FYI: Weekly Health Resources for April 14, 2021

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April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week

HHS OMH Think Cultural Health. Free & Accredited e-Learning Program: CLAS in Maternal Health Care. Black Maternal Health Week.

Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW), April 11-17, is observed during National Minority Health Month in an effort to bring awareness of the gaps in maternal health experienced by Black women in the U.S. The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) works with partners to reach, educate and inform racial and ethnic minority populations during BMHW by amplifying efforts from federal and non-federal partners.

OMH's free maternal health e-learning curriculum is designed to develop maternal health care providers' knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services, person centered care and understanding implicit bias across the continuum of maternal health care. The course includes information on maternal health disparities experienced specifically by Black and American Indian individuals. 

Image shows a young Black mother with her toddler

Several events and initiatives are also being carried out throughout April 11-17 and beyond that address Black maternal health issues, including social justice and rural health care access. 


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

Grant for local municipalities from OMH.
Deadline is April 20

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Addressing Health Disparities and Advancing Health Equity

Research cooperative agreement from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is April 28

Teams or Individual Scientists

Minority Serving Institutions

Removing Barriers to Health Equity Through Sports

Social determinants of health grant from the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Deadline is May 5, 5:00 pm ET.

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Mask Innovation Challenge

Technology, multimedia, and design funding from the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
Deadline is April 21, 5:00 pm ET

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Dr. Seuss Foundation Improved Literacy Grants 

Health and wellness literacy grant from the
Dr. Seuss Foundation for California and Massachusetts-based organizations.
Deadline for LOI is May 1, 8:00 pm ET.

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Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program

Maternal health cooperative agreement from
the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Deadline is June 4.  

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Webinars and Other Events

Sleeves Up: Promoting COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence

Webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
TODAY, April 14, 2:00 pm ET.


Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Latino Families

Webinar hosted by the National Hispanic/Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.
April 15, 1:00 pm ET


Women's Health Awareness 2021: Race and Health

Conference hosted by the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
April 17, 9:00 am ET


Women in the Workforce: A Conversation in Frontier States

Webinar hosted by the Administration for Children and Families, Region 8
TODAY, April 14, 4:30 pm ET


COVID Vaccination Rates in Underserved Communities

Webinar hosted by the American Public
Health Association
April 16, 1:15 pm ET.


Let's Talk Lunch and Learn: COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

Webinar hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region 7.
April 21, 1:30 pm ET.



Resources: COVID-19

Sign Up to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines In Your Community. HHS ASPR.

The Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services has signed an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act declaration that expands the pool of qualified people who can become COVID-19 vaccinators. You can now sign up to administer vaccines in your community, as both a health professional or a lay volunteer. Visit the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response website to Register with Your State or Territory.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put together a collection of COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits. The 21 available toolkits can help you tailor your messages to audiences including pregnant people, Tribal communities, people living with disabilities, and different school or child care settings. 

A recent CDC study found that race/ethnicity data was unknown or not reported for 48% of people vaccinated. Inaccurate data leads to underfunded and under-resourced programs. The Urban Indian Health Institute graded the quality of COVID-19 racial data and their effectiveness in collecting and reporting data on American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The results were published as the report, Data Genocide of American Indians and Alaska Natives in COVID-19 Data

Health Observance: National Transgender HIV Testing Day

April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. HHS CDC. Let's Stop HIV Together. Ending the HIV Epidemic.

National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) is April 18. It is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness, and HIV prevention and patient-centered care for transgender and gender non-binary people.

Raise awareness by sharing resources from the CDC NTHTD Toolkit. You also can read and share the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care's Transgender Women and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention, and join the National Hispanic Medical Association and the CDC for their National Transgender HIV Testing Day Twitter Chat, April 19, 1:00 pm ET

Vaccines and Pregnancy: Top Seven Things You Need to Know 

Illustration shows a female doctor speaking with a pregnant couple.

World Immunization Week will be observed on April 24-30. Visit the CDC Pregnancy and Vaccination page to find information about different vaccines recommended before, during, and after your pregnancy, including vaccines for the flu and whooping cough, that can keep you and your baby healthy. The Vaccines & Pregnancy: Top 7 Things You Need to Know online infographic is also available in Spanish. 

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Clinical Trials

International Registry of Coronavirus Exposure in Pregnancy 

This study, sponsored by the Pregistry and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, seeks women age 18 years or older who are pregnant or contemplating becoming pregnant and who are or may be infected with COVID-19. The study will be carried out online. 

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Improving Health Outcomes in Young Cisgender Men and Transgender Women (mLab App Study)

This study, sponsored by Columbia University and the NIH National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), seeks HIV-negative cisgender men and transgender women, ages 18-29 years old, who are at high risk for HIV infection. The study will test the mLab App, which combines HIV prevention information with push notifications/reminders to complete HIV testing and a feature that provides real-time feedback on home-based HIV test results. The study will be carried out at the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City. 

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Workforce Development

Training: Maternal Telehealth Access Project

The Maternal Telehealth Access Project, an initiative of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center, will offer several virtual training opportunities in Spring 2021 to support maternity care providers and organizations who are navigating the challenges of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially via telehealth. 

Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program

Led by the University of California Davis and the Society of Toxicology, the Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program (ToxMSDT) is an NIH-funded program whose primary goal is to build a pathway for underrepresented students in STEM to enhance their competitiveness to join toxicology graduate programs and eventually the toxicology profession. The program is open to undergraduate STEM majors who have completed at least one semester of general biology and general chemistry and are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate institution and will be enrolled for the full 2021-2022 academic year.
Deadline is May 1.

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Training: Taking Action Against Microaggressions

Developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, this collection of three courses explains the concept of microaggressions, their mental health impact, and what steps you can take to combat microaggressions, including recognizing micro-aggressive behavior in yourself and how you can respond to microaggressions as both the target and as a bystander. These courses offer continuing education (CE) credit. 

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

In observance of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17), the Knowledge Center is highlighting a collection of reports describing the causes and impacts of maternal deaths on minority women.

To read these publications search the online catalog here.