Thursday, October 19, 2017

o m h resource center

Faith Leaders and Health Ministries Play an Active Role in Contributing to Improve the Health of Their Communities

October 24, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Join us for this HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center webinar to discuss how faith leaders and health ministries play an active role implementing diabetes health programs in church settings. Speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Central Baptists Church in Knoxville, Tennessee will highlight the role of faith leaders in contributing to improve the health of their church members and their communities, and how the CDC National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) Faith Leaders Toolkit can help.

Spiritual leaders and places of worship or faith communities can play an important role in the fight against diabetes, a disease that can be prevented and managed. Faith communities are natural centers for spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness. This webinar will help faith leaders bring resources about type 2 diabetes to the communities they serve. Faith Leaders play a vital role in fighting diabetes in their communities.

Spread the word about type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management.
Organize type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes management activities in your church.
Create an environment that supports healthy choices within your church.
To strengthen collaborating efforts among National Health Agencies to contribute to reduce diabetes among vulnerable populations in the USA by expanding outlets for capacity building among community-based organizations serving Hispanic/Latino populations.

Betsy Rodriguez, RN, MSN, CDE, Deputy Director, CDC / National Diabetes Education Program, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Alexis M. Williams, MPH, CHES, Public Health Advisor National Diabetes Education Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wayne Smith, MS, Director of the Samaritan Ministry, Central Baptist Church

Diana Echenique, MPH, CHI, CDE candidate, Senior Program Analyst, Hispanic Communities, Office of Minority Health Resource Center

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

EPA Region 8 Webinar: Implementing Your Healthy Schools Program

Please join us for a Healthy Schools Webinar.

October is Children’s Health Month!

EPA Region 8 is hosting a Healthy Schools Webinar:
Implementing Your Healthy Schools Program

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11 am MT

Interested in starting a healthy schools program but not sure where or how to start?
Join the webinar to hear about how to conduct an assessment, learn about environmental hazards and how to implement an action plan at your school.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

Please spread the word!!

Questions? Please contact April Nowak at

Learn more about Children’s Health and Healthy Schools at and

Friday, October 6, 2017

Funding Announcement from UDOH Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

The Utah Department of Health and the Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) wish to continue to reduce tobacco-related disparities by seeking applications to fund one additional Tobacco Prevention and Control Disparity Network for 2 1/2 years.

One grant will be awarded. Organizations that represent communities that are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry and/or have high tobacco use rates and/or are at high risk of tobacco use are eligible to apply for this grant. Existing networks will not be eligible to apply.

The grant will be awarded to an organization that represents the following communities:
•          LGBTQ
•          Low Income and/or Low Education
•          Mental Health Populations
•          Homeless
•          Refugee
•          Rural
•          Mentally or Physically Disabled
•          Incarcerated

Priority will be given to grass-root community-based organizations that can demonstrate the capacity to mobilize, organize, and reach communities statewide. One grant will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Conference call:
Have questions about the grant? Join the call October 18th at 10 am. RSVP details in the grant.

Contract Period: December 5, 2017 through June 30, 2020 (2 ½ years)
Total Grant Award Amount:  $50,000 per year for a total of $150,000.00
                                                    12/5/17- 6/30/18= $50,000
                                                     7/1/18-6/30/19= $50,000
                                                     7/1/19-6/30/20= $50,000   
Submission Date: November 8, 2017 on or before 3:00 P.M. (MDT)
Where to apply: Utah Public Procurement Place
Title: Request for Grant Application (RGA) Tobacco Prevention and Control Disparity Network

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams' Diversity Dinner

We are happy to invite you to this year's Diversity Dinner on October 16th at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. While this event is free, you must register to attend. Click here to register. The goal of the Diversity Dinner is to bring individuals of diverse backgrounds together to promote understanding, increase positive interactions within the community, and build respect for one another as well as celebrate our similarities.

If you know an inspiring and active member of the community, nominate them to be a Salt Lake County Hero! Whether it's a youth, a senior, or another local hero who is contributing positively, we want to hear about them.

If you represent a community organization, we encourage you to host a booth at the dinner! Click here for information on becoming involved. 

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Minority HealthHHS/NIH, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD): Loan Repayment Program offers loan repayment awards to health professionals with doctoral degrees. Awardees must conduct health disparities or clinical research in non-federal research settings for at least 2 years. Deadline is November 15, 2017Learn more | A Technical Assistance webinar will be held tomorrowOctober 5, 2017, 4:00 pm ET. Join.

Join the webinar! Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos


Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood

 Obesity among Latinos 

October 12, 20172:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Collaborating Agencies: CDC/DNPAO, Salud America, Unidos US, OMHRC
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Minority Health will host a webinar, Niños Saludables: Addressing Childhood Obesity among Latinos, with a panel of partner federal agencies and stakeholders. The webinar will highlight the prevalence data regarding the increase of obesity in Latino children of all ages and explore the role of factors such as culture, behavior, and environment. Additionally, the webinar will provide examples of programs and strategies that help address these issues.
The webinar will be introduced by Dr. Matthew Y.C. Lin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the HHS Office of Minority Health. 
  • Captain Heidi M. Blanck, M.S., Ph.D., Obesity Prevention and Control Branch Chief, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity
  • Eric Moreno, B.A., M.A., Content Curator with Salud America program at UT Health San Antonio 
  • Rita Carreón, Deputy Vice President, Institute for Hispanic Health, Unidos US
Alexander Vigo-Valentín, Ph.D., Public Health Advisor, Hispanic/Latino Health Policy Lead, Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scholarship Opportunity for Community Partners to attend APHA in November 2017

We hope you're already planning to join us for the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA November 5-8, 2017. Meeting Details at

The Community Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus leaders, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and the Morehouse School of Medicine-Prevention Research Center have collaborated to apply for grant funding for scholarships this year to attend American Public Health Association (
APHA) Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA November 5-8, 2017. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, scholarship funding is available for individuals to attend a special Writing & Dissemination Institute (WDI) as a pre-conference to the APHA Annual Meeting, on November 4, 2017in Atlanta, GA. Funding will also support full or partial costs associated with attending the APHA Annual Meeting. Applications from individuals nominated by community-based organizations will be considered. Individuals who are employed by a higher educational institution or government-based agency are not eligible to apply for funds. All financial processes for this event will be coordinated by CCPH.

The purpose of these travel scholarships is to bring people to the Writing & Dissemination Institute and to the APHA Annual Meeting to build community partners' capacity to equitably engage in the writing and dissemination processes of research. Through this experience, community partners will build knowledge and skills and have the opportunity to network with others engaged in reducing health disparities and improving community health.

**Please note this process is time sensitive**

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. NOTE: You will need to include a nomination from your community-based organization in order to apply. Applicants will be notified of a decision by Monday, October 16, 2017 by 5:00 pm EST.

Please read full application attached. Applicants may apply using pdf or online version. Completed nomination forms (see attached) can be sent as pdf or text can be copied and sent in email to:

Questions?  Contact CBPH Caucus Chair, Dr. Kent Key at or Past CBPH Caucus Chair, Tricia Piechowski at

Monday, October 2, 2017

March of Dimes 2018 Community Grant RFP Announcement- Deadline: October 27, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Governor's office confirmed that he will be joining us to recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

Governor Herbert will be signing a proclamation and we want to make sure that we fill the rotunda with breast caner survivors, supporters, care givers, family, friends, and organizations working to detect and treat breast cancer.  We invite attendees to wear pink to give Utah a glimpse at the impact of breast cancer.

Please join us!  Invite your networks!  Let's turn the Utah State Capitol pink and show just how much breast cancer impacts us all!

Who:  You, your networks, people you know who have been impacted by breast cancer.
What:  Awareness of the impact of breast cancer and recognition of those who have been impacted by breast cancer.  Governor's proclamation signing, press conference.
When:  October 3, 2017  9:30-11:00 (proclamation signing at 10)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tribal Grant Writers Training

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Minority HealthOffice of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC), in collaboration with the Paiute Tribe of Utah Health Department: Tribal Grant Writers Training. Event to be held October 31 to November in Cedar City, UT. Deadline for registration is October 25, 2017. For further information and to register, please contact Elton Naswood.

Friday, September 22, 2017

How Hispanic/Latino Americans Can Lower Diabetes Risk

Division of Diabetes Translation Banner 2016

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Lower Risk

Hispanic family cookingDid you know that Hispanic and Latino Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes? This National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) is the perfect time to celebrate history, culture, and family—and focus on preventing type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes often has no clear symptoms, so if your heritage is Hispanic/Latino and you have any of the risk factors below, talk to your doctor about getting your blood sugar tested:
  • Being overweight
  • Being 45 years or older
  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Being physically active less than 3 times a week
  • Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds
The good news is that making healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy and getting more physical activity, can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people at risk (71% if you’re over 60).
Type 2 diabetes can run in the family, but so can healthy habits. This National Hispanic Heritage Month, why not start a new tradition of preventing type 2 diabetes? Learn more in our feature.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Salt Lake County Youth Summit

U.S. Census Bureau Session Information: Hispanics by the Numbers

    US Census Bureau: Webinar. Hispanics by the Numbers. Learn how the Census Bureau collects, tabulates and publishes data on Hispanics in the United States. This webinar will cover numerous topics, including the history of the Hispanic population in the US, growth, top states and top percentage changes, as well as the top percentage of Hispanic ethnicities. October 5, 2017, 1:00 pm ET. Register here.

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    UDOH Position Opening: Nurse Practicioner

    The Department of Health has an opening for a NURSE PRACTITIONER, Utah Cancer Control, posting # 13379.  The posting will close at midnight on October 01, 2017 MST
    In order to be considered for an interview for these positions, you will need to apply on-line at STATEJOBS.UTAH.GOV .  If you have not done so already, you will need to create a job seeker account.

    Share this great opportunity with your networks and encourage them to apply at:

    Walk for Domestic Violence

    CDC Report Released: 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) Results

    2016 SHPPS CoverToday, CDC released district-level findings from the 2016 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) on the Healthy Youth Web site. SHPPS is a national study periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices.
    These new district-level data suggest that while improvements are being made in practices around some health issues, there are issues that still need improvement. SHPPS data show:
    • The percentage of districts with school health policies and practices related to violence, bullying, and suicide prevention has increased since 2000.
    • The majority of districts require high schools to provide health education on HIV, STD and substance use prevention, however, fewer districts require elementary and middle schools to provide age-appropriate education in these areas.
    • Less than 2% of districts had policies requiring schools to provide health services such as testing for HIV, STDs, and pregnancy.
    School policies and practices play an important role in supporting student health. Reversing the decline of school policies and practices regarding substance use, HIV, and STD prevention is critical to addressing these priority public health issues.
    Included in this new report are results on school policies and practices, such as health education; health services and counseling, psychological and social services; and healthy and safe school environment. Additional materials include two fact sheets highlighting key 2016 results and trends over time (2000-2016). To access these materials and learn more about SHPPS, visit:
    Please share this new report and related resources with education and public health partners implementing teen HIV, STD and p

    Now Available: 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Annual Report Shows More Americans Have Health Insurance and Receive Safer Care, but Gains Remain Uneven Among Minorities

    2017 QDR Report BannerAHRQ’s 2016 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report shows that the quality of health care continues to improve gradually each year but gains remain uneven among minorities. Some of the biggest improvements are in measures of “person-centered care,” such as communication between doctors and their patients, and the safety of medical care, such as fewer complications among hospital patients who were taking anticoagulants other than warfarin.The report also indicates that fewer people were uninsured, as 11 percent of people under age 65 were uninsured in 2016 compared with 18 percent in 2010. However, most disparities in health care quality continued to persist, with no significant improvements for any racial or ethnic groups, especially people in poor, low-income and uninsured households as well as blacks and Hispanics. As a companion to the report, AHRQ’s Chartbook on Patient Safety provides new data on dozens of safety measures, such the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections decreasing by more than 40 percent between 2009 and 2014. Access an AHRQ Views blog on AHRQ’s new report and chartbook.

    Webinar - Equity and Preterm Birth: A context for Action

    Preterm birth, the leading cause of infant mortality, has been called a dramatic and shocking example of race and place inequality in the U.S. This webinar will summarize the state of knowledge about equity and preterm birth, with an emphasis on populations at highest risk.


    Paula Braveman, MD, MPH
    Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine
    Arthur R. James, MD, FACOG
    Interim Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Associate Clinical Professor, Dept OB/GYN, Wexner Medical Center The Ohio State Univeristy
    Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH
    Chair of the Department of Public Health, North Dakota State University, Department of Public Health
    Paul Jarris, MD, MBA (Moderator)
    Chief Medical Officer, SVP Mission Impact, March of Dimes Foundation
    Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST 


    Monday, September 18, 2017

    Getting Data Right— and Righteous to Improve Hispanic or Latino Health

    CDCSave the Date!
    CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity Presents
    Getting Data Right— and Righteous to Improve Hispanic or Latino Health
    Alfonso Rodríguez Lainz, PhD, DVM, MPVM
    Epidemiologist, U.S.– Mexico Unit, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, CDC 
    October 3, 2017
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
    This discussion will focus on the importance of population health monitoring programs to collect data elements that better capture Hispanics’ diversity, and to provide language assistance to assure meaningful inclusion of all Latino and Hispanic populations in national health monitoring. 
    Registration is not required. For more information contact