FYI: Weekly Health Resources for January 31, 2024

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

The Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Coverage and Access in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in the United States

Geospatial Health

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected already disadvantaged racial and ethnic minority populations and highlighted persistent health disparities among Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander populations.

A new paper, “The impact of COVID-19 on healthcare coverage and access in racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States,” in Geospatial Health describes changes in health insurance coverage, healthcare access, and reasons for non-insurance among racial/ethnic minority populations in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic using four national survey datasets. The paper was co-authored by the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) staff members Caleb J. Colón, DrPH, MHSA; Jasmine Lusane, MPH; Alexander Vigo-Valentín, PhD; and CAPT David Wong, MD, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff members.

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HRSA Announces Loan Programs for Health Professions Schools

Health Resources and Services Administration

For Financial Aid Administrators: The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications from colleges and universities to take advantage of its school-administered loan programs. HRSA has four programs that give undergraduate and graduate schools funding to offer low, fixed-rate loans to students pursuing health care careers.

The application process is simple and open to qualified public colleges and universities. Through this program, HRSA encourages students receiving these loans to work in communities where people lack access to basic health care needs.
Deadline for application is February 21, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will support the education and training of health care workforces to care for older adults by collaborating with community partners.
Deadline is February 26.

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Native American Library Services: Basic Grants

Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services and access to education, health information, workforce development, and more.
Deadline for application is March 1.

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Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant Rural Training in Behavioral Health Program

Grant from the HRSA to develop three month long, clinical rotations for primary care physician assistant students in rural areas.
Deadline for application is March 15.

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The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Produce Prescription Program

Grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to demonstrate the impact of projects improving dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables; the reduction of food insecurity; and the reduction in healthcare use and costs.
Deadline is February 28, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

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Indigenous-Led Solutions to Advance Health Equity and Wellbeing

Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support Indigenous-led projects aimed at improving the health of Indigenous Peoples.
Deadline for brief proposals is March 1, by 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Behavioral Health Integration Telehealth Network Program

Cooperative agreement from the HRSA to support the integration of behavioral health services into primary care settings using telehealth technology through telehealth networks and evaluate the effectiveness of such integration.
Deadline is March 22.

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Webinars and Other Events

National Wear Red Day®: Taking Action to Protect #OurHearts

Virtual event hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
February 2, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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Advancing the Science on Peer Support and Suicide Prevention 2-Day Workshop

Workshop hosted by the National Institute of Mental Health.
February 8, at 11:00 a.m. ET
February 12, at 11:00 a.m. ET.


Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Engaging Diverse Teams

Workshop hosted by the Environmental Public Health at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
February 20-24.


5th Annual NIH HEAL Initiative Scientific Meeting

Hybrid meeting hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative.
February 7-8, in Bethesda, Maryland, and online.


Building Bridges, Building Trust: An Open Forum on COVID-19 Insights

Forum hosted by the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
February 13, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


Call for Proposals: CMS Health Equity Conference

Hybrid conference hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Deadline for proposals is February 9.
May 29-30, in Bethesda, Maryland, and online.

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February 2 is National Wear Red Day®

National Wear Red Day®

Join the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to help promote American Heart Month throughout February and National Wear Red Day (February 2nd) to bring greater attention to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans. Use prepared graphics, create your own, and share sample posts with your community.

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WISQARS™: Injury Data


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS™) is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury.

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2023 Well-Woman Chart  

2023 Well-Woman Chart

The Recommendations for Well-Woman Care: A Well-Woman Chart was developed by the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI). The Well-Woman Chart outlines preventive services recommended by the WPSI, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and Bright Futures based on age, health status, and risk factors. The chart is available in both English and Spanish.

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Clinical Trials

Improving Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk with Resistance Exercise in African Americans

This study, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will evaluate and measure changes in blood pressure and arterial stiffness after a resistance or aerobic training regimen. This study will take place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Text and Talk: A Multi-level Intervention to Increase Provider HPV Vaccine Recommendation Effectiveness

This study, sponsored by the University of Florida in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), will test the effectiveness of two interventions (parent-targeted text messages and a brief clinician-targeted training) at increasing HPV vaccination among 11- to 12-year-olds living in Florida. This study will take place in Gainesville, Florida.

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Workforce Development

Public Health Entomology for All Internship and Fellowship Program

This program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Vector-Borne Diseases and the Entomological Society of America helps address the lack of diversity in the field of entomology. Each participant will receive a mentor and training in entomology laboratory and field skills during the 10-week internships and 1-year fellowships.
Deadline for application is February 15.

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Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career scientists who show exceptional promise of becoming academic scientists, which includes the potential to build and contribute to an equitable and inclusive scientific culture. Fellows will receive funding for postdoctoral training and their early careers in addition to professional development and mentorship opportunities.
Deadline for application is February 28, by 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Recommended Reading

This week, the OMH Knowledge Center is featuring a small collection of recent articles and documents related to environmental justice and climate change, and how they impact health equity for racial and ethnic minority communities.

These resources are all free to access and read and can be accessed through the online catalog here.