Thursday, February 7, 2013

Deadline for GWUL Scholarship Applications Is February 11

 
High school seniors in the District of Columbia, Prince George's County or Montgomery County may be eligible to apply for Greater Washington Urban League scholarships. 

The GWUL and its partners are offering 20 one-time scholarships of $2,000 each for a student's first year in college. Partners include Safeway, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Dynamics, Pepsi Beverages Company, and the GWUL Alumni Group. 

Thirteen of the scholarships are reserved for children of wounded or deceased veterans. In addition, the GWUL offers a four-year $8,000 scholarship ($2,000 each year) in partnership with the Charlotte Elizabeth Yancey Eights Trust. For more information and the scholarship packet, go to www.gwul.org. If you have questions, please contact GWUL Education Director Audrey Epperson on 202-265-8200, Ext. 255.
 
 
 
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Internship Opportunity: Summer 2013 NIH


Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer hundreds of exciting opportunities for high school students to work side-by-side with some of the world's leading scientists in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. 

“If you have a passion for science and an interest in gaining hands-on experience doing biomedical, behavioral, or social science research, the NIH Summer Internship Program may be perfect for you,” explained Dr. Sharon Milgram, director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.  
As one of the premiere research facilities in the world, NIH consists of the 240-bed Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, as well as in Frederick and Baltimore, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI.  

Program stipends cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. And stipends are adjusted yearly with the amount depending on prior experience and educational level.
 
Note that this is a commuter program; NIH does not provide housing to student interns. Every year, however, out-of-area students apply and make their own living arrangements for the summer. Nevertheless, students living in the DC metropolitan area or near one of the other locations have a clear advantage for many of the internships.
 
To support the program, the NIH Institutes and Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
 
These are incomparable opportunities which can provide the basis for independent research and related science competitions such as the JSHS, Intel STS, Siemens, and ISEF.
 
Summer internships are available for students who will be 16 years of age or older at the time they begin the program and who are currently enrolled at least half-time in high school or an accredited US college or university. Students who have already been accepted to college may also apply.
 
Interested students must apply online by no later than March 1, 2013 (11:59 EST), and all letters of recommendation are due by March 15, 2013. The application requires
  • a resume
  • a list of coursework and grades
  • a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and
  • the names and contact information for two references. 
Candidates are welcome to specify the scientific methodologies or disease/organ systems that are of particular interest to them.  
Because applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by NIH scientists, students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
 
Only completed applications are available for review by NIH investigators and administrators. And be aware that in 2012, more than 6600 completed applications were submitted, and about 1100 interns were selected.
 
For more information as well as tips on how to increase your chances of winning an internship, visit the NIH website.
 

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The Generation Google Scholarship. Deadline March 11, 2013


HS SENIORS INTERESTED IN COMPUTER SCIENCE - GENERATION GOOGLE SCHOLARSHIP - DUE MAR. 11th
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. We hope these programs will also help in dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. 
The Generation Google Scholarship was established for aspiring computer scientists to excel in technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2013-2014 school year. As part of the scholarship, recipients will be required to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2013.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be high school seniors and meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the US or Canada for the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a baccalaureate Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or related program.
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology through involvement in his/her community.
  • Exhibit a strong record of academic achievement.
  • Be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Female, or a Person with a Disability).
  • Be available to attend Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2013.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Application process

Please complete the online application.
You will also be asked to submit the following in order to have a complete application:
  • Online application (includes contact information, intended university, leadership information)
  • Academic transcripts (from your high school)
  • Two letters of reference:
    • One letter of reference must be from a high school teacher in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field familiar with the applicant's academic work.
    • The second letter of reference must be from a person who has known the applicant for two or more years and is not a relative.
  • Responses to essay questions
Deadline to apply: Monday, March 11, 2013.
View our additional Terms and Conditions for this scholarship.
Questions? Email generationgoogle@google.com.
 

IAF: Coalition Leadership: An Emerging Model

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Coalition Leadership: An Emerging Model
 
By Eric Meade, Senior Futurist & Vice President
 
Health leaders in the federal government come together under one agency's auspices to identify strategies they can pursue together, finding that the informal links between them often prove more effective for cooperation than the formal policies and structures of government.  Foundations form partnerships with community stakeholders to take on challenges beyond what they could do on their own, finding that their financial resources are only part of what they bring to the table.  In various sectors, leaders are doing things differently – working beyond their hierarchies and siloes and building coalitions and networks to achieve an ever greater mission than a single organization can take on.
 
IAF has been tracking these developments and has noted the emergence of a new model of leadership, which can be called "coalition leadership."  Coalition leadership deviates from conventional notions of leadership in several important ways, in particular by focusing on: 
  • Trust, not fear – Coalition leaders are willing to trust those around them, and are willing to let go of the fears (e.g., of failure, incompetence, or lack of control) that typically come with positions of leadership.  They can let go of leadership tactics that have historically disempowered people and they can unleash the full creative power of those around them.
  • Nodes, not hubs – Coalition leaders are willing to see themselves as just another "node" in a larger network working toward a common purpose, rather than as a "hub" around which others should organize themselves as "spokes."  Coalition leaders bring what they bring, while valuing the contributions brought by others.
  • Mission, not organization – Coalition leaders are concerned with contribution, not attribution.  Their principal aim is achieving the mission, not preserving the organization itself or building its brand.  This frees them to collaborate more willingly on innovative initiatives with the potential to advance the mission.
  • Influence, not power – Coalition leaders seek influence across a wide network of people and organizations, but in exchange they are willing to forgo the power that leaders have historically wielded.  This is because they play a "long game," and they recognize that true transformation cannot be effected through power alone.  Others must be brought along if the changes are to last.
  • Soul, not role – Coalition leaders see beyond the job titles or other professional "masks" that people wear, appreciating the fullness and individuality of every human being.  For themselves, they focus on what they feel is their own true calling rather than on achieving status through higher and larger roles.
This new model of "coalition leadership" strikes at the core of many of our assumptions about what leadership is and should be.  For example, leaders are typically evaluated based on whether or not they have achieved their goals.  It is commonly thought that goals should be "achievable," and the implication is that they should be achievable with the resources at the leader’s disposal.  The fear that these resources may be wasted then prompts a set of evaluation methods that tend to increase the leader's aversion to risk.  This then incentivizes leaders to set goals that are less ambitious than they might otherwise be.  For example, after working with a government agency to set its GPRA goals (goals that are submitted to the Office of Management and Budget), IAF concluded that government agencies consistently underperform because they are guided by goals that are set too low because of the penalties associated with their non-achievement.
 
By emphasizing the role of an organization simply as a node on a larger network, the concept of coalition leadership implies that if an organization can achieve its goals on its own, and with its own resources, then the goals are not ambitious enough.  This is consistent with the fact that the most important challenges we face today are beyond what any one organization could solve on its own; collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders is essential.  Coalition leadership then offers a framework for how these great challenges can be overcome – through the wise exercise of influence across networks of peer organizations, all committed to a common purpose.
 
For more information on "coalition leadership" and its implications for your organization, contact Eric Meade at emeade@altfutures.org.
 
Note: This article is informed by Wei-Skillern, Jane, & Marciano, Sonia, “The Networked Nonprofit”,  Stanford Social Innovation Review , Spring 2008.  All five bullets are informed by Laloux, Frederic, Yellow Organizations: A Handbook for Organizations’ Next Evolutionary Stage (unpublished manuscript).

HHS: Minority Health Resources. February 6, 2013

FYI: Minority Resources...Money & More

Provided by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center's Information Services Team
February 06, 2013
 

  In This Issue ...


Funding

Federal Grants

Minority Population Specific: $500k or less . . .  
  • HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration: Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) Program Grant. View Full Announcement
$500k or less . . .  
  • HHS/Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration: FY 2013 Targeted Capacity Expansion-Peer-to-Peer Grant. (Short Title: TCE-PTP) View Full Announcement
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health: School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors, and Weight Outcomes (R21) Grant. View Full Announcement
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health: Disorders of Human Communication: Effectiveness, Outcomes and Health Services Research (R21) Grant. View Full Announcement
  • HHS/Health Resources & Services Administration: AETC Education for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants Grant. View Full Announcement
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health: Prevention and Health Promotion Interventions to Prevent Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Associated Physical and Psychological Health Problems in U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families (R34) Grant. Grant View Full Announcement

Non Federal Grants

Minority Population Specific: $500k or less . . . 
  • AIDS Clinical Trial Group Network (ACTG): Minority HIV investigator mentorship awards for 2013-2014. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
  • Community Transportation Association of America: Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program Grant. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
$500k or less . . . 
  • Sunflower Trails: Sunflower Trails Program Grant, a longstanding foundation program designed to help communities and schools promote healthy living for Kansans of all ages. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer
  • AMA Foundation: Healthy Communities/Healthy America Grant. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer

Scholarships/Fellowships

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse : Summer Research Program. 2013 Summer Research with NIDA for Underrepresented Students. View Full Announcement [PDF | 1.8MB]
  • Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools: 2013 HSHPS/Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Graduate Fellowship Training Program. View Full Announcement Exit Disclaimer

Events

  • EPA/International City/County Management Association: Brownfields 2013 Conference. Sustainable Communities Start Here. May 15 - 17, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Scholarships available. Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Resources

  • AHRQ/ Electronic Data Methods Forum: The official launch of an open access journal focused on using electronic clinical data to advance research and quality improvement is now available. eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to improve patient outcomes). Learn More Exit Disclaimer

African American Health

  • Oldways Preservation Trust: A consumer health challenge presented in debut of African Heritage and Health Week (February 1 - 7, 2013). Claim Your Health By Claiming Your History, challenges everyone, everywhere to enjoy at least one dish at home or at a restaurant inspired by the cuisine of African-American ancestors. Learn More Exit Disclaimer
  • White House: Presidential Proclamation announced. National African American History Month, 2013. Learn More
  • Office of Minority Health: February is National Black History Month . Find the latest articles, resources for organizations and health professionals, how to get involved and more. Learn More

Aging

  • Flex Monitoring Team: New report released. Emergency Transfers of the Elderly from Nursing Facilities to Critical Access Hospitals: Opportunities for Improving Patient Safety and Quality. Read Full Report [PDF | 4.2MB] Exit Disclaimer

Cultural Competency/LAS

Events

  • The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)/AAMC: Workshop. Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop. March 1 - 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Health Care

  • The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM): A new factsheet released. Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing - The Role of the Health Care System. Learn More [PDF | 724KB] Exit Disclaimer
  • CDC: New Digital Press Kit released. Safe Medication Lists on the Internet. Learn More
  • CDC: Press Release. Medicare Announces Substantial Savings for Medical Equipment Included in the Next Round of Competitive Bidding Program. Learn More
  • The Center for Medicaid/ CHIP: Director, Cindy Mann sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors providing guidance to states. Affordable Care Act Section 4106 (Preventive Services) Learn More [PDF | 138KB]
  • The Commonwealth Fund: A new report released. Implementing the Affordable Care Act: State Action on the 2014 Market Reforms. Read Full Report Exit Disclaimer

Heart Disease

  • Office on Women's Health (OWH): A new heart attack awareness campaign has been launched targeting Spanish-speaking women age 50 and over. The Haga La Llamada, ¡No Pierda Tiempo! campaign builds on OWH's successful Make the Call, Don't Miss a Beat campaign. Learn More
  • White House: Presidential Proclamation announced. American Heart Month, 2013. Learn More
  • The Pulmonary Hypertension Association: New patient toolkit available. The Empowered Patient Online Toolkit, is designed by experienced pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients and healthcare professionals to help patients create their own PH-specific medical binder. Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Hispanic/Latino Health

  • Pew Research Hispanic Health: New data report released, Two-thirds of Legal Mexican Immigrants are not U.S. Citizens: The Path Not Taken. Read Full Report Exit Disclaimer

Influenza

  • CDC: A new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released. Antiviral Agents for the Treatment and Chemoprophylaxis of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Read Full Report

Infant/Child Health

Events

  • The National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders: Training. Training Course in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. May 28 - June 1, 2013 in Nashville, TN. Learn More Exit Disclaimer

Mental Health

  • U.S. Surgeon General/National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: New strategy report released. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention 2012: Goals and Objectives for Action. Read Full Report

Substance Abuse

  • SAMHSA: New data report released. 2011 Data on Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities. Read Full Report
  • SAMHSA: Consumer brochure now available in Spanish. Deberia usted hablar con alguien sobre un problema relacionado con las drogas, el alcohol o la salud mental?/Should You Talk to Someone About a Drug, Alcohol or Mental Health Problem? Learn More

Vision

  • Prevent Blindness America: New data report released, 2012 Vision Problems in the U.S. Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in America. Read Full Report Exit Disclaimer
  • National Eye Institute (NEI): A 20-page large-print booklet and a series of videos to help people adapt to life with low vision are now available. Living with Low Vision: What you should know. Learn More

Opportunities for Public Comment

  • AHRQ: Effective Health Care Program has a new report open for public comments. Physical Therapy for Knee Pain Secondary to Osteoarthritis: Future Research Needs. Comments are being accepted until February 28, 2013. Learn More
  • AHRQ: Effective Health Care Program has a new report open for public comments. Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears: Future Research Needs. Comments are being accepted until February 28, 2013. Learn More
  • The Obama Administration: Proposed rules are available for public comment regarding contraceptive coverage with no cost-sharing under the Affordable Care Act. Proposed Rulemaking on Recommended Preventive Services Policy. Comments are being accepted until April 8, 2013. View Full Announcement
  • CMS: Seeking public comments on the new single, streamlined application for health insurance and the SHOP applications in preparation for the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace next fall. The application packages can be found under the following titles and numbers: Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations for Insurance Affordability Programs and Enrollment through Affordable Insurance Exchanges, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Agencies (CMS-10440); Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment for Small Businesses in the Small Business Health Options Program (CMS-10439); Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations and Enrollment for Employees in the Small Business Health Options Program (CMS-10438). Learn More

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