FYI: Weekly Health Resources for July 22, 2020

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OMH FY2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements

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The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released three new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are now being accepted. These FOAs will support projects on reducing cardiac arrest disparities, sickle cell disease and adverse childhood experiences.

For further information on each FOA, please see the Funding section of this newsletter.

Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19

Advancing the Response to COVID-19, September 17, Virtual, HHS OMH

OMH will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, September 17, 2020 to highlight state, Tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium aims to support and disseminate promising practices, programs and strategies for combating COVID-19, especially in communities of color.

Stay up to date on the virtual symposium by signing up for OMH email updates and by visiting our webpage.


Emergency Funding to Support Meal Programs

The National Recreation and Park Association will provide emergency funding relief to local park and recreation agencies to support sustained operations of meal programs that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline is July 31.

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Research to Improve Native American Health

The NIH supports culturally appropriate studies on chronic disease, substance abuse, mental health and HIV infection among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and Native Hawaiians that result in promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles. 
Deadline is August 14

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Reducing Cardiac Arrest Disparities Through Data Registries Initiative

OMH will support demonstration projects to show whether participation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest registries supports identification of racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged populations experiencing cardiac arrest.
Deadline is August 17.
TA webinar, July 22, 4:00 pm ET

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Reducing Stigma Related to Drug Use in Human Service Settings

The HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports studies of interventions to reduce stigma that impedes the provision and utilization of HIV care and prevention services.
Deadline is August 11.

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Community-based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families

OMH will provide support to low-income working families disproportionately at risk for adverse childhood experiences, including racial and ethnic minority families. 
Deadline is August 17.
Watch the Technical Assistance (TA) webinar recording.

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Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Data Collection Platform

OMH will support a demonstration project to determine whether a standardized clinical data collection platform can serve as a central repository for analyzing sickle cell disease data for clinical care teams and patient/family members. 
Deadline is August 18.
Watch the TA webinar recording.

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Webinars and Other Events

Oral Health and Behavioral Health: Rationale for Increased Coordination and Integration

The National Council for Behavioral Health webinar will address how uncoordinated oral and behavioral health care can exacerbate health disparities, increase health care costs and result in poor overall health outcomes.
TODAY, July 22, 2:00 pm ET.


Caring for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine workshop will highlight the essential components of care for depression, alcohol use disorders and opioid use disorders in primary care settings.
July 29, 12:00 pm ET.


Mental Health Awareness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Westchester presentation will address mental health warning signs and suicide prevention through personal stories from individuals living in recovery and their families. 
July 30, 7:00 pm ET.


Treating Substance Use Disorders and Supporting Recovery during a Pandemic

The HHS Indian Health Service (IHS) webinar will discuss ways healthcare providers can adapt substance use treatment to telehealth services and connect patients to community and online resources to support recovery. 
July 23, 12:00 pm ET.


The CDC's COVID-19 Response: Promising Practices in Health Equity II

The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar will discuss actions taken to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minorities.
July 29, 3:00 pm ET.


Registration is open for the 11th Annual Asian American Mental Health Forum: Pathways to Access and Mental Wellness

Hosted by Asian Women for Health.
August 15, Virtual



Resources: COVID-19

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HHS has made May and June COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories and localities publicly available. The plans include details on the response to surge cases and how to reach vulnerable populations including minorities, immunocompromised individuals and older adults.

HHS has also created a new campaign, Coronavirus Stops with Me, that provides information on the HHS coronavirus response, the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, COVID-19 community-based testing sites and more. 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, PREVENTS launched a national public health campaign that seeks to help individuals deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic: #MoreThanEverBefore.

Resources: Mental Health

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For resources and materials on mental health, please visit the OMH website and the OMH Spanish website.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

A Guide to Suicide Prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, published by the One Sky Center, provides information and an assessment tool for AI/AN communities and local, state and regional sovereign Tribal governments.   

Youth MOVE National, in partnership with the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, published A Guide for Youth: Understanding Trauma. The guide is available in English and Spanish

Spanish-language Resource: Guide for Patient Navigators - A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training

Detail for the cover of the "Guía para los Navegadores de Pacientes"

Through funding and support from the CDC, the George Washington University Cancer Center, along with Navegación de Pacientes Internacional and the Latino Cancer Institute, is pleased to announce the release of the Spanish Guide for Patient Navigators - A Supplement to the Oncology Patient Navigator Training: The Fundamentals. This guide provides the foundational knowledge that Spanish speaking oncology patient navigators need, as well as free resources and tools that can be put into practice immediately. Please note that this resource is in Spanish.

Download the Full Guide in Spanish (PDF)

Clinical Trials

Impact on Anxiety and Motivation of COVID-19 and Predictors of Individual Responses

This behavioral study, sponsored by the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), seeks volunteers 18 years of age or older who are able to read and write English, and are able to provide informed consent online using the study website. Study to be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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A Longitudinal Study of COVID-19 Sequelae and Immunity

This observational study, sponsored by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), seeks volunteers age 18 years or older with greater than 6 weeks since an onset of COVID-19 symptoms and with no fever for at least 1 week, or living in the same household as a COVID-19 survivor during the time of illness, being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time or having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on). Study to be conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md.

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Workforce Development

Telemedicine Hack: A 10-week Learning Community to Accelerate Telemedicine Implementation for Ambulatory Providers

To support wide adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is partnering with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Public Health Foundation's TRAIN Learning Network to deliver Telemedicine Hack, a free, virtual peer-to-peer learning community. 
July 29 - September 23, 10:00 am ET, Virtual.

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Fellowship: NRHA Rural Health Fellows Program

The goal of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve in key positions in the NRHA, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies.
Deadline for application is September 3.

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Training: Diabetes Management Preparedness During COVID-19 for Pacific Islander Populations

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), in partnership with the Pacific Islander Center for Excellence in Primary Care, hosted a 3-part learning series for health center clinicians and care team members to support preparedness for diabetes management during COVID-19. The series' three recorded webinars cover the following topics: the Pacific Islander COVID-19 National Strategic Plan, diabetes medication management and developing a health center response plan.

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

In observance of World Hepatitis Day, the Knowledge Center is featuring four fact sheets developed by the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT). Hepatitis: Silent but Treatable, created for audiences of Latino, African American, Native American, and African Descent, provides health statistics and brief descriptions of characteristics and risk factors for Hepatitis A, B, and C.

To view this title and find additional information, search the online catalog.