NPA September Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

September 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; the HHS Office of Minority Health; and the National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health launched the HHS observance of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Please visit the OMH sickle cell web page to stay up to date on our sickle cell-related activities, and share social media graphics and other resources that highlight the impact of sickle cell disease on our communities.

Assistant Secretary for Health ADM Brett P. Giroir sat down with Surgeon General RADM Jerome M. Adams to discuss sickle cell disease and HHS efforts to help patients and the quest to bring an end to the disease. Click here for the video.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Almost 80% of women with ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease, when prognosis is poor. Ovarian cancer will take the lives of more than 14,000 women this year. Find out how you can help create awareness and save lives here.

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month offers an opportunity to prepare for disasters and protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and our country.

September 2018: The First Anniversary of Hurricane María

A year after Hurricane María, educators and others are seeing rays of hope for Puerto Rico’s children and are learning how to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas or by other recent disasters. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has spent the last year working with partners from across Puerto Rico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other HHS divisions, and other federal agencies to strengthen health and social services as organizations recover from María and build new plans in order to be ready for the next disaster. In the blog post Healing and Hope for Children After a Hurricane, ASPR Acting Disaster Recovery Director Joshua Barnes writes about ASPR and other federal agencies’ and partners’ efforts. In another blog post, A Survivor and a Responder: Hurricane Florence, US Public Health Service Commission Corps Lt. Cmdr. Michael Muni discusses his commitment to helping people during Hurricane Florence while his own home was in the path of the storm.

State of Black Health National Conference

The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Inc. (NAATPN)—in conjunction with the National Medical Association (NMA), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Southeast Health Equity Council (SHEC/RHEC IV)—hosted the first-ever State of Black Health National Conference September 11-13 in Atlanta. This inaugural annual event convened public health professionals, social justice leaders, and community advocates to examine current health, economic, and social justice disparities impacting health and health disparities for African Americans and outline a national policy platform to address those disparities. For more information, visit See what happened at the conference on Twitter by using #blackhealth2018.

Surgeon General’s Report on Addiction

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids calls for a cultural shift in the way Americans talk about the opioid crisis and recommends actions that can prevent and treat opioid misuse and promote recovery. This Surgeon General’s newest update on opioid addiction also provides the latest data on prevalence of substance misuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and overdoses. Click here for the full document and to view the digital postcard.

Update on the NPA Emerging Professionals

The NPA’s Fall 2018 Emerging Professionals (EPs) have begun their tenure and are scheduled to be with us until December. The EPs continue to do an outstanding job in support of the NPA caucuses. Stay tuned for news on the EPs.


New Report on Suicide

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


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.


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HHS/NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

The NIH Spanish Health Information Portal website offers free, reliable health information in Spanish. It features monthly content from NIH News in Health and an Pregunta a Carla column to help the user locate NIH health resources in Spanish.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website is available in Spanish. Users can access recall information, press releases, public health alerts, and Pregúntele a Karen, a guide to expert knowledge on handling and storing food safely and preventing food poisoning.

National Academy for State Health Policy

Toolkit: State Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV 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.