Over the past few weeks, our country has been touched by several tragic events. We send our thoughts and our prayers to the victims and their families. We also thank faith and community leaders for the powerful role that they are playing during these times of tragedy.
The Partnership Center seeks to strengthen communities by empowering and by educating local leaders. This newsletter includes webinars on a range of public health issues like health literacy, emergency response, and health equity. In addition, there is information on ways to combat the opioid epidemic and on grant opportunities. It is our sincere hope that these tools help faith and community leaders bring healing, in its many forms, to those hurting and struggling in their local communities.
Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Director
Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Resources and Tools
New Actions to Combat Opioid Epidemic
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to prescribe opioids based on patient experience survey questions, and a requirement for Indian Health Service prescribers and pharmacists to check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) databases before prescribing or dispensing opioids for pain. In addition, the department is launching more than a dozen new scientific studies on opioid misuse and pain treatment and soliciting feedback to improve and expand prescriber education and training programs. Read more about the announcement.
Building Resilient Communities
Join the “Building Resilient Communities thru Trauma Informed Congregations Community of Practice” by visiting. Together, this group is building a nationwide movement addressing the four co-occurring epidemics of suicide, violence, untreated mental illness, and addiction. This quarter, this Community of Practice is paying special focus on the opioid epidemic, using outdoor recreation for recovery and prevention, and issues of homelessness. Sign up to receive notices for monthly webinars to exchange best practices, emerging models, promising resources, and to have a safe place to discuss our struggles and sign up now for the webinar on July 28th at 2:30.
Connecting Health Insurance Literacy to Outreach and Coverage to Care Efforts
TODAY Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, Register now
Navigators developing culturally relevant practices and resources are finding success in reaching non-English speaking communities and hard to reach consumers- including those in the criminal justice system. Join colleagues from Maricopa County, Arizona, MHP Salud, Rio Grande Valley and Houston’s Fountain of Praise church to explore thoughtful methods for reaching, communicating, and educating consumers with timely and relevant strategies.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Primary Care: Bridging Gaps in Access
Monday, July 18 at 3:00 pm EDT Register now
Nearly half of adults who died by suicide visited a primary care physician within a month before their deaths, according to an influential study. Primary care is on the front lines facing behavioral health disorders that have reached crisis proportions: suicide deaths at a 30-year high, an estimated 1.9 million Americans addicted to opioids. Yet studies show primary care providers often lack the time and resources to treat mental health and substance use disorders. .
Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship
Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm EDT Register now
FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites you to a webinar featuring ways houses of worship and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs can partner for emergency response training. The webinar will also highlight how these partnerships improve engagements with diverse communities and populations.
National Minority Mental Health Month: Community-based Strategies to Promote Health Equity
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Register now
July has been designated as Minority Mental Health Month. According to theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America. Minority communities live in complex societies, which can create anxiety, depression, and trauma. While they are just as likely to struggle with mental health issues as the general population, many individuals in minority communities are less likely to seek help. This webinar will provide strategies for communities on mental health engagement.
- Dr. Sherry, The Why Doctor
- Department of Justice Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Office for Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Staying Fit for Function as You Age: Resources and Tools from Go4Life
Thursday, July 21 at 2:00 pm EDT Register now
Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active. Go4Life is a research-based campaign designed by the National Institute on Aging at NIH to encourage older people to adopt exercise and physical activity into their daily lives.Learn more about this program, resources that may be helpful in your congregation and community, and how to partner with Go4Life.
Power Mapping: Expanding Capacity & Building Partnerships to Connect with Consumers All Year Long
July 27 at 2:00 p.m. EDT Register now
This webinar will focus on “mapping” techniques that help to identify and invite new and perhaps unexpected partners to join in enrollment and coverage to care educational efforts. The Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers and Philadelphia’s Better Health Network will share their strategies that map for potential new partners and strengthen existing ones! This webinar is sponsored by the HHS Partnership Center and Enroll America.
National Minority Mental Health Month: Addressing Behavioral Health Equity for Men and Boys
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 4:00 PM EDT Register now
This webinar will highlight community efforts to address men and behavioral health equity. We know that it can be a challenge for men to address mental health issues but it is increasingly important to increase awareness and treatment to promote mental health, especially for men and boys from community of color. Join us to learn more about efforts underway in communities to address and improve behavioral health outcomes for men and boys.
Description: Expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services.>
Application Deadline: August 24th
Grant Administered by: HHS Administration for Children and Families
Description: Implement projects that will build and sustain comprehensive services for domestic victims of human trafficking by supporting the provision of specialized comprehensive victim services for United States citizens and lawful permanent resident victims of severe forms of trafficking regardless of age.
Application Deadline: August 24
Grant Administered by: HHS Administration for Children and Families
Description: Approximately $2.8 million was awarded to seven organizations to promote healthy behaviors in minority and/or disadvantaged children who have been exposed to trauma. The Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) initiative will promote healthy behaviors for youth, ages 5 to 15 years at the start of the five-year program, who are at risk for poor health and poor life outcomes because of childhood trauma.
Grant Administered by: HHS Office of Minority Health