Campaigns, Grants Support Interpretation Services, Diabetes Care, Organ Donation; Health Summit Features Seminar on Minority Health
- California: Cardinal Health has awarded Madera, Calif.-based Children's Hospital Central California with a $25,000 grant to fund a program that will create audio discharge instructions in Hmong, Mixteca and Spanish, the Stockton Record reports. The audio recordings will be uploaded to a phone line that will be available to the parents for up to 30 days after their children are discharged from the hospital. The program is expected to begin by fall (Stockton Record, 4/14).
Eli Lilly: Lilly has partnered with musician Angie Stone to launch the "Fearless African-Americans Connected and Empowered" diabetes campaign, which seeks to encourage blacks to better manage their diabetes, according to a Lilly release. The FACE campaign will include a series of programs that will "help foster behavioral and attitudinal changes in areas critical to success in managing diabetes, such as nutrition/cooking, physical activity, health and overall well-being," according to the release. The effort will begin in Atlanta in May, followed by Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis (Eli Lilly release, 4/15).
- Illinois: The Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network's African-American Task Force held a telethon last week as part of a campaign to encourage 8,000 state residents to sign up as organ donors, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. According to the Sun-Times, blacks account for 13% of the U.S. population but make up 35% of patients waiting to receive kidney transplants (Wisniewski, Chicago Sun-Times, 4/13).
- Michigan: The Aetna Foundation has awarded Kalamazoo College a $20,000 grant to support students who work as Spanish interpreters for pregnant women at the school's Family Health Center, the Kalamazoo Gazette reports. The students also provide educational programs that help migrant workers report and limit their exposure to harmful pesticides, among other projects (Kalamazoo Gazette, 4/12).
- South Carolina: The Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center on Saturday is sponsoring a Minority Health Summit that will feature 20 seminars on health conditions that mostly affect minority communities, the Greenville News reports. The summit, which is in its second year, will include sessions on prostate and breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stress management, HIV/AIDS, healthy lifestyles and nutrition, as well as discussions on the link between obesity and soul food, recent changes to Medicare, Alzheimer's disease and aging, and prescription medication noncompliance and potential side effects in the elderly (Ray, Greenville News, 4/13).