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Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement

The purpose of this program is to disseminate and market rural health services research funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to diverse audiences, such as decision makers and rural stakeholders at national, state, and community levels, with the goal of informing and raising awareness of key policy issues important to rural communities. The successful applicant with develop and maintain a website and strategies to share the research. For more information, visit

Text adapted from the information page for this FORHP grant.

NIH Big Data Grants

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has several grants available to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. A list of the funding opportunities can be found on the NLM BD2K Grants page. Here are examples of currently open grants:

  • NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science with a focus on research experiences (for faculty and undergrads) and curriculum or methods development for undergraduate courses.
  • BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists for graduate students in biomedical sciences.
  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts
  • Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data



Liver Disease Disparities

Veterans with liver disease are a vulnerable group that faces health disparities. The Department of Veterans Affairs in conjunction wit the Office of Health Equity has created a dashboard to raise awareness of potential disparities and promote equitable diagnosis and treatment of underserved veterans with hepatitis C and advanced liver disease:

Open Use Playgrounds and Schoolyards

Salud America provides a toolkit for communities to work towards open use of school fields, playgrounds and other recreational facilities outside of school hours. The toolkit outlines how to talk to school leaders to consider how to create an open use policy to increase and encourage physical activity which can improved health and lower the risk of disease. Download the toolkit here:


Turn the Tide on the Prescription Drug Epidemic

While an epidemic of prescription opioid abuse has swept across the United States, African-Americans and Hispanics have been affected at much lower rates than whites, according to the New York Times. According to research, minority patients use fewer opioids, for various reasons ancluding a lack of insurance coverage. But the researchers have also found evidence of racial bias and stereotyping in recognizing and treating pain among minorities, particularly blackp atients. Minorities tend to receive less treatment for pain than whites, and suffer more disability as a result.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is making efforts to reverse the trends of the nation’s prescription opioid epidemic. In a letter to health professionals, Murthy expressed understanding of the challenge in balancing a patient’s pain with the increasing risk of addiction, but explained that health professionals were uniquely positioned to have a positive impact. He urged them to visit the Turn the Tide Rx website: for information including fact sheets, dosing calculators and treatment guidelines.

Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website

1,000 Grandmothers Project

Every year, some 3,500 Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUIDs), or deaths among infants under 1 year of age that happen suddenly, occur in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The American Indian/Alaska Native population has the highest rate of SUIDs of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. The International Association for Indigenous Aging, a nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN populations, implemented the 1,000 Grandmothers Project to engage Native elders (specifically grandmothers) in reducing the rate of SUIDs by educating and mentoring young Native parents and future parents about safe sleep practices for infants during traditional activities. Learn more and access the project resources at


Aware in Care toolkit

The National Parkinson Foundation has developed the free Aware in Care kit with tools and information to share with hospital staff during a planned or emergency hospital visit. A recent study reported that many of those with Parkinson’s often do not receive their medications when needed while at the hospital putting them at a greater risk while there. This Aware in Care kit will assist hospital staff  informed during these visits.  These kits can be requested from your local chapter or center at If in Canada, call Parkinson Alberta at 1-877-243-9992 to order your kit. Find out more at

Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing Webinar

September 19, 2016 at 3pm CDT / 4pm EDT

The HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center is hosting an introductory webinar for community based organizations that want to respond to federal funding announcements. This webinar covers the basics from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM), to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding.

Text from HHS OMHRC

Using the Rankings Data: On beyond your county snapshot Webinar

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:00pm CDT / 3:00pm EDT
Information and registration: 

The County Health Rankings snapshots are a great starting point for community conversations about ways to improve health. Did you know that there is a guide that can help you get the most out of the Rankings and a wealth of underlying data, widen your focus beyond the Rankings’ specific measures with links to additional county-level data, visualize where the assets and weaknesses are in your community, and learn about how other communities are using the Rankings? This brief, 20 minute webinar will focus on the Using the Rankings Data guide which can help you find and understand the data on our site–and beyond. There will be time for Q&A. All in a quick 20 minutes!

Text from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program