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The Partnership Center Newsletter

January 27, 2011

Dear Partners,

We’re excited to share several upcoming conference call briefings with you. These events and other upcoming conference calls, as well as regional and national conferences, webinars, and other opportunities that may interest you, can be found in our new section on “Upcoming Events.”

On February 15th, the Partnership Center and the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are co-hosting a national call entitled “Fostering Careers in Health Care – A Discussion with Faith & Community Leaders.” This call will discuss the job opportunities and investments created by the Affordable Care Act. The call will cover areas ranging from the National Health Service Corps to community health center opportunities for local communities. Please see the “Upcoming Events” section for the call-in information.

Also in February, we are hosting a conference call with faith and community partners on helping adults with pre-existing conditions obtain insurance coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). We’ll share more information about PCIP and who is eligible for the program in our next newsletter.

Finally, in the coming months, we are hosting national conference call tours of HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov for faith and community leaders so that you can share these great resources with your congregants and members of your community. These websites give consumers the tools to compare insurance plans specific to their life situations and local communities, and identify the ones that meet their needs.

Also, please see our new Flu Box, which features Spanish versions of our two flu fighting resources for faith and community organizations.

As always, the latter section of our newsletter includes updated grants that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. Remember that it’s always important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.

  

In This Issue:

Featured Update
Grants
CDC
EPA
HRSA
NIH
SAMHSA
Labor Dept.

   
  

Sincerely,

Alexia Kelley, Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
US Department of Health & Human Services

 

  Featured Update – The Surgeon General’s “Call to Action” to Support Breastfeeding Mothers

Last week, Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin issued a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.” The Call to Action outlines some of the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding and encourages communities to support mothers who choose to breastfeed by expanding and improving programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling. It also encourages employers to establish paid maternity leave and to provide women with break time and private space to express breast milk.

The Let’s Move Toolkit for Faith-based and Neighborhood Organizations offers a step-by-step guide to supporting breastfeeding mothers by providing peer support groups and supportive workplace, childcare, and community environments. The health benefits of breastfeeding are numerous: breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia; breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma; and babies who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Mothers themselves who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

In addition, families who follow optimal breastfeeding practices can save between $1,200–$1,500 in expenditures on infant formula in the first year alone. A study published last year in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the nation would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90% of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Read the Call to Action Fact Sheet to learn more about the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding, obstacles that breastfeeding mothers encounter, and ways that community leaders, employers, and families can provide support. The Centers for Disease Control and the HHS Office on Women’s Health are also excellent resources.

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As trusted leaders and messengers, faith and community leaders play a critical role in preventing flu. You can help make sure that everyone in your community knows that an annual flu shot is the best protection against the flu – and that CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot.

Our two new flu fighting resources have been translated into Spanish:

If you are reading this and have not yet gotten your flu shot, the flu vaccine locator on Flu.gov (as well as Flu.gov in Spanish) can help you find out where you can get your flu shot in your area!

 

Upcoming Events

February 15th, 1:30pm EST: Affordable Care Act and Jobs: A national conference call for faith and community leaders on job opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act. Call-in #: 1-888-323-9813.

February (Date TBD): Conference Call with faith and community partners on helping adults with pre-existing conditions obtain insurance coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Early March: Conference Call tours of HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov for faith and community leaders. Help your community members take advantage of these innovative websites, which give consumers the tools to compare insurance plans specific to their life situations and local communities, and identify the ones that meet their needs.

March 23-25: The 12th Annual New England Fathering Conference, Redefining Fatherhood for a Better Future!, will take place on March 23rd, 24th, and 25th in Newport, RI at the Newport Marriott. The conference will once again bring together dads, service providers, social workers, health professionals, educators, state and federal representatives, and family advocates to learn more about how father involvement can make a difference.  Go here for information about registration, hotel accommodations, and the conference program.

Grant Opportunities

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:NationalCenter for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Conference Support Program 
Description: Provides partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information and education programs, and applied research.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Feb 07, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:10-20
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:Public Health Conference Support Program 
Description: Provides partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, education programs, and applied research.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Feb 25, 2011
Number of Grants Available:8
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:National Programs to Improve the Health and Educational Outcomes of Young People 
Description: Improves child and adolescent health by helping schools and communities create an environment that fosters a culture of wellness and makes healthy choices the easy choice.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Mar 04, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:25
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:Affordable Care Act (ACA): Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration
Description: Determines whether an integrated model of primary care and public health approaches in the community can improve underserved children’s risk factors for obesity.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 8, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:4
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Environmental Protection Agency

Title:Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
Description: Offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Mar 22, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:9
Grant is administered by the:Environmental Protection Agency

 Health Resources and Services Administration

Title:Healthy Behaviors in Women and Families
Description: Develops, implements, evaluates, and disseminates novel approaches that concurrently address the relationship between women’s healthy eating and mental health during the perinatal period.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Feb 22, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:3
Grant is administered by the:Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Title:Affordable Care Act - Health Center Planning Grants
Description: The purpose of planning grants is to demonstrate the need for health services in the community from public or non-profit organizations seeking a grant to plan for the development of a comprehensive primary care health center under the Health Center Program authorized under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. The purpose of the Health Center Program is to extend comprehensive primary and preventive health services (including mental health, substance abuse and oral health services) and supplemental services to populations currently without access to such services, and to improve their health status.
Link to Full Announcement:  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: Mar 18, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:125
Grant is administered by the:
Health Resources and Services Administration

 National Institutes of Health

Title:Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2011 (P30)
Description: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) invites applications for Center Core Grants designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks applications from institutions that meet the qualifications for a program of IDD research. The grants fund core resources to support interdisciplinary research and research training. Funds for the research projects using these core facilities come from independent sources including Federal, State, and private organizations.  
Link to Full Announcement:  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: Mar 22, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:5
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Reducing Risk Behaviors by Promoting Positive Youth Development
Description: This purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to encourage Research Project Grant applications from institutions/ organizations that propose to enhance our understanding of effective positive youth development programs and the mechanisms responsible for positive health and developmental outcomes.  
Link to Full Announcement:  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: September 7, 2011
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Community-Based Partnerships for Childhood Obesity Prevention and Control
Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity is to enhance childhood obesity research by fostering the formation of local, state, or regional teams consisting of researchers, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders (e.g., community representatives, public health practitioners or officials, educators) in order to identify research questions and hypotheses, design and implement the relevant research, and translate the research into evidence relevant to potential policy efforts in this area.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:May 7, 2012
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Vulnerable Populations in the US
Description: Identify the role(s) that drug abuse plays in fueling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in vulnerable groups (racial/ethnic minorities, men who have sex with men, youth) in the United States and to develop effective interventions to prevent new infections and to improve the health and well-being of those living with HIV/AIDS.
Link to Full Announcement:  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:September 7, 2012
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Obesity Policy Research: Evaluation and Measures
Description: This grant will be awarded to applicants who plan to: (1) conduct evaluation research on obesity-related natural experiments (defined here as community and other population-level public policy interventions that may affect diet and physical activity behavior), and/or (2) develop and/or validate relevant community-level measures (instruments and methodologies to assess the food and physical activity environments at the community level). The overarching goal of this FOA is to inform public policy and research relevant to (1) diet and physical activity behavior, and (2) weight and health outcomes of Americans.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:January 7, 2013
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy
Description: The ultimate goal of this program announcement is to encourage empirical research on health literacy concepts, theory, and interventions as these relate to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services public health priorities that are outlined in its Healthy People initiative. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:May 7, 2013
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities
Description: The purpose of this grant is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U.S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:May 11, 2013
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:
National Institutes of Health

Title:Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages Research Project (R01) grant applications from applicants that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to: 1) enhance our understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males and their subpopulations across the life cycle, and 2) encourage applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older. 
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:September 7, 2013
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Title:Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program 
Description: Establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Mar 18, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:75
Grant is administered by the:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor

Title:Trade Adjustment Assistance Community Collegeand Career Training (TAACCCT)
Description: While eligible applicants are community colleges and other higher education institutions, the grant solicitation encourages the participation of faith-based and community organizations as partners. These organizations can play a valuable role under the first funding priority: to accelerate progress for low-skilled and other workers.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:Apr 21, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:NA
Grant is administered by the:Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor