June 25, 2014 Edition
In this newsletter, we build on the spirit of Father’s Day this month in making sure you have the most recent updates from the President’s initiative called My Brother’s Keeper, an all-hands-on-deck effort to help more of our young men reach their full potential. In addition, we hope you will tune in to some of the exciting webinars in the month ahead, including a new three-part series on Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters. It will help you teach those in your community to shop smarter, make healthy choices and cook nutritious, affordable meals. We also continue our Affordable Care Act focus with webinars on topics such as Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured. Be sure to check out this short, informative video: Do You Qualify for a Special Enrollment Period?
Also included in this newsletter is an update on our work to connect communities to health systems through innovative programs and ongoing collaborations with Stakeholder Health, as well as many more events and activities we want to connect you to.
We look forward to partnering with many of you in the coming months. To share your efforts related to any of these important issues, please contact the HHS Partnership Center at Partnerships@hhs.gov or 202-358-3595.
Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Acting Director
Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
In this issue, you will find…
Featured Update on My Brother’s Keeper
By Ben O’Dell
As we celebrated National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day this month, it has been an important time to reflect on how much fathers, and men in general, contribute to the strength of our communities. In announcing his new initiative focused on men and boys of color, “My Brothers Keeper,” the President recognized their important role, saying, “Across this country, in government, in business, in our military, in communities in every state we see extraordinary examples of African American and Latino men who are standing tall and leading, and building businesses, and making our country stronger.”
My Brother’s Keeper is the President’s initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Just this past weekend, as a part of his recognition of Father’s Day, the President explained the importance of fathers and mentoring in our local communities:
Over the past couple years, I’ve met with a lot of young people who don’t have a father figure around. And while there’s nothing that can replace a parent, any of us can do our part to be a mentor, a sounding board, a role model for a kid who needs one.
My Brother’s Keeper is aimed at providing boys and young men of color with access to supportive, encouraging mentoring at critical, formative times in their lives in order to help them achieve their full potential. The initiative recognizes that the most powerful interactions and means of change are through the relationships children and youth have with parents, teachers, faith leaders, coaches and mentors, which together shape these young people and enable them to thrive. You can hear the President talk about the program in this short, informative video.
My Brother’s Keeper acknowledges that government cannot play the only, or even the primary, role in helping boys and young men of color achieve their potential in life, just as nothing can replace the power of a parent who reads to their child or a father who takes an active role in his son’s life. As a result, the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force has emphasized the role of faith and community partners in this initiative. Faith leaders and community-based organizations can contribute by:
- Supporting, organizing and providing high-quality, sustained mentoring or encourage those in their community to mentor through local programs
- Providing learning opportunities, such as reading activities, in their communities
- Supporting parents and other adult caregivers in their efforts to strengthen at-home literacy
Be sure to check out the Task Force’s report to see if there are other ways that your community can become involved.
To sign up to be a mentor, or to search for mentoring opportunities in your community, please visit whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-
Ben O’Dell, Father, Mentor, and Associate Director
HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Articles and Updates
An Update on Stakeholder Health
By Heidi Christensen
Stakeholder Health (formerly known as Health Systems Learning Group) is a voluntary, peer-led learning collaborative that has enjoyed the participation (over the last two-and-a-half years) of some 90-plus organizations across diverse sectors. It developed out of a series of stakeholder convenings co-hosted by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and the Partnership Center at the Department of Health and Human Services and participating health systems.
Read more at stakeholderhealth.org.
Heidi Christensen is Associate Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Capacity Building & Grant Writing Training for Faith-based and Community Organizations
Event Date: Wednesday, July16, 2014; 9:00am- 4:00pm EDT
Event Location: Howard Gittis Student Center (1755 N. 13th Street - Morgan Hall D 301, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122)
Contact Information: Sayed Abubaker Phone: (202) 708-2404 Email: Sayed.A.Abubaker@hud.gov
The HUD Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships provides capacity building and grant writing-related trainings for faith-based and community organizations. Through the Capacity Building Training for Emerging Organizations launched in 2004, participants receive personal instruction from key HUD staff on how to become more competitive for Federal grants, secure 501(c)(3) status, and create the organizational structure necessary to secure government funds. Since its inception, the Capacity Building Training has grown to include information for intermediate and advanced organizations.
This program is designed to:
- Address the misconceptions surrounding partnerships between faith-based organizations and the government
- Equip non-profit groups with practical information as they strive to achieve economic empowerment and wealth creation for their communities
- Educate faith-based and community organizations about opportunities available in HUD programs and the federal government
Your Life Matters! Logo Competition and Sabbath for Suicide Prevention
The Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s public–private partnership is developing a campaign to enhance inherent strengths in many faith communities that help prevent suicides. These include promoting hope and social connections in life-affirming ways, strengthening reasons for living, and reducing barriers to seeking support and treatment for mental health and substance abuse challenges. The Task Force invites the public to help design a logo for the campaign by the deadline of July 10, 2014. The Taskforce is also developing a toolkitof resources for congregations for September's "Your Life Matters!" Sabbath for Suicide Prevention. The proposed Sabbath date is September 12-14, 2014 to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The toolkit, which will be available for free online, will contain multiple resources. We hope you will begin planning for an observance that we believe could be very helpful to tens or hundreds of thousands across the country.
Government Leaders for Tomorrow (GL4T)
Summer Program for Youth in the Community
HHS is sponsoring the Government Leaders for Tomorrow (GL4T) program. GL4T is a four-week session that provides minority youth insight into the federal government. Participants will engage in activities that will help them build strong communication, time management and teamwork skills. Some of the course offerings will be:
- Business Etiquette
- Interviewing Tips
- Resume Writing
- Pathways to Success
- Job Shadowing/Mentorship
- Soft Skill Workshops
- Track Your Success
- Identifying Career Fields
HHS would like to partner with your faith-based or community organization to identify potential youth that would benefit from participating in this exciting program.
Start Date: July 9, 2014
Location: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Humphrey Building; 200 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20201
- Must be between the ages of 16-24 years of age (Parental/guardian consent required for those 16-18 years old)
- Able to travel to training sites in the metro-DC area on a daily/weekly basis (via Metrorail, Metrobus, or other mode of transportation)
- Can fully commit to the GL4T four-week program
For more information, please contact Denise Joseph at GL4T@hhs.gov.
Upcoming Partnership Center Webinars
The HHS Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders. All webinars are open to the public and include a question and answer session where you can ask HHS staff any questions you may have.
To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information. After registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing information about joining the webinar.
Let's Move: Cooking Matters
As part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices and cook delicious, affordable meals. Founded in 1993, Cooking Matters and thousands of volunteer instructors have helped more than 150,000 low-income families in communities across the country learn how to eat better for less. Together, Cooking Matters and its partners serve families across the country through interactive grocery store tours, hands-on cooking courses and educational tools.
The Cooking Matters webinar series consists of three trainings on different themes. The trainings are presented by Share Our Strength and hosted by Let’s Move Faith & Communities.
Cooking Matters in the Home
Thursday, June 26, 1-2 p.m. EDT
Cooking Matters’ hands-on courses empower families with the skills to be self-sufficient in the kitchen. Participants practice fundamental food skills, including proper knife techniques, reading ingredient labels, cutting up a whole chicken and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget. Each course is team-taught by a volunteer chef and nutrition educator and covers meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. This webinar will cover some of the fundamental food skills taught in Cooking Matters courses, including resources available to you like the Smart Phone App with recipes.
Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance
Wednesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EDT
Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar and conference call will discuss:
- How to read your insurance card
- How to find a doctor
- What you need to know in making an appointment
- What to do in case you have a health emergency
We will also discuss key terms and recommended health screenings. Please send your questions to ACA101@hhs.gov prior to July 1 at Noon ET.
Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured
Wednesday, July 16 at 1 p.m. EDT
The health care law has created special enrollment periods for those who experience special circumstances, such as:
- Graduating from college and losing health insurance
- Getting married and needing coverage for a spouse
- Losing employer insurance
- Turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan
Join this webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Please email ACA101@hhs.gov by July 15 at Noon EDT with any questions.
Other Upcoming Webinars
Innovative State and Local Crisis Response Systems
Tuesday July 1, 2-3:30 p.m. (EDT) Click here to Register.
Tuesday, July 15, 2-3:30 p.m. (EDT) Click here to Register.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a series of webinars on how to expand community-based crisis response services and systems. The series began on May 7, 2014 and will run every two weeks through July 15. The webinars describe new and emerging crisis response practices across a continuum of need that includes pre-crisis planning, early intervention, crisis stabilization, and post-crisis support. In addition, the webinar series explores the types of outcomes sought for different approaches, how these approaches are financed, and provide State and local examples.
Partnerships Showcase Series: Google Hangout by Mr. Larry Long, Director Recreation Therapy Service, Veterans Health Administration
Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 1-1:45pm, EDT
Mr. Larry Long, a recreation therapy expert, will highlight a successful non-monetary public-private partnership (P3) between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a non-governmental organization (NGO) providing recreational therapy to Veterans through fly fishing and fly tying. If your NGO programmatic staff members have questions about how to establish a non-monetary P3 with the VA, this event is for them! NGO staff members should leave the Google Hangout with a better understanding of how to initiate, explore, problem solve, establish, and maintain a P3 with the VA. If you have any questions for the presenter that you think may not be addressed during the Google Hangout, please send them to P3@va.gov. You can also use this email address to send general questions about the Hangout.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast is a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by its agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Forecast opportunities are subject to change based on enactment of congressional appropriations.
When funding is available and an agency is ready to accept applications, the agency will issue an official notice, known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will include instructions on how to apply.
As always, the final section of our newsletter includes an updated grants listing that faith-based and community non-profits can pursue. All of these grant programs are competitive. It is important to review the funding announcement thoroughly to ensure that the grant opportunity is one that is appropriate to your organization’s mission, size, and scope.
Title: Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces
Description: The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality, and accessibility in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act creates a Health Insurance Marketplace or Marketplace also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange in each state, that together provide millions of Americans and small employers with access to affordable health insurance coverage. The Marketplace allows individuals, employers, and employees to shop for, select, and enroll in QHPs. The Marketplace also determines individuals eligibility for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions, as well as helps individuals access other Federal and state health care programs, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). By providing one-stop shopping, the Marketplace makes purchasing health insurance easier and more understandable than in the past, and puts greater control and greater choice in the hands of eligible individuals and small employers. Last month, CMS finalized regulations that update the requirements applicable to Navigators. Navigators will now be required to maintain a physical presence in the Marketplace service area, so that face-to-face assistance can be provided to consumers. Navigator grant applicants will also be encouraged to perform background checks for all Navigator staff that will be handling sensitive or personally identifiable information (PII). In addition to quarterly and annual reporting, Navigators will be required to submit to CMS weekly and monthly progress reports detailing their progress and activities in their target communities.
There is a conference call to learn more about the funding opportunity on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
starthere.jsp?ei=1036406 . The letters of intent to apply are due June 30, 2014, the applications are due by July 10, 2014. The anticipated award date is September 8, 2014.
For more information about Navigators, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/
Link to Full Announcement: https://www.grantsolutions.
gov/gs/preaward/ previewPublicAnnouncement.do? id=49613
Last Day to Apply: July 10, 2014
Grant Administered by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
Title: Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
Description: The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces that competing applications will be accepted for grants to administer projects for the national Assets for Independence (AFI) of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). The projects will provide IDAs and related services to individuals and families with low incomes. A primary feature of each AFI project is that participants save earned income in an IDA to purchase a home, capitalize or expand a business for self-employment, or attend postsecondary education or training. Projects also ensure that participants have access to financial education training and coaching, including family budgeting, debt and credit counseling, using mainstream financial products, and accessing refundable tax credits. As a condition of their federal AFI grant, grantees must provide non-federal funds to support their AFI project in an amount at least equal to the Federal AFI grant amount. This is a standing announcement. For the next three Fiscal Years (2014, 2015, 2016), there will be multiple application due dates during each year. The due dates are as follows: FY 2014: 05/07/2014 and 07/14/2014 FY 2015: 10/27/2014 and 04/20/2015 FY 2016: 10/19/2015 and 04/18/2016
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: April 18, 2016
Title: Grants to Address Trafficking within the Child Welfare Population
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for 60 month projects that will address trafficking within the child welfare population by implementing existing recommendations to prevent, identify, and serve victims of trafficking. This funding is designed to continue the development of child welfare systems’ response to trafficking through infrastructure building, and to create an evidence base of effective interventions and practices that promote better outcomes for children involved in the child welfare system. Funded projects will be required to use a multi-system approach and coordinate with local law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts systems, runaway and homeless youth programs, Children’s Justice Act grantees, child advocacy centers, and other necessary service providers.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: July 22, 2014
Grant Administered by: Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families
Title: Community Economic Development Projects
Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $17.9 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit low-income individuals to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, and to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: July 21, 2014
Title: Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects
Description: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $9.5 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Additionally or as an alternative, applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of low-income residents, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the CED program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), OCS seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities.
CED-HFFI grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on Federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: July 21, 2014
Title: Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children
Description: The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services (ORR/DCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the competing applications will be accepted for cooperative agreements to administer the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program.
ORR/DCS provides temporary shelter care and other related services to UACs in ORR custody. Shelter care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Shelter care and other related services are provided by State-licensed residential shelter care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC’s age and special needs. The majority of UAC are expected to remain in ORR custody between 30-35 days, but some will have a longer or shorter length of stay.
ORR is announcing this funding opportunity to seek residential care providers. Care providers must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children, including a program operating group homes, foster homes, or facilities for special needs minors.
Link to full announcement: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: August 5, 2014
Grant administered by: The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children's Services, Administration for Children and Families
Title: Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project
Description: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children Reentry Mentoring Project. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting efforts to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for young fathers returning to their families and communities.
Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Applicants must submit letters of support or memoranda of understanding with juvenile justice or adult correctional agencies that oversee the reentry process for young fathers (younger than 25 years old). Applicants may choose to partner with other community-based agencies to provide some reentry services, including the mentoring component. However, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for conducting and leading the project.
Link to Full Announcement: http://www.ojjdp.gov/grants/
Last Day to Apply: July 17, 2014
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