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Mike's Blog April 2021

CTSA Program Exploring Health Equity Through Telehealth
Guest Blog by Dr. Audie Atienza, NCATS Program Officer and Dr. Sanae ElShourbagy Ferreira, NCATS Health Specialist 

On March 26, 2021, The CTSA Program held an “Un-meeting”, organized by CLIC and CTSC of Cleveland, on the topic of “Tackling the Digital Divide to Improve Telehealth”. This un-meeting brought together 104 participants, representing 32 CTSA hubs, to inform the consortium and those involved with telehealth about the relevance and criticalness of connecting team members while providing the best care possible.
 
The Un-Meeting started with 7 brief 4x4 (4 slides x 4 minutes) presentations on: Telehealth in Clinical Use, Remote Monitoring, Payor Role in Telehealth Care Delivery, Telehealth and Underserved Areas, Patient Perspective on Telehealth, Connecting Urban Aging Residents through Telehealth, Telehealth for Chronic Conditions: Substance use disorder treatment model. To Access Full Blog - Click Here.

THE SPOTLIGHT


One Year Later, the N3C Data Enclave Has Data for Over One Million COVID+ Patients

The National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Data Enclave is a one-of-a-kind collection of clinical data that the research community can use to study COVID-19 and identify potential treatments. It now has data derived from electronic health records of more than 4 million people, including more than 1 million patients who tested positive for COVID-19. Researchers interested in this cloud-based resource of harmonized data can register with N3C and submit a Data Use Request for review by the N3C Data Access Committee. Learn more about the process and requirements for data access, including data security training. Access updated toolkits from NCATS Communications to help spread the word.


WHAT'S NEW


Un-Meeting: Exploring the Inclusion of Community Hospitals in Clinical Research

Save the date! This NCATS Un-Meeting will focus on the successful outreach and recruitment of community hospital participants into clinical trials prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. What lessons were learned and how can these strategies be implemented for future clinical trials? 

Registration and details coming soon.

NEW - Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page (NOT-OD-21-073) required for all applications and RPPRs submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021

OPERA has recently published Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-073, Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page.  Updated forms and instructions will be required for all applications and RPPRs submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. Updated Biosketch resources, including FAQs and sample Biosketch format pages can be found here. Updated Other Support resources, including FAQs and sample Other Support format pages can be found here

FASTLY APPROACHING DEADLINE- Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for NIH Grants to Add or Expand Research Focused on Maternal Health, Structural Racism and Discrimination, and COVID-19 (NOT-OD-21-071)

The Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on behalf of the NIH Maternal Mortality Task Force, announces the opportunity for investigators with relevant active NIH-supported grants to address the following scientific priorities for Implementing a Maternal health and PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for pregnant persons and up to one year postpartum. Application due date: April 14, 2021 (by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization).

CORRECTION: Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows (NOT-OD-21-074)

NOT-OD-21-074 replaces NOT-OD-21-069 - Announcement of Childcare Costs for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellows issued on March 1, 2021 and corrects previously provided application instructions. NIH recognizes that the high cost of childcare impacts graduate students and post-doctorates funded through NRSA fellowships, and their ability to successfully complete their training and fully participate in the extramural research workforce. Therefore, as part of our ongoing efforts to support family-friendly work environments for the NIH-supported workforce, NIH will begin providing childcare support to recipients of NRSA fellowships, on or after April 8, 2021. In Phase 2 of this initiative, a similar cost will be provided for NRSA-supported trainees (anticipated early FY 2022). For Phase 2 of this initiative, additional information and implementation guidance will be issued. Frequently Asked Questions are available here

NEW - Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 Funding Opportunity

As part of President Biden’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness today, the Administration is announcing an effort to invest $250 million to encourage COVID-19 safety and vaccination among underserved populations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will offer the funding as health literacy grants to localities, who will partner with community-based organizations, to reach racial and ethnic minority, rural and other vulnerable populations. The new initiative is expected to fund approximately 30 projects in urban communities and 43 projects in rural communities for two years. Cities, counties, parishes or other similar subdivisions may apply for the funding. OMH will be accepting applications for this new initiative through April 20, 2021. Click here to access the notice of funding opportunity.

NEW - Data Science to Power Implementation with Social Determinants of Health Meeting April 30, 2021

Have you wondered how to make data work for you, how to make sense of the deluge of data, and how to use data to help in your day-to-day clinical, policy, and other decisions? If this sounds like you, mark your calendar to attend "Data Science to Power Implementation with Social Determinants of Health," the inaugural conference presented by the Data to Action! program. Register here to attend "Data Science to Power Implementation with Social Determinants of Health," on Friday, April 30, 2021

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