Book of the Month
That Used to Be Us:
How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyze the four major challenges we face as a country—-globalization, the revolution in information technology, chronic deficits, and our pattern of energy consumption—-and spell out what we need to do now to preserve American power in the world. The end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and China’s educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess in many ways remind us of a time when “that used to be us.” But Friedman and Mandelbaum show how America’s history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.
National Partnership for Action
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Learn About the NPA
An Inclusive health and social system that treats people equitably and creates conditions in which all people can achieve optimal health reflects an educated society and a strong economy.
Even though medical advances and new technologies have provided Americans with the potential for longer and healthier lives, persistent and well-documented health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations persist.
Racial and ethnic minorities still lag behind in many health outcome measures. They are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as diabetes or heart disease. When they do get sick, they are less likely to have access to quality health care. Other underserved communities have equally pressing and often unrecognized challenges to health.
The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.
Using an approach that vests those at the front line with the responsibility of identifying and helping to shape core actions, new approaches and new partnerships are being established to help close the health gap in the United States.
Indian Health ServiceFederal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
November Is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month
Guiding Our Destiny With Heritage and Tradition
Leading the Way to Healthier Nations
What began at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions of this nation's First Americans led to the designation of the month of November as National AmericaAmericann Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
November is now recognized as a time when millions of Americans learn more about the living heritage, art, history, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The HHS theme for 2013 is "Guiding Our Destiny with Heritage and Tradition; Leading the Way to Healthier Nations."
N.C. Department of Administration Commission of Indian Affairs
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, North Carolina’s American Indian population of 122,100 is the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River and the seventh largest in the nation.
The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs was created in 1971 by the North Carolina General Assembly in response to the requests of concerned Indian citizens from across the state. The Commission was established pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes 143B-404 through 143B-411.
Specifically, the commission was created to:
• Deal fairly and effectively with Indian affairs
• Bring local, state and federal resources into focus for the implementation or continuation of meaningful programs for the state's Indian citizens
• Provide aid and protection for Indians as needs are demonstrated
• Assist Indian communities in social and economic developments
• Promote recognition of and the right of Indians to pursue their cultural and religious traditions
Native American Heritage Month Observance
Religion in the Workplace: Q & A from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers with at least 15 employees, as well as employment agencies and unions, from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against persons who complain of discrimination or participate in an EEO investigation. You can find extensive information about what Title VII prohibits regarding religion in the workplace at this web page.