NHS Evidence - ethnicity and health
The Specialist Library for Ethnicity and Health (SLEH) became 'NHS Evidence - ethnicity and health' on the 1st April 2009 as part of a move of all the NHS Specialist Libraries into NHS Evidence, provided by NICE, with a single access portal. For more information about NHS Evidence, please follow this link to the NICE website: http://www.nice.org.uk/nhsevidence/
Translated Patient Material
With the movement of content from NHS Direct to NHS Choices now underway, we have started to reintroduce their translated patient material to our collection, and to locate other useful material in various languages.
News - The latest developments in Evidence, Consultation or Resources
New tuberculosis (TB) campaign
The African HIV Policy Network (AHPN) together with TB Alert is encouraging black African organisations to get involved in TB day on the 24th of March. Elias Phiri the Head of Awareness at TB alert stated, “Certain communities are more vulnerable to TB, 23% of people in England who get TB are from the black African community, and significant number of them develop TB because their immune systems have been weakened by HIV.”
A new campaign website has been launched which focuses on the stories of individuals who have TB, aids people in recognising the symptoms of TB and explains where to recieve treatment for the condition. The website also includes a number of free resources and materials.
Diabetes Lifestyle magazine
Diabetes Lifestyle is a newsletter produced by Diabetes UK aimed at black and minority ethnic communities. The newsletter contains news and articles on diabetes management and care as well as information on local community events and campaigning and volunteering issues and is available here.
NHS Evidence - ethnicity and health Annual Evidence Update 2009
Our Annual Evidence Update, previously the SLEH National Knowledge Week, was published in the week of 19th October. You can see Dr. Surinder Sharma's introduction and access the topic articles through this link.
For previous Knowledge Weeks and other articles, click on the link in the column to the right, or here.
Cancer Equalities - new resources
Following the launch of the National Cancer Equalities Initiative report on 22nd March, the National Cancer Intelligence Network has made a huge database of equality metrics available: this is freely available and can be searched by different 'equality strands' and also data viewed for different cancer sites, and at levels from PCT to national - find out who is most affected by which cancer in your locality: www.ncin.org.uk/equalities
Race For Health - Good Practice Guide
Cynthia Bower, Chief Executive of the new Care Quality Commission noted at a Race for Health workshop that ‘The NHS has a legal responsibility to promote race equality and tackle discrimination, both as an employer and as a provider or commissioner of health services. Even so, studies continue to show that people from minority ethnic groups have more difficulty accessing healthcare, and, when they do, the experience and the outcomes for them are not as good as for other people' The workshop particularly drew attention to the need to reduce the incidence of conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers which disproportionately affect some black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. Race for Health has also published a new guide entitled ‘Leading Action on Race Equality in Health’. The 44-page guide distils the legislative, policy and regulatory imperatives for taking action on race equality and sets out good practice from the 21 Primary Care Trusts that are members of the programme, and other sources. [download pdf]
- Cell Biology - A recently published study has shown that it is possible to develop liver cells which have distinctive ethnic characteristics - this 'proof of concept' study has clear links to our recent editorial report on pharmaco-vigilance and the need to look at clinical differences between ethnic groups in their treatment.
- Diabetes UK has produced a toolkit to aid in the hosting of Diabetes Awareness sessions to people from south Asian communites. The toolkit includes a handbook, two powerpoint presentations, speaker notes and a quiz about food myths. Further details can be viewed here.
- Video Resource for 'new users' of the NHS. The Black Health Agency in Manchester has created an on-line 16 minute video clip including entitlement to the NHS, using the GP, registration, time-keeping if given an appointment, and repeat prescriptions (access here). It is available in 8 commonly required languages.
Cultural and Religious Events in April 2010 (1431 AH; 4708 Chinese calendar)
In the USA, we learn that this is 'Mens health Month'
- 2nd April Good Friday - day of fasting / observance for Christians
- 4th April Easter (Christian - this year all traditions including Orthodox celebrate on this date)
- 11th April Holocaust Martyrs Remembrance day - Yom Ha'Shoah (Jewish) (many members of minorities were killed)
- 14th April Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) - Sikh celebration of the foundation of the Khalsa
- 23rd April St George's day - National saint of England (also celebrated as Shakespeare's birthday)
- 25th April ANZAC day - notably observed by Australians and NewZealanders
- 28th April Theravada Buddhist New Year
Our grateful thanks to Woodlands Junior School, Kent, for their helpful religious calendar.
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About NHS Evidence - ethnicity and health
We aim to select the best available evidence about management of a health care service and specific needs in health care for migrant and minority ethnic groups. We can only provide guidance on electronically available resources (i.e. items available on the internet). For more information, use the 'Welcome to New Users' link or read 'More about this site' on another page.
To suggest resources for NHS Evidence - ethnicity and health, please use our suggestion form. The form is on another site, but you will be returned here once you have made your suggestion.
If you are holding a workshop, conference or other event you would like the Library to post in the Events section, please use our event form. It is on another site, but you will be returned here when your submission is made.
‘Ethnicity’ is a complex issue. Many different terms are used to describe ethnic groups: some guidance is given in an article about 'Concepts of Diversity' (opens new window on another site).
Ethnicity and Heath Newsletter
See the latest 'Ethnicity and Health Newsletter'.
To receive it by email, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to go on the list.
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