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The Partnership Center Newsletter

February 28, 2011 Edition

In this issue, you will find…


Dear Partners:

New benefits are coming online every month due to the Affordable Care Act.  However, many in your community may still have questions about how the Affordable Care Act can help them access care.

In the coming weeks, the Partnership Center is hosting two national conference calls to provide more information on the health care reform provisions provided by the Affordable Care Act.

These calls will provide 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.

Please see the Featured Update section for more information.

I would like to thank those who joined our discussion about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).  If someone you know can’t find health coverage because of a medical condition, they may be eligible for insurance coverage through PCIP.  For more information about how to apply, visit www.pcip.gov.

Finally, as Black History Month comes to an end, we would like to share a brief message from President Obama’s National African American Heritage Month Proclamation:

We recognize the extraordinary achievements of African Americans and their essential role inshaping the story of America. In honor of their courage and contributions, let us resolve to carry forward together the promise of America for our children.

Thank you for all you do to ensure the health and well-being of families in your community.

 

Sincerely,

Mara Vanderslice, Acting Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Featured Update

A Conference Call Tour for Faith & Community Leaders

Please join Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform and Mara Vanderslice, Acting Director of the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for a conference call tour in Spanish of CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool.

CuidadoDeSalud.gov helps Spanish-speaking Americans take control of their health care by connecting them with new information and resources that help them access quality, affordable health care coverage. Similar to HealthCare.gov, CuidadoDeSalud.gov offers an insurance finder, explains the Affordable Care Act in step-by-step detail and offers information for families with children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and others.

We hope you will tell your congregants and members of your community about this important resource.

The call-in information is below. We hope you are able to join.

 

CALL DETAILS 

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Time: 4:00 PM Eastern, 3:00 PM Central, 2:00 PM Mountain, 1:00 PM Pacific

Dial in information: 1-888-323-9813 (no passcode is needed)

You do not need to RSVP for this call. If you have questions, please email partnerships@hhs.gov


Latest News

Dr. Howard Koh Addresses Methodist Young Clergy at Leadership Forum

In the United Methodist Building, steps away from our nation’s Capitol, I listened attentively to Assistant Secretary For Health Dr. Howard Koh discuss his journey as an Asian-American and as a United Methodist with a group of young clergy.  He shared how his faith, family upbringing, and early experiences in medicine shaped his career mission to create better systems of care for all people, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Read More >>>


Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 10th at 4:00pm EST

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.

Thursday, March 3rd, 4:00pm EST: Conference Call tour – in Spanish – of CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Call-in #: 1-888-323-9813.

Thursday, March 10th, 4:00pm EST: Conference Call tour of HealthCare.gov. Call-in #: 1-888-323-9813.

Thursday, March 3rd, 12:00pm EST: Webinar of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Faith-Based Organizations. Click here to register.Each summer, 22.3 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can help to fill the summer meal gap for low-income children. Faith-based, community and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SFSP, a federally funded program administered by states that reimburses organizations for meals served to children during the summer. Join us to learn more about how you can help and hear the benefits to being a part of the Summer Food Service Program! You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access for this webinar.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2:00pm EST: Conference Calls on CHIPRA Outreach and Enrollment Grants  
CALL-IN #: 1-877-267-1577                                   Meeting ID: 0107

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a solicitation for the second round of $40 million in grants to support outreach activities and strategies to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP and keep them enrolled as long as they qualify. States, local governments, community-based and nonprofit organizations, schools, health care providers, Indian tribes and others are encouraged to apply. Grants will range from $200,000 to $1 million for Focus Areas 2 - 5, and up to $2.5 million for Focus Area 1. Funding will cover activities over a two-year period from August 2011 through July 2013.  Applications are due onApril 18th, 2011 and must be submitted through www.grants.gov. CMS plans to announce the awards by July 30, 2011.

To view the full solicitation, please click here.

Questions about the grants may be directed to CHIPRAOutreachGrants@cms.hhs.gov.  

All questions and answers about this grant opportunity will be posted here.

 

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

As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. It is 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.

NEW GRANTS!

Title:Community Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Description: Supports the planning, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, interdisciplinary projects to reduce STD disparities, promote sexual health, and advance community wellness using community engagement methods (e.g., community-based participatory research) and multi-sector partnerships to build local capacity to impact STD disparities in communities with disparately high STD burden.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 20, 2011
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 18, 2011; Application Deadline: April 20, 2011

Number of Grants Available:4
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
Description: Builds local public health capacity to establish a comprehensive community-wide Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative that focuses on 11-14 year olds to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth in high-risk urban communities. If faith-based and community organizations are interested in participating in this grant, they should explore opportunities to collaborate with eligible organizations.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 21, 2011; Application Deadline: May 5, 2011

Number of Grants Available:4
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Administration for Children and Families

Title:Social and Economic Development Strategies Tribal Governance- SEDS TG
Description: Strengthen the internal capacity and infrastructure of tribal governments to increase services provided to children and families.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 5, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:15
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children and Families – Administration for Native Americans

 

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:March 4, 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

 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Title:Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Outreach and Enrollment Grants - Cycle II  
Description: Focus Areas: 1. Using Technology to Facilitate Enrollment and Renewal. 2. Focusing on Retention: Keeping Eligible Children Covered for as Long as They Qualify. 3. Engaging Schools in Outreach, Enrollment and Renewal Activities. 4. Reaching Out to Groups of Children that are More Likely to Experiences Gaps in Coverage. 5. Ensuring Eligible Teens Are Enrolled and Stay Covered.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 18, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

 

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:March 22, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:9
Grant is administered by the:Environmental Protection Agency

 

Health Resources and Services Administration

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: March 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: March 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:March 18, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:75
Grant is administered by the:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Other Federal Agencies

Title:Civic Justice Corps Grants Serving Juvenile Offenders
Description: Provide young offenders the opportunity to give something back to their communities through community service to make up for past transgressions.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 15, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:13
Grant is administered by the:Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor

 

Title:Reintegration of Ex-Offenders – Adult Program Grants

Description: Provide pre-release and post-release services to ex-offenders returning to high-poverty, high-crime communities. These services will include job training and employment preparation, mentoring, and assistance connecting to supportive services such as housing, substance abuse programs, and mental health treatment.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:March 17, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:10
Grant is administered by the:Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor

 

Title:Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and 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:April 21, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:NA
Grant is administered by the:Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor

 

Title:BJA FY 11 Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations
Description: Promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 21, 2011   
Number of Grants Available:100
Grant is administered by the:Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice