NIH STEP-UP 11th & 12th Grade High School Portal Open

 

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK)

Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

2017 American Indian/Alaska Native High School
NIH/NIDDK STEP-UP Cohort
The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.

Program Highlights

  • 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience
  • Students receive a summer research stipend
  • Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience
  • Students are paired with experienced research mentors
  • Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research.
  • Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research
  • All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held in Washington, D.C.
  • Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation

The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent legal resident of U.S.- affiliated territory
  • High school junior or senior (at the time of application)
  • Must meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (American Indian/Alaska Native).
    • Disadvantage as defined by annual family income
    • First generation in family to attend college
    • Diagnosed with a disability limiting one or more major life activities

Principal Investigator: Dr. Carolee Dodge-Francis
Emailcarolee.dodge-francis@unlv.edu
American Indian Research & Education Center (AIREC)

Apply at: http://stepup.niddk.nih.gov/Register.aspx
(If you are a new participant register as a new user and don’t forget to store your email/username and passcode, you will need later if you are a returning, second year use last years’ information)
Apply October 15, 2017 through February 15, 2018
Apply Now

 

Free Webinar: “Native Infusion: Honoring Ancestral Beverages”

FREE WEBINAR!

Native Infusion: A Guide to Honoring Ancestral Beverages to Uphold our Health
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
11 a.m. Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1 p.m. Central / 2 p.m. Eastern

Coming up in the free First Nations Knowledge webinar series is Native Infusion: A Guide to Honoring Ancestral Beverages to Uphold our Health. Join us as we unpack a toolkit that aims to encourage tribal communities to put down the sugary drinks and consume more of our heritage by increasing consumption of water, teas, broths and smoothies. We will share examples of culturally-relevant beverages, strategic community-level interventions, and how to design your own ancestral beverage campaign.


Our Presenter

Valerie Segrest is a Native nutrition educator who specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community as the coordinator of the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and also works as the Traditional Foods and Medicines Program Manager.

In 2010, she co-authored the book Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture. She is a Kellogg Fellow at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy. Valerie inspires and enlightens others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common-sense approach to eating. Learn more about Valerie here: http://www.tedxrainier.com/speakers/valerie-segrest/.

NOTE: Related to this webinar, First Nations has also launched a new, online FDPIR Toolkit that provides resources related to healthy cooking with food items provided in Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) packages, plus materials from Valerie’s “Native Infusion” project. The toolkit contains cookbooks, videos, posters, the “Native Infusion” book by Valerie and Elise Krohn, and other materials.

*Information from http://www.firstnations.org/

Agenda Finalized for Food Sovereignty Summit!

The Food Sovereignty Summit is THE national forum for sharing and collaboration to build healthy food systems within our communities, and it’s scheduled for October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. As always, it is co-hosted by First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin.

The full agenda can be found here. Go to www.firstnations.org/summit for info or to register now!

This event is perfect for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three training tracks:

  • Track 1: Applied Agriculture
  • Track 2: Community Outreach
  • Track 3: Products to Market

The planned Experiential Learning Sessions are:

  • Tsyunhehkwa Organic Farm – Managed Grazing
  • Aquaponics
  • Environmental Restoration – “Trout Creek Headwater Tributary”
  • Apple Production, Processing and Outreach
  • Husking Bee
  • Oneida Market and One-Stop Tour
  • Oneida Farm and Buffalo Lookout

It’s all happening October 2-5, 2017!

Radisson Hotel
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313

Video of our WKKF Oral Health Eval Work with UCSF!

“There had to be a better way.” Native Americans suffer from the poorest oral health of any population in the United States, with staggering rates of untreated tooth decay among children. Valerie “Nurr’araaluk” Davidson, commissioner at the Alaska Health and Social Services, shares how dental therapists have helped a new generation receive better oral health care.

Watch video online here: https://www.facebook.com/KelloggFoundation/videos/1462807733784493/

Save the Date | April 16-18, 2018 | Population Health Research Summit

NIHB Funding Opportunity for Public Health Accreditation

Applications Due September 1, 2017
 
The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI).
WHAT IS TRIBAL ASI? Tribal ASI is a funding and technical assistance program offered by NIHB to eligible Tribal entities to accomplish objectives toward meeting the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Standards and Measures in order to achieve public health accreditation.
WHY DO TRIBES CHOOSE TO SEEK PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION?

Tribes have identified the following benefits to public health accreditation efforts:
  • Credibility
  • Improved Quality of Services
  • Improved Health of the Community
  • Staff Pride
  • Improved State and Local Relations
  • Population Health Protection Assurances
  • Sovereignty
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR TRIBAL ASI? Official health entities of federally recognized Tribal governments, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortiums, as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended.
HOW MUCH FUNDING IS AVAILABLE? Up to $10,500 is available to each awardee.
BEGINNER COHORT NEW THIS YEAR! There will be a separate funding category for Tribal entities new to public health accreditation who wish to explore, in-depth, the potential of achieving public health accreditation with the option of taking the first steps on a path toward achieving such accreditation.  The Beginner Cohort will receive training, form a team, conduct a self-assessment and devise a plan for moving forward.
WHAT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE (TA) FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ACCREDITATION IS PROVIDED?NIHB conducts monthly one-on-one TA for awardees, national webinars, training opportunities at NIHB national conferences, a monthly Tribal Accreditation Learning Community (TALC), and networking with other Tribal, national and regional resources.
HOW CAN FUNDS BE SPENT? Acceptable uses: Staff wages, Supplies, Equipment, Training, Travel, Printing, Media, Meeting Expenses, Incentives, Consultants
WHAT TYPE OF PROJECTS WILL THE ASI AWARD FUND? Some of the projects that have been funded in the past by ASI funds include developing and implementing:
Community Health Assessments ● Community Health Improvement Plans ● Workforce Development Plans ● Performance Management Systems ● Quality Improvement Plans ● Departmental Strategic Plans ● Documentation Review/Mock Site Visits ● Self-Assessments ●  Stakeholder and Community Engagement Activities
Work toward any of the PHAB domains will be considered as well as other activities related to public health accreditation readiness. See the PHAB Standards and Measures v1.5 for domain descriptions.www.phaboard.org
The request for applications (RFA) can be downloaded, completed as a Word document, then turned into a PDF for submission. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, September 1, 2017, by11:59pm Eastern Time.   

Funding opportunity from the Office of Minority Health

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiatives

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement to reduce the impact of significant health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations by implementing evidence-based strategies. The program aims to serve residents in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood/adolescent obesity, and serious mental health disorders. OMH expects to fund as many as 16 cooperative agreements with up to $350,000 per year for up to three years.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 

WEBINAR: Good for Your Health: Volunteering for Senior Corps

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 EST

REGISTER HERE

For any questions, please contact the CNCS Office of Research and Evaluation at evaluation@cns.gov.

Presenters

Dawn C. Carr, PhD MGS, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Faculty Associate, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, Florida State University
Annie Georges, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate and Wenson Fung, Ph.D., Research Associate, JBS International, Inc.
Ms. Deborah Cox-Roush, Director of Senior Corps, CNCS

CNCS recently launched two longitudinal studies – one sample included volunteers in the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs; a second sample included caregivers who receive respite from Senior Companions. This webinar shares findings from both studies, which show the strength of these programs to support overall health of adults and the opportunities to expand and strengthen these programs.

Volunteering is associated with better health outcomes among adults. A previous CNCS evaluation suggested further research is needed to assess the differential impact of national service on health outcomes. The webinar will discuss volunteers’ motivation, experience with training and support, and differential impact on volunteers’ health after joining national service. Results show volunteers are motivated for altruistic reasons whether they persist with the program or not; there are positive effects on volunteers’ health following national service for those who stayed in the program. These positive effects do not appear to be due to healthier individuals staying in the program, as the results show no significant differences in initial health between individuals that left and those that stayed.

The study on caregivers identified three groups of caregivers based on their level or degree of need for respite service using survey responses about expectations and reasons for seeking respite services. Results show most caregivers were satisfied with the respite support from their Senior Companions, and reported the respite support met or exceeded their expectations. There were no differences in the distribution of hours of respite support caregivers received irrespective of their need. However, most caregivers whose needs for respite support were identified as critical reported substantive benefits from receiving these services. The results show improvement in health, especially among those with poorer rating of their health at the time they sought respite support.

Office of Research and Evaluation

The Corporation for National and Community Service sponsors and supports scholarly research.  Findings are used to identify effective strategies for national service, increase the evidence-base for its programs, and strengthen civic infrastructure and civic engagement in America. The Office of Research and Evaluation builds, shares and uses knowledge in multiple ways. Our CNCS webpages include ongoing and completed studies and resources for those interested in conducting their own program evaluations.  To find out more about research and evaluation at CNCS, check out our webpages.

Webinar: Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms

Promoting Child Well-Being by Using Machine Learning Algorithms
Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

Join Community Science and our expert panel for a 90-minute webinar on how the tools of the big data world – specifically, machine learning algorithms – are being trained to apply the scientific method in order to improve child welfare outcomes. Learn from a panel of child welfare leaders about how organizations like Casey Family Programs, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and First Place for Youth are using their administrative datasets and machine learning algorithms to:
. Predict the likelihood of positive outcomes for each child;
. Determine what combination of available interventions, settings, and conditions will work best for each case;
. Rigorously evaluate the success of interventions, in real time; and
. Design provider-friendly software applications that everyone can use to make better decisions.

This webinar will introduce participants to concepts like big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning algorithms. Participants will learn about a new “hybrid” data modeling technique that “mashes” – brings together – the data science world’s machine learning algorithms with the social science world’s scientific method in order to improve child welfare planning, learning and evaluation; we call this data modeling technique, “SIMPLE Insights for Action,” where SIMPLE is an acronym for Social Impact Modeling for Planning, Learning and Evaluation. During this webinar, a panel of leaders will share about their machine learning projects, including their organization’s motivation for their project; what they learned from the process; and how they are applying the lessons, models and insights to their work. This webinar will also address the equity, community development, and system reform implications of using machine learning algorithms.

Webinar Panelists
. Ira Schwartz, MSW, Adjunct Professor, Barry University, co-lead on Broward Sheriff’s Office Project
. Stephen Shimshock, PhD, Director, Systems, Data & Reporting, Casey Family Programs
. Erika Van Buren, PhD, Vice President, Evaluation & Learning, First Place for Youth
. David M. Chavis, PhD, CEO & Principal Associate, Community Science

Webinar Leader
Peter York, MSSA, Principal Associate, Community Science

REGISTRATION:
Go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4137644058246790402

Funding Opportunity!

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Application Deadline: July 10, 2017

URLhttps://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CU-1230

Funding for collaborative regional partnerships that provide activities and services designed to increase the well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children and families experiencing substance use disorders in American Indian/Alaska native communities. Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

For programmatic or technical questions: Jean Blankenship, jean.blankenship@acf.hhs.gov

For grants management or budget questions: Bridget Shea Westfall, bridget.sheawestfall@acf.hhs.gov