FYI: Weekly Health Resources for February 7, 2024

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FYI: Weekly Health Resources

February is Black History Month

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This Black History Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is committed to Advancing Better Health Through Better Understanding for Black and African American individuals and communities by ensuring connections to culturally appropriate healthcare services, information, and resources.  When patients are provided with culturally and linguistically appropriate information, they are better able to create healthier outcomes for themselves and their communities. 

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Approaching Deadline: HRSA Announces Loan Programs for Health Professions School


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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Hillman Innovation Programs

Grants from the Rita Hillman and Alex Foundation supporting leading edge, nursing-driven interventions that target the needs of marginalized populations. Three different programs support initiatives in early or expanding stages of development.
Deadline for letters of intent is February 27, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

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A Bridge to Adherence: Long-Acting Antiretroviral Therapy for People with HIV Released from Prison

Cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy (LAI-ART) programs for prison facilities and help understand the feasibility of providing LAI-ART to persons with HIV living in prisons who are to be released.
Deadline is March 1, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Research to Accelerate Hepatitis B Cure in Persons Living with HIV and HBV

Cooperative agreement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support research to better understand the impact of host and viral heterogeneity on pathogenesis of disease, viral persistence, and immunopathology of Hepatitis B (HBV) and inform cure strategies for HBV in people living with HIV.
Deadline is March 13.

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FDA OMHHE Health Equity Innovation Award: Enhance Equity Funding Opportunity

Cooperative agreement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) to support proposals advancing equity in clinical trials. This includes advancing diversity in clinical trials, equitable data efforts by increasing data available on diverse groups, and equity of voices by increasing understanding of diverse patient perspectives, preferences, and unmet needs.
Deadline is February 29.

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Linking Eligibility Across the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts - Dissemination Assistance Provider

Cooperative agreement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will help increase access to care for people with HIV by promoting efficiencies in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program eligibility and confirmation process across all program parts.
Deadline is March 4.

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Adolescent Overdose Prevention and SUD Treatment Initiative

Grant from the NIH supporting research to better understand adolescent illicit fentanyl use and overdose patterns among youth at high risk for overdose. Research studies should identify targets for overdose prevention and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery.
Deadline is March 13.

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Webinars and Other Events

CMS State Spotlight: Improving Infant Well-Child Visits

Webinar hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
February 8, at 4:00 p.m. ET.


Global Survivorship Care: Common Challenges, Common Solutions

Webinar hosted by the National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Survivorship.
February 14, at 2:00 p.m. ET.


The Collective Power of Black Voices in Healing and Providing Hope to African American Communities

Webinar hosted by the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.
February 15, at 1:30 p.m. ET.


Engagement in the Black Community: A Virtual NAADAC Summit

Virtual summit hosted by The Association for Addiction Professionals.
February 8-9, at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Continuing education credits are available.


HIV Trends and Treatment

Training hosted by the New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association.
February 15, at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Continuing education credits are available.


Controlling Hypertension Learning Series: The 4 Most Impactful Strategies

Part of webinar series hosted by National Association of Community Health Centers.
February 21, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
February 28, at 3:00 p.m. ET.



February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black/African American people accounted for 40% of all new HIV diagnoses in 2021. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to address the impact of HIV on Black communities. This year's theme Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities, aims to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among Black communities. Together, we can make HIV Black history by working to overcome structural barriers to HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.

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Lp(a): A Toolkit for Health Care Professionals

Lp(a): A Toolkit for Health Care Professionals

This toolkit from the American Heart Association (AHA) helps health care professionals incorporate comprehensive guidelines for diagnosing, treating, and managing elevated plasma lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), into patient evaluation and risk assessment. According to the AHA, Black people have the highest Lp(a) levels, followed by South Asians, Hispanics, and East Asians. Elevated Lp(a) values are a risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease.

Learn More Download the Toolkit (PDF)

Maternal Health Alliance: Compendium of Resources


According to a 2022 report from the March of Dimes, up to 6.9 million women lived in areas with low or no access to maternity care.  The Communities Improving Maternal Health Alliance works to improve maternal health outcomes in HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Regions 4, 6, and 7 by decreasing health disparities. Produced by HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HRSA IEA), OASH Regions 4, 6, and 7, as well as the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, the Alliance's compendium serves as a compiled listing of promising practices to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, especially in those communities that face disparities in maternal health outcomes and links these practices to research. 

Learn More Download the Compendium (PDF)

Clinical Trials

Understanding of Genetics by Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer

This study, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will investigate the understanding of prognostic genetic technology, and examine how an educational video about genetics impacts patient-caregiver communication of prognostic genetic technology. This study will take place in Rochester, Minnesota.

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An mHealth Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Women With HIV/​AIDS

This study, sponsored by the University of Miami in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will evaluate the effectiveness of a mobile health (mHealth) system that will send text messages reminding pregnant and non-pregnant women with HIV to adhere to their treatment plan over a 12-month period. This study will take place in Miami, Florida.

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Workforce Development

HealthHIV HIV Treatment Innovation Certificate Program

The HealthHIV HIV Treatment Innovation Certificate Program prepares healthcare professionals already providing HIV care and treatment to treat more complex patient cases. Participants will learn about current antiretroviral therapies, the provider's role in managing co-infections, and more.

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NAM Scholars in Diagnostic Excellence

This program funded by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) is designed to develop leaders who drive implementation of effective strategies to raise awareness of diagnosis in medicine; support diagnostic excellence, including diagnostic safety, quality, and equity; and reduce diagnostic errors at the national level. Scholars from a broad range of disciplines will participate in educational sessions, cohort activities, and networking opportunities.
Attend the applicant information session on February 13, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Deadline for application is March 1, by 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Knowledge Center

Knowledge Center

Recommended Reading

In celebration of Black History Month, the OMH Knowledge Center is sharing Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias. In this publication by the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, the authors examined "adultification bias" of African American girls. Adultification bias is the perception that Black girls are less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers. The authors gathered insights from focus groups and then provided recommendations on the topic. This publication follows a 2017 report by the same researchers, titled "Girlhood Interrupted," that examined the quantitative ramifications of adultification bias.

You can access this free resource through the online catalog here.