FYI: Weekly Health Resources for September 27, 2023

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

988 National Suicide Prevention Month 2023

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some populations experience more negative social conditions and have higher rates of suicide or suicide attempts than the general U.S. population. Between 2018 and 2021, the suicide rate for non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native people was 28.1 per 100,000 people, reflecting an increase of 26 percent.

Everyone can play a role in preventing suicide. In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health is highlighting partner resources that call attention to the importance of suicide prevention education:


Research Coordinating Center on the Exposome and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the establishment of a coordinating center. The center will serve as a hub for environmental contextual data and individual exposure data to enable collaboration and expedite research on the social, behavioral, psychological, and economic factors that contribute to Alzheimer's disease and related dementia outcomes and inequities.
Deadline is October 27.

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State and Regional Primary Care Association Cooperative Agreements

Cooperative agreement from HRSA to provide training and technical assistance to current and potential Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes. The goal is to increase access to comprehensive and culturally competent primary health care services.
Deadline is October 31, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Role of Environmental Stress in the Health Inequities of Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias

Grant from NIH to fund studies identifying the role of environmental stress on the health inequities in Alzheimer’s Disease-related dementias in rural and urban disadvantaged communities.
Deadline is November 1.

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Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support projects improving food security in the community by developing innovative connections between for-profit and non-profit food organizations.
Deadline is October 30, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

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Health Equity and the Cost of Novel Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supporting research projects that address health equity, cost, and access to drugs for Alzheimer's disease and identify preferences for treatment among racial and ethnic minority people.
Deadline is October 31.

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Patient Engagement Resource Centers to Inform Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Research

Grant from NIH will support the Patient Engagement Resource Centers working to incorporate the perspectives of patients into research and inform the design and delivery of high-quality treatment services that are responsive to their needs and preferences.
Deadline is November 2.

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Webinars and Other Events

988: It is NOT Just a Number

Webinar hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
October 3, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Assessing and Advancing Progress in the Delivery of High-Quality Cancer Care: A Workshop

In-person and online workshop hosted by NASEM.
October 5-6, at 9:00 a.m. ET, in Washington, D.C., and online.


Sickle Cell in Focus 2023

In-person and virtual conference hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
October 10-11, at 8:30 a.m. ET, in Bethesda, Maryland, and online.


Approaches to Centering Equity in Health Communication Research and Practice

Webinar hosted by the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Continuing education credits are available.
October 4, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Creating Accountability through Data: From Racism and Neglect to Transparency and Repair

Webinar hosted by the National Health Equity Grand Rounds.
October 10, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Using Everyday Words to Communicate Health and Wellness

Webinar hosted by the Indian Health Service Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention.
October 11, at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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September 29 is World Heart Day

World Heart Day

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. World Heart Day serves as a reminder to everyone around the world to take care of their hearts. This year’s campaign theme, Use Heart, Know Heart, focuses on the essential step of knowing our hearts first.

The World Heart Federation’s campaign resources are available in multiple languages and can be adapted to each community according to their specific needs. You can create your own posters or social media posts, use digital stickers, and include the hashtags #useheart and #worldheartday in your custom messaging for your community.

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Health Disparities in Central Nervous System Disorders

NASEM Report

Many underserved communities have difficulties accessing services for diagnoses and care. While there are many interventions and evidence-based treatments available for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, disparities in who receives those treatments persist.

The proceedings from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine virtual workshop Addressing Health Disparities in Central Nervous System Disorders explored the role of different leaders in academia, industry, and government to increase the diversity of the neuroscience workforce, advance community partnerships, and facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations to drive transformative and sustainable change in CNS disorders research and clinical care.

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Advocating for Racial Equity in the U.S. Healthcare System

Advocating for Racial Equity in the US Healthcare System

This guide from the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations Program and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health provides education and resources to facilitate patient and provider engagement and address barriers contributing to poorer health outcomes among underserved communities.

The guide includes several educational tools for patients to help prepare for upcoming health visits, including an appointment checklist, health changes tracker, and question bank. Providers will learn more about the role cultural beliefs and personal circumstances can play in how patients seek care and engage with the healthcare system.

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Clinical Trials

Efficacy Trial Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids for Hispanic Fathers and Children

This study, sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will assess whether the culturally adapted 'Healthy Dads Healthy Kids' program has a meaningful change in the father's weight and the children's moderate to vigorous physical activity. This study will take place in Houston, Texas.

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Childhood Obesity Treatment Designed for Low-Income and Hispanic Families

This study, sponsored by the University of Colorado, Denver in collaboration with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will compare weight change in low-income, predominantly Hispanic/Latino children with obesity when participating in a family childhood weight management program versus healthy lifestyle counseling by providers. This study will take place in Aurora, Colorado.

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Workforce Development

Tomorrow: 2023 HBCU Week Career and Recruitment Fair

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through Historically Black Colleges and Universities is hosting a free career fair for current students, alumni, faculty, and professionals featuring more than fifty employers. The in-person fair will allow participants to network, learn about mentorships, scholarships, and grants, and take part in on-the-spot interviews and hiring.
September 28, at 9:30 a.m. ET, in Richmond, Virginia.

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Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research, in Honor of John Robert Lewis

This career development award will support early career scientists engaged in pancreatic research from racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in the cancer-related sciences workforce. The award recipient will receive $300,000 over three years for expenses related to a research project and interact and/or collaborate with other Lustgarten Foundation-funded investigators and American Association for Cancer Research grantees.
Deadline for letter of intent is October 16, by 1:00 p.m. ET.

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Aya Locums Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship

The Aya Locums Future Leaders in Medicine Scholarship from National Medical Fellowships will provide five awards to underrepresented students enrolled in degree programs to become doctors of medicine and osteopathic medicine, and graduate-level degree programs for nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and physician assistants.
Deadline for application is October 23, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Recommended Reading

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and World Heart Day, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring the 2022 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistical Update Fact Sheet: Hispanic/Latino Race & Cardiovascular Diseases from the American Heart Association. This fact sheet provides recent data and statistics on cardiovascular diseases and risk factors and their impact on Hispanic/Latino populations in the U.S.

You can access this free resource through the online catalog in English and in Spanish.