Friday, September 19, 2014

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. This week there’s a particular focus on rural health/healthcare/health insurance.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 8:18 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




New Community Builders Report Describes Commercial Real Estate Trends in the West: From Malls to Main Streets

A new study released by Community Builders, a project of the Sonoran Institute, shows how commercial real estate in the West is trending away from single-use malls on the outskirts of town and toward smaller shops in town centers.  Economic, demographic, and consumer preference trends, along with the growing prevalence of online shopping, are having significant influences on consumer behavior that are beginning to change commercial real estate markets.  These changes are driving retailers to look at smaller formats in places with higher foot traffic, such as mixed-use areas where housing and office space are located near stores.  The two dominant population cohorts in the U.S., Generation Y and Baby Boomers, will continue to drive these trends.  However, various types of mixed-use development are more feasible in some places than others, and matching the type and size of development to the community is essential.  “ReStore: Commercial and Mixed-Use Development Trends in the Rocky Mountain West” explores broad trends in the mixed-use development landscape, features specific case studies from the Rocky Mountain region, and provides recommendations on the types and scales of mixed-use development that are most appropriate for different types of communities.  The report is intended to help local officials, planners, developers, architects, and financial lenders understand emerging trends and set realistic expectations for the type of projects that are most likely to succeed in different markets.  Click here to view the report.  


Grocery store prices for beef, pork, and eggs are up as U.S. supplies decrease

Retail food-at-home prices in the second quarter of 2014 were 2.3 percent higher than a year ago, as most at-home food categories increased in price. Retail beef and veal prices were up 10.8 percent as the supply of beef is strained by historically low herd sizes. Over the same time period, pork prices increased 11.2 percent, partially the result of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, which has reduced litter sizes and increased piglet mortality. Egg prices are also up, in part due to increasing exports and a strong domestic demand for eggs and egg products. The increases in beef and veal, pork, and egg prices are the largest year-over-year increases since the fourth quarter of 2011. A chart appears in the Food Prices and Spending section of ERS’s Ag and Food Statistics: Charting the Essentials data product, updated September 10, 2014. More information on ERS’s food price forecasts can also be found in ERS’s Food Price Outlook data product.


Health Insurance in the United States: 2013
Reports on health insurance coverage, including data on private insurance, government insurance coverage, and the uninsured. Table 5 (page 11) offers metropolitan and non-metropolitan data. Based on data from the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. Organization: U.S. Census Bureau Date: 09 / 2014


Rural Implications of the Blueprints for State-Based Health Insurance Marketplaces
Presents different states’ approaches to the health insurance marketplaces including service areas and rating areas, network adequacy requirements, rural consumer outreach, rural representation on the Marketplace governing board, certification and oversight of Qualified Health Plans, and design of the Small Business Health Options Program.
Organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis. Date: 09 / 2014


Rural Transit Fact Book 2014
Serves as a national resource for statistics and information on rural transit in America. Includes rural demographic and travel behavior data indicating that work, school, and medical trips comprise a higher percentage of rural transit trips. Includes state-by-state data. Organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Date: 08 / 2014


The Changing State of States' Economies
No state in the country escaped the Great Recession unscathed, although some states suffered more than others. Similarly, the ensuing recovery has unfolded unevenly. A recent macroblog post examines the impact of the downturn and the rebound at the state level.





Rural Grocery Tool Kit

This resource library or “tool kit” is designed to provide resources to two primary audiences: those who are considering establishing a grocery store; and existing rural grocery store owners.


Tools & Strategies for Managing Health Networks
A web-based searchable tool that provides templates, guides, and other resources to assist network leaders in the management and development of their network. Includes a variety of resources focused on rural health networks. Organization: National Cooperative of Health Networks Association



SelectUSA seeks to highlight the many advantages the United States offers as a location for business and investment.

From a vast domestic market, to a transparent legal system, to the most innovative companies in the world, America is the place for business.





WEBINAR: Building a Manufacturing Talent Pipeline – Sept 25, 2014 at 2pm ET
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American Association of Community Colleges are hosting a webinar on September 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET aimed at expanding the number and quality of employer-led workforce training initiatives in advanced manufacturing.  The webinar will highlight one of the most innovative workforce models in the country: a regional partnership between a consortium of colleges, a state manufacturing extension partnership, and the advanced manufacturing industry.  The Massachusetts Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative (MACWIC) has produced an industry-endorsed stackable credential model and a pipeline of talent for a range of manufacturing companies in need of skilled workers.  The webinar will also highlight the software design technology industry where Siemens Inc. leaders will announce future plans for partnering with community colleges and manufacturing extension partnerships.  Click here to register.


Rural Gateway Conference Call: NEA Arts-Driven Community and Economic Development in Rural Areas: A Discussion of Best Practices - September 25, 2014 - 2:00 pm EDT. Please RSVP by email to no later than 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  Please include your name and organization.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts-Driven Community and Economic Development in Rural Areas: A Discussion of Best Practices
HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call.  Scheduled for September 25, 2014 this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) support of rural communities, focusing on their place-based investments and the field of practice linking rural arts stakeholders and rural community development stakeholders .

On this call, leaders of the NEA will share their knowledge of successful arts-driven place-based  activities that have expanded and created opportunities for those living in Rural America, and shed light on how rural arts stakeholders are finding powerful ways to link the arts to core community development projects and other funding streams.  Practitioners will share their experiences and shine a light on potential opportunities for rural communities to better leverage their arts assets.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about best practices and federal programs (not limited to the NEA) that could support their communities, discuss the challenges of conducting this work in Rural America, and establish contacts for future reference.

Join HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) staff as we engage rural community leaders in this open forum on opportunities available through the NEA.  Speakers will include:

  • Valerie G. Piper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic  Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Dan Lurie, Senior Advisor to the Chairman & Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Endowments for the Arts
  • Jen Hughes, Design Specialist and program manager for Our Town, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Charles Fluharty, President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute

Topics to be discussed

  • Overview of funding opportunities at NEA
  • Discussion of exemplar projects
  • NEA's role in Promise Zone Initiative and other key federal place-based initiatives
  • Other potential sources of support for arts-driven community development Next steps

Format of the call

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.  The 60 minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session. If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).





Connect 4 Mental Health Seeks Entries for 2014 Community Innovation Awards - DEADLINE: October 3, 2014

Four $10,000 prizes will be awarded to U.S.-based community programs that exhibit innovative work in the categories of early intervention, creative use of technology, continuity of care, and service integration....


Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program - Application deadline: Oct 14, 2014
Grants to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services.
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health


Fitch Charitable Foundation Fellowships for Mid-Career Professionals in Preservation and Related Fields - DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to mid-career professionals working on preservation-related projects in a range of fields....


NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Learning & Leadership Grant Program - DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to educators and school staff for individual professional development opportunities and group projects related to collegial study....


Shared Insight Fund Invites Proposals for Projects to Improve Philanthropy - DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

The fund, a multiyear collaboration of seven funders, will pool their resources to improve philanthropy....


Whole Kids School Garden Grant Program - Application deadline: Oct 31, 2014
Offers grants to develop school gardens. Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation


Lilly Endowment Accepting Applications for Teacher Creativity Fellowships - DEADLINE: November 3, 2014

The program will award a hundred grants of $10,000 each to K-12 educators in Indiana to pursue an "imaginative project" that infuses their busy lives with personal renewal and intellectual revitalization....


NCTM Accepting Applications or Equity in Mathematics Grants - DEADLINE: November 7, 2014

Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded in support of projects designed to improve the achievement of middle school student populations with a record of underachievement....


National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) - Application deadline: Nov 13, 2014
Provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) who agree to provide primary care health services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.
Sponsor: National Health Service Corps


Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows - Application deadline: Nov 13, 2014
A fellowship program designed to develop the capacity of midcareer health professionals and behavioral and social scientists with an interest in health to participate in health policy processes at the federal level. Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program - Application deadline: Nov 14, 2014
Supports projects that will enhance and sustain the delivery of effective healthcare in rural communities. Sponsor: Office of Rural Health Policy


NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program - Application deadline: Nov 15, 2014
Offers loan repayment assistance for health professionals who commit to research projects related to health disparities. Sponsor: National Institutes of Health


National Disaster Resilience Competition NOFA – Application deadline: March 15, 2015

This NOFA will award supplemental disaster recovery CDBG funds competitively for resilient recovery activities. Because the law directs that CDBG-DR assistance must flow to the most impacted and distressed areas with unmet recovery and revitalization needs related to the effects of a covered major disaster, HUD decided that a competition framework would work best to elicit the data needed to inform allocation choices and ensure that the unmet disaster recovery and revitalization needs of communities around the country are appropriately considered. This publication provides information and instructions for the CDBG-NDR competition, Phases 1 and 2. The requirements for applicants are to be found in this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and in those General Section to HUD's FY2014 NOFAs for Discretionary Programs expressly incorporated. HUD will award CDBG-NDR funds at the end of Phase 2. All awarded funds shall assist eligible CDBG-NDR activities. HUD is making available approximately $1 billion in assistance, covering both phases of the competition.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5800-N-29. Email address where you can direct formal questions:

Other links: 


·        HUD Portal with links to NOFA and resilience-related resources:

·        Press Release:

·        Fact Sheet:

·        NDRC NOFA posted on (link via HUD’s Funds Available webpage):


ACHA Foundation Invites Applications for Aetna Student Health Award - DEADLINE: January 31, 2015

Grants of $5,000 will be awarded to support the creation of novel wellness solutions and programs that address issues specifically related to the retention and overall well-being of college students....


American College Health Foundation Seeks Applications for Campus Health Initiatives - DEADLINE: January 31, 2015

Grants of $2,500 will be awarded in support of campus initiatives that foster positive ACHA Health Campus 2020 outcomes for the campus community....


USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program - Applications accepted on an ongoing basis.
Provides discounts to rural health care providers to obtain internet and telecommunications access. Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company


Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs - Geographic Coverage: Available in 40 States.
Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, and environmental consciousness. Sponsor: Wells Fargo



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  Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up -

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


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