SAMHSA is recruiting peer (grant) reviewers for behavioral health funding initiatives. SAMHSA’s Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grant Review (DGR), is responsible for coordinating the peer-review process for nonformula discretionary grant applications submitted for funding. Peer reviewers are an invaluable and critical component of the nonformula discretionary grant review process. The primary role of a SAMHSA peer reviewer is to conduct a thorough, equitable, and objective assessment of a grant application in relation to the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) evaluation criteria. To ensure a fair and objective review, DGR selects reviewers based on their knowledge, skills, and expertise related to the grant program under review.
If you are interested in learning more about the SAMHSA peer review process, or if you would like to sign up to become a SAMHSA peer reviewer, please send your résumé to Reviewer@samhsa.hhs.gov.
How Is the Opioid Crisis Affecting Minority Communities?
The Minority Fellowship Coordinating Center will present a Webinar March 28, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, on the opioid crisis and how it is affecting minorities communities. Watch your e-mail inbox for more details, including registration information.
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Funding Opportunity: Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Robert Wood Johnson Fellows in this national leadership development program are researchers and community partners working together in three-person teams. Each annual class of Fellows addresses one of two themes through its leadership training and project work. The cohort applying now (to begin in fall 2018) will focus on “solutions for better healthcare delivery in rural America” and “addressing the social and economic determinants to prevent chronic conditions and to promote health, well-being, and equity in rural America.” Visit Interdisciplinary Research Leaders.
Disparities Institute Launches Online Health Disparities Resource The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities has developed a new online resource, HDPulse, to provide an “ecosystem” to characterize health disparities and bring about action to reduce these disparities. Interactive charts, graphics, and maps help users visualize minority health and health disparities, and the determinants of these disparities, to better decide where to focus priorities. Data topics include sociodemographics, screening and risk factors, and mortality. For more information, see HDPulse: An Ecosystem of Health Disparities and Minority Health Resources.
MFP February Fellow of the Month: Dr. Jorge Delva Dr. Jorge Delva, the new dean at Boston University’s School of Social Work, is effusive in his praise for the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). A brilliant and accomplished researcher and scholar, Dr. Delva credits the support and networking that he found as an MFP Fellow with jumpstarting his career, which resulted in his achieving enormous success in social work.
Dr. Delva has authored more than 130 publications, most of which focus on behavioral health and addiction issues among low-income and disadvantaged populations in the United States. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, an honor society recognizing excellence in social work scholarship, research, and practice. Delva became dean of Boston University’s School of Social Work on Jan. 1, 2018.