FYI: Weekly Health Resources for July 29, 2020

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Save the Date: Advancing the Response to COVID-19

Coming Soon! Advancing the Response to COVID-19. Sept 17, Virtual Symposium. HHS OMH.

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will host a virtual symposium on 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.

OMH FY2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements

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OMH has released five 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 (SCD) data collection, hydroxyurea prescribing for SCD, adverse childhood experiences and disparity-reducing interventions via state, Tribal and territorial partnerships. 

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


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, 6:00 pm ET.
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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, 6:00 pm ET.
Watch the TA webinar recording.

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State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions

OMH will support projects to demonstrate if modifications to existing interventions will improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and disadvantaged populations.
Deadline is August 26, 6:00 pm ET.
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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, 6:00 pm ET.
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Centers of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities

The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will establish Centers of Excellence to offer training and technical assistance for healthcare practitioners on issues related to addressing behavioral health disparities.
Deadline is August 19.

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Demonstration to Increase Hydroxyurea Prescribing for Children with Sickle Cell Disease Through Provider Incentives

OMH will support projects to demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of providing financial incentives to providers to improve the quality of life of children with sickle cell disease through increased prescription rates of hydroxyurea. 
Deadline is August 27, 6:00 PM ET.
TA webinar, July 31, 2:00 pm ET.

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Webinars and Other Events

Supporting Clinicians 2020: The Stress-Less Initiative

The Evidence-Based Practice & Innovation Center and The Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services webinar will address secondary trauma among mental health professionals.
July 30, 12:00 pm ET.


Native American Storytelling: Culture is Prevention

The National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center webinar series will explore how traditional Tribal storytelling can be incorporated by Tribal providers into their work with patients.
August 5 and 19, and September 2, 1:00 pm ET.


Registration is open for the American Indians Accessing Health Professions Program

Hosted by the Association of American Indian Physicians and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine
August 14-15, Virtual


Immunization Education and Training

The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webinar will discuss maintaining routine vaccination and preparing for influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 4, 12:00 pm ET.


Spanish-language Webinar: When the Monsters Live with Us

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center webinar will address the intersection of structural inequities, COVID-19 and intimate partner violence, and its impact on young, Hispanic/Latino children. This webinar will be presented in Spanish
August 11, 1:00 pm ET


Registration is open for the 2020 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference

Hosted by CityMatCH, who seek attendee stories to be shared during a Town Hall that will celebrate the resilience of MCH leaders amid COVID-19. 
September 16-18, Virtual.  



Resources: COVID-19

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The CDC has published guidance on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Breastfeeding. Available data suggest breastfeeding is not a likely source of transmission. 

The HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program has developed a monthly COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) Survey. The survey will gather data on how the COVID-19 pandemic affects physical and mental health over time.

Resources: Mental Health

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The HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has developed the #MyStrongFamily campaign to share information on protective factors that families can draw on during difficult times to shield them from life's stresses. 

The American Psychiatric Association has created Best Practice Highlights for Treating Diverse Patient Populations. Best practice guidance is available for Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, LGBTQ and other underserved populations.  

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has published the results of a research project on Comparing Two Ways to Help Latino Patients with Depression Who Are Age 50 or Older. Results are available in English and Spanish. 

Find TB Resources Website

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The Find TB Resources website is a service of the CDC Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE). It features a worldwide library of online resources, training and educational materials on tuberculosis, including the Find TB Resources Newsletter


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New HIV Treatment for Patients with Limited Treatment Options

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new type of antiretroviral medication for adults living with HIV who have tried multiple HIV medications and whose HIV infection cannot be successfully treated with other therapies because of resistance, intolerance or safety considerations.

La Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los EE.UU. (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) aprobó un nuevo tipo de medicamento antirretroviral para adultos que viven con VIH que han recibido múltiples medicamentos contra el VIH y cuya infección por el VIH no puede tratarse eficazmente con otras terapias debido a consideraciones de resistencia, intolerancia o seguridad.

Clinical Trials

COVID-19 Prevention Network Clinical Studies

The COVID-19 Prevention Network, formed by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), seeks volunteers, age 18 years or older, for phase 3 vaccine and monoclonal antibody efficacy studies for the prevention of COVID-19. Volunteers must join a Volunteer Screening Registry. Study to be conducted at clinical research sites distributed throughout the United States. 

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Project CARE: An Integrated Treatment Adherence Program for Bipolar Disorder at the Time of Prison Release

This pilot study, sponsored by Brown University and the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), seeks volunteers age 18 years or older with a DSM-5 diagnosis of bipolar I, bipolar II, or bipolar disorder not elsewhere classified. Subjects must have an anticipated prison release within 4-10 weeks to locations anywhere in RI or to locations in other states within a 30 mile radius of Providence. Study to be conducted at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and Brown University in Providence, RI. 

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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.
August 5, 12 and 19, 10:00 am ET, Virtual.

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

This week, the Knowledge Center is highlighting a report from its online archival collectionReady. Set. It's Everywhere You Go: CDC's Guide to Promoting Moderate Physical Activity is a toolkit published in support of the landmark Surgeon General's report, Physical Activity and Health. It includes posters, media strategies and program plans in support of physical activity routines for special populations.

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