Monthly NPA e-Letter July 2016

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Our Thoughts Go Out To Affected Families and Communities

The last two weeks have been tragic and difficult in the aftermath of the shootings and deaths in Baton Rouge, LA; Falcon Heights, MN and in Dallas, TX.  Please keep the victims' families and these communities in your thoughts.  Tragic incidents such as these can evoke many emotions, but in such times we need to think about the core values—such as valuing life and the ability of communities from all backgrounds to come together in support of each other—that bind us. It is only by coming together that we can march forward to do the work that remains to make us an even stronger nation. This work includes bridging the nation’s equity gap and providing equal access to such essential services as health and mental health in this time of need.  

RHEC IX Member Honored

Pacific and Southwest Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) member Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz de Valdez, president and CEO of Concilio Latino de Salud Inc., was one of the honorees for the 2016 class of Arizona Latina Trailblazers by the Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College on Wednesday, June 22. 

Pacific and Southwest RHEC Considering New Members

The Pacific and Southwest RHEC (PSWRHEC) is seeking members to fill one or more vacancies in each of the following four states and Pacific territories: Arizona; California; Hawaii; Nevada; American Samoa; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Federated States of Micronesia; Guam; Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. PSWRHEC is a voluntary, not-for-profit association of 25 members, bringing together leaders from diverse backgrounds to reinforce the need for multi-sector linkages as a key strategy for ending health disparities in America.



Pacific and Southwest RHEC Releases Three Community Health Worker Information Briefs

The Pacific and Southwest RHEC released three information briefs addressing Community Health Workers (CHWs) as frontline service providers who serve to bridge formal health systems. The briefs discuss the use of technology in health care delivery and patient engagement as a new opportunity for health improvement, a mental health adult public education program to improve knowledge and modify attitudes and perceptions about mental health and an overview of resources that are available to support the work of CHWs within the arena of chronic disease management.


Mapping Assets To Improve Community Health

Nikki Keene Woods (Heartland Regional Health Equity Council) discusses how GIS mapping technology can be used to create community asset maps that reveal relationships and patterns in communities and to improve health equity by identifying the positive attributes in one area that can be replicated in other areas with a deficit.




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Equity in All Policies Webinar Series Resumes

The FIHET Equity in All Policies webinar series will resume on July 21 at 3 p.m. EDT with Equity and Empowerment Lens: A Tool to Create Equitable Policies and Programs. Multnomah County, OR created The Equity and Empowerment Lens (with a racial justice focus) in 2012 to support the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities.  The Lens is a quality improvement tool used to improve planning, decision-making and resource allocation, leading to more racially equitable policies and programs. This webinar will introduce practitioners interested in The Lens to discuss the application and outcomes of this analysis in their work. Register here:

SHEC Hosts Webinar on Immigrants and Refugees

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) will host a webinar on July 28 at 2 p.m. EDT that highlights the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and its work with immigrants and refugees in the AAPI community in Georgia. The webinar is part of a series the SHEC is hosting in various regions of the country, as a follow-up to the release of its Cultural Competency Resource Guide. The webinars focus on cultural competency themes. Register here: SHEC Cultural Competency Webinar



Summer Issue of the NPA Newsletter is Out

Catch up on the latest happenings related to health equity with the Summer issue of the NPA Newsletter.



  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)/ Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients: Funds studies that test/examine/identify specific messages, best practices and other principles to be incorporated in resources for improving the frequency and quality of cost-of-care conversations between clinicians and vulnerable patients. Deadline is July 27, 2016. Learn more.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Community Access to Child Health (CATCH): 2017 CATCH Planning, Implementation and Resident Grants. Provides support to pediatricians looking to collaborate within their communities so that all children have access to health services. Deadline is July 29, 2016. Learn more.
  • HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP): Programs to Reduce Obesity in High-Obesity Areas to Boost Prevention. Eligibility is limited to Land Grant colleges and universities in states with high risk counties—those with over 40% obese adults based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems Data. Deadline is August 2, 2016. Learn more.
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01) Research Project Grant. Deadline is August 9, 2016. Learn more
  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA):/ Health Center Programs Service Area Competition (SAC). Supports public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the medically underserved. Deadline is August 16, 2016. Learn more.

  • HHS/Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Clinical and Preventive Services/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Engagement in Care - Competitive Cooperative Agreement. Funding is intended to meet American Indian and Alaska Native community needs to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes to align with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020. Deadline is August 28, 2016. Learn more.



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