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NIH Announced Formal Designation of Sexual and Gender Minorities as Health Disparity Population

On October 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the formal designation of sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) as a health disparity population for NIH research. The designation builds on the 2011 IOM report The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding.

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Women’s Preventive Services Recommended by IOM to be Covered Under Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 marked a profound shift away from reactive care and toward a system focused on prevention, including a new provision that ensures preventive health services will be covered with no out-of-pocket costs. On August 1, 2011, less than two weeks after the release of Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps, HHS adopted the IOM’s recommendations outlining which services for women should be included.

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  • Recommendations for Preventive Services for Women that Should be Considered by HHS (HTML)
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  • Testimony before House Judiciary Committee (PDF)
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Dept. of Education, HHS Competition Aims to Improve Early Learning Programs

The 2008 IOM/NRC report, Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How?, determined important development outcomes for young children – such as social and emotional development, physical well-being, and language development – and made recommendations on how those outcomes should be evaluated in early childhood care and education. On May 25, 2011, the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services launched a new competition, Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, to spur states to improve the quality of early learning programs. Among other competition requirements, states will be challenged to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in early learning programs and align any assessments with recommendations from the IOM report.

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