NPA August Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

August 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance in August designed to highlight the importance of immunizations. Read Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Girior’s post on the importance of immunizations.

August is National Breastfeeding Month

The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel County Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program will host its annual World Breastfeeding Celebration on Friday, August 24, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This event will be held at the San Miguel Public Health Office, 18 Gallegos Road, Las Vegas, NM.

NPA-hosted Webinars Continue to Gain Momentum

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and the NPA hosted Workforce Diversity for Health Equity, a one-hour webinar on diversifying the workforce for health equity, on August 16. The webinar had 590 registrants and 189 attendees. Since 2014, the NPA has been producing successful webinars. Recent data show that the number of NPA-hosted health equity webinars is growing and that there has been a significant increase in the number of participants who join in over the course of each year.

Update on the NPA Emerging Professionals

The NPA’s Summer 2018 Emerging Professionals (EPs) ended their tenure in mid-August. The EPs did an outstanding job working with the RHECs and the NPA caucuses. They served as support to the RHECs on their social media and other communications tasks, and they helped further the outreach with other influencers in the field. Stay tuned for news on the EPs.


New Report on Suicide

A new report from CDC shows that suicide rates are rising across the US and issues a call to action to prevent suicide and help those at risk.

NPA Blog

NPA Blog Post: American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health Disparities

In Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care to Address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Mental Health Disparities, Sean A. Bear, BA, CADC, University of Iowa National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center Co-Director and AI/AN Caucus member, discusses the greater risk non-Hispanic American Indian and Native American (AI/AN) adults and children have over all other racial groups of experiencing poor mental health outcomes and unmet medical and mental healthcare needs. For instance, suicide rates for AI/AN adults and youth are higher than the national average.


NPA Blog Post: Mental Health Disparities Among Communities of Color

As part of the commemoration of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, NPA partner 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. 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.

NPA Blog Post: Collaborative Health Equity Efforts in Region VII

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 RHEC VII’s Partnership Committee Co-chair Janelle Ali-Dinar, PhD about the committee and the MOU. She discusses why and how this partnership was developed and what the partners hope to achieve.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Funding Opportunities and Technical Assistance Webinar

ASD Services Research announces the release of two new funding opportunities to support experienced investigators seeking to redirect or expand their research programs to address autism services research for adults and transition-age youth

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Systems for Action (S4A): Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health

Studies conducted through the S4A program test mechanisms for aligning the delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services with a focus on estimating their impact on health and health equity. Deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is September 12. Learn more.

American Psychological Foundation: Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants

These grants support research, education, and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems. Application deadline is September 15. Learn more.


National Academy for State Health Policy

The State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV toolkit is now available. Supported through a cooperative agreement with HRSA, this toolkit is intended provide state officials with the tools and resources—including issue briefs, webinars, and presentations—they need to improve rates of sustained virologic suppression. Learn more.

Clinical Research: NIH ‘All of Us’ Study

The All of Us Research Program is taking its show on the road all summer. Check to see if it is coming to your city. Learn how to enroll here and here.

Duke University School of Nursing: Online randomized intervention study: The TICAA Study

Funded by the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI), the purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of the technology-based information and coaching/support program for Asian American breast cancer survivors (TICAA) in enhancing the women's breast cancer survivorship experience. Duke researchers seek Asian American women, 21 years or older, living with breast cancer. Learn more. #npa4health

Community Health Workers

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends interventions that engage community health workers to prevent cardiovascular disease or to prevent and control diabetes. In addition to improving health and saving money, these interventions can be used to improve health and enhance health equity.

CDC has issued resources and information on the work of community health workers. Read them here.