October 16, 2009 · Volume XI · Issue 16
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Announces Funding For Community Research Infrastructure Program
We are pleased to report a very exciting development at the National Institute of Health (NIH): funding to "support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of infrastructures needed to facilitate collaboration between academic health centers and community-based organizations for health science research." In this community research infrastructure program, NIH establishes the role of Community Research Associate (CRA), "who will be a community representative and serve as a primary liaison facilitating communication and collaboration between the academic health center and the local community. Applicants must identify at least one CRA."
The NIH Funding Opportunity
Announcement, Recovery Act Limited Competition:
Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health
Science Research (RC4), RFA-OD-09-010, is available at
of Intent Receipt Date(s): November 12, 2009
Application Due Date(s): December 11, 2009
Peer Review Date(s): February/March 2010
Council Review Date(s): May 2010
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): July 2010
This initiative is funded under the Recovery Act. NIH has designated up to $30 million in FY2009-2010 to fund 30 or more grants, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. The requested duration may not exceed three years. The total cost for individual awards is expected to vary, depending on the scope of the project, but is limited to maximum of $1 million for the full project period.
Readers interested in this funding announcement may be interested in CCPH's educational conference call series on "Building Community Capacity for Research." Audiofiles and handouts from the calls are posted on the CCPH website at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/pastpresentations.html. Register for upcoming calls in the series under "coming up" at www.ccph.info
Service-Learning in Taiwan: A Report from CCPH Service-Learning Institute Mentors Bobby Gottlieb & Suzanne Cashman
The idea hatched after Yan-Di Chang, a physician and Assistant Research Fellow at National Yang Ming University, attended CCPH's service-learning institute in Washington State in the summer of 2008. The idea that Yan-Di's colleague, Ming Ho, a physician and Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for International Affairs in National Taiwan University College of Medicine's Department of Social Medicine, developed was to hold a mini-service-learning institute in her home country of Taiwan. Ming and Yan-Di thought that it was not enough for Yan-Di to attend the service-learning institute. No, the institute needed to come to Taiwan. Ming and Yan-Di found financial support for this idea from the Ministry's Advisory Office and from Tzu Chi University, a Buddhist medical school on Taiwan's eastern shore. With this backing, Yan-Di and Ming extended an invitation to us to travel to Taiwan and conduct a series of workshops on service-learning for the island's medical educators and their community partners.
Thus, we found ourselves flying to Taiwan in April, 2009 to conduct a two-day workshop in Taipei and another one-day workshop in Hualien, Tzu Chi's home community. With CCPH's summer service-learning institute's resources as a basis, we had developed an extensive set of materials for participants, including the requisite powerpoint slides. Sending the slides to our Taiwanese hosts only two weeks prior to the workshops, we thought that this was merely for the purpose of photocopying and reproducing them. Imagine our surprise when we found that before our slides had been copied for distribution, the Chinese translation had been added side-by-side with the English!
Our experience was compelling and fulfilling in multiple ways: the approximately 60 attendees at the workshops were engaged, interested and committed to incorporating this pedagogical approach into their curricula; our hosts were generous beyond measure (we never got lost in Taiwan, because we never had to find our way alone-we always had escorts!); participants wanted to know how we thought they could improve their approach to medical education; and we learned how the Taiwanese were exposing students to a wide range of community service and learning opportunities. A further gratifying aspect of the experience was seeing that participants in both workshops included high ranking individuals, including deans and chiefs of clinical services. With this kind of support and endorsement, we were convinced that service-learning programs would quickly gain traction and blossom. Since our return, we have continued to correspond with our new colleagues - both students and faculty. It has been exciting to know that their programs are moving forward.
Our experience at Tzu Chi learning about the "silent mentor" or body donation program was particularly educational: at Tzu Chi, the bodies are not "cadavers;" they are "silent mentors." That is what our guides told us as they gave us a tour of Tzu Chi and introduced us to the work of the Tzu Chi Foundation. With the human body viewed as bequeathed from their ancestors, traditional Chinese thought is that bodies must not be damaged before burial. This philosophy resulted in a chronic shortage of cadavers for medical education.
Faced by shortages that threatened the high caliber of medical education in Taiwan, Cheng Yen, a Buddhist nun who founded the Tzu Chi Foundation, reached out to the Taiwanese people with an approach to body donation that reflects Buddhist beliefs and traditions. That approach involves an elaborate ceremony that begins with a farewell ritual. Immediately prior to beginning either anatomy class or the annual surgery simulation, students fan out across the island to visit the donors' families. They learn about "their" donor and donors' families begin a process of feeling a part of the students' education. Then before beginning anatomy lab or surgery simulation, the students give presentations to staff and families about the lives of each donor. The Department Chair assures families that the students will treat their silent mentors with respect. Families bring flowers; donors' photos and brief bios are attached to the steel cases that hold the bodies. When the students have completed their anatomy or surgery class, they replace all the organs in the body and suture it closed. Families and students participate in a final funeral ceremony before the bodies are taken to the crematorium. Part of the remains are put into cut-glass urns and stored in the school's Memorial Hall. This remarkable program has resulted in more than 23,500 Taiwanese willing their bodies to Tzu Chi.
One donor has said that he would rather the student make a thousand incorrect cuts on his body than that he/she make one error on a living individual. When I commented to our guide that this system seemed to me a remarkable way for students to learn about the human body, he corrected me: it is the way they learn about the human being. That was a profound learning moment.
Learn more about CCPH's summer service-learning institute at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/servicelearning.html
NEWS FROM CCPH
CCPH at these Upcoming Events!
Policy Brief on American Indian and Alaska Native Alcohol Policies Now Available. Alcohol remains one of the most pressing public health concerns in many American Indian and Alaska Native communities. As sovereign nations, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes have the ability to pass a wide range of laws to control alcohol, which may be an important component of more comprehensive prevention planning. This policy brief, produced by the Substance Abuse Policy Research Program, focuses on evidence about the potential impact of these policies.
New Study: Smoking Bans Cut Heart Attacks by a Third - Smoking bans in public places can reduce the number of heart attacks by as much as 36 percent, offering fresh proof that the restrictions work, U.S. researchers say. They urged widespread bans on smoking in enclosed public places to prevent heart attacks and improve public health. "This study adds to the already strong evidence that secondhand smoke causes heart attacks, and that passing 100 percent smoke-free laws in all workplaces and public places is something we can do to protect the public," James Lightwood of the University of California-San Francisco, whose study appears in the journal Circulation, said in a statement.
available: School-Based Dental Sealant Programs in Ohio - A series of modules
designed to ensure that school-based dental sealant program staff have a thorough
understanding of the history, operations, and underlying principles of programs
funded by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Although targeted to programs in
Ohio, much of the information is applicable nationwide.
The modules provide detailed guidelines for infection control in school-based programs; discuss tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants; review the dental sealant application process; and provide information about program operations, with an emphasis on the specific requirements that apply to programs funded by ODH. The curriculum was developed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, and is hosted at the Ohio Dental Safety Net Information Center. There are more free curricula offered on http://www.ohiodentalclinics.com.
Public Availability of the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc)- The NIH has announced the launch of the Health Disparities Calculator (HD*Calc).The calculator is statistical software that generates multiple summary measures for evaluating and monitoring health disparities and can be used either as an extension of SEER*Stat, which allows users to import Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data or on its own with other population-based health data, such as from the National Health Interview Survey, California Health Interview Survey, Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey, and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The intended audience for HD*Calc includes anyone interested in health and cancer-related disparities, as well as those interested in learning about summary measures of health disparities.
New Policy Brief on Community-Based Provision of Injectable Contraceptives - Family Health International is pleased to announce the availability of the policy brief, Conclusions from a Technical Consultation: Community-Based Health Workers Can Safely and Effectively Administer Injectable Contraceptives. This four-page brief summarizes conclusions from a recent consultation convened at the World Health Organization in Geneva by WHO, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Family Health International.
Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research - In an effort to further illuminate the opportunities and barriers transportation policy creates for building healthy communities, PolicyLink and Prevention Institute published an edited volume with details and depth into the intersection of transportation, equity and health. The publication is composed of chapters written by leading academics and advocates from across the nation covering topics from public transportation, walking and bicycling, to safety and economic development. The book highlights key policy solutions and provides background on the federal surface transportation policy.
Global Health Certificate Program - Global Health University provides online courses that are freely available to the public. We also offer high school students, college students, medical and graduate students, educators, and others, an opportunity to enroll as a Scholar and receive a Global Health Certificate from the Global Health University. Global Health University provides online enrollment in courses along with interaction with our faculty. This certificate program is designed to provide students, educators, and others, with a comprehensive understanding about successful global health and social entrepreneurship practices. Summary of Certificate Program Objectives:
- Gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and be aware that good intentions are not enough.
- Learn about the theory and practices of global health and social entrepreneurship.
- Learn about the importance of cultural competency, interpersonal communication in the health setting, metrics, and quality healthcare delivery.
New Resource for Talking About Health Care Quality - As the debate around health reform continues, it is important that all of our audiences understand what works and doesn't work about health care in America. This new interactive resource will help users effectively communicate the problem facing America today and offers stories and ideas from people working to improve the quality of health care. Talking About Quality is a bank of 150 ready-to-use slides that includes statistics, charts, graphics and messages, as well as audio clips from people on the front lines of health care. Users can easily download slides for use in their own presentations or create custom slideshows on the website using My Presentation Builder. These slides will be updated on a regular basis with the most recent research and statistics. Browse, search or download the Talking About Quality slides.
National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) Encourages Faith-based Communities to Make the Kidney Connection - NKDEP's African American outreach now includes Kidney Sundays, a faith-based initiative designed to increase awareness about chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the African American community and encourage those at risk to get tested. African Americans are disproportionately affected by kidney failure. They make up about 12 percent of the population but account for 28 percent of people newly diagnosed with kidney failure. A Kidney Sundays Toolkit was developed because African Americans increasingly are turning to places of worship to get accurate, useful information about issues that uniquely affect their community. The Toolkit provides African American faith-based organizations with everything they need to incorporate kidney health messages in their programs and events.
E-Journal Focuses on Preventing Child Maltreatment - The fall 2009 issue of The Future of Children presents research on policies and programs designed to prevent maltreatment. The volume, published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Brookings Institution, examines the gradual shift in the field of child maltreatment toward a "prevention perspective" and explores how insights into the risk factors formal treatment can help target prevention efforts to the most vulnerable children and families. Contributors assess whether a range of specific programs, such as community-wide interventions, parenting programs, home-visiting programs, and treatment programs for parents with drug and alcohol problems, and school-based educational programs on sexual abuse, can prevent maltreatment. They also explore how child protection system agencies, traditionally seen as protecting children who are maltreated from further abuse and neglect, might take a more active role in prevention.
Brief Highlights Findings on the State Children's Health Insurance Program - What has been learned about expanding children's health insurance? This brief summarizes findings from research on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) conducted by the Child Health Insurance Research Initiative from (primarily) 1999 to 2003. The brief and the research upon which it is based were supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. Topics include what was learned and policy implications. Figures present data on the unmet needs of children and adolescents by special health care needs status at pre-enrollment and follow-up; children's enrollment in SCHIP at age 24 months; and insurance status of SCHIP enrollees at pre-enrollment and follow-up. Information about SCHIP design and enrollment, definitions, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, study methodology and sources, and related studies of interest is also provided.
Analysis Assesses Economic Burden of Disease for Women - Women's Health and Health Care Reform: The Economic Burden of Disease in Women underscores the roles of both preventive care and continuity of care for women across the lifespan, including primary care, specialty care, and pregnancy care. The report, prepared by the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with support from the Women Donors Network and the Communications Consortium Media Center, is based on secondary data sources from nationally representative surveys. Topics include direct and indirect cost estimates for the major chronic health conditions faced by women (cardiovascular disease, mental disorders, breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, intimate partner violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and AIDS), as well as for health-related behaviors (smoking and obesity). Health disparities in outcomes are also identified. A figure illustrates the range of health care screening, counseling, and early intervention health care services that are important for women at each stage of their lives.
Report on How Hospitals Use Bilingual Clinicians and Staff - Patients: How
Hospitals Use Bilingual Clinicians and Staff to Care for Patients with Language
Needs. The report presents findings from a survey to learn more about the individuals
in a hospital setting who interact with patients who speak a language other than
English. The study focuses on the ways that bilingual clinicians and staff are
used, how policies are developed, and how these practices affect the provision
of language services.
Faculty Position in Research - University of Washington, Department of Family Medicine - Seattle, WA - The University of Washington Department of Family Medicine seeks a full-time physician faculty member at the assistant, associate, or full professor level to build a strong program of research in clinical practices throughout the five-state region served by the University of Washington. This position will be linked with the University of Washington's Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) Community Outreach and Research Translation Core (CORT) efforts within the Department of Family Medicine. This faculty member will work closely and collaboratively with ITHS and CORT leadership and staff as well as Departmental faculty and staff. They are seeking a clinician-scientist (MD) or basic scientist (PhD) with excellent core skills in clinical epidemiology and demonstrated expertise in practice-based research in primary care clinical settings. The ability to secure external research funding is essential, as is the ability to effectively communicate findings to policy makers and other stakeholder. Additional responsibilities will include mentoring and training students, residents, fellows, and non-research faculty, and, for clinicians, limited clinical practice and clinical instruction. Appointment will be at the assistant, associate, or full professor level (dependent upon experience and qualifications) in the clinician-educator pathway, with salary appropriate for faculty rank. The University of Washington is an AAEOE. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans.
Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology - University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Department of Psychology - Baltimore, MD - The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Psychology anticipates two tenure track assistant professor positions in Clinical Psychology beginning in August of 2010. They are academic psychologists to participate in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology component of our doctoral program in Human Services Psychology (HSP). The HSP program also includes tracks in Behavioral Medicine and Community/Applied Social Psychology, and it emphasizes multi-area training within a biopsychosocial systems perspective. For one of the positions, the applicant should have expertise in Adult Clinical Psychology. For the second position, the applicant should have expertise in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Applicants should have an active research program and commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate must demonstrate potential for attracting outside funding and mentoring undergraduate and graduate-level research. The department has a strong commitment to diversity, and candidates with research areas focused on minority health and under-served populations are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2009 and will continue until the positions are filled. For more information, please contact Anne Brodsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Dean for Extension and Engagement in Human Environmental Sciences - Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and the College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES)- Stillwater, OK - Applications should include a comprehensive letter expressing interest and describing qualifications, a curriculum vitae and a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of references familiar with candidate's work. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2009. Nominations and applications should be sent to:
Johnson, Associate Dean
Chair - Search and Screening Committee
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078-6113
405-744-1744; 405-744-7113 (fax)
Manager - Dalhouise University - Atlantic RURAL Centre - Halifax, NS, Canada -
The Centre Manager position is a research administrative position, who is responsible
for managing the Atlantic RURAL Centre (www.theruralcentre.com). Under the direction
of the Atlantic RURAL Centre Director, the Centre Manager will liaise with Investigators,
the Steering Committee, and the Advisory Committee to ensure the successful operation
of Centre activities and to promote the long term sustainability of the Centre
and its research. The Manager will also be responsible for administration of Centre
related activities, completion of Centre reporting requirements to CIHR and other
funding partners, coordination of scientific documents as required, provision
of Centre budgetary oversight and supervision of the Centre staff, as directed.
Other responsibilities may involve support of grant application preparation and
tracking Centre operational performance indicators. Occasional travel to meet
with our collaborating university partners and other stakeholders may be required.
To apply, please go here
CCPH Members receive discounts on publications by Wiley/Jossey-Bass Publishers, Johns Hopkins University Press, West Virginia University Press, Fieldstone Alliance, University of California Press and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Change Philanthropy: Candid Stories of Foundations Maximizing Results Through Social Justice
By Alicia Epstein Korten
This groundbreaking book shows how to increase funding for social justice philanthropy. Social justice philanthropy provides direct services to alleviate suffering and works to transform the systems and institutions that cause that suffering. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read style, Change Philanthropy offers an insider's view what works and what doesn't work when developing grantmaking strategies in support of social change. It gives clear guidance showcases foundations of all types and sizes including Liberty Hill Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Needmor Fund, Jacobs Family Foundation, Discount Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Schott Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. The book also includes a wealth of illustrative examples and contains practical suggestions and tips that can be applied immediately to support any social justice agenda. The book:
Offers a guide for increasing funds for social justice programs
CCPH members receive a 15% discount when ordering this publication and all Jossey-Bass Publications from the CCPH website!
The People Shall Rule: ACORN, Community Organization, and the Struggle for Economic Justice
By Robert Fisher, Editor
the election of a community organizer as president of the United States, the time
is right to evaluate the current state of community organizing and the effectiveness
of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Since 2002,
ACORN has been dramatically expanding and raising its national profile; it has
also been weathering controversy over its voter registration campaigns and an
internal financial scandal.
The twelve chapters in this volume present the perspectives of insiders like founder Wade Rathke and leading outside practitioners and academics. The result is a thorough detailing of ACORN's founding and it's changing strategies, including vivid accounts and analyses of its campaigns on the living wage, voter turnout, predatory lending, redlining, school reform, and community redevelopment, as well as a critical perspective on ACORN's place in the community organizing landscape.
Ordering Information: http://www.vanderbiltuniversitypress.com/books/354/the-people-shall-rule