Monday, February 29, 2016

Registration for the 2016 Utah Public Health Conference is Now Open

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Join Utah’s public health community as we honor, learn from, and celebrate one another at the preeminent public health conference in Utah. This year is also a landmark event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Utah Public Health Association, one of the leadership organizations behind the annual conference.

Keynote presenters include:

  • Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association
  • John Cisna, author and Iowa high school science teacher
  • Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, executive director of Wasatch Family Therapy
  • Mike Schlappi, hall of fame gold medalis
Why should you attend?

In addition to the commemorative nature of the anniversary event, this year's conference is distinguished by featuring:
  • Prominent public health leaders who will frame public health practice in the context of national and local public health issues
  • Opportunities for peer and mentor interaction that promotes learning, discussion, and debate among participants from multiple disciplines and varied skill levels
  • Presentations that range in focus from intensive skills-building workshops to broad perspectives on key public health strategies
  • Continuing education credit for health educators, environmental health scientists, and dietitians
Early Bird registration deadline: March 11 (receive a $10 discount!)
General registration deadline: Friday, April 1
Registrations after April 1 are subject to a $15 late fee

Questions about the conference? Contact the Conference Committee Chairs:
Heather Borski801-538-9998 OR Dean Penovich801-273-6656
For questions about conference registration, email

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FREE Training for Parents/Guardians of Children with Disabilities

Practical Approaches for Protecting Your Children 
from any ages from Abuse

This FREE training will cover self care​,​ the impact of violence, the various types of abuse, ways of minimizing risks and clarification of your rights (and your child's) and answer your questions about mandatory reporting responsibilities.

For more information or to schedule a training, contact Marilyn Hammond at or Hildegard Koenig at / 801-554-3481. 

RWJF Funding Alerts

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Payment reform represents an opportunity to improve the quality and value of care in safety net organizations, but can also present safety net providers with significant technical and operational challenges.

The newly-established National Safety Net Advancement Center at Arizona State University—with funding from RWJF—is seeking proposals for grant-funded projects aimed at implementing replicable, high-impact solutions to payment and delivery reform barriers. The Center is also accepting applications for safety organizations interested in joining one or more virtual learning collaboratives on payment and delivery reform challenges. Applying organizations must fall within one of the following six safety net sectors:

  1. Federally Qualified Health Centers
  2. Community Mental Health Centers
  3. Public County Hospitals
  4. Tribal Health Centers
  5. Critical Access Hospitals
  6. Safety Net Oral Health Providers
Application deadline: April 1, 2016
Learn more about the funding opportunity >

CLAS and Health Literacy

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Displaying Displaying Displaying Health and health care organizations serve individuals with a wide array of communication styles, literacy levels, languages spoken, and cultural backgrounds. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services help you make sure health information is understood by all the individuals you serve, regardless of their communication needs and preferences. In addition to providing interpreter services and translated materials, this also means taking health literacy into account. This is why Standard #8 of the National CLAS Standards calls for organizations to provide easy-to-understand print and multimedia materials and signage.
A number of resources are available to guide you in developing print and online materials that are easily understood.
  • The Health Literacy Tool Shed, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, houses over a hundred health literacy measurement tools.
  • Health Literacy Online, created by the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, offers guidance on developing easy-to-use health websites and digital information tools, featuring best practices in user-centered design, usability, and health literacy.

Upcoming Webinar: Fundamentals of the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

Please join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health for the first webinar in a series on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

Culturally and linguistically appropriate services means that services are respectful of and responsive to individual cultural health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy levels and communication needs. Implementing culturally and linguistically appropriate services helps individuals and organizations respond to the demographic changes in the U.S.; reduce health disparities; improve the quality of services; meet legislative, regulatory and accreditation mandates; gain a competitive edge in the market place; and decrease the likelihood of liability. The National CLAS Standards provide a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to best serve our nation’s increasingly diverse communities through culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Attendees will learn about culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the National CLAS Standards.

For additional resources on the National CLAS Standards, please
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Webinar: Fundamentals of the National CLAS Standards
March 17, 2016 at 3 pm ET
Featured Speaker:
J Nadine GraciaJ. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Funding Opportunity: Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program

Office of Minority Health
FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.
OMH has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-003
Opportunity Title: Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program

Estimated Funding Level: $2 million per budget period

OMH announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) program. The purpose of the RE-LINK program is to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Memory Loss and the Public Health Burden: Results from the 2013 BRFSS Cognitive Module

New findings from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) suggest that a significant portion of midlife and older adults are experiencing worsening memory problems that interfere with daily activities. Join us on Friday, February 26 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST for an in-depth discussion on Memory Loss and the Public Health Burden: Results from the 2013 BRFSS Cognitive Module. The webinar will discuss not only the new 2013 BRFSS findings, but also ways states and localities can leverage this BRFSS cognitive data to address systems change and educate stakeholders. Please register in advance.

FY16 Advocacy Public Health News HeaderDr. Lisa McGuire, Lead of the Healthy Aging Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will present the aggregated results from 18 states that used the Cognitive Module in their 2013 BRFSS survey. She will highlight key findings – including which populations are experiencing memory loss, how many have talked to a health care provider about their cognitive problems, and the burden cognitive decline has on everyday activities. Dr. McGuire will then describe the implications of these data for the public health community and invite comments from all webinar participants.

Then, Linda Stemnock, BRFSS Coordinator for the Indiana State Department of Health, will share how her department and the Indiana Alzheimer’s Association chapters have used the data from both the Cognitive and Caregiver modules to educate policy makers and the public health community about the burden of subjective cognitive decline. Further, Ms. Stemnock will discuss how the data have been incorporated into various Indiana state plans (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, chronic disease). Finally, webinar participants will have the opportunity to share the lessons they have learned about using BRFSS data to advance system changes.

Be sure to register online, mark your calendars, and forward this message to any interested colleagues.

Monday, February 8, 2016

$5,000 College Scholarship: Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award

Youthlinc is now accepting applications for the 2016 Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award!

This Award is the state's largest service scholarship, celebrating Utah high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students with a $5,000 college scholarship and $8,500 in runner-up awards.
  • Please think of at least one student who might be interested and encourage him or her to apply.
  • Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to your constituencies.
  • Please help us spread the word by posting this promotional flyer in a high-traffic area. Application deadline: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

To apply: Visit and click on Young Humanitarian Award

We are grateful for the George S. & Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Foundation for sponsoring this Award. The recipients will be announced at ourAnnual Benefit, Saturday, May 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Office of Health Disparities Internship Opportunity

Office of Health Disparities
Utah Department of Health


Outreach Interns are responsible for implementing the “Bridging Communities & Clinics”(BCC) program, which provides free health screenings, clinic referrals, and support-service referrals, while promoting access to healthcare among underserved communities.

Interns are responsible for tasks including, but not limited to, filling out intake forms, providing screenings (blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, BMI) and explaining results, disseminating health promotion information and referrals in conjunction with community partners, setting up and taking down screening stations, and other tasks as needed.

Between 15 and 20 events per year  (3-4 hours each per outreach event, including setup and takedown, not including travel) will be scheduled at assigned outreach sites in Glendale and South Salt Lake; potentially evenings and weekends. 

$12.00 per hour, with mileage reimbursement for all events.

Up to four (4) candidates will be accepted.

  • Recent or current enrollment status as an undergraduate or graduate health sciences student.
  • Documentation of current immunizations.  
  • Must attend mandatory orientation and training. 

To apply, email Brittney Okada ( with the following information:
1. Current resume or CV (2 pages)
2. Current academic institution 
3. Current year of training 
4. Language fluency other than English (verbal and written)

Inquiries should be directed to Brittney Okada, BCC Coordinator, (385).315.0220.

Applications must be received before March 4, 2016  at 11:59 PM MST

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Snapshot

On January 31, Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage ended, with about 12.7 million plan selections through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Of the 12.7 million consumers enrolling in Marketplace coverage, over 9.6 million came through the platform and 3.1 million selected a plan through State-based Marketplaces.

Of the 9.6 million consumers who got coverage through the platform, about 4.0 million are new consumers, which means about 42 percent of all plan selections were from new consumers. This does not include other new plan selections from State-based Marketplaces which will increase the total number of new consumers for 2016. In addition to the 4 million new consumers, about 3.9 million were returning Marketplace consumers who actively selected a plan and about 1.7 million were automatically enrolled by the Marketplace. State-by-State Snapshot

The Week 13 Snapshot provides cumulative individual plan selections for the states using the platform. States with the fastest rate of growth between Week 12 and Week 13 are Nevada (12%), Texas (11%) and Hawaii (10%). [Those states with the largest rate of growth increase between OE3 and OE2 are Oregon (31%), Utah (25%), Iowa (22%), South Dakota (22%) and Nevada (20%).]  

Week 13
Cumulative Plan Selections
Nov 1 – Feb 1

Information provided by
Office of the Regional Director, Region VIII
US Department of Health and Human Services

Thursday, February 4, 2016

RWJF Awards for Health Equity

RWJF Awards for Health Equity
2016 Call for Applications
Release Date: February 3, 2016
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Awards for Health Equity program advances RWJF’s vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health by recognizing and celebrating individuals who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the multiple determinants of health. Recognition of these efforts increases the visibility and awareness of the urgent need and solutions for systems changes to achieve health equity in our society.

We are requesting proposals from national nonprofit membership organizations and/or associations to establish an annual awards program to honor individuals who implement systems changes to solve health disparities.

Total Awards
A total of four grants up to $52,000 each will be awarded.
Each grant will support an annual awards program for six years.

Key Dates
February 24, 2016 (2 p.m. ET) Applicant Web Conference.
Please click here to register for the conference. Registration is required to participate.

March 30, 2016 (5 p.m. ET) Deadline for receipt of full proposals.*

June 1, 2016 Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

September 1, 2016 Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicant organizations must be national nonprofit membership organizations or associations.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicant organizations should represent one of the following sectors: business, media, faith-based, or philanthropy.
  • Applicant organizations must hold annual meetings.
  • Applicant organizations (and the organizations’ members) must work in an area that advances systems-change approaches to improve access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, or public safety.
  • Applicant organizations (and the organization’s members) must have demonstrated successful efforts in improving outcomes for groups most affected by health disparities.

Apply online.

HHS Office of Minority Health's funding opportunity to address childhood trauma

Office of Minority Health
FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.
OMH has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MP-CPI-16-002
Opportunity Title: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
Estimated Funding Level: $3 million per budget period
OMH announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Giving Utah Children a Reason to Smile

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Media Contact:
Dr. Kim Michelson, DDS
Michelle Martin, RDH, MPH
UDOH Oral Health Program
(801) 273-2995

Giving Utah Children a Reason to Smile

(Salt Lake City) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says nearly one in four children between the ages of two and 11 have untreated cavities in their baby teeth.  Many kids who are enrolled in Medicaid receive no dental services throughout the year. The Utah Oral Health Coalition hopes to help a number of them through their annual Give Kids a Smile® events. Give Kids a Smile® is a nationally recognized event supported by the American Dental Association Foundation (ADA). Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids a Smile program which was launched in 2003, more than 5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members.  In Utah, there are multiple locations and dates of facilities and dentist participating in the event. Please visit for additional information.

February is National Children’s Dental Health month, and experts say it’s a reminder that children of all ages need to be good caretakers of their teeth. Kim Michelson, DDS, State Dental Director, Utah Department of health, says tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children ages 6 to 11 years.  “The good news," Michelson says, "there are children in Utah that are cavity free.  With proper eating habits, good dental home care, and regular dental visits more children can be cavity free.” 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Apply Now for the 2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan Implementation Grants (RGA Grants)

Annually, the Utah Cancer Control Program releases a Request for Grant Application (RGA) to address the key priority areas in cancer prevention and control as outlined in the State Cancer Plan. The Utah Cancer Action Network, in coordination with the Utah Cancer Control Program, recently released the 2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan. This plan identifies specific goals and strategies for cancer prevention and control, and is designed to be a roadmap for all those fighting cancer in Utah for the next five years.

The UCCP is seeking proposals for projects leading to a lasting and impactful change within an organization or a community that will address one of the four priority areas of the 2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan. These priority areas are cancer screenings, physical activity and nutrition, skin cancer, and survivorship and quality of life.

Click on links below to download all grant application materials and to view the 2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan.

Applications are due March 28th, 2016 at 5:00 PM MST. Please direct all questions to Brad Belnap at All questions and answers will be posted publicly on this website.

To access the grant application, please click here:


2016-2020 Utah Comprehensive Cancer Prevention and Control Plan
Register for an upcoming Technical Assistance Webinar here:

Webinar: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
Webinar: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Zika Virus: Resources for Pregnant Women

Zika Virus: Resources for Pregnant Women

(Salt Lake City, UT) - The name Zika virus may be new to Utahns, but for the past several months, countries in Central and South America and many island nations have been battling an outbreak. It is estimated that the mosquito that carries the virus has infected people in more than 25 countries, including 11 U.S. states and Washington D.C. Those with the infections in the U.S. all reported travel to areas where the virus is common. The insect is an Aedes species mosquito that thrives in moist, wet areas where it’s warm and never freezes.

“For the average American who is not traveling to an affected area, the risk of getting Zika virus infection is minimal,” said Dr. Allyn Nakashima, State Epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health (UDOH). However, that changes when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. She adds, “In that case, the virus can infect the developing baby and may cause a life-long condition called microcephaly, although the connection hasn’t been definitely proven. And, it’s still undetermined in which part of pregnancy the mother has to have the infection in order for the baby to be affected.” 

Severe microcephaly is rare and it means that the baby’s head size is notably small and that the child has a smaller brain than average.  If severe, the condition may lead to life-long problems, including seizures and delays in speech, sitting, standing, walking, or learning and coordination. Some children may also have hearing and vision loss. Microcephaly can sometimes be seen during an ultrasound done after the 1st trimester of pregnancy.

In the U.S., it is estimated that the rate of severe microcephaly ranges from two babies per 10,000 live births to about 12 babies per 10,000 live births.  Dr. John Carey, a University of Utah pediatrician and specialist in birth defects notes, “In the babies from Brazil whose mothers had Zika infections during their pregnancy, the observed degree of microcephaly has been severe.” He added, “However, further study is needed to determine a definite connection between the maternal infection and the microcephaly seen in the infants.”

Currently, there is no vaccine or cure for the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent warnings to pregnant women traveling to certain countries that have already seen cases. If a pregnant woman has traveled to an area with Zika virus, she should watch for symptoms that may include fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis (“pinkeye”), or a rash. Fever and headaches can be treated with acetaminophen (Tylenol®).  “It’s very important for pregnant women to control a fever, especially in the first 30 days of a pregnancy, which is when the fetal spine needs to close so that neural tube disorders such as spina bifida do not occur,” said Al Romeo, spokesperson for the UDOH MotherToBaby Program.

Utah public health officials say pregnant women should avoid traveling to those affected areas. For anyone who does plan to visit the affected countries, prevention is the best approach to avoiding Zika. Steps include using insect repellents containing DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and removing standing water where mosquitoes live and breed.

The Utah Department of Health and CDC are monitoring the situation closely.Resources for pregnant women: 

Pregnancy Questions (Bilingual counselors available): MotherToBaby 1-800-822-2229; Text to 855-999-3525; Chat live or Email
CDC Prevention Tips:
CDC Travel Warnings:

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Media Contact:Al RomeoUDOH MotherToBaby(o) 801-538-6009 (c) 801-898-6249

Give Kids A Smile- Free oral health care for children 15 and under

Give Kids A Smile

Free Dental Exams, X-Rays, and Cleanings for children 15 years and younger

Every child will receive a $50.00 voucher which may be used as the dental clinic at Roseman University for future treatment.

Friday, Feb 5
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Walk-ins Welcome

The Dental Clinic at Roseman University
10894 S River Front Parkway, South Jordan

Sponsored by:
The Dental Clinic: Roseman University College of Dental Medicine
ADA Foundation

Easily Accessible by Frontrunner, Trax and UTA Buses 

Find out more at

Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrating Black History Month at HHS

Office of Minority Health
J Nadine Gracia
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the many black Americans who have made an impact on our nation. It’s a reminder of how far we have come as a country, and a call for the work still ahead. 
Here at HHS, we’re working on a number of initiatives to advance health equity and bridge the gaps in health and well-being that still are too prevalent for the black community.
The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped Americans across the nation find quality, affordable health insurance, and that is, especially important for African Americans. Since the ACA has taken effect, the uninsured rate for African Americans has gone down 9.2 percentage points as 2.3 million adults have gained coverage. And 7.8 million African Americans with private insurance now have access to preventive services like obesity screening and counseling, mammograms, and blood pressure screening. 
My Brother’s Keeper
President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential, including boys and young men of color. HHS, along with other federal agencies, is actively engaged in advancing the goals of My Brother’s Keeper. As one example, the HHS Office of Minority Health has partnered with the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to launch the Minority Youth Violence Prevention program. This $3 million grant program is funding nine demonstration sites across the country for new initiatives that bring law enforcement, public health, and community organizations together to reduce and prevent youth violence through a public health framework. With these types of initiatives, we can lower youth violence and improve the health of underserved communities.
Let’s Move! Child Care
Despite a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among children of preschool age over the past decade, nearly 40 percent of the children in black and Hispanic communities are overweight or obese. To combat this increasing challenge of childhood obesity, the Administration for Children and Families is promoting children’s health through the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative with a program called “Let’s Move! Child Care.” This program empowers child care and early education providers to make the positive health changes in young children that can last their whole lifetime. Of the 1.5 million children impacted by this initiative, 42 percent of them are African American.    
Early Childhood Education
HHS remains committed to high quality early childhood education to encourage healthy and enriching early experiences that children need to realize their full potential. This year alone, as part of the President’s Early Learning Initiative, the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) will award $635 million for new Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships and Early Head Start expansion to serve tens of thousands of infants and toddlers across the country. The partnerships will support working families by providing a full-day and full-year of early education, with critical comprehensive including health, developmental and behavioral screenings; higher health, safety and nutrition standards; and increased parent engagement opportunities.
The Ryan White Program
Despite the reduction in HIV diagnoses among black women between 2005 and 2014, blacks account for nearly half of new HIV infections. To combat this epidemic, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) administers the Ryan White Program that serves almost 500,000 people annually, half of them African American. This program is the largest federally-funded program that focuses exclusively on comprehensive, culturally-competent HIV/AIDS care. HHS is also supporting The White House Office of National AIDS Policy’s recently updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
HBCU Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health
Mental health and wellness are an important part of overall health and having productive lives.  Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, are trusted leaders and partners in promoting the health and well-being of minority and underserved communities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has implemented programs that work with HBCUs to promote the importance of behavioral health to students, make sure that culturally appropriate behavioral health resources are available on campus, and enhance the participation of minorities in the behavioral health professions.
At HHS, we are working to ensure that everyone has the building blocks for healthy and productive lives. We invite you to join us this month as we pay tribute to the giants whose shoulders we stand on by taking steps toward improving your health and working together to continue to build healthier communities for African Americans. For more ways to commemorate Black History Month, visit theHHS Office of Minority Health.

New Funding Opportunity Announcement

Office of Minority Health

FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.

OMH has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

Announcement Number: MH-CPI-16-001 
Estimated Funding Level: $2 million total ($1 million total for each Priority)

OMH announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for the National Health Education Lupus Program (NHELP). The purpose of NHELP is to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged populations disproportionately affected by this disease by: (1) conducting a national health education program on lupus (Priority A); and (2) initiating an education action plan on clinical trials targeted at minority and/or disadvantaged populations, especially those most disproportionally affected by lupus (Priority B).  

Save the date for a technical assistance webinar for interested applicants on March 8 at 3 pm ET. Registration information will be posted shortly.