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New Hepatitis C Treatments Have High Cure Rates for African Americans

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The epidemic of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection impacts over 3 million individuals in the United States, and over 50% of infected people are undiagnosed. In an effort to increase the number of people who are aware of their HCV infection and link them to care, in 2012 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

The Local Pharmacy: An Untapped Resource for Viral Hepatitis Care

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Last year, I went to my local drugstore to get my seasonal flu shot. As my pharmacist prepared the materials, she asked about my niece’s recent hula performance.  I asked how her daughter was doing in school. As we chatted it occurred to me: I know my pharmacist better than my doctor. And she knows…

SAMHSA Announces Funding to Prevent Substance Abuse, HIV, and HCV among Minority Young Adults

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a funding opportunity announcement under its fiscal year 2015 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) grants.  Known by its short title “MSI CBO grants,” the purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce substance…

Advancing Awareness and Action Against Hepatitis C among African Americans

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A recent forum convened by HHS focused on strengthening the response to hepatitis C in African American communities, gathering representatives of more than three dozen organizations from across the nation to discuss ideas, opportunities, and strategies to address this significant health disparity. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection disproportionately affects African Americans, with some estimates indicating…

SAMHSA Funding Opportunity: Targeted Capacity Expansion for Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is seeking grant applications from community-based organizations (CBOs) or Tribes from areas of high HIV prevalence through its 2015 Targeted Capacity Expansion: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High-Risk for HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this program is…

HHS Report Shows Evidence that the ACA Is Working

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report [PDF 5KB] this week showing that 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) almost 5 years ago—a historic reduction in the uninsured. Some key findings: 14.1 million uninsured people gained coverage between Oct. 2013 and March…

African American Women Should #TakeChargeandTest this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Every March 10, CDC joins millions across the country to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This special day is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and is intended to heighten awareness of the steps all women can take to protect themselves and their partners…

SAMHSA Announces Funding Opportunity: Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Minority Youth and Young Adults

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A new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support substance abuse and HIV prevention services for at-risk racial/ethnic minority youth and young adults. Eligible applicants are community-level domestic public and private nonprofit entities, tribes, and tribal organizations. Applications are due April 23, 2015. A brief synopsis…