge and resources in an open forum, their community’s social and economic infrastructure is strengthened, people become healthy, and opportunities are equalized — placing that community on the path to breaking down barriers and eliminating health disparities. 

--> Click the button below to submit your organization's plans and activities to improve health inequities. We would love to recognize you in a future newsletter. Tell us! -->

The Behavioral Health Consultant Certificate Course (BHC-CC) is a program designed to address the existing gaps in accessing behavioral health services in primary care. BHC-CC will provide new insights, skills, and technical abilities for behavioral health professionals and is supported with funding from HHD, through a CDC award to advance equity in Houston. Licensed professionals will learn to operate as Behavioral Health Consultants in primary care. To learn more and apply, click here. Click the orange button to visit their website.

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Houston Asthma Notes - January 2023

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  --> Financing Environmental Asthma Home Visits  Learn from state experts about innovative approaches for financing environmental asthma home visits with MEDICAID. Watch now.  --> Asthma Diet  Usually, when people are diagnosed with a chronic condition, the focus is on what we need to take out of our diet. Learn what to "add" in.  --> Be SMART About Asthma SMART therapy stands for Single Maintenance and Reliver Therapy. Click here for more deals.  --> First, I do Yoga, Then I Breath    Can yoga help benefit people with asthma? There are few opinions, what do you think?  Get relaxed and watch now . --> January is Radon Action Month  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. You can't see or smell radon. Learn how to detect and protect your lungs. Click here.  --> Rising Cases of RSV

NEW WEDINAR: RSV is a respiratory virus that is causing a surge in hospitalization for the young and older. Register to about prevention and treatment.

--> National Institutes of Health 

The NIH recently released an article detailing climate change and health initiative, learn how the initiative will help reduce health threats. Read here

--> --> " And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that never been." Rainer Maria Rilke --> Asthma Prevention and Control  Program is a Houston Health Department (HHD) program. The department works in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians and the environment in which they live. HHD is a full-service health department that not only performs all core functions of a Public Health Department but also many enhanced functions including initiatives to address health inequities. HHD services benefit all Houston residents but the department also takes additional steps to support those most in need, such as low-income mothers and children, the elderly, and minority populations. Most HHD functions serve the 2.3 million residents of the City of Houston but the scope and impact extend into Harris County’s population of 4.7 million people through the department’s Area Aging on Aging, Bureau of Youth and Adolescent Health, Project Saving Smiles, See to Succeed, immunization strategies, syndromic surveillance and HIV-STD surveillance. HHD’s laboratory also services a 17-county region. Learn more at HoustonHealth.org.





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Houston HealthScope - January 6, 2023

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Increase in Pediatric Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections - Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 484

1 month ago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and public health authorities of a recent increase in pediatric invasive group A streptococcal (iGAS) infections. In November 2022, CDC was notified of a possible increase in iGAS infections among children at a hospital in Colorado. Potential increases in pediatric iGAS cases in other states were subsequently noted by contributors to the Infectious Diseases Society of America's provider-based Emerging Infections Network and by certain jurisdictions participating in CDC's Active Bacterial Core Surveillance System (ABCs). This increased number of pediatric iGAS cases in some jurisdictions has occurred in the setting of increased circulation of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza viruses, SARS-CoV-2, and other respiratory viruses. While the overall number of cases has remained relatively low and iGAS infections remain rare in children, CDC is investigating these reports.

Important Updates on COVID-19 Therapeutics for Treatment and Prevention - Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 483

1 month ago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Update to supplement the CDC HAN Health Advisories issued on April 25, 2022 and May 24, 2022 to emphasize to healthcare providers, public health departments, and the public that the majority of Omicron sublineages circulating in the United States have reduced susceptibility to the monoclonal antibody, bebtelovimab and the monoclonal antibody combination, cilgavimab and tixagevimab (EvusheldTM). Antiviral therapeutics for the treatment of COVID-19, ritonavir-boosted nirmatrelvir (Paxlovid™), remdesivir (Veklury®), and molnupiravir (Lagevrio™), retain activity against currently circulating Omicron sublineages. These medications can prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death and are widely available but have been underused. This HAN Health Update provides health care professionals, public health officials, and the public with guidance on improving use of therapeutics for treatment of COVID-19 and strategies to prevent serious outcomes of COVID-19.

Falcon Import and Export, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk & Wheat in Mixed Alsultan Branded Baklava, and Undeclared Cashews, Pistachios, & Almonds in Alsultan Branded Betefour

1 month 1 week ago
Falcon Import and Export LLC, of Ashburn, Virginia, is recalling Alsultan Sweets branded Baklava because it may contain undeclared milk and wheat, and Alsultan Sweets branded Betefour because it may contain undeclared cashews, pistachios, and almonds. People who have allergies to milk, wheat, and tr