NPA October Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

October 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, a time when public health organizations can promote awareness and education about Hispanic health and health disparities. The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) joined the 2018 national celebration of the achievements and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States, focusing its efforts on raising awareness about the importance of Hispanic participation in research studies as a way to improve the health of Hispanic and Latino populations. Visit the OMH Hispanic Heritage Month webpage for downloadable materials, events, and health resources.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease and promote early detection, education, and support for this disease. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women; however, most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. In the US, most breast cancers are diagnosed at an early stage regardless of race; however, African American women are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. And, while white women are more likely to get breast cancer, African American women have higher rates of late stage breast cancer and more likely to die from it, and breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women. It is thought that social determinants such as access to care, living conditions and poverty, along with cancer risk and genetic factors, contribute to this disparity. Learn how make a difference and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved with raising awareness about detecting breast cancer early here.


October 15 was National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

Fifteen years ago, the nation observed the first annual National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). NLAAD is a national community mobilization and social marketing campaign that unites the Hispanic/Latino community in efforts to raise HIV awareness, promotion of HIV testing, prevention, and education. Annually on October 15, NLAAD mobilizes community-based organizations, leaders of the Latino community, health departments, and elected officials to spread awareness within the Latino community about HIV and AIDS. Since the first NLAAD, we’ve seen significant progress in the national and global response to HIV. This progress holds great promise for reducing new HIV infections and improving health outcomes for Latinos and all people living with HIV across the United States. However, Hispanics/Latinos continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Learn more about NLAAD and efforts to promote HIV education and awareness among Latinos here.

Blog Posts

In the OMH cross-posted blog, Never Miss a Flu Vaccine. Here is #WhyIFightFlu, Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD discusses the importance of getting the flu vaccine. To learn more about the flu and find a flu vaccine location near you, use the flu vaccine finder and visit


In another OMH blog originally posted on UNIVISION, It Takes All of Us to Achieve True Inclusivity in Health Care, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) President Dr. Elena Rios highlights the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Research Program, which aims to increase minority representation in medical research. Visit to learn more about the program and how you can get involved.


In the OMH blog post National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day: New Tools and Approaches Offer Hope for Ending HIV, Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD and National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) President Dr. Elena Rios discuss how Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV, describe approaches to HIV prevention that show strong scientific evidence, and emphasize how it will take many stakeholders working together to lower the rate of new HIV diagnoses in Latinx communities.



National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA): Call for abstracts for the 2019 NHMA Annual Hispanic Health Conference, April 11-14, 2019 in Arlington, VA. Deadline for abstracts submission is October 30.


HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions Among People Living with HIV (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Grant. Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is December 8. Learn more. Technical Assistance webinar November 6, 11:00 am ET.


HHS/US Department of Defense (DoD): Breast Cancer, Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2. Supports promising research that has high potential to lead to, or make, breakthroughs in breast cancer treatment. Deadline is November 15. Learn more.


The HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) FY2019 Nurse Faculty Loan Program Grant provides funds to accredited schools of nursing to offer loans to students in advanced education nursing degree programs. Deadline is November 28. Learn more.


The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) FY2019 Farm to School Grants aim to increase healthy local and culturally appropriate food and food nutrition education within schools. FNS seeks to increase applications from Indian Tribal Organizations. Deadline is December 4. Learn more.


HHS/NIH, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Tribal Health Research Office: Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research with Tribal Epidemiology Centers (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Grant. Deadline is December 4. Learn more


HHS/HRSA Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grant supports eligible hospitals in meeting value-based payment and care goals for their respective organizations through purchases of hardware, software, and training. Deadline is January 3, 2019. Learn more.


Meetings and Conferences

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting: The 2018 APHA Annual Meeting theme will be Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. APHA is uniquely positioned to galvanize and lead a national conversation on health equity. The annual meeting gives 12,000+ public health professionals an opportunity to be a key part of that conversation. Stop by the Office of Minority Health booth for updates on OMH presentations.


US Department of Justice (DOJ): Registration is open for the Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit. This summit will bring together a diverse group of experts and elder justice professionals to: (1) identify the challenges rural and tribal communities face in responding to elder abuse; (2) identify promising practices, resources, and tools available to rural and tribal communities; and (3) explore what more can be done to break down silos and foster greater collaboration at the tribal, local, state, and federal levels. November 14-15 in Des Moines, IA. Register.


Meharry Translational Research Center (MeTRC) Conference: The MeTRC will host the 1.5-day “Addressing Health Disparities: The Role of Translational Research” conference addressing health disparities and translational research to convene November 8-9 in Nashville, TN. The conference will focus on the regional impact of disparities research in cancer, infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and neurological disorders in the clinical, basic science, and population health areas. The conference will feature plenary sessions and concurrent sessions to include oral presentations around the key translational research areas; awards recognition of student poster submissions, travel scholarships, and the career pipeline program; and professional development and funding workshops.



Medical Library Association (MLA): MLA Scholarship for Minority Students: African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander American individuals who wish to study health sciences librarianship are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is December 1.

University of Michigan/National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID): Scholar-in-Residence Program. This new initiative at NCID is available to mid-career and senior diversity scholars interested in spending an academic year at the University of Michigan. NCID Scholars-in-Residence will have the opportunity to pursue their research and writing while actively engaging in their vibrant intellectual community that includes junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows, senior NCID faculty fellows, graduate students, and colleagues in affiliated academic units. Scholars-in-Residence will need the support of a department chair at the University of Michigan and will receive a stipend during their term of residence in Ann Arbor. Deadline is December 17. Learn more


HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): New data. 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The site provides access to the 2017 Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators report as well as detailed tables and methodology information for NSDUH. Learn more


Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics: New report. America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2018. This year's report features the following measures: poverty and extreme poverty, health insurance continuity, homelessness, exposure to violence, prescription opioid misuse and use disorders, and residential placement of juveniles. Learn more | Download the full report (PDF). 


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and NORC at the University of Chicago have released The National Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool. This interactive map allows users to locate overdose hotspots and overlay them with data that provide additional context to opioid addiction and death, including the strength and diversity of local economies, ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status of residents. Learn more.


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.