FYI: Weekly Health Resources for September 30, 2020

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Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Recorded Sessions and Other Resources Now Available!

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Recorded Sessions and Other Resources Now Available

On September 17, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) hosted a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities virtual symposium featured national, state, tribal and local experts leading efforts developed for public health leaders at all levels and community organizations confronting the pandemic.

Visit the OMH website for the recordings, objectives and presentation slides for all sessions, as well as tools and resources on data, testing, vaccines, clinical trials and more to support efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020: Twitter Chat

Hispanic Heritage Month Twitter Chat, October 8, 2 pm ET. #HealthyLatinos.

Join OMH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) for a bilingual Twitter chat in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The chat will focus on highlighting healthy behaviors for the Hispanic/Latino community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including getting recommended vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine. The chat will also highlight HHS's efforts to improving diversity in clinical trials as a way to improve the health of racial and ethnic minority populations like the Hispanic/Latino community. To participate, please use the hashtag #HealthyLatinos.
October 8, 2:00 pm ET. English | Spanish.


Addressing Needs of People with Disabilities during COVID-19

The National Association of County and City Health Officials supports local health departments in addressing the needs of people with disabilities when planning and responding to COVID-19.
Deadline is October 13.

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Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional Research Training Grant

The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supports institutional training grants to develop or enhance postdoctoral primary care research opportunities. 
Deadline is November 9

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Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

This is a CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) Cooperative Agreement. 
Deadline is November 20

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Building Resources for the Basic Biology of Aging in Health Disparities Research

This is an HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) Resource-Related Research Projects grant. 
Deadline is October 19, 5:00 pm ET

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H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will address healthcare workforce shortages by creating employment and training programs in healthcare occupations serving rural and tribal populations.
Deadline is November 13, 4:00 pm ET

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COVID-19, Smoking and Nicotine Research Grant

The Foundation for a Smoke-free World supports collaborative research on the associations between smoking and/or nicotine use and COVID-19 infection and outcomes.
Deadline is December 15, 6:00 pm ET.

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Webinars and Other Events

Black Maternal Health: Historical and Reproductive Justice Reckonings

The New York Academy of Medicine webinar will examine the effects of social, economic and systemic issues on racial inequities in Black/African American maternal mortality and morbidity.
October 1, 3:30 pm ET


Emerging Lessons from the COVID-19 Response

The National Network of Public Health Institutes virtual event will address the racial inequities that have been highlighted by COVID-19 and will explore how communities can leverage this moment to advance equity and collaboration. 
October 7, 2:00 pm ET.


Registration is open for Addressing African American Health in the Age of COVID-19

Fall Summit hosted by Black Health Matters.
October 10, Virtual.


Testing Agricultural Workers for COVID-19: A Learning Session with Frontline Clinicians

In this Migrant Clinicians Network webinar, clinicians from North Carolina and Oregon will share successes and barriers to testing the agricultural workers they serve.
October 1, 4:00 pm ET


Panel Discussion: Latinos and COVID-19 

The Community Foundation for Monterey County and Siembra Latinos Fund panel discussion will address the impact of COVID-19 on the lives and livelihoods of Hispanics/Latinos in Monterey County, CA.
October 8, 3:00 pm ET.


Registration is open for the
2020 National Tribal Health Conference

Hosted by the National Indian Health Board.
October 13-16, Virtual.



Resources: COVID-19

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The CDC has published a COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations. This document offers interim guidance for state, territorial and local public health programs and their partners on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination response to COVID-19. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a Discussion Draft of the Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine. It presents input from the public, especially communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, submitted to the CDC and NIH as part of a public comment period.  

The National Conference of State Legislatures has developed a database of legislation related to and responding to COVID-19 that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including bills that address healthcare access and coverage: State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Request for Information: STI National Strategic Plan 2021-2025

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HHS, through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and its Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP), has been coordinating development by federal partners throughout HHS and other departments of the first-ever Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) National Strategic Plan to address the nation's STI epidemic. OIDP seeks input from a broad mix of stakeholders on whether the plan's goals, objectives and strategies appropriately address the STI epidemic and whether there are any critical gaps.
Deadline is October 1, 5:00 pm ET.

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Resources: Physical Activity

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Muévete a Tu Manera is the Spanish-language version of the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) Move Your Way campaign, which provides tips for adults and children on how to be physically active every day.  

The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) has created a series of 10-minute wellness videos, Movement is Medicine. The full series can be accessed via the SIHB Facebook page.

The Safe Routes Partnership has developed State Report Cards which provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is of walking, bicycling and physical activity for children and adults as of 2020.

Report: Left Out - Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities

Cover detail for the report, "Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities"

The House Committee on Ways and Means released the report, Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities. This report analyzes the barriers to health care in racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. It discusses the challenges associated with scalable and sustainable solutions. The report also examines how racial bias, economic inequality, geographic coverage deficiencies and structural environmental factors adversely affect health. 

Learn More Download the Full Report (PDF)

Clinical Trials

Healthy Mothers-Healthy Children Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention (HMHC)

This behavioral study, sponsored by the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill and the NIH National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), seeks Hispanic/Latina mothers and their 3-5-year-old children for a 12-week nutrition and home-based physical activity intervention. Study is to be conducted at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC.

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Developing the Family Map: Looking at Communal Coping

This observational study, sponsored by the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), seeks individuals age 18 years or older who are affected by sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease, type-2 diabetes or heritable cancers, or who are related or married to someone who has these diseases. Study is to be conducted at the NHGRI in Bethesda, MD and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. 

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Workforce Development

Fellowship: Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

The Global Brain Health Institute Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health participants should demonstrate a commitment to brain health and health care policy, as well as an ability to implement effective interventions in vulnerable communities and a desire to become a regional leader in brain health.
Deadline is October 15.

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Training: Promotoras de Salud Our Bodies Ourselves Guide

The Our Bodies Ourselves, Spanish-language Guía de capacitación para promotoras de salud aims to provide Hispanics/Latinas and immigrant women with a family focused, woman-centered and culture-specific teaching guide for community health education. The guide covers topics such as sexuality and reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections, violence against women, mental health and childbearing.

Learn More Download the Full Guide in Spanish (PDF)

Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center: See our new acquisitions

Recommended Reading

In recognition of National Medical Librarians Month, the Knowledge Center is featuring Consumer Health Information Services and Programs: Best Practices. The book presents a series of case studies of library outreach programs designed to provide reliable health information to library users.

To access this book or request additional information, search the online catalog.

The information you need when you need it! Ask your medical librarian. MLA.