FYI: Weekly Health Resources for July 14, 2021

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NEW OMH Funding Opportunities: Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts Initiative will demonstrate the effectiveness of a methodological framework, structured processes, and tools to assess and identify policies that may create or perpetuate health disparities. The initiative will also support the modification, development, and implementation of policies to improve health outcomes. The initiative seeks applications for two separate notices of funding opportunity (NOFO): Demonstration Projects and a Coordinating Center. The Coordinating Center will provide technical assistance to the recipients of Demonstration Projects funding.

OMH will host two technical assistance (TA) webinars for prospective applicants: 

Applications for both funding announcements are due on August 23, by 6:00 pm ET.

New FY2021 Funding Opportunities: Framework to Address Health Disparities through Collaborative Policy Efforts

Confronting Health Misinformation: A Discussion with the Surgeon General on Building a Healthy Information Environment

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Health misinformation is a major threat to public health because it can cause confusion, spread mistrust, harm people's health, and undermine public health efforts. Join U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy and the Stanford Internet Observatory this week as the Surgeon General discusses slowing the spread of health misinformation, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The event will conclude with a moderated Q&A session with the audience.
July 15, 1:00 pm ET.


Approaching Deadline: Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data through Local Data Intermediaries Initiative

FY 2021 Funding Opportunity: Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data through Local Data Intermediaries Initiative

The OMH Accessing Social Determinants of Health Data through Local Data Intermediaries Initiative solicits applications for projects that demonstrate whether existing local data intermediaries can facilitate community stakeholder access to and utilization of integrated community-level data, and increase community stakeholder skill and capacity to use and apply data to address health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. 
Deadline is July 28, by 6:00 pm ET.

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Visit the OMH Knowledge Center Online Library Catalog

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The OMH Knowledge Center Online Library Catalog maintains an online library collection of leading documents, articles, media, and organizations related to minority health issues. Users also can access consumer health materials in more than 40 languages. To learn more about the library catalog, watch this animated video on searching and using this online resource

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The Heart Truth Community Subcontract Program

Funding from the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute

Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is July 21

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Community Grant Program

Physical activity grant from PeopleForBikes
Deadline for LOI is July 23

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Public Health Informatics and Technology (PHIT) Workforce Development Program

Grant for Minority Serving Institutions from the Office of the National Coordinator
Deadline is August 11.

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Policy and Advocacy Grant

Funding from the Tufts Health Plan
Deadline for LOI is July 23.

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AmeriCorps State and
National Tribal Grants

Community service grant from AmeriCorps.
Deadline is July 23

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Partnership Programs to Reduce Maternal Deaths due to Violence

Cooperative agreement for state, local, territorial, and Tribal entities from the HHS Office on Women's Health.
Deadline is August 12

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Webinars and Other Events

Promoting Mental Health
Equity in Black Churches

Ask the Expert webinar hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
July 15, 4:00 pm ET


Engaging American Indian
and Alaska Native Clients

Cultural competence webinar hosted by the National American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.
July 22, 1:00 pm ET.


ABPsi 2021 Annual Convention: Black Forward

Virtual conference hosted by the Association
of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

July 22-26.


Using SDOH Screening Data
to Address Barriers to Health

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
webinar hosted by MHP Salud
July 21, 3:00 pm ET.


COVID-19 Impact on Mental Health of Older Adults and Reaching Health Equity 

Spanish-language webinar hosted by
the TMF Quality Innovation Network.
July 22, 1:00 pm ET


Global Food Allergy Virtual Summit

Virtual conference hosted by the Allergy & Asthma Network and Global Food Therapy.
August 13-15



Resources: COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released K-12 and child care back-to-school guidance on COVID-19

There is one month left to enroll in or change Health Insurance Marketplace coverage! More than 1.5 million people have signed up for coverage on and around 500,000 individuals have signed up for coverage on State-based Marketplaces during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period, which remains open until August 15Learn more about new, lower costs.

Keep up-to-date with information on the COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant, at the CDC website. You can find data on all variants via the CDC COVID Data Tracker

Listen to Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, as he discusses vaccine hesitance among people of faith. This 38 minute podcast also provides tips on how to have effective conversations about the COVID-19 vaccines. 

The Delta Region Community Health Systems Development has created a customizable toolkit for rural health care organizations. The toolkit includes four campaigns, including a campaign on vaccine confidence. 

Request for Information on Updates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seek public comments on a proposed ruled to update the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's payment parameters, open enrollment periods, patient navigator duties, direct enrollment option for Exchanges, and the Section 1332 waiver. CMS also seeks comments on how to improve health insurance markets for 2022 and beyond.
Deadline is July 28.

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Resources: Minority Blood Donation for SCD and Thalassemia

Give Blood and Give Life

Minority blood donation is important for people with sickle cell disease (SCD) and thalassemia. If your ancestry is from Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Middle East, your blood may be the best match for someone living with thalassemia. Blood donations from Black donors also can help reduce health problems during a blood transfusion for people living with SCD. Consider giving blood to help save a life! 

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Resource: Circle of Care, a Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers

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NAMI has partnered with the National Alliance for Caregiving to create Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers. This guidebook is designed for unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition. It includes fact sheets on topics such as talking with your loved one's doctors, community services, planning for the future, and taking care of yourself. The guide is available in English and Spanish. 

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Clinical Trials

Reducing Diabetes Risk Factors in American Indian Children: Tribal Turning Point (TTP Study)

This study, sponsored by the University of Colorado, Denver and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, seeks American Indian/Alaska Native children ages 7-10 years old with a BMI >=85th percentile for age and sex. The study will be carried out at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado.

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A School-based Gardening Obesity Intervention for Low-income Minority Children

This study, sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, NHLBI, Seton Healthcare Family and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, seeks children ages 8-11 years old. The study will be carried out at Casey Elementary and McBee Elementary in Austin, Texas, Neidig Elementary in Elgin, Texas, and Purl Elementary in Georgetown, Texas. 

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Workforce Development

Training: STRIVE for Change, Establishing a New Frontier in Health Disparities Research Across the Lifecourse

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) STrategies to enRich Inclusion and achieVe Equity (STRIVE) initiative seeks to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of NICHD's research and workforce. This inaugural virtual workshop will launch a five-part series of STRIVE Health Disparities Research workshops to discuss cross-cutting approaches to health disparities research across populations, levels of analysis, and the lifespan.
TODAY, July 14, 12:30 pm ET. 

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Loan Repayment: Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

The Health Resources and Services Administration Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) offers up to $250,000 in loan repayment to licensed, credentialed, or registered substance use disorder professionals who commit to work full-time for six years in a STAR LRP-approved facility. 
Technical assistance webinars, July 16, 9:00 am ET and July 20, 8:00 am ET.
Deadline is July 22, 7:30 pm ET.

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

Equity in Vaccination: A Plan to Work with Communities of Color Toward COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond is a document issued by the Working Group on Equity in COVID-19 Vaccination with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. The report provides community officials with tools and strategies to develop outreach programs that support the equitable delivery of vaccines to people of color. Five key steps outlined include: Iteration, Involvement, Information, Investment, and Integration.

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