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Addressing Disparities Research Grants

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2016

To read a summary, visit http://bit.ly/1PHwmH8

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

Healthy Heart this Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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. http://bit.ly/1LjL1GJ

For that healthy meal, you can find heart-healthy recipes at Million Hearts®: http://1.usa.gov/1SKSI0L

@Surgeon_General tweeted, “Physical activity like walking an avg of 22 min/day can help reduce risk of chronic illness like heart disease.” http://bit.ly/1Rw1MVx

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, http://1.usa.gov/1TbsEdu

Healthy is Strong: Help African American Men Be Strong and Put Their Heart Health First, http://1.usa.gov/1WgQvaW

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. http://bit.ly/1SKTUBe

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

Heart Diseases, http://1.usa.gov/1PRd8SO

Heart Diseases–Prevention, http://1.usa.gov/1MBXTqV

OMH Funding Opportunity: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) (MP-CPI-16-002)

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program (Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-002). ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.

A technical assistance webinar for interested applicants will be on March 9, 2016 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH Website: http://1.usa.gov/1TING3x

Visit Grants.gov for more information and to submit an application: http://1.usa.gov/1S5ceEy

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Please join the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and Administration for Children and Families grantee Northwest Network of Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse as they share innovative approaches to working with LGBTQ youth to build healthy relationships and communities. Attendees will learn about Love+, a domestic and sexual violence prevention project that works with young people to build violence prevention messages and explore what peer educators can do to support LGBTQ youth and envision a world where all people can have access to loving equitable relationships and communities.

Webinar: Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST
Register: http://bit.ly/1QhMLBH

Videos from Health Literacy Summit

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Eighteen presentations are available to watch online from the 2015 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit: Better Health Through Better Communication, http://1.usa.gov/20ul6s0.

Video Presentations include:

  • Using Social Media to Communicate Health Literate Messages
  • The 60% Challenge: Seniors and Health Literacy
  • Better Health and Healthcare for ESL Adults through Education
  • From Non-compliance to Exceptionalism: Changing the low health literacy story (aka Improving 30-day Hospital readmissions with an In-home Literacy Curriculum)
  • Health Information Seeking Behaviors of Adults with Low Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving Skills: Results from the 2012 US PIAAC Study

For more information about the summit, visit their web page: http://bit.ly/1mgJAST

Cultural Competency to Address Health Disparities

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The National Partnership for Action and Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) developed information about cultural competency and its importance in addressing bias and achieving health equity.

The Southeastern Health Equity Council published a white paper entitled “Cultural Competency: What is it and Why is it Necessary?” as well as a “Cultural Competency Resource Guide.” Both publications can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1T0Zj6F.

The Mid-Atlantic RHEC hosted a webinar on July 15, 2015 about “The Importance of Equity for All: How Cultural Competency and Unconscious Bias Influences Health and Quality of Life.” The recording is available on this page: http://bit.ly/1THiEJt

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Reports Increase in Birth Defect of Abdominal Wall

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC reports that a problematic birth defect of the abdominal wall called Gastroschsis, is worsening in the United States. In the past 18 years, reports of gastrochisis has doubled. Often, mothers under the age of 20 are affected. More troubling, non-Hispanic mothers saw the largest increase in percentage from 1995 to 2012. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/20GCTcf

Improving Cultural Competence

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has release a new publication, Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 59: Improving Cultural Competence.  This free resource will benefit you and your organization by assisting professional care providers and administrators in understanding the role of culture in the delivery of substance abuse and mental health services by enabling opportunities to discuss racial, ethnic, and cultural considerations and the core elements of cultural competence. To access this publication go to http://1.usa.gov/1JHVm3A

Teenage Pregnancy Down 61% Since 1991

Monday, January 4th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, teenage pregnancy in the United States is at its lowest rate ever. However, racial and ethnic disparities still exist.

For more information, check out QuickStats: Birth Rates Among Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1991 and 2014http://1.usa.gov/1VBJsKg

MedlinePlus has resources on prevention of teenage pregnancy and for pregnant girls and their partners: http://1.usa.gov/1RlRR3R

Order a Year in Health planners

Friday, December 18th, 2015

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has multicultural 2016 planners that provide tips for staying healthy throughout the year.

There are four planners available for download or bulk order:

  • African American Health Planner
  • American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian Health Planner
  • Asian American / Pacific Islander Health Planner
  • Hispanic / Latino Health Planner (bilingual)

Planners: http://1.usa.gov/1IdTi2Y