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The Partnership Center Newsletter

December 20, 2011 Edition

Dear Partners:

Happy holidays from the HHS Partnership Center!

As we reflect on the past year, we want to thank you for all your work in 2011 to ensure the health and well-being of your community. Across the country, through health ministries, outreach programs, education and other creative efforts, you connect people to health care and help them reach their potential. You are often the link between the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach members of your community and the health services they need. Every day, in every corner of this country, your programs are transforming people’s lives.

Our team here at HHS works hard to facilitate the invaluable partnerships with faith and community-based groups that support community wellness. We are always looking to strengthen our connections with you to help you serve your communities. Please feel free to call us at 202-358-3595 or email us at to let us know how we can support your work.

Please be on the lookout for more updates from us in the New Year. In the meantime, stay connected with our efforts at the HHS Partnership Center website, We wish you and your community a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.



Mara Vanderslice Kelly, Acting Director

Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services


Featured Update – 2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Coverage
Thanks to Health Law
- Faith & Communities Fight Flu


As a parent, nothing gives us more peace of mind than knowing that our children can pursue their dreams without unfair limitations. This is why I’m excited to announce that millions more young adults in America now have health insurance coverage thanks to the health care law – enabling them to pursue their goals without worrying about what will happen if they get sick.

The provision in the law allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 has resulted in 2.5 million young people gaining coverage, according to analysis based on new data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Families around the country are benefitting from this part of the law, including families like the Houghs, whose daughter Natalie was diagnosed with a rare heart condition after suffering a cardiac arrest at school. Her condition requires a lifetime of medication and care. There was a day when this diagnosis would mean insurance companies would either not cover Natalie or would offer her unaffordable plans. It would mean that Natalie and her family would have to keep paying, or face the unimaginable alternative.

Now, thanks to the health care law, Natalie can stay on her family’s plan and has started college. And, by the time she turns 26, it will be illegal for a plan to deny coverage to anyone, regardless of their health and Natalie will have access to quality, affordable care.

Today’s news is more evidence of the good things the health care law is doing for young people and their families. More young adults in this country can now go on and live their lives with less worry about visiting their doctor when they get sick, or incurring catastrophic medical bills if they are in an accident. And for us parents, this lets us breathe a sigh of relief.


Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Let’s Move Faith and Communities Update

Let’s Move Faith and Communities
Looks Ahead to 2012!

Over the past year, faith-based and community organizations have been on the move, ramping up their efforts to make their communities healthier through First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Faith and Communities challenges issued in November 2010. This year, faith-based and community organizations hosted an additional 1,100 summer food service sites, where they served meals to low-income kids who otherwise wouldn’t have received those meals once school let out. Their communities collectively walked 2.85 million miles. They brought produce close to home, contributing to more than 8,500 gardens, farmers markets, and food pantries, where folks could access fresh fruits and vegetables. And they joined communities across the country in earning 1.7 million Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards (PALA) through the PALA Challenge.

To celebrate the year’s accomplishments and look ahead to 2012, the Office of the First Lady and the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted a group of faith and community leaders for a Let’s Move Faith and Communities consultation last Friday. We wanted to learn from each other’s experiences and brainstorm how we can work together in the coming year to build wellness into communities for the long term.

And learn we did! Elder Ted Wilson of the Seventh Day Adventists told us how his denomination is integrating nutrition and physical activity into everyday life through Adventists InStep for Life. He said, “We need to make physical activity a basic part of a healthy lifestyle. Physical and spiritual health are tied together in a very dynamic way.” Denise Hunter, First Lady of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, shared the success of Let’s Move LA in inspiring her community: “One of the hallmarks of a good leader is that you build good leaders from the people around you. Collectively we can do so much together. We don’t need to be superman; we need to empower people.”

Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady, shared in the enthusiasm in the room: “A lot of what we need is to stretch beyond the walls of our organizations and get into the hearts of our communities.” As Let’s Move Faith and Communities starts its second year in 2012, that’s exactly what we’ll be working to do with our partners across the country.

Upcoming Events

Affordable Care Act Conference Calls

The HHS Partnership Center is hosting a series of interactive conference calls discussing the benefits and provisions of the new health care reform law.

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 Affordable Care Act. We also encourage you to submit questions you would like to have answered on the calls via email to

To participate in one of the conference calls, please select your preferred date from the list below and submit the necessary information. Dial-in information will be made available the day before each call. PowerPoint slides for the ACA 101 calls can be found by clicking here or on our website (under “Tools and Resources”). PowerPoint slides for the Behavioral Health conference call and the Prevention call will be provided the day before each call. 

January 10, 1:00 pm EST– ACA and Prevention

January 24, 2:00 pm EST – ACA 101 (in Spanish)

January 31, 12:30 pm EST – ACA 101

February 2, 12:30 pm EST – ACA and Behavioral Health

February 28, 2:00 pm EST – ACA 101 (in Spanish) Conference Call Tours

The HHS Partnership Center will also be hosting a series of conference call tours of the website—in both English and Spanish.

Learn how you can help your community members take advantage of this innovative website and the tools it provides to help consumers find the best insurance plan to meet their unique needs, understand when key provisions of the law will go into effect, access resources for prevention, and more.

To participate in this conference call tour please sign up by selecting the date below and submitting the necessary information. Dial-in information for the call will be made available on January 18.

January 19, 3:00 pm EST – Tour of

If you have any additional questions or difficulties, please email

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

invites you to participate in the

National Medicare Education Program (NMEP) Webinar

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EST

To ensure your participation, please register no later than Wednesday, January 18, 2012 

This is a "Virtual Meeting." Attendees will need a computer, Internet access, and a phone line to participate.

Please register online at Instructions explaining how to access the Webinar will be emailed directly to you. If you have questions, difficulty registering or would like to request special accommodations, please contact Ms. Carol Blue at 301-657-4254, ext. 333 or

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. 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

Title:Assets for Independence Demonstration Program The Department of Health and Human Services Assets for Independence Demonstration Program provides support for community-based organizations to offer Individual Development Accounts (matched savings accounts), financial education, and related services to low-income individuals and families, in order for them to accumulate savings and invest in appreciating assets such as a first home, small business, or higher education or training. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate close collaboration with entities that are serving families with young children, families in the child support system, children and families in the foster care system, people with disabilities, refugees, Native Americans, and survivors of domestic or intimate violence.

Eligibility:This funding opportunity is open to nonprofit providers, including community organizations.

Funding:50 Awards granted; 5 year project period; $350,000 average projected award amount per project period

Link to Full Announcement:LINK TO FULL ANNOUNCEMENT

Last Day to Apply: January 25, 2012 

Grant is administered by the:Administration for Children and Families


Grants Awarded

Continuing our efforts to provide you with partnership opportunities in your community, the section below lists federal grants recently awarded to organizations in your local community.  


Affordable Insurance Exchanges

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today awarded nearly $220 million in Affordable Insurance Exchange grants to 13 states to help them create Exchanges, giving these states more flexibility and resources to implement the Affordable Care Act. The health care reform law gives states the freedom to design Affordable Insurance Exchanges – one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs and have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress. Today’s awards bring to 29 the number of states that are making significant progress in creating Affordable Insurance Exchanges. In the new Exchanges, insurers will provide new information such as an easy-to-understand summary of benefits and costs to consumers. The level of detail will sharpen competition between carriers which will drive costs down.   Read More.