FYI: Weekly Health Resources for October 16, 2019

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October 16, 2019

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

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  • HHS/Office of Minority Health (OMH): Webinar. Closing the Treatment Gap in Communities of Color: The Role of Providers in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Patients. This webinar will highlight the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, collectively known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT), for the treatment of opioid use disorder among people of color.
    TOMORROW, October 17, 12:00 pm ET. Register.


Federal Grants

  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH): Research grant. The Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).
    Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is October 25. Learn more.

  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Cooperative agreement. State and Regional Primary Care Association Cooperative Agreements. Supports the provision of training and technical assistance to existing and potential Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes. 
    Deadline is November 8. Learn more

  • HHS/HRSA, Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Grant. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program. Supports state and territory EHDI systems of care so newborns, infants and young children up to 3 years of age who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can receive appropriate and timely services. 
    Deadline is November 8. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Research grant. Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). Supports research into culturally appropriate methodological approaches that can enhance access to and acceptability of interventions in rural settings, such as telehealth and community-based prevention research. 
    Deadline for LOI is November 13. Learn more.

Non-Federal Grants

  • TD Charitable Foundation: Housing for Everyone Grant. Supports nonprofit organizations who refurbish existing housing stock and create safe, healthy and affordable rental units. 
    Deadline is October 25, 4:00 pm ET. Learn more.

  • Vitalyst Health FoundationSystem Change Grants. Supports projects that address health care access, affordable housing, food access, social justice, parks and recreational opportunities, transportation options and other social determinants of health. Eligibility is limited to Arizona-based nonprofits serving Arizona residents.
    Deadline for LOI is November 1, 5:00 pm ET. Learn more

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF): 2020 Health Rising Leadership Institute. This program is a 9-month fellowship designed to strengthen leaders of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community organizations involved in improving health equity.  
    Deadline is October 31, 8:00 pm ETApply.

Conferences and Other Events


  • National Congress of American Indians: Registration is open for the 76th Annual Convention & Marketplace, Sovereignty in Action. This conference will feature sessions on Tribal food sovereignty, violence against women, youth organizing, transportation and other topics.   
    October 20-25 in Albuquerque, NM. Register.

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  • Pennsylvania State University/Population Research Institute: Registration is open for the 27th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues - Families and Food. Sessions will address topics such as food insecurity, obesity and the family ecologies of eating behaviors. 
    October 21-22 in State College, Pa. Register.

  • Ujima Men's Collective: Registration is open for the Ujima Men's Collective Conference. This event address issues that are germane to living as Black same gender loving men, including health & wellness, relationships, advocacy, spirituality and leadership.  
    October 25-27 in Tampa, Fla. Register.

  • Health HIV: Call for abstracts for SYNChronicity 2020. This event highlights original research and novel projects and programs related to HIV, HCV, STIs and LGBTQ health.
    May 11-12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Register
    Deadline for abstracts is November 15. Learn more

Other Events

  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: Workshop. Developing Health Literacy Skills in Youth. Workshop discussions will address research on developmentally appropriate health literacy milestones, best practices for developing health literacy skills and potential collaborations across disciplines.  
    November 19 in Washington, DC and via live webcast. Register


Health Observances

October is National Bullying Prevention Month
  • HHS and the PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center recognize October as National Bullying Prevention Month. For further information and events, including the October 23 Unity Day, please visit the National Bullying Prevention Center. For information and resources in Spanish, including training and state laws and policies, please visit


  • HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): New report. Reported Importance and Access to Health Care Providers Who Understand or Share Cultural Characteristics with Their Patients Among Adults, by Race and Ethnicity. This report highlights that, among adults who have seen a health care professional in the past 12 months, minority groups are more likely to report never being able to see a culturally similar health care provider, a pattern that persists regardless of sex, age group or urbanicity. Learn more | Read full report (PDF). 

  • University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute: New report. Actions Toward Equity: Strategies Communities Are Using to Ensure Everyone Has a Fair and Just Opportunity for Health. This report summarizes promising approaches and highlights concrete examples implemented by communities awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize, including projects that address public health, health care access, community development, education, housing and other social determinants of health. Learn more | Read the full report (PDF).

Opportunities for Public Comments

  • HHS/HRSA, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP): Request for information on Rural Health Grants Eligibility. HRSA seeks public input on whether or how eligibility criteria governing community-based grant programs administered by FORHP affect rural health organizations' ability to apply for and leverage grant funding through FORHP.
    Deadline is November 2. Learn more.

Clinical Trials

  • Emory University, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense: Observational study. Improving Health Literacy in African-American Prostate Cancer Patients. Researchers seek Black male volunteers age 25-100 years old who have undergone a pathology review of their prostate biopsy at Emory University, Grady Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph's Hospital or the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Studies to be conducted in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more.
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI): Observational study. A Program to Increase Sickle Cell Trait Knowledge Among Parents of Infants Identified in Newborn Screening (SCTaware). Researchers seek parents of infants with Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) to test the feasibility of implementing a SCT education program that is appropriate for all parents, including those with low base knowledge and low health literacy. Study to be conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more.

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

Because libraries are partners in a healthy community. Libraries Transform. ALA and the NIH National Library of Medicine.

In recognition of National Health Literary Month in October, the Knowledge Center is featuring its collection of resources related to health literacy. To find resources in the online library catalog that highlight how public library health literacy outreach programs can reduce health disparities, search the library catalog.

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