FYI: Weekly Health Resources for August 25, 2021

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OMH Launches New Microsite for the Minority Health SVI

New! CDC and OMH Launch the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (MH-SVI) to enhance existing resources to support the identification of racial and ethnic minority communities at the greatest risk for disproportionate impact and adverse outcomes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the new OMH MH-SVI microsite to learn more about the Minority Health SVI and its potential uses, as well as download the corresponding dataset and data dictionary. 

We also invite you to read and share the latest OMH Blog for Health Equity, "Using the MH-SVI to Drive Equitable Public Health Efforts." 

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Research Tool: The OMH Knowledge Center Online Catalog

Looking for the latest minority health resources and publications? Visit the OMH Knowledge Center Online Catalog.

Getting ready to do some research? Check out the revised Searching the Catalog page for helpful tips on searching the OMH Knowledge Center catalog. Here you’ll find information on basic and advanced searching, filtering by specific racial/ethnic groups, and saving or sharing records. Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference!

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Racial Justice and Equity Fund

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) grant
from the Lumina Foundation
Deadline is September 2, by 5:00 p.m. ET.  

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Community Grants Program:
New York Metropolitan Area

Grant for programs serving Korean American communities from the Korean American Community Foundation.
Deadline is September 15

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Emergency Rural Health Care Grants Program

American Rescue Plan Act grants from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Deadline is October 12.

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Judy Bradford Community
Grant: Massachusetts

Cancer and SDoH grant from Fenway Health
Deadline is September 7

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Treatment of Addiction and Overdose: Fentanyl and Others

Cooperative agreement from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline for Letter of Intent is October 11

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Community Development
Block Grant: Tribal

Grant for Tribal governments and organizations from the U. S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD)

Deadline is October 25

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Webinars and Other Events

COVID-19 Variants and Uptake
of Vaccinations among Latinos

Webinar hosted by the National Hispanic
Medical Association (NHMA)

TODAY, August 25, 7:00 p.m. ET


Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past

Virtual forum series hosted by the
Smithsonian Institution
August 26, 7:00 p.m. ET


Facing Mental Health
Challenges for Urban Indians

Webinar series hosted by the National Council
of Urban Indian Health
September 1 and 15, 1:00 p.m. ET


Stepping Out Strong: Fall Prevention for Older Adults

Webinar hosted by American Bone Health
and ReachUp
August 26, 1:00 p.m. ET


Best Practices for Suicide Prevention to Postvention

Webinar hosted by the National Council
Mental Wellbeing.
August 31, 1:00 p.m. ET.  


African Immigrant Health
Virtual Conference

Hosted by the Health Resources and
Services Administration
, Region 5
September 8-9



Resources: COVID-19

Illustration shows a COVID-19 model and vaccine vial

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. FDA also has issued Emergency Use Authorizations for additional doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people.

This recorded Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity Call provides information on the CDC's guidance on booster shots for immunocompromised people.

Community Catalyst has published Peers Speak Out: Improving Substance Use Treatment Outcomes During COVID-19

Mental Health America (MHA) has created resources for parents and caregivers, including information on in-person and at-home schooling for young children and teens. MHA has also developed Spanish-language handouts on at-home learning and school re-openings

Hispanic/Latino Health Report: Updates to Healthy Border 2020

U.S.-México Border Health Commission logo

The U.S. Border Health Status Report 2020 (PDF) was released in January 2021 by the U.S.-México Border Health Commission. The report reviews select Healthy Border 2020 health indicators in the U.S. border states based on available public use data.


Download the Full Report (PDF)

Substance Use Data: National Survey on Drug Use and Health


The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presents substance use trends over time. This data can be used to study changes in society and emerging issues on topics such as initiation of substance use, perceived risks, and the intersection of substance use and mental health. Data slides, including information on opioid use, are available for American Indians/Alaska Natives, Black/African Americans, Asians/Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinos, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. 

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Clinical Trials

Opioids and Police Safety Study

This study, sponsored by the New York University and the CDC, seeks active duty police officers to provide a knowledge base regarding key obstacles and facilitators of the willingness and preparedness of police to administer naloxone and related risk reduction practices and evaluate the efficacy of a web-based opioid-related occupational safety and risk reduction curriculum. Findings from this study will be applied to the development and implementation of effective interventions for police officers aimed at harmonizing law enforcement practices with public health goals. The study will be carried out at the Pittsburg Police Department in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Intervening with Opioid-Dependent Mothers and Infants

This study, sponsored by the University of Delaware and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, seeks opioid-dependent pregnant women, age 18 years or older, who are in their third trimester of pregnancy and on medication for opioid use disorder. The study will be carried out at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

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Workforce Development

NAMI Mental Wellness Program for Black and Latino Communities

Sharing Hope is a three-part video series from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) that explores the journey of mental wellness in Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino communities through dialogue, storytelling and a guided discussion on the topics of youth and mental wellness, community leaders and mental wellness, and families and mental wellness. 

Sharing Hope: Black Community Compartiendo esperanza: Latino Community

Substance Use Training and Evaluation: Addressing Stigma

StigmaFreeWV offers training and evaluation videos on addressing substance use-related stigma on an individual, public, and professional level. The series includes videos on how to recognize and change thought patterns and language that fosters stigma in both people living with substance use disorders and substance use health professionals.     

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center: See our new acquisitions

Recommended Reading

During National Minority Donor Awareness Month, the Knowledge Center is featuring the document Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Guide, issued by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This easy-to-read booklet provides definitions of terms along with explanations of donation requirements and procedures. Further reading and information resources are included.

To read this publication search the online library catalog.