Monday, September 21, 2015

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

Good information about rural health and poverty!!


From: Gonzalez, Andres - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 3:11 PM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding


Note from the editors: As mentioned last week, Chris Proctor and Andres Gonzalez are now managing and publishing this these e-mails. We’d like to thank Suzette for all the hard work she’s put into making them such a useful resource over the years. If any readers have any suggestions or feedback, we’d love to hear it! We know we’ve got big shoes to fill here.



USDA and EPA Join with Private Sector, Charitable Organizations to Set Nation’s First Food Waste Reduction Goals. USDA blog, 09/16/15. Food waste contributes to $1500 per family in food waste annually and comprises the largest percent of solid municipal waste in the United States. In response to this, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburb called for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030, which builds on previous federal, nonprofit, and private sector-led programs like the US Food Waste Challenge, food waste apps, and the new food waste education section on 


Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014
Reports on income levels and the number of people in poverty for 2013 and 2014, along with the percent change from 2013 to 2014. Includes statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas (see Table 1 and Table 3). Based on data from the 2015 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which had redesigned questions related to income. Tables D-1 and D-2 provides metro/nonmetro data for the traditional 2013 and redesigned 2013 income and poverty measures.
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
Date: 09/2015

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Slade, Kentucky, May 27-29, 2015
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting. Discusses health disparities in the Appalachia region, social determinants of health including poverty, as well as federal programs and how they address these challenges.
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: 05/2015

Health Summary Important for Coordinating Care with Non-VA Providers
Sep 15, 2015 -- This blog entry provides a progress report on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record exchange program called the Veteran Initiated Electronic Care Coordination project. Reports progress in helping rural veterans coordinate care among multiple providers, both inside and outside the Veterans Affairs system.
Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Preserve Rural Access to Therapy Services
Sep 11, 2015 -- Announces the Senate's passage of a bill to extend the prohibition of enforcement of CMS's direct supervision policy for outpatient therapeutic services through December 31, 2015. The passage allows time to advance the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services (PARTS) legislation which allows for the general supervision of most outpatient therapeutic services to be done by a physician or non-physician provider, thus ensuring that rural hospitals can continue to provide these needed services to patients in their own communities.
Source: Office of Senator John Thune (SD)

CMS Releases First Ever Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare
Sep 8, 2015 -- Announces the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s plan to address health equity and eliminate health disparities for underserved beneficiaries. The plan outlines six priorities and targets Medicare populations that have disproportionately high levels of disease, low quality care, and difficulty accessing care, including those living in rural areas.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Assessing Rural-Urban Nurse Practitioner Supply and Distribution in 12 States
A policy brief comparing the distribution of nurse practitioners (NPs) in rural and urban areas through the analysis of license records and the National Provider Identifier (NPI) data from 12 states.
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Date: 08/2015

Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide
The USDA report, Running a Food Hub: A Business Operations Guide, was just released and provides ample resources to the ins and outs of food hub operations. The second report in a 3-part series, this 'how to' guide provides in-depth guidance on starting and running a food hub enterprise, including classifications, operations, marketing, products and servicing, and risks. Check out the recently released report, or take a look at Volume 1: Lessons Learned From the Field.

Measuring the Impact of Public Markets and Farmers Markets on Local Economies.

During GoodGreens meetings we’ve often referenced studies that show the economic impact of farmers markets on local retailers and local economies.


Food Stamp Spending at Farmers Markets Increased 500% in Seven Years. Natural News, 09/07/2015.

The USDA has prioritized making farmers markets SNAP user-accessible. Since 2008, the number of SNAP-authorized markets has increased from 753 to more than 6400 and SNAP spending has increased by more than 500%. At farmers markets, local producers share growing techniques, build community with shoppers, and promote food self-reliance.




Illinois Food and Agribusiness Guide by the Illinois Department of Agriculture lists any company or farm that either produces, processes, packages, or is headquartered in Illinois. This guide can help connect producers to restaurants and buyers.



University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (with examples from the Midwest) – probably the best website about co-ops in the English language (they used to get 100,000 hits a month).

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives has similar information, but with some nice examples from the South.

The Cooperative Development Institute provides co-op development in the Northeast (excellent organization).  They have an informative section called “Ask Co-op Cathy” for in-depth issues.

The California Center for Cooperative Development provides similar information, but with interesting examples of housing co-ops, student co-ops, and day care co-ops (a shout out to Scott).

Northwest Cooperative Development Center is an excellent center and concentrates services on sectors that are of interest to CED (but their website isn’t as strong on the basics of what is a co-op).  Click on “sectors” for an overview of their focus areas.

The Census Bureau's poverty, income and health insurance release:

Income and Poverty in the United States:  2014:

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States:  2014: 

Census Bureau's presentation slides with data points: 

Supplemental Poverty Measure:  2014:

Basics:  official poverty numbers flat - disappointing.  Supplemental poverty measure shows decrease overall, very big decrease and much lower poverty numbers for children - in part owing to anti-poverty effectiveness of programs that assist children.

Full recording of CHN webinar: 

CHN Webinar slides:



The Good Food Fund in Michigan is a collaborative effort with 20+ organizations that can fund production, distribution, processing, or retail enterprises benefitting low and moderate-income, food-insecure Michigan communities. The effort, which includes Fair Food Network, Capital Impact Partners, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to create a $30 million fund to supply loans, grants, and new market tax credits for businesses and organizations involved in the good food sector. For more information on the Good Food Fund, click here.


Developing Healthy Places
The Kresge Foundation seeks to fund nonprofit or government initiatives that build healthier and more equitable food systems, transportation infrastructure, and land use.
Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, government entities.
Funding: Varies, based on proposal.
Deadline: Rolling.

USDA and Microsoft debut “Innovation Challenge
Purpose: software developers create apps that help United States’ food systems achieve sustainability in the midst of a changing climate. USDA has placed 100 years of climate-related data on Microsoft Azure cloud to allow access on remote laptops, tablets, or mobile phones.
Eligibility: Please see link.
Funding: $60,000 in prizes.
Deadline: November 20, 2015.


USDA Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
Purpose:  Provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDO’s) to provide microloans, training, and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.
Eligibility: rural nonprofits, federally-recognized Tribes, institutions of higher learning, or businesses (ultimate recipients) with 10 or fewer full time employees in rural areas with populations less than 50,000 (Please see requirements).

Funding: Grants to qualifying recipients up to $205,000 annually (with 15% matching); loans up to $50,000-$500,000 for MDOs; loans up to $50,000 to ultimate recipients.

Deadline: Rolling (applications will be considered for next Federal fiscal quarter). Must apply no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time) on last day of fiscal quarter for consideration for next quarter. Click here for more information.


Fuel Up to Play 60

Purpose: Every year, the National Dairy Council, National Football League, and the USDA provide grants up to $4,000 to K-12 schools with programs that encourage youth to eat healthy (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and exercise for at least 60 minutes daily. One of this year’s Healthy Eating Plays focuses on Farm to School.

Eligibility: K-12 schools that follow one Healthy Eating Play and Physical Activity Play.

Funding: Up to $4,000 per year per school.

Deadline: November 4, 2015.  


New Awards: Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program
Sep 4, 2015 -- The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy announces awards for the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program) which began on September 1, 2015. The program provides funds to establish a network of rural health providers and organizations that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including new housing construction; housing rehabilitation; land acquisition to support new housing; green energy projects; mold remediation; homeownership assistance; public service facilities such as healthcare entities, child care facilities, and employment-related agencies; economic development; and microenterprise programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 22, 2015
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of April 1, 2016)
Funding to provide comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 2, 2015
Sponsor: Bureau of Primary Health Care



Farmer Grant Writing Workshop, by University of Illinois Extension, invites farmers to attend a workshop on the basics of grant writing and information on the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer Rancher Grant Program. The event will take place September 28, 2015, in Springfield, IL.

Season Extension Workshop, hosted by The Land Connection, is a 3-day workshop series on effectively extending the growing season. The workshops will cover indoor production, heat and wind management, and unique marketing strategies. The event will take place October 12-14, 2015, in Champaign, IL. Register at the website before October 7.

Food Sovereignty Summit. The Oneida Nation, First Nations Development Institute, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation invite Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, and related to their third annual summit. Training tracks offered include: Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market, with optional training sessions on farming, marketing, canning, and ecological rescue at the various Oneida facilities and sites. The event, which will also provide opportunities to network between tribes and showcase traditional foods, will be from October 26-29, 2015, in Green Bay, WI.


Newsletters and email from which we gather this information include:

v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe 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  Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up -

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