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The Partnership Center Newsletter

June 21, 2013 Edition

In this issue, you will find…


Dear Partners:

This past Friday, President Obama hosted aFather’s Day luncheon in the State Dining Room to celebrate the importance of strong families and mentorship. The event served as an opportunity to continue the national conversation that the President started early in his first term around the vital role fathers have in their families and their communities.

These efforts underscore the President’s proposal to build ladders of opportunity for America’s children and families. This includes supporting the critical role fathers play in enhancing the intellectual, emotional and financial well-being of their sons and daughters, and the key function mentors play in their communities. The President discussed these important roles in his Weekly Address for Father’s Day 2013.

These events built on the President’s remarks in recent months drawing attention to the importance of fatherhood. One of my favorite moments occurred in May as the President visited the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, MD. He sat at a roundtable with folks who had been struggling to get jobs – some with criminal backgrounds – as well as the employers who eventually hired them. President Obama encouraged the men to transmit the lessons they’ve learned to their children, telling them, “For your sons to see you taking this path, that’s going to make all the difference in the world.” The President also spoke about the importance of fathers in his 2013 State of the Union Address, saying, “What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.”

As part of the President’s commitment to strengthen fatherhood and marriage, federal agencies and national partners are adding new material and continuing existing efforts:

  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development has engaged in a nationwide public engagement campaign through its Reconnecting Families and Dads initiative. Last year, over 35,000 parents and children participated in Father’s Day activities.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services continues its leadership in these efforts through a myriad of programs and efforts:
    • Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Deputy Secretary Bill Corr and Director of HHS External Affairs Anton Gunn highlighted the importance of fathers taking control of their health so that they are around for a lifetime of quality time with their kids. Beginning October 1, 2013, individuals and small businesses will be able to visit a Health Insurance Marketplace to compare health coverage options and choose the plan that best fits their needs and wallets.
    • Head Start and Early Head Start programs are bolstering resources and training as part of their Father Engagement Week for creating father-friendly programs to make it easier for men to engage in their children’s lives.
    • The Office of Adolescent Health developed an e-learning module that provides an overview of important insights and data on the unique and irreplaceable role that fathers (including teen fathers) play in the well-being of their children.
    • As the President laid out in the State of the Union and his budget, we will continue to reform our child support program so that it works better for families and fathers, including by getting more men working and engaged with their children.
    • Programs within the Administration for Children and Families continue to connect dads to jobs, trainings, and other resources.
    • HHS is expanding Fatherhood Buzz into more communities by partnering with more fatherhood programs to promote responsible fatherhood and provide community resources through barbershops across the country.

I invite you to continue to follow this work beyond Father’s Day as we focus on the theme of promoting quality time for families and fathers. Blog posts that provide more information about these efforts are going up daily on Fatherhood.gov, including resources and information about how you can support fatherhood in your local community.

While many of these programs and efforts reflect years of work and hours of tireless effort in local communities with men from many different backgrounds and experiences, my work and engagement in this space started on the 100th Anniversary of Father’s Day in the East Room of the White House. At that event, I had my first opportunity to hear about the crisis of father absence in many families.

From the President, I learned how one in three children are likely growing up without their father actively involved in their lives. I learned about the risk factors this absence introduces into their lives. I learned from the President himself how that absence left a gap in his own life that he feels to this day. But I also heard stories from the President and Vice President Biden about the power that being a father has played in their own lives.

Today, as I write to you, my eyes keep turning to a picture of two beautiful daughters who have come into my life since I started working on issues relating to fatherhood. In my own “personal fatherhood initiative” – co-directed by my wife Kristin – I have the pleasure of seeing “lights” come on. It is the joy of love and trust that lights up my daughters’ eyes when I arrive home each day. It is a light that I believe can be found in more eyes in every family of every type and every community. Every new light is worth the work.

Sincerely,

Ben O'Dell, Associate Director
Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Featured Update:
Working with Faith and Community Leaders to Help Families Live Healthier and More Active Lives

 

by Melissa McGowan, M.H.S., CHES

This year, Let’s Move Faith & Communities is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition)® program! As a result of this collaboration, faith and community leaders can join online trainings and learn how to use We Can! materials and resources to help families help children maintain a healthy weight.

We Can! is a national education program designed to provide families, caregivers and communities the science-based tips, tools and strategies that they can use to help children eat right, move more and reduce screen time.

The response to the trainings has been fantastic!

To date, theWe Can!  team has held six two-hour, webinar-based trainings on We Can!’s core programs – the Energize our FamiliesParent Program and Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active®.  Two of the recent trainings were co-hosted by Let’s Move Faith and Communities partners, the Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries and the National Episcopal Health Ministries. Let’s Move! and We Can! are grateful for their support.

Hundreds of participants have learned about the program’s hands-on tips to help families understand how portion sizes have grown in the last few decades, the importance of helping kids get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day, how to read and interpret nutrition labels and how to make some small substitutions to make recipes healthier. These are just a few of the topics covered in the trainings and in the We Can! programs. In addition, We Can! provides completion certificates (upon request) for individuals who attend a training.

If you’re interested in joining a webinar training but haven’t been able to do so just yet, it’s not too late! There are several more webinars planned throughout the summer. To register for a webinar, click on one of the dates below:

 

Webinars on "Energize Our Families Parent Program"

 

Webinars on "Media-Smart Youth"

 

A full list of upcoming webinar trainings can also be found at the Partnership Center’s website.

Still wondering if time spent on these trainings will be valuable? Here are some testimonials from previous participants:

  • “Thank you all SO much for the wonderful webinar presentation…Folks really took away a lot from that, and I think a lot of new ideas were generated.”
  • “Thank you so much for the informative webinar last evening…Your community health program & resources for youth, kids & families is exceptional in creativity, common sense, knowledge as power to make good choices, & its flexibility to any & all genres.”
  • “I really enjoyed the presentation and hope to be able to start a program in the near future.”
  • “Thank you so much for the wonderful training your organization provided yesterday. I am really excited and looking forward to using what I learned.”

We hope to see you online soon!

Melissa McGowan, M.H.S., CHES is a Public Health Advisor with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Upcoming Events


Interactive Webinars on the Health Care Law

The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session.

To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. Please click on the title of the webinar and fill out the registration form. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact us at ACA101@hhs.gov  if you have problems registering or if you have any questions about the health care law.

 

National Webinars

July 11, 2:00 p.m. ET – The Health Care Law: Health Insurance Marketplace 101

A presentation on the main provisions in the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions.

 

August 7 at 3:00 pm ET – The Health Care Law: Health Insurance Marketplace 101

A presentation on the main provisions in the health care law (the Affordable Care Act) and how to access care in your community. Topics include the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in health insurance, and how to receive updates on implementation of the law. A brief question and answer session will provide answers to commonly asked questions.


Empowering America's Grassroots

Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.

When funding is available and an agency is ready to accept applications, the agency will issue an official notice, known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will be available on how to apply. 


As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits 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: FY 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement for Reception and Placement Program

Description: The purpose of the R&P Program is to promote the successful reception and placement of all persons who are admitted to the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. For the purpose of this announcement, “refugee” is defined as a person admitted to the United States under section 207(c) of the INA, as amended, or a person to whom eligibility for the resettlement assistance available to individuals admitted under section 207(c) has been extended by statute.

Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education.

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: July 1, 2013

Grant administered by the:U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration

 

Title: Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

Description: Through the Community Economic Development program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), the Office of Community Services (OCS) seeks to fund projects that will implement innovative strategies for eliminating food deserts while achieving sustainable employment and business opportunities for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals whose income level does not exceed 125 percent of the Federal poverty level

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: July 2, 2013

Grant administered by the:Office of Community Services

 

Title:Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)

Description: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) supports economic development in Native American communities through the provision of discretionary grants to tribal governments and native-serving nonprofit organizations. The current economic climate ANA has increased focus on developing employment opportunities and business creation in native communities, resulting in this special funding initiative to promote Sustainable Employment & Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS). One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives. In pursuit of this goal, four priorities that ANA will promote through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) professional training and skill development that increases participants; employability and earning potential; 3) creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the native communities being served.

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations representing American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible applicants under this announcement. A full listing of eligible entities is available in the funding opportunity announcement. 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: July 15, 2013

Grant is administered by the:Administration for Native Americans

 

Title: Basic Center Program

Description: The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF), Administration on Children, Youth and Families' (ACYF), Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) will award funding for the Basic Center Program (BCP). The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. Most basic centers can provide 21 days of shelter for up to 20 youth at a time. There are exceptions for jurisdictions that have different standards for licensing. Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: July 22, 2013

Grant administered by the:Administration on Children, Youth and Families

 

Title: National Resource Mentoring Program

Description: The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) supports a wide range of mentoring initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency. Under this solicitation, the successful applicant will develop the OJJDP National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC), which will provide comprehensive mentoring resource, reference, and training materials and advance the implementation of evidence- and research-based mentoring practices. NMRC’s goal is to enhance the capacity of mentoring organizations to develop, implement, and expand effective mentoring practices.

Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c) (3) status with the IRS

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: July 22, 2013

Grant administered by the:U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

 

Title: Planning Grants to Develop a Model Intervention for Youth/Young Adults With Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness

Description: These 2-year planning grants are expected to build the capacity of child welfare systems to prevent long-term homelessness among the most at-risk youth/young adults with child welfare involvement. Using the Intervention Model developed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, these planning grants will allow grantees during the planning grant to develop, refine, and test the core components of the intervention model. The core activities developed are expected to produce outcomes in the area of: stable housing, permanent connections, education/employment, and social-emotional well-being. There are three engagement points for the intervention model: 1) youth in child welfare who are the most at-risk of homelessness; 2) youth aging out of foster care; and 3) youth/young adults who are homeless and were involved with child welfare.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: July 22, 2013

Grant administered by the:Administration on Children, Youth and Families

 

Title: National Human Trafficking Hotline, Training, and Technical Assistance Program

Description: The purpose of the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Training and Technical Assistance Program is to increase the identification and protection of victims in the United States, provide service referrals for victims, pass on tips to law enforcement agents, and provide information on human trafficking. This purpose is achieved through the following: Operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), a 24/7 U.S. national telephone hotline; Implementing the NHTRC website which shall be used to offer anti-trafficking resources and opportunities for training; and Providing distance consultation, technical assistance, and in-person and web-based training to anti-trafficking stakeholders. ORR is seeking applicants that will present the applicant organization's expert capacity and its project period plans to operate the NHTRC Hotline and to provide anti-trafficking training and technical assistance.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: July 30, 2013

Grant administered by the:Office of Refugee Resettlement 

 

Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grants: Culturally Specific Trauma Services for Families Impacted by Domestic Violence

Description: The intent of this Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grant Program is to build and sustain organizational capacity in delivering trauma-informed, developmentally sensitive, culturally relevant services for children, individuals, and families affected by domestic violence (DV), dating violence, family violence, and other traumas. This discretionary grant program will build and expand upon the progress of culturally-specific and community-based domestic violence programs in reducing the pervasive and harmful impact of violence and trauma by implementing culturally relevant trauma-informed, evidence-informed, or evidence-based interventions for individuals and families who are from diverse and historically marginalized communities.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: August 12, 2013

Grant administered by the:Administration on Children, Youth and Families

 

Title: Runaway and Homeless Youth Capacity Building for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Questioning Youth Populations

Description: The purpose of this grant is to build capacity of Transitional Living Programs (TLPs) to serve youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) who are experiencing homelessness and who are disproportionately affected by homelessness than their heterosexual counterparts. Efforts may include identifying innovative LGBTQ specific intervention strategies, determining culturally appropriate screening and assessment tools, learning of services and systems of support that respond to the needs of the LGBTQ youth, pinpointing the gaps in services, and better understanding the needs of LGBTQ youth served by RHY agencies. The successful applicant will be expected to: Establish an Advisory Committee, Enhance the community building process, Attend the annual RHY training conference, Conduct a comprehensive literature review, Conduct a needs assessment, Identify experts and resources, and evidence-based or promising practices/interventions for LGBTQ homeless youth, Identify reliable and valid screening and assessment tools for this population, Identify research and critical issues, gaps in services, and training needs, Provide recommendations and develop strategies to address the unique needs of homeless LGBTQ youth, and Develop a dissemination plan and develop products (e.g., findings brief, resource manual, fact sheets) for disseminating key findings and lessons learned to various stakeholder audiences.

Eligibility: Nonprofits, Faith-based organizations, Community-based organizations

Link to Full Announcement:Link to Full Announcement

Last day to Apply: August 13, 2013

Grant administered by the:Administration on Children, Youth and Families

 

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, 2013

Grant administered by the:Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development