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Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities recording

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved shared the recording of “Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities,” a presentation given by Susan White, MD on February 28, 2017. “This workshop reviews online tools that offer both general and community specific interactive learning activities to help primary care providers better understand the community and the challenges of their patients. A variety of tools including Spent, bias assessment, medication simulation, Dartmouth Health Atlas, Google Maps, and community food resources will be presented.”

National Public Health Week April 3-9, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has a website showcasing ways you can participate in National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 3rd through 9th, 2017. You can join in the twitter chat on April 5th, become a NPHW partner, post events you will be hosting, and much more. There is also a toolkit, complete with fact sheets, to help promote NPHW and/or organize your own events.

Become a Summer Food Service Program sponsor

Monday, March 27th, 2017

“Sponsors must be organizations that are fully capable of managing a food service program. To be a sponsor, you must follow regulations and be responsible, financially and administratively, for running your program.

The following types of organizations can be sponsors:

  • Public or private nonprofit schools
  • Units of local, municipal, county, tribal, or State government
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Public or private nonprofit camps
  • Public or private nonprofit universities or colleges”

The USDA lists additional guidelines and roles on How to Become a Sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). They also provide links to state contacts and deadlines.

Food Product Dating Information and Factsheet

Friday, March 24th, 2017

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?Food-related illness can be quite serious, even life threatening, particularly for an older person. Understanding product dates is one way to help you make safe food choices about perishable foods you buy at the grocery store, like meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Learn more about food product dating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lsfl

Chronic Care Management Resource

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs. Connected Care is a nationwide effort within fee-for-service Medicare that includes a focus on racial and ethnic minorities as well as rural populations, who tend to have higher rates of chronic disease. To access the resources, please see: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7d9f

All of Us Research Program

Friday, March 24th, 2017

As part of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the NIH is leading the effort to build a national, large-scale research enterprise with one million or more volunteers to extend precision medicine to all diseases. The All of Us Research Program, formerly known as the PMI Cohort Program, will be a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics to produce new knowledge with the goal of developing more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease. Read more about the program: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/y8fn

NIMHD Research Endowment Grants for Higher Education

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The purpose of this program is is to strengthen the research and training capacity/infrastructure at eligible institutions of higher education to facilitate minority health and health disparities research. The NIMHD Endowment Program for Increasing Research and Institutional Resources grants are made to create a permanent institutional endowment fund to support institutional resources and research capacity building…The NIMHD Research Endowment Program does not directly support research projects itself. Specific activities may be designed to include, but are not limited to:

  • Strengthen the research infrastructure through the development and enhancement of information systems and technology that support research capacity;
  • Enhance the academic environment by creating challenging courses in such topics as research methodology and health disparities as additions to the curriculum; and
  • Enhance the recruitment and retention of established scientific faculty with exceptional expertise in the clinical, population, behavioral, and social sciences or facilitate the recruitment of new scientists in these disciplines.

Text from Grants.gov FOA RFA-MD-17-004

Chemicals in Cigarettes (in English and Spanish)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a set of videos and interactive tools to lay the foundation for an important public health goal: to publish a list of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco in a way that is easy to understand. These videos provide the opportunity to explore the production of cigarettes from plant to product to production to puff. These education tools are also available in Spanish from the FDA website: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/yyn2.

Flu Expected to Continue Several More Weeks

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

According to the latest CDC Update, flu is expected to continue for several more weeks. Influenza activity in the United States began to increase in mid-December, remained elevated through February 4, 2017, and is expected to continue. To date, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated overall, but influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses have also been identified.

CDC collects, compiles, and analyzes data on influenza activity year round in the United States. Timing of influenza activity and predominant circulating influenza viruses vary by season. For more details, see the article itself.

Blanton L, Mustaquim D, Alabi N, et al. Update: Influenza Activity — United States, October 2, 2016–February 4, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:159–166.
https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zlg2

HHS announces the Move Health Data Forward Challenge Winners

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge. Winning submissions will now move on to the challenge’s last phase to develop applications that will allow individuals to share their personal health information safely and securely with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers.

Phase 1 of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge required applicants to submit their plans describing how they would develop solutions to help with the flow of health information. The ten Phase 1 winners were awarded $5,000 each and moved on to Phase 2, which required participants to demonstrate a viable solution to achieve those goals by allowing for the safe and secure exchange of consumer or provider health records.

Each Phase 2 winner below will receive a $20,000 award: CedarBridge Group LLC, EMR Direct, Foxhall Wythe LLC, Live and Leave Well, LLC, and Lush Group, Inc. Some of the projects entail smart phone or web-based application for consumer mediated health data exchange.

The five Phase 2 winners now move to Phase 3 which will award $50,000 for up to two winners based on the participant’s ability to implement their solution through the development of a mobile or web-based application.

For more information and to read the descriptions of the projects, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/6xj5