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The Partnership Center Newsletter

March 5, 2010

In this issue, you will find…


Dear Partners:

A new month and a lot to share. This week I am excited to share the latest developments from the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, particularly HHS’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ outreach to US Olympians to help fight childhood obesity.  As usual, we have included current HHS funding opportunities as well.

This month is both Women’s History month and International Women’s Month.  International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8th this year, is a day of global recognition for the social, political, and economic achievements of women. Celebrate and honor the women in your community by visiting www.womenshealth.gov

Finally, for those of you whose organizations are involved on the ground in Haiti Relief, don’t miss our Haiti Update section.

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update

The Olympic torch may no longer burn, but the lessons learned at this year’s Olympic Games continue. We are excited to share with you a new partnership between Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and American Olympians! The HHS communications team had this to say:

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first in a series of web videos and public service announcements to promote First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative, Let’s Move, to solve childhood obesity within a generation.  Childhood obesity and excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children.

As a member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius attended the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. While in Vancouver, Sebelius enlisted the help of more than a dozen Olympic athletes to combat the challenge of childhood obesity by providing the American public with tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  In the videos, current and former Olympians urge parents and kids to incorporate physical activity and nutritious foods into everyday life.

The new web videos, featured on www.LetsMove.gov, remind Americans that you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to be active, eat right, and maintain a healthy weight. The web videos include messages from two-time Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan, 2010 skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace, and 2010 Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito.

“America’s Olympians are some of the finest athletes in the world and our country’s best spokespeople on being physically active,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “We are pleased that these inspiring Olympians are joining the First Lady’s Let’s Move effort to tackle this health epidemic.  They can help teach kids that eating right and exercising regularly is the way to get moving towards a healthier life.”

This is a great time to share this Olympic message with the children in your community. To see the new videos and to learn how to get involved please visit www.letsmove.gov"


Haiti Update

Request for information on health care centers in Haiti

The world community is responding in big ways to the needs of Haiti. However, there are still many health care needs. One problem facing health care providers in Haiti is knowing where to send a patient who might need surgery or an x-ray. It has been difficult for doctors and nurses to find out which health care centers have available beds, for example. The Pan-American Health Organization, who is leading the health care effort in Haiti with the Haitian Ministry of Health, has begun collecting information on health care centers. It is PAHO’s hope that this information will help to get supplies to health care centers that need them and will help patients get to the right health care center for help.

If you have information on health care centers in Haiti we ask that you share it with the Pan-American Health Organization. To submit your information, please go to www.travax.com. You will have to enter the following information to enter the website: 

  • username = haitig1
  • password  = 4aid1

If you work in a health care center in Haiti and would like to view the collected information, please go to www.travax.com/m

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Text4Baby: New Partner Information

Text4baby has hit the ground running and we wanted to make sure that you were aware of the following opportunity for those of you who want to get more involved with text4baby. Please join the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies coalition and other new partners for an informative webinar on Wednesday the 10th:

New to text4baby? Join us for an introduction to the program and learn how your organization can become an outreach partner. Partners will find this webinar helpful to learn more about the program and ask questions.

When:  Wednesday, March 10, 2:00-3:00 PM EST 

Register for the webinar at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/666349778. Once registered, you will receive the webinar login and dial-in information.

Missed the February 12 webinar? Watch a video of the webinar presentation, “How to Promote Text4baby to Your Constituents.” 


Grant Opportunities

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:ADVANCING PALLIATIVE CARE RESEARCH FOR CHILDREN FACING LIFE-LIMITING CONDITIONS
Description: This funding opportunity looks for applicants to be aimed at the reduction of suffering and the improvement of quality of life for children facing life-limiting conditions and their parents. Applications to help children cope with the loss or potential loss of a parent or significant other are also welcomed. Scientists are encouraged to develop cross-disciplinary teams to test interventions which may be quickly translated into pediatric palliative care practice.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:May 17, 2010
Number of Grants Available:2-3
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:MECHANISMS AND PREVENTION OF SEXUAL TRANSMISSION OF HIV/SIV
Description: The emphasis of this funding opportunity is for the discovery of research focused on acquiring new insights that may lead to the development of unconventional or outside-the-box approaches to vaccines and non-vaccine biomedical prevention strategies for optimizing mucosal protection against HIV/SIV.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:July 19, 2010
Number of Grants Available:8-12
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE HEARING HEALTH CARE
Description: This grant is intended to support research and/or infrastructure needs leading to accessible and affordable hearing health care.  This funding opportunity seeks milestone-driven research applications exploring new or innovative adaptations of approaches designed to increase access and affordability of hearing health care.  Applications should be focused on delivering better healthcare access and outcomes and should seek solutions that are effective, affordable and deliverable to those who need them.
Link To Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:October 8, 2010
Number of Grants Available:2
Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

Title:TECHNOLOGY-BASED ADHERENCE INTERVENTIONS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSING POPULATIONS WITH HIV
Description: This funding opportunity 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: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

Title:INTEGRATED COMMUNITY SERVICE SYSTEMS
Description: The purpose of this grant is to fund a National Center for Community Based Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. This National Center will work with the Division of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (DSCSHN) to assure that services provided at the community level are integrated and easy to use for families of children and youth with special healthcare needs. Applicants must have national experience focused on policy and programs related to the performance outcome that “youth will successfully transition from the pediatric to adult health care system”.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 5, 2010
Number of Grants Available:1
Grant is administered by the:Health Resources & Services Administration

Title:MCH Research Network on Pregnancy-Related Care
Description: The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is awarding a grant that will support the establishment and maintenance of a research network that will develop new ideas for studies, conduct surveys on knowledge and practice of providers, and disseminate findings on pregnancy-related care. Substantial MCHB scientific and/or programmatic involvement with the awardee is anticipated during the performance of the project.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply:April 5, 2010
Number of Grants Available:1
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 MANAGEMENT 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: Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
Description: The purpose of this funding opportunity is to establish and administer Assets for Independence (AFI) projects.  Grantees will provide an array of supports and services to enable individuals and families with low incomes to become economically self-sufficient for the long-term.  A primary feature of each AFI project is that project participants are given access to special matched savings accounts in which participants save earned income for the purchase of a home, for business capitalization, or to attend higher education or training.  Grantees also ensure that participants have access to financial literacy education and coaching including training on money management and consumer issues.
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.  Below is just a sampling of the types of grants available under PEPFAR.  If you would like a complete list of funding opportunities, please feel free to contact the Partnership Center.
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:NATURAL EXPERIMENTS AND EFFECTIVENESS STUDIES TO IDENTIFY THE BEST POLICY AND SYSTEM LEVEL PRACTICES TO PREVENT DIABETES AND ITS COMPLICATIONS
Description:  This funding opportunity addresses “Healthy People 2010” priority area of Diabetes and works to increase the capacity of state diabetes control programs to address the prevention of diabetes and its complications at the community level.
Link To Full Announcement:  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 15, 2010
Number of Grants Available: 7
Grant is administered by the:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Title:Effectiveness of empiric antiviral treatment for hospitalized community acquired pneumonia during the influenza season
Description:  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide support for research to determine the effectiveness of empiric influenza antiviral therapy, in addition to empiric antibiotic therapy, for hospitalized CAP patients during the periods when influenza viruses are circulating in the community; data from all funded sites will be collected in such a way to allow for pooling of data. The recent identification in April, 2009 and subsequent global spread of the influenza virus (H1N1), makes this an ideal time to conduct such studies.
Link To Full Announcement:
  LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 26, 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