Network faithful take note: One of our favorite followers is the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH). They consistently do great work that we feature often in Friday Update and doggone if they haven't gone and done it again!
We were pleased to see that the Journal of Adolescent Health just released a special issue supplement titled “Implementing Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs: Legislation to Practice,” featuring implementation findings and lessons learned from OAH’s TPP Program. Each paper in the supplement addresses a unique topic in implementation science while reinforcing common themes, such as the importance of planning, monitoring fidelity, and assessing and building capacity. The supplement also includes topics such as creating standardized performance measures, the medical accuracy review process, working with tribal populations, working with parenting teens, ensuring fidelity to program models, training staff members, and establishing working relationships and support in communities. The full journal issue will be available via open access for the next six months (until 8/19/2014).
Ten foundations have announced that they will invest at least $200 million over five years as part of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative to expand opportunity for boys and young men of color.
Each of the ten foundations – the California Endowment, Atlantic and Bloomberg philanthropies, and the Annie E. Casey, Ford, Knight, Robert Wood Johnson, Kellogg, and Open Society foundations, along with the Kapor Center for Social Impact — has pledged $750,000 to fund the initial work. Many also are members of the Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a coalition of funders committed to leveraging philanthropy's role in improving life outcomes for boys and men of color. The $200 million in new commitments is in addition to programmatic investments totaling some $150 million that the foundations have already made.
Contact: Christine Stencel, Associate Director, Media Relations (202-570-9275) or firstname.lastname@example.org), Erica Fischer, Golin Harris (202-585-2608)
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) recently launched the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards program, a $15.5 million initiative to forge opportunities for patients and other stakeholder communities to become more involved in patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR).
“The inclusion of patient and stakeholder perspectives in health research is critical to producing information that is relevant, useful and trustworthy,” said PCORI Deputy Executive Director and Chief Officer for Engagement Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH. “The PCORI Engagement Awards program will enhance our primary research efforts by building a diverse community ready to participate in research and eager to help communicate its results.”
PCORI will support engagement projects in three categories:
- Knowledge Awards – Build knowledge around how consumers of healthcare information receive and make use of PCOR findings.
- Training and Development Awards – Promote the training and development of the “non-usual suspects” and others from the patient and stakeholder community to increase capacity for engaging in PCOR.
- Dissemination Awards – Strengthen the groundwork for disseminating and implementing the findings of PCORI funded research into practice.
Proposals will be evaluated and awarded on a rolling basis. Each award provides up to $250,000, with a project period of no more than two years. Together, the awards will help establish a diverse community of passionate individuals with opportunities to participate in PCOR.
Information and deadlines for all upcoming PCORI funding announcements are available in the Funding Opportunities section of PCORI’s website, www.pcori.org.
A new, groundbreaking study by the American Mental Health Counselors Association shows that nearly 4 million people with mental illnesses who are uninsured reside in the 25 states that have refused to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these individuals have severe mental health conditions and currently have no health insurance coverage through any public or private plan, but will be denied the opportunity to obtain coverage for treatment since those states have refused to participate. States declining Medicaid Expansion represent 55 percent of all uninsured people with major mental health disorders who are eligible for coverage in the new health insurance access initiative.
The comprehensive study — “Dashed Hopes, Broken Promises, More Despair: How the Lack of State Participation in the Medicaid Expansion Will Punish Americans With Mental Illness” shows that 6.7 million uninsured people with a mental illness are currently eligible for coverage under the Medicaid Expansion that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. But the majority of these individuals with mental health conditions will be left out in the coverage cold due to their state’s antagonism toward the Medicaid Expansion health insurance initiative.
Feb 21, 2014 | Jennifer Kates and Usha Ranji
By many measures, societal acceptance and support of LGBT rights in the United States have increased significantly in the last decade, especially in the last couple of years. Perhaps most notably has been the increase in public support for legalization of same-sex marriage, as well as gains in legal recognition, including the June 2013 Supreme Court decision which overturned a major portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), resulting in federal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S.
At the same time, however, a majority of states continue to impose bans on same-sex marriage and most offer no protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment and housing, and many LGBT individuals report having experienced some form of discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Ongoing discrimination, violence, and stigma compromise access to needed health services by LGBT individuals.
By David Hudson, Associate Director of Content for the Office of Digital Strategy, The White House
This afternoon, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama delivered remarks at the launch event for My Brother’s Keeper – his new initiative aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential. The initiative will bring together private philanthropies, businesses, governors, mayors, faith leaders, and nonprofit organizations that are committed to helping them succeed.
As the President said in today’s remarks, ensuring that young men of color can reach their full potential is the only way “America can reach its full potential.”
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight “My Brother’s President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to highlight “My Brother’s Keeper,” an initiative to expand opportunity for young men and boys of color, in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama announced that philanthropies and corporate leaders have pledged to invest at least $200 million over the next five years — on top of $150 million that they have already invested — to figure out which programs are the most successful in helping young men of color and replicate them in communities across the country. He also signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government to determine the best methods to improve the odds for young men of color.
The President made clear, however, that government can’t fix the problem by itself. Helping our young men of color has to be a multifaceted, sustained effort in all areas of our society:
In this effort, government cannot play the only — or even the primary — role. We can help give every child access to quality preschool and help them start learning from an early age, but we can’t replace the power of a parent who’s reading to that child. We can reform our criminal justice system to ensure that it’s not infected with bias, but nothing keeps a young man out of trouble like a father who takes an active role in his son’s life.
In other words, broadening the horizons for our young men and giving them the tools they need to succeed will require a sustained effort from all of us. Parents will have to parent — and turn off the television, and help with homework. Teachers will need to do their part to make sure our kids don’t fall behind and that we’re setting high expectations for those children and not giving up on them. Business leaders will need to create more mentorships and apprenticeships to show more young people what careers are out there. Tech leaders will need to open young eyes to fields like computer science and engineering. Faith leaders will need to help our young men develop the values and ethical framework that is the foundation for a good and productive life.
So we all have a job to do. And we can do it together — black and white, urban and rural, Democrat and Republican.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Systems of Care Expansion Implementation grants to expand and sustain comprehensive community mental health services for children and their families. The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances, and to improve the health and well-being of their families.
SAMHSA expects that grants of up to $1 million, for each year for up to four years will be provided to up to 23 selected grantees. The actual award amounts may vary, depending on the availability of funds.
WHO CAN APPLY
: State governments; Indian or tribal organizations (as defined in Section 4[b] and Section 4[c] of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act); Governmental units within political subdivisions of a State, such as a county, city or town; District of Columbia government, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (now Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands). See Section III-1 of the Request for Applications (RFA) for complete eligibility information.
- HOW TO APPLY: You may request a complete application package from SAMHSA for SM-14-002 at 1-877-SAMHSA7 (726-4727) [TDD: 1-800-487-4889]. You also may download the required documents from the SAMHSA website at http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/applying. Applicants must apply online through http://www.Grants.gov.
- APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 21, 2014. Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Diane Sondheimer at (240)-276-1922 or email@example.com. For questions on grants management issues contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240)-276-1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recent years, inequality in the United States has become increasingly pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have declined. The William T. Grant Foundation believes that the research community can play a critical role in reversing this trend. To that end, the foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of youth between the ages of 5 and 25, has launched a new research initiative to support projects that advance understanding in the area of inequality in youth development.
Through its new Understanding Inequality program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.
To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the William T. Grant Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.
Eating disorders do not discriminate. These serious illnesses may affect you regardless of your gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or size.
While many people are careful about what they eat or concerned about how they look, eating disorders are marked by extremes. Eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating may be signs of an eating disorder. Severe distress or concern about body weight or shape may also indicate an eating disorder.
In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on eating disorders. Please join us on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 3 to 4 pm ET, with expert Mark Chavez, Ph.D., who is chief of the Eating Disorders Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Chavez will be on hand to discuss the topic and answer your questions. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the Twitter chat.
To ask questions, you must have a Twitter account. If you prefer to simply observe the chat taking place, you may enter #NIMHchats at twubs.com to view the conversation in real-time. An archive of the chat will be posted on NIMH’s website following the event.
If you have any questions, please email NIMHpress@nih.gov. See you on Twitter!
SAMHSA has just released announcements for several grant funding opportunities that will definitely be of interest to Network faithful: