Performance Improvement 2010. Address Needs, Strengths, and Abilities of Vulnerable Populations


One project identified how community-based minority-serving organizations can better use data to address health risks.  The project developed, tested, and used standardized diabetes and high blood-pressure screening forms and their associated user guidelines with participants and screeners of national and community-based organizations.  Screenings revealed high proportions of participants at risk for either hypertension or diabetes.  Most participants were unaware of their risk.  A large proportion of participants who were screened and identified as at risk subsequently sought or obtained medical care and/or more information about their disease.  Community health screening events coupled with appropriate and validated instruments can help to identify individuals who need diabetes and/or hypertension care.  The use of such screening tools by organizations with solid access to their communities can be a great and, perhaps, untapped opportunity to identify cases of diabetes and hypertension within minority communities.  The study emphasized the need to disseminate the screening tools and encourage their use by community organizations in community health events as a means of promoting more positive health-seeking behaviors of minorities. (7863)

In an ASPE review of current literature, researchers sought to clarify the state of knowledge about meeting the health and human services needs of victims of human trafficking into and within the United States.  Health and human service providers serving victims of human trafficking believed that a multi-dimensional and coordinated approach to providing services and preventing trafficking was necessary, including intensive case management, comprehensive services provided through partnerships, and ongoing outreach and communication. (9331.6) Additionally, a September 2008 National Symposium on the Health Needs of Human Trafficking Victims Policy identified health care needs of these individuals and how best to meet these needs, including such strategies as incorporating the issues of the health needs of human trafficking victims into the medical training and continuing education of health professionals.  (9331.5

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