FYI: Weekly Health Resources for December 7, 2022

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

National Influenza Vaccination Week

Fight Flu

December 5 – 9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week, an opportunity to remind everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to protect themselves and their loved ones from the flu this flu season by getting their annual flu vaccine.

Currently, flu activity is elevated across the country. However, there is still time to benefit from the first and most important action in preventing flu illness and potentially serious flu complications: get a flu vaccine today.

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Applying SMARTIE Principles to Objectives Aligned with Healthy People

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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), formed the States, Islands, and Territories Health Equity-Community of Practice (SITHE-COP). The next SITHE-COP members’ meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The meeting will focus on a discussion of “Applying SMARTIE Principles to Objectives Aligned with Healthy People,” helpful best practices and challenges from Healthy People, and how SMARTIE (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based, inclusive, and equitable) goals and objectives can steer health equity policies and programs aligned with Healthy People.

Register for the December SITHE-COP meeting by emailing your contact information to In response to that submission, you will receive a Zoom calendar invite for the December 15 meeting.

HHS Launches New Maternal Health Resources for AI/AN Communities

Hear Her Campaign

OMH in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), launched a new Hear Her campaign segment that works to improve American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) maternal health outcomes by raising awareness of life-threatening warning signs during and after pregnancy and improving communication between health care providers and their patients. The Hear Her campaign centers on the stories of women who have experienced pregnancy-related complications.

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Research to Reduce Inequality

Grants from the William T. Grant Foundation to support research studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people ages 5 to 25 in the U.S., along dimensions of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
Deadline for Letters of Inquiry is January 11, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Program

Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build capacity and research infrastructure and to facilitate minority health and health disparities research at eligible institutions.
Deadline is January 17, 2023.

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Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to advance efforts to improve health care and quality of care in rural areas by supporting quality measure implementation, data reporting, and the use of data to drive improvements in care. 
Deadline is February 17, 2023.

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Innovation Award: COVID-19 and Health Equity

Cooperative agreement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fund COVID research that will strengthen and advance research in minority health and health equity, increase understanding of health disparities, and provide future direction for research that will contribute to regulatory decision-making.
Deadline is January 16, 2023.

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Leading Equity and Diversity in the Medical Scientist Training Program (LEAD MSTP)

Grant from the NIH to develop a diverse pool of highly trained clinician-scientist leaders available to meet the Nation’s biomedical research needs by providing support for dual-degree clinician scientist training at institutions that have historically not been well represented among NIGMS-funded MSTPs. 
Deadline is January 25, 2023.

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Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Grant from the NIH to encourage innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings. 
Deadline is March 27, 2023.

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Webinars and Other Events

How to Avoid COVID-19, Flu, and RSV this Holiday Season

Webinar hosted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization (AAPCHO). 
TODAY, December 7, at 4:00 p.m. ET.    


Hear Her™ Campaign Launch: Addressing Maternal Mortality in Indian Country

Webinar hosted by the NIHB and the CDC. 
December 8, at 3:00 p.m. ET.     


Environmental Reproductive Justice: A Solution-Based Approach to Women’s Health Disparities

Seminar hosted by the NIH Health Disparities Interest Group (NDIG). 
December 13, at 10:30 a.m. ET.

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Rape Prevention and Education Program Tribal Listening Session

Virtual listening session hosted by the CDC. 
December 8, at 2:00 p.m. ET.     


National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Vector-Borne Diseases Tribal Listening Session

Virtual listening session hosted by the CDC. 
December 9, at 12:30 p.m. ET.     


2023 Hispanic Health Policy Summit

In-person summit hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). 
February 9-11, 2023, in Washington, DC.



Season Affective Disorder Resources


As the seasons change, ushering in colder temperatures and shorter days in most regions, many people go through short periods where they feel sad or not like their usual selves. Sometimes, these mood changes begin and end when the seasons change. In some cases, these mood changes are more serious and can affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has reported that these mood shifts can be linked to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression.

Winter-pattern SAD symptoms may include:

  • Oversleeping (hypersomnia)
  • Overeating, particularly with a craving for carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Social withdrawal (feeling like “hibernating”)

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Guide to Confronting HIV at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)                                                                                                             


Despite declining HIV infection rates in the U.S., college-aged Black Americans continue to be at a higher risk of acquiring HIV than the general population. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has produced a comprehensive guide to guide for HBCU administrators, staff, and students, outlining many of the critical steps higher educational institutions can take to help achieve an HIV-free generation.

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Clinical Trials

Minority Barriers in Anesthesia

This study, sponsored by Tufts Medical Center and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), seeks to survey members of the ASA (medical students, residents, and attendings) who self-identify as minorities to assess if there are systemic barriers to minorities pursuing leadership positions. The study will be conducted at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.


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Access to Kidney Transplantation in Minority Populations

This study, sponsored by the University of New Mexico, seeks to conduct a randomized trial to compare the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of two approaches to help Hispanic/Latino and American Indian patients overcome barriers to completing transplant evaluation and receiving a kidney transplant. The study will be conducted at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Workforce Development

HHS COVID-19 and Health Equity Impact Fellowship

A fellowship opportunity is available with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) located in Washington, DC. This opportunity will conduct policy research and analysis, program evaluation, and public health systems research pertaining to federal efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prepare for future pandemics and public health emergencies. 
Deadline for application is December 28, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and it's not too late to get your flu shot! This week, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring a graphic novel published by the CDC, 4-H, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak is a fictional story that follows a group of teenage 4-H members who help a team of public and animal health experts solve the mystery of how their friend contracted the flu. Although this comic book was written for kids and teens, we think it’s fun for all ages!

To access this free e-book through the online catalog, click here.