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July 5, 2017

Minority Mental Health Month #MinorityMH Chat, July 12, 2pm ET

Join the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for a Minority Mental Health Month Twitter chat on July 12 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss addressing minority mental health at the community level. The chat will be co-hosted by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Use the hashtag #MinorityMH to participate in the conversation!

In This Issue:


OMH Grants

  • Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative – a new competitive cooperative agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement now open. This is a program of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative seeks to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence based strategies with the greatest potential for impact. The program is intended to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic; childhood/adolescent obesity; and serious mental illness. Deadline is August 1, 2017, 5:00 pm ET. Learn more | View a recording of the Technical Assistance webinar.
Become a grant reviewer

Grant Reviewers Wanted

  • HHS/OMH is looking for Subject Matter Experts to serve as reviewers of applications submitted to its Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (ECI) competitive grant program. The ECI is intended to provide support for minority and/or disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, or serious mental illness. If you are a professional with a well-documented history as a subject matter expert in the area(s) of opioid abuse; childhood/adolescent obesity; or serious mental illness, please register to become a grant reviewer and submit your CV by visiting the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Reviewer Recruitment Module.  

Federal Grants

  • HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE): Family Strengthening Scholars. Supports dissertation research on healthy marriage policy issues. Deadline is July 14, 2017. Learn more.
  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Rural Health Opioid Program. This program will reduce morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the development of broad community consortiums to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities, and support individuals in recovery through the enhancement of behavioral counselling and peer support activities. Deadline is July 21, 2017. Learn more
  • HHS/Administration for Community Living (ACL): Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services - Cooperative Agreement. This grant aims to support innovative and promising practices that enhance the quality and effectiveness of nutrition programs for older adults. Deadline is August 1, 2017. Learn more
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) Grant. Through this award program, promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. Deadline is August 8, 2017. Learn more
  • US Department of Justice (DOJ)/Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime. Deadline is August 10, 2017. Learn more.
  • HHS/NIH: Multidisciplinary Studies of HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01) Grant. Deadline for Letter of Intent is September 5, 2017. Learn more

Scholarships / Fellowships / Internships / Mentoring

  • US Department of Education (ED)/White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Fall 2017 Internship. Interns at the Initiative will be responsible for assisting staff on a wide range of AAPI issues and priorities, including capacity-building, civil rights, data disaggregation, economic development, education, health, immigration, language access, and workforce diversity. Deadline is July 15, 2017. Learn more

OMHRC at Local Conferences

NCLR Annual Conference, July 8-11, Phoenix, AZ
  • OMHRC will be at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)'s National Latino Family Expo, July 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. Come visit us at the Health and Fitness/Tu Salud Pavilion, booth #1616, to learn about all of our services and unwind at our photo booth!

American Indian/Alaska Native Health


  • National Indian Health Board (NIHB): Webinar. Tribal Zika Response and Planning: Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus. The speaker will be Robert Foley, NIHB Chief Program Officer. July 6, 2017, 4:00 pm ET. Register

Call for Nominations

  • HHS/OMH: Request for nominations. American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC). Nominations are requested for the following areas: Alaska, Albuquerque, Bemidji, Billings, California, Great Plains, Nashville, Navajo, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Tucson, and National-at-Large. Deadline is July 15, 2017. Learn more.

Black and African American Health


  • HHS/OMH, OMHRC and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing: Webinar. Heart Disease Risk Factors among African Immigrants Residing in the United States. Join Dr. Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Assistant Professor of Community-Public Health Nursing at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, for a discussion of current research on heart disease risk factors in African immigrants in the US, the role of acculturation on heart health, and clinical and public health strategies that might improve the heart health of African immigrants. August 11, 2017, 12:00 pm ET. Register.
  • AEIMforward Tech Services and partner organizations: Call for abstracts for the 5th Annual United States Conference on African Immigrant and Refugee Health (USCAIH), Advancing the Health of African Immigrants through Research, Advocacy and Community Engagement. Event to be held in Washington, DC. Deadline is August 15, 2017. Learn more.

Capacity Building

  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH): Call for mentors and mentees for the Global Health Program Advisory Service (GHPAS). The GHPAS provides mentorship to a CUGH member global health program. Preference is given to programs that are in their early or middle stages of development. Deadline is July 31, 2017. Apply

Community Health Workers


  • The Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, in partnership with the University of Florida's Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program: Registration now open for the People's Scientific Conference to Promote Minority Health through Community-Based Participatory Research: Community Health Workers Lead the Way and the 7th Annual Florida Community Health Worker Coalition Summit. Join Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins, Executive Director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Alliance in TN, for a presentation on minority health and the role that  promotores/community health workers play in addressing health disparities. September 22-23, 2017 in Gainesville, FL. Register.

Cultural Competence and CLAS


  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Training. Cultural Competency Training of Trainers Institute. This TOT will build internal training capacity, meet mandates for culturally and linguistically appropriate services and provide best practices on equity and inclusion. October 2-6, 2017 in Seattle, WA. For further information and to register, please contact Aselefech Evans

Environmental Health


  • Health Equity Initiative, in partnership with the Gehl Institute: Webinar. Improving the Physical Environment to Advance Health Equity: Case Studies in Community Engagement. This webinar is second in a three-part webinar series, Health Equity and the Built Environment: Engaging New Allies in Planning a Healthy City. July 19, 2017, 1:00 pm ET. Register
  • HHS/NIH, Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH): Webinar. Community-Based Air Monitoring. This webinar will highlight two community-based air monitoring projects: The Imperial County Community Air Monitoring Network, and the partnership between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Fairmount Greenway Task Force. The presenters will discuss their approaches, the benefits of those approaches, and future opportunities. August 24, 2017, 12:30 pm ET. Register.  

Mental Health


  • HHS/SAMHSA, Office of Behavioral Health Equity: Plenary session. Microaggressions and Behavioral Health: Manifestation, Dynamics and Impact. This presentation will highlight ways microaggressions are routinely experienced in modern society and their influence on behavioral health, access to quality behavioral health care, policymaking and workplace practices, and workforce development priorities. Event to be held in Rockville, MD. Registration deadline is July 6, 2017. Register.

Substance Use


  • HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP): New statistical brief. Patient Characteristics of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Nationally and by State, 2014. According to data from AHRQ's Fast Stats, hospitalizations involving opioid pain relievers and heroin increased 75 percent for women between 2005 and 2014, a jump that significantly outpaced the 55 percent increase among men. Learn more | Read full brief (PDF). 

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

  • We are pleased to add a new article from The Journal of the Oklahoma State Medical Association to our online collection. Implementing Community Baby Showers to Address Infant Mortality, authored by Timothy Thornberry, Jennifer Han, and Linda Thomas, describes the implementation of a state-based health promotion program aimed at reducing infant mortality rates in Oklahoma. Linda Thomas is the Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health. The program was developed with grant support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. To access the full text of the article, search our online catalog.
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