FYI: Weekly Health Resources for February 15, 2023

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

Celebrating Prominent Black Figures Combating Heart Disease

Elijah Saunders

This Black History Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is celebrating the achievements of Black and African American individuals by highlighting the significant impact they have made on all facets of life and society throughout U.S. history.

This week, we celebrate Black and African American contributions to addressing health disparities related to heart disease. Dr. Elijah Saunders (1934-2015) was recognized for his work in using barbershops as community centers to raise awareness of high blood pressure.

Follow @MinorityHealth on Instagram to learn more about Dr. Saunders and other famous figures who helped combat obesity.

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Office of Minority Health Resource Center: Knowledge Center Resources and Services Webinar


In observance of Black History Month, OMH is hosting a webinar, Office of Minority Health Resource Center: Knowledge Center Resources and Services. The webinar will focus on increasing awareness about the OMH Resource Center (OMHRC) and the variety of information resources, including access to online document collections, databases and funding searches, literature reviews, and customized responses to requests for information available to the public.

Attendees will also see a demonstration of the Knowledge Center Online Library Catalog, which provides access to the nation’s largest repository of information dedicated to the health of racial and ethnic minority populations within the United States and its territories.

Join OMH Deputy Director for Programs Roslyn Holiday Moore, White House Initiative on HBCUs Deputy Director Naeem Jenkins-Nixon, and OMHRC Project Director Tareka Wheeler
February 16, at 1:00 p.m. ET.


Talking About Health Equity: Understanding Terms and Speaking with Others

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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 February 16, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The meeting will focus on discussion of “Talking About Health Equity: Understanding Terms and Speaking with Others”, sharing what has been helpful and what has been challenging when establishing common terms/definitions and discussing health equity with others. 

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

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Join the OMH Black History Month Twitter Roundtable

BHM Twitter Chat

OMH will host a Black History Month Twitter Roundtable in partnership with the FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE), the Association of Black Cardiologists, and Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library.

The event will focus on talking about food insecurity and nutrition in Black and African American communities and their impact on other areas of health, like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and maternal and infant mortality. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to share resources, programs, and initiatives that focus on addressing these health disparities.

Follow @MinorityHealth on Twitter and use the hashtags #HealthEquityRoundtable and #BHM to join the conversation.
February 21, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) – Research

Research grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development.
Deadline is March 14, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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AARP Community Challenge Grants

Grants from AARP for projects that work to improve livability for all residents of a community. Grants will focus on public spaces; housing; transportation; civic engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; digital connections; community health; and economic empowerment, among others.
Deadline is March 15, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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FY 2023 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health

Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote the wellness of young children, from birth to 8 years of age, by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral aspects of their development, as well as prepare them to thrive in school and beyond.
Deadline is March 21, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) – Development

Development grant from the ACL to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development.
Deadline is March 14, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities

Cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement evidence-based strategies to address health disparities related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, or obesity.
Deadline is March 21, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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NIMHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program

Grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to support short-term exploratory or developmental research projects that have the potential to break new ground in the fields of minority health and/or health disparities or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that can directly contribute to improving minority health and/or reducing health disparities.
Deadline is May 7.

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Webinars and Other Events

Leveraging Genomics to Address Health Disparities in Rare Diseases and Cancer Screenings

Hybrid lecture hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
February 16, at 3:30 p.m. ET in Bethesda Maryland and online.


State of the Public Health Union

Webinar hosted by the American Journal of Public Health.
February 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET.


2023 Spring Infectious Disease Regional Institute for Tribes

Hybrid event hosted by the NIHB and CDC.
February 28 - March 1, in Seattle, Washington and online.


2023 National Tribal Health Conference

In-person conference hosted by the National Indian Health Board (NIHB).
Deadline for early bird registration is February 17.
May 1-5, in Anchorage, Alaska.


Clinician Bias and Disparities in the Mental Health Treatment Continuum

Webinar hosted by the American Psychiatric Association.
February 21, at 7:00 p.m. ET.


2023 MATRC Summit: Telehealth Equity

Hybrid summit hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center.
March 15-17 in Norfolk, Virginia and online.



Understanding At-Home OTC COVID-19 Antigen Diagnostic Test Results

OTC Test Results

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an easy step-by-step guide to help consumers decide when and how many times to test for COVID-19, what their test results mean, and what they should do next.

FDA-authorized over-the-counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 tests for self-testing at home or other locations are a fast and convenient COVID-19 testing option. This information will help guide consumers and their families through a safe and healthy holiday and beyond, especially with other respiratory infections circulating, including flu and RSV.

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Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioral Health Services for People at Risk for or Experiencing Homelessness


Persons of color are overrepresented in the homeless population with African Americans making up more than 40 percent of the homeless population but comprising around 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

Expanding Access to and Use of Behavioral Health Services for People at Risk for or Experiencing Homelessness is a guide from SAMHSA that provides an overview of the behavioral health service needs and opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness.

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Health Observance: American Heart Month

American Heart Month

African Americans continue to have high rates of risk factors for heart disease. Each February, the National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and The Heart Truth® celebrate American Heart Month by motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease.

This year, share the #OurHearts heart character graphics on social media to promote various topics including heart attack symptoms, self-care, social support, tracking blood pressure, reducing stress, eating healthier, being more active, and getting enough quality sleep.

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Clinical Trials

Equity in Prevention and Progression of Hypertension by Addressing Barriers to Nutrition and Physical activitY (EPIPHANY)

This study, sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will test an intervention to prevent high blood pressure among rural, Black adults living in rural areas. The study will be conducted in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Diabetes and Heart Disease Risk in Blacks

This study, sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), intends to determine whether there is a relationship between sex and body size and the incidence of heart disease in African American men and women. The study will be conducted in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Workforce Development

2023 HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program

Loan repayment program from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that can pay up to 85 percent of unpaid nursing education debt for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and nurse faculty dedicated to working in a critical shortage facility and eligible schools of nursing. This year, funds will be available to specifically support applicants working as Public Health Nurses, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified OB/GYN Registered Nurses.
Deadline for application is February 23, at 7:30 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 the policy brief titled, Social Determinants of Health among the Rural African American Population. Published by the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, the report discusses several factors that contribute to the overall health of African Americans who reside outside of urban areas, including educational attainment, disability, veteran status, and poverty status.

To access this free report through the online catalog, click here.

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