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The Partnership Center Newsletter

May 10, 2012 Edition

Inside:


Dear Partners:

Last week I had the privilege of visiting the C.W. Williams Community Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to make a major announcement about how the health reform law expands the footprint of community health centers. Our Deputy Director, Acacia Salatti, visited the Main Street Clinic in Nashville, Tennessee as well.

For more than 40 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary care to patients where they live. The Affordable Care Act makes a major investment in expanding their ability to serve patients. Please see the announcement below on “New Funding Expands Access to Care” for more information about how the health reform law is helping to expand community health centers around the country.

Also in full swing is the Communities on the Move Video Challenge! From now until this Friday, May 11th, you can visit our Video Gallery and vote for your favorite entry in the Popular Choice Category. These videos showcase some of the innovative approaches community and faith-based groups are taking to encouraging healthier lifestyles for kids. Your vote counts: winners will be invited to visit Washington, DC to share their videos with the First Lady at the White House!

The Video Challenge encourages faith-based and neighborhood organizations to create one-to-three minute videos highlighting their work to make their communities healthier. Participants were invited to show how they are promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and access to healthy, affordable food for children. The Challenge is part of Let's Move Faith and Communities, which engages congregations and neighborhood organizations in the effort to end childhood obesity within a generation.

We are also excited to announce that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released a Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. This Guide provides an overview of ACF’s wide range of programs and resources, including basic information about finding and applying for federal funds, specific information about ACF’s grant opportunities, and numerous resources and toolkits available for any community or faith-based organization. In the coming months, the HHS Partnership Center and ACF will co-host a conference call to discuss the Guide with faith and community leaders. Please see our next newsletter issue for call-in information.

Our Featured Update in this issue addresses three major changes in how home and community-based services are administered and provided across America. You may also be interested in reviewing the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment programs below.

Our Upcoming Events section lists conference calls for faith and community leaders on the benefits and provisions of the health care reform law. As always, please feel free to email us at Partnerships@hhs.gov or call us at 202-358-3595 to let us know how we can support your work.

 

Sincerely,

Alexia Kelley, Director

Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

 


Featured Update

HHS Announces New Options to Provide
Community-Based Care

In April the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced three major changes in how home and community-based services are administered and provided across America. A final rule was released for the Community First Choice Option, the Independence At Home Demonstration program was announced, and the new Administration on Community Living was created.

On April 26, HHS announced the final rule for the Community First Choice (CFC) Option. Created in the health care law, the CFC gives States additional resources to make community living – for example, staying in your own home – a first choice. States can receive a six percentage point increase in federal matching funding for providing community-based attendant services and supports to people with Medicaid.

HHS also announced the first 16 organizations that will participate in the Independence At Home Demonstration program, which encourages primary care practices to provide home-based care to chronically ill Medicare patients. They will test whether delivering primary care services in the home can improve the quality of care and reduce costs for patients living with chronic illnesses.

On April 16, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the creation of the new Administration for Community Living (ACL), bringing together key HHS organizations and offices dedicated to improving the lives of people with functional needs into one coordinated and stronger entity. The Administration for Community Living will bring together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities into a single agency that supports both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups, such as children with developmental disabilities and seniors with dementia. This new agency will work on increasing access to community supports and achieving full community participation for people with disabilities and seniors.

“Our goal is to provide person-centered support to every Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary, regardless of their physical ability or chronic conditions,” Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said. “These services and programs will help keep these individuals’ health stable, and keep them home where they want to be, while giving us even more tools to achieve better care for the patient, better health for the population, all at lower costs.”

For more information on the Administration for Community Living visit: http://www.hhs.gov/acl/.

For more information on the Community First Choice Option, visit: http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.

For more information on the Independence at Home demonstration and the organizations selected to participate, visit: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/independence-at-home.

The rules may be viewed at www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx.

 

New Funding Expands Access to Care

On May 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced more than $728 million that will help build, expand and improve community health centers nationwide. The grants, from the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, will expand access to care for an additional 860,000 patients, support 398 community health center renovation and construction projects, and create jobs in communities with little access to primary health care services.

“President Obama’s health care law is making our community health centers stronger,” said Secretary Sebelius. “For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment of chronic diseases. This investment will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs across the country.”

The grants are for two capital programs for community health centers. One will provide approximately $629 million to 171 existing health centers for long- term projects to expand their facilities, improve existing services and serve more patients. The second set of awards will provide approximately $99.3 million to 227 existing health centers to address pressing facility and equipment needs.

Federally Qualified Health Centers improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities by ensuring access to primary health care services. Currently, more than 8,500 service delivery sites around the country deliver care to more than 20 million patients regardless of their ability to pay.

A list of Capital Development - Building Capacity Program Awards by state can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/120501healthcentercapital.html.

A list of Capital Development - Immediate Facility Improvement Program Awards by state can be found at http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2012tables/120501facilityimprovement.html.

For more information on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ‘s community health center program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov.

To find a health center in your area, visit http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.

  


National Health Service Corps Scholarship

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students pursuing a primary health care professions training. Awardees receive a tax-free payment for tuition (plus required fee and other reasonable educational costs) for up to four years at their institution, with a minimum two-year service commitment as a primary health care server (after graduation and training) in a designated area, and one year thereafter per year they are awarded. Awardees also receive a taxable monthly stipend during their schooling. NHSC will provide scholarship awardees with support and resources while they are in school, transitioning to practice, and while in service. Designated working areas are NHSC-approved high-need Health Professional Shortage Areas.

 

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program offers student loan repayment to primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve communities in need. Primary care providers working at an NHSC-approved site will be awarded varying amounts in loan repayment based on whether they are full- or part-time employees and the level of the Health Professional Shortage Area where they are working. The Loan Repayment Program requires a minimum two-year agreement, with a maximum four-year agreement. Applications for the Loan Repayment program are due May 15, 2012 by 5:00pm ET.


 Assets for Independence

Assets for Independence (AFI) enables community-based nonprofits and government agencies to implement and demonstrate an assets-based approach for giving low-income families a hand up out of poverty. AFI projects help participants save earned income in special-purpose, matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). AFI is administered through the Office of Community Services (OCS) at the HHS Administration for Children and Families.

Applications for funding new AFI projects are currently being accepted. All applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov as paper applications are no longer being accepted. Applicants may submit materials at any time throughout the year. OCS will review and fund new grants in three cycles in calendar years 2012 and 2013. Applications for the Summer Cycle are due May 25, 2012.

For more information, please visit www.idaresources.org.

Upcoming Events


Let’s Move Faith and CommunitiesMonthly Call:

Intergenerational Health & Wellness Activities!

Join us for our next Let's Move Faith and Communities call to learn more about hosting intergenerational health and wellness activities in your community! May is Older Americans Month and the theme for 2012 is Never Too Old to Play, which encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their communities. We'll have several guest speakers join us to share ideas about how to integrate older generations more actively into wellness leadership and community activities around exercise and nutrition.

Date: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern, 1:00 PM Central, 12:00 PM Mountain, 11:00 AM Pacific

Click here to RSVPfor this Let’s Move Faith and Communities call.

Call-in information will be emailed in advance of the call.


Health Care Conference Calls

The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of interactive conference calls discussing the benefits and provisions of the health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

All calls are open to the public and include a question and answer session where you can ask HHS staff any questions you may have about the health care reform law. We also encourage you to submit questions you would like to have answered on the calls to ACA101@hhs.gov.

To participate in one of the conference calls, please select your preferred date from the list below and submit the necessary information. Call-in information will be made available 24 hours in advance.

May 16th at 1:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law and Access to Care

May 22nd at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 in Spanish

May 30th at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law and Home and Community-Based Services

June 26th at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 in Spanish


ACF Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations

In the coming months, the HHS Partnership Center and the Administration for Children and Families will co-host a conference call for faith and community leaders on ACF’s new Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. Please see our next newsletter issue for call-in information.

Empowering America's Grassroots

Grant Opportunities

As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community nonprofits can pursue. All of these grant programs are competitive. It is important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant opportunity is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.

 

Grants Listings

Title: Volunteer Income Tax Program

Description: The purpose of this grant opportunity is to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  Funding enables partners to extend VITA program services (free federal return preparation) to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach areas, both urban and non-urban; increase the capacity to file returns electronically, heighten quality control, enhance training of volunteers, and improve the accuracy of returns prepared at VITA sites.

Eligibility: State, county, city or township governments; private, public and state controlled institutions of higher education; Federally recognized Native American tribal government, and non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Requires 100% matching funds.

Funding: Estimated total funding is $12,000,000.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: May 31, 2012

Grant is administered by the:Internal Revenue Service

  

Title: Tax Counseling for the Elderly

Description: The purpose of this grant opportunity is to aid agencies and organizations that provide training and technical assistance to volunteers who provide free tax counseling and assistance to elderly individuals, age 60 or older, in the preparation of their Federal income tax returns.

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and Federally recognized Native American tribal governments

Funding: 100 awards with an estimated total funding of $5,600,000

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: May 31, 2012

Grant is administered by the:Internal Revenue Service

 

Title: Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Description: The purpose of this award is to support projects that increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities that currently lack these options.

Eligibility: Must be a private, non-profit Community Development Corporations (CDC) with or without 501(c)(3) status, must demonstrate that the CDC has as a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community development activities; and the Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.

Funding: Estimated 35 awards and up to $27,000,000 in total awards.  Ceiling award of $800,000 per project period, award floor of $125,000 per project period, and an average projected award amount of $750,000 per project period.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: June 5, 2012

Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children and Families

 

Title: Promise Neighborhoods Program Planning Grant Competition CDFA 84.215P

Description: The purpose of this award is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities, by increasing the number of organizations involved in child and youth issues, building continuum of cradle-through-college-to-career solutions, integrating programs, developing local infrastructure, and learning further about the Promise Neighborhoods program.

Eligibility: Organizations that are representative of the geographic area proposed to be served; nonprofit organization that meets the definition of a nonprofit under 34 CFR 77.1(c), which may include a faith-based nonprofit organization, an institution of higher education as defined by section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, an Indian tribe; currently provides at least one of the solutions from the applicant’s proposed continuum of solutions in the geographic area proposed to be served; and Operates or proposes to work with and be involved in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school’s local education agency, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve.

Funding: Estimated 15 awards and $7,000,000 in total awards.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: Last day to submit Notice of Intent to Apply is July 27, 2012.

Grant is administered by the:U.S. Department of Education

 

Title: Obesity Policy Research: Evaluation and Measures

Description: 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. This grant opportunity encourages applicants 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).

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with or without 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to apply. The opportunity is also available to various governmental entities, local organizations, for-profit groups and small businesses. 

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: February 7, 2013

Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health

 

Title: Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series

Description: The purpose of this grant opportunity is to bring together academic institutions/organizations and community organizations to identify opportunities for addressing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The objectives of meetings conducted as part of this award will be to: (1) establish and/or enhance academic-community partnerships; (2) identify community-driven research priorities, and (3) develop long-term collaborative CBPR research agendas.

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with or without 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to apply. The opportunity is also available to various governmental entities, local organizations, for-profit groups and small businesses.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: October 17, 2014

Grant is administered by the:National Institutes of Health


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