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  EVENTS


WALS Lecture: Community-engaged Approaches for Preventing and Controlling Obesity Among U.S. Latinos/Hispanics

February 8, 2023; NIH Bethesda, MD campus & live webcast

The goal of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, colloquially known as WALS, is to keep NIH researchers abreast of the latest and most important research in the U.S. and beyond. Guadalupe Xochitl Ayala, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Professor at SDSU School of Public Health, will deliver a lecture on community-engaged approaches for preventing and controlling obesity among the Latinx population in the U.S.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WALS LECTURE

National Association for Hispanic Nurses’ Hispanic Health Policy Summit

February 9-11, 2023; Washington, DC

The first Hispanic Health Policy Summit will combine the strengths of the nation’s leading Latinx focused nursing organization, the National Association for Hispanic Nurses, with other Latinx focused medical professional organizations, across all disciplines, to transform healthcare policy and accelerate the pace of research.

REGISTER FOR THE HISPANIC HEALTH POLICY SUMMIT

2023 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference

February 22, 2023; Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

The one-day event is presented by the Carolina Hunger Initiative at UNC and will take place Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at The Friday Conference Center in Chapel Hill. Attendees will have a chance to connect with other child hunger leaders from across the state, learn about new strategies and success stories, and leave re-energized to continue the fight against child hunger.

REGISTER FOR NC CHILD HUNGER LEADERS CONFERENCE

Xavier University’s 16th Health Disparities Conference

February 22-24, 2023; New Orleans, LA

This year’s conference, titled “Public Health Transformations to Achieve Health Equity,” will address community engagement, policy, practice, education workforce, and science.

REGISTER FOR THE 16TH HEALTH DISPARITIES CONFERENCE

Tribal Public Health Conference 2023

April 11-13, 2023; Durant, OK

A 7th Generation and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board collaboration, the conference theme will be: “Restoring Health and Uniting Community.” The conference committee is planning a jam-packed event with well-respected spearkers, networking opportunities, a context PowWow, and a few thoughtful surprises.

REGISTER FOR THE TRIBAL PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE

16th Annual Academic & Health Policy Conference on Criminal Justice Health

April 13-14, 2023; Raleigh, NC

This annual conference provides a forum for researchers, clinicians, administrators, educators, policymakers, and grant funding leaders to network, share evidence, and learn about emerging research and relevant policy updates in the field of correctional health care.

REGISTER FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE HEALTH CONFERENCE

  OPPORTUNITIES


North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (for graduate students)

This one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship prepares graduate health professional students to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend as responsibilities are met. Apply by February 1, 2023.

APPLY FOR THE NC ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP

Society of Academic Urologists DEI Research Proposals RFA

The SAU DEI Pilot Grant funds projects that promote diversity, inclusion, and health equity within the field of academic urology. Grants may focus on innovative approaches to: recruitment of diverse trainees at the medical student, resident, or fellowship level; promotion of innovative mentorship strategies to foster the success of diverse applicants; recruitment of diverse urology residency graduates into academics; and retention and promotion of urologists from diverse backgrounds within academic institutions and institutional leadership. Submission deadline: February 1.

APPLY FOR SAU DEI PILOT GRANT

4th NCI Symposium on Cancer Health Disparities Call for Abstracts

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the 4th NCI Symposium on Cancer Health Disparities.
Abstract submissions are due March 1. The registration deadline is March 28. The symposium will be April 4 and 5 in Bethesda, MD.

SUBMIT AN NCI SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT

NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)

HDRI supports the career development of promising early-career minority health and health disparities research scientists, and stimulates research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. Application period: February 6 – March 13, 2023 (5:00pm ET).

APPLY FOR HDRI

Two new funding opportunities from NINR

Application due dates vary

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) published two new funding announcements focusing on NINR areas of emphasis for research to optimize health and advance health equity.

APPLY FOR NINR FUNDING

NRHA Health Equity Conference Call for Presentations

The National Rural Health Association is accepting research posters through February 9, 2023, for the association’s 28th Health Equity Conference on May 16, 2023 in San Diego, California.

SUBMIT CONTRIBUTIONS TO NRHA HEALTH EQUITY CONFERENCE

You & Me Healthy

You & Me Healthy, coordinated by the Duke Clinical Research Institute, is a community of participants, local community groups, and clinicians working together to improve public health across the United States. The goal of this Registry is to share information about COVID-19, ask and learn about your experiences to help keep our communities safe and healthy, and to reach out about future research opportunities.

JOIN YOU & ME HEALTHY

  RESOURCES


Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research

Improving lung cancer outcomes in Black communities will take more than lowering the screening age, experts say. Disparities are present in everything from the studies that inform when people should get checked to the availability of care in rural areas

 

READ ABOUT EFFORTS TO REDUCE LUNG CANCER RACIAL DISPARITIES'

Video: Importance of Multisector Collaboration for Health Justice

The AAMC Center for Health Justice is committed to partnering with public health and community-based organizations, government and health care entities, the private sector, and community members to achieve the goal of better health for all. In 2022, the center convened a Multisector Partner Group to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and sectors to use their expertise and leadership to contribute to the work of the center. A new video features members of the Multisector Partner Group and highlights the importance of collaboration across sectors to achieve health justice.

WATCH THE VIDEO

Find Neighborhoods Facing Health Disadvantages with the Area Deprivation Index

The PolicyMap team added a new dataset to help identify neighborhoods that are most socioeconomically disadvantaged to assist researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in guiding health resources and outreach efforts to areas in need. This information is provided by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Center for Health Disparities Research, who have published the Area Deprivation Index to summarize the social determinants of health in a precise geographic area – a neighborhood – noting socioeconomic conditions that can contribute to poor health outcomes.

LEARN ABOUT THE NEW DATASET'

BELIEVE works to improve Black maternal health

A collaboration between Carolina and NC A&T is focused on strengthening birthing teams, including lactation consultants and doulas, and addressing the problem of Black maternal mortality and Black maternal health in general.

READ ABOUT 'BELIEVE' IN THE WELL'

Podcast series: Health Equity in Rural Hospitals

This four-part podcast series from the National Rural Health Resource Center brings together a variety of voices to elaborate on the steps rural hospitals can take to implement sustainable health equity programs and efforts.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST SERIES'

ICYMI: 2022 National Health Equity Research Webcast Recording

CHER was proud to co-sponsor the National Health Equity Research Webcast: “Environmental Justice: The Science, the People, the Politics.” If you missed the September 16, 2022 webcast, you can now watch the recording.

WATCH THE WEBCAST'

Health Equity and Behavioral Health Integration

A new resource from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Academy provides a brief overview of the role of behavioral health integration in reducing disparities in health and healthcare, and shares practical strategies and resources for ensuring integrated practices are advancing health equity.

SEE THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCE'

A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment

From PHI’s Build Healthy Places Network, the Playbook is an action-oriented guide designed for healthcare organizations who want to pursue partnerships with rural communities, economic development and other sectors, to create the community conditions that support improved health. It includes case studies from across the country and four core strategies used by healthcare entities as examples for future multi-sector rural partnerships to follow.

READ THE PLAYBOOK'

Which strategies will make North Carolinians healthier?

Gillings School researchers say the focus should be on tobacco-use policies and excise taxes to reduce binge-drinking, sugary drinks and smoking.

READ ARTICLE IN 'THE WELL'

Critical Term: Why are Black mothers and babies dying?

The latest documentary from WRAL News shines a light on the maternal and infant health crisis and how local programs are working to lower this rate.

WATCH 'CRITICAL TERM'

Recap and Live Recording of ‘Housing as a Human Right: Next Steps to Health Equity’

If you missed the Housing as a Human Right webinar from Partners for Advancing Health Equity and Tulane University on Sept 26, the live recording is now available for viewing.

WATCH THE RECORDING

Study Demonstrates Black and Hispanic People in NC Have Highest Risk of Dying at Home Due to COVID-19

David Wohl, M.D., member of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and professor of medicine in infectious diseases, and first author Jessie Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, examined the cumulative probability of dying at home from COVID-19 in a new study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

READ THE STUDY

NIH Issues Data Management and Sharing Policy

The National Institutes of Health has issued its Data Management and Sharing Policy, which becomes effective on Jan. 25, 2023. The policy aims to promote the sharing of scientific data.

SEE DATA MANAGEMENT AND SHARING POLICY

Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal-Child Health and Addressing Disparities through a Reproductive and Birth Justice Lens

From 2014 to 2015, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) partnered with the University of New Mexico evaluation team to conduct a study to examine if and how the Foundation’s investments in the strategies of folic acid initiative, home visiting, doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and baby-friendly hospitals were improving maternal-child health in WKKF’s priority places in New Mexico.

EXPLORE THE WKKF REPORT

AAMC Health Equity Public Opinion Polling

The AAMC Center for Health Justice conducts regular nationally representative polling to ask the public about the health equity issues that matter to them. Check out these research briefs and infographics to learn more about what communities have to say about their own opportunities for health.

EXPLORE THE PUBLIC OPINION POLLING

Supporting Communities and Local Public Health Departments During COVID-19 and Beyond: A Roadmap for Equitable and Transformative Change

In this new report, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California and the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity share policy, program, and resource recommendations and best practice examples to help ensure that local public health departments are adequately prepared to protect communities most vulnerable to the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, as well as future public health emergencies.

READ THE REPORT

Grapevine Health Media Company

Grapevine Health is a data-driven health media company that delivers trusted health information to people where they are. They use technology and digital media to engage underserved communities in their health through relatable, culturally-appropriate multi-media content. They have a YouTube channel, Twitter account, podcast and more.

VISIT THE GRAPEVINE HEALTH WEBSITE

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

North Carolinians can get critical help to pay for high-speed internet from a $3.2 billion federal program opening in May for families and households working, learning and shopping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Achieving Racial and Ethnic Equity in U.S. Health Care: A Scorecard of State Performance

The Commonwealth Fund has released a scorecard resource reflecting various measures of health care quality and access in all 50 states.

The article includes interactive resources for viewing and analyzing the data. The site includes a number of downloadable resources, including the Scorecard Report, slides and equity profiles by race/ethnicity.

 

BROWSE THE SCORECARD OF STATE PERFORMANCE

Marketplace podcast features UNC’s Dr. Emily Pfaff on long COVID research

Emily Pfaff, assistant professor of medicine at UNC and co-director of Informatics and Data Science at NC TraCS, talks with Marketplace about using artificial intelligence to analyze electronic health records, looking for patterns that might better identify the syndrome and treat patients. 

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

Truth Check Social Media Training

The Center for Black Health & Equity’s new Truth Check gives participants the social media fact-checking skills needed to address misinformation, especially as it relates to COVID-19 and the vaccines.

TAKE THE TRAINING & FIND RESOURCES

Equity and Inclusion Guiding Engagement Principles

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement has developed the Equity and Inclusion Guiding Engagement Principles, a resource aimed at furthering health equity in research activities. Created after a review of the research practices and materials from a broad range of equity-minded stakeholders, the principles are designed to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is an explicit goal of research partnerships from the start. The principles are intended for any person or organization involved in the research community and include self-assessment questions, as well as practical suggestions for teams to incorporate into activities.

GET THE REPORT

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Hub

Through an engagement grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Institute for Health Equity Research mobilized a taskforce aimed at supporting more CBPR projects on topics that matter to local communities. As a part of this project, they launched this digital research concierge service.

EXPLORE THE CBPR HUB

2021 North Carolina Rural Health Snapshot

The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance has released their 2021 snapshot of rural health in North Carolina. Covering demographics, health and economics, the report provides updated information in a full report and a one-page summary.

BROWSE THE NC RURAL HEALTH SNAPSHOT

COVID-19 Resources for Entrepreneurs

Find information, advice and financial support available from organizations across the region, state and beyond curated by Innovate Carolina.

UNC Research published a COVID-19 funding tracker with research funding opportunities.

Get COVID-19: Entrepreneur Resources from Innovate Carolina.


COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

“Decisions about health, immunization, and new vaccines should never be unduly rushed without thorough investigation. The good news is that the information we need is available.

The Center for Black Health & Equity is proud to partner with The American Lung Association to provide a guide that will help us clarify scientific facts, answer key questions about vaccines, and make well-informed decisions for our health.”

EXPLORE THE COVID-19 VACCINE TOOLKIT

HDPulse Data Portal

The HDPulse Data Portal is a tool for locating and visualizing data on health disparities and minority health resources. The portal is a service of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

EXPLORE THE HDPULSE DATA PORTAL

Healthy People 2030

Healthy People 2030 from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, “identifies public health priorities to help individuals, organizations, and communities across the United States improve health and well-being. Healthy People 2030, the initiative’s fifth iteration, builds on knowledge gained over the first 4 decades.” (from the project page).

BROWSE THE HEALTHY PEOPLE 2030 SITE

NIH’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021-2025: A Path to the Future

In late July 2021, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) published their 2021-2025 strategic plan. The plan includes three core categories with goals:

  • Scientific Research.
  • Research-Sustaining Activities.
  • Outreach, Collaboration, and Dissemination.

The plan can be browsed online or downloaded as a PDF.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NIMHD STRATEGIC PLAN

The Principles of Trustworthiness

The Principles of Trustworthiness work from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) includes video, toolkit and workshop resources.

from the project website

In 2021, the AAMC Collaborative for Health Equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE) — the AAMC’s national collaborative of health equity scholars, practitioners and community partners — gathered perspectives from a diverse set of 30 community members from across the United States regarding trust, COVID-19 and clinical trial participation.

These 10 Principles of Trustworthiness integrate local perspectives with established precepts of community engagement to guide health care, public health and other organizations as they work to demonstrate they are worthy of trust. The AAMC Center for Health Justice, launching later in 2021, will continue this work to support organizations right now and in the future as they partner with communities and the many sectors that serve them to develop ways to shift our society toward health equity and justice.

EXPLORE THE PRINCIPLES OF TRUSTWORTHINESS

Structural Racism Booklet: Research and Policy Analyses

The National Prevention Science Coalition released a 40-page booklet of factsheets featuring experts in a wide range of fields. The factsheets provide evidence for structural racism across social systems. They include data on negative impacts of racist processes and recommend public policies to change them.

DOWNLOAD THE STRUCTURAL RACISM BOOKLET