NPA November Digest Bulletin

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National Partnership For Action Monthly NPA Digest Bulletin

November 2018 Issue

News and Announcements

Native American Heritage Month Highlighted AI/AN Health Challenges

November marked Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and invaluable contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people in the United States. This observance also is a time to reflect on how this heritage intersects with health, raise awareness about the health challenges that AI/AN communities face, and identify ways tribal members have worked to address these challenges. For more information about tribal health disparities and related challenges and opportunities, please visit the OMH Native American Heritage Month webpage.


November was National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month is observed every year in November to raise awareness of diabetes prevention, diagnosis, and management. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and blindness, and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the US. This year's theme for National Diabetes Month was gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. For more information about diabetes prevention, upcoming activities, and resources, please visit the National Diabetes Month website.

Blog Posts

In the OMH cross-posted blog post, Health Literacy: Why it Matters for Minority Health and Disparities, a researcher in the Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) discusses the importance of health literacy for minority health and promoting health equity. She describes the link between health literacy and health, and strategies to improve health communications with diverse populations.

In the OMH blog post, Menominee Youth Empowerment Program: Fun, with Purpose, the coordinator of the Menominee Youth Empowerment Program (MYEP) highlights this HHS OMH Youth Empowerment Program grantee. A pilot program on the Menominee tribe’s reservation, MYEP has helped to promote academic achievement and healthy behavior for at-risk Indian youth. To learn more about MYEP, visit here.


Meetings and Conferences

Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and the 7th Generation Conference: Registration is open for the Tribal Public Health Conference 2019, Strength in Community, Power in Connection. April 9-11, 2019 in Tulsa, OK. Register



Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE): The Healthy Brain Initiative: Improving Dementia Outcomes for African American and Asian American Pacific Islander Populations. Webinar participants will learn about health education and health promotion initiatives that implement the CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative 2018-2023 Road Map actions and aim to improve outcomes among African Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and AI/ANs. December 7, 12:30 pm ET. Register.



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

NIHB, in partnership with CDC: Tribal Health Systems Enhancement for Cancer Screening Award funds participation in a second round of pilot testing of a toolkit developed by NIHB. This toolkit has been designed specifically for tribal health systems interested in increasing high-quality, population-based breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings. Deadline is December 7. Learn more.

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH)Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) Grant: All applications submitted to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity-related policy and/or program offers an uncommon and scientifically compelling research opportunity that only will be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay. Deadline is December 11. Learn more.

Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry/Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children 2019-2020 Access to Care Grants support community-based initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Deadline is December 21. Learn more.

HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program: Eligibility is limited to state, tribal, or territorial agencies that oversee delivery of mental health services to youth (16-25) with serious mental disorders. Deadline is December 21. Learn more.

HHS/HRSA Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants support 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.

HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Planning Cooperative Agreement. Deadline is January 15, 2019. Learn more.

HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Surveillance for Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Other Viral Respiratory Infections Among Native Americans/Alaska Natives Cooperative Agreement. Deadline is February 1, 2019. Learn more.

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Strategies to Provide Culturally Tailored Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Seriously Ill American Indian/Alaska Native Individuals (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant. Deadline is February 16, 2019. Learn more.



The HHS/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2019 CMS Health Equity Award recognizes organizations that are actively working to reduce disparities in health care quality, access, or outcomes for a priority population, including: racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities or individuals living in rural areas. Nomination deadline is December 7.Learn more.

University of Michigan: National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Scholar-in-Residence Program: This new NCID initiative 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/HRSA, National Health Service Corps (NHSC): Students to Service Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment assistance to students while in their last year of medical or dental school in return for a commitment to provide primary health services in eligible communities of need designated as health professional shortage areas. Deadline is December 20. Learn more.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program supports career-development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the US or Canada. Deadline is January 16, 2019. Learn more.

Udall Foundation, in partnership with the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy: Native American Congressional Internship provides AI/AN students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the federal legislative process in order to understand firsthand the government-to-government relationship between tribes and the Federal Government. Deadline is January 31, 2019. Learn more.  



Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Coalition of STD Directors: Customizable factsheet. Investing in STD Prevention: Making the Case for Your Jurisdiction. This factsheet can be used to present outputs from CDC's STD Prevention Allocation Consequences Estimator in an accessible format that can be customized with an organization's logo and local data to describe the health impacts of STD program budget changes in a particular jurisdiction. Learn more.

Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP): The report Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities reflects on the AAIP evaluation on how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Winnable Battles health education program can be adapted for American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The report outlines the process of implementing the program, from selecting organizations to participate as community partners and identifying the goals for each project, to impacts, challenges, and lessons learned.

HHS and the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Use the following toolkit to share the 2018 theme of National Diabetes Month, Promoting Health After Gestational Diabetes, and to raise awareness among women with a history of gestational diabetes about their lifelong risk for developing diabetes.

To view these publications or request additional information, search the OMH Knowledge Center online catalog.