FYI: Weekly Health Resources for September 4, 2019

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September 4, 2019

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

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  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Sickle Cell Science: Path to Progress webinar series. Genetic Therapies in Sickle Cell Disease. The second webinar in this series will provide an overview of genetic therapies: what they are, how they work and how genetic therapies are being explored to prevent, treat and potentially cure sickle cell disease (SCD). 
    September 11, 1:00 pm ET. Register.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ)
  • HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Statistical brief. Characteristics of Inpatient Hospital Stays Involving Sickle Cell Disease, 2000-2016. This new Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief presents recent data, including historical trends and cost, on inpatient stays among patients with sickle cell disease. Learn more | Download full brief (PDF).


Federal Grants

  • HHS/NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Research grant. Addressing Health Disparities in NIDDK Diseases (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Supports research to understand and mitigate health disparities in the development, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of high priority to NIDDK, including SCD complications within the NIDDK mission areas. 
    Deadline is October 5. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, National Cancer Institute (NCI): Research grants. Linking the Provider Recommendation to Adolescent HPV Vaccine Uptake. Supports research on how the healthcare delivery system enhances or inhibits the effectiveness of a provider's recommendation of the adolescent HPV vaccine.
    Deadlines are October 16 (R21) and 17 (R01)

  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Grant. Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST) Program. Supports research on issues affecting MCH populations, particularly mental health, opioid abuse, childhood obesity, maternal mortality and telehealth.
    Deadline is November 12. Learn more

  • HHS/HRSA: Grant. Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program. Supports organizations located in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee to plan, implement and develop health care networks to achieve efficiencies, expand access to essential health care services and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. 
    Deadline is December 6. Learn more

Non-Federal Grants

  • U.S. Soccer FoundationSafe Places to Play Grant. Supports the cost of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing and/or other enhancements that transform abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the like into soccer fields for kids.
    Deadline for Letter of Intent is September 27. Learn more

  • Washington State UniversityNative Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) Pilot Project Grant. Supports research projects that focus on reducing the burden of alcohol use disorders in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
    Deadline is September 30. Learn more

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Policies for Action (P4A)Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research. Supports early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being.
    Deadline is October 2. Learn more

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • Horatio Alger Association: State Scholarships. Awards funds to high school seniors who will graduate in spring/summer of 2020 and who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. 
    Deadline is October 25. Learn more

Webinars and Other Events


  • The Dibble Institute: "Meet Them Where They Are" - Building Protective Factors for the Future. This webinar will feature three agencies that utilize relationship education to build protective factors so youth can communicate effectively in jobs, set safe boundaries in relationships and make healthy decisions about their love lives.
    September 11, 4:00 pm ET. Register.

  • HHS/Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP): Healthy People 2020 webinar series. Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. This webinar will highlight strategies for increasing vegetable intake. Attendees will also learn about the Healthy Food Small Retailers Program, which aims to increase access to fresh foods in designated food deserts.
    September 19, 12:00 pm ET. Register

  • HHS/Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives: Mental Illness 101 & Family Health webinar series. Postpartum Depression: Help and Hope. This webinar will offer information on postpartum depression, leading treatments, the consequences of avoiding treatment and guidance for faith communities who want to help mothers in need.
    September 25, 12:00 pm ET. Register.  


  • National Minority Health Institute: Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Minority Health Summit and Networking Luncheon, African-American Health Is Crucial: Do You Care? This summit will feature presentations on African American medical school enrollment, mental health, the obesity epidemic, sickle cell anemia and the opioid drug crisis, among others. 
    September 12 in Washington, DC. Register.

National Summit: Leveraging Technology to Improve Access to Addiction Care
  • National Council for Behavioral Health: Registration is open for the National Summit: Leveraging Technology to Improve Access to Addiction Care. This summit will explore the use of new technologies to serve individuals with opioid use disorders, as well as demonstrating digital approaches that are revolutionizing health care and reviewing best practices and mechanisms for financing telehealth.
    September 16 in Washington, DC. Register.

  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): Registration is open for the National Tribal Broadband Summit. This summit will connect community leaders with information and resources to identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions to close the connectivity gap in Tribal lands. 
    September 23-24 in Washington, DC. Register

Other Events

  • HHS/NIH, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Reddit event. Ask Me Anything. In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at NIMH, will answer questions from the public about the latest suicide prevention research.
    September 5, 12:00 pm ET. Learn more


  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): New report. Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds: Summary of Key Provisions. This brief report addresses the potential impact of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final rule on Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds on the immigrant population's access to federal, state, local and Tribal health care services and programs. Read full report (PDF).  

  • University of Colorado Denver: Online survey. Evaluation of Experiences of Transgender and Nonbinary Residents. This survey is designed to learn more about the experiences of transgender and gender non-binary individuals during the residency application process and residency training. It is open to transgender or gender non-binary individuals who are currently completing medical residency or have completed medical residency in the past 3 years at a U.S. residency program. Learn more.

Health Observances

Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business. National Suicide Prevention Month. September 2019. #AAS365

Opportunities for Public Comments

  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF): Call for comments on the Draft Evidence Review for Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults and the Draft Recommendation Statement on Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults.
    Deadline is September 23. Learn more

Clinical Trials

  • HHS/NIH, NHLBI: Phase 1 and 2 clinical trial. Repeat Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Falling Donor Myeloid Chimerism Levels. NIH researchers seek recipients age 2-80 years old and donors age 18 years or older. Study to be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. Learn more.

  • Medical College of Wisconsin, in collaboration with NIH NHLBI and NCI, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network and the National Marrow Donor Program: Phase 2 clinical trial. Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation in Sickle Cell Patients (BMT CTN 1507). Researchers seek volunteers age 5-45 years old. Study to be conducted at various locations in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Learn more.  

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

The manual Sickle Cell Disease: A Family Guide, 4th ed. is a consumer-friendly guide that explains how to care for a child with sickle cell disease. It describes symptoms, complications, and types of treatment, and includes a glossary of medical terms.

To view this title or request additional information, search the online catalog.

To learn more about the OMHRC Knowledge Center and how to use the Online Library Catalog, watch this video.

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