FYI: Weekly Health Resources for July 8, 2020

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National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recognizes July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and encourages partners to join us in educating communities about the importance of mental healthcare and treatment especially during the pandemic. OMH will also encourage behavioral health professionals to improve their knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services through OMH's free and accredited e-learning program. For resources and materials, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.


Dental Therapy in Indian Country

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) has announced three funding opportunities that support American Indian/Alaska Native dental therapy training programs and dental health aide therapy. 
Deadline is July 20.

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Research on COVID-19 Response and Recovery

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research on system alignment mechanisms that address health and social needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline is August 5

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Clinical Studies of Orphan Products Addressing Unmet Needs of Rare Diseases

The HHS U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) supports studies on new indications or changes in labeling of products to address unmet needs in rare diseases or conditions. 
Deadline for Letter of Intent is September 8

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Improving Clinical and Public Health Outcomes through National Partnerships to Prevent and Control Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Threats

Funding offered by the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deadline is July 31.

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Implementing and Sustaining Evidence-Based Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Equity in Outcomes

Funding offered by the HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Deadline is August 25.

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Healthier Kids for Our Future Mental Health Grant

The Cigna Foundation funds school, health center and nonprofit programs that address loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicide prevention among youth ages 6-17 years old. 
Deadline is September 30, 5:00 pm ET.

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Webinars and Other Events

Reopening Colleges and Universities During COVID-19: Keeping Students and Communities Healthy

Webinar hosted by the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association (APHA)
TODAY, July 8, 5:00 pm ET


COVID-19 Contact Tracing in Indian Country

The NIHB webinar will explore how contact tracing, a method used to identify and alert people of potential contact with a person infected with the novel coronavirus, is being carried out in Indian Country.
July 10, 3:00 pm ET.


Taking on the "Perfect Storm": Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color

Webinar hosted by the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health
July 16, 3:00 pm ET.


Cafecito Time: COVID-19

The Equality Health community conversations series will address how to stay safe at work, school and home, and how to cope with stress. Sessions will be offered in English and Spanish.
July 9 and 23, 1:00 and 2:00 pm ET.


Putting People First: The First Initial Steps for Addressing Mental Illness in Faith Communities

The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives webinar will describe how faith communities can build a sense of belonging for individuals with mental illness.
July 14, 12:00 pm ET


Registration is open for the 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment: 30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic

Hosted by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
August 11-14, Virtual.



Resources: COVID-19

Model of the coronavirus

The Association of American Medical Colleges has published a blog that addresses racial health disparities during the pandemic: Why is my community suffering more from COVID-19?

The APHA has compiled resources on the impact of COVID-19, reopening, and public health safety tips and tools:

The University of Chicago Center for Spatial Data Science has developed an interactive US COVID Atlas that provides county-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the option to view regional clusters and to overlay the map with American Indian/Alaska Native reservations.

Resources: Mental Health

Image shows a young Black woman in thought

OMH has compiled Violence Related Trauma Resources for individuals, families, communities, healthcare providers and other professionals. 

The NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offers brochures and fact sheets on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals and the public. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

The National Alliance on Mental Health has created infographics and fact sheets on topics such as the warning signs of mental illness and suicide, including statistics by race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation/identity: Mental Health By the Numbers

2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being

Cover detail for the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being. This publication delivers the Foundation’s annual state rankings and the latest available data on child well-being, including topics such as health, family and community, education and economic status. It also compares statistics from 2010 to 2018.

Please note that this year's edition describes how children across the United States were faring before the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Clinical Trials

Novel Anxiety Treatment

This study of a cognitive training program, sponsored by the Washington University School of Medicine and NIH, seeks volunteers, age 8-12 years old, who have a current diagnosis of separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and/or social phobia. Study to be conducted at the Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. 

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Synergistic Effects of Anxiety and Alcohol Use among Latinos and Its Sociocultural Mechanisms

This study, sponsored by the University of Houston and the NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), seeks Hispanic/Latinx volunteers, age 21-65 years old, who are moderate or heavy drinkers. Study to be conducted at the University of Houston in Texas.

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Workforce Development

Behavioral Health Staff in Integrated Care Settings: The Vital Role of Collaboration Across Teams

The Community Health Center's Weitzman Institute archived webinar addresses how health center staff can effectively support behavioral health integration at their health centers in order to improve outcomes by monitoring and supporting high-risk patients. 

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Building Health Communities: The Role of Behavioral Health in Advancing Health Equity and Optimal Health for All

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan recorded webcast introduces healthcare professionals and others to the Triple Aim of Health Equity method in order to address the impact of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status and geographic location on tobacco use and poor behavioral health outcomes.

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Recommended Reading

Advanced Social Work Practice Behaviors to Address Behavioral Health Disparities is a symposium report issued by the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. The report provides guidelines for social workers in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health care.

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