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The Partnership Center Newsletter

March 8, 2011 Edition

Dear Partners:

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act are being rolled out across the nation.  However, many in your community may still have questions about how the Affordable Care Act can help them access quality care.

This week, the Partnership Center hosts the second of two national conference calls to provide more information on the health care reform provisions provided by the Affordable Care Act.

This week’s calls will provide a tour of HealthCare.gov for faith and community leaders.  Help your community members take advantage of this innovative website, which gives 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 call and tour of CuidadoDeSalud.gov.  This was the first time our Center hosted a conference call, of any kind, entirely in Spanish.  It was a great opportunity to reach deeper and develop a stronger connection between the Center and the community.

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 

HealthCare.gov

A Conference Call Tour for Faith & Community Leaders

The Affordable Care Act is helping expand access to quality care for millions of Americans.  You can learn about these benefits on HealthCare.gov.

HealthCare.gov makes it easy for community members to learn about the benefits they are eligible for through the Affordable Care Act, and to compare insurance plans and find the option that’s best for them.  By answering just a few basic questions, community members can find public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs.

Please join Craig Stoltz, Managing Editor of HealthCare.gov and Mara Vanderslice, Acting Director of the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for a virtual tour of HealthCare.gov.

Religious and community leaders can play an important role connecting vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations to quality, affordable health care.  Join us to learn how to connect members of your congregation and community to the care they need.

The call-in information is below.  Participants are encouraged to access HealthCare.gov via their web browsers to follow the tour.  We hope you are able to join.

CALL DETAILS

Date: Thursday, March 10, 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

Providing Healthcare for Children and Adults with Pre-Existing Conditions

Cancer, traumatic brain injury and congestive heart failure are among the medical conditions that private insurance companies have cited as pre-existing conditions to deny millions of Americans healthcare coverage.  Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), those who were classified as having a pre-existing condition were simply shut out of the healthcare market.  With the passage of health reform, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) was created, making health coverage available if you are uninsured and have been denied health insurance by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition.  

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Upcoming Events

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.


Thursday, March 10th, 4:00pm EST: Conference Call tour of HealthCare.gov for faith and community leaders. Help your community members take advantage of this innovative website, 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.

CALL-IN #: 1-888-323-9813 (no passcode is needed)


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.

Empowering America's Grassroots

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.

Title:Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) - SGA-DFA-PY-10-11  

Description: To support successful applicants in providing enhanced transitional jobs (ETJ) programs, as well as other activities and services, to increase the workforce participation of non-custodial parents (including fathers) and/or ex-offenders reentering their communities.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (faith-based or community) with 501(c)(3) IRS status are eligible lead applicants. The lead applicant or a stated partner must have experience providing transitional jobs programs.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 15, 2011

Number of Grants Available:6-12
Grant is administered by the:Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor


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: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
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

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


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

Other Federal Agencies

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: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.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). Applicants must adhere to all of the eligibility and funding requirements of the Second Chance Act and any additional requirements that may be established through appropriations measures.

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