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SAMHSA Resources for Pride Month

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has put together an extensive list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) focused substance abuse and mental health resources. From the SAMHSA page:

SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include encouraging States to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources, promoting a sexual and gender minority focus infunding announcements where it is appropriate, supporting creation of sexual orientation questions for HHS national surveys, and providing ongoing leadership to help stop bullying of LGBT youth that includes significant participation in the development of the LGBT section for, a major resource for helping victims, potential victims and their families, and for raising public awareness

For more information and the full list of resources, visit the SAMHSA LGBT page:

June 8th is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Friday, June 6th, 2014

June 8th, is the eight day of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States and the first day of what will become an annual observance of -National Caribbean-American Health/AIDS Awareness Day. NCAHAAD is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Caribbean-American and Caribbean-born individuals, across the United States and its territories, to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved. It is also a time to reflect, memorialize and show compassion for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is a day of hope for the future of a Caribbean and Caribbean American community with available preventive health care as a daily part of life and a Caribbean Diaspora free of AIDS. Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
National Caribbean-American Health and AIDS Awareness Day(NCAHAAD):

Funding Opportunity: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.

The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee groups who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.

ORR places a strong emphasis on projects with a two-fold aim: 1) strengthening of the applicant’s organizational capacity 2) provision of SMART services (Specific Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to refugees. Such services may include both direct and referral services.

Ethnic Community Self Help Program Funding Announcement:

Women’s Health USA 2013

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Health Resources and Services Administration – Provides information on women’s health including sections on population characteristics, health status, health behaviors, health indicators, reproductive and maternal health, special populations and health services utilization.

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) FOA  has been reissued April 29, 2014. The G08 program provides funding for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. For more information about the G08 FOA see

The application deadline is July 30, 2014.

If there are questions, please contact:  Dr. Alan VanBiervliet, NLM –

Using Health IT To Improve Disparities

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

A recent blog post by two Morehouse School of Medicine faculty members underscores the importance of using health IT to improve health disparities: The authors encourage the use of EHR technology in underserved communities and point out the lower rate of adoption of the technology by providers who serve these populations.

Minority patients are also less likely to use patient portals which can improve their health outcomes, according to FierceHealthIT, and supported by a Kaiser Permanente study:

The Health and Human Services Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines ways to improve access to care by adoption of electronic systems for patients and providers:

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Community Paramedicine encourages EMTs and paramedics to serve in expanded roles to connect underutilized resources to underserved populations. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Community Paramedicine Evaluation Tool enables communities to assess current programs and plan for future development. See more tools and resources at:

Substance Abuse Services at Urban Indian Health Organizations

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Urban Indian Health Institute announces a new report, “Supporting Wellness: Substance Abuse Services at Urban Indian Health Organizations”:

The report documents the critical services available at Urban Indian Health Organizations to address substance abuse needs. The report also highlights programmatic achievements and factors contributing to success; presents vignettes of select organizations and provides recommendations to support future efforts to address substance abuse needs in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

News from the CDC

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The key findings from a series of CDC reports released online today by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) has found that American Indian and Alaska Native death rates are nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites.

“The authors reviewed trends from 1990 through 2009, and compared death rates between AI/AN people and non-Hispanic whites by geographic regions for a more recent time period (1999-2009).”

“The report concludes that patterns of mortality are strongly influenced by the high incidence of diabetes, smoking prevalence, problem drinking, and health-harming social determinants. Many of the observed excess deaths can be addressed through evidence-based public health interventions.”

For more information, the articles from the report will be in the AJPH “First Lookearly online section at 4:00 pm EST today, 4/23/2014.

Fighting Diabetes’ Deadly Impact on Minorities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

FDA Consumer Update –  You inherit more than your eye and hair color from your family. You can also inherit a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular. To learn more visit: