HHS Community Health News

Community Health News and Resources

Newly Released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension

Nearly one in two adults have hypertension, and only about one in four people have it under control—placing millions of Americans at heightened risk for heart disease and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in the U.S.  Read the Call to Action for resources that will start improving high blood pressure control in your community.

Oct. 15 National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA), the Hispanic Federation, and other groups organize this day to better reach Hispanic/Latino communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care. Visit the HHS Minority Population Profiles to learn how HIV/AIDS is impacting these communities.

October is National Health Literacy Month

Visit the HHS Office of Minority Health’s Think Cultural Health website for information on how to provide effective communication that considers the cultural, health literacy, and language needs of the populations you serve.

Serving on the Frontlines: The Impact of Faith and Community Leaders Countering Human Trafficking for Over 20 Years

Upcoming Webinar: Thurs. Oct. 15, 2020. 2:00 p.m. EDT, Register here

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.  Join this webinar highlighting the contributions of faith and community leaders who have worked diligently  to counter the detrimental effects of modern day slavery in all of its forms.

COVID-19 Related News and Updates

Episode 1: Tell Me More About Vaccines

Right now, researchers and scientists are working to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Learn in a newly released 6.5 minute HHS video what makes vaccines so important, and how history, science, experience, and ingenuity all point to the eventual development of one or more successful vaccines against the coronavirus.

Updated Guidance on How COVID-19 Spreads 

CDC updated its guidance on how COVID-19 spreads and includes information about the potential for the airborne spread of the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).  This update acknowledges the existence of some reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area.  In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise.  *Also read Scientific Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Potential Airborne Transmission

Adolescent with COVID-19 as the Source of an Outbreak at a 3-Week Family Gathering

There is increasing evidence that children and adolescents can transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Read about the CDC investigation supporting this evidence here.

COVID-19 Partner Update October 19, 2020: Campus Guidebook – Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities

Mon. Oct 19, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EDT,  Register here.

CDC experts share updates on their COVID-19 response and include a presentation on Slowing the Spread at US Colleges and Universities. Submit your questions by 10/14 to eocevent337@cdc.gov with “Partner Call 10/19” in the subject line.   *You can also register for the Oct. 26 CDC Partner Update “Take the Fright Out of Fall Holidays- Gatherings and Travel Guidancehere.

In Case You Missed It

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While it is known that communities have faced mental health challenges related to COVID-19–associated morbidity, mortality, and mitigation activities, new data reports that during June 24–30, 2020, younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.  Read the report for implications related to public health practices.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

*For funding resources targeted to rural communities browse the Online Library: Funding & Opportunities. RHIhub identifies and summarizes funding and opportunities for rural communities, including federal, state, and foundation opportunities.

Appalachian Investments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative

The INvestments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative is a $10 million initiative that will provide funding to assist in moving individuals from substance abuse treatment to recovery to employment, with a focus on services that enable and support individual successful entry or reentry into the workforce. Letter of Intent (Required)- Oct 16, 2020.  Closing date: Nov 13, 2020

Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations

NOT-MH-20-073 — The National Institute of Mental Health seeks time-sensitive input from all interested parties on the most innovative research and research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority and health disparities populations. Learn more hereResponse date: Oct. 30, 2020.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), financing and grant funding for agriculture producers and rural small businesses is available to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Geographic coverage: Nationwide.  Closing date: Nov 2, 2020.

Combating Opioid Overdose through Community-level Intervention
Projects must evaluate these community-based efforts to assess their efficacy in reducing opioid-involved overdose and other harms of opioid use, particularly in the regions of the United States with the highest rates of fatal and non-fatal opioid-involved overdoses. Closing date: Nov. 2, 2020.

DOL H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program

FOA-ETA-20-12  Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration- The H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program aims to alleviate healthcare workforce shortages by creating sustainable employment and training programs in healthcare occupations (including behavioral and mental healthcare) serving rural populations. Closing date: Nov. 13, 2020.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

HRSA-21-021 – The purpose of this grant program is to promote the development of integrated health care networks and bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care.  Closing date: Nov. 16, 2020.

Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

The CDC supports the development and implementation of high-impact HIV prevention programs, including PrEP and nPEP services. Closing date: Nov. 20, 2020.

MAT Waiver Eligibility Training
A free online and computer-based training series for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants that satisfies some of the requirements to obtain a waiver for prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. Closing date: Nov. 23, 2020.

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

HRSA-21-027 — The Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations in the local community or region. Closing date: Dec. 1, 2020.

Youth Garden Grant
Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Awards will include funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Closing date: Dec. 18, 2020.

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program
Grants for communities without broadband access to provide residential and business broadband service and connect facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Closing date: Dec. 23, 2020.

 

HHS Community Health News- Oct. 5-9, 2020

COVID-19 Related News

Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

The final report was released and includes recommendations for ensuring equity in distribution and access to the vaccine. Read the summary of Recommendations here.

Secretary Azar Testifies Before Congress on the Administration’s Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Last week HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified during a lengthy meeting of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn.  Read his statement here.

HHS has Announced $20 Billion in New Phase 3 Provider Relief Funding

Under this Phase 3 General Distribution allocation, providers who have already received Provider Relief Fund payments will be invited to apply for additional funding.  Also invited to apply are previously ineligible providers and an expanded group of behavioral health providers.  Providers can begin applying today, Oct. 5, 2020.

HHS Announces State Distribution of the Abbot BinaxNOW Rapid Test

Through a public-private partnership, HHS began shipping millions of rapid point of care Abbott BinaxNOW diagnostic tests to communities at risk for the virus. Download the Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Test Fact Sheet- PDF

NIH to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities

As part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) the NIH has awarded nearly $234 million to improve COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Community-based COVID-19 Testing Sites

COVID-19 tests are available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies. The CARES Act ensures that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the U.S., including the uninsured.

Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In case you missed it, the CDC released an MMWR on the Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S. between May and August, 2020. A key finding is that during June–August 2020, COVID-19 incidence was highest in persons aged 20–29 years.

COVID-19 Can Damage Hearts of Some College Athletes

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins’s new blog discusses the challenges to deciding whether to pause or resume college athletics during the pandemic.

E-Learning Opportunities and Not to Be Missed Recordings

COVID-19 in Black: Honest Conversations about COVID-19 in Black Communities/Episode 1

In this recording of a conversation between members of the COVID-19 Prevention Network’s Black/African American CoVPN expert advisory panel, information was shared about the current and planned COVID-19 clinical trials and the importance of engaging Black communities in trial enrollment and uptake once a safe COVID-19 vaccine is approved.

Conspiracies and COVID-19 in Communities of Color: “Like, Comment, and Share the Truth”

Recorded Oct. 1 as part of NIH’s community engagement strategy, this webinar navigated through the wide range of information around vaccines, efficacy and safety and about the communities being targeted in the process of finding a cure to the current global pandemic.

Advancing the Response to COVID-19: Sharing Promising Programs and Practices for Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities Virtual Symposium

Recently HHS hosted a virtual symposium to highlight state, tribal, territorial, and community-based efforts to address COVID-19 among racial and ethnic minority and AI/AN populations. View the many recordings here.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 Twitter Chat/#HealthyLatinos

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Join this bilingual Twitter chat in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The chat will focus on highlighting healthy behaviors for the Hispanic/Latino community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; getting the recommended vaccinations; and highlight efforts to improve diversity in clinical trials.  Use #HealthyLatinos.

SBA Webinar: Faith and Entrepreneurship Summit: Inspiration and Tools for Women in Business

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, 1:30 p.m. EDT, Register here.

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a virtual event that will discuss how faith-based women entrepreneurs can harness the power of faith, economic development, and entrepreneurship to create and sustain thriving businesses.

Coronavirus Scams, Older Adults, & Financial Protection

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT – Register here.

Join federal experts who will provide an overview of coronavirus-related scams targeting older adults, share resources to help older adults avoid financial distress due to the pandemic, and discuss the role of the aging network, including Adult Protective Services, legal services attorneys, and Long-term Care Ombudsman program experts.

Webinar Series: Spirituality and Mental Health

2nd Episode in 6-part series: Tues., Oct. 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT, Register here

Research demonstrates that spirituality and religious belief can be a protective factor in the prevention of, and recovery from, mental illness.  Learn more about programs that have translated this research into action and the importance of providing spiritual support for the clinicians themselves. Learn more about this series here and listen to prior episodes here.

HHS Announcements

HEAR HER Campaign

Join this campaign that supports the CDC’s efforts to prevent pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent warning signs.

SAMHSA’s New My Mental Health Crisis Plan App

SAMHSA’s newly released mobile app empowers individuals who have serious mental illness (SMI) to help guide their treatment preferences during a mental health crisis.

SUPPORT Act Medicaid Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services and Drugs Mandatory Coverage Starts

State Medicaid programs are now required to provide coverage of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services and drugs under a new mandatory benefit in order to increase access to evidenced-based treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) for all Medicaid beneficiaries.

CDC Digital Media Toolkit: 2020-21 Flu Season

Help spread the word on the importance of getting a flu vaccine by using the CDC’s recently released digital media toolkit for the 2020-21 flu season. FDA also released multiple reasons why it is important to get your flu vaccine, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Infographic: Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2019

This infographic illustrates the latest data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  The data tells us that nicotine vaping rose dramatically over 3 years and that cannabis vaping has increased sharply among non-college young adults in 2019.   Also that cannabis use remains at historic highs and use is more common among non-college young adults in 2019.

Grants and Other Announcements

Additional Aid Available for Farmers in New CFAP 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened applications on Sept. 21 for the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2). This program will offer payments to farmers and ranchers who may have suffered economic impacts caused by the coronavirus. Para la versión en español de esta historia, por favor oprima aqui.

31 Million Awarded in Support of Sexual Risk Avoidance Education

Seventy-nine organizations that educate youth on sexual risk avoidance, which includes voluntarily refraining from sexual activity, were awarded $31.63 million this week.

DOJ Awards More than $92 Million to Support Offenders Returning to Communities

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced more than $92 million in awards to reduce recidivism among adults and juvenile offenders returning to their communities after confinement. For more information read the OJP fact sheet.

Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations

NOT-MH-20-073 — The National Institute of Mental Health seeks time-sensitive input from all interested parties on the most innovative research and research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority and health disparities populations. Learn more hereResponse date: Oct. 30, 2020.

Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

The CDC supports the development and implementation of high-impact HIV prevention programs, including PrEP and nPEP services. Closing date: Nov. 20, 2020.

HHS Community Health News, Sept. 29- Oct. 2, 2020

This month and into October HHS is recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month with resources from the Office of Minority Health (in English and Spanish).   Also, our friends at the Office of Hispanic Ministries of the Baptist General Convention of Texas hosted the webinar, Familias Saludables: COVID-19 and Flu Prevention, featuring Spanish speaking health experts from the CDC.   Please share the recording with your Spanish speaking communities and stay tuned for additional resources.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions about the information contained in this email and please stay safe.

HHS Community Health News

HHS Takes Action on National Healthcare Plan

Last week the Administration unveiled its America First healthcare plan aimed at delivering Americans better care, lower costs, and more choice. As part of the plan they:

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month 2020

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is raising awareness about sickle cell disease (SCD) and the growing challenges COVID-19 has had on the SCD community. Visit the OMH Sickle Cell Disease website for materials, videos, and information regarding the latest advances and resources.

COVID-19 Related News and Updates

Fourth Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Begins in the United States

NIH announced that Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine entered Phase 3 of their clinical trial. This is the 4th vaccine to enter Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S.  The trial is designed to evaluate if the investigational Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (JNJ-78436725) can prevent symptomatic COVID-19 after a single dose regimen. Up to 60,000 volunteers will be enrolled in the trial at nearly 215 clinical research sites in the United States and internationally. Enrollment diversity in the trials is crucial. You and community members can volunteer here.  (Sé un voluntario)

Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDC released an MMWR on the Changing Age Distribution of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S. between May and August, 2020. A key finding is that during June–August 2020, COVID-19 incidence was highest in persons aged 20–29 years, who accounted for >20% of all confirmed cases. Strict adherence to community mitigation strategies and personal preventive behaviors by younger adults is needed to help reduce infection and subsequent transmission to persons at higher risk for severe illness.

Update on Vaccine Research From the Experts

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci teamed up to give an update on NIH COVID-19 research.

Senate HELP Hearing/Update on the Federal Response to COVID-19

Dr. Fauci also joined CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Brett Giroir, and FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn to testify in front of the Senate HELP Committee and provide an update on the federal response to COVID-19.

Administration Announces $200 million from CDC to Jurisdictions for COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness

HHS is announcing upcoming action by the CDC to provide $200 million to jurisdictions for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness.

NIH Expands Clinical Trials to Test Convalescent Plasma Against COVID-19

Preliminary observational studies indicate that convalescent plasma may improve outcomes among severely ill and hospitalized patients with COVID-19.  Two randomized, placebo-controlled NIH funded clinical trials are expanding enrollment to further evaluate convalescent plasma as a treatment for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Flu Vaccine Finder and the Race to 200M Campaign

Getting vaccinated to fight flu can save lives and conserve healthcare resources for COVID-19 patients and others struggling with severe illnesses. Find where to get a flu vaccination here. Also learn about The American Nurses Association’s Race to 200M campaign designed to ignite urgency around flu vaccination.

E- Learning Opportunities

Launch of 6 Part Webinar Series: Spirituality and Mental Health

Tues.,  Sept. 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT, Register here

Research demonstrates that spirituality and religious belief can be a protective factor in the prevention of, and recovery from, mental illness.  Learn more about programs that have translated this research into action and the importance of providing spiritual support for the clinicians themselves.  Join us tomorrow for the first webinar in the series Spirituality in Treatment: Systemic Treatment Models Bridging Faith and Mental Health Professionals.

ONDCP #RecoveryChat

Wed., Sept. 30, 2020, 3 – 4:00 p.m. EDT, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) hosts this Twitter chat on all things recovery from substance use disorder. Use #RecoveryChat to ask questions and speak with experts from ONDCP, Shatterproof, Young People in Recovery, the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, the Global Recovery Initiatives, and Faces and Voices of Recovery.

Coronavirus Scams, Older Adults, & Financial Protection

Thurs., Oct. 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m.- 12 p.m. EDT – Register here.

Join federal experts who will provide an overview of coronavirus-related scams targeting older adults, share resources to help older adults avoid financial distress due to the pandemic, and discuss the role of the aging network, including Adult Protective Services, legal services attorneys and Long-term Care Ombudsman program experts.

Workforce Development and Jobs

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Availability of $40 Million To Address Rural Healthcare Workforce Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $40 million in funding in the Rural Healthcare Grant Program to address rural healthcare workforce shortages

through investments in successful, employer-driven training models and community partnerships to establish sustainable programs. Read the Press Release here. Closing date: Nov. 13, 2020

October’s HRSA Virtual Job Fair

Wed., Oct. 7, 6:45 p.m. EDT, Register here.

The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) virtual job fair connects healthcare sites with job-seeking primary care trainees and practicing clinicians. HRSA invites medical, nursing, dental, and mental/behavioral health clinicians and trainees to attend, and learn about hundreds of opportunities.

HUD Jobs Plus Initiative

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports initiatives that improve employment outcomes through job placement, education, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. Closing date: Dec. 1, 2020.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS Updates

CMS Issues Urgent Call to Action Following Drastic Decline in Care for Children in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

CMS released preliminary data revealing that rates for vaccinations, primary, and preventive services among children in Medicaid and CHIP have steeply declined during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  For more information read the Fact Sheet and the Preliminary Medicaid & CHIP Data Snapshot released for review.

CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community

CMS announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. This funding will help state Medicaid programs facilitate efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from institutions and nursing facilities to home and community-based settings of their choosing.

Let’s Talk About Recovery — Resources from NIDA

In acknowledgment of National Recovery Month, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the following resources to help jumpstart a dialogue with your community and family members.

Conversation Starter: MTV “16 and Recovering” Series

MTV premiered a new four-part docu-series,“16 and Recovering,” spotlighting stories from teens at Northshore Recovery High School in Massachusetts.  The program can be a  conversation starter for parents, caregivers, and educators to help teens realize they’re not alone or different—and that the disease of addiction is treatable.

Words Matter: Preferred Language for Talking About Addiction

NIDA’s preferred language guide helps de-stigmatize conversations about drug use and addiction using person-first, non-judgmental language. Additional information may be found on drugabuse.gov and teens.drugabuse.gov.

NIDA’s Step by Step Guides to Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorders
This series of publications is filled with resources and information to help you or someone you care about who might have a drug use disorder, including a guide specifically written for young people.

Teens Ask: “Is There a Cure for Addiction?”

During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®, teens often ask about a cure for addiction. In this blog post for teens, experts explain that while there may not be a cure, there is treatment that helps people live full, healthy lives.

NIAAA: Ask 10 Recommended Questions

These questions, outlined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), will help you learn whether a substance use disorder treatment provider offers higher-quality treatment and is a good fit for your situation. Here is the link to NIAAA’s tool for recognizing quality care.

Grants and Other Annoucements

Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

The CDC supports the development and implementation of high-impact HIV prevention programs, including PrEP and nPEP services. Closing date: Nov. 20, 2020.

Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations

NOT-MH-20-073 — The National Institute of Mental Health seeks time-sensitive input from all interested parties on the most innovative research and research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority and health disparities populations. Learn more hereResponse date: Oct. 30, 2020.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program

Forecasted HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-SR-1927– SRAE funds programs for youth which exclusively implement education in sexual risk avoidance (defined as voluntarily refraining from non-marital sexual activity).  Programs also teach youth the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Est. Post date Feb. 24, 2021. Est. Closing date: April 25, 2021

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants
Forecasted HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-AK-1929 Department of Health and Human ServicesPersonal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funds education programs to youth that must teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy.  Est. Post date March 21, 2021. Est. Closing date: May 20, 2021.

 

HHS Community Health News, July 13-17, 2020

COVID-19 Related Health News and Opportunities

Toolkit for Faith and Community Organizations

Updated guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, communicate with their communities, and protect their employees, volunteers, and members. In Spanish and other languages.

 

Meet the Researcher Leading NIH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Development Efforts

A helpful blog post for those who want to learn more about the current fast-paced efforts to develop a safe, effective vaccine as the ultimate tool for ending the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Also learn more about the new clinical trials network that will enroll tens of thousands of volunteers* in large-scale clinical trials testing a variety of investigational COVID-19 vaccines.

*Volunteers Participating in Vaccine Trials

The Covid-19 Prevention Network, formed by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to respond to the global pandemic, launched a website for volunteers to sign up to be considered when the first clinical trials for the testing of COVID-19 vaccines begin later this month.

Virtual Conversation with Dr. Fauci

Fri.,  July 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT, Register here

As part of Path Forward, a series produced by the U.S. Chamber Foundation to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to execute a responsible reopening strategy and plan for a post-pandemic world, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci will talk about the state of the pandemic, when he expects to see a vaccine, and what businesses should be doing to prepare for the coming months.

Cafecito Time: COVID-19

July 23, 2020, in English 1:00 p.m. EDT or in Spanish: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Are members of your community feeling scared, worried or overwhelmed? They are not alone. Promote this opportunity to talk – in English or Spanish – about coping during the pandemic.

HHS Releases May and June COVID-19 State Testing Plans

Last week, HHS released the May and June COVID-19 Testing Plans from all states, territories, and localities. The State Testing Plans serve as a roadmap for each state’s 2020 testing strategy for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. View Testing Plans by state and jurisdiction online.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Level Data

The U.S. Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan data by state for loans of $150,000 and above.

Warnings on Fraudulent COVID-19 Products

As part of the FDA’s effort to protect consumers, the agency issued a warning letter to Ionogen, LLC which offers “Ionopure Skin & Hands” for sale in the U.S. with misleading claims that their products can mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people. There are currently no FDA-approved products to prevent or treat COVID-19.   Previously, the FDA warned against “Miracle Mineral Solution,” an industrial bleach that was claimed as a cure for COVID-19 and other serious diseases. Get FDA consumer updates here.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Despite advances in health equity, disparities in mental health care persist.  The 2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report found that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. For access to mental and behavioral health data for different racial and ethnic minority groups and for links to a wide variety of resources visit the OMH website.

Compassion in Action Webinars

Part II Tues., July 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EDT, Register here

The Partnership Center’s second webinar, Putting People First: Initial Steps for Addressing Mental Illness in Faith Communities, will cover the first steps for a faith community in addressing mental illness that are reflected in the first two principles of the Compassion in Action Guide – affirming the inherent dignity of each person and acknowledging mental illness as an illness.

  • Watch Part I: “The Seven Principles for Faith Communities Addressing People Experiencing Mental Illness and Their Caregivers,” (webcast June 23).

Build your Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills through the free Motivational Interviewing Learning Collaborative!

It’s not too late to join this on-going series on the third Wednesday each month (this week, July 15), 11:00-11:45 a.m. EDT, Register here.

Join this series of interactive calls via Zoom for people who want to enhance their MI skills. This learning opportunity provides practitioners with a no-cost, easy to access opportunity to continue to build their practice skills towards fidelity.

Taking on the “Perfect Storm”: Faith-based Organizations and Partnerships Address COVID-19 and Critical Behavioral Health Needs in Communities of Color

Thurs., July 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EDT. Register here.

This July, communities are facing the “perfect storm” of crises that are deepening the disparities in mental health and wellbeing. Join this virtual roundtable to learn how community and faith-based organizations are supporting the mental health concerns of racial/ethnic minorities and providing opportunities to receive support and connection through faith-based practices and partnerships.  Additional event and speaker information here.

Awards and Grant Opportunity

Throughout the year federal, state, and private funds are being invested in communities to support public health and human services efforts. To participate in federal grants, local community and faith-based organizations may need to identify where the investments are being made in their community and seek to participate in locally funded programs or research initiatives.

HHS Awards More Than $21 Million to Support Health Centers’ COVID-19 Response

HHS awarded more than $21 million to support health centers’ COVID-19 response efforts. The majority of this investment—$17 million—supports 78 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) with funding to expand capacity for COVID-19 testing.

DOL Awards More Than $90 Million in Grants to Help Justice-Involved Individuals Enter the Workforce

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the awarding of $90,992,062 through two grant programs, Pathway Home and the Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP), focused on assisting justice-involved individuals in gaining meaningful employment.

Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations (WANTO) Grant Program

FOA-WB-20-01- DOL announced $4.1 million in grants available to community organizations to recruit, mentor, train, and retain more women in quality apprenticeship programs, and to help those women pursue successful careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, cybersecurity, healthcare, and other industries. Closing date: August 3, 2020.