FYI: Weekly Health Resources for October 13, 2021

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Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care Among Latinos

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The HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has released an issue brief that analyzes changes in health insurance coverage and examines disparities in access to care between Latinos and non-Latinos using data from 2013-2020, with a focus on impacts of the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan. 

La salud de los latinos se afecta por factores como falta de seguro médico, barreras lingüísticas y culturales, y falta de acceso a servicios de salud. El informe, Cubertura de Seguro Médico y Acceso a la Atención Médica entre Latinos, analiza los cambios en la cobertura del seguro médico y examina las disparidades en el estado de salud y el acceso a servicios de salud entre latinos y blancos no-latinos. 

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HHS Releases New App to Help Spanish-Speaking Patients Prepare
for Medical Appointments

AHRQ Question Builder, an AHRQ app for digital healthcare. Download on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

HHS has released a Spanish-language update to QuestionBuilder, an app intended to help patients prepare for their in-person or telehealth appointments. QuestionBuilder en español, released in conjunction with Health Literacy Month, is intended to improve health care access and equity for Latinos. QuestionBuilder in Spanish, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is available at no charge for phone, tablet, or laptop from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It allows users to input details of their upcoming appointments and compile a list of questions on their mobile device that they want to ask their doctor. 

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This October, Get Your Flu Shot and Say "Boo" to the Flu

Boo to the Flu. Get your flu vaccine by October 31.

Vaccines are safe and effective. They are rigorously tested, and continually monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the U.S. has one of the most advanced systems in the world for tracking vaccine safety. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family's health every year, and is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So don’t wait to vaccinate—find out where you can get the flu vaccine.

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Provider Relief Fund Phase 4
and American Rescue Plan

Funds for healthcare providers from the Health Resources and Services Administration
Deadline is October 26

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Anna Lalor Burdick Program

Reproductive health grant from
The Lalor Foundation.
Deadline for concept papers is November 1

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Indian Housing Block Grant Competitive Grant Program

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

Deadline is December 1.

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Systems Change Grants: Arizona

Health policy and systems reform grant from
the Vitalyst Health Foundation.
Deadline for Letter of Intent is October 29

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Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Program

Research grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation.
Deadline is November 1, by 5:00 p.m. ET

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Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

Broadband access grant for Minority Serving Institutions from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)
Deadline is December 1

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Webinars and Other Events

Screening for Migrant Social Determinants of Health

Migrant farm worker health webinar hosted
by the Farmworker Health Network.
TODAY, October 13, 2:00 p.m. ET


Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Partnership Program

SMBP Partnership Program webinars hosted
by the HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH).
October 14, 2:00 p.m. ET.
October 20, 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Health Literacy: Addressing COVID Disinformation

Healthy People 2030 webinar hosted by the 
Society for Public Health Education.
October 21, 2:00 p.m. ET


COVID-19 and Influenza: What
to Expect This Flu Season

Webinar hosted by the National Indian
Health Board (NIHB)
TODAY, October 13, 4:00 p.m. ET


Drumming Up Interest for PHICCS II

Public Health Indian Country Capacity Scan (PHICCS) Project webinar hosted by NIHB.
October 19, 3:00 p.m. ET


Call for Abstracts for the National Hispanic Health Conference

Conference hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association, March 24-27, 2022.
Deadline for speaker abstracts is October 31.
Deadline for posters is February 6, 2022

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Resources: COVID-19

Illustration: COVID-19 vaccine vial

The CDC has issued a health advisory strongly recommending COVID-19 vaccination before or during pregnancy to prevent serious illness, deaths, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. 

You also can visit the CDC website for COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, available in English and Spanish

The Oregon Advocacy Commissions Office offers COVID-19 resources in Spanish and Indigenous languages such as Maya Mam, Mixteco, Purépecha, and more.

HIV/AIDS Resources: CIE Spanish-language Website

The CIE website is available in Spanish! Visit to get started!

October 15 is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. According to TargetHIV, viral suppression increased from 73.6% to 89.1% for Latinos from 2010 to 2018. Continue supporting your clients by replicating innovative HIV interventions. To explore Spanish-language implementation resources, visit the Center for Innovation and Engagement (CIE) Spanish-language website. The site offers HIV providers for whom Spanish is their primary language with direct access to CIE's collection of evidence-based and evidence-informed intervention tools, frameworks, and resources. 

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Call for Public Comments: Draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026

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The HHS ASPE has released the Draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026, focusing on five goals that encompass the main functions of the Department and its mission: (1) Equitable access to healthcare, (2) national and global health, (3) social well-being, equity, and economic resilience, (4) scientific research, and (5) building trust, transparency, and accountability. 
Deadline is November 7.

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Clinical Trials

Effect of Methamphetamine on Residual Latent HIV Disease Study

This study, sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seeks volunteers ages 18-65 with HIV-1 infection. The study will be carried out at the San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, California.

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Improving HIV Health Outcomes in Young Cisgender Men and Transgender Women

This study, sponsored by Columbia University and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), seeks cisgender men and transgender women, ages 18-65 years old, with a substantial risk for acquiring HIV infection. 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, New York.

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Workforce Development

HIV Technical Assistance Program: ELEVATE 

The TargetHIV Engage Leadership through Employment, Validation, and Advancing Transformation and Equity for persons with HIV (ELEVATE) program seeks to build the capacity of persons with HIV to be meaningfully involved in the planning, delivering, and improving of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services. The following trainings are currently open for application:

  • November 1-5: Men Who Have Sex with Men. Application deadline is October 15
  • December 6-10: Latinos. Application deadline is November 15.
  • January 10-14, 2022: Cisgender women. Application deadline is December 15.

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NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs repay up to $50,000 annually of a biomedical or biobehavioral health researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. 

  • Extramural Research Awards. Application deadline is November 18.
  • Intramural Research Awards. Application deadline is March 15, 2022.
  • Intramural Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Awards. Application deadline is April 15, 2022

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and World Mental Health Day, the Knowledge Center is featuring Depression and Anxiety Among Latinos: Urgent Call for Mental Health Services, a policy brief from the Latino Center for Health at the University of Washington. This report discusses incidence, risk factors, and recommendations for treating depression and anxiety in Latino communities.

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