“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.
“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
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
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
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognize March 28 as American Diabetes Association Alert Day. For further information and resources, please see the ADA, including risk tests, tips, healthy recipes and more. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases also offers videos, tools and prevention tips.
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities introduces a new tool to help with their commitment to addressing language barrier and improving health information literacy. The Language Access Portal is meant to be a resource for researchers, public and community health professionals, healthcare providers and other who work with populations subject to health disparities. The portal includes health resources in selected languages for subject areas where health disparities have been identified, such as Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV, Immunizations and Infant Mortality. The portal will be a convenient place to access resource from many different sources.
Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is available free online to everyone. Community Health Workers are being trained in Appalachia, using the curriculum, to educate patients on dental hygiene and oral health, to help reduce dental health disparities in rural America. Social determinants of health, poor health literacy, and health habits can lead to oral health issues. Read more about the Regional Oral Health Pathways project at the Rural Health Information Hub.
Familias en Acción is a Latino-serving community based-organization that delivers culturally specific training for health professionals and health education for the Latino community. It has multiple professional development opportunities available:
Care of Latinos with Serious Illnesses: A Palliative Approach, a free online course for Nursing Students
This short, four module course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in interactions with patients and families with low health literacy. The result will help you and your organization better serve your Latino patients and their families with serious illnesses, leading to improved health outcomes.
Implementation Guide for Community Partnership Model: Improving Health Outcomes by Linking Community-based Community Health Workers with Health Systems
This guide discusses the rationale and describes the steps to implement a working partnership between Health Systems and Community Based Organizations – from planning through implementation, using the partnership between Familias en Acción and Kaiser Permanente Northwest as an example.
Text adapted from Familias en Acción website and releases
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
Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) (PAR-17-159)
The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health…To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information. Novel data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library.
Deadlines are May 1, 2017 and March 19, 2018.