FYI: Weekly Health Resources for April 21, 2021

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Join OMH for the virtual event, Past and Present: Addressing Racism and Intolerance Against Asian Americans

Stop AAPI Hate. HHS OMH.

For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH), the National Park Service, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will host a panel discussion on historic trauma to AAPI communities. Panelists will contextualize anti-Asian policies dating back to the 1800s which have contributed to the persistent anti-Asian sentiment and violence we see today. We will also hear from Asian Americans who are leading grass-roots efforts to protect and empower diverse AAPI communities, as well as current federal efforts such as the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
Join OMH on May 8 at 2:00 pm ET.

Reclaim Your Wellness Webinar: Obesity- When Diet & Exercise Are Not Enough

Reclaim Your Wellness Webinar “Obesity- When Diet & Exercise Are Not Enough”, April 21, 1 pm ET. Visit

Join the Black Women's Health Imperative and HealthyWomen for a Reclaim Your Wellness webinar. The Reclaim Your Wellness campaign focuses on changing how the world sees, prevents, and treats obesity as a disease; and ensuring that people living with obesity have access to science-based, comprehensive care. This webinar will discuss options available when diet and exercise are not meeting your goals.
TODAY, April 21, 1:00 pm ET.


OMH Invites You to Join the HHS COVID-19 Community Corps

We Can Do This: COVID-19 Community Corps

This National Minority Health Month (NMHM), join the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing accurate and trusted information as a member of HHS COVID-19 Community Corps. As a member of the Community Corps you will receive timely public health information and resources to share with families, friends, neighbors, and followers to help build vaccine confidence in your community, including fact sheets, social media content, and regular email updates. 

We also invite you to check out our newly released NMHM infographic, a special message from the Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, and our #VaccineReady playlist in English and Spanish on the OMH YouTube Channel.


Behavioral Health Workforce Development Program

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline is May 3

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COVID-19 Health Disparities among Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Grant for state, county, district and territorial governments from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deadline is May 3

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Multiple Chronic Disease Disparities Research

Cooperative agreements from NIH
Deadline for Letter of Intent is May 8.

Resource-Related Research Project

Specialized Center

Innovations for Healthy Living:
Improving Minority Health 

Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline is May 3

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COVID-19 Emergency Recovery Fund: Round 2

Grant from the Chamiza Foundation for Pueblo Indian communities and non-Pueblo organizations that serve Pueblo communities. 
Deadline is May 7

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Pediatric Health and Nutrition Research Grant

Child health grant from the Gerber Foundation
Deadline for concept papers is
May 15 by 4:00 pm ET

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Webinars and Other Events

Sharing Our Knowledge: Conversations on COVID-19

Virtual town hall hosted by the Urban Indian Health Institute
April 22, 12:00 pm ET


African American Alzheimer's Community Forum

Listening session hosted by the Alzheimer's Association
Greater Maryland Chapter
April 27, 5:00 pm ET.


Register for the NRHA Health Equity Conference

Virtual rural health conference hosted by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
May 4, 10:00 am ET


Register for the Women's Mental Health Virtual Conference

Hosted by the WMHC Organization and Yale University.
April 23-24, 10:15 am ET. 


The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care

Symposium hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health.
April 27-28, 1:00 pm ET.


Call for abstracts for the Cancer Health Disparities Symposium

Virtual symposium hosted by the NIH National Cancer Institute.
May 25-27, 12:00 pm ET. Virtual
Deadline for abstracts is April 26, by 11:59 pm ET.  

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Resources: COVID-19

Cover for the Woven with Elders toolkit

The Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence has launched the Woven with Elders: Pacific Islander Vaccine Toolkit. It provides graphics, easy-to-read fact sheets, and responses to FAQs regarding COVID-19 vaccinations to protect Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian communities, especially older adult populations.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released the findings from its December 2020 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey: Average Decline in Material Hardship During Pandemic Conceals Unequal Circumstances. The data highlights how material hardship, such as food insecurity and problems paying medical bills, disproportionately impacted people who lost jobs and incomes during the first year of COVID-19.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has published data on COVID-19 Vaccination among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) People. Among the findings is data that shows that the high vaccination rate among AI/AN people largely reflects Tribal leadership in implementing vaccine prioritization and distribution strategies that meet the preferences and needs of their communities.

Request for Information: The NIH UNITE Initiative

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NIH has extended the deadline for your organization to respond to NIH's Request for Information to receive feedback on their effort to end structural racism in biomedical research through the UNITE Initiative. For more information on the UNITE effort, including the latest news, announcements, and funding opportunities, please sign-up to receive updates.
Deadline for comments is April 23.

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Resources: Stop AAPI Hate

Detail of the How to Report a Hate Crime booklet for the Korean community in New York

OMH joins the federal government and the AAPI community in calling out and condemning anti-Asian policies, sentiments, and violence. The following resources can help you take action. 

The How to Report a Hate Crime visual booklets, available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese, are designed to help elderly Asian people write down detailed descriptions of incidents. They also include useful English phrases to flash to a bystander to seek help during an attack if elders are not able to speak English. You also can find more resources in the OCA National Responding to Hate Incidents: Community Action Guide.

Survey: News, Healthcare, and COVID-19 in Indian Country

Image shows an American Indian man masked while at an outdoor event

Native News Online is conducting a research study in collaboration with the Northwestern University Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and the Northwestern University Medill School, to learn how AI/AN people like you are getting their news, how they are getting their healthcare, and how they are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Clinical Trials

A Longitudinal Study of COVID-19 Sequelae and Immunity

This study, sponsored by the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, seeks volunteers age 18 years or older who recovered from COVID-19 or live in the same household as a COVID-19 survivor. The study will be carried out at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Obesity and Caries in Young South Asian Children: A Common Risk Factor Approach (CHALO Study)

This study, sponsored by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, seeks Indian, Pakistani, or Bangladeshi children age 3 months-2 years old who are enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP. The study will be carried out at the Healthy Kids Pediatric Group in East Windsor, New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and six health centers in the Bronx and Queens in New York City, New York.

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Workforce Development

APA Minority Fellowship Program

The Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association (APA) is designed to help graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and early career professionals achieve success in areas related to racial and ethnic minority psychology and other behavioral sciences. 

  • The Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) is a week-long intensive training workshop aimed at advanced doctoral psychology students and early career psychologists. PSI provides mentoring and career development as participants develop projects focusing on ethnic minority issues.
    Deadline is May 1.
  • The Leadership and Education Advancement Program (LEAP) for Diverse Scholars was established for individuals who have attained their doctorate degree in a social/ behavioral science field who show promise in research related to the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission and in leadership.
    Deadline is May 30

Summer Institute 2021 at the Center for American Indian Health 

The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health's Center for American Indian Health Summer Institute scholarship is intended for AI/AN scholars, health leaders, and health professionals and paraprofessionals serving Tribal communities.
Deadline is May 1.  

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OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships

The Gold Mountain Scholarships, sponsored by OCA National, provides AAPI senior high school students or rising college seniors with financial support and access to higher education.
Deadline is May 4.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center: See our new acquisitions

Recommended Reading

In observance of Earth Day (April 22), the Knowledge Center recommends the online book Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments, published by the American Public Health Association. This comprehensive publication is designed to provide definitions, data and case studies that illustrate the health consequences of climate change, particularly on vulnerable populations.

To read this publication search the online library catalog here.