FYI: Weekly Health Resources for March 31, 2021

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National Minority Health Month Kicks Off Tomorrow!

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April is National Minority Health Month! This year's theme is #VaccineReady. The focus will be to empower communities to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines, share accurate vaccine information, get vaccinated, and practice COVID-19 safety measures. We invite you to join the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and partners throughout April as we encourage individuals and communities throughout the month to share why they are #VaccineReady.

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Ending the HIV Epidemic Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar

Ending the HIV Epidemic: Quarterly Stakeholder Webinar, April 8, 2 pm ET.

The HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy will host a stakeholder webinar on efforts to implement the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative and highlight ways to improve HIV diagnosis, care, and prevention outcomes for youth. Learn how federal agencies and community leaders are working together to defeat the HIV epidemic. 
April 8, 2:00 pm ET.



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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PCF-Pfizer Health Equity Challenge Awards

Research funding from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Pfizer.
Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is April 9.

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Greater Value Portfolio Grant 

Health care quality research grant from
the Donaghue Foundation.
Deadline for LOI is April 26.

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Sickle Cell Disease Newborn Screening Follow-up Program

Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Deadline is April 29

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The Anna Lalor Burdick Program

Reproductive health education grant from
the Lalor Foundation.
Deadline for Concept Papers is May 1

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Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Research project grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Deadline for LOI is July 20

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Webinars and Other Events

COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities

Webinar series hosted by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
March 31, April 7 and April 8, 1:00 pm ET.


Building COVID-19 Vaccine Trust in Community Health Centers

Forum hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and HRSA
April 7, 1:00 pm ET.


Disparities in COVID-19: Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccination

Webinar hosted by the University of Minnesota.
April 16, 10:00 am ET.


Trust, Culture, and COVID-19 in the Latino Community

Webinar hosted by the Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States.
April 6, 1:30 pm ET.


Impact of COVID-19 and New Treatment Approaches

Webinar hosted by the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.
April 7, 1:00 pm ET.


Call for abstracts for the NIHB Tribal Public Health Summit

Conference hosted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), April 27-29.
Deadline for abstract submission is April 2.

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Resources: COVID-19

COVID-19 model. Detail from the cover for the FEMA CVCs Playbook.

The latest issue brief from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted stark health disparities among racial
and ethnic minorities in infections, hospitalizations, death rates, and vaccination rates: Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Current Evidence and Policy Approaches.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) Playbook establishes guidance for providing federal support to CVCs in the areas of interagency coordination, resource support, facility setup, and other requirements. 

The American Nurses Association launched the COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses website as a nurse's hub for critical, current, and credible COVID-19 vaccine information, including guidance on culturally sensitive communication with patients. 

Community Health Center staff can find tools, advice, workflows, and best practices for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the National Association of Community Health Centers COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Clinic Operations Toolkit

Request for Information (RFI): Racial Equity in Biomedical Research and Advancing Health Disparities and Health Equity Research

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NIH invites feedback on the approaches NIH can take to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion within all facets of the biomedical research workforce and expand research to eliminate or lessen health disparities and inequities. This RFI will assist NIH in identifying, developing, and implementing strategies that will allow the biomedical enterprise to benefit from a more diverse and inclusive research workforce and a more robust portfolio of research to better understand and address inequities in NIH's existing system.
Deadline is April 9.

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Resource: Healthy Beverages Community Action Guide 

Cover detail for the IHS Healthy Beverages Community Action Guide

The Indian Health Service Healthy Beverage Community Action Guide outlines a process for American Indian and Alaska Native communities to promote healthy beverages and decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and caffeinated energy drinks. It outlines steps for starting a healthy beverage community action campaign, including sample assessment forms, meeting agendas and focus group activities. 

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Health Campaign: Do I Have Prediabetes?

Move More Each Day. Aim for 30 Minutes. It Adds Up! Take the Risk Test:

One in three Americans is at risk for significant health complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. It's better to know than wonder. Take the Do I Have Prediabetes? test, available in English and Spanish, to find out. With early diagnosis, and by making small changes like altering your diet and exercising more, prediabetes can often be reversed. 

Do I Have Prediabetes? is a collaboration between the CDC, the American Medical Association and the Ad Council

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Clinical Trials

Virtual Human Delivered Nutrition Module for Colorectal Cancer Prevention

This study, sponsored by the University of Florida (UF) and the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI), seeks adults ages 50-73 years old to develop and test an interactive nutrition module for use in an existing colorectal cancer screening intervention. The study will be carried out at UF in Gainesville, Florida.

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Testing Message Modality of Culturally Appropriate Nutrition Communication for Mexican American Women

This study, sponsored by the University of California, Merced and the NIH NCI, seeks Mexican or Mexican American women ages 18-29 years old. The study will be carried out via the University of California Merced SONA System, an online platform.

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Workforce Development

HRSA National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

The HRSA National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students pursuing primary care health professions training in return for a commitment to provide primary health services in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Eligible degrees or certificates include medicine, dentistry, nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery, or physician assistant.  
Deadline is May 11, 7:30 pm ET.

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Training: Strategies for Implementing Public Health Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs for Adults

This University of Arizona course highlights two examples of best practices in nutrition and physical activity programs for adults. The programs are compared based on their strengths, challenges, future needs, and areas for potential growth, including ways in which a program can provide additional connections for underserved populations. This course is intended for dietitians, nurses, health policy planners, and general public health staff. 

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

National Library Week (April 4-10) celebrates community services that libraries provide across the country. Services extend beyond library walls, including consumer health programs and digital resources.

To read about library-public health partnerships in minority communities, search the online library catalog here.

National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021. Welcome To Your Library. ALA. Library Champions. Libraries Transform.