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Welcome to The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)

The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) seeks to level the healthcare playing field by promoting, educating, and ensuring equal healthcare access and treatment for individuals and communities who are traditionally uninsured and receive a poor quality of care. We support programs that educate, identify, and test for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease, Infant Mortality, HIV/AIDS, and other health issues affecting under-represented communities across the United States which also help reduce the costs of healthcare. 

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For Up-to-date, accurate COVID-19 information and resources available such as testing sites, food resources, meds, how to get masks, etc. please visit the Sarasota Community Action COVID dashboard

We would like to invite you to take the Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course online. You can start this free course whenever you want to and continue at your own pace and availability.

In this introductory course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, the clinical presentation of COVID-19, and the evidence for how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person and why contact tracing can be such an effective public health intervention.

Multicultural Health Institute COVID-19 Survey

With the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, everyone is trying their best to stay at home to lower their risk of infection. However, even with these attempts, going out, whether to shop for necessities or talk with friends, cannot be completely avoided. As a result, some people in the community may have come in contact with someone who has/had been infected with COVID-19 or may have traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19. The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) is actively working to identify those in greatest need of being tested for COVID-19 due to active symptoms. In addition to this, we are trying to reach members of the community who have a high risk of being infected with COVID-19 because of pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes or asthma/COPD. If you believe you may be a high-risk community member and wish to assist MHI in identifying high-risk community members, please complete this survey: https://forms.gle/tapo4PbumhCHCrVk8. One can also find additional resources at the top of the survey.

Stay safe, everyone, wear your masks when you go out, wash your hands when you come home and always keep them out of your face!

The Multicultural Health Institute

https://www.the-mhi.org/

mhigtkpr@gmail.com

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Resources

Sarasota County Community Dashboard

Coloring Book/Story Explaining COVID-19 for Kids!

Stay informed about COVID-19:

1. For information regarding Screening for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html
2. For information of the Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Minorities:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/korihale/2020/03/17/the-economic-impact-of-covid-19-will-hit-minorities-the-hardest/#2191aaa710c0
3. For information regarding Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/control-recommendations.html
4. For information on Managing Stress associated with COVID-19:
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2
5. For information of the level of Global Disease Burden:
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
6. For information on the Outpatient Management for Pregnant Women With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19:
https://www.acog.org/-/media/project/acog/acogorg/files/pdfs/clinical-guidance/practice-advisory/covid-19-algorithm.pdf?la=en&hash=2D9E7F62C97F8231561616FFDCA3B1A6
7. For information on COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population:
https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/02/28/coronavirus022820
8. For information on Hospital Care of COVID-19 patients, including ICU:
https://assets.acponline.org/coronavirus/scormcontent/?_ga=2.28377468.1363258434.1584580903-1639222083.1584580903&_gac=1.45346448.1584580903.EAIaIQobChMI8-ev66-l6AIV6R-tBh3B2QWREAAYASAAEgIVH_D_BwE#/lessons/hCIsMQbg5c9uxp2Q4iVdKz8I0VQuQ-km
9. For information on Updated Telehealth and HIPAA guidelines:
https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/17/ocr-announces-notification-of-enforcement-discretion-for-telehealth-remote-communications-during-the-covid-19.html
10. For information regarding Legal Issues and COVID-19:
https://www.natlawreview.com/article/advisory-regarding-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-legal-issues-us

  

Listen to Ringling educator, Laura Steefel-Moore, and Dr. Lisa Merritt talk about racial disparities in our communities in this Art Chat!

August Health & Holiday Observances

 

  • National Immunization Awareness Month

  • World Breastfeeding Week -- August 1st to August 7th

Current and Ongoing Projects
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National Museum of African American History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has released a free online portal about race​.

The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.  

A rash of racially charged incidents—from an altercation in Central Park to acts of police brutality resulting in the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and the protests they provoked in cities around the country—prompted the Museum to move up the release date of Talking About Race. By releasing the new portal today, the Museum aims to help individuals and communities foster constructive discussions on one of the nation’s most challenging topics:  racism, and its corrosive impact.

To learn more about this online portal, click here

To access this online portal, click here

Newtown CHAT Meeting

  • Every 4th Tuesday

  • Robert L. Taylor Community Center.

  • Next Meeting: TBA

Quit Your Way (Free Nicotine Patches)

Orange Blossom Garden

First Saturday

Next Gathering: TBA

Amaryllis Park  Neighborhood Association Meeting
  • Every 4th Thursday

  • MHI Community Room

  • Next Meeting: TBA

Cancer Survival Tips

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Cancer Stakeholder:

  • A collaboration between Florida Department of Health and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program shares tips for surviving cancer.

  • Every 3rd Tuesday

  • North Sarasota Library.

  • Next Meeting: TBA

Prepare Your Winter Fitness Challenge & Boost Your Antioxidant Protection

Increase your antioxidant protection by making a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes and supplementing your diet with Pharmanex products. Begin with the LifePak® product that fits your needs, and then choose from an extensive line of the finest nutritional products available at:

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1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Way, Sarasota, Florida 34234

Phone: 941-706-3362   Fax: 941-225-8198

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