FYI: Weekly Health Resources for September 11, 2019

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September 11, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

As part of the OMH observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, this special issue of FYI is devoted to activities and resources related to Hispanic/Latino communities.

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

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  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites you to the 2019 HHS Hispanic Heritage Month Observance, Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation. This event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), a presentation by Dr. Eliseo J. Perez-Stable, director of the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and information about Hispanic Employee Resource Groups at HHS. 
    September 24, 1:00 pm ET in Washington, DC. Register | Stream live.

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  • HHS/OMH, Think Cultural Health: Training. Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes. This free e-learning program helps build the capacity of promotores/as de salud to promote individual-level and community-level changes towards good health. Participants will learn how to empower their community members to make healthy choices and make changes in their community. Following program completion, participants will be able to recognize things that make it hard to make healthy choices, learn the best ways to talk with someone about healthy choices and identify how to make community change by empowering others. For more information, please visit Think Cultural Health.


Federal Grants

  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Research grant. Leveraging Health Information Technology (Health IT) to Address Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). Supports research that examines how health IT adoption impacts minority health and health disparity populations in access to care, quality of care, patient engagement and health outcomes. 
    Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is September 28. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): Research grant. Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). Supports research focused on determining the mechanisms for the variation in the prevalence of opioid use disorder, and understanding and reducing disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations. 
    Deadline is November 14. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Institutional National Research Service Award. Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Seeks to enhance the participation of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorders research across the career development continuum by providing support to institutions that promote diversity.
    Deadline for LOI is January 26, 2020. Learn more.

Non-Federal Grants

  • Alfred and Mary Douty Foundation: Grant. Immigrant Communities Safe and Thriving. Supports non-profit organizations located in the Pennsylvania counties of Philadelphia and Montgomery working to create safe spaces for and/or strengthen the capacity of local immigrant communities to thrive.
    Deadline is September 16. Learn more.

  • Kitsap Community Foundation: Grant. Behavioral Health and Health Equity. Supports non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of behavioral health and health equity in the Washington State counties of Kitsap and North Mason.
    Deadline is September 27. Learn more.

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • National Hispanic Health FoundationHispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship. Provides financial assistance to students enrolled full-time in graduate programs of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health/policy or physician assistant. Applicants are not required to be Hispanic/Latino, but they must demonstrate an affinity for the health of Hispanic/Latino communities.
    Deadline is September 26. Learn more.

  • Colgate-Palmolive, in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)The Haz La U Program. Provides financial assistance to Hispanic/Latino high school students who plan to enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2020-2021.  
    Deadline is October 15. Learn more.

  • United States Hispanic Leadership Institute: Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders. Provides financial assistance to Hispanics/Latinos enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories. 
    Deadline is November 30. Learn more

Webinars and Other Events


  • HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)Syringe Service Programs: State and Local Perspectives on the Role of Policy, Funding, and Partnerships. This webinar will use examples from state government to showcase the effective implementation of syringe services programs through policy and practice. 
    September 16, 2:00 pm ET. Register.

  • HHS/NIH, NHLBI: Sickle Cell Science: Path to Progress webinar series. Bone Marrow Transplants, Other Therapies, and Sickle Cell Disease. The third webinar in this series will feature Dr. Nancy DiFronzo, Program Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network at NHLBI, and Dr. Courtney Fitzhugh, Lasker Clinical Research Scholar in the Laboratory of Early Sickle Mortality Prevention at NHLBI.
    September 18, 1:00 pm ET. Register.


  • National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA): New York City Chapter Policy Forum. This forum will address mental health in Hispanics/Latinos and the advancement, transformation and success of Hispanic/Latino health care professionals.  
    September 21 in New York, NY.
    Deadline for registration is September 17. Register.

  • University of Texas Medical Branch: Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Conference on Migration and Health. This conference will identify effective strategies and build partnerships to address gaps in policies, knowledge and implementation related to the health of migrants and their access to healthcare, including the migration of health care personnel.
    December 9-10 in Galveston, Texas. Register.

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  • Ginn Group Consulting, in partnership with HHF, CVS Health and Aramark: Registration is open for the 3rd Annual SMART Student Health and Wellness Symposium and Congressional Briefing. SMART utilises a variety of intervention methods to prevent, screen and manage health risks among elementary through high school students, thus reducing barriers to academic success. To register for the symposium, please contact
    December 9-11 in Washington, DC.

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio): Call for abstracts for the 2020 Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference. This conference will bring together the brightest scientists, clinicians, advocates, policy leaders and students to share what they've learned about cancer in Hispanics/Latinos and collaborate for innovative ways to address disparities.
    February 26-28, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. Register.
    Deadline for abstract submission is October 18. Learn more.

Other Events

  • National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)Health and Wellbeing Town HallDuring this town hall, NHCOA will engage Hispanics/Latinos on topics such as immigration, civil rights, and health and well-being. It will also connect older adults, community leaders and caregivers with local elected officials, providers and stakeholders to ensure their needs and concerns are voiced in an attentive, receptive and culturally sensitive environment. The Town Hall will be conducted in English and Spanish.
    September 18, 5:30 pm ET in Silver Spring, Md. Register.

  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Healthy Americas Foundation, with support from the Newman's Own Foundation: Health fairs. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! These FREE events feature fun activities for the whole family, free health screenings, healthy snacks and stations for soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, dance, aerobics, yoga and much more.
    September 28 in Austin, Texas. Learn more.
    Other health fairs will be held throughout October-December in Florida, California, Texas and Puerto Rico. Learn more.


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  • UT Health San Antonio: New Salud America! podcast. Salud Talks. Every Wednesday morning, listeners will hear from health equity experts—from grassroots movements to national organizations—on topics ranging from cultural representation, climate change, childhood trauma, mental health and other issues that are affecting Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. today. Learn more.

  • U.S. 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. Learn more.

  • HHS: is available en español. provides information from various government agencies on the definition of bullying, cyberbullying, who is at risk and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

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  • HHS/NIH, National Cancer Institute (NCI): Cancer Information Service (CIS). This program offers accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive information on cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and more in English and Spanish. CIS information specialists are available to help answer cancer-related questions whether you are a patient, family member, friend, health care provider or researcher. This service is available in Spanish and English. CIS can be reached by email, by live chat or by calling 1-800-422-6237.

  • HHS/ New free mobile app. FoodKeeper. This app, which includes a Spanish-language option, can help you use food while at peak quality and reduce waste. Food freshness times will vary depending on growing conditions, harvesting techniques, manufacturing processes, transportation and distribution conditions, nature of the food and storage temperatures. Remember to buy foods in reasonable quantities and rotate the products in your pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Learn more.

Estas sobras de alimentos estarán buenas todavía? Hay una applicacion para eso... Foodkeeper

Clinical Trials

  • The University of Kentucky, in collaboration with the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Behavioral intervention. Corazon de la Familia / Heart of the Family. This study is a randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of a novel family-focused lifestyle modification intervention to reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Hispanics/Latinos. Researchers seek volunteers age 18 years or older. Study to be conducted at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Learn more

  • Arizona State University, in collaboration with Phoenix Children's Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul Medical and Dental Clinic, Valley of the Sun YMCA, the University of Washington and the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Behavioral intervention. Preventing Diabetes in Latino Youth. This study will test the effects and estimate the cost-effectiveness of a culturally-grounded community-based lifestyle intervention on type 2 diabetes risk among obese Hispanic/Latino adolescents with prediabetes. Researchers seek volunteers age 12-16 years old. Study to be conducted at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Ariz. Learn more.

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  • HHS/NIHAll of Us Research Program has a Spanish website! The All of Us participant experience is available in Spanish. Learn about the program, get help from the All of Us support center, sign up and even receive newsletter updates—all in Spanish. All of Us also offers free downloadable materials in Spanish to help community members and others spread the word about the program. Learn more.

Workforce Development

Spanish-language Training - Capacitación en español

  • El Consejo Nacional Hispano para el Adulto Mayor (NHCOA, por sus siglas en inglés)Capacitación para Líderes: Cuidando al Cuidador. Este evento es una capacitación de dos días con un currículo cultural y lingüísticamente competente específicamente diseñado para identificar los elementos necesarios para apoyar a los cuidadores de familias hispanas/latinas. La capacitación se llevará a cabo en español. Para más información, por favor comuníquese con
    14 y 21 de septiembre en Silver Spring, Md.

Internships / Mentoring

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI): 2019 Congressional Internship. During CHCI's paid summer and semester internships, promising Hispanic/Latino undergraduate students experience what it's like to work in a congressional office, while participating in weekly professional and leadership development and civic engagement through community service. Apply.
    Deadline for Spring 2020 is October 15.
    Deadline Summer 2020 is December 1.
    Deadline for Fall 2020 February 15, 2020.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): Spring 2020 HACU National Internship Program. This program places Hispanic/Latino students with federal agencies or corporations that work within health service areas such as epidemiology, health administration, psychology, public health, social work or English-Spanish medical translation/interpretation.
    Deadline is October 25. Apply.

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

The report In Focus: Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities Among Hispanics describes the range of health outcomes among Hispanics. The document uses graphics to convey how being born in another country versus being born in the United States can impact one’s health. It also discusses the ways communities have sought to address health disparities and includes outreach examples for issues such as behavioral health and infant mortality.

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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