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January 2017
 The HPRC Staff Wishes You and Yours a healthy and fruitful New Year!
Health in All Policy in 2017
The social determinants of health - such as income, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights - have increasingly become a focus area for policymakers. At the federal level, the social determinants of health are significantly influenced by policy priorities set by multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Education. These are among the dozen federal entities that comprise the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) , which is tasked with coordinating cross-sectoral health equity efforts.  FIHET is guided by the inclusive principle of "health in all policies," which holds that health must be addressed across all policy sectors - not just the health care arena. In 2017, HPRC will keep its finger on the pulse of health in all policies and the evolving health equity movement.
HPRC Appoints New Deputy Director of Scientific Research 
LaurĂ©n A. Doamekpor, Ph.D., MPH, has joined the HPRC team as Deputy Director, Scientific Research. Dr. Doamekpor is a public health scholar trained in maternal and child health and quantitative research methods. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying reasons behind racial and ethnic health disparities and has centered on women's health, immigrant health, and minority inclusion in clinical trials. Her other research interests include the social and cultural determinants of health and the impact of chronic stress on health. At HPRC, Dr. Doamekpor will lead the design, development, and implementation of research studies, as well as the development and dissemination of peer-reviewed policy manuscripts. Dr. Doamekpor is an avid runner and enjoys crocheting, travelling and spending time with friends, her husband and spirited toddler.

HPRC Appoints New Health Policy Analyst  
Phillip Mauller, B.A., MPS, recently joined HPRC as a Health Policy Analyst. Phillip has a background in policy research, legislative tracking, and legislative analysis. He has worked on a variety of healthcare issues, including drug and alcohol policy, and maternal and child health. At HPRC, Phillip will monitor health policies at the state and local level, assist with research on HPRC's health policy priorities, and support the development of educational material for policy makers, community members, and other stakeholders. Phillip enjoys spending time with friends and his hyperactive dog, playing soccer, and watching Nationals baseball.

HPRC Staffer Appointed Co-Chair of RHEC III Committee
At December's Annual Review and Planning Meeting in Norfolk, Va, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC III) appointed Council Member John Sankofa, HPRC Senior Health Writer, as Co-Chair of the RHEC III Communications and Partnership Committee. John will join fellow committee Co-Chair Donney John, Executive Director, Nova Scripts Central, Inc., in guiding strategic communications and multisector partnership development in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, DC. Mirroring RHEC III's health equity mission, the Committee will focus on three top priorities: (1) health disparities awareness, (2) diversity in the healthcare workforce, and (3) cultural competency in health caere delivery. Established by HHS in September 2011, the Mid-Atlantic RHEC III is one of ten independent regional health equity councils formed as part the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). Click on image above for RHEC III's most recent blueprint for action.

Health Policy Literacy Training is Now Available
On December 19, 2016, HPRC launched the Health Policy Literacy (HPL) training to introduce particpiants to the integrated definition of HPL developed by the Health Policy Research Consortium. In this online course, HPRC demonstrates the importance of HPL in one's daily routines and activities. The HPL training will: (1) identify factors that influence health literacy, (2) distinguish between literacy and health literacy, and (3) define and apply Health Policy Literacy.
The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete, including a post-training assessment. The free training is available from December 19, 2016 to January 20, 2016. Space is limited. To register for HPL training click  here , for questions contact Sherette Rhodes, Deputy Director, Education and Training, at srhodes@hprc.info   or call 301-375-2021. 
2016 Year in Review
In 2016, the American Public Health Association's Public Health Newswire published 450 stories. Highlights include Q&A interviews with national health policy leaders such as CDC Director Tom Frieden and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo. Other major stories in 2016 included Supreme Court decisions, the Zika outbreak, the global pandemic of physical inactivity, and a major study on how the minimum wage could reduce premature deaths. 
From policy to research to racism, here are the APHA's Top 10 stories for 2016:
  1.  State of Public Health 2016' with CDC Director Tom Frieden, Jan. 6
  2. APHA's Public Health Fellow in Government: Bring change to Capitol Hill, July 8
  3. Public Health 3.0: HHS' DeSalvo launches new era of public health, Oct. 18
  4. Closing General Session: 'The pursuit of health is the pursuit of justice', Nov. 2
  5. It's not what you say, it's what they hear: 5 tips for improving health communication, Aug. 31
  6. APHA President Camara Jones: We need a nationwide conversation on racism, July 22
  7. AJPH study: Raising the minimum wage could lower premature deaths, April 18
  8. Opening General Session: 'I've never been prouder to be on the side of public health', Oct. 30
  9. The global pandemic of inactivity' with Loretta DiPietro, Aug. 11
  10. US Surgeon General Murthy in NPHW town hall: Public health becoming 'more prominent', Aug.11
NIMHD 2017 Funding Request Available Online
NIMHD plays a critical role in the national effort to investigate minority health and the health disparities facing multiple populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, low-income groups, seniors, and LGBT communities. An important starting point for the new Administration's health equity efforts will be a review of the NIMHD 2017 Funding Request. The request holds funding flat at the FY 2016 level (approximately $280 million). The funding request for Transdisciplinary and Translational Research (which includes Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) like HPRC), is approximately $82 million, representing a decrease of $2.7 million from FY 2016. In 2017, the NIMHD intends to add up to three TCCs that will focus on the Precision Medicine Initiative. The full NIMHD 2017 Funding Request is available here.

Norfolk State University Takes on Health Disparities in Virginia 
I n early December, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Health Equity Council's (RHEC III) Annual Review and Planning Meeting in Norfolk, council leaders and other stakeholders paused from their strategic planning sessions and flocked to a special gathering held at Norfolk State University's Center for Excellence for Minority Health Disparities (COEMHD). The gathering was part of a "Listening Tour" that brought together health equity stakeholders from all walks of life - academia, business, faith sector, health systems, insurers, media, grassroots, and public policy.
Hosted by Cynthia B. Burwell, Ed.D., Director of NSU's COEMHD and a RHEC III Council Member, the purpose of the gathering was to engage stakeholders in a multisector dialogue about health disparities facing Virginians.  According to Dr. Allan Noonan, an RHEC III Council Member who participated in the Listening Tour, HBCUs like NSU play a crucial role in addressing health disparities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and nation.  Dr. Noonan is collaborating with NSU and other HBCUs to develop programs for addressing the regional and national shortage of blacks in nursing and medicine.
RHEC III council members are using the feedback they heard at the Listening Tour at NSU to help shape RHEC III's regional efforts to address health care workforce diversity, cultural competency in health care delivery, and health disparities awareness throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly awarded NSU funding to develop COEMHD for the purpose of studying health disparities in southeast Virginia. Today, under the leadership of Dr. Cynthia Burwell (3 rd from left in photo above), COEMHD is engaged in a number of research, education and community engagement efforts. COEHMD serves as a regional partner for the Mid-Atlantic RHEC III.
Events Calendar

WHEN : June 5 - August 11, 2017 Application deadline is January 15, 2017
WHERE: Office of Equity Inclusion, Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware, 19803
Click  here for additional information. 
WHEN  January 20, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando, 13535 Nemours Parkway,Orlando, Florida 32827
Click  here for additional information. 
WHEN  January 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30301
Click  here for additional information. 
WHEN May 3-6, 2017
WHERE:  J W Marriot,  614 Canal Street,  New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Click  here for additional information.  

Please feel free to contact the HPRC Team at 301.375.2021 with any questions.

Thank you,

The Health Policy Research Consortium

HPRC, a CTIS Inc. division, is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number #1U54MD008608-01. This content does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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