Friday, January 23, 2015

Apply to the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program by March 30 

Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so you can more quickly pay down your loans. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.After completing your initial service commitment, you can apply to extend your service and receive additional loan repayment assistance.
The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. See the 2015 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 383 KB) for details. See if your site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center.

For more information or to complete an application, visit the NHSC website; Applications are accepted through Mrach 30, 2015. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

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First 10, Winning Congregations Announced for Virginia's #MillionHeartsChallenge

On November 24, 2014, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) launched Virginia’s 100 Congregations for Million Hearts initiative with the #MillionHeartsChallenge, a social media call to action for Virginia’s faith-based organizations to commit to increasing the heart health of their members. Over the next year, OMHHE plans to sign up over 100 congregations around the state with the goal to improve heart health among members!
To jump start the initiative, OMHHE offered the first 10 faith-based organizations that joined free customized resources, including 100 blood pressure tracking cards and heart health toolkit packages. OMHHE congratulates the first 10, winning faith-based organizations: 
  • St. Paul Reform Zion Union Apostolic Church – Suffolk, VA
  • Herald of His Coming Church – Norfolk, VA
  • Beraen Community Church – Norfolk, VA
  • Living Waters Christian Fellowship – Newport News, VA
  • Cathedral of Faith – Chesapeake, VA
  • Garden of Hope, Inc. Community Development Corp. – Norfolk, VA
  • New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Tabernacle of Praise Ministries International – Richmond, VA
  • Islamic Center of Virginia – North Chesterfield, VA
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church – Newport News, VA
To date approximately 15 faith-based organizations have joined the Virginia’s 100 Congregations initiative. To bring your faith-based organization on board, complete the sign up form available at: and return to Augustine Doe at augustine.doe@vdh.virginia or call (804) 864-7436 for more information. OMHHE and its collaborative partners will continue to offer assistance to joining faith-based organizations in planning and implementing activities related to this initiative. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Seeking Input from Virginia Public Health Community

The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI), with funding from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, is organizing a Virginia state forum to examine the understand of the Community Health Worker role in bridging health care and population health in Virginia. 

The one-day forum, tentatively planned for March 2015, will bring public health and health service providers in Virginia together to define population health and explore the role of Community Health Workers in promoting population health and health equity within our health care systems and communities. It will also explore opportunities to expand the Community Health Worker workforce, as we strive towards improving the overall health of our state. IPHI is seeking input from the Virginia public health community to inform planning of the state forum. If you are a member of the VA public health community, please fill out this survey this survey. The survey will be open until November 14. An analysis of the results will be made available at the forum and electronically.  For more information, email  

This post is reprinted from the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia newsletter. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2015 Call for Poster Abstracts!

Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center

2015 Annual Teleheath Summit

The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia 

March 29 - 31, 2015

The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) is accepting submissions for abstracts on topics related to innovations in telehealth for poster presentations at the MATRC 2015 Annual Telehealth Summit. 

Abstract Categories

Models, practices, processes and tools related to: 

  • Innovations in Clinical Telehealth 
  • Innovations in Telehealth Education
  • Original Research Contributing to Telehealth Practice and/or Policy

Abstracts and a biosketch must be submitted by e-mail to Anita Browning at on/before 5:00 PM EST Monday, December 1, 2014. Please direct all questions to Anita Browning at anita.browning@ or 434.270.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Health on the Homefront: Addressing the Health Needs of Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families

Register now for: 
Health on the Homefront: 
Addressing the Health Needs of Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans, and Their Families

June 16-17, 2014
Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia

Given all of the health concerns facing veterans, active duty military and their families, the Virginia Public Health Association has taken a proactive approach. It has developed a conference designed to serve as a critical forum on the complex issues those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. From traumatic brain surgery and PTSD to special considerations clinicians should keep in mind when serving the military family, the implications for public health, and the public health workforce of Virginia, are huge. 

The program qualifies for 12.5 hours of Social Work credit and has been designed with tracks of sessions focused on topics of interest to military health and behavioral health, public health, and primary care professionals, and will offer information relevant to advocates, concerned citizens, educators, policy makers and planners, social service organizations and anyone else with an interest in the health of nearly a third of Virginia's residents. The conference is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Complete details and registration information are available at

Questions? Contact Mary Kidd, CMP, VAPHA Administrator at (804) 367-4860 or 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month 2014 - "I Am Beyond"

Recognized since 1977, during May, we honor the heritage of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians and celebrate their many contributions to our nation. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s theme for this year’s AAPI Heritage Month is “I Am Beyond.” 

"The phrase ['I Am Beyond'] captures the aspirations of the American spirit, how Americans of Asian and Pacific descent have always sought to excel beyond the challenges that have limited equal opportunity in America. 'I Am Beyond' recognizes Dalip Singh Saund's election as the first Asian American Congressman in 1957 after campaigning for the rights of all Asian immigrants to become naturalized U.S. citizens. 'I Am Beyond' recognizes the civil rights work of Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz in championing for the rights of American workers across communities. 'I Am Beyond' recognizes the achievements of Patsy Mink, the first woman of color and first Asian American woman elected to Congress, a woman whose legacy includes the promotion of equal opportunity in education. 'I Am Beyond' recognizes the legacy of Chinese American Grace Lee Boggs, a major figure in the civil rights who continues to work on empowering communities in Detroit, MI at nearly 100 years old. 'I Am Beyond' is the theme of the new Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, a look at history, art and culture of Indian immigrants and Indian Americans in the U.S. beyond stereotypes." 

-Konrad Ng, Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

To learn more about AAPI Heritage month, click here!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Abstracts Needed for 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health & Health Disparities

Abstract submission is now open for the 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health & Health Disparities. Submission Deadline is June 2, 2014. 

Abstract themes include:

  • Behavioral and Mental Health 
  • Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology
  • Cancer Health Disparities Research 
  • Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Child and Adolescent health 
  • Clinical and Translational Science Research 
  • Community-Based Participatory Research Addressing Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Environmental Science 
  • Gene-Environment Interactions 
  • Global Health 
  • Health Information Technology and Minority and Health Disparities Populations
  • Health Policy 
  • Health Related Technology Application in Minority and Health Disparities Populations 
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Immigrant Health 
  • Infectious Disease/Immunology/Autoimmunity (Non-HIV)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI)
  • Migrant Health
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Neuroscience 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmacokinetics/Drug Delivery
  • Proteomic Applications in Basic Research for Health Disparities
  • Research with Indigenous Populations 
  • Rural Health 
  • Science of Metabolic Disease 
  • Small Business Grants to Address Health Disparities 
  • Social Determinants of Health 
  • Violence and Health Disparities
  • Women's Health 
  • Men's Health 
  • Other Areas (as related to minority health and health disparities)