FYI: Weekly Health Resources for January 12, 2022

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OMH Announces the Theme for National Minority Health Month 2022

OMH Announces 2022 Theme for National Minority Health Month: Give Your Community a Boost! April 2022

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is proud to announce the 2022 theme for National Minority Health Month: Give Your Community a Boost! Throughout April, OMH will promote #BoostYourCommunity, a social and digital media campaign to empower audiences to debunk misinformation and support vaccination in their communities.

Activities and materials throughout the month will highlight the overall message that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are critical to ending the COVID-19 pandemic in one's community and the importance of combating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation. Equally important are the existing recommendations to prevent COVID transmission, such as physical distancing, use of well-fitting masks, adequate ventilation, and avoidance of crowded indoor spaces.

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March 11: Deadline Extended to Nominate Delegates to The Center TAC

Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee Delegate Nominations Deadline Extended! Open until March 11

The period to nominate candidates to serve as delegates for the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (The Center) Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) has been extended. The Center TAC will help ensure OMH has Tribal input critical for the Center's success and effectiveness. The Center TAC will have 16 delegates, one from each of the 12 geographic areas served by the Indian Health Service (IHS), and four national at-large members.

The Center TAC delegates must be: (1) elected Tribal officials from a federally recognized Tribe acting in their official capacity as elected officials of their Tribe, with authority to act on behalf of the Tribe; or (2) individuals designated by an elected Tribal official. 
Deadline has been extended to March 11

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Public Health Emergency Resources: The Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index and Free e-Learning Program

Photo shows two emergency response professionals aiding an older man

Applying a health equity lens when responding to public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic or recent tornadoes, wildfires, and other natural disasters can help us better support communities at the greatest risk for impact.

Use the Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (Minority Health SVI), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OMH, to aid emergency efforts. Also, the OMH Cultural Competency Program for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response is a free, online educational program accredited for disaster and emergency personnel.

Learn More About the Minority Health SVI 

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Alice F. Chang Cancer
Wellness Grant

Research grant for early career psychologists
from the American Psychological Foundation.
Deadline is February 1

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TKoster's Charitable Innovated Health Care Award

Grant for student health centers from the
American College Health Foundation.
Deadline is February 1

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Innovations for Healthy Living: Eliminating Health Disparities

Small Business Innovation Research grant
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Deadline for Letter of Intent is March 5

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Open Door Grants: Massachusetts

Community health grants program from
The Boston Foundation.  
Deadline is February 1

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Residential Services for Unaccompanied Children

Cooperative agreement from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Deadline is February 7

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Burden, Distribution, and Impact of Post COVID-19 Conditions

Cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deadline is March 7

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Webinars and Other Events

All About the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children en español

Spanish-language virtual summit hosted by
The Health Initiative of the Americas.
TODAY, January 12, at 2:00 p.m. ET

Register Join Live on Facebook

Current State of Cervical Health Domestically and Internationally

Webinar hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
January 20, at 10:00 a.m. ET.


CommUNITY Exchange Conversation: COVID-19

Hosted by the Morehouse School of Medicine National COVID-19 Resiliency Network.
January 27, at 6:00 p.m. ET


NIH Stakeholders Discuss
Racial and Ethnic Equity

UNITE Listening Sessions hosted by NIH
January 13, at 6:00 p.m. ET and
January 18, 26, and 27, and February 1


Measuring Impact for
Health Equity

Culture of Health Program virtual meeting
hosted by the National Academy of Medicine.  
January 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET and
January 26, at 12:00 p.m. ET


Advancing Health Equity Among the Hispanic Population Series

Spanish-language webinars hosted by HRSA.


Resources: COVID-19

Get vaccinated if you haven't. If you're fully vaccinated, get a booster when you're eligible.

We have the tools to fight the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Do your part to slow the spread: Get vaccinated. Get a booster when you're eligible. Wear a mask. Get tested

According to the CDC, people who got an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) can now get an mRNA booster shot five months after their primary series. Children ages 5 to 11 years who have a moderately to severely weakened immune system can get an additional dose of Pfizer-BioNTech 28 days after their second shot.

January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Words Matter, Actions Matter. Serve on MLK Day 2022. #MLKDay. AmeriCorps

The MLK Day of Service is a call to act on Dr. King's legacy of social justice and equity and recommit ourselves as citizens by volunteering to serve others. We can strengthen ties to our communities and one another through these efforts while addressing critical issues that divide us. Use the AmeriCorps Volunteer Search to find a volunteer opportunity near you and highlight your MLK Day of Service via social media using the hashtags #MLKDay, #WordsMatterActionsMatter, and #UnitedWeServe. 

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Call for Abstracts for a Supplemental Issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved cover

The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved has issued a call for abstracts for a supplemental issue on the topic of public-private partnerships and health equity. The scope of the supplemental issue is the significance and value of public-private partnerships (non-profit, local, state or national government, corporate, or academic) to advance health equity and/or address the social determinants of health. The issue also will identify potential directions for future work in this area.
Deadline for abstracts is February 1

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Clinical Trials

Cervical Cancer Prevention for Black Adults

This study, sponsored by the University of Kentucky and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), seeks Black/African American and African women ages 30-65 years old who have not had a pap smear within the last three years or no pap smear/human papillomavirus (HPV) co-test within the past five years. The goal of this study is to develop and pilot test an intervention (Health is Wealth: A Cervical Health Program) designed to promote screening and reduce perceived barriers to cervical cancer screening. The study will be carried out at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Project Self in Improving Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in Hispanic and African American Women

This study, sponsored by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the NCI, seeks Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women ages 30-65 years old. Project Self seeks to improve cervical cancer screening rates by providing HPV self-collection kits, education, counseling, and navigation. The study will be carried out at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

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Workforce Development

Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program

The University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP) is a longitudinal program that identifies rural Mississippi college students who aspire to practice general or pediatric dentistry in rural areas of Mississippi. The MRDSP has three phases: undergraduate (college sophomores), dental school, and initial practice support.
Deadline for the Undergraduate Phase is February 15.
Deadline for the Dental School Phase is April 1

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IHS Scholarships for American Indian/Alaska Native Students

The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers three scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students in order to educate and train health professionals to staff Indian health programs: the Preparatory Scholarship, the Pre-Graduate Scholarship, and the Health Professions Scholarship.
Deadline for all three scholarships is February 28, by 7:00 p.m. ET

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring Human Papillomavirus and Related Diseases Report: United States of America, published by the ICO/IARC Information Centre on HPV and Cancer (HPV Information Centre). This report presents a large amount of statistical data on HPV, cervical cancer, and other HPV-related cancers.

It is free to read and can be accessed from the online catalog link here.