“Informing Health Policy Through Science to Improve Healthcare for Older Adults”

In this NINR Director’s Lecture, Dr. Patricia Stone will discuss her program of research that focuses on enhancing the quality of care for older adults, including preventing healthcare-associated infection and improving infection management and end-of-life care.

Date: November 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lipsett Amphitheater | Clinical Center (Building 10)
NIH Campus | Bethesda, Maryland

The lecture will also be broadcast live and archived: http://videocast.nih.gov

SAMHSA launches FindTreatment.gov

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched a newly designed website, https://findtreatment.gov/, that will help connect those who are looking for substance abuse treatment with approximately 13,000 locations across the United States. Visitors can enter a ZIP Code to find nearby locations of state-licensed facilities, treatment options, payment and insurance information, and what to expect on the first call.

Training: Enhancing Response, Protecting Dignity: Disability Tips and Tools for First Responders

First responders sometimes face unpredictable challenges when assisting people with disabilities. Awareness, education, and training are needed to prepare responders to meet these challenges.

WRHSAC invites you to join us for this unique training which will provide first responders with awareness and training to enhance response to people with disabilities.

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (on-site registration begins at 7:30am)
Location: UMass Amherst Campus Center, Amherst, MA
The training is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Click here to register

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) has been working with planners, first responders, and direct care providers over the last year to learn about issues and gaps related to responding to people with disabilities, those who suffer from addiction, and those who have other additional assistance needs. Research, surveys, and interviews were conducted to assess the status of available training and resources for first responders, and to develop a comprehensive picture of what additional resources are needed to support first responders in the optimal care of people with disabilities.

Webinar: Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds

The Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds will hold a webinar on Thursday, November 14 at 11:00 AM to provide information and answer questions around developing and submitting an application for the Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Processes funding opportunity. Please register here if you are interested in joining.

Below is a list of some points of contact for people interested in connecting with those who are currently involved in this work:

Phoebe Walker – Franklin County/North Quabbin area
Director of Community Services
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Phone: (413) 774-3167 x 102
Email: walker@frcog.org

Catherine Ratte – Hampden County/Hampshire County
Principal Planner/Section Manager
Land Use & Environment
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Phone: (413) 285-1174
Email: cratte@pvpc.org

Becky Basch – Hampden County
Senior Planner, Land Use & Environment
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Phone: (413) 285-1178
Email: bbasch@pvpc.org

Sarah Bankert – Hampshire County
Program Manager, Healthy Hampshire
Collaborative for Educational Services
Phone: (413) 588-5581
Email: sbankert@collaborative.org

Caitlin Marquis – Hampshire County
Coordinator, Healthy Hampshire
Collaborative for Educational Services
Phone: (413) 588-5562
Email: cmarquis@collaborative.org

Laura Kittross – Berkshire County
Manager, Public Health Program
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
Phone: (413) 442-1521, x32
Email: LKittross@berkshireplanning.org

NIH Rural Health Seminar

The Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar (November 18, 2019 from 9:30-Noon) will bring together researchers, medical practitioners and others to explore topics in rural health and to share research ideas for how innovations in clinical and translational science could improve rural health outcomes.

For registration and agenda please go to: Website/Agenda/Registration.

This event will be videocast here: https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=35176&bhcp=1


9:30 am-9:40am: Welcome by Dr. Christopher P. Austin, Director, NCATS
9:40am-10:00am: Opening Remarks by Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director, NIMHD
Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, Director, NHLBI
10:00am-11:00am: Inaugural Rural Health Seminar – “Resilience to adversity and the early origins of disease among rural African Americans” by Dr. Gene Brody, Director and Regents Professor, Center for Family Research, University of Georgia
11:00am – 11:05am: Break
11:05am – 11:45am: Panel Discussion – Dr. Michael G. Kurilla, Director, DCI, NCATS (Moderator); Dr. Jon R. Lorsch, Director, NIGMS; Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, Director, NICHD; Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director, NIMHD; Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, NIDA, Dr. Andrea Beckel-Mitchener, Director, Office for Disparities Research and Workforce Diversity, NIMH; Dr. Melissa Walls, Johns Hopkins University
11:45am-12:00pm: Closing Remarks, Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, HRSA