NPA July Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

July 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

July is Minority Mental Health Month

Twitter Chat: NIMHD

In observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) hosted a Twitter chat with the HHS Office of Minority Health to talk about important topics related to minority mental health care. The chat will be held on Thursday, July 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 ET—using the hashtag #MinorityMH—and centers on the theme “Motivating Action for Improving Minority Mental Health Care: Barriers and Opportunities”.

Blog Post: Mental Health Awareness Among Communities of Color

As part of our commemoration of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NPA partners SAMHSA Office of Behavioral Health Equity Senior Public Health Analyst Roslyn Holliday Moore and OMH Division of Policy and Data Public Health Advisor Juliet Bui posted Mental Health Awareness Among Communities of Color: A Cornerstone of Health and Wellness. In the blog post, Ms. Moore and Ms. Bui discuss mental health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and policies and strategies at the federal, state, and community levels to address such disparities. Read the blog post here.

Twitter Chat: Office of Minority Health

On July 18, the Office of Minority Health hosted a Twitter chat focused on National Minority Health Awareness Month. Hundreds of participants from around the country joined in to address key questions and answers around mental health, including access to care, community support, and stigma. If you missed it, you can still track the conversation by using #healthymindchat

Here are some of the discussion points from the OMH Twitter chat:

Factors Affecting Minority Mental Health

  • Stigma and fear associated with mental health contribute to a lack of understanding about illness, undiagnosed conditions, and treatment prevention in communities.
  • The limited number of culturally competent caregivers and resources, treatment discrimination, and structural inequalities lead to distrust, misdiagnosis, and not seeking care.
  • Socioeconomic factors hindering care include poor quality of care, inadequate health centers, finances and transportation for care, and limited Internet access.
  • Psychological distress caused by racial discrimination, poverty, environment, and other social determinants of health contribute to higher prevalence rates of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, depression, suicide, and substance abuse in minority communities.
  • There’s a need to change the narrative and encourage more minorities to talk about depression and seek care, particularly for elders, youth of color, African American and Latino males, and LGBT individuals.

Minority Mental Health Facts

Below are some minority mental health facts from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • Over 70% of black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic group.
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.
  • In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.

NPA Webinars are Making an Impact

Since 2014, the NPA has been producing successful webinars. Recent data show that the number of health equity webinars is increasing and that there has been a significant increase in the number of participants who join in over the course of each year. Between January 2014 and June 2018, 10,769 people have participated in 59 webinars hosted by NPA stakeholders. As of June 2018, average attendance for webinars rose from 167 in FY2017 to 247 in FY2018.

Update on the NPA Emerging Professionals

The NPA’s summer Emerging Professionals (EPs) have continued their work to support the NPA, the RHECs, and the NPA caucuses in July. We are fortunate to have a new group of marketing, communications, and public health students with us through August. The EPs are serving as support to the RHECs on their social media and other communications tasks, and they are working hard to help advance the messages of the RHECs and the NPA.


The Spring NPA Newsletter is Still Available

Click here to read the most recent NPA newsletter. #npa4health

NPA Blog

Interview with Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD on Partnerships

The Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC VII) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Region VII Midwestern Public Health Training Center (Region VII MPHTC)  to advance health equity across the region. In a new blog post, we interview Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD—who co-chairs RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee—about the committee and the MOU. She discusses why and how this partnership was developed and what the partners hope to achieve.


Town Hall on Opioids in Tribal Communities

Join the Partnerships for Advancing Tribal Health (PATH) National Town Hall on Combatting Opioids and Substance Abuse in Tribal Communities on Tuesday, July 24, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm ET in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Livestream link: #npa4health

NHMA and NPA Hosted a Heart Disease Webinar

On July 18, The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the NPA hosted a webinar on the impact of heart disease on the Hispanic community. #npa4health

SAMHSA to Host Webinars for Tribal Opioid Response Grant Applicants

SAMHSA will hold three webinars for prospective Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) applicants on how to register and submit applications. Find dates and times, and information on the FOA, here: #npa4health

NHMA and OMH to Host Workforce Diversity for Health Equity Webinar

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the NPA are hosting a one-hour webinar on diversifying the workforce for health equity on Thursday, August 16 at 4:00 pm ET. #npa4health


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU) Opportunities

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) is excited to announce the launch of HBCU Competitiveness Scholars, a student recognition program designed to honor current HBCU students for their competitiveness. All nomination forms must be emailed to no later than July 31. #npa4health

New Funding to Address Obesity in Rural Areas

CDC Funding to Address Obesity in High Risk Rural AreasDeadline: August 8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 14 awards of up to $1.2 million each for evidence-based strategies that increase access to places providing healthier foods and physical activity in rural areas with high rates of obesity. Eligible applicants are public and state-controlled institutions of higher education. #npa4health


Opioid Crisis Resources

Racial and ethnic minority group members are less likely than their white counterparts to receive treatment for substance abuse. NIH has resources available online in a variety of languages to help people get the help they need. #npa4health