FYI: Weekly Health Resources for January 25, 2023

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, M.D. wrote a blog post about HHS’ SOAR to Health and Wellness, a nationally recognized, accredited training program to help health care and social service providers identify, treat, and respond to patients who have experienced trafficking.

Last year, HHS Secretary Becerra formed the HHS Task Force to Prevent Human Trafficking to implement the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and create greater awareness about the scope of this problem.

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Meeting Substance Use and Social Service Needs in Communities of Color


The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) have partnered on issue briefs focused on substance use treatment disparities among people of color and substance use treatment approaches.

This brief, titled Addressing Substance Use and Social Service Needs in Communities of Color, describes findings from a joint study that examined the experiences and practices of substance use treatment providers and their human services partners when serving people of color. The brief also summarizes common approaches the substance use treatment programs take and the challenges they face in their work.

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Tobacco Regulatory Science

Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support biomedical and behavioral research that will provide scientific data to inform the regulation of tobacco products to protect public health.
Deadline is February 14.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction

Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide resources to help expand and enhance access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder amongst individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minority communities.
Deadline is March 7.

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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Grant from HRSA to reduce the incidence and impact of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in rural communities by improving systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health.
Deadline is March 8.

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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program

Grant from the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) to strengthen organizational capacity to respond to the changing healthcare landscape and increase access to high-quality HIV primary healthcare services for low-income and underserved people with HIV.
Deadline is February 17.

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A Strategic Approach to Advancing Health Equity for Priority Populations with or at Risk for Diabetes

Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support work aimed at reducing health disparities for priority populations.
Deadline is March 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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AmeriCorps State and National Native Nation Grants 

Grants from AmeriCorps toward projects that engage AmeriCorps members in interventions/practices to strengthen Native American communities.
Deadline is April 5, at 5:00 p.m. ET.  

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Webinars and Other Events

Diverse Voices: Intersectionality and the Health of Women 

Webinar hosted by the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH).
January 26, at 3:00 p.m. ET


Trauma & Stress Disorders Webinar Series: PTSD & Elders

Webinar series hosted by the Indian Health Service (IHS) TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence.
February 14, at 12:00 p.m. ET


Diabetes & Mental Health in Integrated Settings: Stress Management

Webinar series hosted by the IHS TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence.
February 23, at 12:00 p.m. ET.


CADCA’s 33rd Annual National Leadership Forum

In-person forum hosted by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
January 30 - February 2, in Fort Washington, Maryland


Health System Support for Rural Value-Based Care

Webinar series hosted by the National Rural Health Resource Center.
February 15, at 3:00 p.m. ET.


NatCon23: Momentum

In-person conference hosted by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
May 1-3, in Los Angeles, California.
Deadline for early bird registration is March 6.



CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework


The CDC has released The Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework. This five-step process allows health officials to develop strategies and programs to help communities prepare for the health effects of climate change. Combining atmospheric data and projections with epidemiologic analysis enables health officials to more effectively anticipate, prepare for, and respond to climate-sensitive health impacts.

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HCUP Visualization of Inpatient Trends in COVID-19 and Other Conditions

AHRQ Data Visuslization

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has updated the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Visualization tool on hospitalizations, an interactive visualization displaying state-specific monthly trends in inpatient stays for related multiple health conditions, including COVID-19.

This visualization now includes full-year 2021 data from 32 states plus the District of Columbia and additional data from 15 states through the first quarter of 2022.

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CDC'S The Inside Knowledge Campaign

Inside Knowledge

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and CDC's The Inside Knowledge Campaign raises awareness of the five main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. The campaign encourages women to pay attention to their bodies, so they can recognize any warning signs and seek medical care.

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Clinical Trials

Predicting Sleep, Smoking, and Lung Health Disparities in African American Adults

This study, sponsored by Temple University, in collaboration with the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), will seek to determine the individual, social, and environmental predictors of sleep duration, quality, latency, efficiency, timing and regularity in African American smokers. Additionally, it will quantify the future relationship between multiple metrics of sleep with tobacco use and examine the extent to which short sleep and other unhealthy sleep metrics, predicts lung function through smoking behaviors and inflammation, in African Americans at risk for advancing COPD. The study will be conducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Addressing Obesity in Early Care and Education Settings

This study, sponsored by the University of California, Los Angeles, aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a multilevel (organization, teacher, parent, child) intervention to support healthy eating and physical activity in preschools. The study will be conducted in Los Angeles, California.

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Workforce Development

American Psychiatric Association Diversity Leadership Fellowship

The two-year American Psychiatric Association program will prepare minority psychiatry residents or those interested in minority and vulnerable populations to teach, administer, and provide culturally competent, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse services for diverse minority groups and at-risk populations. Populations include American Indians, Native Alaskans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, LGBTQ, and religious minorities.
Deadline for application is February 3.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center Online Catalog: See our newest acquisitions.

Recommended Reading

The AHRQ recently released the 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. This week the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring the report, which assesses the performance of our healthcare system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to healthcare and quality of healthcare.

The report can be accessed through the online catalog here, and the entire series can be viewed here. This series reports and supplemental materials are free to read and download.

View our search tips page for guidance on searching the online catalog, or contact the OMH Knowledge Center directly for research assistance.