Celebrating Black History Month at HHS | HHS.gov

February is Black History Month–a time when we celebrate African American achievement and contribution throughout history. As President Gerald Ford put it, Black History Month (BHM) is a chance to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

BHM is also a time to reflect on the issues of health, education and economics within the black community.  The Department of Health and Human services is currently working on a number of initiatives to advance health equity & bridge the gaps in health & well-being that still are too prevalent for the black community. Check out the blog below to learn more about these initiatives.

Source: Celebrating Black History Month at HHS | HHS.gov


Every Woman Southeast | Preconception Fellowship Program

The Fellowship – which is designed for Juniors and Seniors who serve as peer educators at their university to support their current efforts as peer educators, connects students to mentors and a community of colleagues around the South, and builds their capacity for future leadership in public health – came together for a kick-off meeting in early October in Durham, NC. Source: Every Woman Southeast | Preconception Fellowship Program

Hello, my name is Kiana Thomas and I currently serve as the Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Preconception Peer Educator president. On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 I had the opportunity to travel to Durham, NC to participate in the Every Woman Southeast Preconception Fellowship opportunity. Continue reading Every Woman Southeast | Preconception Fellowship Program

From the Field: CDC’s Field Assignment Program | Public Health Matters Blog

When faced with unexpected outbreaks and emergencies like zoonotic plague, Ebola, or contaminated cilantro that causes cyclosporiasis, Career Epidemiology Field Officers (CEFOs) are the experts in the field. One of CDC’s newer field assignment programs, the CEFO program is made up of highly skilled professionals assigned to state, territorial, and local health departments across the country to strengthen nationwide epidemiologic capacity and public health preparedness.

Source: From the Field: CDC’s Field Assignment Program | Public Health Matters Blog | Blogs | CDC

Grant Opportunity College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

Preconception Peer Educator clubs are eligible for this grant opportunity from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH)/Office on Women’s Health (OWH). If your club is interested, you must draft a letter notifying the agency of your intent to apply by February 25, 2016 (by 5 p.m. ET).

Funding Opportunity No.WH-AST-16-001
Grant name: Announcement Availability of Funds for the College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative
Status: Open
Application Deadline: April 8, 2016
Technical Assistance: A technical assistance webinar for potential applicants will be held on February 18, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Continue reading Grant Opportunity College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

Special Presentation on Collaborative Care

Promoting Interdisciplinary Care in the Optometic Community

RSVP today by emailing Michelle Knight at michelle.knight@icfi.com
Hosted by the
NDEP’s Podiatry, Pharmacy, Optometry and Dental Stakeholder Group
Call participants will learn about one approach to multidisciplinary patient care being used at Ohio State University. Ideas will be shared about strategies you can use in your own practice or setting to enhance communication and collaboration among health professionals managing patients with diabetes.

Maternal and Child Oral Health

Air Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2016 3:00 PM EST

Presentation Slides: Maternal and Child Oral Health Advocacy and Promotion

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and PPE is taking the opportunity to ensure peer educators have resources available to them to disseminate important oral health messages during this national observance and beyond. Continue reading Maternal and Child Oral Health

Texas Preconception Peer Educator Training and Conference

Texas Department of State Health Services in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health Resource Center and March of Dimes will be hosting a Preconception Peer Educators training March 4, 2016 from 3 pm to 9 pm through March 5, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm.

This inaugural Preconception Peer Educator conference will provide tools and training materials needed to educate your campus and surrounding communities on preconception health and infant mortality.  Join your peers to meet each other and learn together as we 1) raise preconception health awareness for both men and women; 2) recruit peer educators and advisors for YOUR campus program; and 3) participate in activities on how to be a successful PPE!  Our keynote address, “Disparity in African American Communities”, will be given by Dr. Arthur James, OB/GYN and Associate Professor from The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center. The Preconception Peer Education for a Healthy Life Plan program is funded by Texas Healthy Babies initiative with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Click Preconception Peer Education for a Healthy Life Plan Conference to register


Supporting LGBTQ Youth: What Peer Educators Need to Know


Administration for Children and Families grantee Northwest Network of Bisexual, Transgender, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse shares innovative approaches to working with LGBTQ youth to build healthy relationships and communities. Attendees will learn about Love+ a domestic and sexual violence prevention project that works with young people to build violence prevention messages and explore what peer educators can do to support LGBTQ youth and envision a world where all people can have access to loving equitable relationships and communities.

Air Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Presentation Slides: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

Zika Virus and Pregnancy

Information below is from the HealthWiki located on the Hesperian Health Guides website. Click here for more information

The Zika virus is spread by black mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus) with bands of white dots that look like white stripes. Their legs are also striped. These are the same mosquitoes that can carry dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever viruses. Zika virus causes a mild fever, rash, and body aches, usually for a few days only. Many people who get it develop no signs. It can be hard to tell which virus a person has if Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are all present in your region.

Health officials believe it is possible that Zika can be dangerous for a baby growing in the womb if the mother contracts Zika during pregnancy. However, Zika has been around for generations. Since it was discovered (1947) it has never been linked to such adverse birth outcomes until recently.

In Brazil, following an outbreak of Zika, some babies were born with a serious condition called microcephaly–a birth defect involving an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development. Now, scientists are concerned that there is a link between Zika and the birth defect microcephaly. Babies with microcephaly may die at birth or may live for many years but have problems developing physically and mentally. Because of this, all women and especially women who might be pregnant should try to prevent mosquito bites by covering up with clothing, using mosquito repellents, and keeping mosquitoes away by using screens and bed nets in the home.

If you are thinking about getting pregnant, it is a good idea to wait until after Zika is no longer affecting people in your community. Ensuring that birth control is made accessible to all women is an important way to limit harm from the Zika virus.