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Street Outreach Program Grants

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The Administration on Children and Families has a call for proposals for Street Outreach Program (SOP) Grants.

Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse. Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit. In addition, such youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs. Since 1996, SOP has been aiding this population by funding grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution, or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.

The Street Outreach Program grant fund grantees to provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, oar are at risk of being subjected to sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation.  These services are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices regarding where they live and how they behave.  Eligible applicants include public and non-profit private entities that include States, localities, and coordinated networks of such entities. Per RHY Act section 351, for-profit organizations are not eligible. In selecting eligible applicants to receive grants under this FOA, priority will be given to entities that have experience in providing shelter and services to runaway, homeless, or street youth as required by the RHY Act. Faith-based and community organizations that meet eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship organizations are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Award amount: Approximately $160,000 per year for up to 3 years
Application Deadline: June 28, 2013

For more information and a link to the entire announcement, visit the grants.gov site: http://goo.gl/H50ZK

Upcoming Healthy People 2020 Webinars: Violence Across the Lifespan and Social Determinants of Health

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The US Department of Health and Human Services hosts a regular webinar series focused on tracking the progress of Healthy People 2020 objectives.  This month, the webinars will discuss Violence Across the Lifespan and Social Determinants of Health.

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Violence Across the Lifespan
April 18 12:30-2 pm EDT
Details and Registration: http://bit.ly/11OiPqY

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review: Social Determinants of Health
April 24 1-2:30 pm EDT
Details and Registration: http://bit.ly/16Mxx17

 

Free health screening at Sam’s Club Sat. March 9

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Attend a free health screening at your local Sam’s Club Saturday, March 9.  This month’s screening is “Allergy” and includes Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Allergy Testing for the top 20 allergens, and Vision screenings.  All tests are preformed by a licensed professional.

Visit the website to get more information about this screening, as well as upcoming screening events – http://bit.ly/YRnSBq

Funding Opportunity: National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle.  The program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2013

More information about the Loan Repayment Program can be found online here: http://1.usa.gov/XeACVx

Stable Housing Fact Sheet

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) released a fact sheet entitled, “Fostering Health Families Through Stable Housing – The Role of the Health Care System.”  This fact sheet considers how health plans and their foundations can contribute to improving housing and health care for homeless and at-risk children, with examples and resources to guide health plan efforts.

View the full Stable Housing Fact Sheet online (PDF file): http://bit.ly/VQJksc

Health Equality Week of Action

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

American Medical Student Association: January 21-29, 2013 is recognized as Health Equity Week of Action (HEWA). This year’s theme is a focus on the food inequities and disparities faced in the United States.

Resources, toolkits and calendar of events are now available here: http://bit.ly/Y5LpET

Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Food prepared away from home (FAFH)—whether from table-service restaurants, fast-food establishments and other locations, or from a take-out or delivery meal eaten at home—is now a routine part of the diets of most Americans. Previous Economic Research Service (ERS) research found that FAFH tends to be lower in nutritional quality than food prepared at home (FAH), increases caloric intake, and reduces diet quality among adults and children. This study updates previous research by examining dietary guidance and the nutritional quality of FAH versus FAFH in 2005-08, compared with 1977-78. Poor diets contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other health conditions that impose a substantial economic burden on individuals and society. The increased popularity of FAFH is prompting new health promotion strategies, such as menu labeling, to address this challenge. The full report, “Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008,” is available at http://1.usa.gov/TNtL3G

Children’s Health Insurance State Fact Sheets

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

These Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Fact Sheets provide key information describing each state’s CHIP program at a time when states are both immersed in implementing the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and Affordable Care Act. The Fact Sheets include general program information, data on enrollment and participation rates, eligibility and cost sharing requirements, enrollment and renewal simplifications, and other program highlights. Data presented in the Fact Sheets came from a variety of sources, including state reported data.  http://bit.ly/10PUhPg

Commonwealth Fund Video: Improving Care for Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In the United States, vulnerable populations, including low-income people, the uninsured, and racial and ethnic minorities, have great difficulty accessing health care, receive worse care overall, and experience poorer health outcomes than other groups.  A new video features Pamela Riley, senior program officer for The Commonwealth Fund’s vulnerable populations program, outlining the need to improve care for these Americans and explaining how the Affordable Care Act will help improve health care access, quality, and outcomes.  The health reform law’s Medicaid expansion, Riley says, will bring coverage to millions who need it and help sustain safety-net facilities.

To view the video, go to the Commonwealth Fund’s web site: http://bit.ly/12jshSt

Pink Ribbon Sunday Program

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) launched the Pink Ribbon Sunday program to educate African American and Hispanic women about early detection of breast cancer through mammography. The program strives to reduce breast cancer health disparities by empowering community leaders to develop mammography awareness programs tailored to the needs of their region. Pink Ribbon Sunday originally targeted churches, but the program has since expanded to all types of organizations serving women from diverse ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds. Pink Ribbon Sunday activities have been conducted in urban and rural communities from Oklahoma to Puerto Rico, reaching over 100,000 women. Activities have ranged from mobile mammography events and health fairs to “Pink” luncheons and concerts.

Free copies of the how-to-guide, mammography fact sheets, and cards can be ordered at http://1.usa.gov/YecOSk