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The Partnership Center Newsletter

June 14, 2012 Edition

Dear Partners:

Greetings! As we approach summer, I want to highlight a special invitation to you to join us for an upcoming webinar/conference call onJune 21st about the Administration for Children and Families’ new Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. The ACF team that works closely with faith and community organizations across the country has developed this guide, and they will join the call to provide an overview of this new guide. Our Upcoming Events section below lists additional conference calls for faith and community leaders on the benefits and provisions of the health care reform law.

This spring, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unveiled MyCare, which helps American understand the new programs, benefits and rights under the health care law. For more information, please visit www.healthcare.gov/mycare. HHS also recently launched a new website, www.alzheimers.gov, which offers resources about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The website provides information about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, treatment options and support services.

And just last week, HHS announced additional grant funding that local non-profit organizations contracted by a state are eligible to receive. An additional $30 million in Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) grant funds will allow states to continue to establish programs that help consumers navigate the health insurance market. Please see our Featured Update below for more information.

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

White House Symposium on Elder Abuse on June 14th

To commemorate the 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the White House Office of Public Engagement, in collaboration with federal partners from the Administration for Community Living/Department of Health and Human Services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Justice, is hosting a day-long symposium on June 14, 2012. The event will highlight the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The day will be divided into four sessions to be webcast live on the White House website (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live). The day will feature speakers from the federal government, national banking institutions and leading elder abuse experts from around the country. As part the focus on this issue and the Awareness Day, please consider hosting a “Watch Party” to broadcast any of the four sessions: 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. (Opening Session); 9:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (Panel on Prevention of Financial Exploitation); 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. (Panel on Responses to Financial Exploitation); and 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (Closing Session). You can also ask the panelists questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat.

 


Strong Start

Strong Start, an initiative launched in February by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), aims to improve birth outcomes and reduce the risk of significant complications and long-term health problems for both expectant mothers and newborns. Working in partnership with several organizations, including March of Dimes and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, CMS recently launched a toolkit to provide action-oriented resources for health care providers and community-based organizations to utilize in helping expectant mothers get safe, evidence-based care, and improve their newborn’s chances for good physical and developmental health.

Two strategies are employed to meet the goals of Strong Start:

1. Building on the work of the Partnership for Patients, test ways to speed the adoption of best practices and support providers in reducing early elective deliveries. CMS will partner with private organizations to increase current public awareness efforts and develop new ones.

2. Testing the effectiveness of three enhanced prenatal care approaches to reduce preterm births for women covered by Medicaid who are at risk for preterm births.

To that end, the online toolkit connects providers, consumers, patients, and community-based organizations with resources that will advance these goals. The toolkit offers opportunities to learn more about Strong Start, including expert advice for doctors, resources from organizations that promote maternal and infant health, and ideas for spreading the word about this critical issue. To learn more, view the toolkit here.

 


Alzheimers.gov

HHS recently launched a new website, www.alzheimers.gov, which offers free information and resources about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Click here for links to authoritative, up-to-date information from agencies and organizations with expertise in these areas.

  


HHS Announces $30 Million in Consumer Assistance Program Grants

On June 7th, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that an additional $30 million in Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) Grants will be issued to state-based consumer assistance programs. CAP grant funds will allow states to continue to establish programs that help consumers navigate the health insurance market. State agencies and local non-profits contracted by a state are eligible for these new grants, including those that received resources from the initial round of CAP grants.

This announcement follows a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that state programs funded by the initial round of CAP grants, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, have already provided direct assistance to over 200,000 consumers. In addition, these programs have recovered more than $8 million in direct savings for consumers. Over 75% of all cases closed by Consumer Assistance Programs were resolved in favor of the consumer.

This new round of grants will allow states to continue state-based programs that assist consumers with finding health coverage and will help states to educate consumers on their rights and protections with regard to health insurance.

Click here for more information on how to apply for the Consumer Assistance Program Grants.

Click here to read the full CMS report on Consumer Assistance Program Grants.

Click here for information on Consumer Assistance Programs.

Lastly, click here for information on Consumer Assistance Programs in your state.

 


MyCare: Helps Health Care Consumers
Understand Benefits and Rights

MyCare is an initiative to educate Americans about new programs, benefits and rights under the health care law. People across the country are encouraged to share their own stories by using the Twitter hashtag #MyCare or visiting facebook.com/HealthCareGov.

“When I travel across the country, I hear stories of hard-working people struggling with the health care system, being denied care when they need it most, making choices between paying the mortgage or filling their prescription drugs, and dealing with the anxiety of problems that no family should have to face,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The law eases this stress and helps put the power back into the hands of consumers instead of insurance companies.”

The health care law, the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law two years ago on March 23, 2010.  The law prohibits insurance companies from dropping coverage when people get sick through a practice called “rescission”, annual or lifetime limits, and, in 2014, will guarantee health insurance for all Americans including anyone with a pre-existing condition.  Insurance companies are also required to cover preventive care like mammograms and other cancer screenings.

Click here to watch the promotional video here.

For more information, visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/mycare.

 


“Together We Can” Partnership Series

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hosting conference calls and webinars to launch the new “Together We Can” Partnership Series for community and faith-based organizations. This webinar program will share opportunities to collaborate with USDA to help those in need in your community. It will equip organizations with introductory knowledge, best practices, and contact information to help your organization understand and access USDA nutrition assistance programs. 

USDA would like you to invite you and your colleagues to these one-hour training sessions covering topics such as providing summer meals, teaching nutrition education, and building local food systems. You can attend all of the sessions, or join the ones most relevant to your organization and community. We encourage you to share this invitation with others!

Webinar Schedule:

  1.  Together We Can Put Healthy and Affordable Food on the Table – Wednesday, June 20th at 2pm EDT
  2.  Together We Can Teach About Nutritious Cooking and Eating – Wednesday, July 25th at 2pm EDT
  3.  Together We Can Build Local and Regional Food Systems – Wednesday, August 29th at 2pm EDT
  4.  Together We Can Feed Kids After School – Wednesday, September 26th at 2pm EDT
  5. Together We Can Build our Partnership: More Opportunities to work with USDA – Wednesday, October 31st at 2pm EDT

Webinar Participation and Registration:

These sessions will be available via Microsoft Office LiveMeeting (Webinar) and are free of charge for all participants.  You will need access to a phone line and a computer with internet access to participate.  Please note that you must register for the webinar to receive additional information. Click here for more information about the series and registration.

  

Upcoming Events


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.

June 14 at 3:30 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 (in English)

June 19 at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish)

June 21 at 4:00 pm ET – Tour of www.HealthCare.gov

July 19 at 12:30 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 (in English)

July 24 at 2:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law 101 (in Spanish)


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

On Thursday, June 21st from 1-2pm Eastern, the HHS Partnership Center and the Administration for Children and Families will co-host a webinar/conference call for faith and community leaders on ACF’s new Guide to Resources and Funding for Community and Faith-based Organizations. The guide offers an overview of the wide range of programs and resources provided by ACF, 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.

To participate via webinar,click here.

To participate via conference call, pleaseRSVP here, and dial1-877-568-4108 with Access Code 338-508-387 to join.


AIDS.gov Webinar/Conference Call

On Tuesday, June 26th from 2-3pm Eastern, AIDS.gov will host a webinar/conference call for federal staff, grantees, and stakeholders working with domestic HIV/AIDS programs. The event will provide an update on the state of HIV/AIDS in the U.S with some of the U.S. Government's leading voices on HIV/AIDS. Speakers will discuss the status of global and domestic HIV testing as a tool to move towards an AIDS-free generation. To participate, register here by June 22nd.

Questions can be submitted in advance using the hashtag #NHTDwebinar on Twitter. During the event, participants will be encouraged to ask questions via phone. Space is limited. Registrants will be joined on a first-come, first-served basis. A podcast and transcript will be available on www.AIDS.gov. If you have logistical questions, please email contact@AIDS.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 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: Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants

Description: The purpose of this award aims to increase the number of social workers and psychologists who pursue clinical work with high-need and high-demand populations. The program hopes to (1) recruit new students interested in pursuing a clinical concentration with identified special populations, (2) develop and implement interprofessional training, (3) add to existing, expand and/or foster the development of new pre-degree internship slots for PhD/PsyD psychology students or field placements for MSW students, and (4) provide stipend support for students for the required field placement or pre-degree internship requirements.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are accredited schools and programs of social work, and accredited doctoral psychology schools, programs and pre-degree internship organizations (public and private nonprofit). Applicants for the social work program must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Psychology schools, programs, and internship organizations must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Applicants must provide the appropriate documentation of accreditation with their application.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: June 22, 2012

Grant is administered by the:The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Title: National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Category II, Treatment and Services Adaptation 

Description: The purpose of this award aims at improving treatment and services for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events. The grants also promote greater access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services for children and adolescents and help support the specialized adaptation of effective treatment and service approaches for communities across the nation.

Eligibility: Domestic public and private nonprofit entities. State and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, community- and faith-based organizations.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: June 26, 2012

Grant is administered by the:The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Title:Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes

Description: The purpose of this award is to aid entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless or street youth as required by the RHY Act. Eligible applicants will need to describe how they sufficiently demonstrate having prior experience in providing services to runaway, homeless or street youth.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities including States, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities. State and local governments, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes and tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, community- and faith-based organizations.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last Day to Apply: July 10, 2012

 

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