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The Partnership Center Newsletter

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March 25, 2011 Edition

Dear Partners:

One year ago this week, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), which expands access to health care, ends insurance abuses and makes quality care more affordable.

Your community and congregational members now have the freedom from worrying about unfairly losing their insurance, or having it run out due to a lifetime limit if they or a loved one is in an accident or becomes sick. 

In addition to creating better health care options for you, the Affordable Care Act is creating jobs and providing robust job training opportunities to expand our country’s primary health care workforce. Through investments in programs like the National Health Service Corps, which repays educational loans and provides scholarships to primary health care providers who practice in medically underserved areas, the Affordable Care Act is fostering careers in diverse communities and bringing comprehensive health care to individuals and families who need it the most.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “Faith leaders are trusted partners in local communities.  You have a unique ability to reach people, especially the most vulnerable, with the tools and information they need to get healthy, stay well, and thrive.”

I could not agree more. On behalf of the Partnership Center, I’d like to thank our faith-based and community partners for all you do to ensure the health and well-being of individuals and families in your community.

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update 

Faith-Based Organizations Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

To recognize the one-year anniversary of the historic Affordable Care Act becoming law, faith-based and community organizations across the nation marked the occasion with a series of events.  Led in part by the PICO network, events were hosted in Camden, New Jersey; San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Brooklyn, New York; and New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services traveled cross-country to participate in these events and share what the Affordable Care Act means for millions of Americans.  Officials noted that health care reform ends some of the worst health insurance practices that deny people care when they need it most.  New benefits and rights are protecting your congregants and members right now.  Because of the Affordable Care Act, children cannot be denied health care coverage due to a pre-existing condition, insurance companies cannot take away coverage because of a paperwork error and lifetime dollar limits on benefits are a thing of the past.

Religious and community leaders play an important role connecting vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations to quality, affordable health care.  We thank all of you for connecting members of your congregation and community to the care they need.


Latest News

Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Seek Support for National HIV/AIDS Goals

During this National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, I wanted to share with you that last week several of my colleagues and I met with representatives from Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships from five Federal departments to continue our dialogue about collaborative activities to support the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

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HealthCare.gov Tour Builds Healthier Congregations and Communities through the Affordable Care Act

As provisions of the Affordable Care Act are rolled out across the country, many people are still unsure how the Affordable Care Act helps them access the care that they need.  To help connect more communities to the opportunities the Affordable Care Act provides, we hosted a virtual tour of HealthCare.gov with the site’s Managing Editor, Craig Stoltz.

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Upcoming Events

March 29, 3pm EST: USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Webinar for Faith-Based Organizations. Each summer, 22.3 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.  For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without.  This summer, the need will likely increase.  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!

Registration Link: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/17fb9g48fe7 

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


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