2017 Summer Fellowships in Disability Policy Research Opportunity!

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is excited to offer graduate student and faculty opportunities to participate in our Fellowships offered!  Selected participants receive a stipend for their participation.  While these opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs, we appreciate your assistance of distributing this information to our Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) student prospects.  We hope for strong participation from the MSI/HBCU communities.

Information can be found  HERE

Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The 2017 summer fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of disability policy, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and how to conduct high-quality research in these areas.  Specifically, this fellowship opportunity is for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2017 at Mathematica Policy Research’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy.  This opportunity is funded under a cooperative agreement between Mathematica Policy Research and the Social Security Administration, via its Disability Research Consortium.

·         Summer Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 over the fellowship period.
·         The submission deadline is February 10, 2017.

Dissertation Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

The dissertation fellowship program provides financial support to outstanding doctoral students from diverse fields conducting high-quality research in areas of significance to disability policy.  Mathematica Policy Research is pleased to offer up to four such fellowships in 2017.  This fellowship is for students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration, through its Disability Research Consortium.

·         Each selected dissertation fellow will receive a stipend totaling $28,000.
·         The submission deadline is February 17, 2017.


White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities


Nominate yourself as an HBCU ALL-STAR!

It’s that time of year again! The 2017 HBCU All- Star application is now available! The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. The Initiative will recognize undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and civic engagement!

2017 Application deadline is May 12, 2017

Application and additional information
**All application materials must be submitted electronically as one PDF document to hbcuallstars@ed.gov  by Friday, May 12, 2017, 11:59pm EST

Stoneleigh currently prioritizes Fellows whose work directly impacts policy and practice in Greater Philadelphia.  Given the deep connection between state policies and outcomes for children and youth in our region, the Foundation is also committed to projects focused on effecting change at the state level in Pennsylvania. More



Learning Today for Leadership Tomorrow

Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy at Morehouse School of Medicine

The Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy (UHSA) at Morehouse School of Medicine was created in response to the growing need for health care professionals in Georgia’s underserved urban and rural communities.

The program recruits current undergraduate students matriculating in the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC). Through STEM courses and other interventions, the academy’s goal is to add to Georgia’s healthcare workforce while also diversifying that workforce in the state and nation.

Objectives are to improve students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills, enhance standardized test preparation, and provide science-enriched coursework to foster new interest in medicine and health professions.


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  • Current enrollment at one of the AUCC institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College or Spelman College.
  • Completion of 12-24 credit hours of post-secondary education at time of application submission.
  • Declared a major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics with an expressed interest in health care or biomedical sciences.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Be nominated by a current faculty member.

Applications will be available on October 17, 2016. Please direct all inquiries to UHSA.MSM@gmail.com or call (404) 756-5728.

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2nd annual Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity (NIED) Program 

Prospective junior and senior undergraduate students should submit their application to the Neuroscience Graduate Group by the January 15, 2016 deadline. Applications, transcripts, and letters may be mailed or emailed to Cristeta Rillera (cmrillera@ucdavis.edu). A committee of four faculty members and two graduate students will review all applications and invite ~30 students to attend the two-day event held on April 21-22, 2016. The UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Program will provide for travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, and food.

Over the course of two days, attendees will be actively involved in lab tours, workshops, poster sessions and mini-lectures. They will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members and current graduate students in our graduate program. The overall goal of this event is to educate the students about the doctoral degree, graduate school and the admissions process. The hallmark of this program is the essential skill-biulding workshops that will help attendees succeed in applying to competitive graduate programs. Workshops will include mock interviews, how to identify and apply to graduate programs, how to write a personal statement, and preparing for the Graduate Record Exam. Most importantly, we aim to establish and foster strong working relationships with attendees and the undergraduate institutions that serve them.

If you have further questions or need additional information, please visit our website at http://neuroscience.ucdavis.edu/grad/outreach/index.html or contact Cristeta Rillera (530.757.8845 orcmrillera@ucdavis.edu

June is LGBT and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

LGBT Pride Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month!

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental illness that an individual can have after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, combat, or sexual assault. Anyone can experience PTSD, including children. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, new negative beliefs about yourself, avoidance, and paranoia. Often, PTSD can occur with other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. Remember, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a sign of weakness!

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September is National Recovery Month!


Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Get general information about National Recovery Month, held every September to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery, from the Toolkit

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery. Learn more about this year’s theme.

Materials produced for the Recovery Month observance include print, Web, television, radio, and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, and their friends and families, to seek treatment and recovery services and information. Materials provide multiple resources including SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662 HELP (4357) for information and treatment referral as well as other SAMHSA resources for locating services.


Over the years, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) has inspired millions of people to raise awareness about mental and/or substance use disorders, share their stories of recovery, and encourage others who are still in need of services and support.

Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals in the field. The observance evolved into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998, when it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance evolved once again in 2011 to National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to include all aspects of behavioral health.

Review the Recovery Month: 20 Years of Excellence and Achievement Timeline – 2009 (PDF | 357 KB), which showcases the many strides the treatment and recovery field has made and details the campaign’s success and evolution of Treatment Works! into National Recovery Month.


July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to continue building awareness of the importance of mental health and supports in every community.

Minority Mental Health Month: Lifting the Burden of Disparities

SAMHSA / Health Disparities

By: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Director, Office of Minority Health; Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., Administrator, SAMHSA

SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity is working across racial and ethnic minority communities to facilitate the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate services and the development of a more diverse and sensitive workforce of treatment and service providers. An example of such an initiative is the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health (HBCU-CFE), which engages HBCUs in developing strategies to promote behavioral health workforce development and enhance behavioral health curricula for students.  SAMHSA also supports the Minority Fellowship Program, which is designed to increase the number of minority professionals in the behavioral health workforce.

Ultimately, an understanding of culture combined with a provision of health care services respectful of the beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients can help improve social inclusion and close the gap on disparities affecting persons experiencing mental or substance use disorders.  We cannot do this work alone.  During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, we challenge you to take part in this important conversation and to start conversations in your own community.

Stay connected throughout National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by following and using #MMHM2015.  Share a photo, video or story with the hashtag #MMHM2015 to let others know how you are getting involved.

Learn more about SAMHSA’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity and read SAMHSA’s new Behavioral Health Equity Barometerto find out more about key behavioral health indicators among diverse populations.  Visit our website