FYI: Weekly Health Resources for May 13, 2020

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. Throughout the observance in May, OMH will honor the rich culture of AAPIs and promote overall health by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle, regular doctor visits and better eating habits. For AAPI Heritage Month resources and materials, please visit the OMH website

Due TODAY!: National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities

As a result of technical difficulties with, the deadline has been extended to apply for the OMH new funding opportunity. Up to $40 million will be awarded to help develop and deliver important COVID-19 related information to racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
Deadline extended to May 13, 11:59 pm ET.
Technical Assistance Webinar recording now available on the OMH YouTube channel.

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Treatment, Recovery, and Workforce Support Grants

The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports programs that help individuals in substance use disorder treatment and recovery to live independently and participate in the workforce.
Deadline is June 1

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Improving Care and Treatment Coordination: Focusing on Black Women with HIV

The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports the design, implementation and evaluation of bundled interventions for Black women with HIV.
Deadline is June 15.

Demonstration Sites

Evaluation and TA Providers

Innovative Technologies to Increase U.S. Capacity for COVID-19 Testing

The NIH will fund the development, validation and commercialization of point-of-care and home-based tests that can directly detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 
Rolling deadline.

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Pool Safely Grant Program

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers grants to state and local governments to reduce deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas.
Deadline is June 9.

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Rapid Investigation of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

The HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund mechanisms for research on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19.
Rolling deadline

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COVID-19 Collective Fund for Trans Communities

The Borealis Philanthropy's Fund for Trans Generations, Destination Tomorrow's TRANScend Community Impact Fund and the Third Wave Fund support programs from trans-led organizations and transgender, gender nonconforming and non-binary communities in response to COVID-19.
Rolling deadline

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Webinars and Other Events

RTI COVID-19 U.S. Survey Results Webinar Series

The 4-part webinar series, hosted by RTI International, will provide detailed analysis of the results from a survey on public awareness of COVID-19. Past presentations are available.
May 13 - May 27, 12:00 pm ET.


CCE Quarterly: Social Determinants in the Medical Home

The National Committee for Quality Assurance webinar will explore strategies for collecting comprehensive patient data and will outline practices for incorporating social determinants of health into risk stratification.
May 20, 1:00 pm ET


Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for Asian Pacific Islanders

The National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) virtual roundtable will discuss AAPI mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services, and community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by AAPIs. 
May 21, 3:00 pm ET.


Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Maternal Health Across Appalachia and Indian Country

The Association of American Medical Colleges webinar, part 2 in a series, will address health disparities faced by mothers of color in rural areas, especially American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women.  
May 14, 1:30 pm ET


COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color

The Trust for America's Health webinar will highlight the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color, as well as short- and long-term solutions needed to advance equity in response and recovery efforts.
May 20, 2:00 pm ET


Generalized Anxiety Disorder and COVID-19

The National Indian Health Board webinar, the first in a 4-part series, will explore generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and COVID-19 in AI/ANs. The discussion will include a general background on GAD as well as available resources.
May 28, 3:00 pm ET.  



Resources: COVID-19

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HHS has partnered with pharmacy and retail companies to expand and accelerate COVID-19 testing in more communities across the country, especially in those that are under-tested and socially vulnerable. Companies are coordinating with state and local governments to provide faster, less invasive and more convenient testing, as well as to protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals. You can find local testing sites at the HHS website.

The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network has released preliminary data on COVID-19 Laboratory-Confirmed Hospitalizations, which includes hospitalizations by race/ethnicity.  

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has published a COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns

HRSA has announced that Medicare healthcare providers who have already received a payment from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund are now eligible to apply for additional funds by submitting data about their annual revenues and estimated COVID-related losses via the Provider Relief Fund Application Portal.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has compiled I Need Help, a list of FAQs, English/Spanish flyers and other resources for Hispanics/Latinxs.  

And the State Health and Value Strategies program at Princeton University has created interactive maps that visualise States' Reporting of COVID-19 Health Equity Data

Toolkit: Social Determinants of Health Collections

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The NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and National Human Genome Research Institute have released a new collection of social determinants of health assessments as part of the PhenX Toolkit. This open-access collection contains 19 protocols to help measure upstream factors that shape health behaviors and health outcomes, promote collaborations between researchers and clinicians, and accelerate translational research.

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Resource: Easy-to-Understand Telehealth Consent Form

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The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created a sample telehealth consent form that is easy to understand. The form includes language for healthcare providers that have curtailed in-person visits due to COVID-19. AHRQ has also created how-to guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent for telehealth.

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Clinical Trials

Patient Portal and Navigation Program in Providing Information for Asian American Cancer Patients

This behavioral study, sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, seeks San Francisco-based Asia American cancer patients, caregivers who provide care to Asian American cancer patients and health professionals who provide care to Asian American cancer patients. Patients and caregivers must be 21 years or older. Study to be conducted at UCSF in San Francisco, Cali.

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Obesity and Caries in Young South Asian Children: A Common Risk Factor Approach (CHALO)

This behavioral study, sponsored by the Albert Einstein College of MedicineColumbia UniversityRutgers University and the University of Rochester, seeks Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi children, age 3 months to 2 years old, who are enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP. Study to be conducted at various locations in New Jersey and New York City.

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Workforce Development

Medical Interpreter Training: Bridging the Gap

The Cross Cultural Health Care Program online Medical Interpreter Training course covers foundational skills such as the roles of the interpreter, interpreter code of ethics, medical terminology and more. The online Training of Trainers course prepares attendees to become trainers of the Bridging the Gap curriculum and bring medical interpreter training to their communities.
June 15-24, Medical Interpreter Training.
July 8-24Training of Trainers for Medical Interpreters.

Continuing Education: Public Health Grand Rounds On Demand

The CDC Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and the potential impact of different interventions. Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for two years after each session's initial offering. CE credits are available to physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, pharmacists, veterinarians, certified health education specialists, laboratorians and other health professionals.  

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Continuing Education: Storytelling for Public Health

The New England Public Health Training Center online Storytelling for Public Health course introduces storytelling as an effective communication tool in public health practice. After reviewing story structures, attendees will review public health stories in multiple formats and outline their own story using a storyboard. This program offers 1 CE credit to designated Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). 

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Recommended Reading

The fact sheet HIV and Asians provides statistical information about the number Asian Americans newly diagnosed with HIV as well as recent estimates of the total number of Asians with the disease. This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares risk factors Asians may face and ways to reduce risk.

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