Skip Navigation
  • Text Size: A A A
  • Print
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Print
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Tweet
  • Share

The Partnership Center Newsletter

Dear Partners,

In this newsletter, we highlight National Mental Health Awareness Month, demonstrating the connection between spirituality and health. Faith, community, and health leaders continue to recognize the importance of spirituality in meeting the needs of those suffering. For this reason, we are excited to provide you mental health-related resources recently created by our Center and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The Partnership Center also wants to share an exciting new resource from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is a clear, easy-to-understand guide to help individuals utilize their health insurance to get the primary care and preventive health services they need.

If you would like to learn more about health coverage and the health insurance marketplace, please join the Partnership Center’s webinars below for more help enrolling and taking advantage of your health insurance. Be sure to check out the grants listed below and grants.gov to find grants applicable to your work.

Finally, we hope you enjoy our new newsletter format as we continue to work to improve the way we communicate with our partners and leaders across the country. Another way to connect with us is on Twitter at @PartnersforGood. Through Twitter, we recently participated in a chat organized by @MinorityHealth about tools, resources and strategies to help overcome mental health disparities. To share your efforts related these important issues, please contact the HHS Partnership Center at Partnerships@hhs.gov or 202-358-3595.

Sincerely,

Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Acting Director
Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships,
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

=============

Table of Contents

=============

Featured Update: Addressing Spirituality and Health

By Kimberly Konkel

Health, sometimes called wellness, is much more than the absence of illness, disease or stress. At HHS, wellness incorporates 8 dimensions illustrated below.

8 Dimensions of Wellbeing

For some, religious beliefs and faith provide a source of wisdom or a narrative that can help retain a solution-focused approach and remain hopeful that healing will occur. For others, relationships formed in spiritual communities are deeply supportive. Hospital systems, doctors, and other health leaders are beginning to recognize the importance of spirituality in meeting the needs of those suffering by helping to create environments of trust, healing, and safety during times of physical or mental illness.

Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Kliewer, LPC, recently challenged modern medicine to consider how we understand wellness:

"Almost every concept of personhood--psychological, philosophical, or theological (spiritual)--affirms that the person is a multifaceted reality that is much more than the physical body. Integrating spirituality into treatment defines health as having three domains--suffering, function, and coherence. Suffering is the absence of health, function describes ability (or lack thereof), and coherence relates to inner peace. When working with a client to achieve outcomes, one must address all three factors: the illness itself, its impact on functionality, and the spiritual or existential framework the person embraces."

We invite you to join the National Call to Action for the Wellness of People with Mental Illness and Substance use Disorders. SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative aims to inspire individuals to improve their physical health behaviors while exploring their talents, skills, interests, social connections, and environment to incorporate other dimensions of wellness.

Join the signers of the Pledge for Wellness now!

Looking to put these ideas into practice in your own program? Explore the six steps to address spirituality in healthcare and SAMHSA's Wellness web pages to learn about the many dimensions of wellness and find wellness-related training and education materials for providers, consumers, and policymakers.

Kimberly Konkel is Associate Director for Health at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

=============

Articles and Updates

From Coverage to Care Health Literacy Tool Now Available

By Lisa Carr

Millions of people are newly insured as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The just-released From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You, is a tool to educate the newly insured on how to read their health insurance card, how to find a doctor, what they need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case of a health emergency. A glossary of key terms is provided as well as a personal health checklist. Read more about the From Coverage to Care initiative.

Lisa Carr is Associate Director at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives: A Working Document/Second Report

By Kimberly Konkel

As this is Mental Health month, we want to highlight this report on approaches to psychological trauma and toxic stress. Trauma and stress are near universal experiences and faith and community leaders who understand trauma can better respond to its impact on individuals and communities. This groundbreaking report by the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems, and documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices—one of the largest interagency collaborations in federal government history. Download the report here.

Kimberly Konkel is Associate Director for Health at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

National Prevention Council 2014 Report

By Heidi Christensen

Three years ago the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council released the first-ever National Prevention Strategy to refocus our nation on prevention and wellness and increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The achievements listed in this Annual Status Report—delivered to the President and members of Congress (and posted online) on July 1, 2014—demonstrate the Nation’s progress and highlight the collective impact of the federal government and its partners to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. The National Prevention Strategy has created a framework for health providers and communities across the country to better align their community programs with the evidence-based strategic priorities and directions it contains. Download the report here.

Heidi Christensen is Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Graphic showing National Prevention Strategy strategic directions and priorities


Healthy Parks, Healthy People Community Engagement Guide

By Kimberly Konkel

The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association, has just released the Healthy Parks Healthy People Community Engagement eGuide--the first in a digital series to chronicle and share the development of Healthy Parks Healthy People programs in parks and communities across the country. The guide adds to the Trauma-Informed Congregation movement toolbox by reminding families and community and faith-based organizations that outdoor play and recreation are an essential part of mental and physical well-being. This edition shares how parks and partners are engaging diverse audiences and new stakeholders to promote parks as places for healthy living. You can find the eGuide here, or download it directly.

Kimberly Konkel is Associate Director for Health at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
 

Mental Health Resources for Faith-based and Community Leaders

By Pamela S. Hyde

Faith and community leaders play a critical role in increasing understanding and awareness of mental health in their communities which makes it easier for persons to seek help when needed. When individuals and families are facing mental health problems, they often turn to trusted members of their community for help.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and The Partnership Center are proud to announce two new publications that help guide faith-based and community leaders in responding to the mental health needs of their communities: Information for Faith-Based and Community Leaders, Talking Points for Faith-Based Communities and Everyone Can Play a Role in the Conversation about Mental Health, Faith-Based Organizations Fact Sheet. These publications can help communities and congregations increase understanding and awareness of mental health, encouraging individuals experiencing mental health problems to seek help, and helping to build resilience and well-being in individuals and communities. Visit http://www.samhsa.gov/communityconversations to access these and other publications.

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. is Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

=============

Webinars 

To connect you with the ongoing work of HHS and the HHS Partnership Center, here are a number of upcoming webinars. You can learn about the health care law and a number of other topics that might be of interest. All webinars are open to the public and many include a question and answer session.
 

It Takes Faith: Addressing Tobacco Use within the Faith Community

Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 1:00pm EDT Register Here

Tuesday, July 29, 2014; 7:00pm EDT Register Here

Faiths United Against Tobacco and the Centers for Disease Control – Office on Smoking and Health invite you to a webinar on the importance of addressing tobacco use with your members. The webinar will feature the CDC national tobacco education campaign – Tips From Former Smokers. You will learn about the campaign and new resources especially designed for faith leaders and their communities. You will also hear how Faiths United Against Tobacco engages and motivates communities to adopt healthier lifestyles.

 

Health Insurance Marketplace 101:

How to Enroll in Health Insurance and What to Do Once You Have It

Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 1:00pm EDT Click here to register.

Many people do not have health insurance and want to know when and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Others now have health insurance but may not know how to use it.

This webinar and conference call will explain how and when to enroll in the health insurance marketplace--either during the special enrollment period or during open enrollment. We will also discuss how to use your health insurance once you have it. We will cover how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Please email ACA101@hhs.gov by August 6 at Noon ET with any questions.

To Join By Phone Only: Dial (914) 339-0033; Use Access Code: 699-549-713; Enter the # key for the Pin Number.


Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT Click here to register.

Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar and conference call will discuss how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know in making an appointment and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. We will highlight the Coverage to Care materials on health insurance literacy during the webinar. Please send your questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to August 11 at Noon ET.

To Join By Phone Only: Dial (914) 339-0033; Use Access Code: 699-549-713; Enter the # key for the Pin Number.
 

EatPlayGrow

Monday, September 15, 12-1:30pm EDT. Click here to register.

EatPlayGrow™ is an early childhood health curriculum developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH’s) We Can! program. EatPlayGrow combines the most up-to-date science from the NIH with CMOM's creative educational approach to teach young children and their parents how to make healthy nutritional and physical activity choices.

The EatPlayGrow webinar training series is presented by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and co-hosted by Let’s Move Faith & Communities, Let’s Move! Child Care and Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens.

=============

Grant Opportunities

Affordable Care Act New Access Point Grants

This announcement solicits applications for New Access Point (NAP) grants under the Health Center Program. The FOA details the eligibility requirements, review criteria, and awarding factors for organizations seeking a grant for operational support under the Health Center Program. The purpose of this Health Center Program grant is to support NAPs for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations. NAPs will increase access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services and improve the health status of underserved and vulnerable populations in the area to be served. Health Center Program grants support a variety of community-based and patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that serve an increasing number of the Nation’s underserved. Individually, each health center plays an important role in the goal of ensuring access to services, and combined, they have had a critical impact on the health care status of medically underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the United States and its territories. Targeting the Nation’s neediest populations and geographic areas, the Health Center Program currently funds 1,280 health centers that operate more than 9,300 service delivery sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. In 2012, more than 21 million patients, including medically underserved and uninsured patients, received comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services through the Health Center Program. Click here for the full announcement.

Last Day to Apply: August 20, 2014

Grant Administered by: Health Resources & Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services


Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators Program

The purpose of the Public and Indian Housing Resident Opportunity and Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Service Coordinators (ROSS-SC) program is to provide grants to public housing agencies (PHAs), tribes/Tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs), Resident Associations (RAs) and tax-exempt nonprofit organizations (including grassroots, faith-based and other community-based organizations) for the provision of a Service Coordinator to coordinate supportive services and other activities designed to help Public and Indian Housing residents attain economic and housing self-sufficiency. This program works to promote the development of local strategies to coordinate the use of assistance under the Public Housing program with public and private resources, for supportive services and resident empowerment activities. These services should enable participating families to increase earned income, reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance, make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency or, in the case of elderly or disabled residents, help improve living conditions and enable residents to age in-place. A Service Coordinator ensures that program participants are linked to the supportive services they need to achieve self-sufficiency or remain independent. Click here for the full announcement.

Application Deadline: Aug 18, 2014

Grant Administered by: Department of Housing and Urban Development
 

Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Grant Competition

The SIF Pay for Success Grants Competition (“PFS Competition”) seeks to advance and evaluate emerging models that align payment for social services with verified social outcomes. Consistent with the broader mission of the SIF, the PFS Competition intends to encourage the implementation of PFS projects in order to enhance the reach and impact of innovative community-based solutions in low-income communities. Grantees must match the grant funds they receive one-to-one in cash from with non-federal sources and in services provided. Click here for the full announcement.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2014

Grant Administered by: Corporation for National and Community Service


Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program

This announcement solicits applications for the Ryan White Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program. Part A funds provide direct financial assistance to an eligible metropolitan area (EMA) or a transitional grant area (TGA) that has been severely affected by the HIV epidemic. Grants assist eligible program areas in developing or enhancing access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality, community-based care for low-income individuals and families with HIV through the provision of formula, supplemental, and Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) funds. A comprehensive continuum of care includes the 13 core medical services specified in law, and appropriate support services that assist people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWH) in accessing treatment for HIV/AIDS infection that is consistent with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Treatment Guidelines. Click here for the full grant announcement.

Application Deadline: Sep 19, 2014

Grant Administered By: Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services,

Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the competing applications will be accepted for cooperative agreements to administer the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program.

ORR/DCS provides temporary shelter care and other related services to UACs in ORR custody. Shelter care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Shelter care and other related services are provided by State-licensed residential shelter care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC’s age and special needs. The majority of UAC are expected to remain in ORR custody between 30-35 days, but some will have a longer or shorter length of stay.

ORR is announcing this funding opportunity to seek residential care providers. Care providers must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children, including a program operating group homes, foster homes, or facilities for special needs minors. Click here for the full announcement. Click here for the full announcement.

Last Day to Apply: August 5, 2014

Administered By: The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS),Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services

Assets for Independence Demonstration Program

The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces that competing applications will be accepted for grants to administer projects for the national Assets for Independence (AFI) of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). The projects will provide IDAs and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. A primary feature of each AFI project is that participants save earned income in an IDA to purchase a home, capitalize or expand a business for self-employment, or attend postsecondary education or training. Projects also ensure that participants have access to financial education training and coaching, including family budgeting, debt and credit counseling, using mainstream financial products, and accessing refundable tax credits. As a condition of their federal AFI grant, grantees must provide non-federal funds to support their AFI project in an amount at least equal to the Federal AFI grant amount. This is a standing announcement. For the next three Fiscal Years (2014, 2015, 2016), there will be multiple application due dates during each year. The due dates are as follows: FY 2014: 05/07/2014 and 07/14/2014 FY 2015: 10/27/2014 and 04/20/2015 FY 2016: 10/19/2015 and 04/18/2016. Click here for the full announcement.

Last Day to Apply: April 18, 2016

Administered by: Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

To explore more grant opportunities, please visit Grants.gov.