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Addressing Disparities Research Grants

Addressing Disparities Research Grants from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2016

To read a summary, visit

From RHI Hub:

Addressing Disparities Research Grants offers funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Studies should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients or should identify best practices for reducing disparities.

Priority areas of interest include research that:

  • Compares evidence-based interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in patient-centered outcomes (PCOs), including health, healthcare, and patient-reported outcomes
  • Compares benefits and risks of treatment, diagnostic, prevention, or service options with attention to eliminating disparities
  • Compares and identifies best practices for tailoring evidence-based interventions to patient populations at risk for disparities
  • Focuses on one or more of the following target populations:
    • Residents of rural areas
    • Racial/ethnic groups
    • Individuals with low socioeconomic status
    • Individuals with limited English proficiency
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
    • Individuals with disabilities

Upcoming Telehealth webinars and grant

HIMSS Connected Health Community Member Webinar: Telehealth 2.0

February 18, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Time

No cost. For more information and registration, go to

Adapted from HIMSS:

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) Center for Telehealth is addressing the need in rural communities which face barriers to accessing adequate healthcare. The presenters will demonstrate the need for telehealth services in rural communities, the value of being connected to an Academic Medical Center, the cost-effective benefits of a comprehensive program that allows individuals to remain at home and in their communities, and how engagement with policymakers has improved overall access to their sustainable model for telehealth services.

Teleneurology: Why It Works for Rural Hospitals Webinar

February 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MT

No cost. For more information and registration, go to

From Idaho AHEC:
The webinar will focus on the benefits of teleneurology to rural hospitals. Attendees will learn how teleneurology can accelerate diagnosis and treatment of stroke and other acute neurology patients, and can prevent rural hospitals from having to transfer those patients to facilities in metropolitan areas to get the care they need.

Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP)

Deadline: Apr 8, 2016

For more information, visit

Adapted from Rural Health Information Hub:

Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) networks are used to:

  • Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services
  • Improve and expand the training of health care providers
  • Expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decisionmaking

Applications are especially encouraged from networks that will demonstrate how telehealth can expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of health care services through School-Based Health Centers, especially those which may also serve the broader community beyond normal school hours. Eligible applicants include rural or urban nonprofit entities that will provide services to rural communities through a telehealth network.

The Telehealth Network shall include at least two of the following entities (at least one of which shall be a community-based health care provider):

  • School-based health centers
  • Community health centers or other federally qualified health centers
  • Health care providers, including pharmacists, in private practice
  • Entities operating clinics, including rural health clinics
  • Local health departments
  • Nonprofit hospitals, including community (critical) access hospitals
  • Other publicly funded health or social service agencies
  • Long-term care providers
  • Providers of health care services in the home
  • Providers of outpatient mental health services and entities operating outpatient mental health facilities
  • Local or regional emergency health care providers
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Entities operating dental clinics

Healthy Heart this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, here are some facts and resources to celebrate American Heart Month and focus on heart health.

@CDCDiabetes tweeted some healthy Valentine’s Day Coupons.

For that healthy meal, you can find heart-healthy recipes at Million Hearts®:

@Surgeon_General tweeted, “Physical activity like walking an avg of 22 min/day can help reduce risk of chronic illness like heart disease.”

The HHS Office of Minority Health bloggers shared why a healthy heart is important and how to combat some risk factors:

Healthy Weight for Healthy Women: Disrupting a Lethal Legacy,

Healthy is Strong: Help African American Men Be Strong and Put Their Heart Health First,

For more information on heart disease in African American men, join the twitter #HeartMonthChat on February 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET, hosted by Million Hearts® and Men’s Health Network.

For more information on heart disease, check out these MedlinePlus Health Topics:

Heart Diseases,

Heart Diseases–Prevention,

NIH Launches New Public Health Campaign

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that uncontrolled high blood pressure is not only the leading cause of stroke but may also be linked to cognitive decline and dementia. The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a public health education campaign called Mind Your Risks. The campaign is designed to raise awareness about how controlling the risk factors for stroke in middle age, particularly high blood pressure, may reduce the risk of cognitive decline later in life. For information and resources

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 21-27

The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating disorders and improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. Millions of people across the country suffer from eating disorders, but by increasing awareness and access to resources, we can encourage early detection and intervention. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, so early intervention can mean saving lives. Learn more at

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The 11th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on March 10, 2016. The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), , at the end of 2010, women accounted for one in four people living with HIV infection in the United States. Compared with women of other racial/ethnic groups, African-American women and Hispanic/Latino women are disproportionately affected by HIV. These facts underscore the importance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is observed on March 10. The annual observance joins together organizations and communities in a nationwide effort to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to protect women and girls from HIV.  Go to and for useful education materials as well as

Walking: A simple route to improving your health​

The February 2016 issue of The Nation’s Health contains a shareable handout in English, Spanish, and easy-to-read versions on the benefits of walking.

Walking: A simple route to improving your health​ (American Public Health Association):


Bladder Health – Guide for community and faith-based groups

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Center for Faith-based and and Neighborhood Partnerships, in conjunction with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, has a new guide for community and faith-based leaders on Bladder Health.

Bladder Health: What Health Ministers Need to Know: (.pdf)


New MedlinePlus Health Topic – Zika Virus

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en Español have new health topic pages on Zika Virus. The pages contain latest health news and consumer health resources. The English-language page also has links to PubMed/MEDLINE abstracts.

Zika Virus:

Virus del Zika:


National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: (PDF)