May 2009 NNED Note

NNED Highlights

Seeking NNED Partners and Affiliates:   Join a unique opportunity to link efforts to eliminate disparities, garner political will, and improve the well-being of our diverse communities around the country.  Individually, we can each make small changes within our communities; collectively we can make sustainable changes nationally.  In addition to partnering with organizations, the NNED has a new "NNED Affiliate" partnership that allows individuals to partner with the NNED.  Click here for more information.

NNED Network in Action Forum Calls: The NNED is pleased to offer NNED Forum Calls to our NNED partners and affiliates. Recent call topics include: Refugee Children and Families: The Emotional Impact of Resettlement and Treatment Strategies, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act: Opportunities for Communities.  Our July call will be on Celebrating National Minority Health Awareness Month. To receive announcements about the NNED Forum Calls you must be a NNED Partner or Affiliate.  Please click here for more information on joining the NNED.
Visit the NNED Website! Our What's New section is frequently updated with information and resources on best practices and innovative strategies in serving diverse communities; our Calendar contains relevant training and TA opportunities; and our Funding Opportunities page provides timely notice of federal and foundation funding opportunities. Click here to visit.
Steward Group: A subcommittee of the NNED Steward Group has outlined processes and criteria for selecting Knowledge Discovery Centers (KDCs) for NNED Learning Clusters and will be responsible for reviewing all KDC nominations for Learning Clusters and making final recommendations to the Steward Group. A full Steward Group meeting took place on May 15, 2009.


What's New
Obama Appoints Public Health Official as Head of CDC: President Obama appointed New York City's Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden to be the head of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Frieden has spearheaded many successful public health initiatives in New York City which helped to reduce HIV/AIDS-related deaths by 40%.  For more information click here .

AHA Letter to Obama on Health Disparities: On May 4th a coalition of 24 national health advocacy groups, including the American Hospital Association (AHA) composed a letter to President Obama and other congressional leaders outlining three legislative strategies aimed at reducing health care disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.  To access the letter and read the AHA news release click here.
Tribes Battle Meth Use on Their Own Terms: This article produced by the Office of Minority Health discusses Native American tribal responses to methamphetamine use in the Native American community.  Abuse rates among Native Americans have exceeded national averages as tribes have been targeted by drug cartels, causing many tribes to go on the offense. To read the full article and access other resources click here .

White House Launched HIV/AIDS Communication Campaign: On April 7th the White House launched a national HIV/AIDS communication campaign Act Against AIDS .  The campaign will feature public service announcements and online communications, as well as targeted messages and outreach to the populations most severely affected by HIV/AIDS.  For more information click here .
NNED Added to the Maternal and Child Health Library: The NNED has been added to Georgetown University's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library as a resource on preventing, identifying, and eliminating racial disparities.  To visit the MCH Library click here .

Learning Clusters

Community Defined Evidence Project: The CDEP is mid-way through their data collection phase. Telephone interviews with consumers, staff, community partners, and family members and site visits are underway or completed with sites in Raleigh-Durham, NC; Albuquerque, NM; Burien, WA; Denver, CO; Ligonier, IN; San Francisco, CA; and Bridgeport, CT. The project expects to complete analysis with 6 sites for their upcoming preliminary report.
Integrated Care: The Learning Collaborative for this Learning Cluster will involve 5 community behavioral health and community health center teams.  The Request for Applications will be issued at the end of the month.

Public Education Campaigns in Mental Health and Substance Abuse to Reach Diverse Communities:   The Multicultural Steering Committee (MCSC) has reviewed creatives and provided feedback. The ad agencies are moving into final production and developing website landing pages.
Parental Depression in Diverse Communities: This learning cluster is in the process of is in the process of selecting a KDC to assist in developing one or two issue papers related to depression.

Community Advocacy and Engagement:
The NNED is gearing up to launch a new Learning Cluster focused on community advocacy and engagement.  This Learning Cluster will focus on the identification of effective advocacy strategies for behavioral health issues in communities of color.  The Learning Cluster will identify or develop resources to assist other communities in organizing and launching advocacy efforts related to behavioral health and disparities. Potential local groups have already been identified to participate in a Consensus meeting to be held in August, 2009. If you would like to nominate an organization for this cluster, please contact Mareasa Isaacs at .
For more information visit the Learning Clusters page on the NNED website.

Funding Opportunities

Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Discretionary Program Training and Technical Assistance: The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications from organizations wishing to provide training and technical assistance to state and local Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Programs to support state and local efforts to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.  Applications are due June 4, 2009 . To download the program announcement from the OJDDP website click here .
National Minority Aging Organizations Technical Assistance Centers: The Administration on Aging (AoA) plans to make awards to National Minority Aging Organization Technical Assistance Centers (NMAOs) for the development of culturally competent and linguistically appropriate front line health promotion and disease prevention strategies for racial and ethnic minority older individuals. Applications are due June 15, 2009 . For more information click here and scroll down to the National Minority Aging Organizations grant.
For more funding opportunities as well as a list of foundation grant opportunities visit the NNED Funding Opportunities page.

Calendar Items
Public Briefing on Parental Depression: The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies is releasing a report at a public briefing on Wednesday, June 10 at 1pm ET.  The report, Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention explores the interaction of depressed parents, parenting practices, and its impact on children. For more information click here
Mental Health America's Centennial Conference and Gala: Mental Health America will mark a century of achievement and its historic legacy as the founder of the organized mental health movement with its Centennial Conference: Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future on June 10-14 in Washington DC. For more information click here .
Research and Training Center Conference: The Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health is holding a conference in Portland, OR on June 23-25 . The title of the conference is Putting Youth and Families First.  To register click here

American Journal of Public Health Call for Papers: AJPH intends to publish a collection of papers on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander health.  Emphasis will be placed on research that examines disparities, cultural and linguistic competency, discrimination, and best practices/promising models in capacity building, health programming and health care.  The deadline for submission is June 30. For more information click here .

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Call for Abstracts: The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association has extended their abstracts deadline for the 137th APHA Annual Meeting on November 7-11 in Philadelphia, PA.  Abstracts can now be submitted until June 30 . For more information click here .

Georgetown University Leadership Academy: Georgetown University, in collaboration with AFYA, Inc., will be offering a Leadership Academy to Address Disparities in Mental Health Care August 24-27 in Santa Fe, NM. For more information click here .

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities: I n May of 2009 the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities in partnership with the Prevention Institute produced the report, A Time of Opportunity: Local Solutions to Reduce Inequities in Health and Safety. In this paper, the IOM Roundtable proposes a set of solutions to bridge traditional health promotion, disease management, and health care solutions with more upstream work that focuses on preventing illness and injury. For more information click here .
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Report Highlights Disparities: On May 6th the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released two reports in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that assess the status of health care quality in the United States and identify differences or gaps in healthcare quality or access. For more information click here .

A PA Ethnic Minority Affairs Office Release Health Disparity Report: In March 2009 the American Psychological Association's Ethnic Minority Affairs Office released their semi-annual news journal Communique entitled Psychological and Behavioral Health Perspectives on Health Disparities.  To download the article click here and for more information click here .
APA Releases Health Disparities Grand Challenge Booklet: The American Psychological Association has released its third Grand Challenge Booklet: Health Disparities.  Learn how psychologists are finding ways to bridge the deep divide in health quality between America's healthiest and least healthy citizens.  To download the full booklet click here

Disparities in Clinics Study: The Archives of Internal Medicine has released a journal article entitled Separate and Unequal: Clinics Where Minority and Nonminority Patients Receive Primary Care.  This study found that clinics serving higher proportions of minority patients had more challenging work environments, therefore suggesting another mechanism for disparities in health care access and outcomes.  To download the article from the NNED website click here .
CHAPS Releases Social Determinants Workbook: The Community Health and Program Services (CHAPS) of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a Social Determinants of Health workbook for community-based organizations seeking to affect the social determinants of health through community-based participatory approaches and nontraditional approaches.  Click here to download the workbook from the CHAPS website.
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