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New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., kicked off Minority and Multicultural Health Month today at the
Designed to help reduce health disparities in minority populations, the month-long campaign “Learn, Control, Prevent: Manage Your Health” will focus on empowering individuals, families and caregivers to help themselves manage chronic diseases.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program grants awarded by the Department’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health will educate and train community leaders about effective methods and activities that can help individuals live with chronic diseases such as asthma, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Four of the agencies will also receive training in Spanish. Three community leaders from each agency take the program in Spanish and in turn, train other Spanish-speaking individuals in their communities.
“For many years, we have all heard the startling statistics on health disparities in minority populations,” said New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. “We know that some minority populations are more likely to have diabetes, asthma and other conditions. These diseases can be controlled and people with them can live healthy productive lives. This initiative is an important first step in doing that.”
The agencies that received grants are:
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by
The DHSS also unveiled its updated Office of Minority and Multicultural Health website that now includes user-friendly information for both general public and health professionals.
In its continuing efforts to address language access, the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health has also established a Spanish language portal on its website. “Portal a la Salud” provides information on resources, publications, events and updates in Spanish.
The website can be found at http://nj.gov/health/omh/index.shtml
The DHSS encourages
The DHSS publishes a free calendar of Minority and Multicultural Health Month events statewide and it is available to individuals, legislators, community groups and participating organizations to help promote events. It is also available online at nj.gov/health/omh/documents/ommhm_calendar07.pdf .
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