Monday, August 8, 2016

FW: CED Matters - Publications, Funding, Events and Learning

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development. Note the several funding opportunities for rural health.

CED Matters – Funding, Publications, Events and Learning (8/5)


1.      Hospital Charitable Service Awards
Recognizes hospitals in the United States whose commitment to their community has led to innovative, sustainable, and collaborative efforts to improve community health and increase access to healthcare education and services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2016
Sponsor: Jackson Healthcare

2.      Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Model
An advanced primary care medical home model designed to strengthen primary care through a regionally-based multi-payer payment reform and care delivery transformation. The redesign will give practices financial resources and flexibility to make quality and efficiency of care investments and reduce unnecessary health care costs.
Geographic coverage: Available in 16 states
Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2016
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

3.      Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01)
Awards funding for innovative, multi-level studies to test systems, infrastructures, and strategies that will accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical care relevant to heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders. Vulnerable populations include medically underserved individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, low income groups, and rural-dwelling patients.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 21, 2016
Application Deadline: Oct 21, 2016
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

4.      Public Health Student Volunteer Program
Provides a one-semester internship experience for students enrolled in a public health program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration


5.      FEMA National Training Program Continuing Grants

FEMA announced funding opportunities for the Fiscal Year 2016 Continuing Training Grants program. The Homeland Security National Training Program’s Continuing Training Grants will provide $11.5 million to qualified applicants to help improve the nation’s ability to respond to and recover from all-hazard events. This highly competitive program attracts applicants from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, eligible non-profit organizations, and higher education institutions. Funding is provided as cooperative agreements and awarded directly to the selected applicants. For more information and to download the application package, visit and submit applications no later than August 22.


6.      Small Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food

CSX and The Conservation Fund have joined forces for a third round of grants to help combat food insecurity! The Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food will help strengthen and support the transportation and distribution of healthy food to communities in need. Small grants will enable producers and retailers to acquire the equipment and resources needed to sustain food quality and safety as they sell, store, package and distribute fresh produce and other foods. More than 23 million Americans across the country have limited or no access to fresh produce, meats and seafood. One of the contributing factors to these "food deserts" is the lack of local infrastructure to distribute fresh food to markets. We need to connect people to food, and food to people! For the last two years, the recipient organizations used the grant funds to purchase refrigeration and delivery trucks, acquire portable food chests and expand local food supply and capacity to provide more than 214 million pounds of nutritious food to approximately 8.5 million people annually. Application Deadline: September 15, 2016


7.      USDA Community Facilities Re-lending Program

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) are eligible to apply to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Re-lending Program. Through the Community Facilities Re-lending Program, USDA provides low-interest, direct loans through the program to Re-lenders - high-impact, community-based lending institutions with a track record of mission-driven lending in high poverty areas. Re-lenders can use the funds to make loans for community facilities projects like health clinics, schools, libraries, food banks, municipal buildings, and child care centers. CDFIs are eligible to participate as Community Facilities Re-lenders through the program. Re-lenders must demonstrate that they have experience making loans in economically distressed rural areas. To learn more about the Community Facilities Re-lending Program, and how to participate, please visit USDA's website.


8.      EPA Announces $10.7M in Supplemental Funds to Cleanup Brownfields

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $10.7 million in supplemental funding to help transform communities by cleaning up contaminated brownfield properties. EPA plans to provide supplemental funding to 33 successful Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees, helping more than 40 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects.


9.      High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety Pilot/Feasibility Research Projects (HICAHS)
Grants to support agriculture and forestry occupational health and safety research projects in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.
Geographic coverage: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
Application Deadline: Aug 15, 2016
Sponsor: High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety


10.   Nutrition Education for Native American Communities
Grants to native communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programs for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 23, 2016
Sponsors: First Nations Development Institute, Walmart Foundation


1.      Social Determinants of Health for Rural People
This topic guide has been updated with new frequently asked questions and updated statistics. It focuses on the health inequities that rural resident’s experience. Learn how income-level, educational attainment, race/ethnicity, housing quality, and other factors impact health. The guide is maintained by Maren Niemeier, RHIhub Information Resources Manager.


2.      Foundations Combine Forces to Improve Health Care, Reduce Costs

A coalition of five national health foundations has announced the launch of a collaboration aimed at transforming care delivery for chronically ill patients with the greatest need. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, leaders of the Commonwealth Fund, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the John A. Hartford, Scan, and Robert Wood Johnson foundations said their organizations would contribute resources in an effort to meet three urgent goals: help health system leaders and other stakeholders develop a deep understanding of the population of chronically ill patients and their needs; identify effective ways to deliver higher-quality, integrated care at a lower cost to that population; and accelerate the spread of those approaches across the country. In their article, the foundation leaders argued that their target population merits heightened attention both because it has complex and costly health and social care needs and because it is disproportionately affected by poor quality care. What's more, the need is urgent, they argue, because the number of such patients, many of them older adults, is growing....


3.      Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study

Counting Values presents a set of financial and operational performance benchmarks for food hubs. This study aims to establish the basis for comparing results across a business sector that is both new and multipurpose.


4.      HUD Publishes the Renewable Energy Toolkit for Affordable Housing

This toolkit enable recipients of HUD Community Planning and Development (CPD) grants to integrate renewable energies into their affordable housing development programs under HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), or Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG). Integration of renewable energy into affordable housing is important because it maintains affordability through reduced energy costs, which can facilitate improved operations and maintenance.


5.      Fewer Than Half of WIC-Eligible Families Receive WIC Benefits
Examines the characteristics of families eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) who receive WIC benefits compared to those who do not. Includes information on rural versus urban families participating in WIC. Identifies nonparticipating WIC-eligible families that could be targeted for outreach.
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
Date: 2016

6.      Food acquisition locations differ by household income and SNAP participation

Understanding where U.S. households acquire food, what they acquire, and what they pay is essential to identifying which food and nutrition policies might improve diet quality. USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) provides a complete picture of these key aspects during a 7-day period in 2012 by including both food at home and food away from home acquisitions. Higher-income households are more likely to visit large grocery stores (88 versus 83 percent) and small or specialty food stores (20 versus 14-15 percent) than households that participate in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and lower-income non-SNAP households. SNAP households are more likely to report an acquisition in the ‘all other stores’ category compared with both non-SNAP groups (51 versus 39-41 percent), which includes convenience stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Considering food away from home, SNAP households are least likely to visit restaurants/other eating places when compared to lower-income non-SNAP and higher-income households. In addition, a larger share of SNAP households obtain food from schools (20 percent) than lower-income non-SNAP households (12 percent) and higher-income households (14 percent). Finally, higher-income households are twice as likely to get food from work than the other two groups, which is not surprising given their greater employment rates. The data for this chart can be found in the ERS report, Where Households Get Food in a Typical Week: Findings from USDA’s FoodAPS, released on July 27, 2016.


1.      What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health
A guide for rural community health improvement. Explains how to find strategies that are likely to be effective. Identifies interventions related to health behaviors, healthcare access and quality, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Date: 07/2016


2.      EPA Round-Table Discussion for Environmental Justice Communities on the Benefits of Addressing Climate Change

The U.S. EPA is providing a round-table discussion for Environmental Justice Communities as an opportunity to share information, find common ground, work collaboratively with community groups, and acknowledge stakeholders perspectives on a variety of topics about the Presidents Climate Action Plan and the Clean Power Plan.

Event Details: You must register to attend this event. Register Here.

Who Should Attend: Environmental Justice Communities and Organizations

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)

Location: EPA Region 5 -- Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan Room (77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604)

Cost: FREE (There is Limited Seating Available. First Come, First Served)


3.      Announcing OBLR's "Leveraging for Brownfields Revitalization" Webinar Series

The Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) is proud to announce a webinar series focusing on tools and best practices for assisting communities in successfully leveraging resources for brownfields revitalization. Individual webinars will provide useful information for communities on how to establish effective strategies to build support for revitalization projects, and how to use existing resources to attract additional funding for critical community revitalization projects. The "Meet the Funders" webinars in the series will highlight funding resources and technical assistance available from specific federal agencies or from philanthropic organizations.


For more CED-related content please subscribe to the following:

Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development

Cooperative Reports, Publications, and Statistics

Rural Cooperative Magazine

Placed Based Initiatives & Regional Programs

Community Economic Development


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