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 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.