FYI: Weekly Health Resources for November 20, 2019

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November 20, 2019

November is Native American Heritage Month

In This Issue:

FYI Spotlight

  • HHS/Office of Minority Health (OMH), in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Training. Sickle Cell Disease Training and Mentoring Program (STAMP). The STAMP Program is a 6-month series of free web-based trainings that will cover various topics on basic sickle cell disease (SCD) care, such as preventive services, connecting patients with support services and community resources, best practices for co-management with hematologists, hydroxyurea initiation and follow-up, and outpatient pain management. Learn more.
Image shows an African American female doctor and an African American female nurse


Federal Grants

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Cooperative agreement. FY2020 Request for Applications from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act Section 319. Supports development and/or implementation of processes that protect Tribal land waters from nonpoint source pollution. 
    Deadline is December 20. Learn more

  • HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Grant. Recovery Community Services Program. The purpose of this program is to provide peer recovery support services via recovery community organizations to individuals with substance use or mental health disorders or those in recovery from these disorders.
    Deadline is December 23. Learn more.

  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK): Limited competition. Competitive Supplement to the Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (U01 Clinical Trial Required). Provides resources for the design and conduct of new studies in individuals at early pre-clinical stages of T1D and in individuals with new-onset T1D through the T1D TrialNet network. Eligibility is limited to public and state controlled institutions of higher education. 
    Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is January 19, 2020. Learn more

Non-Federal Grants

  • National Indian Health Board, in partnership with the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Strong Systems, Stronger Communities: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Systems Self-Assessment Cohort. Provides support and technical assistance to Tribes to improve project performance, meet national public health accreditation standards, and/or promote interconnection across the public health system to improve population health.
    Deadline is November 22. To apply, please contact Sarah Price

  • United Fresh Start Foundation: Community Innovation Grants Program. Supports initiatives and research that increase children and families' access to fresh produce and broadens selection and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
    Deadline is December 1. Learn more

  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Foundation: AGD Foundation Grant Program. Supports nonprofit, community-based programs that provide quality oral health care, oral cancer screenings and prevention education for underserved populations.
    Deadline is December 1. Learn more

Webinars and Other Events


  • NMAC: Registration is open for the 4th Annual Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit. This summit will highlight the role that biomedical prevention tools such as PrEP, PEP, Treatment as Prevention and U=U have in ending the HIV epidemic.
    December 3-4 in Houston, Texas. Register

  • Maryland Department of Health/Office o​f Minority Health and Health Disparities​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​: Registration is open for the 16th Annual Health Equity Conference, Achieving Health Equity and Cost Reductions Through Clinical-Community Partnerships.  
    December 5 in Baltimore, Md. Register

Other Events

  • 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.

  • National Hispanic Medical Association: Rio Grande Valley Chapter Policy Forum and Reception. Forum discussions will address US-Mexico border healthcare and wellness programs, and Hispanic/Latino health disparities in Type 2 diabetes.
    December 5 in Edinburg, TexasRegister.


  • HHS/Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP): New infographic. Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicator: Clinical Preventive Services. This infographic, part of a monthly series, shows the state of progress toward the Healthy People 2020 target for clinical preventive services. Learn more.

  • Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, in collaboration with the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Data release. Combined 2017-2018 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The combined 2017-2018 NSCH is the second multi-year data set since the redesign of the NSCH in 2016 and includes data from 52,129 children ages 0-17 years. Learn more

  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: Training. Peer Mentoring Training Program. The goal of this program is to give support to individuals who are completing the transitional phase from pediatrics to adult SCD care. It will consist of 1-on-1 phone calls and/or text messages that will focus on healthy living with SCD. For more information, please contact Shantia Fitzgerald

Health Observances

National Rural Health Day, Celebrating the Power of Rural!
  • HHS and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) recognize November 21 as National Rural Health Day. For further information and resources, please visit the NOSORH Power of Rural website. For events, including webinars and Twitter chats, please visit the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP).
  • HHS and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognize November as American Diabetes Month. As part of this monthly observance, the ADA has developed the Count Me In campaign and the NIH NIDDK has put together the Take Diabetes to Heart: Linking Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease toolkit, both of which seek to emphasize the importance of nutrition and exercise in both preventing and living with diabetes.
Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease/stroke as people without diabetes

Opportunities for Public Comments

  • HHS/Office of the Chief Technology Officer: Request for information on PreventionX. HHS seeks comments on barriers and opportunities to effective preventative health, as well as the role of public-private partnerships, in regard to preventable chronic diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity and chronic kidney disease. 
    Deadline is December 13. Learn more

Clinical Trials

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in collaboration with the Carilion Clinic, the University at Buffalo and the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR): Behavioral study. A Remotely Delivered Episodic Future Thinking Intervention to Improve Management of Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers seek volunteers age 18 years or older who are overweight or obese, have poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and have been prescribed or recommended oral glucose-lowering medication. Study to be conducted at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke, Va. Learn more.

  • HHS/NIH, NIDDK, in collaboration with the Children's National Medical Center: Phase 1 clinical trial. Therapeutic Targets in African-American Youth with Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers seek African American volunteers age 12-25 years old with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes of less than or equal to 5 years duration. Study to be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. Learn more.

Workforce Development

Health Professionals

  • Cross Cultural Health Care Program: Training Programs. 
    • Bridging the Gap Medical Interpreter Training. This 40-hour training will address interpreter roles, national codes of ethics, culture and its impact on interpreting, and medical terminology. 
      February 3-7, 2020 in Seattle, Wash. Learn more.

    • Equity and Inclusion Training of Trainers Institute. Attendees will learn a theoretical framework of cultural competency in health and human services and become adept at teaching tangible skills necessary for providing culturally responsive care. For more information or to register, please contact
      March 9-13, June 8-12 and October 5-9, 2020 in Seattle, Wash.
  • HHS/CDC: Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids training. Module 12: A Nurse's Call to Action for Safer Opioid Prescribing. This training seeks to identify how nurses can improve patient care by implementing recommendations from the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. It provides strategies and tools for effective communication with patients in order to assess and document chronic pain conditions and opioid use disorder as part of an integrated healthcare team. Learn more.

@ The Knowledge Center - Recommended Reading

In recognition of the Great American Smokeout on November 21, the Knowledge Center recommends the report Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. This document from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discusses the increasing rate of electronic cigarette use among young people and adults, as well as the relationship to the cessation of combustible tobacco cigarettes. It provides an overview of available research regarding health effects and outcomes of e-cigarette use.

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