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New blog on SCOTUS Updates Available

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2012
DHPE has created a new blog area where we will post the latest updates on the recent SCOTUS ruling.  Subscribe online to receive email updates.

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Webinar on Lobbying Restrictions

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 2, 2012

ChangeLab Solutions is sponsoring an upcoming webinar on the lobbying restrictions in place for federal grantees.  It will include information on updated guidance recently generated by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.  It’s scheduled for Monday, July 9th, 3:00 p.m. (EDT).  To register – https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=bt1w4v2m5ri8.  For those interested in a short analysis form Change Lab -- http://changelabsolutions.org/sites/changelabsolutions.org/files/FT%20Briefing%20Analysis_Section%20503.pdf.

Meeting Description:

We'll give an overview of federal laws restricting the use of federal funds for lobbying, with an emphasis on the new restrictions in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations rider governing expenditures by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

We'll present everyday scenarios in public health practice to show what activities run the risk of being identified as prohibited lobbying, and we'll provide guidance for how to stay in compliance.

The webinar is intended for both program managers and attorneys with state and local government, as well as their community-based partners. It is limited to 500 participants, so sharing phone lines is strongly encouraged.
 

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New CDC Funding Opportunity Announcments (FOAs)

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 22, 2012

Below is a list of recently released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Funding Opportunity Announcements for programs administered by Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

 

PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 21, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: July 11, 2012; by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Application Deadline Date: August 7, 2012; 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Purpose: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is designed to fund national or multi-state organizations to:

· Fund, manage, support, and monitor sub-recipients to address health disparities and implement evidence- and practice-based strategies that reduce health disparities for intervention population(s) experiencing high burden of disease or risk factors. The intervention population is the population within the selected geographic area that applicants will reach with proposed program activities.

· Contribute to the development and implementation of a community health action plan to address chronic disease health disparities.


PPHF 2012: REACH: Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Obesity and Hypertension Demonstration Projects financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 21, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: July 11, 2012; by 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time

Application Deadline Date: August 7, 2012; 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

Purpose: Support the implementation arm of demonstration projects focused on reducing health disparities. It builds upon previous Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) programs (www.cdc.gov/reach) and other health equity-related community health programs and serves as a focused complement to programs working to make population-wide, place-based improvements. Recipients funded through this FOA will develop and implement replicable and scalable strategies to assure that population-wide policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) improvements to reduce obesity and hypertension also decrease health disparities in these morbid outcomes in their jurisdiction. In addition, recipients will work in close collaboration with a national evaluation team (funded through a separate contract) who will assist in assessing the impact and effectiveness of the strategies implemented through this FOA. Together, the implementation and evaluation of strategies designed to enhance benefits and eliminate barriers to population-wide and targeted PSE improvements will help build evidence and expand the reach of strategies to address health disparities. Thus, all recipients are required to fully participate in evaluation activities, including collection of local data, which will be supported by CDC and evaluation partners tasked with rigorously evaluating the implementation efforts. Recipients will then disseminate their strategies and mentor other communities, as appropriate.


Partner Support for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Posted: June 18, 2012

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 3, 2012

Application Deadline Date: July 20, 2012, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To provide funds for organizations with national reach (the capacity to guide the Nation in taking action) to support implementation of national, state, and local level strategies that align with select recommendations from the Update to A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke and Million Hearts™ initiative.This work includes promoting effective communication, leadership, and action to support prevention and control of heart disease, stroke, and risk factors such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and high sodium intake. Grantees will be asked to help broaden, strengthen, improve, or sustain opportunities for collaboration and partnership at national, state, and local levels across the public and private sectors.


Obesity Prevention Programs-Early Care and Education (ECE) Statewide Collaboratives to Improve Nutrition, Breastfeeding Support, Physical Activity and Screen Time Practices for Obesity Prevention in Young Children financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 14, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: N/A

Application Deadline Date: July 17, 2012, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To improve the quality of obesity prevention practices in ECE facilities by providing opportunities to ensure equitable access to ECE services that meet the national Preventing Childhood Obesity (PCO) (2 nd Ed.) standard components related to nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and screen time, all of which are key areas for obesity prevention.


PPHF 2012: Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Opportunities for States, Tribes and Territories Financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds

Posted: June 18, 2012

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: N/A

Application: July 18, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Purpose: To increase the number of women screened for breast and cervical cancer screenings by approximately 50,000 to provide high quality screening with tracking and follow-up including patient navigation to low income, uninsured and under-insured women. This FOA will leverage the existing infrastructure and organized delivery system of the NBCCEDP and all requirements of this program related to eligibility and screening are required; these requirements of the NBCCEDP are outlined in PL 101-354 and DP12-1205.

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Non-Defense Discretionary Network Town Hall Meeting

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The video from the June 4th NDD Town Hall is available . Click here to view it on YouTube. Also, the slide presentations and other NDD information can be found on the Coalition for Health Funding website under the Campaigns tab (which can be found here).

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Fiscal Year 2013 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Update

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 18, 2012
On June 12 and 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education and Related Agencies spending bill in subcommittee and full committee, respectively. This appropriations bill provides the federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), among others, which in turns issues grants and other awards that benefit state and local public health agencies.  Overall, the Senate’s FY 2013 Labor-HHS-Education bill totals $157.7 billion and is approximately $1.4 billion ABOVE the FY 2012 comparable funding level. When a House version of the Labor-HHS-Education bill is produced, the overall allocation will be $150 billion, which is $7.7 billion LESS than the Senate level. It is important to clarify that this is NOT the final appropriations level for these programs. The Senate version is an important step in the congressional appropriations process, but not the last. There is potential for a House version of the bill to be publicly available in the coming days or weeks. The endgame for a final appropriations bill is unknown at this time, but agreement between the two houses of Congress is likely to be late fall or early winter at the earliest.The full summary prepared by the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee is available online. View the full Senate report.

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Letter urging Congress to avoid a sequester

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 15, 2012
There are already over 1,000 signatories on a letter urging Congress to avoid a sequester and to pass a "balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to nondefense discretionary programs (NDD) -- DHPE is a signatory; feel free to pass this on to your partners who may wish to sign on.

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FY2013 funding legislation, providing a $2 billion increase over FY2012 levels

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 15, 2012
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee  marked up its FY2013 funding legislation, providing a $2 billion increase over FY2012 levels.  Full committee markup is scheduled for this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.   A summary of the legislation.  The measure provides $1 billion for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, including $280 million for the Community Transformation Grant Program, a $54 million increase over FY2012 and a $135 million increase over the President’s budget! 

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Impact of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Independent analysis regarding the potential impact of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act upon the prevention and public health provisions in the Act.

View the analysis from The George Washington University, Department of Health Policy, produced for Trust for America's Health.

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H/S Republican Leadership pulling away from PPH as an offset on student loans

Posted By Administration, Friday, June 1, 2012

House and Senate Republicans appear to be backing off the Prevention and Public Health Fund as an offset to the federal student loan stabilization….although reluctantly. 

See attached letter to the President.

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Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a new Community Transformation Grant Small Communities Program

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for a new Community Transformation Grant Small Communities Program supported by the Prevention and Public Health Fund.  The program will make $70 million available over two years for communities with populations of up to 500,000.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will support 25 to 50 competitive grant awards. "Applicants specifically must demonstrate how they can improve the health of their communities through increasing the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, and reducing tobacco use and encouraging smoke-free environments.  To view the full FOA – grants.gov/search/search.do.  Overview of the program.  Letters of intent are due by June 18th, and full applications by July 31st.

A series of pre-application calls are scheduled for the Community Transformation Grant Small Communities Program.  All are on Monday, June 4th.   For Atlantic, Eastern and Central Time zones (10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EDT); Mountain and Pacific (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT); Alaska and Hawaii-Aleutian (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT); and Pacific Islands Territories and Jurisdictions (8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EDT).  All of the calls can be accessed by dialing 1-773-756-4793 or 1-800-857-2613, passcode 3555436.

 

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