March NNED Note 2011

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Striving for behavioral health equity for all individuals, families, and communities.
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National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) has been selected as the NNED Partner of the Month for March.  Based in Colorado, NAAPIMHA works to advocate on behalf of Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities to promote well being and positive mental health
NAAPIMHA also serves as a forum for effective collaboration and works to network among stake holders of community based organizations, consumers, family members, service providers, program developers, researchers, evaluators and policy makers.
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Supported by SAMHSA, NCMHD and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Inside the NNED
You Say Potayto I Say Potahto, Don’t Call the Whole Thing Off - The Need for Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Cross cultural dialogue is critical to address and remediate disparities in behavioral health. Join this NNED Forum Call from 2-3pm ET on April 20th to explore successful methods for cross cultural dialogue. Register today!
New Community of Practice - Latino MultiFamily Group Program: Learn about the NNED's newest CoP focusing on the well-validated Latino MulitFamily Group (MFG) Program. In controlled research MFG has shown powerful effects for adults with serious mental illnesses, including substantial reductions in re-hospitalization rates and other positive outcomes.  Don't miss the introductory webinar on May 5th from 2-3pm ET.  Register today!
Participate in a Free Training Opportunity in D.C.: The NNED is planning an exciting professional development opportunity for our NNED partners this summer and would like your input. NNEDLearn 2011 will be an opportunity for NNED Members to gather and network, and to receive training on various community-based best practices and/or evidence-based practices that have been used effectively in diverse communities. Help customize our meeting by nominating evidence-based programs or best practices training that your organization would like to learn about and receive. Submit your suggestions.
Become the Next NNED Partner of the Month! Is your organization doing good work but struggling? Send an email to to become a NNED Partner of the Month so that your organization can get more visibility.

What's New in Behavioral Health Care
Minority Women Might Have Higher Depression Risk During Pregnancy: A new study out of the journal of General Hospital Psychiatry finds that African-American and Asian/Pacific Islander women have double the risk that others do of becoming depressed before giving birth, after adjusting for socioeconomic risk factors. Read more...
Marvel Comics’ Captain America Promotes Suicide Prevention Awareness: Marvel Comics has released Captain America: A Little Help, a free digital comic book available on its website and via the Marvel Comics App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The all-new, 11-page story features a despondent young man contemplating suicide who then helps Captain America defeat a villain and seeks help. Read more...
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Has a New Website: Come take a look at the new website from the public-private partnership addressing the preventable public health problem of suicide, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. It offers the latest news and information about the Action Alliance to the general public, suicide prevention community, media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders in suicide prevention. Read more...
Asian American Teenage Girls Have Highest Rates of Depression: Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depressive symptoms of any racial, ethnic or gender group according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Read more...
HHS Budget Unveiled – Watch the Press Conference: On Monday, February 14, Secretary Sebellius and HHS senior leadership presented the HHS FY 2012 budget. The President’s FY 2012 Budget for HHS totals $891.6 billion in outlays. The Budget proposes $79.9 billion in discretionary budget authority.  Read more...
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Funding Opportunities

Minority Fellowship Program: The purpose of this three-year grant program is to reduce health disparities for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations.  Applications are due April 26, 2011.
HIV Prevention Projects for Young Men of Color Who Have Sex with Men and Young Transgender Persons of Color: The program supports efforts to improve the health of populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB by maximizing the health impact of public health services, reducing disease prevalence, and promoting health equity.  Applications are due May 17, 2011.
Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities: This program encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns that propose to develop and translate medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Letters of Intent are due April 4, 2011. Applications are due May 20, 2011.
Public Health Law Research - Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health: Public Health Law Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve public health and help people lead healthier lives. Applications are due April 20, 2011.

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications: Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among what the American Legacy Foundation calls Priority Populations. Applications are due April 30, 2011.
SAMHSA Releases Mental Health, United States, 2008: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the most recent version of the report, Mental Health, United States.  The report provides information on the mental health status of the U.S. population, the providers and settings for mental health services, the types of mental health services and rates of utilization, and expenditures and sources of funding for mental health services.  Read more...
Health Starts Where We Live, Learn, Work and Play: Four reports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) delve into the integral link between our health and key social factors. Each, in their own way, looks at the role that nonmedical factors play in where health starts—long before illness—in our homes, schools and jobs. Read more...
New IOM Report Calls for National Strategy to Measure the Public’s Health: A new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report reinforces the urgency to address health not just in the doctor’s office but where it starts — in our homes, schools, jobs and communities. The report argues that one reason Americans live shorter, sicker lives is our lack of national coordination when it comes to gathering, analyzing and communicating health information that focuses on the underlying factors that contribute to poor health. R ead more...
CDC Releases First Ever Disparities Report: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their first ever report analyzing health disparities on a broad array of health issues in January.  The publication is the first in a series of periodic reports aimed at increasing awareness about disparities and developing strategies to eliminate disparities. Read more...
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