FYI: Weekly Health Resources for November 13, 2019

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November 13, 2019

Native American Heritage Month 2019 #ActiveandHealthy

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

Native American Heritage Month Twitter Chat. November 13, 3-4 pm ET. #NativeHealthChat
  • Join the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS) for a Twitter chat today in observance of Native American Heritage Month. The chat will focus on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle, and sharing resources to help reduce health disparities among American Indian/Alaska Natives. Use hashtag #NativeHealthChat to join.
    TODAY, November 13, 3:00 pm ET. Learn more.

  • HHS: National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Event. Building Partnerships through Understanding. The Keynote Speaker will be HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, who will discuss HHS's partnership with the Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee. The keynote panel will include RADM Michael Weahkee (IHS), Jeannie Hovland (Administration for Native Americans) and Ron Allen (Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe).
    November 14, 10:00 am ET in Washington, DC or via live webcast.

National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Event, November 14, 10 am ET in Washington, DC
  • HHS: Webinar. Strategies to Improve Sickle Cell Disease Primary Care. Speakers will share their perspectives on the importance of connecting patients living with sickle cell disease to primary care physicians and strategies being used to improve connected care.
    November 14, 1:00 pm ET. Register.


Federal Grants

  • HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals. Supports the development and/or expansion of community infrastructure that integrates substance use disorder treatment, housing services and other critical services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
    Deadline is December 16. Learn more.

  • Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW): Grant. Sexual Assault Forensic-Medical and Advocacy Services for Tribes (FAST) Initiative. Funding priority will be given to applicants proposing innovative ways of bringing experienced Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) to remote Tribal communities, such as traveling SAFEs, telemedicine and rural preceptorships.
    Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is December 20. Learn more.

Non-Federal Grants

  • William G. McGowan Charitable FundHuman Services Initiatives. Supports projects that promote stable lives for the homeless, including mental health, housing, food security and education/job training. Eligibility is limited to non-profits located in the Denver metro area and Eagle County, Colo., the Kansas City metro area, the Rochester metro area and Yates County, NY or Lackawanna and Luzerne counties in Pa.
    Deadline for LOI is November 15. Learn more

  • Robert Wood Johnson FoundationAligning Systems for Health. Supports studies that examine how cross-sector collaboration between health care, public health and social services can advance health equity.
    Deadline for brief proposals is November 22, 3:00 pm ET. Learn more

  • National Recreation and Park Association: Instructor Training Grants for Physical Activity Programs. Provides funds to train park and recreation agencies staff to implement the Walk With Ease, Active Living Every Day or Fit & Strong programs, which are designed to help people with chronic diseases manage their conditions through physical activity and health education. 
    Deadline is November 26. Learn more

Scholarships / Fellowships

  • Harvard Medical School/Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership (DICP)Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. This program is designed to prepare physicians to improve the capacity of the health care system by promoting policies and practices that improve minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable populations' access to high quality care.
    Deadline is December 2. Learn more

  • Harvard Medical School/DICP and the Harvard School of Dental MedicineJoseph L. Henry Oral Health Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. This program prepares the next generation of leaders in minority health, health policy and oral epidemiology to improve the capacity of health care and to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.
    Deadline is December 2. Learn more.

Loan Repayment

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  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Loan Repayment Program. 2020 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service. Provides loan repayment assistance to medical and dental students in their final year of school in exchange for a three-year commitment providing primary care services at NHSC-approved sites in high-need areas.
    Deadline is November 21. Learn more

Webinars and Other Events


  • HHS/Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives: Webinar series. Balancing Care with Hope: About Palliative Care and Hospice. Join the HHS Partnership Center and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for two-part webinar series on care for the seriously ill and trauma-informed bereavement services.
    • Demystifying Services for the Seriously Ill: Palliative Care and Hospice 101
      November 14, 12:00 pm ET. Register.
    • Community Partnerships to Improve Access to Hospice and Palliative Care
      November 21, 12:00 pm ET. Register.

  • Center for Rural Health InnovationExpanding Access to School Behavioral Health Services via Telehealth. This webinar will provide an overview of how school telehealth programs are being utilized to provide behavioral health services and will take an in-depth look at different models for delivering behavioral health services via school telehealth programs.
    November 14, 2:00 pm ET. Register.

  • HHS/Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP): Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America New PrEP Donation Program. This webinar will provide information on Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America and how the PrEP Donation Program supports that effort, the role of PrEP as a tool to help end the HIV epidemic and ways in which the HIV community and stakeholders can share information about the program and help qualified individuals to enroll.
    November 15, 2:30 pm ET. Register.
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  • Native Health Webinar: Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ Identity for the Clinical Setting. Originally presented at the Association of American Indian Physicians Annual Meeting, this webinar will address health care delivery to Two Spirit/LGBTQ Natives. 
    November 15, 3:00 pm ET. Register.


  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): Registration is open for the Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar. This seminar will feature a presentation by Dr. Gene Brody of the University of Georgia's Center for Family Research: "Resilience to Adversity and the Early Origins of Disease Among Rural African Americans." 
    November 18 in Bethesda, Md and via live videocast. Register

  • Native Pride: The Good Road of Life 3-Day Training Conference. This culture-based program uses sources of strength such as spirituality, humor and healing to assist Native men and their family members address the impact of colonization, trauma, racism and other challenges that threaten the well-being of children and families.
    December 2-4 in Albuquerque, NM. Learn more.

  • Elsevier/Active Living Research: Call for abstracts for the Active Living Conference 2020, Innovation and Imagination in Active Living. Conference topics include environmental design, nature and health, creative active play, sport and health, technology and novel approaches in research translation and dissemination. 
    February 2-5, 2020 in Orlando, Fla. Register.
    Deadline for abstracts is November 22. Learn more.

  • HealthHIV, HealthHCV and the National Coalition for LGBT Health: Call for abstracts for SYNChronicity 2020. This conference brings together medical professionals, service providers, government officials and advocates to sync effective approaches to address HIV, HCV and STIs among underserved racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ communities. 
    May 11-12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Register
    Deadline for abstracts is November 15, 5:00 pm ET. Learn more.

Other Events

  • HHS/HRSA: Twitter chat. Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in Rural Areas. As part of National Rural Health Day, join HRSA for a discussion on the prevalence of substance and opioids use disorders and the resources that are available to support rural communities. To join, please use the hashtag #RuralSUD. 
    November 20, 2:00 pm ET. Learn more.

  • HHS/Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (FDA OMH): Public meeting. Strategies to Improve Health Equity Amidst the Opioid Crisis. The purpose of this meeting is to share information and obtain the public's perspectives on the opioid crisis and how it affects minority/underserved populations, approaches to prevent and treat opioid use disorder, emerging research and how FDA can support those efforts.
    November 21 in Rockville, Md. Register.

  • The American College of Sports Medicine and the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute: Congressional Briefing on the National Youth Sports Strategy. For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Monte Ward.
    November 21, 10:30 am ET in Washington, DC. Learn more.


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  • HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): New report. Health, United States 2018. This report presents an overview of national health trends organized around four subject areas: health status and determinants, utilization of health resources, health care resources, and health care expenditures and payers. For 2018, CDC has also created a Spotlight on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Heart Disease infographic. Learn more | Read the full report (PDF).

    Report release webinar, November 14, 3:00 pm ET. To join, dial 1-855-348-8390 and use Access Code 9419616 or join via Skype.

Health Observances

You don't have to quit smoking in one day. Start with day one.
  • HHS and the American Cancer Society recognize November 21 as The Great American Smokeout. This national event seeks to encourage current smokers to quit. For further information and resources, please visit the American Cancer Society, the CDC and, which offers tailored information for veterans, women, teenagers, older adults and Hispanics/Latinos. 

Clinical Trials

  • Case Western Reserve University: Observational study. Experiences of Asian Adults. Researchers seek Asian volunteers age 18 or older for a study on the internalization of stereotypes among Asian adults and its association with stress, anxiety and other psychological symptoms. Study to be conducted online via a web-based survey. Learn more

Workforce Development

Federal Government

  • HHS/HRSA, Bureau of Health Workforce: HRSA Virtual Job Fair for Rural Sites. This free, online recruitment event connects students and clinicians with health care delivery organizations. During the fair, attendees will learn about available training and employment opportunities across the country, benefit packages offered and general information about patient populations.
    November 20, 6:45 pm ET. Learn more.


  • State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University: Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged In Cardiovascular Health-Related Research (PRIDE-CVD) - Summer Institute. This mentored research program addresses the difficulties experienced by junior faculty from disabled, disadvantaged and underrepresented minority groups in establishing independent research programs in the study of heart, lung and blood disorders. The Summer 2020 Cohort 8 begins on June 14, 2020.
    Rolling admission until filled. Learn more

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

The report Tribal Nursing Home Best Practices: Trauma and Person-Centered Care, published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), explains what trauma-informed care is and how it can be applied in nursing homes with American Indian and Alaska Native elders. It includes multiple examples of nursing homes implementing the principles of trauma-informed care, which are safety, trustworthiness, choice and collaboration, and empowerment.

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

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