Friday, April 28, 2017

Funding Opportunity

Dept of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families - ACYF/CB

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Estimated Award Date: Sep 29, 2017
Estimated Project Start Date: Sep 29, 2017
Application Due Date: Jun 30, 2017  Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, on the listed application due date.

The purpose of this forecasted funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide competitive grant funds for projects of up to 5 years, authorized by the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-34). This Act includes a targeted grants program (section 437(f)) that directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reserve funds for regional partnership grants (RPGs) to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse. These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services and activities that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent's or caretaker's substance abuse. Native communities face service delivery issues that are complicated by several barriers such as, lack of early intervention for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, distances to services, and lack of access to programs and services. The goal of the program, services, and activities supported by these funds is to improve the well-being of children and families affected by parental substance abuse in AI/AN communities. Per the legislative requirements, RPGs are required to select and report on performance indicators and evaluation measures to increase the knowledge that can be gained from the program. Partnerships will: Use specific, well-defined, and evidence-based programs and/or promising practices that are also trauma-informed and targeted to the identified population; Conduct an evaluation that is sufficiently rigorous to contribute to the evidence base on service delivery, outcomes and costs associated with the project's chosen interventions; Participate in the national cross-site evaluation, which includes an implementation and partnership study, an outcomes study, and an impact study. PLEASE SEE ALSO FORECAST FOR REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP GRANTS TO INCREASE THE WELL-BEING OF, AND TO IMPROVE THE PERMANENCY OUTCOMES FOR, CHILDREN AFFECTED BY SUBSTANCE ABUSE.
Eligible Applicants:
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Small businesses
County governments
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
State governments
City or township governments

Webinar: The Power of Prevention

Dialogue4HealthIn this special Dialogue4Health Web Forum, public health leaders and innovators Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Larry Cohen will discuss the role of prevention and equity in our current climate with a particular focus on preventing violence to advance health. Debora
h and Larry’s collective work to advance health and equity and to define violence as a public health issue is described in Larry’s new book, Prevention Diaries: The Practice and Pursuit of Health for All. Through colorful stories, Larry illustrates the impact that systems, policies, industries, and environments have on health—often in unexpected ways. Our presenters’ informative and inspiring conversation will draw from Prevention Diaries and highlight lessons from their decades of research and work in community health improvement through prevention and social change.
Please join us for a conversation and Q&A session with these notable experts. Registration is free and open to anyone interested in participating in this event, which is made possible by funding from the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation. Closed captioning will be available.
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Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD, Dean, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science
Larry Cohen, MSW, Executive Director, Prevention Institute

Working to Raise Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities

April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.”
Minority Health Month group photo imageFDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) is committed to the HHS mission of advancing health equity, and our office works year-round to advance FDA’s message of ensuring the safety and efficacy of our nation’s food supply and medical products to all communities, but with a focus on minority groups. 
The first HHS Office of Minority Health was established nearly three decades ago and FDA’s own office came into being in 2010. In the intervening years, we have made significant progress. But we are reminded daily that there is still more to be accomplished in the fight to reduce and eliminate health disparities. Today, minority communities and those at the lower socioeconomic rungs still remain disproportionately burdened by chronic disease and are much more likely to succumb to certain illnesses. Continue reading 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period

CMS: NEW Data on Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the CMS Office of Minority Health has released a data highlight that – for the first time ever – examines Marketplace enrollment activity by racial and ethnic subgroup, as well as spoken and written language preference.  Race, Ethnicity, and Language Preference in the Health Insurance Marketplaces 2017 Open Enrollment Period provides information at the national level and state level for Marketplace consumers ages 18-64 in the 39 states utilizing the eligibility and enrollment platform during the 2017 Open Enrollment Period (OEP).
Some of the findings include:
·         Of all 2017 OEP Marketplace consumers ages 18-64 who attested to a specific race, 10% were Asian. Among Asians, the most common subgroups selected were Vietnamese (26%) and Asian Indian (24%).
·         Overall, 10% of consumers ages 18-64 attested to a Hispanic ethnicity. Of those adult consumers who indicated that they were Hispanic, almost half (44%) were Mexican.
·         The far majority of consumers ages 18-64 who selected a preferred spoken language selected English (90%), followed by Spanish (8%).
·         Among consumers with known spoken language preferences, the majority who preferred Spanish (56%) lived in Florida, while more than a third of those who preferred Vietnamese (35%) lived in Texas.

CALL FOR PAPERS for an Interdisciplinary Publication about Women's Health in Utah

The University of Utah’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, in collaboration with The Utah Department of Health and the Utah Women’s Health Coalition, is preparing an interdisciplinary publication devoted to Women's Health in Utah.

This will be an opportunity to highlight how far we have come in the last decade (when the women’s health update was last published), to shed light on gender differences and the areas where gender disparities continue to exist, and to bring to light new health concerns that need to be addressed.
(See 2007 version at:

We invite original research papers, policy analysis, and data snapshots that address Women's Health Issues in Utah through a sex and gender lens

Contributors are encouraged to consider the intersection of physical and reproductive health, social health, emotional health, occupational and financial health, environmental health, intellectual health and spiritual health (our 7 Domains of Health).

1.) Overall State Health  2.) Healthcare Coverage & Access 3.) Occupational & Economic Health 4.) Environmental Health 5.) Sexual & Reproductive Health 6.) Maternal & Perinatal Health 7.) Infant & Child Health 8.) Adolescent Health 9.) Screening & Disease 10.)Substance Use & Abuse 11.)Health Disparities in Special Populations

Steps for Submission:
Go to Registration
Register self as new user- Register
Author-Start a New Submission
Select the section you feel is most relevant to your topic (this can be changed later)
Complete Submission Checklist
Complete copyright agreement
Upload word document with images and tables embedded
Complete authorship information and metadata
Abstracts are not required for the data snapshot submissions
Follow author instruction regarding the abstract style for original research
References can be submitted as part of the main file
Supplemental information can be uploaded separately in step 4. * you may want to use this option if file size is greater than 10megabytes
Finish Submission

This is a great opportunity for students, faculty, clinicians, researchers, public health professionals, and women’s health advocates to contribute to the conversation on Women’s Health in our state. Please join us in our effort to update knowledge surrounding Women’s health issues in our community and to create a tool that can be used to improve health in Utah for years to come.
Deadline for submission is June 1 and will assign reviewers at that time. We are anticipating publication in the Fall 2017.

Jessica Nichols Sanders, PhD, MSPH  |  Editor
Family Planning Research Director
General Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Utah  |  School of Medicine

American Indian and Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series: The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

Join us for a special webinar hosted by the American Indian and 
Alaska Native NPA Caucus!

AI AN April 2017 Webinar BannerThe National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA) marks the first tribally informed blueprint for improving behavioral health outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The TBHA was developed collaboratively by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Indian Health Service, and National Indian Health Board (NIHB) in close consultation with tribal leaders.

During this webinar, NIHB staff will provide an in-depth analysis of the TBHA, including its five foundational elements, and will provide an overview of the various strategies and recommendations it puts forth for addressing behavioral health concerns.

TOPIC: Coordination and Collaboration for Native Communities: The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

DATE: April 26, 2017

TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Moderator: Tamara Fulwyler, Member, American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus

Shervin Aazami, Public Health Project Coordinator, National Indian Health Board

Register Here*: 

View the abstract and bios here:

The American Indian and Alaska Native National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Caucus provides a forum for members to increase dialogue across the country and to coordinate and enhance tribal, state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health for AI/ANs.

Visit the AI/AN NPA Caucus website for more information:

*If the registration link does not work, please copy the entire link and paste it into your web browser. For webinar-specific questions, contact the moderator

Monday, April 24, 2017

Webinar Series: Applying A Cultural Competency Lens to Human Trafficking

Revised Human Trafficking Webinar banner
Are you interested in learning more about cultural competency and utilizing cultural competency resources?

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) released its Cultural Competency Resource Guide in fall 2015. This guide is comprised of resources, trainers, institutions, and publications about cultural and linguistic competency that can be shared with the 10 Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs), stakeholders, and partners to help address cultural barriers with healthcare systems. Additionally, this guide includes important terms for members of the SHEC to become familiar with as the Council develops a common language around cultural competency. To view the resource guide, visit

To follow up with the release of the Cultural Competency Resource Guide, the SHEC will host four webinars in various regions of the country.  The webinars will include speakers from organizations that focus on cultural competency.  Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to accomplish the following from the specific organizational perspective:

Identify human trafficking victimization;

  • Describe the intersectionality of social determinants and human trafficking;
  • Explain the importance of trauma-informed care through a cultural competency lens;
  • Discuss best practices for multidisciplinary and collaborative partnerships; and
  • Identify cultural competency assessment and evaluation tools

During this webinar, Sunny Slaughter will share her trademark presentation, "Marginalized. Masked. Missed.™", a discussion on addressing human trafficking victimization through a cultural competency lens.

DATE: April 27, 2017

TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Moderators: Lynette M. Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Research in Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate Mary Black School of Nursing
Presenter: Sunnetta “Sunny” Slaughter, CEO and Principal Consultant, Sunny Slaughter Consulting, and Co-Chair of Violence as a Public Health Issue Committee, SHEC (Region IV)

Sunny Slaughter, LLC provides training, subject matter expertise and consulting on business and crime and safety. Ms. Slaughter offers over 30 years of executive leadership as a policy strategist, facilitator, law enforcement instructor, expert, and TEDx speaker. For the past decade, she has focused on the complexity of human trafficking schemes and the intersectionality of social determinants and the importance of responsive and responsible delivery of care through a cultural competency lens.

Register Here: 

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is one of 10 regional health equity councils formed in 2011 as a part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The NPA is a national movement with the mission to improve the effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through coordination of leaders, partners and stakeholders that are committed to action. SHEC is a coalition of leaders and health disparities experts representing several sectors and the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. SHEC envisions a region free of disparities in health and healthcare, where all people attain the highest level of health. Visit SHEC’s website for more information: