NPA April Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

April 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

National Minority Health Month 2018


National Minority Health Month News

The theme for National Minority Health Month 2018 is “Partnering for Health Equity”.

On April 17, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sponsored the National Minority Health Month Observance, during which leaders highlighted collaborations at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels focused on health equity. During the event, Dr. Lin was joined by leaders from the HHS Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Indian Health Service and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.  

As a part of National Minority Health Month, OMH developed an online toolkit available for use in creating ongoing awareness.

OMH also launched “Partnerships in Action,” which solicits stories from organizations about how they are partnering for health equity at the community level. On the National Minority Health Month webpage, organizations can provide a brief story (200 words or less), accompanied by photos or video, on how they are partnering to advance health equity. OMH will publish the stories throughout the year. Here is a link to more information:

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams MD, MPH, Surgeon General of the United States, shared his insights into the importance of public health in this recent blog post during National Public Health Week. In his post, Surgeon General Adams says, “When we are addressing issues that are important to improving our nation’s health, we cannot operate in silos. Whether we are looking to improve our nation’s health outcomes, improve our national security, or enhance a community’s resilience, we need partnerships and collaboration. We can only change our future together."

ARPS Season

Several of the NPA’s regional health equity councils (RHECs) are convening their annual review and planning sessions (ARPS) this spring. In addition to reviewing recent accomplishments and planning efforts for the coming year, each RHEC welcomes new members and elects new leadership. In April, the Great Lakes RHEC held its ARPS in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the New England RHEC and RHEC II came together for a joint meeting in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.


The NPA Winter 2018 Newsletter is still available. 


NPA Blog

Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration

On April 13, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Region IV Office of the Regional Health Administrator hosted a conference titled Stay Connected. Stay Strong! Supporting Families Impacted by Incarceration at Morehouse School of Medicine. To learn more about the event, we spoke with two of the facilitators: Sharon Ricks, Regional Health Administrator, OASH, Region IV; and Sunny Slaughter, who co-chairs the committee on Violence as a Public Health Issue for the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC/RHEC IV). To read the blog, visit:

Partnering for Health Equity

As part of its commemoration of National Minority Health Month, the NPA interviewed Daniel Dawes, a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement who has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. Mr. Dawes is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), a national network of health equity champions in virtually every state and territory and a partner of the NPA. He is also the Executive Director of Health Policy at Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia, leading the institution's health policy initiatives and serving as Senior Advisor and General Counsel to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. In this blog post, Daniel discussed the health equity movement and partnership for health equity. 

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


Men's Health Dialogue

HHS/OMH, in partnership with Integris Men's Health and the Men's Health Network, presents the Men's Health Community Dialogue. The purpose of this discussion is to learn about thoughts and perceptions around factors that impact men's overall health, including: Health & Prevention, Substance Abuse/Mental Health, and Fitness & Nutrition. May 2, 9:30 am CT in Oklahoma City, OKRegister


National Minority Health Month 2018 Webinars

OMH Minority Health Month Webinars

Throughout April, OMH hosted webinars in which participants learned more about partnerships— including those between the NPA and its partners—that are moving communities toward their full potential for health. To listen to the OMH’s Webinar Series that took place in April, visit:


HHS/OMH, OMHRCRacial-Ethnic Disparities in Birth Outcomes: A Life-Course Perspective. Join Dr. Michael Lu, Professor of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health, as he highlights the relevance of the life course perspective by providing evidence that suggest that risk factors during pregnancy happen prior to conception. May 3, 12:00 pm ET. Register


Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Chickasaw Nation: Webinar Assessment Results. On January 25, the AI/AN Caucus hosted Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in Chickasaw Nation as part of its Behavioral Health Webinar Series. Overall, participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the webinar and its delivery and agreed they would be able to apply the webinar to their work. See image below for more information about the webinar assessment results:

AI/AN NPA Caucus Webinar Infographic

Mountain States RHEC (RHEC VIII): Communications Solutions for Achieving Health Equity for Populations Living with Disability

This webinar will outline crosscutting strategies that can support more inclusive and accessible approaches to implementing Healthy Communications and Health Information Technology (HCHIT). Presenters will share ways to engage the disability community to meet the needs and preferences of people living with disability, and they will provide an overview of progress on related objectives among people with disabilities. They also will provide an overview of tools supporting civil rights of persons with disabilities that can be used to further HCHIT goals and objectives. May 16, 2 pm ET. Check the Mountain States RHEC website for the registration link, which is forthcoming.

Mid-Atlantic RHEC (RHEC III): Baltimore’s Innovations in Faith and Community Collaborations

This webinar will focus on Baltimore’s efforts to galvanize the faith-based community to help prevent violence and address trauma. Webinar participants will be able to identify how violence leads to trauma and the complex challenges to address trauma in minority communities. The presenters will discuss faith-based or community models that faith and spiritual leaders and providers can utilize to address trauma. They will also enumerate how to systematically integrate faith-based leadership into violence prevention and other public health programming. May 21, 1:00 pm ET. Check the Mid-Atlantic RHEC website for the registration link, which is forthcoming.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/NPA Equity in All Policies: Buncombe County: Utilizing the Collective Impact Model to Address Health Disparities

This webinar will highlight Buncombe County’s efforts to use the Collective Impact Model to leverage partnerships, funding, and community-based strategies to address this health disparity. Using this model, this North Carolina county’s HHS invests in strategic partnerships as a key strategy to ensure programs are designed for sustainability, speak to community aspirations, and incorporate authentic community engagement. May 23, 3:00 pm ET. Check the NPA RHEC website for the registration link, which is forthcoming.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Opportunity

CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is pleased to announce that CDC-RFA-OT18-1804, Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises, has been published.  


Deaths of Despair or Drug Problems? Ruhm, C. J. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 2018. 69 p. Includes bibliographic references. MH18D14135 

Maternal Characteristics of Prenatal WIC Receipt in the United States, 2016. Driscoll, A. K.; Osterman, M. J. K. Washington, DC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018. 8 p. Includes bibliographic references. MH18D14156 

Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013–2016. Brody, D. J.; Pratt, L. A.; Hughes, J. P. Washington, DC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018. 8 p. Includes bibliographic references. MH18D14140 

Prevalence of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Type 2 in Persons Aged 14–49: United States, 2015–2016. McQuillan, G.; Kruszon-Moran, D.; Flagg, E. W.; Paulose-Ram, R. Washington, DC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018. 8 p. Includes bibliographic references. MH18D14141 

Parental Report of Significant Head Injuries in Children Aged 3–17 Years: United States, 2016. Black, L. I.; Zammitti, E. P.; Hoffman, H. J.; Li, C. Washington, DC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2018. 8 p. Includes bibliographic references. MH18D14155 

The Opioid Crisis Is Surging in Black, Urban Communities. Peñaloza, M. Washington, DC: National Public Radio (NPR), 2018. 10 p. MH18D14131