Pediatric Grand Rounds Focus on Diabetes

The following is cross-posted from the Med School Watercooler of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Anne-Marie Kaulfers, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a pediatric endocrinologist with USA Physicians Group, will present “Update on Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes/Obesity” for August’s pediatric grand rounds.

The event will take place Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. in the conference room on the first floor of the Strada Patient Care Center.

Dr. Kaulfers will explain the difference in labs regarding Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. She will also discuss new technologies that will soon be available for patients with diabetes and the new guidelines for obesity and pre-diabetes.

The event is open to faculty, staff, and students at USA. A light breakfast, coffee, and beverages will be provided. For additional information, contact Katie Catlin at

The Strada Patient Care Center is located at 1601 Center St. in Mobile.

Useful Resource: Behavioral Health Equity

The Office of Behavioral Health Equity of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides resources to address disparities related to mental health and/or substance use disorders in various populations. Available resources include: Data, Reports and Issue Briefs; SAMHSA Programs and Initiatives; SAMHSA Behavioral Health and In-Language Resources; and  Federal Initiatives and Resources. Items are organized by minority group:

Visit the Office of Behavioral Health Equity website to learn more.

Useful Resource: offers community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.  The information portal provides research, publications, and tools for those working in community development. “Healthy Communities” is one of the key areas of policy explored on the site. The available resources include

Useful Resource: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a  national non-profit organization “focusing on national health issues, as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.” The organization’s programs consist of

Visit the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation website to learn more.

Glimpses of Community Engagement

Community engagement calls for cultural humility, patience, and the building of authentic relationships. In a series of short videos from the Division of Community Engagement at Virginia Commonwealth University, faculty members describe their personal experiences of working with community partners. The six videos discuss:

  • Why community engagement?
  • Cultural competencies
  • Community partners as co-educators
  • The nontraditional learning script
  • Why I identify as a community-engaged scholar
  • Breaking Down Silos

The videos are all available on YouTube.

Useful Resource: Urban Institute Health Policy Center

The Urban Institute conducts economic and policy research to offer analyses and recommendations to “”understand and solve real-world challenges.” Its Health Policy Center explores the United States’ health care problems and costs, evaluates how public policies affect lives and communities and provides insight into reforms.  The approach taken includes

  • Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model to forecast the effects of policy changes on insurance costs and coverage and on employers and individuals.
  • Analysis of data from major federal surveys to identify trends in health care coverage, costs, access, and quality.
  • Where federal and state surveys lack information, they collect and analyze qual­itative data through case studies and conduct surveys to track health insurance coverage and health outcomes in real time.
  • Provision of technical assistance to state and local policymakers as they put policies and programs into practice.
  • Study of disparities in access to care—by race and ethnicity and socioeconomic status, across states, and between public and private insur­ance—identifying where gaps exist and how to close them.

The Health Policy Center’s web portal provides access to publications, project descriptions, and blog posts. Recent publications include:

Visit the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center to learn more.

Useful Resource: Coping with Emotional Issues related to Diabetes

The National Diabetes Education Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a series of educational resources for those living with diabetes. The portal Coping with Emotional Issues provides resources to help individuals cope with the emotional struggles that can accompany the disease. The resources include:

Visit the Coping with Emotional Issues Portal to learn more.

Learning Opportunity: The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Health and Well-Being: The Latest Research from Policies for Action

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Urban Institute will host the forum The Impact of Early Childhood Education on Health and Well-Being: The Latest Research from Policies for Action with an option for live streaming. The following comes from the event announcement.

The Urban Institute, in collaboration with Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, invites you to a forum to share P4A’s latest findings on early education’s lasting impacts on health and well-being and learn from policymakers designing and implementing programs at the city and state levels.

Charged with fostering a healthy, competitive workforce, policymakers are looking for the best way to invest in the youngest members of our communities. Although different combinations of educational, health, and social supports are likely to underpin high-quality early childhood education, focusing on health leads to high returns for children and their families. This forum will spark a positive dialogue on the importance of health in early childhood investments and will identify avenues for cross-disciplinary engagement and research around early childhood education and health.

The forum will feature research from two notable scholars:

  • Sherry Glied, dean and professor of public service at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will present her work on the improved health outcomes of low-income children newly enrolled in New York City’s universal prekindergarten program, Pre-K for All.
  • Jorge Luis Garcia, senior research assistant in the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago, will present new research spearheaded by Nobel laureate James Heckman on the long-term health and well-being impacts of high-quality, birth-to-age-five child care programs.

Please see the forum announcement for more information.


Useful Resource: Health Information in Multiple Languages

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has created an online portal providing access to information to information on priority health areas in various languages.

Information is available for the following conditions:

Visit the Health Information in Multiple Languages portal.

Useful Resource: Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Widget

Recently, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced the release of the Healthy People 2020 Health Disparities Widget. The tool provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHI). Users can search by disparity type (e.g. disability, education, income, location, race, ethnicity, and sex) and the LHIs.

Learn more about the Health Disparities Widget.