FYI: Weekly Health Resources for May 20, 2020

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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


Native American Research Centers for Health

The HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Indian Health Service (IHS) support research and career enhancement initiatives to meet the health needs of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. 
Deadline for Letter of Intent is May 24

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Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative: Dementia Capability in Indian Country

The HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) supports AI/AN dementia care and support services, as well as culturally competent training and consultations for caregivers and providers.
Deadline is June 9.

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Strategies to Maintain HIV Viral Suppression among State Prison Inmates Released to the Community

The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports programs that emphasize linkage to and retention in HIV care, adherence to HIV treatment and suppression of HIV viral load. 
Deadline is June 29.

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The NDN Collective's COVID-19 Response Project

The NDN Collective provides immediate relief to frontline organizations, AI/AN Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline is May 31.

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Administrative Supplements for NIH grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Mortality

The NIH invites investigators to participate in the development of the Implementing Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) initiative.
Deadline is June 22, 5:00 pm ET.

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State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks applications that address the environmental and public health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority and low income communities. Eligibility is limited to state, local, Tribal and territorial governments. 
Deadline is June 30.

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Webinars and Other Events

Helping Communities Plan for, Respond to and Recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please join the CDC for live stakeholder calls which will highlight COVID-19 decisions tools and other considerations for a variety of settings.

2020 National Women's Health Week Webinar: Supporting Health Through Nourishing Foods

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Regions II and VIII webinar will highlight U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and resources that can help women reduce food insecurities, develop healthy food habits and understand the importance of good nutrition to better manage health at different stages of life.
May 21, 3:00 pm ET.


Call for abstracts for the Virtual COVID-19 Conference

Hosted by the International AIDS Society.
July 10-11 as part of AIDS 2020: Virtual.
Deadline for abstracts is May 25

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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.


COVID-19 Educational Series

The Philippine Nurses Association of America webinar series will address the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of AAPI communities and healthcare professionals.
May 23-June 6, 7:00 pm ET.


A Comprehensive Approach to Preventing Suicide: The Role of Law, Policy, and Social Determinants of Health

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) webinar will highlight how an evidence-based approach can be taken to reduce suicides in communities, including addressing social determinants of health while also leveraging legal and policy tools.
May 26, 12:30 pm ET.



Resources: COVID-19

Model of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CDC has developed several Communication Resources that can be used to provide factual and reliable information to the public. These resources include guidance documents, a social media toolkit, digital buttons and badges, public service announcements and videos, including an American Sign Language Video Series

The U.S. Census Bureau has released an updated version of the interactive data hub on its COVID-19 resource page. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives has compiled a list of Reopening Guidance Currently Available by State, including guidance for faith-based organizations and places of worship. 

The HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care has created a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and FQHC look-alikes.

The HHS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its Emergency Use Authorizations webpage to include information on diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to COVID-19. 

The National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses have published guidance for parents on Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

And the Rural Policy Research Institute's Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis maintains up-to-date data and maps on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties.

Resources: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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The National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians has developed a health promotion initiative for healthcare providers and their AAPI patients, RISE to Avoid, Control and Reverse Diabetes and Prediabetes in Asian Americans

The Pilipino AmericaN Stroke InterventioN (PANSIN) project at the University of California, Los Angeles conducts research on barriers to acute stroke care for Filipino Americans. PANSIN has created an educational video about stroke.

Kaya Ko, which translates to "I Can," is a health education campaign developed at the New York University Meyers College of Nursing. It aims to empower Filipinos to adopt and/or maintain heart-healthy activities that could lead to better over-all health and well-being.

And the Asian American Psychological Association has created fact sheets on substance abuse, trauma, intimate partner violence, bullying and suicide for AAPI audiences. 

Data Release: NHLBI Big Data Analysis Challenge

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In March, the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announced the NHLBI Big Data Analysis Challenge: Creating Paradigms for Heart Failure Research. Now, a new list of NHLBI-funded datasets within the scope of the Challenge is available. The datasets in the collection do not require institutional review board approval for their use. NHLBI-supported data can be accessed via these sources:

  • Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center (BioLINCC), NHLBI's repository for health data from clinical and epidemiological studies
  • Database for Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), a database maintained by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the primary resource for NHLBI-funded genomic and "other omics" datasets and related phenotypic measures.

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Federal Program: USDA Summer Food Program

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The USDA Summer Food Service Program offers funding on a per-meal basis to organizations providing meals to low-income children during the summer.

Families can use the Summer Meal Site Finder to find local providers, and community organizations that would like to become a Summer Meal Site can contact their state's USDA Food and Nutrition Service agent.

Clinical Trials

Ethnic Differences in Iron Absorption (FeGenes)

This observational study, sponsored by Cornell University and the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), seeks Ithaca-based East Asian volunteers age 18-50 years old for an investigation into the differences in iron absorption between East Asians and Northern Europeans. Study to be conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

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Cell Collection to Study Eye Diseases

This observational study, sponsored by the NIH National Eye Institute (NEI), seeks Individuals affected with an ocular condition (age 1 year or older), Best Vitelliform Dystrophy, Late-Onset Retinal Degeneration and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (age 18 years or older), and unaffected individuals (age 7 years or older) in order to collect hair, skin and blood samples to study eye diseases that affect the retina. Study to be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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Workforce Development

Implications for Latinos with Serious Mental Illness During a Pandemic

The National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center workshop, designed for psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, graduate students and other mental health professionals working with Hispanic/Latinx populations, will address the importance of increasing psychosis literacy among Hispanic/Latinx and the community agencies that serve them, and identifying ways to engage Hispanic/Latinx and other minorities referred to coordinated specialty care. 
May 21, 1:00 pm ET.

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SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has compiled a list of training and other resources for mental health, addiction and prevention Technology Transfer Centers, as well as serious mental illness advisers, clinical support systems and opioid response networks. 

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Telehealth Learning Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information, the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies at the University of Nevada, Reno offer free, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunities for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

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Recommended Reading

COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Questions, Risk Communication Guide offers a framework for scientists and health officials delivering messages to the public about the novel coronavirus. Published by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the document outlines principles of risk communication in addition to offering examples of responses to frequently asked questions and topics of concern about the virus, such as protection and travel, in plain language. It also includes appendices with numerous resources and tips.

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