Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Healthy Communities Update

November 23, 2011

Winnable Battle: Obesity

There is overwhelming evidence that physical activity is effective in preventing and treating many of the leading chronic diseases as well as maintaining healthy weight and improving longevity, well-being, and quality of life. There are several intervention approaches that have been shown to be effective, including those targeting individuals, social groups, and community environments. Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and national leaders to summarize the science behind the physical activity guidelines and discuss the role public health practitioners can play in facilitating more physical activity in the population. Getting Physical: The Public Health Approach to Active Living. Wednesday, December 7th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar. To register, click HERE.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the process of developing its first-ever Bicycle and Pedestrian Statewide Plan. This Plan will be used to help determine future investments in bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs. Join them at either of two interactive webinars where they’ll be discussing the Plan and its background, and determining goals and criteria for future investments. The first webinar (register HERE) will be on Wednesday, November 30th from 7-8 pm. The second webinar (register HERE) will be on Thursday, December 1st from 10-11 am.

A Transportation Health Impact Assessment Toolkit is now available on the CDC Healthy Places Web site. The toolkit provides a framework for public health departments, city planners, project managers, and other stakeholders to conduct Health Impact Assessments on proposed transportation projects, plans, and policies.

Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership for a free webinar, Strategies for Increasing Bicycling in Low-Income Communities on Wednesday, November 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon MST. Bicycling is a key strategy to get students to travel short and long distances, however, the lack of bicycles in low-income neighborhoods is a major obstacle. This webinar will showcase the programs of experts from organizations that have found new and innovative ways to engage low-income communities in bicycling and Safe Routes to School while implementing a sustainable, successful model that increases bicycling in low-income neighborhoods. Click here to register. Additionally, find the Partnership’s new report and fact sheet, Safe Routes to School: Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars, which makes the financial case for SRTS by sharing new data, dollar figures, facts and local stories on benefits including reducing busing costs, easing traffic congestion, lowering medical costs, and more.

Interested in working with the faith community on healthy eating and active living? Then you’ll want to learn more about the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More Program. FFESMM focuses on both individual behavior change and policy and environmental change within the faith community. FFESMM adapts to any faith tradition, works well in economically disadvantaged communities, and helps faith communities identify their needs and enact policies and changes to meet those needs. For more information, click HERE.

Please join American Farmland Trust for a webinar on Planning for Food and Agriculture: Taking a Systems Approach. Planners, food policy council members, leaders in sustainable agriculture and other advocates of food system change will learn how to form strategic partnerships, conduct food system assessments, gather stakeholder input, and establish forward-thinking goals and steps for implementing them. The County and Community-Based Planning (December 13, 2 pm) will focus on county and community-based food and agriculture plans. Invited speakers include representatives from the Iowa Corridor Food and Agriculture Coalition, King County, Washington, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

Smart Growth America's Sustainable Communities Network is an opportunity for state and local government officials, business leaders and nonprofit professionals to ask questions, learn best practices, and share project ideas with others from around the country. The network also shares updates about federal initiatives, upcoming events, webinars and conferences to support vibrant, sustainable communities. If your organization or agency recently applied for or was awarded a grant from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities or is considering applying for the next round, join Smart Growth America’s growing network to gain access to resources, opportunities and events.

Winnable Battle: Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

In July 2010, the State Legislature passed and Governor Ritter signed into law House Bill 2010-1032, the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Service Study. This law requires the state Department of Human Services Study. This law requires the State Department of Human Services to review the current behavioral health crisis response system in Colorado and then to formulate a plan to address the lack of coordinated behavioral health crisis response system in the state. Please join the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health for a stakeholder meeting to share what is or is not working well to assist individuals with a behavioral health crisis issue. Thursday, December 8, from 2-4 pm. Please register for the meeting here:

Winnable Battle: Multiple

Webinar for health department staff: The Power of Policy#2, Educating, Advocating, Lobbying, What’s the difference and what role can health department staff play? December 1, 2011 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST. This webinar will discuss the legal distinctions between policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying, and clarify what policy activities health department staff can legally engage in. The webinar will feature the former chief legal advisor to the CDC discussing the importance of health departments engaging elected officials on public health matters and providing guidance for related policy activities and others. or 303-724-5846.

The National Healthy Worksite Program is designed to assist employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measureable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates. Slides of the November 18 introductory webinar are available on the CDC National Healthy Worksite Program website at or A recording of the webinar will be posted soon. Future webinars will also be offered, including program overview and site locations and employer participation process.  For further information please contact the program at

Building sustainable communities involves engaging people in meetings to set a vision, agree upon goals, manage projects, and build relationships that will carry forward. Navigating Change, presented by facilitator and community sustainability consultant Odin Zackman, will walk you through the basics of designing an effective community or coalition meeting, provide facilitation tips and techniques, and offer interventions that can help keep public meetings on track. There will also be a time for questions and a "community meeting clinic" where your stories and challenges can serve as case studies for all participants. Please fill out a brief survey to help design the session based on issues that tend to be common to many communities. This webinar will happen on Tuesday, November 22nd. Click here to register for this webinar.

On Monday, November 14, 2011 the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) Based on the tentative briefing schedule, experts believe this could lead to a final decision on the law next year – possibly around June. The Court has scheduled an extraordinary five-and-a-half hours of oral argument on four issues, including the law’s "individual mandate" and the constitutionality of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Read more about the Court’s announcement and the potential impact on public health. 

Social Determinants of Health:

As Income Rises, So Does Fast-Food Consumption, Study Finds. The conventional wisdom goes something like this: Obesity rates are skyrocketing among the poorest Americans, therefore fast-food restaurants must be to blame. But a new study by a professor at UC Davis' medical school has found that it's Americans with salaries at the higher end of the spectrum—in some cases as high as $80,000 to $90,000—who are driving fast-food consumption at the likes of McDonald's and Burger King. Read the article from the Los Angeles Times HERE. Other:

November is American Diabetes Month The rate of diabetes continues to increase. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by diabetes and its complications. Join Healthy People 2020 in support of American Diabetes Month. Organizations and individuals can work together in their community to prevent diabetes and its complications by: increasing awareness and knowledge of the seriousness of diabetes and its risk factors; supporting physical activity and healthy eating efforts; encouraging people to talk to with their doctor or nurse about diabetes (diabetes testing may be free for some insurance plans); and funding and supporting programs to increase diabetes education and access to medical care services. Learn more about diabetes.

Colorado Statewide Cupcake Visibility and Awareness Campaign. In recognition of World AIDS Day, bakeries across Colorado are spreading the word through red ribbon cupcakes. During the week of November 28th, stop by a participating bakery to get your cake on! "Like" them on facebook.


Many of the following grant opportunities are compiled by the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health.

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program
Award Amount: Up to $150,000.00
Deadline: Nov 22, 2011

2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award
Award Amount: $125,000.00
Deadline: Nov 28, 2011

USDA FY 2012 RFA Children, Youth and Families at Risk Sustainable Community Projects
Award Amount: Up to $80,000.00
Deadline: December 1, 2011

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award (for Musicians Ages 8-18)
Award Amount: $10,000.00
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011; Feb. 1, 2012

Prevention of Violence and Trauma of Women and Girls Request for Proposals (RFP)
Award Amount: Up to $25,00.00
Deadline: Dec 7, 2011

Center For Research In Emotional And Social Health (CRESH)Grants
Award Amount: $1,000.00
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2011

National Football League Youth Football Fund - NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Grants
Award Amount: $50,000.00 up to $200,000.00
Deadline: Dec. 16, 2011

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Improving Community Education Grants
Award Amount: $15,000 up to $250,000.00
Deadline: Dec 31, 2011

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grants, The National Grassroots Grant Program
Award Amount: Up to $15,000.00
Deadline: Dec 31, 2011

PepsiCo Community Grants
Award Amount: Up to $100,000.00
Deadline: Dec 31, 2011

American Association Of University Women Community Action Grants
Award Amount: $2,000.00 - $10,000.00
Deadline: January 15, 2012

ING Unsung Heroes
Award Amount: $2,000.00 up to $25,000.00
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2012

National Archives & Records Administration - Document Your Environment: Student Multimedia Contest
Award Amount :$500.00
Deadline: Jan 06, 2012

LEGO Childrens Fund - General Grants for Early Childhood Education, Technology Projects, and Sports Program for Under-Served Youth
Award Amount: $5,000.00
Deadlines: Jan. 15 ; Apr. 15 ; July 15 ; Oct. 15

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Knowledge Dissemination Conference Grants (SAMHSA Conference Grants)
Award Amount: $50,000
Deadline: Jan 31, 2012

National Science Foundation—Smart Health and Wellbeing Grant
Award Amount: $200,000.00 Up to 2,000,000.00
Deadline: February 6, 2012

National Institutes of Health - Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development Program (R01, R03, R34)
Deadlines(R01): Feb. 5, Jun. 5, Oct. 5.
Deadlines(R03 and R34): Feb. 16, Jun. 16, Oct. 16.
Award Amount: No fixed Limit

Siemens’ s We Can Change the World" High School Challenge (High School) Grant
Award Amount: $500.00 up to $50,000.00
Deadline: Mar 15, 2012

As part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration (SAMHSA)’s ongoing effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is soliciting proposals from community-based organizations (CBOs) to participate in a Pilot Site Program for the parents of 9-15 year olds. The Pilot Site Program will engage one CBO from each of the National Prevention Network’s five geographic regions to implement, test and evaluate Campaign materials.  Each CBO selected for the program will receive materials, technical assistance and approximately $15,000 through a sub-recipient award. For more information, contact Emily Novick at or (240) 276-1359 or Lamont Rooker at or (202) 715-3064 or see CSAP Underage Drinking Prevention National Media Campaign—Request for Proposals. LOI deadline is Nov 30, 2011. Application deadline is Dec 15, 2011.

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences. For the full announcement, click here: Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents. Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012.

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