FYI: Weekly Health Resources for March 24, 2021

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Join OMH for a Meeting of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Virtual Meeting, March 26, 12-3 pm ET

The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force will hold a virtual meeting on March 26, 12:00-3:00 pm ET. This meeting is open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged for members of the public who wish to participate in the public comment session.

To register, please send an email with your name, affiliation, and email to Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) YouTube channel or the HHS Live Streaming webpage to watch live on the day of the event.

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New Resource from OMH: Translated Resources and Materials for Medicare Providers to Assist with CLAS

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OMH collaborated with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other HHS agencies to identify and compile translated resources and materials for Medicare providers to help with providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Resources include materials on specific diseases and conditions, health insurance, women's health, substance use, emergency preparedness and response, and more.

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New OMH Blog: Providing CLAS in Maternal Health Care Can Help to Reduce Disparities

Think Cultural Health. New! Free & Accredited E-Learning Program: CLAS in Maternal Health Care. HHS OMH.

Each year in the U.S., approximately 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications and more than 25,000 women suffer unintended outcomes of labor and delivery that can result in significant consequences to their health. Black and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth. In the latest OMH Blog for Health Equity, RADM Felicia Collins calls on maternal health care providers to make a commitment to complete the CLAS in Maternal Health Care e-learning program and share this new resource with your colleagues.

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

Grant for local municipalities from OMH.
View the Technical Assistance webinar.
Deadline is April 20

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MAT: Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction

Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Deadline is April 27.

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Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

Grant for state health departments from the CDC.
Deadline is May 3.

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Increasing Vaccination Coverage for Racial and Ethnic Populations

Cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deadline is March 29.

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Early Childhood Health Program

Grant from the Medica Foundation for organizations from Minnesota, North Dakota,
South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Deadline is April 30.

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Minority Research Grant Program 

Research grant for minority-serving institutions from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health.
Deadline is June 11.

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Webinars and Other Events

Health Equity Forum Featuring
Dr. Vivian W. Pinn

Webinar hosted by the California Black
Health Network
TODAY, March 24, 3:00 pm ET.


Addressing the Unique Needs
of Black Women with HIV

Webinar hosted by the Health Resources
and Services Administration Office of
Women's Health
March 25, 1:00 pm ET.


Understanding Climate Change Executive Orders for AI/ANs

Webinar hosted by the National Indian
Health Board
March 26, 1:00 pm ET.


Women and Girls at Risk for HIV: Prevention and Intervention

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webinar hosted by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Regions 3 and 5.
March 29, 12:00 pm ET

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Registration is open for the SOPHE 2021dX Conference

Conference hosted by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).
April 6-9, Virtual.


Call for proposals for the
Title X Grantee Conference

Conference hosted by the HHS Office of Population Affairs.
July 13-16, Virtual.
Deadline for proposals is March 29.

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Resources: COVID-19

"We Can Do It! We Can Slow the Spread of COVID-19!" Illustration shows a Black woman and a white farmer wearing face masks.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires all available tools, including vaccination. View and share this video from the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for AI/ANs: Clinical Q&A on the Covid-19 Vaccines

Learn about the National Hispanic Medical Association's upcoming #Vaccinate4All Campaign at their Virtual Briefing Series webinar, which will be held April 28 at 7:00 pm ET.  

Explore the COVID-19 research tip sheets and other resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) CEAL initiative. These tip sheets address misinformation and highlight the community benefits of COVID-19 research. 

Request for Information: Use of Clinical Algorithms That Have the Potential To Introduce Racial/Ethnic Bias Into Healthcare Delivery

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking information from the public on clinical algorithms and evidence that they may introduce bias into clinical decision making and impact access to care, quality of care, or health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
Deadline for comments is April 16.

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Resources: Asian American and Pacific Islander Health

Image shows a young Asian woman wearing a facemask

OMH has called on everyone in the nation to join the federal government in condemning and combating racism, including the alarming increase of attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Use the resources below to share information and provide support to AAPI communities.

  • Stop AAPI Hate provides a tool to report hate incidents in your area, as well as safety tips for those experiencing or witnessing hate. The site also includes state reports and other resources.  
  • The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations has created a list of Resources to Address Anti-Asian Racism
  • As part of its Bullying Prevention Awareness Campaign, the Asian American Psychological Association published a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Guide for the parents of K-12 AAPI students. The guide is available in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and English.

Report: Migration and Health, 2020

Detail of the cover for the Migration & Health 2020 report

Published since 2008 by the National Population Council of Mexico and the Health Initiative of the Americas, the Migration and Health/Migración y salud reports make current issues related to the health of the migrant population from the Mexico-United States corridor accessible to government officials, academic researchers, civil associations, and the general public. The 2020 edition includes a chapter on the impact of COVID-19 on the migrant Mexican community. The reports are available in English and Spanish. 

Learn More Download the full 2020 Report (PDF)

Clinical Trials

Screening TO Prevent ColoRectal Cancer (STOP CRC) among At-Risk Chinese and Korean American Primary Care Patients

This study, sponsored by the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, the NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and Thomas Jefferson University, seeks male and female Chinese and Korean American volunteers, 50-75 years old, who are not up-to-date in colorectal cancer screening. The study will be carried out at the UMD in College Park, Maryland.

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South Asian Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (SAHELI Study)

This study, sponsored by Northwestern University, seeks South Asian volunteers, 18-65 years old, who speak Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, or English and who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, pre-diabetes/diabetes, or high blood pressure. The study will be carried out at the Northwestern University-Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

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Workforce Development

Internship: Indigenous Health Leadership Institute

This two-day program, offered by the Native Health Initiative (NHI), trains health professions students who work or will work within American Indian communities to address the health inequities facing Native communities and to promote cultural sensitivity. 
April 3-5 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Open until filled.

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Workshop: Diagnostics and Disease Management Tools for Use in Underserved Populations

The NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is hosting a virtual research workshop to discuss barriers to—and opportunities for—improving heart, lung, blood, and sleep health in underserved communities. Participants will discuss how to tailor health monitoring devices and tools that diagnose patients to underserved, low-resource, and remote communities.
April 14-15, 10:00 am ET

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Training: Culturally-competent Health Provider Communication: Insights from Research with Chinese, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island Diabetes Patients

This recorded CDC webinar was designed to help health professionals learn about culturally-competent medical communication. The presenters share their experiences developing and providing culturally competent health communication that meets the need of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander patients with diabetes. It is intended for nurses, physicians, public health professionals, and public information/media specialists.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center: See our new acquisitions

Recommended Reading

Released in March 2021, Health United States, 2019 is a print and online publication that presents an annual overview of national trends in key health statistics. The online data finder allows users to track forty-nine health indicators. Tables identify data by race/ethnicity and other factors. The appendix includes a glossary of terms used in the report.

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