FYI: Weekly Health Resources for January 20, 2021

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HHS Website: Combat COVID logo

The HHS Combat COVID website, available in English and Spanish, provides information on HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 phase 2 and 3 prevention and treatment clinical trials and information on plasma and blood donation on one website. It includes studies for people who've never had COVID-19, those with mild to moderate disease, those with severe disease and those who have recovered from COVID-19. Consider joining the effort to help scientists and doctors find safe and effective vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19 that will benefit all Americans.


EMF Pilot Project Grant

Emergency medicine grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF)
Deadline is February 5.

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Dental Trade Alliance Ignite Innovation Grant

Oral health care grant from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation
Deadline for Letter of Intent is February 12

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Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education Project

State Education Agency grant from the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Deadline is February 15

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APF Trauma Psychology Grant

Mental health grant from the American Psychological Foundation (APF)
Deadline is February 15

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Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education (FDPNE)

Nutrition grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Deadline is March 8

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Promoting Cancer Prevention through HPV Vaccination

Grant from the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deadline is March 22

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Webinars and Other Events

COVID-19: Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Town hall hosted by the National Association of Local Boards of Health
January 21, 4:00 pm ET.


Navigating Caring for Women with Opioid Use Disorder

Webinar hosted by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
January 28, 3:00 pm ET.


Call for abstracts for the
Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit 

Hosted by NMAC.
January 29, 8:00 pm ET.

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Health, Racial Disparities and Economic Justice

Remaking the Economy Series webinar hosted by Nonprofit Quarterly.
January 21, 2:00 pm ET


Health Upkeep and Management for Older Adults Living with HIV During COVID-19

Webinar hosted by NMAC.
January 28, 3:00 pm ET.


Coverage to Care: How to Use Your Health Coverage

Webinar hosted by the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
February 4, 2:00 pm ET.



Resources: COVID-19

Illustration shows three health professionals, a Black woman, a white man and a Muslim woman

The CDC has developed a tool that provides state-by-state information on vaccine distribution by local health departments and the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has published COVID-19 Trends among Persons Aged 0-24 Years - United States, March 1-December 12, 2020.

HHS has extended the Community Based Testing Site program for COVID-19 testing, a partnership with national pharmacy and retail chains that has established more than 3,300 COVID-19 testing locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Urban Indian Health Institute has developed a COVID-19 vaccines website that includes personal stories, the Native2Native video series and fact sheets on the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. 

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America has released a Medical and Research Advisory Committee statement on the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccines on people living with sickle cell disease (SCD).

Health Observance: Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month 2021 logo

HHS and the American Red Cross recognize January as National Blood Donor Month. In addition to critically needed blood donations, the Red Cross is also calling for donations of convalescent plasma from individuals who have fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis as well as platelets to help cancer patients.

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Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments

Cover detail for the Climate Change, Health, and Equity guide

Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments, published by the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health, is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice. The guide discusses what local health departments can do to include climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and more.

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Clinical Trials

Study Exploring the Effect of Crizanlizumab on Kidney Function in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Caused by Sickle Cell Disease

This phase 2 clinical trial, sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, seeks volunteers age 16 years or older with a confirmed diagnosis of SCD. Study is to be conducted at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System in Chicago, IL, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA, the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, LA, the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, TX. 

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Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Studies of Pre-Diabetes in the Pima Indians

This longitudinal study, sponsored by the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), seeks healthy, Pima Indian volunteers age 18-55 years old. Study is to be conducted at the NIDDK Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch in Phoenix, AZ.

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Workforce Development

Fellowship: NIH/NHMA Travel Award

The NIH NIDDK and National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Academic Career Fellow Travel Award offers an opportunity for senior residents, fellows, post-doctoral scientists or early-stage investigators interested in careers in biomedical research and/or academic medicine to attend the NIDDK Academic Career Development Workshop, part of the NHMA's 24th Virtual Annual Conference.
NIDDK Academic Career Development Workshop, March 18-19, Virtual.
NHMA 24th Virtual Annual Conference, March 17-20, Virtual.
Deadline for application is January 29.

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Internship: CAPAC Research Training Program

The University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control (CAPAC) Research Training Program is recruiting participants from all racial/ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds to participate in a hands-on research experience in Puerto Rico. The 10-week, full-time research program will provide trainees with seminars and workshops, a stipend and support for travel, housing and research activities in order to advance knowledge of cancer risk, and cancer prevention and control among Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States.
Deadline is February 15.

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Training: CDC Public Health Training

The CDC Public Health Training website offers a database of trainings and continuing education as well as tools to develop quality public health training. 

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Knowledge Center is highlighting a series of readings that will raise public awareness on the impact of cervical cancer on minority women.

To read these publications search the online library catalog here.