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The Partnership Center Newsletter

February 5, 2010

In this issue, you will find...


Dear Partners:

The National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, the White House Office of Science and Technology, and a broad array of public and private partners have launched a one- of a kind program called text4Baby. . HHS is a partner in this innovative effort. Text4baby is a mobile educational program designed to give pregnant women and new moms critical health information to help keep themselves and their babies healthy. Today’s Featured Update provides key information about this exciting new public-private partnership and highlights ways you can get involved.

Also, back by popular demand, please see this week’s Grant Opportunity section for an extended list of open HHS grant opportunities.

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update 

Text4baby helps new and expecting mothers give their babies the best possible start!

The Partnership Center is  pleased to promote the launch of an exciting new mobile information service called text4baby.  This initiative announced on Thursday by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. An educational program, text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life… using their cellphones!  

Each year in the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely and an estimated 28,000 children die before their first birthday, signifying a national public health crisis. The infant mortality rate in the U.S. is one of the highest in the industrialized world and. Prematurity (is this a word?) is often cited as being a leading cause of infant mortality

Mobile phones can play a significant role in health care by delivering information directly to those who need it most. Text messaging can deliver the right health information at the right time to pregnant women and new moms, and can be particularly helpful in reaching underserved populations.

While not everyone has access to the Internet, 90% of Americans have a mobile phone. Text messaging is disproportionately higher among women of childbearing age and minority populations who face higher infant mortality rates. In studies from around the world, mobile health services like text4baby have demonstrated the ability to help change improve health outcomes.

Here’s how it works:

  • Women can sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE for Spanish to the same number).  Once signed up, they will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
  • These messages focus on a variety of topics critical to maternal and child health: nutrition, mental health, birth defects prevention, oral health and safe sleep, seasonal flu and immunization. Text4baby messages also connect women to prenatal and infant care services.
  • Of particular significance, text4baby is a free service for all subscribers and is the first ever free mobile health information service in the U.S. with great potential to reach an enormous audience.

Consider spreading the word about text4baby to your clients, congregants, program participants and patients.

Please see below for sample language you can use in emails, newsletters or church bulletins to help spread the word about text4baby.  (can they put this in a box? )

  • If you’re pregnant or a new mom, there is new free service called text4baby that can help keep you and your baby healthy.
  • Text4babywill send 3 text messages each week to your cell phone with expert health tips to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. It’s free to sign up and the messages are free.
  • To sign up, text BABY to 511411. To sign up for text4baby in Spanish, text BEBE to 511411.
  • Text4babyis an educational service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

If you are interested in getting more involved with text4baby, there are posters and other promotional materials available for your outreach efforts. Please contact info@text4baby.org or 703-837-7548 for more information.

Thank you very much for your support of this important initiative.

Text4baby is made possible through a broad, public-private partnership that includes government, corporations, academic institutions, professional associations, tribal agencies and non-profit organizations. Founding partners are HMHB, Voxiva, CTIA - The Wireless Foundation and WPP. Johnson & Johnson is the founding sponsor, and premier sponsors include WellPoint, Pfizer and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. U.S. government partners include the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Department of Health and Human Services. The mobile health platform is provided by Voxiva and free messaging services are generously provided by participating wireless service providers. Implementation partners include BabyCenter, Danya International, Syniverse Technologies, Keynote Systems and The George Washington University.


Grant Opportunities

National Institutes of Health

Title:NIDA RESEARCH "CENTER OF EXCELLENCE" GRANT PROGRAM
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for research centers that conduct drug abuse and addiction research that have outstanding innovative science and that are multidisciplinary, thematically integrated, synergistic, and are/will be serving as national resource(s) for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research fields. It is expected that a Center will transform knowledge in the sciences it is studying. Incremental work should not be the focus of Center activities; rather, new and creative directions are required.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 26, 2010
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH ON MINORITY AND UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
Description: The overarching goal of this FOA is to solicit innovative research addressing elements that eliminates health disparities. Research focused on disease and/or conditions that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities is a growing field and has been employed lately in understanding dynamics contributing to health disparities. Funding for this FOA will support investigators who propose to conduct health disparities research using its principles to improve health inequities. The research should take into account the characteristics of health systems and health seeking behaviors that propagate disparities.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 26, 2010
Number of Grants Available:5
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN ENERGETICS AND CANCER
Description: Applications for this funding opportunity should support the efforts of the TREC initiative, which is designed to foster collaboration across multiple disciplines and encompasses projects that cover the biology and genetics of energy balance to behavioral, socio-cultural, and environmental influences upon nutrition, physical activity, weight, energetics, and associated cancer risks. Special focus on children, groups at high risk for obesity, and cancer survivors is encouraged.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 26, 2010
Number of Grants Available:5
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:INNOVATIVE FAITH-BASED APPROACHES TO HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH
Description: Applications for this grant should propose multidisciplinary interventions on health disparities, involving social determinants of health, health behavior, disease prevention, and health promotion.  Specifically those jointly conducted with faith-based organizations or faith-motivated programs and the research community will be encouraged to apply.  The ultimate goal is to foster intervention research on effective faith-motivated initiatives that have played an important role in addressing health disparities. Funding is also intended to provide support for early and conceptual stages of exploratory and developmental research projects.  Overall, this grant will allow applicants to 1) Examine the role and unique characteristics of faith communities in addressing health disparities, 2) Design targeted interventions, and 3) Track the efficacy of faith-motivated initiatives.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 17, 2010
Number of Grants Available:8
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:ADOLESCENT MEDICINE TRIALS NETWORK FOR HIV/AIDS INTERVENTIONS
Description: The primary mission of this funding opportunity will be to conduct research, both independently and in collaboration with existing research networks and individual investigators, in HIV-infected and HIV-at-risk pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young adults up to age 25 years. This network will have the capacity for developing and conducting selected behavioral, community-based translational, prophylactic, therapeutic, and vaccine trials.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 14, 2010
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:ORAL HEALTH PROMOTION RESEARCH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Description: This funding opportunity is intended to encourage the development, implementation and testing of oral health promotion interventions directed at improving oral health across the lifespan. The research team must include someone with extensive experience in health promotion, behavioral and /or social science research. The health promotion intervention must be based on a previously conducted assessment of the epidemiology, social, behavioral and /or environmental factors related to the disease or condition under study. This research on prevention of oral diseases or reduction of health disparities could focus in any of the following areas: 1) maternal and child health, 2) adolescent and young adult health and 3) the health of adults with complex diseases.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:May 7, 2010
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network
Description: This funding opportunity invites applications from investigators willing to participate with the NICHD under a cooperative agreement in an ongoing, multi-center clinical program that is designed to investigate problems in clinical obstetrics.  Issues addressed will be those specifically related to prevention of low birth weight, prematurity, and medical problems of pregnancy.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:June 1, 2010
Number of Grants Available:16
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:NutRITION OBESITY RESEARCH CENTERS
Description: This grant is for organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated program of nutrition and/or obesity research.  The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together, on a cooperative basis, basic science and clinical investigators to enhance the effectiveness of their research related to nutrition and/or obesity.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:June 22, 2010
Number of Grants Available:5
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:TECHNOLOGY-BASED ADHERENCE INTERVENTIONS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSING POPULATIONS WITH HIV
Description: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for research on determining the efficacy of interventions that use technological tools in order to foster adherence to HIV treatment regimens for substance abusing populations.  Such tools can include: mobile enabling technologies, Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA), enhanced Medication Event Monitoring System, computer software, portable digital devices, cell phone and/or Digital Assistant Device, among others. Multidisciplinary collaboration between social scientists, medical (physician/nurse) researchers and technology experts is encouraged.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:September 7, 2012
Number of Grants Available:6-9
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:research on alcohol and hiv/aids
Description: Applicants for this grant should be interested in conducting research on the relationship between excessive alcohol consumption and HIV/AIDS.  Research projects can include pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.
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

Health Resources and Services Administration

Title: Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers
Description: The purpose of the AETC program is to improve healthcare and health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished through providing education, training, clinical consultation and other forms of decision support to HIV/AIDS clinical care providers currently serving this population and to clinical providers in minority and other highly impacted and high risk communities, where enhanced access to HIV treatment resources is needed.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 19, 2010
Number of Grants Available:11
Grant is administered by the:Health Resources & Services Administration

Title:BEST PRACTICES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
Description: The purpose of this program is to allow for collaboration with public policy institutions on improving women’s health.  This grant will allow for community settings to identify best practices, and develop and pilot clinical models to improve the health of reproductive aged women in a healthcare environment that focuses on community involvement.  Focus for these models should be centered on preventive services, screenings and counseling, as well as conception care and family planning.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 26, 2010
Number of Grants Available:2
Grant is administered by the:Health Resources & Services Administration

Title:National Resource Center for Hearing Screening and Intervention in Newborns
Description: The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide national leadership on implementation of sustainable statewide newborn hearing screening and intervention. Specific focus will be on reducing the loss to follow-up of infants for whom further assessment is indicated. The Resource Center will also support the development and implementation of physiologic hearing screening in Early Head Start and Head Start sites through training of, and targeted ongoing technical assistance to local Head Start staff to conduct the screening test and to refer infants and toddlers indicated follow-up.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 1, 2010
Number of Grants Available:1
Grant is administered by the:Health Resources & Services Administration

Title:Capacity development
Description: The purpose of this grant program is to support eligible applicants in their efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and enhance their capacity to develop or expand high quality HIV primary health care services in the following communities: 1) Rural, 2) Urban underserved areas, and 3) Communities of color.  The applicant must propose capacity building activities that develop, enhance, or expand a comprehensive effort for outpatient HIV primary care services in their community.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 5, 2010
Number of Grants Available:10

Grant is administered by the:Health Resources & Services Administration

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality

Title:SCALABLE DISTRIBUTED RESEARCH NETWORKS FOR COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS
Description: The goal of this funding opportunity is to enhance the capability and capacity of electronic health networks that are designed to conduct research on outcomes of clinical interventions. The clinical interventions can include, but are not limited to, diagnostics, therapeutics (drugs and biologics), medical devices, behavioral interventions, and surgical procedures used in clinical care.  Funding will be awarded to organizations that propose to develop the infrastructure and methodology for collecting data from electronic clinical databases, in order to generate new evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 10, 2010
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:Agency for Health Care Research & Quality

Title: SMALL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Description: The purpose of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant (SHCPQI) is to assist rural providers with the implementation of quality improvement strategies, while improving patient care and chronic disease outcomes.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 15, 2010
Number of Grants Available:60
Grant is administered by the:Agency for Health Care Research & Quality

Title: IMPROVING PATIENT SAFETY THROUGH SIMULATION RESEACH
Description: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in funding a diverse set of projects that develop, test and evaluate various simulation approaches for the purpose of improving the safe delivery of health care. Simulation in health care predominately is a training technique that exposes individuals and teams to realistic clinical challenges through the use of mannequins, task trainers, virtual reality, or standardized patients, and allows participants to experience in real-time the consequences of their decisions and actions. Applications that address a variety of clinical settings are sought.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 26, 2010
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:Agency for Health Care Research & Quality

Title: PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENTS OF HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS
Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity is to gain practical knowledge for preventing and managing healthcare associated infections (HAIs).  Research priorities for this opportunity should include: 1) development, implementation and demonstration of the prevention and management of HAIs, along with the determination of the costs of such interventions; 2) determination of the efficacy, effectiveness, and costs of preventative interventions; 3) population-level studies on the patient risk factors, clinical presentation, sources, and disease genotypes of antibiotic-resistant organisms that can result in perceived HAIs.
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:Agency for Health Care Research & Quality

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Title: DRUG FREE COMMUNITIES SUPPORT PROGRAM
Description: The purpose of this program is to establish and strengthen collaboration to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.  This grant is offered on behalf of the Drug Free Communities Support Program (DFC), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  DFC is accepting applications for this grant in order to reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by: 1) Addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse, and 2) Promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.  Please note that for the purpose of this grant, substances include, but are not limited to, narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco, where their use is prohibited by Federal, State, or local law. Substances may also include the non-medical use of prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 19, 2010
Number of Grants Available:150
Grant is administered by the:Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Administration for Families and Children

Title: STANDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ETHNIC COMMUNITY SELF-HELP PROGRAM
Description: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is accepting applications for funding to connect newcomer refugees and their communities with community resources. This program objective is to strengthen organized communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure continuous support and services to refugees after initial resettlement.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:February 24, 2010
Number of Grants Available:25
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Title: Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
Description: The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 25, 2010
Number of Grants Available:65
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Families and Children (ACF)

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Title: OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH RESEARCH
Description:  The purpose of this grant is to develop an understanding of the risks and conditions that are associated with occupational diseases and injuries.  Through this grant, applicants should explore methods for reducing risks and for preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace.  Also, efforts should be able to translate scientific findings into prevention practices that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries.
Link To Full Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: March 6, 2010                                  
Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title: PrESIDENT's Emergency plan for aids relief
Description:  As a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works with host countries and other key partners to assess the needs of each country and design a customized program of assistance.  Funding will be granted for individualized programs centered around the prevention, care, and/or treatment of HIV/AIDS.
Links To Full Announcements: SENEGAL - MOZAMBIQUE - BOTSWANA - HAITI - KENYA - GHANA - SOUTH AFRICA
Last Day to Apply: March 15, 2010
Number of Grants Available:20
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title: maternal child health epidemiology
Description:  The purpose of this project is to support state, major urban, and tribal public health agencies, national organizations and state coalitions to improve maternal, infant, child, and reproductive health through the application of evidence-based approaches. This project highlights the importance of engaging partners in the applied sciences process including: 1) Analysis of relevant data, 2) Interpretation of results, and 3) Translation of findings to public health practice.
Link To Full Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 27, 2010
Number of Grants Available:2
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title: PrEvention of suicidal behavior through the enhancement of connectedness
Description:  This funding opportunity addresses the “Healthy People 2010” priority areas of injury and violence prevention and is in alignment with National Center for Injury Prevention and Control performance goals to conduct a targeted program of research to reduce injury-related death and disability.
Link To Full Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 29, 2010
Number of Grants Available:2
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Administration on Aging

Title: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Chronic disease self-management program
Description:  Applicants must meet the following programmatic goals: 1) Deliver Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs (CDSMPs) to at least 50,000 individuals, 2) Document the extent to CDSMPs are being implemented with fidelity to the original research design, 3) Strengthen the capacity of states and communities to sustain CDSMPs after the grant period. The CENTER will provide an array of technical assistance and evaluative support that includes: two national meetings, web-based training, on-site visits, targeted teleconferences, peer-to-peer mentoring, strategies and models for developing statewide and community-level CDSMP distribution systems.
Link To Full Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: February 11, 2010
Number of Grants Available:1
Grant is administered by the:Administration on Aging