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Volume VII, Issue 3, February 4, 2005


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RISING HEALTH RISKS LINKED TO URBAN SPRAWL: Family Doctors to Release Comprehensive Research Review


The Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) has released an exhaustive review of research on the relationship between urban sprawl and public health. A group of distinguished family doctors authored the study in order to provide policy makers with the clearest research summary on the topic of urban sprawl and public health - critical for planning our communities - and to help educate Ontarians about the choices we make as a society. The results of this review cover selected studies and describe the findings regarding major adverse health effects associated with urban sprawl. The study's findings include the following:


·         Longer commuting distances mean increased traffic fatalities (one of our populations leading causes of death);

·         Greater travel distances lead to increased air pollution, which is worsening in Ontario and contributing to rising incidences of respiratory and cardiovascular disease;

·         Sprawl makes public transit less financially feasible;

·         People in car-dependent neighborhoods walk less, weigh more, have higher blood pressure, and more incidences of diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and,

·         People in sprawling communities are more likely to suffer mental health problems.


For further information contact Mike Van Soelen, Environics Communications call (416) 969-2717 or visit




The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan, have announced that they will invest a total of $2 million to combat the high-school dropout crisis in five U.S. cities.  Nationally, more than 30 percent of students do not complete high school in a timely way, and in some inner-city neighborhoods the odds of graduation are only fifty-fifty.


In response to this trend, the three foundations -- all members of the Youth Transition Funders Group – have launched the Initiative to Support Struggling Students and Out-of-School Youth and announced grants of $275,000 to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Portland, Oregon, to fund broad-based partnerships that include educational advocacy groups, public school districts, public care agencies, service providers, parents, and youth. "These cities were selected because they are among the nation's leaders in their demonstrated commitment to and capacity for engaging a wide range of partners to serve at-risk youth," said Constancia Warren, senior Program officer and director of Urban High School Initiatives at the Carnegie Corporation. "While $275,000 for a one-year planning process is not enough for any city to solve this problem, it can help local partners jump-start the conversation about changing how their cities approach the needs of struggling students."


The initiative will address race and class inequities related to the dropout crisis in grantee communities and will support technical assistance and cross-site learning activities. Based on their assessment of existing resources, policies, and funding environment at the local and state levels, as well as options and community support available for struggling students, the local partnerships will create an action plan for 2006, including options for financing it through private investments and reallocated public funds. "Addressing the needs of dropouts and near-dropouts requires a multi-pronged, systemic approach built on collaboration among school systems, alternative education providers, community-based organizations, community colleges, and others," said Marlene B. Seltzer, president and CEO of Boston-based Jobs for the Future, which will staff the initiative and provide strategic consulting to the partnerships.


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The announcement of dates and location of our 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute marks the latest effort in our longstanding commitment to service-learning in the health professions.  Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as engaged citizens.  As many of you may know, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health grew from a national demonstration program of service-learning in health professional schools, funded by the Corporation for National Service (a federal agency) and The Pew Charitable Trusts from 1994-1997.  The program, Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation, made three-year grants to 17 health professional schools to incorporate service-learning into their core curricula.  An external evaluation documented the program’s significant impact on participants and led to a widely cited definition of service-learning.  Since that time, CCPH has continued to support service-learning as a core component of health professional education, through training, technical assistance and information-sharing. 


Reflecting on the state of service-learning in the health professions, a number of conclusions are evident:


Service-learning in health professional education has been steadily increasing since 1994. Although the exact prevalence of service-learning in the health professions is not known, available data from higher education, health professional education and CCPH programs indicates that it is on the rise. 

The feasibility and benefits of service-learning have been demonstrated across a wide range of health professional disciplines, degree programs and types of institutions. The evidence base for service-learning in health professional education is favorable and growing. Dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, books and doctoral dissertations on service-learning in the health professions have been published in recent years.

Policies and structures supportive of service-learning have been established. Policies and structures that support service-learning have been adopted by health professional schools and their national associations.The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, for example, has adopted a policy statement that encourages their member schools to incorporate community partnerships into their curricula. A resolution drafted by CCPH members and approved by the American Medical Association House of Delegates in June 2004 directs the accrediting body for medical schools to require service-learning as a core component of medical education. A recent report from the Association of Schools of Public Health on practice-based learning endorses service-learning in public health education. Service-learning interest groups are now operating in at least 6 health disciplines and dozens of health professional schools have established service-learning offices and leadership positions.

The knowledge, skills and interest in service-learning among health professional schools and community partners is significant and growing.  CCPH alone has reached over 5,000 health professional faculty and community partners through our service-learning conferences, workshops and institutes over the years.  The 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute promises to build on this depth of experience by preparing novice and experienced service-learning practitioners to take their work “to the next level.”


To learn more about the 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute, June 17-20, 2005 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, see NEWS FROM CCPH below.


To learn more about the Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation Program, visit


For more resources on service-learning in the health professions, visit


Examples of service-learning courses in the health professions are available at


To reach the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, visit


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CCPH's 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute will be held June 17-20, 2005 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Combining the best of CCPH's past introductory and advanced institutes, this summer's institute features two tracks designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced service-learning practitioners.  For details, visit  To receive an application by email, please send your request to  


Audiofile Available from Technical Assistance Conference Call

Last month, CCPH sponsored a technical assistance conference call for prospective applicants to the federal program announcement on Community Participation in Research (PAR-05-026).  Federal agency representatives provided an overview and answered questions.  The audiofile from the call is now posted on the CCPH website at Details on the funding announcement are available at  Applications are due May 17, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

CCPH Fellow's Project Cited as a National Oral Health Resource
Evaluating Service-Learning Programs in Dental Education, a monograph authored by CCPH Fellow Michelle Henshaw, is cited as a resource in the Oral Health Resource Bulletin, Volume XI, a publication of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). The monograph provides an overview of service-learning and evaluation frameworks using dental education examples and is available at

The Oral Health Resource Bulletin can be downloaded from the Materials page at

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For more event listings, visit CCPH’s website conference page.


February 3-5, 2005: Second Living Knowledge Conference: Advancing Science and Society Interactions in Seville, Spain. This international conference provides a forum where information on community based research, carried out in both community and academic settings, can be shared and developed. It reflects the social impact and scientific and democratic value of research from a range of disciplines including social, natural, physical and technological sciences. The conference is organised by the International Science Shop Network "Living Knowledge" and supported by the European Commission under its Science and Society Programme. CCPH Program Director Jen Kauper-Brown will be presenting information about CCPH and our work to advance community-based participatory research. For more information about the conference, visit the Science Shop website.


March 1-3, 2005: Visit the CCPH exhibit at the 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control: Health Disparities: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference will focus on efforts to eliminate disparities and will explore more rigorous approaches for accomplishing the Healthy People 2010 objectives. The major goal of the conference is to accelerate the rate of progress in improving the lives for those at highest risk for poor health, including racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income and less educated populations. Visit the CDC Conference Website to learn more.  CCPH will be leading a workshop session on the ASPH/CDC-sponsored community-based participatory research training curriculum.


March 3-5, 2005: Community Health Solutions- Keeping the Drive Alive, the second joint conference of the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI) and Communities Joined in Action (CJA) in Tampa, Florida. CCPH will be facilitating an interactive workshop entitled “Health Institutions as Economic and Community Anchors: Case Studies and Practical Strategies” at the conference. Visit the Community Health Conference Website or CJA Online for the latest information and on-line registration.   Visit the CCPH Project Website for more information on the conference presentation.  being presented.


June 17-20, 2005: CCPH’s 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute in Leavenworth, Washington. Combining the best of CCPH's past introductory and advanced institutes, this summer's institute features two tracks designed to meet the needs of both novice and experienced service-learning practitioners.  For details, visit  To receive an application by email, please send your request to  





For details on all upcoming event listings, CCPH’s website conference page


February 21-23, 2005: The 2nd International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Enhancing Quality of Care in San Francisco.


March 21-23, 2005: Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC.


April 21-22, 2005: 2005 California Healthy Cities and Communities Annual Conference in Berkeley, California.


April 27-29, 2005: 12th Annual National Public Health Leadership Development Network Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. 


May 9-11, 2005: Injury and Violence in America:  Meeting Challenges, Sharing Solutions in Denver, Colorado.


May 18-20, 2005: Public Health Partnerships in a Changing Health Landscape in New Orleans, Louisiana.


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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Funding Preview


HRSA has posted its FY 05 funding preview at


Children and Health Literacy


The KidsHealth Web site has published the results of a survey about where kids go for health info. In short, most kids would ask a parent, a doctor or nurse, or a teacher. They said they would not trust their friends or TV for health information. The article also has advice about how to help children obtain, understand, and use health information.


2004 Learn and Serve America Grantee Training Meeting Presentations Now Online


The meeting was held November 7-9, 2004, in Bethesda, Maryland, provided a variety of learning and networking activities.  The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse has created a new page on its website that provides PowerPoint presentations and other materials from some of the sessions.


E-health and the Elderly: How Seniors Use the Internet for Health


A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey of older Americans found that as the Internet becomes an increasingly important resource for informing decisions about health and health care options, less than a third (31%) of seniors (age 65 and older) have ever gone online, but that more than two-thirds (70%) of the next generation of seniors (50-64 year-olds) have done so. For more information, please visit


KCUW-LP and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Oregon Diabetes touches many on the Umatilla Indian Reservation


Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center will strengthen its efforts to treat and prevent the disease by partnering with the reservation's new low power radio station, KCUW, to educate listeners and provide opportunities for diabetes screening. "Health and Healing: Preventing Diabetes" will record inspiring recovery stories and then produce radio and newspaper reports and talk radio programming that will also be used after the broadcast to strengthen the Health Center's outreach through media, workshops, talking circles, and powwow activities. Read more on the Sound Partners' Web site:


National Meeting on Public Health Agency Accreditation


On December 15th and 16th, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hosted a meeting of national partners to discuss public health agency accreditation. Lee Thielen presented a paper entitled Exploring Public Health Experience with Standards and Accreditation and Glen Mays presented a paper on accreditation experiences in other professions.  Those reports and slides used by the presenters should be available shortly on the RWJF website  Moving forward, a broadly representative working group (along the lines of the "commission" called for in the IOM "Future of the Public's Health in the 21st Century" report) should be forming.


Missouri Universities to Create Health Disparities Center


The University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis are collaborating to address health care disparities in rural and urban Missouri. “The purpose of our collaboration is to share ideas, resources and strategies for implementing high-quality health care to racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations,” said Kristofer Hagglund, co-director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Health Policy. “This contract will create a network of Missouri people and organizations who are working to reduce health care disparities.” He said the rural and urban focus will allow comparisons across regions and for the schools and their communities to learn from each other. For more information, visit:


Comments Sought on Recommendations for Non Profits


The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, which was formed by Independent Sector with the encouragement of the Senate Finance Committee, has released a list of recommendations regarding actions to strengthen governance, ethical conduct, and accountability within the sector and has issued a request for comments from members of the non-profit community.  During the comment period, which ends Friday, February 18, the nonprofit community is invited to review the twenty-one recommendations and submit comments on the panel's website:


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For a complete listing of all current Grant Announcements, click here.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prescription for Health - Round 2 – Deadline: March 7


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced Round 2 of funding for Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks. This five-year national program is designed to develop, test, evaluate and disseminate creative, practical strategies to promote healthy behaviors in primary care practices by targeting four behaviors: lack of physical activity, poor diet, tobacco use and risky use of alcohol. The program is in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Up to nine 24-month grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded in this round of funding.  For more information about Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks and eligibility, please visit


Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration for Ethnic and Racial Minorities – Deadline: March 22


Funding Opportunity Number: CMS-5036-N. The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medcaid Services, is soliciting proposals from interested parties to implement and  operate cooperative agreement demonstration projects. These demonstration projects will focus on new and innovative intervention models that improve the quality of items and services provided to target individuals in order to facilitate reduced disparities in early detection and treatment of cancer; improve clinical outcomes, satisfaction, quality of life, and appropriate use of Medicare-covered services and referral patterns among those target individuals with cancer; eliminate disparities in the rate of preventive cancer screening measures, such as pap smears and prostate cancer screenings, among target individuals; and promote collaboration with community-based organizations to ensure cultural competency of health care professionals and linguistic access for persons with limited English proficiency.  Each project will stress the use of evidence-based, culturally competent models that will target efforts to decrease risk factors and increase screening rates and access to treatment and survival for cancers of the breast, cervix, colon, or prostate. For details, visit


Youth Violence Prevention through Community-Level Change – Deadline: March 30


Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-CE05-020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Procurement and Grants Office has published a program announcement entitled, Youth Violence Prevention through Community-Level Change. The purpose of the program is to assess the efficacy or effectiveness of interventions designed to change community characteristics and social processes to reduce rates of youth violence perpetration and victimization. For complete program details, please see the full announcement on the CDC website at


Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research – 2005 – Deadline: April 1


The Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funds highly qualified individuals to undertake broad studies of America's most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants of up to $275,000 are awarded to investigators from a variety of disciplines. Successful proposals combine creative and conceptual thinking with innovative approaches to critical health problems and policy issues.  Applicants must be affiliated either with educational institutions or with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States. For more information, please visit


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Announcement – Deadline: June 22


AHRQ has announced ongoing extramural grants for research, demonstration, dissemination, and evaluation projects.  For more information, please visit AHRQ has a database at through which you may access abstracts for active AHRQ grants in your state.


Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health – Deadline: Multiple


Funding Opportunity Number: PA-05-029 The ultimate goal of this National Institutes of Health program announcement is to encourage the development of health research that integrates knowledge from the biomedical and social sciences. This announcement invites applications to (a) elucidate basic social and cultural constructs and processes used in health research, (b) clarify social and cultural factors in the etiology and consequences of health and illness, (c) link basic research to practice for improving prevention, treatment, health services, and dissemination, and (d) explore ethical issues in social and cultural research related to health. - This program announcement is a re-issuance and revision of PA-02-043. The PHS 398 application instructions are available at in an interactive format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, E-mail: Link to Full Announcement


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For a complete listing of all current Calls For Submissions, click here.


Community-Based Public Health (CBPH) Caucus Call for Proposals – Deadline: February 10


The CBPH Caucus invites abstracts related to the science and practice of community-based public health for the 133rd American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition to be held on November 5-9, 2005 in New Orleans, LA. The theme of the 2005 meeting is "Evidence Based Policy and Practice," and they have particular interest in abstracts and proposals that reflect this theme. The CBPH Caucus is guided by the belief that community lies at the heart of public health, and that research protocols and interventions work best when they are rooted in the values, knowledge, expertise, and interests of the community.  Abstracts are invited that reflect a diversity of community-based public health activities, including basic and applied research projects, interventions, teaching and service learning projects. Of particular interest are presentations that will provide participants with enhanced knowledge and skills to conduct community-based public health activities, as well as those that explicitly describe the application of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to policy change and decision-making at the local, state and federal level. Further information, please visit


AcademyHealth Call for Panels – Deadline: February 18


The Public Health Systems Research Interest Group (PHSR IG) of AcademyHealth has announced a call for panels for its meeting on Saturday, June 25 in Boston, MA.  The PHSR IG annual meeting is held in conjunction with the 2005 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. The meeting will feature two calls for papers sessions, update sessions on the PHSR initiatives, a lunchtime poster program, and a reception. The PHSR IG meeting call for panels offers researchers the opportunity to disseminate their findings and provide policymakers and practitioners the information to make sound decisions to improve public health systems and practice. To view submission guideline, see


Call for Abstracts: International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services (ICSBHS) - Deadline: February 28


The ICSBHS is a biennial conference series that began in the United Kingdom, and has since been hosted by the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and the United States. The conference returns to Canada in 2005 and will be in Montreal, September 18-20, 2005, hosted by the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. The series provides an international forum for the exchange of health services research and experience to improve access to and the quality of healthcare systems. Its focus is on the process of promoting the use of scientific evidence for clinical practice, health services management and health policy. The Theme of the 2005 conference is: Improving Health by Advancing Healthcare: Linking Research, Policy and Action. To learn more, please visit


2005 State Health Research & Policy Interest Group Meeting Call for Case Studies – Deadline: March 4


The Meeting will take place June 25 in conjunction with the 2005 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 26-28 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Call for Case Studies offers researchers, policymakers, and practitioners the opportunity to share their experiences in order to advance the translation of research into policy and practice within the state setting. They are looking for cases that demonstrate success in the translation and/or implementation of research into policy and practice on a state, local, or organizational level.  Cases can approach this topic from either (1) the perspective of research being moved into policy and practice or (2) the perspective where good research was sought to make a policy or implementation decision. The goal of these cases is to share with others *tool kits* or *how to* scenarios that can be replicated across states and help both researchers and decision makers have practical examples of effective translation strategies.


Articles on Social Exclusion, Gender and Conflict Needed for International Development Journal – Deadline: April 15


Women for Women International, a non-profit, humanitarian organization, seeks submissions for the autumn 2005 edition of its bi-annual academic journal, Critical Half, about economic, social, and political issues as they relate to women in international development and post-conflict societies. This issue of the journal will focus on the manifestation of social exclusion during and after conflict with special attention to gender issues. It is important to understand the role that gender plays in social exclusion and the effect that it has on women, as they understand women's experiences to be a barometer for the rest of society. They will look at various manifestations of exclusion in conflict and post-conflict settings: economic, social, cultural, and political, as well as strategies designed to extend opportunities for participation that are shared equitably between men and women. For more information, visit or contact Corey Oser.


Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health – Deadline: April 15


The Foundation is accepting nominations for the Horwitz Award. Nominees must be individuals whose professional achievement in any field of inter-American health stimulates excellence, and has impacted the health of populations across the borders of the Americas. They may be active in their careers, active though in formal retirement or retired having demonstrated an outstanding lifetime career. The complete call for nominations can be found at To make a nomination, please submit and address a letter of introduction on official letterhead and a completed nomination form For more information, email:


Calls for Submissions for Joint Conference – Deadline: Multiple, see below 


The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials have announced their 2005 Joint Conference July 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Particular attention will be focused on the prevention of obesity and related chronic diseases. Call for Panels in Public Health Systems Research – Deadline: February 18. Abstract submissions – Deadline: March 4. More information is available at and


Call for Papers for COMM-ORG – Deadline: Ongoing


COMM-ORG is the On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development. Are you writing a paper, thesis, or dissertation on: community organizing, community development, community planning, community-based research, and/or a related area? COMM-ORG is looking for papers to post on the COMM-ORG Papers page.  All papers are posted on the COMM-ORG website and announced on its accompanying list-serve, which reaches over 1000 people across more than a dozen nations. They welcome discussion of all papers on the list-serve and encourage our members to also send comments directly to authors. To submit a paper, contact the editor, Randy Stoecker, at You can also find out more at


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Public Health Research Publication


The University of Iowa, College of Public Health has the 2004 edition of their research publication available as a pdf. Topics covered include: the work of statistical geneticists, obesity and environmental and nutritional changes, an agricultural health exposures study, and emerging infectious diseases.


Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change Reports Available


Reports on structural racism and community building, structural racism and youth development: issues, challenges, and implications. Reports available online as pdf files at:


Health Indicators in Canada


This new issue of Health Indicators, an Internet-based data publication, features updated health region level data and maps based on the most recent vital and cancer statistics available. Updates include: life expectancy, infant mortality, low-birth weight, and mortality rates by selected causes. Even though Canada has one of the highest life expectancies in the world, the release of Health Indicators demonstrates that life expectancy varies widely between health regions. People living in Northern and remote regions of Canada, many of whom are Aboriginal, have life expectancies more in line with developing countries than with other Canadians.


Public Health Foundation - Resources for Learning


The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has released the Fall 2004-Winter 2005 Resources for Learning, its catalog of distance learning training courses and other resources.  For more information about PHF's publications, posters, CD-ROMs, brochures and videotapes please visit the PHF bookstore at


Community Indicators Report


This report, released by the Association for Community Health Improvement presents a snapshot of community indicators' development, use and impact across a range of topics, by weaving together summaries presentations from a March, 2004 Community Indicators Conference that took place in Reno, NV. The document defines community indicators broadly as systems of measurement pertaining to the quality of community life, with an emphasis on health-related indicators initiatives.  To download the report, please visit


Academic Medicine, February 2005


The February issue of Academic Medicine includes five articles about innovations in teaching. One of these is free to non-subscribers:

"Teaching Inpatient Communication Skills to Medical Students: An Innovative Strategy."


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Edited by Annika Robbins

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New Grants Alert announced in this newsletter are noted with an asterisk (*).


Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) - Deadline: Feb 23


The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and its cosponsors invite institutional career development award applications for BIRCWH Career Development Programs. Programs will support research career development of junior faculty members, known as Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who are commencing basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health. The goal of this initiative is to promote the performance of interdisciplinary research and transfer of findings that will benefit the health of women, including sex/gender similarities or differences in biology, health or disease.


U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program - Deadline: Feb 28


The US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, is soliciting grant and cooperative agreement initial proposals (IP's) for projects in the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua and Texas-Coahuila-Nuevo Leo-Tamaulipaus Regional Workgroup areas that address the objectives of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program.  The U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program is a bi-national collaborative effort whose mission is to protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region (100 kilometers either side of the U.S.-Mexico border) consistent with the principles of sustainable development.


Healthy Communities Access Program (HCAP) - Deadline: March 2


The purpose of the Healthy Community Access Program (HCAP) is to provide assistance to communities and consortia of health care providers and others to develop or strengthen integrated community health care delivery systems that coordinate health care services for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured, and to develop or strengthen activities related to providing coordinated care for individuals with chronic conditions who are uninsured or underinsured.


* Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Prescription for Health - Round 2 – Deadline: March 7  Details


The Charles Frueauff Foundation 2005 Grants - Deadline: March 15, Sept 15


The Charles Frueauff Foundation focuses on at-risk youths in all its funding categories: education, health, and social services. Tutoring, sexual-health and job-training initiatives receive preference. Other funding priorities include welfare-to-work programs, inadequate day-care systems, and economic-development initiatives.


* Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration for Ethnic and Racial Minorities – Deadline: March 22  Details


* Youth Violence Prevention through Community-Level Change – Deadline: March 30  Details


* Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research – 2005 – Deadline: April 1  Details


Peer Educator Training Sites and the Resource and Evaluation Center - Deadline: April 1


This cooperative agreement will be awarded to eligible entities to provide nationwide peer education and training and other technical assistance to increase the number of HIV/AIDS peer treatment educators within Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act funded programs. Funds will also support a Resource and Evaluation Center (REC) which will coordinate and maintain a central repository of training materials, assist in dissemination of successful training strategies, and evaluate outcomes of the PETS program.


Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements Targeting Ryan White Care Act Title IV Grantees - Deadline: April 2


This Cooperative Agreement is intended to assist in providing training and technical assistance to Ryan White CARE Act Title IV grantees and other programs with an interest in improving access to primary medical care, research and support services for HIV-infected infants, children, youth, and women and their affected families. Applicants will assist the grantees in understanding and putting into action the requirements of the CARE Act and research based best practices for high quality, comprehensive HIV primary care and support service delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS.


National Library of Medicine (NLM) Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health - Deadlines: June 1, Nov 1


The NLM Grants are awarded for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to US health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences.


* The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Funding Announcement – Deadline: June 22  Details


* Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health – Deadline: Multiple  Details


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New Calls for Submissions announced in this newsletter are noted with an asterisk (*).


* Community-Based Public Health Caucus Call for Proposals – Deadline: February 10  Details


The American Public Health Association's (APHA) Call For Abstracts - Deadline: Feb 10


The APHA’s 2005 Annual Meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA on November 5-9, 2005.  APHA invites abstracts that reflect a diversity of community-based public health activities, including basic and applied research projects, interventions, teaching and service learning projects. Of particular interest are presentations that will provide participants with enhanced knowledge and skills to conduct community-based public health activities, as well as those that explicitly describe the application of community-based participatory research to policy change and decision-making at the local, state and federal level. Abstracts will be accepted through the APHA web site,


Engaged Learning, Student Mental Health, and Civic Development Demonstration Program – Deadline: February 15


Preliminary proposals are requested for projects (RFP) that will demonstrate what happens when colleges and universities build capacity for engaged learning in ways that promote mental health of students and contribute to their civic development. For a copy of the RFP, please e-mail Jennifer Reynolds.


Call for Applications: The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program - Deadline: Feb 15


This program is designed to augment clinical training by providing new skills and perspectives necessary to achieve 21st century leadership positions both within and outside the walls of academia.  The program stresses training in the quantitative and qualitative sciences underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems.  The program's newest iteration will also emphasize community-based research and leadership training. The program offers graduate-level study and research as part of a university-based post-residency training program.  Four participating institutions will be recruiting scholars, including: University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Michigan; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University.  Up to 28 scholars will be selected in 2005 for appointments beginning in July 2006. For complete information, see


* AcademyHealth Call for Panels – Deadline: February 18  Details


American Psychiatric Association Scholarships - Deadline: Feb 18


The American Psychiatric Association invites ethnic minority medical students who have an interest in psychiatric issues to apply for the 2005 Minority Medical Student Scholarships and Awards: Travel Scholarships for Minority Medical Students Annual meeting. Students will attend sessions for experts and trainees alike, and be assigned to a mentor.


Call for 2005 Award for Student Excellence in Public Health Practice - Deadline: February 18


The Association of Schools of Public Health is soliciting nominations for up to two masters and/or doctoral students from each of the 36 member schools of public health.  This award serves to recognize and reward student comprehension, application, and growth regarding public health practice as well as to encourage faculty and students to answer the “how” and “what” questions regarding their interpretation of public health practice and the achievement of practice.


* Call for Abstracts: International Conference on the Scientific Basis of Health Services (ICSBHS) - Deadline: February 28  Details


Minority Medical Student Summer Mentoring Program Application - Deadline: Feb 28


This program is intended to identify ethnic minority medical students who have an interest in psychiatric issues and expose students to a setting where they can work closely with a psychiatrist mentor for one month.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Seeks Applicants for Post-Doctoral Program - Deadline: February 28


The EPA’s Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory is seeking applicants with a doctoral level degree (PhD, MD, DVM) for openings in their federal post-doctoral program. These post-doctoral candidates conduct high priority environmental research in a wide variety of areas important to protecting human health and the environment. Post-doctoral positions to conduct research on environmental health are anticipated for divisions located in Research Triangle Park and Chapel Hill, NC. Post-doctoral positions to conduct ecology research are anticipated for divisions located in Duluth, MN; Gulf Breeze, FL; Corvallis and Newport, OR; and Narragansett, RI.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Seeks Pioneer Award Program Applications - Deadline: March 1-April 1


The NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program is designed to support individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering approaches to major contemporary challenges in biomedical research. The program will award grants to individuals who intend to pursue new research directions that are not already supported by other mechanisms. The program will fund between five and ten awards of up to $500,000 in direct costs per year for five years. Awardees are expected to commit the major portion (at least 51 percent) of their research effort to activities supported by the NDPA.


* 2005 State Health Research & Policy Interest Group Meeting Call for Case Studies – Deadline: March 4  Details


The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) Announces Two New Opportunities for PostDocs - Deadline: March 31


EPA's ORD is seeking candidates to fill approximately nine federal, four-year post-doctoral research positions. Recent initiatives at ORD facilities have promoted the conduct of cross-cutting research across the different ORD Labs and Centers in the areas of human environmental exposure-effects and ecosystems. In the human health area, the overall mission for the cross-ORD post-docs will be to move forward more quickly the development and application of exposure, dose and health effects assessment methods or models. In the ecosystems research area, the cross-ORD post-docs will focus on advancing the spatial analyses methods and on their application to water quality, ecological forecasting problems, and linkages between economic drivers and landscape conditions.


Minority Medical Student Fellowship in HIV Psychiatry Application - Deadline: March 31


This new program is intended to identify minority medical students who have primary interests in services related to HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and its relationship to the mental health or psychological well being of ethnic minorities.  For more information contact Carol Svoboda at (703) 907-8642, or Diane Pennessi at (703) 907-8668,


* Abraham Horwitz Award for Leadership in Inter-American Health – Deadline: April 15  Details


* Articles on Social Exclusion, Gender and Conflict Needed for International Development Journal – Deadline: April 15  Details


Call for Proposals for Presentations at the Humanitarianism Throughout the World: The Life, Ideas and Enduring Legacy of Dr. Albert Schweitzer Conference - Deadline: April 15


The Conference is scheduled for October 28-29, 2005 in Hamden, Connecticut at Quinnipiac University. Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees and a United Nations ambassador for peace, will deliver the keynote address. Submissions on the topics of theology, environment, health, peace and humanitarian values are welcome, as are papers concerning the concept of “reverence for life,” the idea Dr. Schweitzer felt was his main contribution to the world. Send proposals or inquires to David Ives at


* Calls for Submissions for Joint Conference – Deadline: Multiple, see Details


* Call for Papers for COMM-ORG – Deadline: Ongoing  Details


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