Feature: May 2015
May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections which can lead to liver cancer. Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Chronic hepatitis B infection is one of the primary causes of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma especially among immigrants from Asia and Africa. For Hepatitis Awareness Month, EthnoMed is highlighting educational resources on our website and other trusted sites.
- Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya Hepatitis Profiles - brief overview about hepatitis from a cultural perspective; considerations include language equivalence, cultural knowledge and traditional treatments.
- Hepatitis Patient Education Materials - includes brochures and videos about Hepatitis B in Chinese, Khmer (Cambodian) and Vietnamese languages. Includes links to Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC)'s Hepatitis B fact sheets in Burmese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
- CDC Know Hepatitis B Campaign is a national communications campaign promoting Hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). This multilingual campaign has materials in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
- Coalition against Hepatitis in People of African Origin (CHIPO) Part of Hep Free New York City, the CHIPO wesbite has patient education materials about hepatitis B and C and liver cancer in Arabic, French and Swahili.
- Hep B United is a national coalition to address and eliminate hepatitis B and is an official partner of CDC’s Know Hepatitis B Campaign. Visit Hep B United's site for a wide range of materials to help educate communities about hepatitis B and to increase screening for the disease.
- HealthReach (formerly RHIN) is a national collaborative partnership that has created a database of quality multilingual, public health resources (including about hepatitis and many other topics in dozens of languages) for those working with or providing care to those with Limited English Proficiency, including refugees and asylees.
- MedlinePlus Health Information in Multiple Languages provided on the National Library of Medicine consumer health information website. Browse resources in many languages about hepatitis A, B and C.
Migrant Children Health
of the hyped claims and concerns over health risks from unaccompanied
migrant children stem from ignorance, if not racial prejudice. The
answer to responding to disease challenges is not scaremongering, not
pointing fingers at migrant children, but rather ensuring that
appropriate treatment is in place for them, regardless of where
geographic borders lie. The following resources provide background
information on the problem, factual information to help educate, and
ongoing initiatives to address the misinformation.
Caring for Survivors of Torture - Selected New Resources
Obtaining Survivor Histories - Video Clips and Clinical Pearls
These videos are part of a series of short clips giving examples of issues to be aware of when obtaining a patient history. The clips are from interviews with patients of Dr. Carey Jackson (used with permission) demonstrating aspects of torture histories commonly encountered among torture survivors. New clips:
- Witnessing the Torture of Others: An Example of Mass Torture in Cambodia under Pol Pot
- Catastrophic Illness Triggers
- The Experience of Reactivation
Sequelae of Torture: Traumatic Brain Injury - Video
40 minute video presentation by Dr. Carey Jackson about working with torture survivors. Topics include mechanisms of traumatic brain injury, symptoms of TBI, and how to assess and treat.
Ritual Female Genital Cutting: Promoting Cultural Versatility and Safety in Medical Practice
Originally presented or referenced at an event organized by Seattle
University Students for Sexual and Reproductive Justice on December 5,
2014, materials include a video of the presentation given by speakers
Drs. Elinor Graham, Anisa Ibrahim and Anab Abdullahi, presentation
slides, intake form used to document patient history and exam, and links
to related journal articles.
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