FYI: Weekly Health Resources for August 10, 2022

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Best Practices in Developing Health Equity Objectives: The Key to Unlocking State and Federal-Level Funding

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The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH), in partnership with the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health (NASOMH) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), will host the first virtual training session for the States, Islands, and Territories Health Equity - Community of Practice (SITHE-COP). The training, Best Practices in Developing Health Equity Objectives: The Key to Unlocking State and Federal-Level Funding, will focus on helping to make current SMART (specific, measurable, accurate, realistic, and time-phased) objectives in health plans SMART-er.

The SITHE-COP will focus on the sustained engagement of States and Territories in capacity-building activities and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange for developing and incorporating health disparity/health equity objectives in health plans. Directors and/or staff from State, Island, and Territory health departments; Offices of Minority Health; Offices of Health Equity; and any other offices that are responsible for the State Health Improvement Plans are invited to participate.

Please register for the training session by submitting your contact information via email to You will then receive a Zoom calendar invite for the training.
August 24, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


HHS Sec. Becerra Declares Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra has declared the ongoing spread of the monkeypox virus in the United States a Public Health Emergency (PHE). This action will further strengthen and accelerate the federal government's response in recognition of the continued rapid transmission of monkeypox in the U.S. and globally.

The PHE declaration is in concert with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) work to explore new strategies that could help get vaccines to affected communities across the country, including using a new dose-sparing approach that could increase the number of doses available.

Learn More About the PHE Declaration

Learn More about Monkeypox Más información sobre la viruela del mono

Two New Reports on Long COVID Support Patients and Research

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In April, the White House issued a Memorandum on Addressing the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19. In response to the memorandum, HHS developed two reports that pave an actionable path forward to address Long COVID and its associated conditions.

The National Research Action Plan on Long COVID details advances in current research and charts a course for future study to better understand the prevention and treatment of Long COVID. The Services and Supports for Longer-Term Impacts of COVID-19 report highlights resources for health care workers and those affected by broader effects of COVID-19, including not only Long COVID but also effects on mental health and substance use and loss of caregivers and loved ones.

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Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention: Clinical Faculty & Preceptor Academies

Grant from the Health Resources and
Services Administration (HRSA)

Deadline is August 22

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Modernized Anti-Racist Data Ecosystems for Health Justice

Grant from the de Beaumont Foundation
and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Deadline for Phase I is August 31

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Cleveland Black Futures Fund: Greater Cleveland, Ohio

Monetary and Capacity Building Fellowship
grants from the Cleveland Foundation.
Deadline is August 31.  

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Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program

Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD)
and the 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Deadline is August 24

Learn More

Social Justice and Racial
Equity Grant: North Carolina

Grant for North Carolina non-profits from
the Duke Energy Foundation.
Deadline is August 31

Learn More

Youth Regional Treatment
Center Aftercare Program

Grant for Tribal organizations and governments from the Indian Health Service (IHS)
Deadline is September 19

Learn More

Webinars and Other Events

Back to School: The Youth Mental Health Crisis

Facebook Live event hosted by the
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
August 11, at 1:00 p.m. ET

Join Live on the Day of the Event

National Indian Health Board Tribal Health Equity Summit

Virtual summit hosted by the National
Indian Health Board
August 16, at 12:00 p.m. ET


Making the Call for MCH: Exploring the Maternal
Mental Health Hotline and
988 Crisis Hotline

Webinar hosted by the Association of
Maternal and Child Health Programs
and ASTHO.
August 17, at 3:00 p.m. ET


U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island Countries and Territories Telehealth Workshop

Virtual workshop hosted by the Pacific
Basin Telehealth Resource Center

August 15-17

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National Minority Donor Awareness Panel

Spanish-language webinar with live
English translations hosted by
the HRSA Office of Intergovernmental
and External Affairs, Regions 1 and 5
August 17, at 12:00 p.m. ET


2022 Community Health
Institute & EXPO

Community health centers conference
hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers.
August 26-30 in Chicago, Illinois



Resources: COVID-19

Cover detail for the issue brief, What We Have Learned from Community Health Workers Throughout the Pandemic: Recommendations for Policymakers

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community health workers (CHWs) have been instrumental in providing COVID-19 education, promoting vaccine confidence, and distributing vaccines and personal protective equipment. 

The Families USA issue brief, What We Have Learned from Community Health Workers Throughout the Pandemic: Recommendations for Policymakers, offers takeaways and policy recommendations from CHW listening sessions held in November 2021. The brief addresses CHW-identified needs such as mental health support and up-to-date education and training as the pandemic evolves. 

Learn More Download the Issue Brief (PDF)

Updated AAP Policy Statement on Breastfeeding

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently updated its Policy Statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. Key recommendations include:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, with complementary food introduction at about six months
  • Continued breastfeeding until two years or beyond, if desired by both mother and child
  • Maternity care practices that improve breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity
  • Provision of culturally congruent breastfeeding care, including socially and culturally sensitive policies that address inequities and seek to eliminate disparities in breastfeeding

Read the Full Policy Statement

Resource: Intersectionality and the Latino LGBT+ Community

Cover detail for The Latinx LGBT+ Community: The Consequences of Intersectionality curriculum

The Latinx LGBT+ Community: The Consequences of Intersectionality curriculum, developed by the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center in collaboration with the Institute of Research Education and Services of Addiction, provides information on the intersection between culture, ethnic minority status, gender identity, and sexual orientation and its impact on the psychological health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Latino populations. The curriculum is available in English and Spanish.

Learn More Más información

Clinical Trials

Lung and Breast Cancer Prevention by an Integrated Intervention of Maternal Smoking Cessation and Breastfeeding

This study, sponsored by the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks women age 18 years or older who are at most 28 weeks pregnant and who smoke cigarettes and/or cigars daily. The study will be carried out at the SUNY Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York.

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A CHW Intervention to Identify and Decrease Barriers to COVID 19 Testing and Vaccination

This study, sponsored by the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), seeks Black or Latino volunteers age 16 years or older who receive treatment at a Los Angeles County Department of Health Services facility. The study will be carried out at:

  • The Los Angeles Department of Public Health in Los Angeles, California
  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California

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Workforce Development

USDA Peer Counseling Training for WIC Managers

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer counselors address barriers to breastfeeding by offering breastfeeding education, support, and role modeling in their communities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service offers training and technical assistance to help local WIC Programs design and maintain peer counseling programs. 
Trainings are available until September 30

Learn More Contact Your State or Regional WIC Office

NACHC Training for Community Health Center Professionals

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) offers several online learning events and other educational resources that provide strategies and best practices for community health center professionals. Trainings are available on the following topics:

  • Clinical workforce support and emerging clinical issues.
  • Health center governance, growth, and development.
  • Operations and human resources.
  • Primary Care Association and Health Center Controlled Network relations.

Learn More

Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

In recognition of National Health Center Week, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring the 2022 Community Health Center Chartbook. This document is an annual publication from NACHC. It features updated statistics on federally qualified health centers, with topics including:

  • Access to care
  • Patient populations
  • Trends in the health center workforce

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