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/T3LGSFK8ACgaKbbC7. 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/

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Resources

Sarasota County Community Dashboard

Coloring Book/Story Explaining COVID-19 for Kids!

The National Medical Association (NMA)

Calls for Open Dialogue on Police Brutality

On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black American male was taken into police custody by Minneapolis police after being suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase. He was handcuffed, and at some point, one of the police officers pinned him down with his knee on his posterior neck. Mr. Floyd struggled to breathe, stating such audibly. After eight minutes and 46 seconds of continued neck compression Mr. Floyd became silent. Paramedics were called who found Mr. Floyd unresponsive and pulseless. He was later declared dead at a local hospital. The death has been declared a homicide by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office.

 

Since the death of Mr. Floyd, there has been widespread national civil unrest, some excessive, with destruction of property and personal injury. The demand is for justice to the family of George Floyd and an end to the pervasive police brutality that has been perpetrated on the Black community for decades.

 

Studies have shown that Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police in the United States than white people. More unarmed Black people were killed by police than unarmed white people last year, despite the fact that Black people comprise only 14% of the population. The NMA considers this a public health crisis.

 

Police killings — which can include shootings, choking and other uses of force — are the sixth-leading cause of death among men of all races ages 25-29, according to the study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

 

The protests that we have witnessed are an understandable response to the injustice that occurred in Minneapolis. There has been the calling up of the National Guard to “restore order,” however there has been little action on the underlying racism, injustice and inappropriate excessive use of police force that has led to a release of rage in this country. While the NMA does not condone violence and property destruction, the NMA does demand that there is a dispassionate response to the history of police violence in the Black community, including the actions recommended by the NMA’s Task Force on Gun Violence:

 

  1. Immediate development of a federal office responsible for the review of all fatal police excessive-use-of-force cases occurring in local jurisdictions.

  2. Uniform reporting of all deaths by law enforcement utilizing the US Standard Death Certificate.

  3. The immediate discontinuation of police practices that include life threatening maneuvers like the 'choke hold' and the practice of placing weight or force, by any means, on a restrained person's neck which is particularly vulnerable to injury that can easily result in death as in the case of Freddie Gray and now George Floyd. Any occurrence of these unauthorized and potentially life-threatening practices being used by law enforcement should result in immediate dismissal and formal investigation of the officer/officers involved.

  4.   All police officers are required to voluntarily report any witnessed unauthorized or excessive use of police force by a fellow officer. An omission of reporting such instances is considered an act of complicity.

 

The appropriate governmental response is not to use force only reflexively, but to address the underlying conditions that have brought chaos to the streets. Peace is possible; it will take mutual understanding and respect. All sides need to come together and forge a solution to protest violence, and police violence. Only when the cause of the outrage is acknowledged and there is open dialogue will we have peace.

 

The NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. As the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine; the NMA has long asserted police excessive use of force as a public health issue and has published both a position statement on police excess use of force and a position paper on urban violence in minority communities. The organization is committed to addressing issues of social determinants, structural violence and systemic racism that fosters an environment that leads to the disproportionate policing of communities of color.

Oliver T. Brooks, MD                                                                      

President, National Medical Association     

Dr. Brooks also encourages you to stay informed on COVID-19 and to visit the websites linked below:

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!

July Health & Holiday Observances

 

  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

  • World Hepatitis Day -- July 28th

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

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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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