FYI: Weekly Health Resources for August 31, 2022

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September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. HHS. OMH.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every 365 Black people and one out of every 16,300 Latino people are born with sickle cell disease. About one in thirteen Black babies are born with sickle cell trait.

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month serves as a time to encourage people living with sickle cell disease to join research studies and clinical trials that seek to find effective treatments and a cure that will work for all patients. Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) Sickle Cell Disease Initiative website for information, videos, downloadable materials, and more to help raise awareness about sick cell disease.

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Resources for Back-to-School

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As we head into September, many children will return to in-person school and early care education. The following resources offer information and guidance on updated COVID-19 safety measures:

The CDC has also released its first routine assessment of school health programs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, School Health Profiles 2020: Characteristics of Health Programs Among Secondary Schools (PDF). The report addresses substance use prevention, sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, bullying prevention, and supportive school environments for sexual and gender minority students. 

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Climate Equity Fund: Denver

Environmental health grant from the
Denver Foundation Loewy Family Fund.
Deadline is September 6, by 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Community Grants Program: Korean Americans

Grants for the New York Metropolitan Area from
the Korean American Community Foundation.
Deadline is September 9.

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Immediate Services Program: Mississippi Water Crisis

Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Application is open to Mississippi government agencies in regards to the August 30 Mississippi Water Crisis Disaster Declaration
Deadline is September 13.

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Culturally Specific Sexual Assault Capacity Building Centers Grant

Cooperative agreement from the
Administration for Children & Families (ACF).
Deadline is September 6, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Epidemiological Cohort Study among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Cooperative agreement from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Deadline for Letters of Intent is September 13.

Clinical/Community Field Centers 

Coordinating Center

Breast Cancer Health Inequities Research Grant Program

Research grant from the Preparedness
and Treatment Equity Coalition
Deadline for Brief Proposal is September 23.

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Webinars and Other Events

Reunion Latina: Our Health,
Our Future: Remembering, Rebuilding, Reenergizing 

Training institute hosted by the
The Latino Commission on AIDS.
September 1-2 in Albany, New York.  


Review of Federal Policies that Contribute to Racial and Ethnic Health Inequities Meeting

Public input webinar hosted by the
National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine
September 9, at 2:00 p.m. ET


Addressing Systemic Racism in Cancer Prevention and Control

Research in Understudied Populations
and Cancer Disparities webinar hosted by
the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
September 14, at 3:00 p.m. ET


Let's Talk About Cancer in Your Family: Learn About Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Spanish-language webinar hosted by theNational Alliance for Hispanic Health.September 7, at 2:00 p.m. ET


11th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Therapeutics Conference

Virtual conference hosted by Global Blood Therapeutics and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
September 14, at 9:00 a.m. ET


Mom Congress Convention: Moving Mountains Together

Convention hosted by 20/20 Mom.
September 18-20 in Washington, DC.
Deadline for registration is September 1,
by midnight



Resources: COVID-19

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The National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) Community Health Snapshot uses your ZIP code to determine the level of COVID-19 risk in your community. The snapshot tool also provides information on flu hospitalizations, local support resources, and demographic data for your location. 

You are also invited to complete NCRN's COVID-19 Health Assessment and Mitigation Planning Survey (CHAMPS) Quick Response Survey, developed in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago

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What You Need to Know About the Student Loan Debt Relief Plan

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: I'll Apply for PSLF Before October 31st.

As part of the Student Loan Debt Relief Plan, borrowers employed by non-profits, the military, or federal, state, Tribal, or local government may be eligible to have all their student loans forgiven through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Deadline for PSLF is October 31

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will also provide up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by ED and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non-Pell Grant recipients. Sign up for notifications on when the application period opens.

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Resources: Overdose Prevention

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August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. The National Harm Reduction Coalition has developed several resources on overdose prevention for community health centers, emergency departments, and other healthcare facilities. Resources include: 

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Skin Facts! What You Need to Know About Skin Lightening Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Skin Facts! Initiative alerts consumers of potentially harmful over-the-counter skin products containing hydroquinone or mercury. These products are sometimes called skin lightening products and are not FDA approved for over-the-counter sale.

The Skin Facts! Initiative includes educational materials to help consumers understand the potential risks of using these products and to help identify whether the skin products they purchase contain hydroquinone or mercury. A Partner Toolkit (PDF) is available in English and Spanish

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Some skin "evening" products may contain mercury. Avoid products with these terms: mercury, mercurous chloride, calomel, Hg

Clinical Trials

Recovery Initiation and Management After Overdose Experiment

This study, sponsored by Chestnut Health Systems and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), seeks volunteers age 18 years and older who have experienced an opioid overdose reversed with naloxone administered by first responders within the past week. The study will be carried out at Chestnut Health Systems in Chicago, Illinois.

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PILOT: Peer Intervention to Link Overdose Survivors to Treatment

This study, sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina, the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, the Emmes Company, and NIDA, seeks volunteers ages 18 years and older who have experienced a known or suspected overdose. The study is currently accepting volunteers at Prisma Health Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, with future study sites planned for Youngstown, Ohio and Everett, Washington. 

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Workforce Development

HRSA/SAMHSA DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Rural Areas

The DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program, a collaboration between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aims to improve rural healthcare by promoting greater access to substance use disorder treatment through payments to Rural Health Clinics, including migrant health centers and health programs or facilities operated by Tribes, Tribal organizations, or Urban Indian organizations. 
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. 
Program funds are limited and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See Our Newest Acquisitions

Recommended Reading

In honor of International Overdose Awareness Day, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring a toolkit from SAMHSA. The Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit provides detailed information for first responders, healthcare providers, and loved ones of individuals with substance use disorders. The content includes tips for prevention, instructions for addressing an opioid overdose, and additional resources for those recovering from substance use disorders. The toolkit is available in both English and Spanish.

Both versions can be accessed through the online catalog here.