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From the National Program Office

As we prepare to move to the next phase of our project, demonstration site teams are reflecting upon what they’ve learned about measuring their institutions’ progress toward health workforce goals and the university’s impact on top community health priorities. We will convene again as a full Learning Collaborative on October 6-7 in Cleveland to share our progress and move forward with some of the collaborative projects that have emerged among demonstration sites.

For those planning to attend either the APLU Annual Meeting (November 2-4 in Orlando, FL) or the AAMC Annual Meeting (November 7-11 in Chicago, IL), registration is ongoing – reserve your spot today!

Funding Opportunities

The NIH has announced the Clinician Scientist Mentoring Award to Promote Workforce Diversity, which provides support to mid-career health-professional doctorates or equivalent for basic, epidemiological or outcomes research, and to act as research mentors to early-stage investigators from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research. Applications are due November 24.

News

Last month, we shared the news that Dr. Karen Bankston and Dr. Barb Tobias from the University of Cincinnati went on the air for a local radio station to talk about health workforce diversity.  An audio recording of their interview is now online

A new agreement between San Juan College and the University of New Mexico will allow the 2-year institution’s students to graduate with a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from UNM without leaving the San Juan College campus, starting in January 2015.

A survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows that colleges struggle with diversity issues within admissions offices, where white males seem to lead a field that -- at the entry-level ranks -- is more diverse. The survey results were covered by Diverse, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Researchers at Florida State and Vanderbilt found that graduation rates for black and Latino students are comparable to those of white students when controlling for factors such as student educational background and institutional resources.

Professors from the Center for Health Services Research at UNC have developed a new online tool, the FutureDocs Forecasting Tool, which will allow health care providers and anyone interested to identify fluctuations in projected availability of physicians and specialists in the near future.

In policy news, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation, the Veterans Affairs Health Workforce Enhancement Act, which she says will help address the physician shortage within the VA. The bill would increase the number of VA Graduate Medical Education positions in needed specialties, including primary care and mental health, at VA facilities facing a physician shortage by 2,000 positions over five years.

Upcoming Events

Having trouble explaining health equity to the media? The Health Equity Initiative (HEI) is offering a brief workshop on how to do exactly that on Wednesday, September 10, from 12:00-2:00PM Eastern Time.

The American Public Health Association’s annual conference will be held November 15-19 in New Orleans, LA. Click here to register at early-bird rates.

Publications and Resources

A new publication by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compares the U.S. public policy approach to tackling the problem of health disparities with the European approach.

Another Robert Wood Johnson Foundation publication shares lessons learned from the Aligning Forces for Quality Initiative, and what’s working well to reduce disparities in care. Better Health Greater Cleveland was highlighted as a success story.

An article entitled “Improving Patient Safety Systems for Patients With Limited English Proficiency: A Guide for Hospitals”, highlights some of the challenges of providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and how hospitals can take action. For additional context, check out a related article in the New England Journal of Medicine on “advancing health with CLAS.”

The Commonwealth Fund has published a state policy framework for integrating health and social services.

A toolkit from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is intended to help academics build better research partnerships with community health centers.

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