A CHAI Weekly News Roundup

Announcing the Launch of DeQH!

a Desi lgbtQ Helpline 

On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.

Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST].  Days and times will expand over time.

For general information, check out www.deqh.org and contact deqh.info@gmail.com.

DeQH is a collaboration of South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the nation including AQUA North Carolina, Hotpot! in Philadelphia, SALGA NYC, Satrang in LA, and Trikone San Francisco. Please contact us if your group is interested in joining our effort, and/or if you are interested in becoming a general volunteer or would like to be trained as a peer support volunteer.

DeQH operates with support from NQAPIA. Trikone is a fiscal sponsor of DeQH.


Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals

Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients with Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitalsis the product of collaboration between the Disparities Solutions Center, Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital, Abt Associates, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

About the Guide:

Research suggests that adverse events affect patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) more frequently, are often caused by communication problems, and are more likely to result in serious harm compared to those that affect English-speaking patients. This guide focuses on how hospitals can better identify, report, monitor, and prevent medical errors in patients with LEP.

Goal of the Guide:

To help hospital leaders better understand how to address the issue of patient safety for limited-English-proficient and culturally diverse patients. The guide can help hospital leaders:

  • Foster a Supportive Culture for Safety of Diverse Patient Populations.
  • Adapt Current Systems To Better Identify Medical Errors Among LEP Patients.
  • Improve Reporting of Medical Errors for LEP Patients.
  • Routinely Monitor Patient Safety for LEP Patients.
  • Address Root Causes To Prevent Medical Errors Among LEP Patients.

A copy of the Guide can be found on the HRSA website at: http://ahrq.hhs.gov/populations/lepguide/index.html


NAMI Maryland 2012 State Conference

telephone: 410-884-8691
website: www.namimd.org

“Stronger Together: Partners for the Future”

Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, Towson, Maryland

We are excited to announce that Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown will be speaking at Friday’s plenary session.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the great line-up of plenary speakers!  Take a look at the program and register today to ensure your spot.

Plenary speakers:

    • Anthony Brown, Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
    • Dr. Josh Sharfstein, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • Charles J. Milligan, Jr., JD, Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    • Dr. Brian Hepburn, Executive Director, Mental Hygiene Administration of Maryland

Click HERE for the Workshop schedule.

Here are just some of the workshop topics that will be offered:

  • Ask the Doctor- Children and Adolescent Health
  • Veteran Outreach and Recovery
  • Expediting SSI/SSDI claims
  • Living from the Inside Out: A Family Perspective on Wellness
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • How to Convince Someone To Get Psychiatric Help
  • Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia: Pieces of Recovery
  • Health Care Reform: Get Informed & Get Engaged
  • Insurance Coverage of Mental Health Treatment: Your Rights and Resources
  • Dual Diagnosis: Eating Disorders & Substance Abuse
  • NAMI and Core Service Agencies: Local Partnerships in Advocacy and Education
  • Telling Your Story: Smarts for Advocacy

There will also be a track for criminal justice professionals for credit from the State Training Commissions.

CEU’s and Certificates of Attendance sponsored by the Mental Health Services Training Center of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry.

Join us Friday Evening for an Authors’ Reception and a special performance by Michael Mack.

Authors’ Reception

Friday evening, from 5:15-6:45 p.m., NAMI Maryland is hosting a free special Authors’ Reception featuring authors and creative minds behind books focusing on mental illness. Even if you can’t make it for the conference, come join us for this special evening.

Michael Mack Performance

After the reception, at 7:00 p.m., join us for a special presentation of Michael Mack and his award-winning solo show, Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues).

He has inspired audiences nationwide with his family’s story of love and redemption.

Cost is $15 per person and $10 for students. Buy tickets here!



New Report Finds Major Barriers to Accessing Health Insurance for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Small Businesses; Health Reform Offers Opportunities to Close Coverage Gaps

Language barriers, immigration restrictions and high costs keep many small business owners and their employees uninsured

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2012

Washington, D.C. – A new report by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) analyzes the challenges that Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) small business owners face in providing health insurance coverage for themselves and their employees, and the numerous opportunities available under the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Asian Americans account for over 1.5 million minority-owned businesses, represent nearly 6 percent of all U.S. businesses and employ close to 3 million people. Research indicates, however, that there is a correlation between small business ownership and uninsurance, effectively limiting the ability of these employers and employees to access routine, quality and affordable health care.

“Like many of their small-business counterparts of other races, AA and NHPI small business owners face distinct barriers to accessing coverage,” said Kathy Lim Ko, APIAHF president and CEO. “Our report—the first focused solely on AA and NHPI small business owners—provides a clear profile of the demographic makeup of these businesses, their needs and opportunities available under the Affordable Care Act.”

The report found three major areas of concern for AA and NHPI small businesses and provides concrete recommendations for policy makers:

  • Challenges for self-employed businesses: While the ACA will make health insurance coverage more accessible and affordable through small business online marketplaces and small business tax credits, many AA and NHPI small business owners will not qualify for these coverage options because they are either self-employed or have no paid employees. These eligibility restrictions are particularly concerning as self-employment as contractors, consultants, and independent agents continues to climb in the AA and NHPI business community. Health reform implementation must include alternative methods of coverage as well as strategies for small business owners to obtain individual-based coverage through the Exchanges.
  • Language barriers: Because a significant number of Asian Americans speak English less than very well or not at all, many—including small business owners—have traditionally had problems shopping for and enrolling in health coverage. Health reform outreach efforts must be conducted in a culturally and linguistically accessible manner to maximize enrollment of minority-owned businesses.
  • Immigration-based barriers: The coverage options available under health reform rely on a myriad of rules and immigration-based restrictions that will complicate enrollment for AA and NHPIs, many of whom live in mixed-immigration status households. Outreach will be key to ensuring these communities are able to enroll in the coverage they are eligible for.

“As chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and a member of the House Small Business Committee, I welcome this timely report,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32). “It is imperative that we work together with minority-owned small businesses to ensure that they understand all of their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act and the benefits these reforms have on their day to day operations.”

California has the largest number of Asian-owned businesses, with over half a million in the state, and some of the highest numbers of businesses owned by NHPIs. APIAHF was recently funded by the Blue Shield of California Foundation to analyze access barriers including affordability, immigration status and language and culture among AA and NHPI small businesses in California. Over the next year, APIAHF will provide timely analysis and policy solutions to help expand coverage for California’s small businesses and support the work of California’s health reform implementation efforts.

Read the full report Opportunities and Challenges in the Affordable Care Act for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Small Businesses here.


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

APIAHF thanks Small Business Majority for their comments and guidance in the development of this issue brief.

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