FYI: Weekly Health Resources for November 10, 2021

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Native American Heritage Month Highlights Promising Practices to Address Health Disparities

Native American Heritage Month. HHS OMH.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is focused on the collective goal of the success, sustainability, and spread of health equity promoting policies, programs, and practices. In response to the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, OMH will focus on promoting promising approaches to improve health outcomes in American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

Visit the Native American Heritage Month website to read about the efforts of federal partners, from the HHS Indian Health Service (IHS) to the National Park Service, who are addressing health disparities in AI/AN communities.

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November 16: Join OMH for the Advancing Behavioral Health Equity: National CLAS Standards in Action Webinar

Advancing Behavioral Health Equity: CLAS Standards in Action, November 16, 2:30 pm ET. HHS OMH and SAMHSA.

Join HHS OMH and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for a webinar highlighting case studies and real world examples of behavioral health service providers using the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (National CLAS Standards) and the Behavioral Health Implementation Guide
November 16, 2:30 p.m. ET.  


Twitter Chat: Exploring Indigenous Foods for a Sustainable Future

Exploring Indigenous Foods for a Sustainable Future. #NativeFoodWays. November 16, 12 pm ET. @JHUCAIH

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, join IHS, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health (JHCAIH), and the Urban Indigenous Health Institute (UIHI) for a Twitter chat about exploring Indigenous foods for a sustainable future. The chat will highlight Native-led programs, policies, and practices, as well as innovations led by and benefiting Native families and children.
Use #NativeFoodWays to participate
November 16, 12:00 p.m. ET

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Suicide Research Grants: Innovation and Focus

Research grants from the
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Deadlines are November 15 and December 7.  

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FUEL for 50: New York City

Child health and development grant from the
Robin Hood Fund for Early Learning (FUEL)
Deadline is November 19

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Advancing Health Equity in
Pain Management

HEAL Initiative grant from the 
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline is December 9

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Communities Transforming Policing Fund

Social determinants of health grant from
Borealis Philanthropy
Deadline is November 19

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Graduate Psychology Education

Grant from the Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA)

Deadline in December 9.

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Racial Equity in Postpartum
Care Challenge: Phase 1

Grant for postpartum care for African American
and AI/AN women from HHS
Register for the next Informational Webinar, November 18, 10:45 a.m. ET.
Deadline EXTENDED to January 31, 2022.

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Webinars and Other Events

Transformative Health Disparities Research Initiative Community

Listening sessions from the NIH Common Fund
November 10 and 18, 6:00 p.m. ET.
November 16, 12:00 p.m. ET


COVID-19 Vaccines:
What Do I Need to Know?

#ACTOFLOVE COVID-19 Vaccine series
hosted by the National Indian Health Board
November 12, 2:30 p.m. ET.


Planting Seeds of Wellness for Future Generations

Virtual micro-conference hosted by the University of Oklahoma American Indian Institute.  
November 17, 10:00 a.m. ET


UIHI Community Health Profile Reports and Data Dashboard

Webinar hosted by the Urban Indigenous
Health Institute (UIHI)
to provide an overview
of the Community Health Profile Reports.
November 12, 2:30 p.m. ET.


VOICES Conference: Building Together - Share, Learn, Inspire

Virtual conference hosted by the Asian and
Pacific Islander American Health Forum

November 16-17


Structural-Level Determinants
of Rural Health Disparities

2021 Rural Health Day Seminar hosted by NIH
November 18, 11:00 a.m. ET



Resources: COVID-19

Keep those smiles healthy and bright with a COVID-19 vaccine! We Can Do This!

Vaccination is the best protection from COVID-19. Everyone age 5 and older can get a free COVID-19 vaccine. Read HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra's statement on the landmark decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to  recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children and increase their protection during this pandemic. CDC has information in multiple languages about vaccines for children and teens.

A COVID-19 vaccine booster shot can improve your protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death from the virus. Your COVID-19 vaccine booster shot doesn't have to be the same brand you received before. Any of the available COVID-19 vaccines will boost your protection against COVID. Find more information at   

Native people are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases and cancers, especially those that compromise the immune system. This puts them at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19 or having more severe outcomes. Share resources on cancer and COVID-19 from the American Indian Cancer Foundation to inform and protect your community. 

HIV Resources for AI/AN Communities: Positively Native

Urban Indian Health Institute. Positively Native. Photo shows Bill Hall (Tinglit).

When we share our stories about living with HIV, we make our voices heard! We invite you to start a conversation about HIV and take part in ending the stigma today! Share this clip from the UIHI short film, Positively Native, where Bill Hall (Tlingit) expresses why he
decided to speak up about his experience living with HIV, then share your story using #PositivelyNative, #UIHIV, and #GetTested. 

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Domestic Violence Resources for AI/AN Communities: Drafting an Enforceable Tribal Protection Order Involving a non-Member

Battered Women’s Justice Project community wheel illustration

The following general information guide and checklist, developed by the Battered Women's Justice Project and the Tribal Law & Policy Institute, suggests topics/issues for advocates to discuss with each victim relative to preparing to file a Tribal protection order and drafting a Tribal protection order in cases involving non-members. 

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Clinical Trials

Suicide in Urban Natives: Detection and Networks to Combat Events

This study, sponsored by the University of Colorado, Denver, Washington State University, the University of New Mexico, and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), seeks AI/AN volunteers ages 18-34 years old who screen positive for mild, moderate, or severe risk of suicidality. The study will be carried out at the First Nations Community HealthSource in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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RAATE: Reducing African Americans' Alzheimer's Disease Risk Through Exercise

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. The study will be carried out at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Workforce Development

Continuing Education: JHCAIH Winter Institute 2022

JHCAIH offers virtual, week-long courses in AI/AN public health as part of its Bloomberg School of Public Health Winter Institute Program. Courses are designed to introduce Indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in Tribal communities.
Deadline for application is December 29

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Training: Conducting Community Health Assessments with Alaska Native Communities

This 25 minute webinar, developed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Epidemiology Center, provides information on how to respectfully conduct a community health assessment in Alaska Native communities, including building relationships, planning the assessment, analyzing the information collected, and using assessment results to strategize changes to improve community health.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

During Native American Heritage Month, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring a collection of readings about COVID-19 disparities in the AI/AN community. Each document is free for anyone to read and share.

To view these articles and find additional information, search the online catalog.