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The Adventures of Rubberkid: Anti-Bullying Game for Elementary School Students

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Adventures of Rubberkid ( is a simple-yet-entertaining game that can be beaten in less than half an hour, but the lessons it leaves behind are invaluable. Each level pits Rubberkid – the player – against bullies, in an effort to protect the innocent child (or children) from the harsh insults hurled at them. Each successful level shows potential consequences of the bullying and potential future accomplishments of the victims now that you’ve helped them maintain confidence. Players can also can print out a certificate pledge as a reminder to not bully others, but to also speak up when others are bullied.

The Adventures of Rubberkid is available for no-cost as an online Flash game or as a downloadable file. The game developer is working directly with schools and libraries to create customized versions of the game and to provide copies of the game on CDs.

Branches of Opportunity

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Center for an Urban Future’s report, Branches of Opportunity, highlights the unique position of libraries to help cities address economic, demographic and social challenges.    According to the report, “No other institution, public or private, does a better job of reaching people who have been left behind in today’s economy, have failed to reach their potential in the city’s public school system or who simply need help navigating an increasingly complex world.  Although they are often thought of as cultural institutions, the reality is that the public libraries are a key component of the city’s human capital system. With roots in nearly every community across the five boroughs, New York’s public libraries play a critical role in helping adults upgrade their skills and find jobs, assisting immigrants assimilate, fostering reading skills in young people and providing technology access for those who don’t have a computer or an Internet connection at home.”   The report is a call to action for policymakers, social service leaders and economic officials to support and use public libraries as a critical 21st century resource of opportunity for all.  Read the full report at:


Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Healthy Native Families Bulletin

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) has released the Healthy Native Families: Preventing Violence At All Ages bulletin.  This bulletin is the first time that data on domestic and sexual violence affecting Alaska Native people of all ages is brought together in one place.  Beginning with pregnancy, this bulletin takes us through the major stages of life, sharing the consequences of violence, how many people are affected, and Alaska-specific resources.

The read the full bulletin and other related resources, visit the ANTHC website’s Health Native Families page:

Funding Roundup part 2

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Southwest Airlines: 2013 Medical Transportation Grant Program

Southwest Airlines – The program provides complimentary, roundtrip tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations. The tickets are distributed by the organizations to deserving patients and their caregivers who must travel for medical care. Southwest allows participating hospitals and medical transportation nonprofit organizations the freedom to determine how to distribute the tickets to their patients and/or caregivers.

Geographic Coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 30, 2012

For more information:


HIV Care Program Part A HIV Emergency Relief Grant Program

Health Resources and Services Administration – 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 are for enhancing access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality, community-based care.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 21, 2012

For more information:


Mission and Ministry Fund Violence Prevention Grant

Catholic Health Initiatives  – Funds may be requested to cover the costs of community-based planning, conducting community meetings, assessing community violence-related assets and needs, continuing specific community-based violence prevention efforts and related activities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline:  Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

For more information:


Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

Office of Special Education Programs  – Provides funding to educational organizations for personnel development as it relates to special education and related services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 4, 2012

For more information:


Navajo Nation Family Planning Services Grants

Office of Population Affairs  – Grants to provide family planning services.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: April 1, 2013

For more information:


National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE III)

Indian Health Service  – Funding for a national Indian organization to conduct outreach and education, and training and technical assistance designed to improve Indian health care and further health reform opportunities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 10, 2012

For more information:


National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE I)

Indian Health Service – Funding for a national Indian organization to provide tribal health outreach and education; research and analyze Medicare and Medicaid programs; provide support in regards to Affordable Care Act policy; provide tribal budget consultation; and provide coordination and support for the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 10, 2012

For more information:

CDC Recruitment for the National Tobacco Education Campaign

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking for American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) to appear in an Advertising Campaign about the health effects of smoking.  They are looking for AI/AN people who are non-smokers or have been commercial tobacco-free for at least six months and are willing to share their stories about how smoking commercial tobacco has changed their lives.

Selected participants will be paid $2500.  The CDC will be recruiting through September 30, 2012, but please contact Mimi Webb Miller, the Casting Lead, as soon as possible for more information:


Phone: 310-452-0863

More information about the eligibility requirements can be found here:

Sunscreen on Infants? Maybe not.

Monday, June 25th, 2012

A pediatrician for the FDA recommends that putting sunscreen on infants is not the best way to protect these little ones from sun exposure: “The best approach is to keep infants under 6 months out of the sun and to avoid exposure to the sun in the hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when ultraviolet (UV) rays are most intense.”

More Sun Safety Tips for Infants: [FDA Consumer Updates, June 20, 2012]

Webinars for next week June 25 – 29

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

HHS/ Webinar for HIV/AIDS testing Day – “HIV Testing for an AIDS-Free Generation.”

Tuesday, June 26     1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST

To register:


Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions – “A Continuous Quality Improvement Approach to Organizational Cultural Competence”

Tuesday, June 26     2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST

To register:


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – “Cultural Awareness to Help While Serving Native Veterans”

Wednesday, June 27     10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

To Register:


American Academy of Pediatrics – “Beyond the First Exposure: The Physical, Mental, and Emotional Toll of Violence”

Wednesday, June 27     10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

To register:


Alaska Community Action on Toxics: Teleconference – “Hidden Chemicals in Consumer Products: What’s Not on the Label”

Thursday, June 28     12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST

To register:


National Academy for State Health Policy – “Payment Reform and the Safety Net”

Friday, June 29     2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

To register:


Utah AAP – “Partnering to Make Services Easier to Use for Latino Families with Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: An Example from Utah”

Friday, June 29     2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

To register:


Funding Roundup

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

Bureau of Health Professions – Scholarships to full-time students with financial need from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 22, 2012

More information:


Addiction Technology Transfer Centers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  – Funding to develop and strengthen the workforce that provides addictions treatment and recovery support services to those in need.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 28, 2012

More information:


PPHF 2012: Community Transformation Grants – Small Communities Programs Financed Solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Funding to prevent leading chronic disease causes of death or disability through implementation of a variety of evidence based programs, policies, and infrastructure improvements to promote healthy lifestyles in small communities.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 31, 2012

More information:


Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  – The Young Leader Awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in health and health care.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 16, 2012

More information:


Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards

World Hunger Year – Honors US-based grassroots organizations working to transform their communities through healthy food access and social and economic justice.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: June 29, 2012

More information:

New Toolkit for Community and Faith Based Service Providers

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

A free toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is now available.

SAMHSA: Resource toolkit available online and to order. Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs: A Toolkit for Community- and Faith-Based Service Providers. Learn More [PDF | 2.6MB]

Link to SAMHSA

Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The American Library Association Public Programs Office is accepting applications for Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multi-format discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement and reflection within the community. More information, including programming resources and the online application, is available at Applications are due November 18, 2011. This library programming initiative is supported by the Fetzer Institute.

The goal of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion project is to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives. By bringing adult audiences together in the library for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion and civic engagement initiatives, Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion programs will support public libraries as they strive to enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.

In December, 30 public libraries around the country will be selected to host a series of 4 to 8 events between February 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. The selected libraries will receive:

  • A $2,500 grant to support program-related expenses.
  • Access to program models and templates, including recommended reading and viewing lists, discussion facilitation guides, video shorts and more.
  • Access to a series of online, professional development and project resource sessions.
  • Promotional materials, including posters, bookmarks and a selection of digital promotion tools to support local audience recruitment.


Resources to begin building a competitive application, including programming guides, a list of potential community partners and ideas for programming that will inspire the community to action, engagement and reflection are available at [Washington Library Association list]