Learning Collaborative hits the road to talk about health equity


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This month, several members of the Urban Universities for HEALTH Learning Collaborative will be engaging in outreach activities to promote the importance of health workforce development for health equity. Dr. Barb Tobias (University of Cincinnati) and Dr. Gina Weisblat (NEOMED) will be headed to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) in Columbus, OH later this month to participate in a briefing and discussion on the role of diversity in the health care workforce. April is also National Minority Health Month, and members of the National Program Office will staff an exhibit on Urban Universities for HEALTH at a commemorative event held on the NIH campus next week.

Funding Opportunities

SAMHSA will award $6.8 million in funding to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to partner with one or more community-based organizations to provide integrated substance abuse, Hepatitis-C (HCV), and HIV prevention programs to minority in the surrounding communities. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 16, 2014.  

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce.  Funding is provided for the development of creative educational activities with a primary focus on Research Experiences, Courses for Skills Development, and Mentoring Activities.  $2.5 million is available for 5-10 individual awards. An LOI is due April 28, with full proposals due May 28, 2014.

Through its Innovations in Care Program, the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation will award two grants of up to $600,000 to support innovations that provide care to vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing quality health care.  Brief proposals are due May 1, with full proposals due May 25, 2014.

The National Association of Medical Minority Educators will award eight $1,000 scholarships to underrepresented minority students who have completed their first year of health professions training. The deadline to apply is June 13, 2014. Please share this opportunity with your students.

Other Opportunities

Under contract with HHS, the National Quality Forum (NQF) will develop a common population health framework for communities that will offer practical guidance for improving population health. . NQF is accepting public comments through April 16.

What does health equity mean to you? A group of physicians, other health care providers, communicators, students and researchers at the University of Michigan have joined together to catalyze a national conversation on health care equity and how it can be attained across all segments of U.S. society and the globe. Submit your 8 words on health equity here: http://healthyconversation.org/

This summer, the NIMHD will host a Translational Health Disparities Course entitled “Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research.” The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014. The course is free, but admission is competitive and participants are responsible for transportation, room and board. Submit an application via the NIMHD website from April 14, 2014 to May 22, 2014.


The CDC have awarded the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies a $7 million grant — the largest in the school’s history — to establish it as a national HIV-prevention resource center.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced the appointment of Susan Wilson, Ph.D., as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion. She will begin her new duties on April 17.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) is poised to complete a $70 million health, wellness and education center complex. The 177,250-square-foot project is expected to include a fitness center, office space for local health care providers, a new home for the on-campus STEM school and classroom space. 

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has received $1.25 million from the NIH to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented minority populations, including students with disabilities, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

The newly released 2014 County Health Rankings show that people living in the least healthy counties are twice as likely to have shorter lives as residents of the healthiest counties. Read the full report here.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, resigned this week.

A Virginia-based group has targeted UW-Madison, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill over their admissions practices, which the group claims unfairly discriminate by race.

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) has recently launched their new website, which includes keyword-searchable research portal.

Upcoming Events

ASPPH will host the third webinar in the ASPPH Presents series featuring Dr. Marc Nivet, Chief Diversity Officer at AAMC on April 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time. “Diversity as a Vital Component of Health Systems Change” will teach participants the value of using diversity in academic institutions to increase the quality of education and will highlight tools for increasing and maintaining diversity in schools and programs of public health.

Please join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a free webinar entitled, “Exploring the Impact of Health IT on Consumer Engagement and Empowerment for Communities of Color” on April 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time.

The 10th Annual Health Workforce Research Conference, hosted by the AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, will be held May 1-2, 2014, in Washington, DC. The theme of this year’s conference, which has broadened in focus to include all health professions, is “Finding the Right Fit: The Health Workforce Needed to Support the Affordable Care Act.”

The Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center will host the webinar “Data, Methods, and Tips for Health Workforce Supply and Demand Modeling” on May 14, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time.

Data experts, technology developers, policy makers, health care system leaders, and community advocates will convene for Health Datapalooza on June 1-3 in Washington, DC.

Publications and Resources

 The CTSA Consortium's Community Engagement Key Function Committee has developed a unified taxonomy of community health indicators for monitoring progress toward population health outcomes.

A new paper in the Journal of Primary Prevention describes preliminary results of Acción para la Salud, a public health intervention in which Community Health Workers (CHWs) from five health agencies engaged their community in the process of making positive systems and environmental changes.

Authors of an article published in the Journal of Healthcare Management surveyed over 400 nurse executives in hospitals, nurse-led clinics, and home and hospice companies to explore how healthcare employers are working to increase the number of bachelors-prepared nurses in the workforce.

An article in the Journal of Dental Education entitled Retaining New Dentists in Iowa: A Role for Dental Schools in Facilitating Graduates’ Connections to Practice Opportunities in Underserved Areas explores how The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics succeeded in promoting dental practice opportunities in Iowa for its graduates.

The March 2014 edition of AAMC’s Analysis in Brief explores the “leaking out” of underrepresented students from the medical school pipeline, and the extent to which socioeconomic factors and race play a role.


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