FYI: Weekly Health Resources for September 29, 2021

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New Campaign to Improve Diversity in Lupus Clinical Trials

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minorities and women.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new public education campaign that aims to increase racial and ethnic minority participation in lupus clinical trials. The Let's Take Charge! campaign, developed by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (FDA OMHHE), intends to increase diversity in clinical trial participation which helps to ensure that future medical products are safe and effective for everyone living with lupus. The campaign will use radio and television ads, social media, and other communications platforms to promote awareness and diversity in lupus clinical trials among Black, Latino, Asian, and American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

HHS OMH and FDA OMHHE invite organizations and partners to share Let’s Take Charge! resources and materials and to encourage people living with lupus, especially those from racial and ethnic minorities and diverse communities, to consider participating in lupus clinical trials.  For more information, visit the Let's Take Charge! campaign website.

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New OMH Blog: The Impact of COVID-19 in Latinos: What can we do
to move forward?

Hispanic Heritage Month Blog for Health Equity: Impact of COVID-19 in Latinos: What can we do to move forward?

In the latest OMH Blog for Health Equity, available in English and Spanish, Alexander Vigo-Valentín, Ph.D., Public Health Advisor at OMH, calls on Latinos to commit to protecting their children and communities by getting vaccinated and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including mask use in school settings where the children are unable to be vaccinated.  

Be sure to visit the Hispanic Heritage Month website to access resources in English and Spanish from other HHS agencies and stakeholders to provide Latinos with relevant information on COVID-19.

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Think Cultural Health: CLAS in Maternal Health Care

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Black women are more likely than white women to die in pregnancy or childbirth – and the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating these disparities. OMH's free, accredited e-learning program, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care, can help maternal healthcare providers deliver the highest quality of care to all women. 

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Civil Rights, Environmental Justice, and Poverty Law 

Racial justice and social determinants of health grant from the Impact Fund
Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI) is October 5.

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Reimagining Nursing Initiative

Nursing workforce development grant from
the American Nurses Foundation
Applicant webinar, September 29, 4:00 p.m. ET.
Deadline is October 25

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HIV Prevention for Men and Transgender Persons of Color

LGBTQ+ health cooperative agreement from the CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Deadline is November 19

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Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment 

Health policy and insurance research grant
from the American Cancer Society
Deadline is October 15

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RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center Grants

COVID-19 testing grants from RADx-UP.
Deadline for LOI is November 19.
Closing date is December 10.

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World Trade Center Health Research: WTC Survivors

Environmental and mental health cooperative agreement from the CDC
Deadline is December 7, by 5:00 p.m. ET.  

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Webinars and Other Events

Medicaid in U.S. Territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Isl. 

Webinar hosted by the American Cancer
, Cancer Action Network
September 30, 3:00 p.m. ET


Global Cure for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Researcher Day

Virtual conference hosted by the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center of Excellence in SCD
October 3, 9:30 a.m. ET


Addressing Cancer Disparities among Latino LGBTQ+

Conversations on Cancer webinar hosted by
the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence
October 6, 2:00 p.m. ET


Mental Health Considerations
for SCD Gene Therapies

CureSCi webinar hosted by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

September 30, 6:00 p.m. ET


2021 National Tribal Health Conference

Virtual conference hosted by the
National Indian Health Board.
October 4-8


ACT24 Recall instrument: Availability and Results

Cancer and Physical activity webinar hosted
by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).   
October 7, 2:00 p.m. ET



Resources: COVID-19

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) is proud to announce the launch of their new, expanded Spanish-language website

Visit the U.S. Census Bureau COVID-19 site for COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources, including racial equity data. 

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) ¡Vacúnate Hoy! campaign offers information, in Spanish and English, about COVID-19 vaccine booster shots.

OWH Self-Measured Blood Pressure Partnership Program

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The HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) is excited to announce the Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Partnership Program. This new program will create a network of public and private organizations focused on heart health with an emphasis on SMBP control. The collaborations will increase knowledge about hypertension and cardiovascular disease, expand access to SMBP resources, and encourage organizations to address heart health disparities, prevent hypertension, promote healthy blood pressures, and improve health equity on a community level.
Application period opens on October 1

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Open Enrollment for Extended to January 15 logo

Usually, the annual period for buying or changing health insurance plans runs until December 15. Starting this year, the federal government is extending the open enrollment period to January 15 for states that use State Marketplaces not using the federal platform can decide their own end date, provided that it is no earlier than December 15.  

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Clinical Trials

The HARMONY Study: A Intervention to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk in African American Women

This study, sponsored by the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), seeks Black women age 18 years or older with a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, or abnormal cholesterol levels. The study will be carried out at UNC Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Stress and Congestive Heart Failure

This study, sponsored by Yale University and the NHLBI, seeks heart failure patients age 18 years or older who have or will be receiving a Cardiomems implanted pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) monitor. The study will be carried out at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Workforce Development

POWER ECHO: Community Health Workers and Cultural Humility

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) POWER ECHO Project Community Health Worker Training is designed to assist community health workers with resources and education, in order to strengthen their efforts in providing support services for people living with SCD.
October 7, 12:00 p.m. ET

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Heart Health: WomenHeart Educational Modules

WomenHeart has developed educational modules to facilitate support group meetings and other educational events. These modules are customized to help women learn more about taking charge of their heart health. Each module includes a facilitator's guide and a video. Two modules, Access to Care and Angina, are also available in Spanish. 

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

In recognition of World Heart Day, the Knowledge Center is highlighting Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2021 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. This annual report, published in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides up-to-date statistics on heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular risk factors. Reports in this series are available for free.

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