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Funding Opportunity Announcements from the Office of Minority Health (OMH)

FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcements from the Office of Minority Health (OMH)

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. OMH currently has four funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for which applications are being accepted.

Read more at the OMH’s Current Grants page.

For more information about outreach activities and resources, visit the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page

The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) manages and develops programs to eliminate disparities in health information access by providing community outreach support, training health professionals on NLM’s health information databases, and designing websites that discuss the concerns of various racial and ethnic groups. These programs reach health professionals, public health workers and the general public, especially about health issues that disproportionately impact minorities such as environmental exposures and HIV/AIDS.  OSPB collaborates with other components of NLM involved in similar activities, particularly the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® and the Office of Health Information Programs Development.

The Diversity of Data: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is hosting the upcoming MLA webcast:  The Diversity of Data:  Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship

When:  Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:00-3:30 pm

Where:  Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North, Worcester, MA  (in the library’s computer classroom)

Attendees are eligible for 1.5 MLA CE credits. There is no charge to attend this program, but due to space limitations, advance registration is required.

Got questions? Contact Donna Kafel, e-Science Program Coordinator at

This webcast is designed to provide health sciences librarians with an introduction to data management, including use of data in the research landscape and the current climate around data management in biomedical research. Three librarians working with data management at their institutions will present case studies and examples of products and services they have implemented, and provide strategies and success stories about what has worked to get data management services up and running at their libraries.

Webinar on Community Health Status Indicators

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine to Co-Host Webinar on Newly-Released Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application

This CDC/NLM webinar (Tuesday, March 24, reprised on Thursday, March 26) will provide an overview of the new features and redesign of CDC’s Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 online Web application. Learn firsthand from experts who developed CHSI 2015 about how best to use this redesigned and newly released web application to support community health and health need assessment and population health improvement.

Please register for either session. After your registration has been received, you will be sent instructions for joining the meeting.

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) 2015 Web Application Briefing (1 hour)
Thursday, March 26, 2015
11:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Can’t register? Contact support.

About CHSI 2015

CHSI 2015 is an interactive online tool that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes that describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 supports comparisons to peer counties, HP 2020 targets and national performance, and is designed to complement other available sources of community health indicators including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. First issued in 2000, CHSI 2015 represents the collaboration of public health partners in the public, non-profit and research communities, including the National Library of Medicine. Visit the new CHSI Web application today!

What Shapes Health? A Story about Data Visualization

It was an amazing a-ha moment. We kind of blinked at each other, and then simultaneously said ‘We got to do something.’ – Dr. Nancy Hardt, University of Florida

This week on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered was a story of what happened when Dr. Nancy Hardt, an OB-GYN, used data from Medicaid birth records to see where children were born into poverty in Gainesville, FL to try and identify ways to intervene and prevent poor childhood health outcomes. She was surprised to see a 1 square mile high-density ‘hot spot’ of births in dark blue appear in her map above. Dr. Hardt was encouraged to share her map with Sheriff Sadie Darnell, who pulled out a map of her own of Gainesville.

Sheriff Darnell’s map showed an exact overlay with the ‘hot spot’ on Dr. Hardt’s map of the highest crime rates in the city. By visiting the area they identified many things in the community that were barriers to good health including hunger, substandard housing, and a lack of medical care facilities – the closest location for uninsured patients was a 2 hour bus ride each way to the county health department. You’ll want to check out the rest of A Sheriff and A Doctor Team Up to Map Childhood Trauma to learn more about a mobile health clinic, what data from additional maps showed, and other steps they have taken since to help improve health outcomes for the community.

This story is the latest from the NPR series What Shapes Health, which was inspired in response to a recent Robert Wood Johnson Foundation poll about what beliefs and concerns Americans have regarding health. You can read an overview and download the full report of their results at

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