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The Partnership Center Newsletter

April 8, 2011 Edition

Dear Partners:

Providing essential human services, especially for those who are most vulnerable, is part of the mission of the Department of Health & Human Services.

Across the country, millions of Americans participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs which help provide quality healthcare to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with low and no incomes.  Yet, members of your community or congregation may be unsure about the differences between the programs or if they are eligible to receive benefits.

The HHS Partnership Center is hosting a conference call entitled “Medicare and Medicaid 101” to answer your questions and provide information about these important programs. 

Additional details about this conference call are provided in the Upcoming Events section of the newsletter.

 

 

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

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update

White House.gov/Partnerships Connects 
Communities to the White House

White House logo

The HHS Partnership Center is one of many Partnership Centers established across multiple federal agencies.  These Centers work in close collaboration with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships led by Joshua DuBois.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships works to build bridges between the federal government and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to better serve Americans in need. The Office advances this work through 11 Agency Centers across government and a Strategic Advisor at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Their website, www.White House.gov/Partnerships provides an excellent resource for faith-based and community leaders to connect to what is happening across the federal government.  Check out the Partnerships blog for regular updates from HHS and other federal agencies.  The site provides many opportunities to learn more about how to connect your faith-based or neighborhood organization to the many resources the federal government provides.

www.WhiteHouse.gov/Partnerships

 


Latest News

Faith Filled & Healthy Communities:The Memphis Congregational Health Network

Department of Health & Human Services senior staff meets with representatives from Methodist LeBonheur Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee to learn more about their innovative community, faith-based heath model.

The HHS Partnership Center invited senior staff at the Department of Health & Human Services to meet with staff from Methodist LeBonheur Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee to learn more about their innovative community, faith-based health model.  Informally called the “Memphis Model,” this health network serves as a partnership between local hospitals, congregations, community health centers, as well as faith-based and community organizations. The objective is to show that through engaging faith communities in collaborative partnerships, health providers can not only build capacity in local communities, but also to map viable health assets.

Sitting inside the Secretary‘s conference room, we listened as Gary Gunderson, Senior Vice President at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare described Memphis’ healthcare challenges through lyrical statistics that told a story of heartache and despair like many of the blues records the city is famous for.   “Music and Faith are our assets…,” said Gunderson.  With faith as the foundation, the Memphis Model builds upon the strong infrastructure of churches to reach deep into hard-to-reach and underserved communities. 

Dr. Cynthia Davis, Senior Pastor, Friendship United Methodist Church spoke passionately about the success of the model within her congregation where 98% of members participate.  “People come to churches…they trust us…,” she said.  Dr. Davis spoke about going to the hospital with members of her congregation and making sure they are cared for in the hospital and when they return home.

This holistic healthcare approach is accomplished through the Congregational Health Networks (CHN), which employ “health navigators” that identify congregations to participate in the program. To date there are nearly 400 congregations signed up as part of the Memphis Model.  Each congregation then chooses 2 to 3 liaisons to work with the navigators on public health outreach.

Through these volunteer liaisons, individuals and families within the CHN are connected to additional healthcare guidance and support.  “The volunteers think of it as faith work not health work,” added Gary Gunderson.   Along with the liaisons, each congregation in the network enters into a “covenant” with the hospital.  The CHN has built a coalition of nearly 400 congregations with hospitals, community health centers and privately funded clinics to promote public health to local communities. 

Our meeting in Washington, DC built upon a delegation of HHS officials traveling to Memphis to see the Memphis Model in action.  We visited several communities and organizations that comprise local health assets in the Memphis Model.

Our Center plans to work with the White House and HHS to spread the word about this innovative model to other interested communities.

If you have information on similar programs happening within your community, please let the HHS Partnership Center know.  Send an email to partnerships@hhs.gov.

Mara Vanderslice is Acting Director and Senior Advisor at the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 



Upcoming Events

April 29, 2pm EST: “Medicare and Medicaid 101” Conference Call to answer your questions and provide information about these important programs which help provide quality healthcare to seniors, people with disabilities, and people with low and no incomes.

Call-in #: 1-800-369-1709
Passcode: 3058216

Empowering America's Grassroots

Grant Opportunities

 

Department of Justice

 

Title:State Juvenile Justice Formula and Block Grants Training and Technical Assistance Program
Description:
The successful applicant will provide national, state, and local training and technical assistance to grantees and subgrantees that will assist them in planning, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating delinquency prevention and juvenile justice systems improvement projects. Training and technical assistance topic areas will fall under the Title II Formula Grants and Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program areas.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government (including federally-recognized tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: May 16, 2011
Grant is administered by the:U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

 

Title:Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities Initiative
Description:
To further DOJ’s mission by supporting the development and enhancement of mentoring initiatives that serve youth with disabilities.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government (including federally-recognized tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: May 16, 2011

Grant is administered by the:U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

 

Title:Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program
Description:
To further DOJ’s mission by reducing violence involving youth in targeted communities.

Eligibility: Applicants are limited to states (including territories) and units of local government (including federally recognized tribal governments, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: May 23, 2011

Grant is administered by the:U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

 

Title:Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program
Description:
Provide financial support to selected Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for child abuse prevention programs and activities that are consistent with the goals outlined by Title II of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Eligibility: Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: May 23, 2011

Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children and Families

 

Title:Young Parents Demonstration Program
Description:
Support applicants in providing intensive mentoring services to low-income young parents (both mothers and fathers, and expectant parents ages 16 to 24) participating in workforce development programs.

Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.

Funding: Four to six grants for a 48-month grant period which may range in value from $500,000 to $1.5 million.

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT
Last Day to Apply: April 29, 2011  

Grant is administered by the:Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

 

 

 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

  

 Other Federal Agencies

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

 

Title:Trade Adjustment Assistance Community Collegeand 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