Continuing Education
Public Health Grand Rounds presents: “Preventing Suicidal Behavior in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: A Health Equity Issue”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
1:00 PM ET

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and suicide rates have increased more than 30 percent since 2000. Among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI and AN) communities, suicide rates are even higher than among the general population, and they are highest among youth and young adults, ages 15–34. Focusing on subgroups at risk, including youth among AI and AN communities, and implementing evidence-based prevention strategies is a key approach to reducing suicidal behaviors and may help reduce this health inequity.

Join us for this session of Public Health Grand Rounds to learn about prevention approaches, such as screening during healthcare visits and targeting risk and protective factors at community, relationship, and individual levels. This Grand Rounds also will examine successful school-based life-skill programs and the role employment and job quality can play in health.

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for Public Health Grand Rounds sessions, please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps. To find our courses use the search term “Public Health Grand Rounds.”

State of Health Equity at CDC Forum: Building Equity and Community Resilience in Public Health Emergencies

Since 2012 CDC has held an annual State of Health Equity (SHE) at CDC Forum. This internal forum brings together health equity experts and senior leaders from across the agency to discuss efforts to achieve health equity. Previous forums have focused on measurement, programs, and policies aimed at reducing health disparities and promoting health equity. The 2019 SHE at CDC Forum: Building Equity and Community Resilience in Public Health Emergencies will be on January 31, 2019. The goal of the 2019 State of Health Equity at CDC Forum is to apply a health equity lens to public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities through deliberate communications and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Watch the 2019 SHE at CDC Forum: Building Equity and Community Resilience in Public Health Emergencies. Continuing education credits are available through March 4, 2021.

New FREE Continuing Education from MMWR and Medscape
two women looking at an x-ray. The image also includes the words, Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases.

CDC’s MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new FREE continuing education (CE) activity, Factors Contributing to Congenital Syphilis Cases – New York City, 2010–2016. The goal is to describe the epidemiology and implications of syphilis infections among pregnant women and resulting cases of congenital syphilis in New York City (NYC) during 2010–2016. The activity is based on a review of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) data. This activity is intended for obstetricians, gynecologists, women’s health practitioners, pediatricians, family medicine practitioners, infectious disease specialists, nurses, pharmacists, public health officials, and other clinicians who treat and manage pregnant women with or at risk for syphilis, and their offspring. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe national recommendations for syphilis screening during pregnancy,
  2. Evaluate factors contributing to congenital syphilis cases during 2010–2016 in NYC, and
  3. Identify three clinical and public health implications of this review of NYC DOHMH data related to congenital syphilis cases reported during 2010–2016.

Free CEs are available by accessing the MMWR/Medscape CE activity.External If you are not a registered user on Medscape, register for free or login without a passwordExternal and get unlimited access to all CE activities and other Medscape features.

Apply Now to the 2019 Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 12-16, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. The program will feature:

  • Lectures on minority health and health disparities research
  • Mock grant review
  • Seminars and small group discussions

Institute participants will also have the opportunity to meet with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various NIH Institutes and Centers.

Target Audience and Eligibility

This program is intended for early-stage research investigators. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D./D.O., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., Pharm.D., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or early-stage investigators in comparable research positions who are actively engaged in minority health and health disparities research and who plan to submit a K or R grant to NIH within the next 12 months. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Previous participants of the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course are not eligible to apply.

How To Apply

The online applicationExternal is now open and must be submitted by March 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. Please note that NIH and HHS staff, including persons doing fellowships/training at NIH or an HHS agency, are not eligible to apply.

For questions or more information, email:

Learn more by watching this video about the Health Disparities Research Institute.External

Conferences and Workshops
Addressing Health Disparities for Latinos in Rural America

The University of Washington PRCExternal’s Barbara Baquero, PhD, will present a webinar on April 11, 2019 on Addressing Health Disparities for Latinos in Rural America: Implications for the Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions. Join the webinarExternal from 10 to 11 a.m. PST.

Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hosting the Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop on Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services to assess the available scientific evidence on achieving health equity in the use of clinical preventive services in a health care setting.

The one and a half day P2P workshop will focus on the three leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The chronic diseases are responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending. Many of these chronic conditions can be prevented, delayed, or caught and treated early when patients work closely with their primary care providers. Significant demographic and geographic differences exist in the use of preventive services, such as screenings, counseling, and preventive medications.  Implementation of these evidence-based practices also varies among providers and may contribute to disparities in disease burden and life expectancy.

Information about the upcoming workshop:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET (videocastExternal)

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. ET (videocastExternal)

Location: Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Maryland

The workshop is co-sponsored by: 

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • NIH Office of Disease Prevention

The workshop is free and open to the public and is designed for researchers, practitioners, and other professionals interested in clinical preventive services and health equity. Registration is required, and attendees can either join in person or via NIH VideoCast (in-person attendance is strongly encouraged).

Register for the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Sciences (IAPHS) Pre-Conference Workshop

The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health ScienceExternal announces its first pre-conference workshop: “Traversing Divides: Interdisciplinary Research in Population Health and Health Disparities” on October 1, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in Seattle, Washington.

This 1-day workshop just prior to the IAPHS Annual ConferenceExternal will provide an orientation to the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, challenges inherent in interdisciplinary work, and skills and resources that facilitate interdisciplinary success in population health science. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with leading population health and interdisciplinary scholars in interactive group exercises and case studies, with a focus on combining the knowledge, theory, and methods of diverse fields to understand and address health disparities.

Application deadline: May 5, 2019

Applicants will be notified by the end of June. Workshop enrollment is limited to facilitate the success of small-group activities. Funding to defray travel costs will be available on a limited basis.

Eligibility: Scientists training and/or working in any field that contributes knowledge relevant to understanding the causes of health disparities at multiple levels of analysis (from the molecular to the societal and environmental) and/or the ways in which health disparities can be ameliorated. Students and early-career scientists are especially encouraged to apply, but individuals at all career stages are welcome. Students must have completed at least 2 years of post-baccalaureate training in a discipline.

Please send any inquiries to Sue Bevan at

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