FYI: Weekly Health Resources for October 20, 2021

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National Women's Blood Pressure Awareness Week: October 17-23

Image shows 3 generations of women cooking together. HHS OASH. 30 Years 1991-2021. NWBPAW.

October 17-23 is National Women's Blood Pressure Awareness Week. Over 100 million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure, and many don't know because they don't have symptoms. If you experienced high blood pressure during pregnancy, be sure to pay close attention to how you feel after you give birth because there are increased risks for stroke or other health issues. Make an appointment to get your blood pressure checked by your health care provider. 

Visit the HHS Office on Women's Health website for sample social media messages, promotional graphics and videos, events, fact sheets, and more.

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Think Cultural Health: CLAS in Maternal Health Care

Image shows a Black, pregnant woman looking at her baby's sonogram

Everyone desires and deserves to be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity – all the more so during pregnancy and childbirth, a special but often scary time. The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) 
e-learning program for maternal healthcare providers will help you provide the highest quality of care possible to all pregnant and birthing people. Start earning free continuing education credits today at the OMH Think Cultural Health website

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Roy Scrivner Memorial
Research Grants

LGBTQ+ family health grant from the
American Psychological Foundation.
Deadline is November 1

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Women's Endowment Fund: Summit County, Ohio

Grant opportunity from the Akron Community Foundation to encourage the advancement of women and girls in Summit County. 
Deadline is November 1.  

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Physician Assistant Rural Training Program

Grant for academically-affiliated physician assistant training programs from the Health Resources
and Services Administration (HRSA)

Deadline is December 9

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Combating Overdose Through Community-level Intervention

Opioids and stimulants use disorder grant
from the University of Baltimore.
Deadline is November 1

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Innovation Award: COVID-19
and Health Equity

Cooperative agreement from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Deadline is November 29.  

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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity: HEAL Initiative, Sickle Cell Disease

Cooperative agreements from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Estimated deadline is December 15

Clinical Trials Research Studies

Webinars and Other Events

Youth and PrEP: Prescribing PrEP for 15-24 Year-Olds

HIV prevention webinar hosted by 
HealthHIV Medical Education
TODAY, October 20, 2:30 p.m. ET


NIH Transformative Health Disparities Research Initiative

Community listening sessions hosted by the
NIH Office of Strategic Coordination.
October 26, November 2, 9, and 16, 12 p.m. ET.
October 28, November 10 and 18, 6:00 p.m. ET
November 4, 2:00 p.m. ET.  


How Medical Associations, the Private Sector, and the Media are Mobilizing Against COVID-19

COVID-19 Virtual Briefing Series webinar hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association.
October 27, 7:00 p.m. ET


Barriers to Equitable Evaluation and Management of Cancer Pain

Achieving Equity in Cancer Pain Management webinar hosted by the National Cancer institute
October 22, 11:00 a.m. ET


Nation-to-Nation Dialogue on COVID-19 with Indian Country

Public dialogue hosted by the White House Council on Native American Affairs.
October 27 and 28, 2:00 p.m. ET
Deadline to submit comments is November 5


Call for Presentations: 40th Annual NICWA Protecting Our Children Conference 

Conference hosted by the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA).
April 3-6, 2022 in Orlando, Florida and online.  
Deadline for submissions is October 29

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Resources: COVID-19

Graph: Disparities in rates of COVID-19 associated orphanhood and death of primary caregivers

On average, 1 in 500 U.S. children has experienced COVID-19-associated orphanhood. Learn more about a new study by NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows significant racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 caregiver deaths

Did you know there's no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems? CDC recommends that all eligible people get a COVID-19 vaccine. ¿Sabías que no hay pruebas de que las vacunas contra el COVID-19 causen problemas de fertilidad? Los CDC recomiendan que todas las personas elegibles se vacunen contra el COVID-19.

Health Policy Update: Reproductive Health

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The HHS Office of Population Affairs (OPA) has issued a final rule to strengthen the Title X Family Planning Program. The final rule, Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services, realigns the nation's family planning program with nationally recognized standards of care. The final rule also reinforces the program's emphasis on quality, equity, and dignity for all individuals who seek Title X services, and modernizes the more than 50-year old program to better reflect the current healthcare system. 

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Reports: Black Maternal Health - Reducing Inequities Through Community Collaboration

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The Redesigning Systems with Black Women Project, an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, aimed to facilitate locally-driven, co-designed, rapid improvements in maternal health outcomes in four U.S. communities: Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans, and Washington, DC. The project sought to improve equity, dignity, and safety while reducing racial inequities in maternal outcomes for Black women.

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Clinical Trials

Reducing African American's Alzheimer's Risk Through Exercise-Mild Cognitive Impairment

This study, sponsored by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), seeks African American volunteers ages 65-85 years old who are physically capable of exercise. The study will be carried out at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Information About Alzheimer's Disease for Latinos in New York City

This study, sponsored by Columbia University and the NIA, seeks Latino volunteers ages 40-64 years old who are current residents of Washington Heights, Inwood, or Hamilton Heights, New York. The study will be carried out at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, New York.

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Workforce Development

Training: Pregnancy Care ECHO

The University of Utah Pregnancy Care ECHO sessions offer community providers at all levels of obstetric experience access to a team of obstetrics specialists with the goal of increasing treatment efficacy in pregnancy care. Upcoming 2021 sessions include topics such as PrEP, COVID-19, and sexual assault/trauma. Recordings of past presentations also are available. 
October 22, November 5 and 19, and December 3 and 17, 2:00 p.m. ET.  

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Training: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Survivorship

Let's Talk: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer Survivorship is an interactive training simulation from the American Cancer Society for primary health care providers. It provides a virtual, safe, and responsive learning environment for providers to practice effective communication techniques for discussing nutrition, physical activity, and obesity risk with cancer survivors. 

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions

Recommended Reading

The Alzheimer's Association has recently published the 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, Special Report: Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer's in America. This annual report presents updated statistics on Alzheimer's and Dementia in the U.S. and it discusses the intersection of race and ethnicity in Alzheimer's care.

To view this title and find additional information on Alzheimer's, search the online catalog.