Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Join the Webinar: Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic

Chickasaw Nation Tackles Opioid EpidemicDATE: Thursday, January 25, 2018
TIME: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

MODERATORTom Anderson (Cherokee), Director, Office for Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, and Member, American Indian and Alaska Native NPA Caucus
SPEAKER: Miranda WillisStrategic Prevention Data Analyst/Tribal Liaison, Chickasaw Nation

Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. In 2014, Oklahoma ranked 10th in the nation for drug overdose deaths. From 2007 to 2015, more than 5,900 Oklahomans died of unintentional poisonings, with 75% of all of those deaths involving at least one prescription opioid. American Indians in Oklahoma have a higher unintentional poisoning death rate than any other racial or ethnic group in the state.

Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Click here for abstract and speaker biography: https://tinyurl.com/aianwebinarabstract-bio
The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) Caucus provides a forum for members to increase dialogue across the country and to coordinate and enhance tribal, state, and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health (SDOH) for AI/ANs.

Visit the AI/AN NPA Caucus website for more information: http://aian.npa-rhec.org/

CDC Immunization Conference

Faculty from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will present a live, two-day comprehensive review of immunization principles, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases and the recommended vaccines to prevent them.   The course will feature the most up-to-date immunization information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

 The course will be held on March 8-9, 2018 at the Viridian Event Center, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, Utah.

($75 for students)

 (Conference/Registration fee is payable by credit card online at our registration site.) 

Parking is free.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Register Now: Seating Is Limited. 

The last in-person Pink Book course offered in Utah was in 2011.  Take advantage of this course being offered by the CDC here locally!

 Any questions? Contact:   Stephanie Hart – stephanie.hart@upha.org or 385-468-4141

Continuing Education (CE) credits are available to a variety of healthcare professionals who attend the entire course and complete the required CE evaluation and post-test online by April 9, 2018. Detailed information and instructions will be provided at the course.

Friday, January 12, 2018

National League of Cities Web Forum

Building a ‘Culture of Health’ Starts With Equity and Race

In the United States, life expectancy can vary by more than 15 years for communities separated by a few miles, subway stops or zip codes. This gap stems from structural inequities that include biases based on race, gender, class and other social factors.

These structural inequities are deeply embedded into the fabric of society, resulting in systemic disadvantages that lead to unequal access to resources that determine the wellbeing of people and communities. These include the opportunity to have affordable housing, to live in safe neighborhoods, to get a good education and to secure jobs with a family-sustaining income.

The problem impacts the health of people of all socioeconomic status; it also affects the strength of our communities, our economy, our national security and our standing in the world.

Through the National League of Cities’ (NLC) on-going work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to build a culture of health – working with mayors and city leaders to address the factors that influence how long we live and how well we live – we have a range of existing and emerging efforts that enable cities to work together to find solutions to tackle these pervasive challenges.

To hear from experts on race, equity and city solutions, join NLC’s web forum on January 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT on Race, Equity and Health. You will hear about discrimination in America and its effects on health, as well as local partnerships and strategies to advance race equity and opportunity in cities. The goal of NLC’s work on race, equity and health is to better inform and identify ways we can more effectively engage each other in solutions.

Underscoring NLC’s work, RWJF, National Public Radio and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released the findings of a poll late last year that examined the discrimination experienced by six major ethnic and racial groups in America today in order to build awareness about how people perceive discrimination amongst their respective ethnicities and races.

Findings indicate that the majority of Americans, including whites, think their own group faces discrimination. This includes life experience with systems – work, police, the courts, housing, healthcare, college, voting – and harassment in many facets of personal interactions. Money may not shield prosperous blacks from bigotry. Asian Americans report individual prejudice is a bigger problem than bias by government or laws and policies.

Roughly one third of Latino respondents experienced discrimination when looking for a home. This is especially important as clean, safe, affordable housing and neighborhoods could act as a vaccine for people’s health. Housing also affects access to high-quality education and the ability to get a good job. The silver lining is that Latinos in urban areas feel positive about what their local officials are doing for them. Sixty percent of Latinos feel their local government represents the views of people like them.

City leaders and agencies can serve as catalysts, conveners and partners to address systemic factors that perpetrate discrimination and unequal opportunity in their communities. The City of San Antonio played a vital role in attracting federal investments via the Promise Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Education and Choice Neighborhood grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. In Indianapolis, the multi-racial organization IndyCAN catalyzes marginalized people and faith communities to collectively act for racial and economic equity. One example is the Ticket to Opportunity program, which organized a regional referendum to triple bus service in the city, addressing inadequate transit as a barrier to job opportunities.

Featured speakers at the Jan. 17 web forum include Dwayne Proctor, senior director to the president and director of the Achieving Health Equity Portfolio at RWJF; Edwin Revell, deputy director, and Chris Hatcher, urban design administrator in the Department of Planning Engineering & Permits for the City of Birmingham; and Brandy Kelly-Pryor, director of the Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro/Jefferson County Department of Public Health and Wellness in Kentucky. Click here to join the conversation.

RWJF: New funding opportunities

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Applications are now open for four of RWJF’s leadership development programs. These programs are helping build the leaders of tomorrow—leaders who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.
RWJF’s leadership development programs are designed to help you advance your leadership skills, and connect you with other innovators to advance big ideas and solutions.
  • Culture of Health Leaders: for people from all sectors—from leaders in technology and business to architects and urban planners.
  • Clinical Scholars: for clinicians from all disciplines, from occupational therapists and pharmacists to dentists and nurses.
  • Health Policy Research Scholars: for second-year doctoral students from all fields of study—from economics and political science to epidemiology and behavioral science.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Leaders: for researchers and community partners (e.g., organizers, advocates, leaders), particularly those working in rural health.
Participants in the programs will:
  • Receive high-caliber curriculum and coaching from national leaders.
  • Collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact.
  • Accelerate their ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a Culture of Health.
  • Receive funding to support their participation.
Participants work and learn from their home communities and would not need to relocate. Plus,the program is designed for people working or pursuing research full-time.
Are you ready to take a bold step forward and join us in building a Culture of Health? Start your application today!
If you’re not sure which program is right for you, explore the Program Finder and/or register to attend the applicant webinar on January 23, 2018, to learn more about all four programs.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Funding Opportunity to Address Lupus

u s department of health and human services - office of minority healthFY 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers cooperative agreement and 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. Applications are due March 30, 2018by 6:00 pm ET. To receive consideration, you must submit your application electronically via Grants.gov no later than this due date and time.
Announcement Number: MP-CPI-18-00 
Estimated Funding Level: $2 million 
OMH announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 grant funds for the National Lupus Training, Outreach, and Clinical Trial Education Program (Lupus Program). The Lupus Program seeks to reduce lupus related health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately affected by this disease by:  (1) developing public-private and community partnerships to promote recruitment and enrollment of minority populations affected by lupus into clinical trials (Priority A); and (2) creating a research plan and develop/test effective clinical trial education models to improve attitudes and practices of health care providers and paraprofessionals that will refer minority populations to lupus clinical trials (Priority B). 
FOA and How

Technical Assistance Webinars
Save the datefor a technical assistance webinar for interested applicants on February 7, 2018 at 3:00-4:00 pm ET.
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An additional technical assistance webinar on “Evaluation – Review the Basics” will be held on February 8, 2018 at 3:00-4:00 pm ET.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

HHS Office of Minority Health: Empowering Our Communities on the MLK Day of Service

By: Dr. Matthew Lin, Director, HHS Office of Minority Health

The observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 15 is a time for us to reflect on the life and achievements of an extraordinary leader in American history.
Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and economic opportunity through service to others. He also linked the quest for equality to healthcare and talked about the importance of being first in moral excellence and generosity. He taught us that everyone has a role to play.
"Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." - Martin Luther King Jr.
On what would have been Dr. King’s 89th birthday, we can also hold ourselves accountable to acknowledging the work that remains to fulfill his dream. Many will mark the King holiday by volunteering in their neighborhoods – service is a powerful tool for strengthening our communities. Beyond volunteer service, there is much that can be done, for example, to improve the conditions in which all Americans are born, grow, work, live and age.
Overall, we have made considerable progress improving health and healthcare for racial and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged populations since the founding of the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) more than 30 years ago. The life expectancy gap between blacks and whites is at its narrowest point over the last three decades; cancer disparities are improving for all minority groups, including Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; and teen birth rates have dropped for all races and Hispanic groups.
However, persistent and pervasive health disparities remain and addressing them will require not just a federal response, but also state and local organizations dedicated to achieving health equity.
At HHS, we’re also working on three of the most pressing issues facing the nation: the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity and serious mental illness. Every day, 115 Americans die from drug overdoses due to opioids. One in 5 children in the United States is overweight or obese, and the rates are higher among African-American and Latino children. And about 10 million American adults experience serious mental illness affects each year.
At OMH, our new Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative is designed to generate community partnerships to help meet these challenges. OMH has awarded grants to 15 organizations across the country that serve communities disproportionately affected by opioids, obesity or serious mental illness, with the goal of expanding the use of actions with the greatest potential impact.
Whether to address these issues or others, throughout the country many of us at HHS and in other federal departments and their communities will participate in the MLK Day of Service on January 15. The holiday remains the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
Wherever you live, I hope you will join the hundreds of thousands of Americans who will spend the MLK Day of Service volunteering for a good cause or community activity.
You can find more information about Martin Luther King Jr. and MLK Day of Service activities here.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Free help available for those needing assistance filing taxes

United Way Salt Lake Announces Enhanced Features for Free Online Tax Filing Tool

http://www.unitedway.org/i/MyFreeTaxes/Web_Banner_Ads/MFT_Banner_970x90.jpg/@mx_385MyFreeTaxesTM users can now file their state, federal taxes in under one hour

United Way announced enhanced features to MyFreeTaxes that allow most filers to complete their taxes in under one hour.

MyFreeTaxes.com is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning $66,000 or less to file their state and federal taxes.

For the past nine years, United Way has partnered with H&R Block to provide free tax filing services for federal and state taxes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since that time, the partnership has helped nearly a million people file their returns, bringing more than $1 billion in refunds back to local communities.

MyFreeTaxes users get access to H&R Block Premium Product with enhanced features like:
·        Ability to upload image of your W-2, allowing MyFreeTaxes to automatically fill in your information;
·        Free, unlimited, personalized real-time chat and phone support in English and Spanish from IRS-certified specialists at 1-855-MY-TX-HELP. The helpline operates from mid-January [MM1] through April 30, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, and between noon and 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturdays;
·        Refund RevealTM will show filers how and why their refund amount is changing in real time; and
·        Advanced functionality for those working in the gig economy or need to include information regarding real estate investments, stock options or inheritance taxes.

Taxpayers earning less than $66,000 can enter their data through MyFreeTaxes.com, which links to a secure H&R Block website, making it easy to complete their taxes from home, at work or on mobile devices.

MyFreeTaxes is supported by United Way, and users can contact their local United Way for other local resources, or find ways to volunteer and further support their community. MyFreeTaxes comes with the same brand promise as all H&R Block’s products: that consumers are guaranteed a maximum refund, 100 percent accuracy and 100 percent satisfaction.