FYI: Weekly Health Resources for April 5, 2023

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

Encouraging Better Health Through Better Understanding this National Minority Health Month


April is National Minority Health Month! This year’s theme, Better Health Through Better Understanding, focuses on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native communities by providing them with culturally and linguistically competent healthcare services, information, and resources.

During this observance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will promote events and multilingual resources to help empower patients to ask for what they need and educate providers and community health workers on ways to be more aware of patients' varying health literacy levels. 

Visit National Minority Health Month web pages in English and Spanish to find resources, social media messages, graphics, and information to encourage Better Health Through Better Understanding in your community.

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Create a Health Literacy Plan for your Organization with CDC Resources

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Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a coordinated and strategic plan to improve health literacy in your organization. After assessing your organization’s current situation, take the steps to develop a health literacy plan.

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Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Promote the Mental Health of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities

Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide tribes and tribal organizations with tools and resources to plan and design a family-driven, community-based, and culturally and linguistically competent system of care.
Deadline is May 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program

Grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve and expand access to developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate services and supports for transition-aged youth and young adults (ages 16-25) who either have, or are at risk for developing, serious mental health conditions.
Deadline is May 8, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Integrated Maternal Health Services

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to foster the development and demonstration of integrated health services models, such as the Maternity Medical Home which is modeled after the patient-centered medical home.
Deadline is May 24, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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FDA OMHHE Health Equity Innovation Award: Enhance Equity Funding Opportunity

Cooperative agreement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) to fund innovative research that will strengthen and advance minority health and health equity research.
Deadline is May 8, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Sickle Cell Data Collection Program

Cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund the implementation of the Sickle Cell Data Collection program, adhere to standardized methods for implementing sickle cell data collection, develop strategies for effective communication with stakeholders from the sickle cell disease community, and produce peer-reviewed publications and other educational materials based on sickle cell data collection findings.
Deadline is May 11, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Patient-Clinician Relationship: Improving Health Outcomes in Populations that Experience Health Care Disparities

Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support innovative multi-disciplinary and multi-level research designed to understand how optimizing patient-clinician communication and relationship affects health care outcomes in patients from populations with health care disparities.
Deadline is June 5.

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Webinars and Other Events

National Public Health Week: Mental Health is Public Health

Webinar hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA). Participants can earn one continuing education (CE) credit.
April 6, at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Ophthalmic Manifestations of Diabetes

Webinar hosted by the Indian Health Services (IHS) Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention.
April 12, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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2023 Kentucky Regional Health Disparities Symposium

In-person symposium hosted by the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NEAHEC).
April 14, in Morehead, Kentucky.


Navigating Infodemics and Building Trust during Public Health Emergencies: A Workshop

Virtual workshop hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
April 10-11, at 10:00 a.m. ET.


Addressing Health Disparities in Central Nervous System Disorders: Structural and Social Determinants of Risk

Part of a workshop series hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.


Black Maternal & Child Health Summit: Forging Forward for Black Birth Justice

Virtual summit hosted by The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness.
April 20, at 10:00 a.m. ET.



New Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Online Training for Faith, Spiritual, and Religious Communities


Adverse childhood experiences are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). Women and several racial and ethnic minority groups are at greater risk for experiencing four or more types of adverse childhood experiences.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences Online Training for Faith, Spiritual, and Religious Communities is for faith, spiritual, and religious community members, including clergy, leaders, staff, teachers, and youth group leaders. The training will help participants understand their role in preventing adverse childhood experiences by hearing personal stories from adverse childhood experiences Torchbearers and learning how persons of all faith communities can help prevent adverse childhood experiences and lessen their effects on the health and well-being of children and families.

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Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience


Nearly nine out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use personal and public health information when it is filled with unfamiliar or complex terms. Clear communication builds trust with your audience and when your audience trusts you, they are more likely to follow your recommendations.

The resource Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience created by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) provides actionable steps for creating more accessible consumer-centric digital tools that have the potential to ease the burden of navigating complex digital health information.

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Centering Equity in Maternal Health Innovation through Policy and Engagement

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From 2019 to 2020, the maternal mortality rate increased from 20.19 deaths per 100,000 live births to 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Addressing this crisis requires collaboration and learning among diverse stakeholders to accelerate evidence-informed interventions advancing equitable maternal health innovations through policy and inclusive engagement. The Centering Equity in Maternal Health Innovation through Policy and Engagement e-learning module offers insights into innovation in maternal health and explores ways to center equity to improve approaches and impact.

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Clinical Trials

Time Restricted Eating (TRE) Among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Women at Risk for Endometrial Cancer (TIMESPAN)

This study, sponsored by the University of Utah, intends to determine the efficacy of time restricted eating for improving metabolic health and preventing endometrial cancer by conducting a 14-week two-arm randomized crossover trial of a dietary intervention to evaluate the feasibility, fidelity and preliminary acceptability of a time restricted eating intervention among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander women at risk for developing endometrial cancer, and to provide proof of principle that time restricted eating can improve metabolic health in this population. This study will be conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Implementing PrEP for Women Who Inject Drugs

This study, sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, intends to improve the way primary care and reproductive health clinics deliver PrEP to women who inject drugs, thereby reducing new HIV infections in this population by considering the perspectives of women who inject drugs, healthcare providers, and clinic leadership. This study will be conducted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Workforce Development

CDC Health Communication Fellowship

Research fellowship from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) Office of Communication (OC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with an anticipated start date of September 15 in Atlanta, Georgia. The fellow will develop communication materials in a variety of formats including plain language content for websites, communication reports to other teams and leadership within the office, and support health communication projects like digital first and message testing.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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National Institute of Nursing Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Division of Intramural Research (DIR) welcomes applications for the position of a postdoctoral fellow who will work at examining the influence of systems and models of care on population and community health. They will conduct research in collaboration with primary care practice-based research and learning networks. The postdoctoral fellow will have opportunities to collaborate with other investigators at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and within the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN).
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

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Knowledge Center

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Recommended Reading

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring Health Literacy in the United States: Enhancing Assessments and Reducing Disparities, a report published by the Milken Institute. It presents an introduction to health literacy and discusses recommendations for implementing health literacy initiatives.

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

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