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The Partnership Center Newsletter

February 19, 2010

In this issue, you will find…

  • Letter from Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships Director, Alexia Kelley
  • Featured Update
    Grants
  • NIH
  • HRSA
  • AHRQ
  • SAMHSA
  • ACF
  • CDC
  • Other

  • Dear Partners:

    Every February, Black History Month is celebrated throughout the country. President Obama kicked off Black History Month by stating, “This month, we recognize the courage and tenacity of so many hard-working Americans whose legacies are woven into the fabric of our Nation. We are heirs to their extraordinary progress.” The Department of Health and Human Services is excited to join our president in celebrating and honoring these Americans. See our “Featured Update” section below for more information about ways in which HHS is observing Black History Month. 

    Don’t forget to see our “Grant Opportunities” section for updates on grants and funding opportunities available now. As always, we appreciate the work that you do, and if you know anyone who might also benefit from this newsletter, please ask them to subscribe, simply by clicking here

    Finally, If you’re new to our newsletter, welcome. If you would like to learn more about our center please visit our website.

    Sincerely,

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


    Featured Update 

    The Partnership Center Celebrates Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, our Partnership Center wanted to share with you a special message about Dr. Regina Benjamin, the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Benjamin was sworn in as Surgeon General on November 3, 2010 and is a national health advocate for disease prevention.

     

    Born in Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Benjamin graduated from Xavier University, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tulane University.  Returning to her home state of Alabama, Dr. Benjamin established in 1990 the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic. As the only doctor in the impoverished, rural community, Dr. Benjamin’s dedication to her patients and their health care exemplified public service.

    She personally understands that the importance of disease prevention in public health: “My family is not here with me today, at least not in person, because of preventable diseases. While I can't change my family's past, I can be a voice in the movement to improve our nation's health care and our nation's health for the future."

    President Obama said of her work, “‘When people couldn't pay, she didn't charge them. When the clinic wasn't making money, she didn't take a salary for herself. When Hurricane George destroyed the clinic in 1998, she made house calls to all her patients while it was rebuilt. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed it again and left most of her town homeless, she mortgaged her house and maxed out her credit cards to rebuild that clinic for a second time."

    We at the Partnership Center thank our nation’s Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin and all individuals in the community who help keep their neighborhoods healthy.

    There are many other ways to celebrate a healthier community during Black History Month. You can read the President’s National African American History Month Proclamation here.  You can learn more about last week’s featured update – Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative, look at resources about healthy living at the National Institutes for Health, or find out about African American medical pioneers throughout our nation’s history.


    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:Comparative Effectiveness Delivery System Evaluation Grants
    Description: This grant is accepting applications from investigators seeking to conduct comparative research of alternative system designs, change strategies, and interventions that have already been implemented in healthcare and are likely to improve quality and other outcomes.
    Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
    Last Day to Apply:March 18, 2010
    Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
    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:NATIONAL CENTER FOR CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION AND HEALTH PROMOTION CONFERENCE SUPPORT PROGRAM
    Description:  This funding opportunity addresses the “Healthy People 2010” priority areas of Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions; Cancer and Diabetes; Educational and Community-Based Programs; Heart Disease and Stroke; Nutrition and Overweight; Physical Activity and Fitness; Respiratory Diseases; and Tobacco Use.  The purpose of conference support funding is to provide partial support for 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: April 2, 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 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

    Title:Career Development Grants in Occupational Safety and Health Research
    Description:  The goal of the career development program is to help ensure the availability of adequate numbers of highly trained scientists to address occupational health and safety and to provide new occupational health and safety scientists with appropriate mentoring. The purpose of the grant is to provide support and 75% “protected time” for an intensive, supervised career development experience in occupational health and safety research leading to research independence.
    Link To Full Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
    Last Day to Apply: January 8, 2011
    Number of Grants Available:50
    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 Announcement: LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
    Last Day to Apply: March 22, 2010
    Number of Grants Available:See Full Announcement
    Grant is administered by the:US Agency for International Development