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NIH All of Us Research Program Funding Opportunity

The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

AQIN LAN Webinar: Target BP - A National Initiative to Improve Blood Pressure Control

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm ET

Target: BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. The program will empower hospitals, physicians, and care teams to reduce blood pressure to a goal of lower than 140/90 mm Hg for each adult patient to improve health outcomes. Attend this webinar to learn more about this national initiative and the tools and resources that are available to your practice.​

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Describe the impact of uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) from a public health perspective and from a patient's perspective
  • Review how the Target: BP initiative can help with your practice's blood pressure improvement efforts
  • Identify evidence-based best practices that practice sites can use to improve BP control: the M.A.P. checklists 

Laken Barkowski, RN, BSN
Improvement Advisor, Improving Health Outcomes Strategies
American Medical Association
Vikas Bhala, MPH, MBA
Improvement Advisor, Improving Health Outcomes Strategies
American Medical Association
Registration is free and pre-registration is required.

Black History Month Noon Day Lecture

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
Basic Science Building Room 502
Lunch provided for the first 50 attendees

"Are We Worthy of Our Children?"

David Johns
Former Executive Directory of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholars

Applications are now open for the 2017 cohort of Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Scholars. This program works to increase diversity among medical, nursing, and dentistry faculty.   

Up to 10 selected program scholars are eligible for:

·         A four-year postdoctoral award of up to $420,000

·         An annual stipend of $75,000

·         An annual grant of $30,000 to support research

·         Additional awards available through partnership organizations

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—and a desire to build a Culture of Health in America—the Harold Amos program acts on the belief that an ever-changing health care landscape requires capable, diverse leadership. We strongly encourage applicants from “historically disadvantaged backgrounds,” which refers to challenges individuals may have faced because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, physical, learning or other disability, or who are first-generation college graduates.

CBPR Partnership Academy

Application Deadline - February 10

The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) is now accepting applications for a year-long, all-expenses-paid community-based participatory research (CBPR) training program called the CBPR Partnership Academy. 
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Academy is designed for community members and academic researchers with little or no CBPR experience who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in CBPR, so they may collaborate as a community-academic partnership to conduct CBPR aimed at eliminating health inequities in their communities.
The overarching goal is for teams to enhance their capabilities, knowledge, and skills in creating, implementing, and maintaining a successful CBPR partnership and, through their newly harnessed CBPR efforts-to make a positive difference in the health and well-being of their local communities.
The Partnership Academy includes THREE core components:

  • A one-week intensive course;
  • A full year of structured mentoring and learning opportunities to support development of a CBPR partnership; and
  • Access to a Partnership Academy Network for ongoing networking and support.

Twelve teams will be selected to participate in this unique, nationwide program, and people from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is February 10, 2017.

OMH Announces Data Resource for Study of Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of a new resource to aid researchers, public health practitioners and policymakers with data on health and health care disparities and social determinants of health. The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources (Compendium) is a free resource that compiles in one place descriptions of and links to 132 public datasets and resources that include information about health conditions and other factors that impact the health of minority populations.

The Compendium provides a one-stop shop for researchers, public policymakers and staff, the general public and all who are interested in the intersection of health, health care, health disparities and social determinants of health – the conditions that impact the environment in which individuals live, learn, work and play.

The Compendium was created by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA) to advance research, public policy and the public’s knowledge of issues related to health equity. The compendium fills a gap that researchers and practitioners frequently face in locating federal datasets in one place, with information that is vital to conduct research on various topics. It is a valuable, time-saving resource that reduces the significant amount of time and work of identifying and sorting through datasets for pertinent variables of study.

The datasets provided in the Compendium can serve a variety of purposes. Researchers who are interested in studying the specific health services that Americans frequently use and the cost of and payment methods for those health services may access the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data source available from AHRQ found in the Compendium. Organizations interested in program and policy development for children and families served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs may access the Head Start Program Information Report from ACF.

The Compendium of Publicly Available Datasets and Other Data-Related Resources is available on the NPA website.

Researchers Meet Rural Community at Point of Need, Study Better Care for Diabetics

See this MUSC NewsCenter article on our efforts on a Rural Diabetes study in Bamberg, South Carolina.