Tuesday, July 23, 2013

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA. There’s a clear emphasis on rural health throughout; also note the two USDA funding opportunities at the very bottom!


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2013 11:55 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




The Kansas City Fed is pleased to launch its new Macro Bulletin series, offering snapshots of the Bank's latest macroeconomic findings and perspectives, on national economic conditions and on issues related to monetary policy.  http://www.kansascityfed.org/publications/research/mb/index.cfm?ealert=mb_July2013.  First Bulletin: Authors Craig S. Hakkio and Jonathan L. Willis note that data on the labor market can send mixed signals on its health. By combining numerous measures, their analysis shows conditions have improved and the speed of improvement has increased recently. Still, for conditions to return to historical averages, two years of similar improvement would be needed. http://www.kansascityfed.org/publications/research/mb/index.cfm?ealert=mb0718


2013 Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-being
Provides national and state-by-state information on the conditions of America’s children and families. Includes data on overall child well-being and ranks states in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family & community. Organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation. Date: 2013


New Carsey Institute Report Analyzes Mid-Skill Jobs in Rural America  
A new Carsey Institute research brief uses data from the Current Population Survey collected from 2003 to 2012 to assess trends in employment in middle-skill jobs and the Great Recession’s impact on middle-skill workers, with particular attention paid to differences between those in rural and urban places. Author Justin Young reports that roughly half (51 percent) of American workers living in rural areas held middle-skill jobs in 2012—positions requiring at least some on-the-job training, an apprenticeship-type experience, or postsecondary education but no more than a two-year degree. This figure is well above the national average of 43 percent and the urban average of 42 percent.  Click here to download the brief.


EHR Incentive Programs: What’s New for Stage 1 in 2013
Describes the Stage 1 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs including meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals. Organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Date: 05 / 2013


Health Information Technology in the United States: Better Information Systems for Better Care, 2013
Discusses the progress of hospitals and physicians on the adoption of electronic health records and improving patient education and quality. Reports that rural hospitals continue to lag behind urban hospitals in the adoption of electronic health records.  Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date: 2013


Surgery Residents Exposed to Rural Settings Inclined to Stay - Jul 11, 2013 -- HealthLeaders Media article reports that surgical residents who completed a year in rural practice were more likely to enter general surgery practice than those who did not. They were also more likely to practice in areas with populations of less than 50,000, an Oregon Health and Science University study shows.


Rural Program Gives Medical Students Different Perspective - Jul 1, 2013 -- Peoria Journal Star (IL) article tells of a program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine that is designed to increase the number of students who enter primary care in rural areas.


Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Jun 27, 2013 -- This notice advises the public of the published lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary medical care, mental health, and dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) as of May 11, 2013, available on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website.

Persistent-poverty counties are mostly nonmetro, generally Southern - An important dimension of poverty is time. An area that has a high level of poverty this year, but not next year, is likely better off than an area that has a high level of poverty in both years. To shed light on this aspect of poverty, ERS has defined counties as being persistently poor if 20 percent or more of their populations were living in poverty over the last 30 years (measured by the 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial censuses and the 2007-11 American Community Survey). Using this definition, there were 353 persistently poor counties in the United States. The large majority (301) of the persistent-poverty counties were nonmetropolitan (nonmetro) and exhibited a strong regional pattern. There are no nonmetro persistent-poverty counties in the Northeast, 29 nonmetro persistent-poverty counties in the Midwest, and 20 in the West. The remaining 252 nonmetro persistent-poverty counties are in the South, comprising just over 26 percent of the total Southern nonmetro population. This map is one of the county classifications found in the Atlas of Rural and Small Town America on the ERS website.





Vital Statistics Data Available Online - Access interactive online data tools and downloadable public use data files regarding births, deaths, and mortality.
Organization: National Center for Health Statistics


Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Launch Rural Oral Health Toolkit - Jul 10, 2013 -- The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis are announcing a new Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. The toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs, building on best practices of successful oral health program models.





WEBINAR: July 23 1:30 to 2:30 EDT – Community Building the ‘Buy Local’ Way

Join NeighborWorks Umpqua as they share five years experience building community through their ‘buy local’ campaign.
Presenter: NeighborWorks Umpqua.  MORE INFO AND REGISTER HERE


Webinar on STATS America Scheduled for July 25, 2:00-3:15 p.m. EST - The NADO Research Foundation and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will hold an informative webinar about STATS America, one of several data tools available at no-cost to economic development practitioners and others across the nation. The third in a series of webinars about various Data Tools developed with support from EDA, this webinar will provide an overview of Stats America, an EDA-supported data tool that you can use as part of your project decision making process.  Brian Kelsey of the NADO Research Foundation will conduct the webinar.


STATS America is a service of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. They obtain thousands of data items from hundreds of data sets from dozens of federal and state sources, along with some commercial or private source data. While STATS America adds value to these data through easy access and functionality, the tool acknowledges the direct agency source of the data on every table, profile or map.


Register now for this relevant and informative webinar! Economic development organizations, practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn how this tool can be useful in your planning and decision-making processes.  The first two webinars in this series addressed the U.S. Cluster Map and Registry and Triple Bottom Line.  Please contact NADO Deputy Executive Director Laurie Thompson at lthompson@nado.org if you have any questions about this webinar, or the series in general. The webinars will be recorded and made available at www.knowyourregion.org


This webinar is part of a series that will occur in 2013.  Future webinars will address other EDA-funded data tools, including National Excess Manufacturing Capacity Catalog, Regional Innovation Accelerator Network (RIAN), and more. The NADO Research Foundation is coordinating the webinars as part of its Know Your Region program which is funded through an agreement with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (#99-06-07548). 


TELECONFERENCE: Secrets of Successful Communities with Ed McMahon, Thursday, August 22, 2013, 3-4 PM EDT Host a listening party on the Secrets of Successful Communities with Ed McMahon.
Ed will share his stories (and secrets) of successful communities on our August conference call, Thursday, August 22nd at 3 PM EDT. We’re inviting all of YOU out there in CommunityMattersland to host a listening party … gather your friends, coworkers and some new faces for an afternoon of listening and conversation to kickstart your town’s future.  To help make sure your party matters, the Orton Family Foundation is offering a little competition for communities that host a party and decide to do something as a result. Yes, there will be a prize, and it will be a good one…. Stay tuned! We’ll fill you in on the details next week.  Read more on our blog >
Registration - http://www.communitymatters.org/event/secrets-successful-communities

WEBINAR SERIES:  Manufacturing Housing Cooperatives.

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), in partnership with the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), invites you to participate in a series of webinars on manufactured housing cooperatives.


Moderated by Lori Capouch, director of the North Dakota Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center, these webinars bring together the country’s best thinkers and practitioners on senior housing cooperatives. This manufactured housing model could be an answer to housing needs in North Dakota and across the country.


There are five webinars, but don’t worry that you missed the first one on July 10. The Center for Cooperative Forest Enterprises is recording these webinars for us and the information will be available to share.  Here is a link to a video that really sets the stage for this webinar series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4CA_7Kle00&feature=youtu.be


If you like what you see, send an e-mail to Susan Davis [davis@bis.midco.net and she’ll send you the call-in number and Adobe Connect Web link.  The remaining four webinars are scheduled as follows:

  1. Wednesday, July 31
  2. Wednesday, Aug. 21
  3. Wednesday, Sept. 11
  4. Monday, Sept. 30


Because CDF and NDAREC receive grant funding through USDA Rural Development, there is no cost to participate in these webinar.

  • Start time:           10 a.m. (CDT) for each of the webinars
  • Length:                 Each webinar will last about 60 minutes
  • Cost:                      Free, but e-mail or phone registration is required
  • Deadline:             Either register now for all sessions or up to one hour before each webinar session


TO REGISTER:  Send to Susan Davis [davis@bis.midco.net] your name, organization, address, e-mail and phone number. Or, if you prefer, call her at 701-226-8409.





Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program , Application deadlines: July 24, 2013 - Jan 8, 2014
Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population.  Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care


Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program, Application deadline: Jul 26, 2013
Provides funding to community-based, outreach education and extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities to provide individuals and families based in rural areas with information on health, wellness, and prevention. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture


Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Grants, Application deadline: Aug 12, 2013
Provides grants to improve telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, computer networks, and related advanced technologies. Sponsor: USDA Rural Development


Extension Outreach on the Marketplace Exchanges of the Affordable Care Act, Application deadline: Aug 25, 2013
Awards funding to Cooperative Extension Centers to conduct outreach to populations with a high uninsured rate, educating them of new programs and enhancements resulting from the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Sponsor: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas, Application deadline: Sep 9, 2013
Awards grants to organizations that assist veterans in rural areas with transportation to VA medical centers and other VA and non-VA facilities for medical care. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot, Application deadline: Sep 19, 2013
Funding for organizations that will assist veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities. Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Bush Foundation Accepting Applications for Native Nation Rebuilders Program
The two-year training initiative strengthens leadership and nation-building skills among emerging and existing leaders in the twenty-three Native nations served by the foundation....Deadline: August 15, 2013


TD Charitable Foundation Invites Applications for 2013 'Housing for Everyone' Grants
Grants of $100,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods through the creation or re-creation of affordable, clean, and safe housing units.... Deadline: August 30, 2013


Lowe's Toolbox for Education Accepting Applications for K-12 Public School Improvement Projects
Grants of up to $5,000 will support basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement as well as landscaping/cleanup projects.... Deadline: October 15, 2013


AONE Foundation Offers Seed Grants for Nursing Administration Research Projects
Grants of up to $10,000 will support research projects related to nursing administration practice in the areas of workforce and leadership development, work environment, technology/informatics, health systems, patient safety, and evidence-based management.... Deadline: October 1, 2013


SQ Foundation Invites Applications for Healthcare Grant Program to Help Uninsured Patients
Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that provide health services to low-income individuals, including those without health insurance or whose insurance coverage needs to be supplemented.... Deadline: July 31, 2013


USDA Announces Funding for the Wood to Energy Initiative 

On July 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service announced funding for the Wood To Energy Initiative. The initiative supports collaborative, statewide wood energy teams that advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems. Public-private statewide teams are invited to seek funding to support the development of geographic or business sector-based clusters of wood energy projects. Activities may include, but are not limited to, workshops and assistance that provide technical, financial, and environmental information; preliminary engineering assessments; and community outreach needed to support development of wood energy projects in both the public and private sectors. Total funding anticipated for awards is $1 million for the FY2013 Statewide Wood Energy Teams. Individual Cooperative Agreements cannot exceed $250,000. Eligible applicants are State, local and Tribal governments, non-profit organizations, or public utilities districts. Applicants may be either or both of the fiscal and administrative agents for the funding. The application deadline is August 5, 2014. Click here to view the Federal Register announcement.


USDA Announces Funding for Three Individual Grants Designed to Improve Rural Economic Conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative announced the availability of three individual grants designed to improve rural economic conditions: two single grants not to exceed $929,111 together from the rural transportation funds appropriated for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and another single $232,278 grant for Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNATs) from funds appropriated for the RBEG program.  Each grant is to be competitively awarded to an eligible applicant which is a qualified national non-profit organization. Two grants are for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation (RT) projects and the other grant will be for the provision of technical assistance to RT projects operated by FRNATs only. Applications are due by September 3, 2013. Click here to view the full announcement in the Federal Register.




Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Stop 3254 | Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311


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