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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

April 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Health Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time when we recognize the contributions of older Americans and think about how we as Americans work together to support and value people over age 65. The theme this year is “Engage at Every Age.”

May is Mental Health Month. Mental illnesses affect about one-fourth of adults in any given year and nearly half of adults at some time during their lives.

Prostate Cancer Guidelines

The US Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on screening for prostate cancer. For men age 70 years and older, the potential benefits do not outweigh the expected harms, and these men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer.

Opportunities for Health Careers

The Health Careers Opportunity Program’s National HCOP Academies Grant is available to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health profession through the development of academies that will support and guide them through the educational pipeline. Deadline is May 29. Learn more.

ARPS Season

Several of the NPA’s regional health equity councils (RHECs) convened their annual review and planning sessions (ARPS) this spring. In addition to reviewing recent accomplishments and planning efforts for the coming year, each RHEC welcomed new members and elected 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 Mountain States RHEC and the Pacific and Southwest RHEC met together in May. Members highlighted issues including the USVI Data Report, housing, diabetes, access to quality healthcare, cultural competency, value-based care, opioids, language equity, environmental impacts on health, and violence as a public health issue.

Welcome to the New Emerging Professionals

This month, after a successful launch of the Emerging Professionals Initiative Program (EPIP), the NPA said goodbye to a very talented group of media and communications students who served as support to the RHECs on their social media and other communications tasks. A new group of students will be joining us this month for the summer EP program. We look forward to working with them to advance the messages of the RHECs and the NPA.


The NPA Winter 2018 Newsletter is still available. 

NPA Blog

Stay tuned for multiple upcoming NPA Blog posts. You will be able to find them in recent announcements.


June 21 Webinar: An Overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program

This webinar will focus on providing the audience with an overview of the NIH All of Us Research Program, a key element of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). All of Us is a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of human biology, behavior, genetics, environment, data science, computation, and much more to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to treat disease. The webinar also will highlight the program’s engagement efforts with community and healthcare provider organizations. The audience will learn about how to become involved with All of Us and will be able to share information with those they serve and/or represent. Learn more and register here.

RHEC VIII Hosts Two Health Equity Webinars                                                    

On April 26, the Mountain States Regional Health Equity (RHEC VIII) Community Health Worker (CHW) Subcommittee hosted the webinar Strategies for Building and Strengthening the CHW Effort in Your Area: A Case Study from Utah. Presenters shared strategies and pathways for building and strengthening CHW efforts in the community. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

On May 16, RHEC VIII hosted another webinar, Communications Solutions for Achieving Health Equity for Populations Living with Disabilities. This webinar outlined crosscutting strategies that can support more inclusive and accessible approaches to implementing Healthy Communications and Health Information Technology (HCHIT). Watch a recording of the webinar here.

AI/AN Caucus Hosts Webinar on Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in Indian Country

On April 5, the NPA AI/AN Caucus hosted the webinar Community-based Participatory Research in Indian Country. This webinar focused on Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) principles to address health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

RWJF and NPA Host FIHET Webinar on Utilizing the Collective Impact Model to Address Health Disparities                                                                                                      

On May 23, the NPA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) partnered to host a webinar that highlighted 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.

National Conference of State Legislatures Hosts Webinar on Behavioral Health Disparities

On April 10, in collaboration with the NPA, NCSL hosted the webinar State Legislative Approaches to Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities. Speakers highlighted findings from an OMH-supported NCSL analysis of legislation introduced in 2017 related to behavioral health disparities. Presenters described behavioral health issues and challenges, key barriers to care, and factors contributing to behavioral health disparities; highlighted state actions from the 2017 legislative sessions and identified common legislative approaches; and described emerging strategies for improving access to behavioral health providers and services. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

Urban Indian Health Conference

The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) is hosting the 2018 Annual Conference in Arlington, VA June 26-28. For more information, go to


Funding Available for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program totaling up to $23.4 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to nine grantees with up to $500,000 per year for up to five years. Applications are due by June 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Funding Available for Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health

CDC’s Division for Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 funds to implement CDC-RFA-DP18-1813: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). This 5-year program is to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease, specifically for African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.


Use of Community Health Workers and Patient Navigators to Improve Cancer Outcomes Among Patients Served by Federally Qualified Health Centers: A Systematic Literature Review Read it now.

Improving Life Outcomes for Children with History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma

A new report indicates that nearly half (46 percent) of the nation’s children from birth through 17 years of age report having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. The Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences report is based on data from Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), which provides national and state level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being.

FIHET Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets

The Federal Interagency Health Equity Team released a Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources, which compiles in one place dozens of public datasets and resources pertinent to research in the areas of health disparities and social determinants of health. Please click here to download and learn more about the compendium and available datasets.