Friday, March 14, 2014

FW: Publications, Learning and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-RD; several themes of interest including rural health and farm bill (including nutrition programs) details.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2014 7:32 AM
Subject: Publications, Learning and Funding




San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Publications:

·         Innovating our Way out of Poverty -

·         Enhancing New Markets Tax Credit Pipeline Flow -


Community Reinvestment: Does Your Bank Measure Up? describes how the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) affects the way banks and thrifts serve their communities' credit needs. The booklet outlines factors that regulators use to rate a bank's CRA performance and tells where to find information on a bank's rating.


Agricultural Act of 2014: Highlights and Implications - The Agricultural Act of 2014 became law on February 7, covering farming and ranching, conservation, nutrition, rural development, research, energy, and other topics. ERS web pages provide highlights and summaries of new programs and provisions in the law, as well as some economic implications. March 10, 2014


USDA Finalizes Changes to the WIC Program, Expanding Access to Healthy Fruits and Vegetables, Whole Grains, and Low-Fat Dairy for Women, Infants, and Children
Mar 3, 2014 -- The U. S. Department of Agriculture has finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health of the nation's low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children.


SAMHSA Report Provides Information on Mental Illness Levels in Each State and the District of Columbia - Feb 28, 2014 -- A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an overview of the nature and scope of mental illness within each state and the District of Columbia.


Health IT Transforming Rural Care - Feb 25, 2014 -- HealthcareIT News article tells how at pre-conference symposium, "Health IT and Rural Healthcare: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges," stakeholders gathered to learn more about the ways health IT is being deployed to address the unique challenges of rural care delivery.


Development of the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire (NCAQ): A Rural Nurse Recruitment and Retention Tool
Offers a guide to assess strengths and weaknesses of critical access hospitals (CAHs) in rural communities to address nurse recruitment and retention.
Date: 03 / 2014. Journal: Rural and Remote Health


Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Implementation and Evolution
Reports on Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant program implementation, with information on program elements that contribute to successful tribal health workforce training programs. Includes challenges and lessons learned in rural settings. Date: 02 / 2014


Uninsured: An Analysis by Age, Income, and Geography
Analyzes 2010 health insurance data showing the proportion of the rural population that is uninsured and living below 138% of federal poverty level in comparison with that of the urban population. Organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis Date: 02 / 2014


Brain Gain in Rural Places - High school graduates might leave rural areas for college and jobs in the big city, but more are coming back with college degrees, careers, professional contacts, and young families. Still others with these credentials are moving to rural communities for the first time. Extension's demographic research, publications, and perspectives on this brain gain can help community leaders consider what this means for their rural area. A report on the 2010 census data shows that this trend is continuing.  This site includes, a recorded webinar, data, research and news articles on a new trend happening in rural places.





Webinar: USDA Rural Development Update & Impact on Cooperatives, Monday, March 17, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST 

Lillian Salerno, Administrator, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Reserve Your Seat!

NCBA CLUSA is organizing this webinar series with the USDA with the intent of convening the cooperative stakeholder community to hear directly from Administrator Salerno on the many ongoing changes and strategic direction her agency is undertaking as it implements many Administration and Department priorities and initiatives as well as the recent Farm Bill.  
Expected topics may include:

  • Community economic development 
  • Promise Zones 
  • Interagency Working Group on cooperative development  

Participants will hear how the cooperative sector will play a role in these changes and be able to engage in an online discussion with the Administrator to help provide her agency with valuable input to help guide and shape these conversations.


SBA to Host Webinar on Using Data to Increase Client Outcomes

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host a free webinar on Using Data to Increase your Client Outcomes IQ Webinar, which is being held on Wednesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm EST. The webinar will announce and showcase new data features on client outcomes on The data can help answers questions such as whether businesses that receive assistance from microenterprise organizations grow or survive. The tools available on the site enable you not only to look at the aggregate data from the more than 30 programs that work with microTracker each year, but also to pull information that most closely mirrors your organization or your clients. Click here for more information on microTracker. Click here to register for the free webinar.


WEBINAR: Hospitals Building Healthier Communities: Investing Outside Institutional Walls, March 19, 2014, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET This webinar is available free of charge but advanced registration is required.
A growing number of hospitals are engaged in community economic development, recognizing the importance of poverty, unemployment, environmental hazards and other social factors in determining health outcomes. This webinar, in collaboration with the Association for Community Health Improvement, brings together practitioners from three health systems leading the way in implementing inclusive economic development and investment strategies to create healthier communities. The discussion will use the findings of the Democracy Collaborative's "The Anchor Dashboard: Aligning Institutional Practice to Meet Low-Income Community Needs," as a starting point to show how hospitals can expand their positive community impact with existing resources. This webinar is available free of charge but advanced registration is required.
Learning Objectives:

Introduce the concepts of anchor institutions and community wealth building;
Explore how inclusive economic development strategies can create healthier communities;
Promote innovative strategies for leveraging health system resources to benefit surrounding communities; and
Provide best practice examples to assist participants to develop efforts at home institutions.

David Zuckerman, research associate, The Democracy Collaborative
Edward Gerardo, director, community commitment and social investments, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Heidi Gartland, vice president, government relations, University Hospitals
Cathy Rowan, director, socially responsible investments, CHE/Trinity Health

WEBINAR: Google Analytics for the Enthusiastic Beginner, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11 am – 12 noon Pacific time (2 pm- 3 pm Eastern)
Speaker:  Bonnie Massa, Massa & Company

This webinar got so much good response from Blue Avocado readers last time that Bonnie agreed to do it free again (thanks, Bonnie!). Join this overview of Google Analytics, a free web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. We will start with how to capture data on visitors and then hit the highlights of using Google Analytics to improve your website. This overview is for beginners and executives that want to know the value of the tool but not necessarily how to operate it. To register, click here by Friday!


WEBINAR: Lessons from the Storm: Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies

In the wake of natural disasters, local and regional economies are extremely vulnerable.  Businesses can suffer costly damage, be cut off from supplies, lose sales, and experience disrupted operations.  In some cases, they may even be forced to close permanently.  When businesses and industries fail or falter the communities they serve can feel serious impacts, ranging from a lack of access to goods and services to the loss of income and jobs.


Building the resilience of businesses and regional economies to natural disasters calls for a creative mix of land use, hazard mitigation, capital improvement, economic development, and other approaches.  Join the NADO Research Foundation on April 8 from 2:00-3:15 pm ET for a free webinar, Lessons from the Storm: Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies.  Leaders from east central Iowa; Longmont, Colorado; and Springfield, Massachusetts will discuss how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries; targeting growth to safe locations and encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.  Click here for more information and to register.  The NADO Research Foundation has applied for 1.25 AICP CM credits for this webinar; registrants will be notified once approval is received.  The webinar is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  Contact Megan McConville at with any questions.            


ARTICLE: What's the Right Size for the Board? Board Cafe • By Jan Masaoka • April 1, 2012.  While a two-year old article, it still has relevancy. Dear Blue Avocado: We have 18 board members, but we are wondering if we should try to keep such a large board.  At our upcoming board and senior staff retreat we will be discussing what size…




Funding Opportunity: Defense Industry Adjustment Program - Click here to view the Federal Funding Opportunity for this program.  Eligible entities must meet certain criteria related to the defense spending reduction in their area and its impact on jobs and the community.  Regional organizations must demonstrate that they are public instrumentalities.  Proposals will be considered for funding on a continuing basis, subject to available appropriations.  With questions about the Defense Industry Adjustment program, including whether your region is eligible, contact Michael Gilroy at or (703) 697-2081.

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges - such as Main Street revitalization, how to manage and direct growth, design community-supportive transportation systems, preserve natural and historic landscapes and buildings, protect working agricultural lands, and provide adequate and affordable housing - who are interested in hosting a local workshop in 2014-2015.  Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is posted on the CIRD website.  CIRD works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. CIRD brings local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations together with experts in planning, design, preservation and placemaking – all in an effort to help communities address pressing design challenges and to put design tools into the hands of the people who can create local change. CIRD does this by offering an opportunity for four rural communities to host local design workshops, and by offering free public webinars, conference calls, and a resource-rich website to practitioners and community leaders across the country. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm EDT.

Smithsonian Latino Center Accepting Applications for 2014 Young Ambassadors Program - DEADLINE: APRIL 7, 2014. Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities as it pertains to Latino communities and cultures will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian....

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Seeks Proposals to Strengthen Secondary Education -DEADLINE: OPEN
Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to projects that support innovative professional development programs designed to strengthen high school teachers and their teaching....

Sigma Theta Tau International Global Invites Applications for Nursing Research Grant -DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2014
STTI will award a single $12,000 grant to a registered nurse focused on responding to health disparities globally....

AAAS Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards for Early Career Award for Public Engagement With Science -DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15, 2014
A $5,000 prize will be awarded to an early-career scientist or engineer who demonstrates excellence in contributing to public engagement through science activities....

Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program - Additional Areas (AL, AZ, CA, CO, KY, MO, MS, MT, NC, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA, PR, TN, and TX)
Geographic Coverage: Available in 16 states and Puerto Rico. Application deadline: Mar 21, 2014
Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population. Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care

Black Lung Clinics Grant Program (BLCGP) - Application deadline: Mar 28, 2014. Awards grants to state, public or private entities for screenings, diagnosis and treatment services to active, inactive, disabled, and retired coal miners. Programs must also seek to increase care coordination. Sponsor: Office of Rural Health Policy

Affordable Care Act State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) - Application deadline: Apr 29, 2014
Grants to States to assist them in providing support to health professions to repay educational debt who in turn agree to provide primary health services in Federally designated health professional shortage area (HPSAs). Sponsor: Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service

Farm to School Grant Program - Application deadline: Apr 30, 2014
Grants to plan, establish, or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools. Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service

MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program - Application deadline: Apr 30, 2014
Funding to help rural hospitals develop creative community outreach programs that encourage new services or reach new populations. Sponsor: MultiPlan

National Center of Excellence for the Prevention of Childhood Agricultural Injury (U54) - Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 14, 2014. Application deadline: May 2, 2014
Awards funding to operate a National Center of Excellence that would work to prevent childhood agricultural injury through outreach, education, networking, training, prevention, intervention, and research. Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oral Health 2020 Initiative - Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Awards funding to organizations to create networks, establish partnerships, and analyze policy with the goal of eliminating oral disease in children and increasing oral health across the lifespan. Proposal that address one or more of the multiple factors affecting health equity (race, ethnicity, geography, etc.) are encouraged.
Sponsor: DentaQuest Foundation



Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:


v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe or unsubscribe, or to change your e-mail address, visit:

v  To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

v  Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship NewsTo subscribe,  

v  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter:

v  Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.

v  Rural LISC e-newsletter -

v  National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) –

v  ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at

v  Department of Labor – Email Subscription Service -

v  Good Done Great - Knowledge Sites – webinars and websites geared to nonprofits – to subscribe -


This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.




Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. | Washington, D.C. 20250-3253
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311


"Committed to the future of rural communities"
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