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Friday Update 11-29-13

November 29, 2013


Friday Update 11-29-13

Greetings faithful readers. We hope you all are enjoying this holiday week so we have a special video treat for you. Let’s all get happy with Pharrell Williams incredible 24-hours of happy. Warning: Once you start watching you may not stop so set yourself a time limit cuz there is some good information in this issue that we want you to pay attention to. Okay, get happy and then get to readin’ Friday Update. We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Peer Youth Advocates project needs your help
The Peer Youth Advocates (PYAs) project is looking for relevant literature addressing the needs of young adults with current or prior mental health challenges who have received services through a child-serving system (e.g., mental health, child welfare; juvenile justice, special education) and who work adjunctively within the child mental health system. If this is in your wheelhouse take a moment to share with the PYA project. The more we share the more we increase the likelihood of new funding opportunities for youth in transition.

Pathways is hosting a meme contest!
Okay, I am gonna need some help figuring out what a meme is but we do know that Pathways has a contest underway to win a cash gift card for the mental health meme showing how you manage your mental health that gets the most likes. Gotta be between the ages of 18-30 to participate. No wonder I don’t know what a meme is…

Text, Talk and Act: Join the mental health conversation on December 5th 
This December 5th, join Creating Community Solutions in a nationwide discussion on mental health….via your cell phone! All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health. Check out the cool infographic as well.

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference   
Time to start packin’ for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference in Tampa, Florida March 2 – 5, 2014. It’s gonna be amazing. Winning conference proposals will be announced the second week in December. Good luck to all who submitted. Looking forward to seeing you in sunny Tampa.

Georgetown Training Institutes – Get your proposals in by December 6th!
There’s still time to submit a proposal for the Georgetown University Training Institutes. Put July 16 – 20, 2014 on your calendar and get ready for the premier training event in children’s mental health offered by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health.  And remember, there will be a stellar Youth Leadership Track
at the conference so get those youth proposals in!

SNAP is critical to children and families
Network faithful are encouraged to read an enlightening report from the Brookings Institute on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The report addresses the impact of cutting SNAP funds on children and families. Read the report and increase your knowledge. This is an important advocacy concern for the Children’s Mental Health Network.

Families USA National Story Bank
Families USA has a new tool to collect stories from people who have gotten health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The story collection tool is now live and accepting stories. Network faithful are encouraged to contribute stories, especially those that involve receiving mental health services.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces Clinical Scholars Call for Applications
Through its Clinical Scholars program, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to foster the development of physicians who can lead the transformation of Americans’ health and the healthcare system. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners, and policy makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. The goal of the program is to integrate the clinical expertise of scholars with training in program development and research methods to help them find solutions for the challenges confronting the U.S. healthcare system and the health of U.S. communities. The program offers master’s degree graduate-level study and research in a university-based, post-residency training program. The program generally involves two years of study, with generous protected time for research. Great opportunity for our growing legion of physician Network faithful.

Notah Begay III Foundation announces RFP for Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures Program
The Notah Begay III Foundation has announced a Request for Proposals for the Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures grant program. The purpose of the program is to partner with Native communities to better understand the root causes of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, resulting in strategies and an action plan to address the issue. Grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded.

Maryland national reading test results excluding children with learning disabilities
In the “things are not always as it seems” category, the state of Maryland has been identified as having excluded learning disabled and English learning students five times the national average in reports of success on national reading tests and more than double of any other state.

Medicaid expansion growing
Most states that so far have not expanded Medicaid are “looking for a way to get to yes,” the leader of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) said at a recent briefing held by the Alliance of Health Reform and cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. NAMD Executive Director Matt Salo said that the “vast majority” of states in the “no” category would be interested in taking advantage of federal funding to expand Medicaid if they could get the Obama administration to allow them to tweak the program.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
Between November 25 and December 10, the #SeeTheSigns social media campaign will educate men and women about the signs of abuse and domestic violence so that victims and others can seek help and safely intervene. #SeeTheSigns will educate women and men about the important role they play in recognizing the signs of abuse among their friends and family and how they can help break the cycle by starting conversations about the issue. Tied together with the hashtag #SeeTheSigns, the campaign features powerful graphics and “signs” of domestic violence intended to help people recognize the often subtle signs of abuse.


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