Resources

Whether you are a health care provider, a member of a community-based organization, or just looking for useful links to further information, you will find helpful resources below.

The Affordable Care Act and Reducing Health Disparities

The new national healthcare reform law will have an impact on health and how healthcare is provided in this country. Below are resources you can consult to find out how the law will impact you and your community. 

  • Presentations from the "Our Communities and the New York Health Benefit Exchange"program at UAlbany, September 2013.

    Kelvin Sapp, New York State of Health. "Our Communities and the New York Health Benefit Exchange."

  • Presentations from the "Our Communities and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" program at UAlbany, March 2013. 

Georgana Hansen, Family Planning Associates. The Affordable Care Act: Making a Difference in Women's Health.
Jonathan Lang, Empire State Pride Agenda. The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on LGBT New Yorkers.

  • Other Resources

Institute of Medicine Collaborative on Health Literacy and Access, Health Care Coverage, and Care of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Description from the IOM: "We are entering a critical time in health care in the United States. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) changes the American health care system in many ways. Of major importance is the fact that it expands access to health insurance for millions of Americans. But do Americans understand the changes that are coming? Do they understand their options for health insurance or how to choose the insurance plan that best meets their needs? And will they know how to use that insurance plan once they have it? Many people don’t have this understanding, and they have a hard time getting reliable information when they try to learn more. Six participants in the Collaborative on Health Literacy and Access, Health Care Coverage, and Care of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy have prepared a discussion paper that presents basic information that can be used to help people understand their health insurance options. The paper is a resource for those who will be helping consumers make important decisions—for patient navigators, community organizations, employers, media, educators, and any individual or organization working to improve understanding of options for health insurance."

To access a copy of the paper, click the link above or go to: iom.edu/understandhealthinsurance
  • Helpful Links

Webinar on Language Accesss for the Health Benefits Marketplace

New York Health Benefit Exchange: Reducing Health Disparities

National Women's Law Center

Raising Women's Voices 

Countdown to Coverage 

"The Affordable Care Act Gives Women Greater Control Over Their 

Own Health Care"

NY Health Benefit Exchange website

Healthcare.gov

The Affordable Care Act and Your Family 

Enroll America  

Kaiser Health Reform Source: The States 

Community Catalyst. Promoting Racial and Health Equity Through the Exchanges

  •  Resources for Health Care Providers

Ojos saludables: Vision Care (in Spanish)

Dientes saludables: Dental Care (in Spanish)

Depression and Heart Disease (in Spanish)

ABC's of Stress and What to Do about It

Finding an Eye Doctor Accepting Medicaid

Low Cost Medical Service Providers: Rensselaer and Schenectady

Low Cost Albany Medical Service Providers

Diabetes and African Americans in the Capital Region

Heart Disease and Stroke Among African Americans in the Capital Region

Taking Charge of Your Health

Sugary Drinks Nutrition and Marketing to Youth

Documentary Film on Walking: The Walking Revolution

The brochures were developed by a community-based Task Force in response to prioritized needs identified by minority community members during focus groups. The brochures may be freely downloaded in pdf form (click here to download Adobe Acrobat). For more information, contact cemhd@albany.edu
  • Resources for Community-Based Organizations

Minority Health Disparities is one of the top priorities on the nation’s healthcare agenda and narrowing this breach is one of the top two priorities of the Federal Government and the Department of Health and Human Services. Click here for a list of research and resources on minority health disparities includes links to the primary institutions tracking and supporting this public health issue. 

The Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health would be good places to start on this topic.

Further Information

National Level New York State

Heart Disease and Stroke Among African Americans in the Capital Region

Taking Charge of Your Health

Sugary Drinks Nutrition and Marketing to Youth

The brochures were developed by a community-based Task Force in response to prioritized needs identified by minority community members during focus groups. The brochures may be freely downloaded in pdf form (click here to download Adobe Acrobat). For more information, contact cemhd@albany.edu