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RWJF Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund Opportunity

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 26, 2012

A funding opportunity for strategic, supplemental assistance to ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy change efforts on childhood obesity is available from the RWJF Childhood Obesity Rapid Response Fund and is administered by the American Heart Association. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (and range from about $5,000 to $75,000).

Attached is an overview of the fund—this and other information is available at www.heart.org/obesityfund. Think about how the fund could to amplify and accelerate your policy efforts, and to apply, contact the fund manager at:

Aaron Doeppers
Manager for State and Local Obesity Initiatives
American Heart Association
aaron.doeppers@heart.org
 (608) 886-2988

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New Study ShowsImportance of Calculating Full Cost Savings of Chronic DiseasePrevention

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 23, 2012

Very good report about the potential for scoring disease prevention proposals with a 25-year window versusa 10-year window to show the savings. Dave Hoffman from NACDD knows more about the study…

Read the full article

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Supreme Court Prepares to Tackle Affordable Care Act

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 23, 2012

HealthDay, Lisa Esposito, 03/22/2012
The most ambitious government health-care initiative since the Medicare and Medicaid programs of the 1960s, and the legislative landmark of President Barack Obama's presidency, is about to face its biggest challenge.

Read the article from HealthDay

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State Arthritis FOA now available on grants.gov

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 22, 2012

The CDC's Division of Population Health and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion announced the release this week of the state arthritis Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and wanted to take this opportunity to encourage state health departments to apply.

The purpose of State Public Health Approaches to Improving Arthritis Outcomes FOA is to build, support, and enhance state arthritis programs to substantially expand the access, availability, and use of evidence-based interventions that are appropriate for arthritis. Specifically, the intent of this funding opportunity is to implement strategies and other activities that embed evidence-based interventions into multi-site delivery systems, conduct surveillance and use data to inform decision making, and promote health equity.

The closing date for applications is May 16, 2012, and they expect to make 10 to 18 awards ranging from $200,000 to $500,000. Estimated total program funding for this five-year cooperative agreement is $35,000,000

The full announcement is available online.

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Healthy eating research call for proposals

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) announces a new funding opportunity from Healthy Eating Research (HER). HERis a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF), one of NCCOR's funders.

HER supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among low-income and ethnically diverse populations which are at higher risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

This Call for Proposals (CFP) announces two types of awards aimed at providing key decision- and policy makers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

The award types are:

  • Round 7 Grants
  • RWJFNew ConnectionsGrants

The deadline forconcept papersfor Round 7 Grants isAug. 9, 2012.

The deadline for concept papers forRWJFNew ConnectionsGrants is May 22, 2012.

Those whose concept papers are received by the deadline and accepted will be notified and invited to submit full proposals. Approximately $1.9 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types.

READ THE CFP

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) 2012 Roadmaps to Health Community Grants Program

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 19, 2012
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) 2012 Roadmaps to Health Community Grants Program (Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants) is now available. The grants, which will support two-year state and local efforts among policymakers, business, education, health care, public health and community organizations, are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a project of RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Coalitions will be awarded grants to create policy or system change to address the social and economic factors that impact the health of people in their community. The grantees will build on the RWJF/UWPHI County Health Rankings model, which highlights the critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, and community safety can help create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Up to 20 grants of up to $200,000 each will be awarded through this solicitation. For more information visit the web site.

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Announcement: Research Fellowship in Food Marketing to Children

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 12, 2012

New Fellowship Opportunity in Atlanta, GA at the CDC

Food Marketing to Children

Research Fellowship in Food Marketing to Children
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia
CDC-DNPAO-2012-0008
Project Description:

A project is available in the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch, Research and Surveillance Team, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention (DNPAO), within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Poor nutrition and inactivity are key factors in the current obesity epidemic among U.S. children. Many children consume high levels of sugar and saturated fat, and low levels of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Public health has identified an interest in understanding the role of food marketing to children as one contributor to poor diet quality and poor weight status. The key goals of this project are to 1) assess methods and measures for monitoring food marketing to children and 2) conduct research and data analysis on research gaps regarding food marketing to children. This will further our understanding of various forms of food marketing to children, including television, digital media and technology approaches, as well as marketing in schools, restaurants, stores, recreation and community venues.

The Research Participation Program for CDC is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The appointment is for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend depending on educational level and experience.

Qualifications:

    • Master's or PhD degree earned within the last 5 years; completion of related coursework in public health, epidemiology, behavioral science, economics or other related fields.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance and applied research techniques for analyzing data.

How to Apply:

To be considered, send a current resume, sample publications and cover letter to Gina Wampler via email at
Gina.Wampler@orau.org or via fax at (865) 241-5219. Please reference Project # CDC-DNPAO-2012-0008.

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Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults-A Report of the Surgeon General

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 8, 2012

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General, will release a comprehensive report that provides the first update on youth and tobacco since the initial report on this topic in 1994.

Please take a moment to review the information below on how you can learn more about the report, "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults—A Report of the Surgeon General.”

This document will be the focal point of a press conference that takes place at 10:00 a.m. (EST).

WEBCAST

Watch a live webcast of the press conference. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, and Dr. Benjamin will discuss the importance of the new report and why preventing tobacco use among youth and young adults is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic.

Event: Press conference

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Time: Event begins at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Note: It is recommended that you access the webcast at 9:00 a.m. to assure you have sufficient time to log on.

Webcast

Twitter: You can also follow the Twitter conversation about this new report using #SGReport

FOLLOW-UP CALL

A post-release conference call will provide a detailed overview of the major conclusions of the Surgeon General's Report.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Time : 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (EST)

Call-in : 888-790-3562

Passcode : 8273294

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Update-Rulings Regarding Cigarette Warning Labels

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a final ruling was issued earlier this week blocking implementation of new, graphic cigarette warning labels. "The government has already appealed Judge Leon’s first ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and oral arguments in that case are scheduled for April 10th.  It’s also important to remember that another federal judge has upheld the warning labels requirement. The appeal of that ruling is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  So this ruling is by no means the final word on the warning labels. The next rulings will come from the two appellate courts, and the issue could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Copy of the ruling

News release from the Campaign

 

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Leaders Respond to the Prevention Fund Cut

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Here are a few news articles/blogs that appeared in Health Affairs in response to the recent cut in the Prevention Fund. 

TFAH Executive Director Jeff Levi - http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/03/01/prevention-for-a-healthier-america/

APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, - http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2012/03/01/prevention-funding-one-step-forward-two-steps-back/;

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/74009.5711.pphf.0212.brief.pdf

 

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