NPA February Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

February 2018 Issue


It’s Black History Month, and We Have a Toolkit!

February is Black History Month and American Heart Month. The Office of Minority Health (OMH)  and the NPA are partnering to provide resources, sample messages for social media, and graphics to help increase awareness of Black History Month, childhood obesity, and the importance of heart health. See and download the toolkit at

Hashtags: #BlackHistoryMonth #npa4health

NHLBI Heart Truth Program

The HHS/National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and OMH recognize February as American Heart Month. Join NHLBI and its The Heart Truth program in encouraging everyone to move more and to #MoveWithHeart.

African American History Month Luncheon

VA/Center for Minority Veterans, in partnership with the Center for Women Veterans and Women In Military Service for America Memorial Foundation: Registration is open for the African American History Month Luncheon. The guest speaker will be Ms. Verna Jones, Executive Director of the American Legion, Washington DC, National Headquarters. February 27, 11:30 am ET in Arlington, VA. Register.


NPA-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partnership Announcement
This year, the NPA is partnering with RWJF to host six FIHET webinars featuring Culture of Health Prize winners. Each webinar will feature a different Culture of Health Prize winner community with compelling stories of how local leaders and community members together are transforming neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more.


State and Local Health Innovation Prize

The Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth have developed the State and Local Innovation Prize to both reward and draw attention to the contributions state and local governments are making to improve health and healthcare delivery. For more information, go to


2017 Annual Review & Planning Sessions

Throughout Fall 2017, ARPS meetings were held in Baltimore, MD (Region III); Tampa, FL (Region IV); Omaha, NE (Region VII), and Los Angeles (Region IX). To see what the RHECs accomplished and are planning, as well as their regional make-ups, visit


NPA Emerging Professionals Internship Program (EPIP)

The NPA welcomes our new Emerging Professionals (EPs)! These rising juniors and seniors are enrolled at accredited colleges or universities and are interested in communications or marketing as a career. This month, the EPs began working closely with a Communications Specialist at Professional and Scientific Associates, Inc. (PSA) and the RHEC Co-Chairs to establish, plan, and execute communications and marketing goals for the NPA and the RHECs.


Follow Our New Handle and Hashtag

We have a new handle and hashtag for our social media. As we continue to build the NPA brand, look for our Facebook and Twitter handle – @npa4health – for the pages that cover the NPA across RHECs I-X. We will tag all our posts moving forward with: #npa4health


The National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, A Population Health Strategy for Diabetes: New Partners, New Opportunities, examines complications that can occur from diabetes and ways in which the disease can be controlled in the US population. To view this title and find additional information, search our online catalog. #npa4health

NPA Blog

In a two-part series, we interview US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Social Science Analyst and FIHET Member Veronica Helms. In part 1, Ms. Helms discusses collaborative research partnership across federal agencies and findings from a report which presents an overview of the health characteristics of HUD-assisted adults. In part 2, we interview Ms. Helms about the link between housing and health. To read the blog post, go to

Did you miss an NPA Blog post by an RHEC member? Find them in the recent announcements.


Check back soon!


Integrating Health Equity into Funding Announcements
On February 20, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), with support from OMH, hosted Integrating Health Equity into Funding Announcements, a webinar for public health professionals involved in programming to advance health equity or in the grant-making process. During the webinar, speakers provided specific examples of how a state agency has incorporated health equity language into funding announcements and will describe a new guide that ASTHO and OMH developed for integrating health equity language into funding announcements.


HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships for Early Diversion Grants

The purpose of this program is to establish or expand programs that divert adults with a serious mental illness or a co-occurring disorder from the criminal justice system to community-based services prior to arrest and booking. Deadline is March 5Learn more.


HHS/Centers for Disease Control and PreventionImproving Student Health and Academic Achievement through Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Conditions in Schools

Eligibility is limited to state education agencies. Deadline is March 5Learn more.


HHS/SAMHSATreatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance, or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness
Deadline is March 9Learn more

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From the @Knowledge Center: The book Heart-Sick, subtitled The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease, studies disparities based on class, race, and gender that impact the mortality rates of people with heart disease. To view this title and find additional information, search our online catalog.