FYI: Weekly Health Resources for March 17, 2021

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New OMH Blog: Combating Racism Advances Health Equity

Portrait of OMH Public Health Advisor Juliet Bui

The newest HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Blog for Health Equity addresses the alarming increase of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the United States since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. In this blog, OMH's Public Health Advisor, Juliet Bui, highlights OMH's role in the advancement of health equity as the federal government works to improve cultural competence, improve access to quality health care, and mitigate the adverse effects of racism on health and wellbeing.

OMH calls on everyone in the nation to join the federal government in condemning and combating racism—it is the right thing to do as a nation, and for our health.

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New OMH Think Cultural Health Training: CLAS in Maternal Health Care

OMH Think Cultural Health has developed a new continuing education (CE) module, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care. This free, two-hour e-learning program is designed for providers and students seeking knowledge and skills related to cultural competency, cultural humility, person-centered care, and combating implicit bias across the continuum of maternal health care. This program is accredited for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and certified midwives and nurse-midwives.

New! Free e-Learning Program: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care. HHS OMH Think Cultural Health.


Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19

Grant for local municipalities from OMH.
Application webinar, March 17, 5:00 pm ET.
Deadline is April 20

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Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program

Paraprofessionals training grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline is April 12

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Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Tribal and migrant health grant from the
Administration for Children and Families
Deadline is April 20

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Minority-owned Small Business
Technical Assistance Grant

Grant from the City Foundation for non-profits that help minority-owned small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Deadline is April 12

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Rooted in Evidence Food Bank Evaluation and Grant Program

Nutrition and food security grant from the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Deadline is April 16, 6:00 pm ET

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Foundation for Women's Wellness Research Awards

Heart disease and cancer research grant from the Foundation for Women's Wellness.
Deadline is April 26.

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Webinars and Other Events

COVID-19 Conversations Series: Variants and Vaccines

Webinar hosted by the National Academy of Medicine and the American Public Health Association
TODAY, March 17, 5:00 pm ET.


Vaccine Confidence and Access for AAPI and Native Hawaiians

Webinar hosted by AAPCHO and the National Association of Community Health Workers.
March 18, 4:00 pm ET.


Primary Care and Public Health Partnerships in the COVID-19 Era

Webinar hosted by Mathematica
March 25, 2:00 pm ET.


Intersectionality of Obesity, Cancer and Health Disparities

Webinar hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute (NCI).
March 18, 3:00 pm ET


Countering Racism and Implicit Bias in Healthcare

Achieving Health Equity webinar hosted by HealthHIV
March 25, 2:00 pm ET.


COVID-19 Vaccine Community Conversation with Dr. Corbett 

Virtual meeting hosted by the Children’s Community Clinic.
March 26, 7:00 pm ET.



Resources: COVID-19

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Get important information as you consider traveling to different cities and states across the United States. Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Planner to learn more about COVID-19 travel restrictions, guidance, and resources in your destination.

Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation State COVID-19 Data and Policy Actions Dashboard to explore state-level data on a variety of COVID-19 metrics, including vaccinations by race and ethnicity. 

Health Observance: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Zero is Possible Together + Innovation + Awareness. National Native HIV Network.

March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), a day in which all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities are encouraged to plan events that promote HIV testing and HIV and AIDS education. It is also a day to honor those who are infected and affected by the disease, as well as to honor those who have passed as a result of AIDS-related complications.

Visit the National Native HIV Network NNHAAD website for events, PSA videos, graphics and other resources.

You can also share the Urban Indian Health Institute Is PrEP right for you? video and CDC Let's Stop HIV Together campaign resources for AI/AN communities.

Call for Public Comments: HHS Tribal Consultations

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HHS is currently carrying out Tribal consultations on President Biden's Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening the Nation-to-Nation Relationships, released on January 26. HHS is seeking your recommendations and feedback on how they can improve the Department's policies and practices to better engage with Indian Country through meaningful consultation.

Consultations for HHS Regions 1 through 10 will take place March 22-25. Visit the HHS Tribal Consultation webpage to register for each of the six sessions. The deadline for all written comments is March 26.

Clinical Trials

EL CENTRO: Engaging Hispanics/Latinos in the Center of Cancer Treatment Options

This study, sponsored by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the NIH NCI, seeks Hispanic/Latino men who are 21 years or older who have been diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer, locally advanced pancreatic cancer or metastatic pancreatic cancer. Studies will be carried out at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, the Boston Medical Center and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, the University of New Mexico Cancer Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

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KanSurvive: Testing a Model for Improving Cancer Survivorship Care in Rural Practice (KANSURVIVE Study)

This study, sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center and the NIH NCI, seeks about 20 rural primary care practices to participate in a delayed intervention-controlled trial to better identify specific gaps in processes of care while assessing what on-going training is needed for adoption of high-quality cancer survivorship care in rural practice. The study will be carried out at the University of Kansas Cancer Center in Westwood, Kansas. 

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Workforce Development

Continuing Education: Emerging Strategies to Optimize Therapeutic Benefit in Colorectal Cancer

The Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center will host an interactive Continuing Medical Education (CME) webinar that will describe updated guidelines and examine shifting paradigms in the management of colorectal cancer, including new surgical, radiation, and chemotherapeutic options for locally advanced rectal cancer. This activity has been approved for American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 Credit™.
March 18, 5:00 pm ET.


Continuing Education: SOAR to Health and Wellness

This free, two-hour live SOAR to Health and Wellness training, offered by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, the Administration for Children and Families Office on Trafficking in Persons and the HHS Office on Women's Health, teaches providers how to identify and respond to human trafficking. This training offers CE/CME credits for physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, dentists, social workers, public health professionals, and health education specialists.
May 19, 1:00 pm ET.


Training: IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence

The Indian Health Service (IHS) TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence offers on-demand, self-paced courses for health care providers working in the IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health system. Course topics include trauma-informed care, ethics for behavioral health providers, opioid addiction, and compassion fatigue. Courses include lectures, case materials, and post-activity quizzes.

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

Health Literacy and Cardiovascular Disease: Fundamental Relevance to Primary and Secondary Prevention: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association, is an open-access report published in the journal Circulation. This extensively researched statement defines the components of health literacy and the relation to cardiovascular risk factors, including hypertension. The report explains the impacts of the social determinants of health (SDOH) on health literacy skills and racial differences in health outcomes. 

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