Friday Update 8-30-13

August 31, 2013


Friday Update 8-30-13

Greetings faithful readers. We have some stellar funding opportunities for you in this week’s edition of Friday Update. Plus, we continue to push for action on several policy fronts. So rest up this holiday weekend and recommit yourselves to fighting the good fight for children’s mental health. To help you remember what is important and to celebrate Labor Day, enjoy Natalie Merchant’s version of “Which Side are You On” written by Florence Reece in 1931. And finally, remember, if you barbecue on Monday, don’t pierce the brats… 

Most important reads for this week

“A good four minutes.” Amy Peterson shows how advocacy works
Amy Peterson is a founding member of Action to Keep Students Safe and a fierce advocate for the rights of youth and families. Read her account of advocating for the Keeping All Students Safe Act in a town hall meeting with Senator Grassley.

RWJF and Knight Foundation looking for your big idea for health and health care
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation wants to hear your ideas for solving major problems in health and health care. They are looking for innovations that reflect your vision of how the world could be if only we could develop a new approach or ask a different set of questions. But wait, there’s more - The Knight News Challenge is offering more than $2 million for the best, most innovative ideas relating to health data plus an additional $200,000 in companion prizes from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and California HealthCare Foundation. What are you waiting for?

Frank Suggs joins the CMHNetwork Advisory Council
Frank Suggs is a client Relations Director at DataScan Technology. DataScan Technologies provides floorplan financing and risk management systems and services to banking and captive financial institutions Data Scan is a division of JM Family Enterprises in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Prior to that Frank was a Senior Vice President at Wachovia Bank before retiring after 36 years in 2007. Frank
 served on the Board of the Georgia Parent Support Network in Atlanta, Georgia. Frank and his family have spoken at the Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum to bring emphasis on advocacy to state and local levels. Plus Frank and his wife Melanie have spoken to many groups including the Georgia General Assembly advocating parity and access for the mentally ill. The stigma and needless suffering for mentally ill along with inaccessible treatment has been with Frank and his family due to his son’s struggle for 30 years. Frank has vowed to make a difference! Please join us in giving Frank a hearty Children’s Mental Health Network welcome.

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference – Call for Proposals now open!
Proposals are coming in fast and furious for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference March 2 – 5, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. We have already told you that Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General, is the opening keynote speaker. Stay tuned for details on the rest of the stellar plenary speakers we have lined up for you. You are going to love it. Did I mention how beautiful (and warm) Tampa is in March? Trust me – by then you will want a bit of sunshine! 

HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act
Important news from HHS on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.

National Council ups the “Cool Factor” for Hill Day
Okay, we love the National Council and all, but they are really outdoing themselves in the “Cool” department for Hill Day, September 16 – 17, 2013. Check out their new apps to follow everything groovy about Hill Day.

Conference call to mobilize around the Healthy Transitions Initiative rescheduled for Friday, September 6 at 3:00 pm EST
A nasty virus has hit the home base of the Children’s Mental Health Network making it necessary to reschedule our Healthy Transitions Initiative conference call to next week. Not to worry, the local pharmacist has prescribed a powerful anti-sequestration medication that seems to be doing the trick. Maybe we will share it with our friends in Washington…

2014 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program
The NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award Initiative supports a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. Hey Network faithful researchers – They are showin’ you the money so make it happen!

NIH Director speaks to Huffington Post about effects of Sequestration
Speaking of NIH, the Huffington Post features an interview with NIH Director Francis Collins, who speaks about the effects of sequestration on the agency’s budget. Because of forced cuts, internal NIH estimates show that it will end up cutting more than the 700 research grants the institutes initially planned to sacrifice in the name of austerity,” the Huffington Post writes, adding, “If lawmakers fail to replace sequestration at the end of September, that number could rise above 1,000 as the NIH absorbs another two percent budget cut on top of the five percent one this fiscal year.”

Unlimited potential, vanishing opportunity: The crippling impact of sequestration on science
And for more sobering news regarding sequestration, Coalition for Health Funding member Ben Corb and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) released a new report, “Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity” that details the findings of a survey “of more than 3,700 frontline scientists from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia” and “depicts clearly the broad impact of cuts to federal investments in science funding.” Pay attention to this one Network faithful. Sequestration impacts you more than you may realize.

Back to school With Welcoming Schools!
Hat tip to Network faithful Jeffrey M. Poirier for this great resource - Just in time for the new school year, Welcoming Schools has dozens of new and revised resources including a new Welcoming Schools Starter Kit!

Transitioning to college: Tips from the Office of Adolescent Health
Do you every wonder why we love the Office of Adolescent Health so much? It’s easy – they consistently provide helpful and useful information. Since it’s back to school time let’s take a look at what they are offering for college-bound students.

Campaign helps Spanish speakers compare treatment options
Take advantage of Toma las riendas: (Take the reins), AHRQ’s campaign to encourage Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options. Free Spanish-language resources can help Hispanics compare the benefits and risks of treatment option and prepare to discuss these options with their health care providers.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches $5 million family engagement initiative
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a new $5 million initiative to identify and cultivate innovative programs that promote children’s educational success from birth to age 8. 
The foundation, which defines family engagement as a shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities, will award grants of up to $500,000 over a period of one to three years to help support and expand on-the-ground family engagement efforts, including program design and implementation, service delivery, and policy development and implementation. Organizations that have developed effective family engagement models that address obstacles faced by low-income families — especially those that outline effective teaching strategies, work to align childhood systems in their communities, and focus on building family economic security — are encouraged to apply. ”Our goal is to shift the paradigm for people to see that families — particularly those that have been marginalized by racial inequities — possess numerous skills that must be recognized and supported to help children succeed,” said Kellogg Foundation vice president for program strategy Carla D. Thompson. “We believe that supporting family leadership development and organizational capacity to act as partners between school and family can transform the early childhood education system.”

Hey Network faithful, do you really need any more encouragement to get on this one? 

A message about health care to congregations and communities
Recently, Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Acting Director, Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, posted an article detailing ways congregations and communities could get involved in increasing awareness of the Affordable Care Act and how to sign up for insurance for those who are without. There is some good information that you can share with your faith community and neighborhood partnerships.


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