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The Partnership Center Newsletter

May 13, 2011 Edition

Dear Partners:

In America today, women are doctors and lawyers, police officers and firefighters and serve bravely in our nations military. However, many women are not receiving the healthcare they need or have been discriminated against, simply for being a woman.

Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage to women for having pre-existing conditions such as cancer or having been pregnant. In 2014, it will be illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against anyone with a pre-existing condition, or charge women higher premiums than they charge men.

To recognize the importance of women’s health, we are celebrating women’s health week, which encourages women to make their health a top priority. The theme for 2011 is “It's Your Time.”  Women are encouraged to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases.

We call on faith and community leaders to remind women to schedule their annual checkups and talk to their health care providers about important health screenings, many of which will be free of charge because of the Affordable Care Act.

Our office can connect you with a number of programs through the Department of Health and Human Services, which are geared towards promoting women’s health. Please feel free to contact our office at Partnerships@hhs.gov or 202-358-3595 to learn more about the ways women can seek assistance for themselves and their families.

Sincerely,

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


Featured Update

Let’s Move! Faith and Communities

As trusted community leaders, faith-based and neighborhood organizations are key partners in solving the problems that lead to obesity and addressing related issues of hunger. Our office in conjunction with the Office of the First Lady and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently launched the Let’s Move! Faith and Communities website:

www.hhs.gov/partnerships/letsmove

Faith-based and community leaders now have a single site to engage in Let’s Move! and involve their communities in the challenge to reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

Over the next year, we hope you will consider joining Let’s Move Faith and Communities as organizations around the country get active to meet one or more of these challenges:

  • Walk a total of three million miles
  • Complete 500,000 Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards (PALAs) or establish new exercise programs at congregations or organizations
  • Host 10,000 community gardens, farmers markets, or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) clubs at congregations or community organizations
  • Host 1,000 new Summer Food Service Program sites at congregations or neighborhood organizations.

To learn more and sign up as a partner, please email partnerships@hhs.gov or call (202) 358-3595.

 


Latest News

Connecting Communities for the
Common Good

Connecting Communities for the Common Good

Before taking the stage to officially open the Connecting Communities for the Common Good conference in Philadelphia, I climbed a towering escalator passing priests, rabbis, imams, bishops and various other faith leaders as I made my way to the main ballroom. It was an amazing sight to see 500 faith and community leaders from across the Delaware Valley join leaders from the White House, the 13 federal agency Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, local officials, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the federal government.

Philadelphia was the kick off location for our interactive series of Connecting Communities for the Common Good conferences around the country and brought together a diverse audience who shared the common goal of wanting to better serve their communities. By partnering with faith and community leaders in their own hometowns, we are able to deliver tools and information directly to those local organizations doing critical work on the ground to support those in need.

Read More >>>

 


New Assistance for People on Medicare and Medicaid

Among the most chronically ill in our country are the 9.2 million people who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, called “dual eligibles.”  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that they have new initiatives to help people who are eligible for both programs. CMS is helping states meet the complex and expensive needs of these beneficiaries by awarding grants to select states to create new integrated care models, creating a technical assistance center for states and launching an initiative to align Medicare and Medicaid.  CMS is looking forward to having more clear information available to those dually eligible.

For more information on this announcement please Click here.

 


Join the President’s Fatherhood and
Mentoring Initiative

Fatherhood.gov banner

Being a dad is one of the most important jobs any man can have.  As the father of two young girls and someone who grew up without his dad in the home, President Obama knows firsthand the power of a father’s presence in the lives of his children – and the holes dads leave when they are absent.  

That’s why he launched the President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.  Its goal: to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for other children in their lives and communities.

Joining the Initiative is just one way to show that you will do your part to be a positive and supportive figure in the lives of children to help them reach their full potential.

Join the Presidents’ Fatherhood Initiative by signing up at: www.fatherhood.gov/initiative

En Español -www.fatherhood.gov/iniciativa

What do you get when you sign up?

  • Information on local and national events that support fatherhood and mentorship
  • Links to exceptional fatherhood and mentoring resources
  • Access to unique content

Join now to be invited to a conference call on May 18th, exclusively for those that joined the Administration in this effort.  The conference call will include Senior White House officials and leading figures from around the country sharing their views on fatherhood.

 


Upcoming Events

May 18, 3:30pm EST: First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Call with Faith and Community Leaders on “Joining Forces” Military Family Initiative.  A special conference call for faith and community leaders to discuss the “Joining Forces” military family initiative! Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. You don’t need to be an expert on military family issues to make a difference. Everyone can do something. Connect your strengths and assets to help support military families.

Call-in information to be announced

For more information or to confirm your attendance, please email whpartnerships@who.eop.gov

 

 

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.

 Grants Listings

Administration for Children and Families

 

Grants Listings

NewTitle:Special Improvement Project (SIP) -- Projects to Address the Economic Downturn on IV-D Operations
Description: Submit competitive grant applications for Special Improvement Projects (SIP) to develop creative strategies and processes to operate programs more effectively and efficiently in order to address their immediate needs during the economic downturn and advance longer-term structural changes.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to three awards with funding up to $100,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 29, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Partnership with Child Support Services to Develop Workforce Strategies and Economic Sustainability
Description: Develop workforce-related partnerships that would provide for job search, transitional and subsidized jobs, support services, job placement and job advancement assistance for non-custodial parents.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to six awards, with funding ranging from $35,000 to $55,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Project to Test a Predesigned Data Warehouse Model
Description: This grant would fund a state to analyze, prototype or test the integration of the data warehouse with the state CSE system.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to State governments.
Funding: One award, with funding ranging from $80,000 to $100,000.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Partnership to Strengthen Families: Child Support Enforcement and University Partnerships
Description: State child support agencies may propose projects in which they partner with a university or that involve a university and one or more agencies (such as TANF, child welfare, workforce, behavioral health, community colleges).
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to State governments.
Funding: Up to three awards, with funding ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 27, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Street Outreach Program
Description: These projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of getting them off the streets.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to twenty-one awards, with funding up to $200,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 24, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Basic Center Program
Description: FYSB administers the Basic Center Program (BCP) funding to the organizations and shelters that serve and protect runaway, homeless, and street youth.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to 107 awards, with funding up to $200,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 24, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children & Families

NewTitle:Strengthen and Improve the Nation’s Environmental Public Health Capacity through National, Non-Profit, Professional Public Health Organizations to Incorporate Health in All Policies
Description: Promote Environmental Public Health by educating decision-makers, key stakeholders, and the community.
Eligibility:  This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including faith-based and community organizations.
Funding: Up to four awards, with funding up to $200,000 each.
Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT 
Last Day to Apply: June 16, 2011 
Grant is administered by the:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Administration for Children and Families

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

 

Department of Justice

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: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)