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Where You Live and Your Health

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

“Designing, planning and developing healthy, affordable homes in neighborhoods of opportunity can dramatically improve health outcomes and promote health equity — all while boosting the local economy”, says the Health Justice CT blog:

Cooperation between urban planners, local and state governments, and public health departments is needed to provide a healthy environment. A recently released policy brief by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health,, makes the case for formalizing such partnerships and outlines specific steps.

Funding Roundup

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Family and Youth Services Bureau Basic Center Program

Administration for Children and Families  – Grants to establish programs that address needs of runaway and homeless youth.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 9 2012

For more information:


Family Respite Care Grant

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – Funding to help alleviate the cost of respite care for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: November 1 2012

More information:


Affordable Care Act  – Grants for School-Based Health Center Capital (ABHCC) Program

Bureau of Primary Health Care  – Grants to support school-based health center efforts to expand capacity to provide primary healthcare services to school-aged children.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 26 2012

More information:


National HIV Program for Enhanced HIV/AIDS Screening and Engagement in Care

Indian Health Service  – The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to meet community needs for the enhancement of HIV/AIDS testing activities and the provision of HIV/AIDS-related services among AI/AN people. Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 30 2012

More information:


Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children

Health Smiles, Healthy Children – Grants to support local service initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: August 1 2012

More information:


CVS Caremark Charitable Trust

CVS Caremark  – Grant support to organizations that are most effective at creating positive and measurable outcomes for children with disabilities and providing healthcare services for underserved populations.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 29 2012

More Information:

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Preparing for 2014: Findings from Medicaid Research with Lower-Income Adults in Three States

Thursday, June 7 1:00pm – 2:30pm CST

Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more information and to register:


Prescribing Medications to Individuals Who Are Homeless

Thursday, June 7 1:00pm – 2:30pm CST

Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

For more information and to register:


Creating Rural Wealth

Tuesday, June 12 1:00pm – 2:00pm CST

Sponsored by Southern Rural Development Center

For more information and to register:


Innovating within Healthcare Reform: The Rural Response to Changing Payment and Delivery Models

Tuesday, June 12 noon – 1:00pm CST

Sponsored by Colorado Rural Health Center

For more information and to register:

Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Announcement from the  Health Resources and Services Administration –

Community Services Locator: Online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live. Developed by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

Available here:

La Mesa Completa Toolkit (Spanish): Bringing Nutrition Assistance to Hispanic Communities Across the Nation

Friday, June 1st, 2012

La Mesa Completa Toolkit is an e-tool, written in Spanish, made for Spanish-speaking faith and community leaders to learn about the various ways in which they can partner with USDA to ensure that Latinos have access to federal nutrition programs. More than one in four Latinos is food insecure, and Latinos access USDA nutrition assistance programs at the lowest rates of any demographic group. The toolkit is a .PDF file that navigates like a website and includes helpful links, best practices, stories, and even videos of personal testimony. La Mesa Completa Toolkit is available only in Spanish and is available online at

Additional information, in English and Spanish, on USDA’s Latino Outreach efforts is available at Social Networking Website for Obesity and Tobacco Issues

Friday, June 1st, 2012 is an interactive social networking site that provides a space for Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) communities and their partners to share stories and resources and engage with the public and other communities around obesity and tobacco issues. Led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) is a locally driven initiative supporting urban, rural, and tribal communities over a two-year period to make positive and long-lasting changes that will help to reduce obesity, tobacco use, and exposure to secondhand smoke.

On, members can:

  • Follow progress being made in CPPW communities across the country
  • Learn about ways to get involved
  • Find events happening in their communities
  • Connect to others across the country who are passionate about creating healthier communities
  • Participate in discussions that inspire, motivate, and result in change

Additional information is available at

Apply for the Roadmaps to Health Prize

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision, strong leadership, and commitment to making needed and lasting changes that broadly improve community vitality. This is happening in large urban settings and small rural ones; it’s happening in places with tremendous resources and in places with few resources to draw from; it’s happening in places with relatively few health challenges and in places where the challenges are many and daunting.

The Roadmaps to Health Prize is intended to honor these successful efforts and to inspire and stimulate similar activities in communities across the country. The invitation to apply for this prize is being extended to all communities throughout the U.S.

Up to six $25,000 winning communities to be announced in early 2013.

Brief notice of intent to apply due May 31, 2012; full application due June 7, 2012.

More information:

Funding for Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a funding opportunity for Healthy Food Financing Initiative projects designed to improve access to healthy food. The Community Economic Development program (CED) will provide up to $10 million of funding to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. Applications are due June 5th.

For more information —  [Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest, April 11, 2012]

County Health Rankings 2012 Released

Monday, April 9th, 2012

County Health Rankings 2012 was released on April 3, 2012. The County Health Rankings measure the health of nearly all counties in the nation and rank them within states. The Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights.

This year’s edition includes the addition of the County Health Roadmaps to show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

Visit the website and see how your county ranks: .

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

March 10, 2012 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day…a time each year when organizations and communities across the United States come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested, and how to live with and manage HIV and AIDS.

In 2009, women comprised 51% of the US population and accounted for 23% of new HIV infections. Of the total number of new HIV infections among women, 57% were among black women, 21% were in white women, and 18% were in Latina women. The rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times as high as that of white women and over 3 times as high as that of Latina women in 2009. [CDC]