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The Partnership Center Newsletter

February 12, 2010

In this issue, you will find…


Dear Partners:

For those of you who are new to our listserve, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our Center. The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center), is a resource for secular and faith-based nonprofits and community organizations seeking to increase their impact in their communities, make the most of what HHS has to offer and understand federal grant opportunities and responsibilities. Each week through our e-newsletter you will hear about new HHS and other relevant government initiatives, important public health information and HHS grant opportunities that nonprofits are eligible to pursue. It’s important to note that our Center does not administer grants; rather they are administered by HHS divisions listed below. Our job is to make sure you have relevant information about HHS, including grant opportunities. Welcome! 

This week has brought records amounts of snow to Washington, DC and along with it the launch of Let’s Move. On Tuesday, February 9th, First Lady Michelle Obama announced her biggest initiative yet –Let’s Move, a national campaign to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. 

To support this initiative, a network of national non-profits have created the Partnership for a Healthier America – a new central foundation to serve as a nonpartisan convener across the nation working to aid the First Lady in combating childhood obesity. To learn more about the Let’s Move, please continue on to this week’s featured update section where we have included excerpts from the White House press release regarding the initiative. To join community leaders from across the country and join the Partnership for a Healthier America in curbing childhood obesity within a generation, click here: http://www.ahealthieramerica.org/move-with-usa.html.

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update 

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces The Let’s Move Initiative and the Partnership for a Healthier America to Solve the Problem of Childhood Obesity.

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake,” said Mrs. Obama.  “This isn’t the kind of problem that can be solved overnight, but with everyone working together, it can be solved.  So, let’s move.” 

- First Lady Michelle Obama

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON – First Lady Michelle Obama today announced an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight and unveiled a nationwide campaign – Let’s Move – to help achieve it. 

The Let’s Move campaign will combat the epidemic of childhood obesity through a comprehensive approach that builds on effective strategies, and mobilizes public and private sector resources.  Let’s Move will engage every sector impacting the health of children to achieve the national goal, and will provide schools, families and communities simple tools to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy. 

To support Let’s Move and facilitate and coordinate partnerships with States, communities, and the non-profit and for-profit private sectors, the nation’s leading children’s health foundations have come together to create a new independent foundation – the Partnership for a Healthier America – which will accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and facilitate new commitments towards the national goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation. 

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese.  One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. A recent study put the health care costs of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion per year.  This epidemic also impacts the nation’s security, as obesity is now one of the most common disqualifiers for military service.  

The First Lady launched the Let’s Move campaign at the White House where she was joined by members of the President’s cabinet, including Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, HHS Secretary Sebelius, Education Secretary Duncan, HUD Secretary Donovan, Labor Secretary Solis, and Interior Secretary Salazar, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Members of Congress, mayors from across the nation and leaders from the media, medical, sports, entertainment, and business communities who impact the health of children and want to be part of the solution.   

President Barack Obama kicked off the launch by signing a Presidential Memorandum creating the first ever Task Force on Childhood Obesity which will include the DPC, Office of the First Lady, Interior, USDA, HHS, Education, NEC and other agencies. 

Check out the campaign’s brand new website at www.LetsMove.gov to see how the Administration and public and private efforts are already moving to combat obesity and reach the First Lady’s national goal in the following ways:  Healthy Choices; Healthier Schools; Physical Activity; and Accessible and Affordable Healthy Food.

Partnership for a Healthier America:

Core to the success of this initiative is the recognition that government approaches alone will not solve this challenge. Achieving the goal will require engaging in partnerships with States, communities, and the non-profit and for-profit private sectors. To support this effort, several foundations are coming together to organize and fund a new central foundation – the Partnership for a Healthier America – to serve as a nonpartisan convener across the private, non-profit and public sectors to accelerate existing efforts addressing childhood obesity and to facilitate commitments towards the national goal of solving childhood obesity within a generation.  The Partnership for a Healthier America is being created by a number of leading health care foundations and childhood obesity non-profits, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Alliance for Healthier Generation, Kaiser Permanente, and Nemours, and will seek to add new members in the days and months ahead.


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: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: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 on 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: National and State Coalition Capacity Building to Improve Outcomes
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. Additionally, as one of the goals of the Division of Reproductive Health is to promote partnerships at the local, state, tribal, and national levels, this project highlights the importance of engaging partners in the applied sciences process including analysis of relevant data, interpretation of results, and translation of findings to public health practice.
Link To Full Announcements: Click Here
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

OTHER 

Title:Prevention of Sexual Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Haiti
Description:  This program aims to increase the adoption of safer sexual behaviors among sexually active youths and adults in Haiti, in order to contribute to reduced incidence of HIV infections from sexual transmission by a) promoting normative change and preventive behaviors among sexually active youths and adults in the general population, particularly those engaged in Multiple Concurrent Partnerships that put them at risk for HIV infection and b) providing support for a comprehensive package of intensified preventive interventions targeting most-at-risk populations and venues with high prevalence of risky sexual behavior.
Link To Full Announcements: Click Here
Last Day to Apply: March 22, 2010
Number of Grants Available: N/A
Grant is administered by the:USAID