FYI: Weekly Health Resources for August 3, 2022

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New Blog Alert! Advancing the Response to COVID-19 Blog Series:
Denise Octavia Smith

Portrait of Denise Smith. She is a young Black woman. She wears glasses and a bright yellow shawl.

Prejudice, bias, and a lack of cultural competency can make health systems inaccessible for racial and ethnic minority communities and further increase disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths.

Denise Octavia Smith, M.B.A., C.H.W., P.N., is the founding Executive Director of the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW), whose mission is to unify and strengthen community health workers (CHWs) to support communities in achieving health equity and social justice. In this follow-up interview on her presentation at the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)'s September 2020 virtual symposium, Mrs. Smith discusses how NACHW's strategy and efforts have evolved throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including leveraging cultural and linguistic competency to address COVID-19 misinformation and addressing the lack of mental health resources for CHWs.

Read Mrs. Smith's Full Blog Read the Previous Four Blogs in the Series

2022 Tri-Regional Maternal Health Conference: Community-Led Interventions in the Mississippi River Delta, Aug. 9-10 in Dallas, TX and Virtual

2022 Tri-Regional Maternal Health Conference: Community-Led Interventions in the Mississippi River Delta

This virtual conference, hosted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, will address the harmful effects of implicit bias and structural racism related to maternal health outcomes in the Mississippi River Delta by:

  • Identifying community-led prevention strategies and interventions aimed at improving maternal and birthing outcomes.
  • Developing recommendations for how community groups, community leaders, and government organizations can work together to effect change.
  • Promoting the adoption of Cultural and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) as a critical element to improve maternal healthcare.

August 9-10, at 10:00 a.m. ET

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CLS Inspire QuickFire Challenge for BIPOC Communities: California

Grant from California Life Sciences (CLS), Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and AbbVie.
Deadline is August 5

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HHS Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Innovator Award

Black maternal health funding from the
HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)
Extended deadline is August 15

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Enhancing Social Connections
to Prevent Substance Use

Exploratory/Developmental research grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Deadline is August 15.

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Birth Justice Fund – Rapid Response Fund

Reproductive health grant from the
National Birth Equity Collaborative
Deadline is August 14, by 5:00 p.m. ET

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HBCU Research Center Grants

Grant for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Dr. N. Joyce
Payne Center for Social Justice

Deadline is August 15

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Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Registered Nurse Training Program 

Cooperative agreement for accredited schools
of nursing or healthcare facilities from HRSA
Deadline is August 19

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Webinars and Other Events

Healthy Kids! Healthy Futures! Conference: Back to the Future

American Indian/Alaska Native health conference hosted by the Notah Begay III Foundation.
August 8-10 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Why Should I Think About Joining a Clinical Trial?

Latino health webinar hosted by
UT Health San Antonio and Genentech
August 17, at 7:00 p.m. ET.


11th Annual Conference: Breast Cancer and African Americans

Virtual conference hosted by the
Stanford Cancer Institute.
August 27, at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Deadline for registration is August 24.


Healthy Attachment and Violence Prevention Through Body Sovereignty

Breastfeeding webinar hosted by the Coalition
to Stop Violence Against Native Women
August 15, at 3:00 p.m. ET


¡Done Vida! Sharing the Gift
of Life within Hispanic Communities

National Minority Donor Awareness Month
webinar hosted by the HRSA Division of Transplantation
August 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET


2nd Annual #BlackSLPMagic Conference

Speech Language Pathology (SLP)
conference hosted by Esek Health.
November 19 in New Orleans, Louisiana



Resources: COVID-19

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Read about the latest updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on COVID-19 treatments and prevention:

Find Vaccines Order At-Home Tests

Find Test-to-Treat Sites

Monkeypox: What You Need to Know

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of the monkeypox virus

Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder. Initial symptoms of monkeypox infection may include:

  • Fever, headache, body aches, and fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough
  • A rash of lesions on the skin

Human-to-human transmission of monkeypox occurs through direct contact with body fluids, lesions, prolonged face-to-face contact, and indirect contact with contaminated clothing or bedding. 

While there is no specific treatment approved for monkeypox, some antiviral medications used to treat smallpox and other conditions may help patients with monkeypox infection. The JYNNEOS and ACAM2000 vaccines have also been FDA-approved to prevent smallpox and monkeypox. The HHS Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has authorized delivery of the JYNNEOS vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile to jurisdictions to support their local monkeypox response efforts.

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 Read About the White House's Monkeypox Response

AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022

Cover detail for the AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2022: Achieving the Bold Vision of Health Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Other Underserved Populations provides information on cancer disparities in:

  • Preventable cancer risk factors
  • Screening and early detection
  • Treatment and clinical research
  • Survivorship

The report offers ways to overcome cancer disparities through greater diversity in the cancer workforce and public policy. It also includes personal stories by survivors

Learn More Read the Full Report (PDF)

National Minority Donor Awareness Month

The good in you can live on. Picture shows a Latino man holding a gift box that represents his donated organs.

August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month, a time when we come together to address the main challenge in transplantation: the gap between the need for organ transplants and the supply of donated organs.

Minority communities have disproportionately higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease which contribute to organ failure and the need for an organ transplant. Over 100,000 people are currently on the national transplant waiting list, with more than 60 percent representing racial and ethnic minorities.

This National Minority Donor Awareness Month, we:

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Clinical Trials

Genome Organ Transplant Dynamics: Lung and Heart

This study, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), seeks volunteers 18 years or older who are lung and heart transplant candidates or have undergone lung or heart transplants within three months of transplantation. Researchers want to see if a blood test can predict organ rejection in order to avoid invasive and costly biopsies. Studies will be carried out at:

  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland
  • INOVA Fairfax Medical in Falls Church, Virginia

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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for C. Difficile Infection in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

This study, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), seeks volunteers age 18 years or older who are solid organ transplant recipients and had a recurrent C. difficile infection. Studies will be carried out at:

  • Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
  • Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin

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Workforce Development

OMH Employment Opportunity: Public Health Analysts

OMH is seeking to fill multiple job vacancies for Public Health Analysts. The mission of OMH focuses on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

The Public Health Analysts will serve as expert analysts in developing and implementing current or projected complex public health programs, organize and lead special cross-cutting initiatives and task force groups to accomplish programmatic goals, and apply knowledge of public health principles to the identification of strategic data analysis/research, policy, programmatic, communication or partnership/collaboration. The ideal candidates will also identify areas in need of strengthening and the implementation of related efforts to improve public health outcomes for various populations. There are multiple positions available. This job is open to the General Public and Federal Employees.
Deadline for application is August 9, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Indian Health Services (IHS) Loan Repayment Program

The IHS Loan Repayment Program repays up to $40,000 of IHS clinicians' eligible health profession education loans in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice in health facilities serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. 
Deadlines are August 15, September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15

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NIMHD William G. Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award

This award program from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) supports one-year research projects contributed by postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians within the NIH Intramural Research Program that have the potential for high impact in three areas of minority health and health disparities research:

  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Community and population health
  • Social epigenomics

Deadline for application is August 19, at 5:00 p.m. ET

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See Our Newest Acquisitions

Recommended Reading

This week, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring a collection of resources on organ donors and transplantation, in observance of National Minority Donor Awareness Month. Topics include willingness to donate, communication strategies about organ donation, existing disparities, and interventions to increase living donations in minority populations. All of these resources are available for free.

To view this collection in the online catalog, click here.