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CCPH Board Member and CCPH Partner Recognized with Leadership Awards


Two decades of accomplishments by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program were recognized in a ceremony and reception at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center, following the opening of the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. The PRC Program brings academic researchers, community members, and public health agencies together to collaborate on developing effective strategies, tested and applied in the field, to prevent and control the leading causes of illness and disability in the United States, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Since funding the first three centers in 1986, the PRC Program has evolved into a national network of 33 academic-based research centers from coast to coast. The work celebrated has had an impact on not only community health strategies, but also on reducing health disparities. Through partnerships with a wide range of institutions and community organizations, the PRCs have undertaken research activities in communities that are home to some of the nation's most disadvantaged populations. Those communities have included residents of rural Appalachia as well as people living in urban public housing, Mexican Americans on the U.S.-Mexico border, American Indians in New Mexico, and African Americans and Latinos in Harlem.


At the event, George Mensah, M.D., Acting Director, NCCDPHP, remarked that "No other program explicitly requires researchers, public health professionals, and community members to work together as equals to develop and prove disease prevention and health promotion strategies and move them into widespread practice." Commenting on the PRC Program's unique configuration and the effect of the work, Mensah added that the celebration was not "simply about 20 years of research [but] an inestimable number of years of life saved and an unquantifiable number of people who will not become ill or disabled because the research collaborators found ways to prevent disease and protect health and the quality of life." During his comments, Mensah recognized Mike Gemmell, Executive Director of the Association of Schools of Public Health from 1978 to 2001. Gemmell was one of four public health leaders-the others, Drs. Robert Day, D.A. Henderson, and William Bridgers, were unable to attend-whose foresight encouraged Congress to mandate prevention research to improve the nation's health. Mensah also welcomed five new Prevention Research Centers to the family (see sidebar).


During the event, Georges Benjamin, M.D., Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, expressed his admiration for research that actively promotes better health. "I support the ways in which this flagship program of the CDC engages communities in studying research strategies, helping people to be informed and make good choices, and most important, to have a sense of confidence that they can take control of their own well-being," he said. Benjamin added that public health can take greater responsibility for embracing and disseminating proven strategies, such as those the PRCs design, test, and package. To acknowledge the community as an integral part of the program, participants from three PRC projects were invited to share personal accounts of their involvement. Willie Smith, Jr. and his 10-year-old son Willie Smith, III enrolled in the University of Michigan Prevention Research Center's Fathers and Sons Project. The project explored whether frequent, positive contact between African-American preadolescent boys and their non-resident fathers can increase healthy behaviors in both groups and prevent substance abuse, violent behavior, and early sexual initiation among the boys. "Because of the research project, I was able to do things with my son that I otherwise may not have because I don't live with him," said the elder Smith.


Steven Najera, a School Food Service Coordinator in Brownsville, Texas, explained how the Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health (CATCH) program has grown from its inception. CATCH, an elementary school health program designed to help children improve their diet and increase their physical activity, now reaches more than 750,000 school children throughout Texas as well as school children in seven other states and those attending one of the U.S. Department of Defense's 320 overseas elementary schools. The program's dissemination is attributable to the Prevention Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.


Veronica Oates, a fellow with the CDC-Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Prevention Research Centers' Minority Fellowship Program, described her work in a faith-based setting served by the Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In introducing a colorectal cancer screening project in a minority community, Oates found testimonials from community members to be most powerful in reducing the barriers that discourage many people from obtaining early detection tests.


Dixie Snider Jr., M.D., M.P.H., Chief of Science of CDC/ATSDR, then spoke and emphasized how PRC is a vital extension of CDC. According to Snider, the program's application and dissemination of research results contributes to CDC's goal of using science to address health problems, while simultaneously creating valuable partnerships for participatory research crucial to improving health outcomes. "The Prevention Research Centers are themselves partnerships that bring organizations and communities into partnership with CDC, extending the agency's reach in ways that are sometimes hard to do, particularly in underserved communities where health disparities are yet to be solved," he said.


On behalf of CDC, Snider presented awards to members of the PRC network. First, he presented an Award of Honor to CCPH Partner E. Yvonne Lewis and CCPH Board Member Ella Greene-Moton, Chair and Chair-Elect, respectively, of the PRC National Community Committee (NCC), for having given of their knowledge and expertise as well as of themselves in developing the committee since 1999. The NCC, which comprises a member of each PRC's community committee, advises the program, facilitates training of community members, and advocates for prevention research. The awardees received a crystal flame engraved, "For your dedicated effort and significant contributions to the development and sustainability of the Prevention Research Centers National Community Committee." Ms. Greene-Moton accepted for herself and Ms. Lewis, and briefly addressed the audience expressing her appreciation as well as continued commitment to community participation in research.  Both are involved in the ASPH/CDC project Examining Community-Institutional Partnerships for Prevention Research being coordinated by CCPH.


Snider then presented honors to five PRCs for outstanding accomplishments in extramural research. The award winners, selected by external peer-reviewers from among nominations, were as follows:


·         Innovation in Prevention Research - West Virginia University, Centers for Public Health Research and Training, for the Not on Tobacco project;


·         Excellence in Community-Based Prevention Research - Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center for its Community Coalition Board;


·         Excellence in Research Translation - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, for promoting the adoption and maintenance of the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program;


·         Excellence in Training and Technical Assistance - University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center for providing training and technical assistance through courses in physical activity and public health; and


·         Service to a Partner Community - Maine-Harvard Prevention Research Center, a partnership of the Harvard Prevention Research Center, for implementing and facilitating activities that have extended the capacity of the PRC partner community, which includes the Maine Bureau of Health and the Maine Center for Public Health.


The event was hosted by Dr. Carol Bryant, Co-Director of the Prevention Research Center at the University of South Florida, and Dr. Eduardo Simoes, PRC Program Director. Following the formal program, attendees visited with the speakers and other guests, viewed exhibits of the PRCs' work, and shared refreshments. Visit the PRC Program website to learn more.  




Patients needing a heart bypass or hip replacement would do well to choose one of the 229 hospitals named in a new report that identifies the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation in clinical quality. The report, released by the health care quality company HealthGrades, Inc. on Jan. 24, ranks the top hospitals based on the death and complication rates of Medicare patients undergoing procedures for 28 common conditions, including heart attack, pancreatitis, stroke, pneumonia, back surgery and others. The HealthGrades researchers collected data on nearly 5,000 hospitals between 2001 and 2003. In particular, they found that complication and death rates were "significantly lower" at the top hospitals after a heart bypass, heart attack, pneumonia or stroke, compared to the rest of the hospitals in the study. For instance, a heart bypass patient at one of the top hospitals had a 15 percent better chance of survival than a patient who received a bypass at an average hospital.


For many procedures, the chances of survival were 12 percent to 20 percent better in these top five percent hospitals, despite the fact that they treated more and sicker patients, the HealthGrades team found. "Because of the variation in quality from one hospital to the next, which HealthGrades has been documenting for eight years now, patients need to do their research before choosing a local hospital," Samantha Collier, M.D., HealthGrades' vice president of medical affairs says. Based on population numbers from the 2000 U.S. Census, the Great Lakes region has the highest concentration of top hospitals per capita, while the West Coast has the lowest concentration, according to the report.


The HealthGrades authors note that Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurers do not offer financial incentives to hospitals with a record of quality care, a system they say "flies in the face of market economics in other sectors, including those contracted by the federal government." "A consumer would not pay the same for a Mercedes S-Class Sedan and a used Ford Focus because the quality difference is obvious," the report authors write. "In healthcare, these 'products' cost the same, thereby eliminating the financial rewards for quality providers and exacerbating the quality improvement problem." To download a PDF copy of the complete report, go to



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In 2005, the WK Kellogg Foundation is celebrating its 75th anniversary.  To highlight this important milestone in the Foundation’s history, the health division sponsored a 75th anniversary seminar entitled “Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Schools of Public Health Respond as Engaged Institutions.”  163 leaders in academic public health, community-based public health, government and philanthropy gathered in Texas from February 9-11, 2005 to:  

+ Develop a collaborative vision and blueprint for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities
+ Build on past successes to determine what can be done differently to achieve a future free of racial and ethnic health disparities
+ Consider how engaged institutions can accelerate their commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities


The seminar began with a conversation on health as a basic human right.  President Jimmy Carter, a champion for social justice, urged the audience to take on “the biggest challenge, which is the growing chasm between the rich and the poor, both globally and at home.”  He noted that health equity was his “earliest and most intense commitment,” having had a mother who was a nurse and having witnessed the health problems of black sharecroppers in Georgia that stemmed in part from lack of access to basic health care.  Through his work at the Carter Center, he has mobilized leaders from business, universities and the media to address the needs of the 500,000 poorest people in 20 Atlanta communities.  “Having the university immersed in the community is as good for the community as it is for the university,” he noted.  “We tend to separate ourselves from people who are suffering.  If we get to know them, we feel responsible.”  Carter vigorously defended health as a basic human right and called upon schools of public health to elevate their commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities to a top priority.


In describing the magnitude of the problem of racial and ethnic health disparities, Institute of Medicine President Harvey Fineberg noted “No one institution, profession or person has the answers.”  The Institute of Medicine’s 2002 report on The Future of Public Health in the 21st Century makes a compelling case for the ecological approach to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities – one in which multiple strategies are developed to impact the multiple determinants of these disparities.  These determinants include innate individual traits; individual behavior; social, family and community networks; living and working conditions; broad social, economic, cultural, health and environmental conditions; and policies at the global, national, state and local levels.


The seminar demonstrated the power of theatre in conveying the urgent need for action with the world premiere performance of “A Right to Care.”  The Foundation specifically commissioned Sarah Jones, an Obie Award-winning playwright, actor and poet, to write and perform this one-woman tour-de-force.  In the span of an hour, Ms. Jones portrayed the lives of nearly a dozen people affected by the inequities in our health care system, beginning with an African-American homeless woman who proclaimed “I may be poor, but I’m not stupid.”  By vividly capturing their accents, mannerisms and stories, she brought many in the audience to tears over the injustices that people suffer every day in this country, particularly in communities of color. 


CCPH board chair Elmer Freeman, Executive Director of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service in Boston, joined Bill Richardson, CEO of the Foundation and Linda Rosenstock, Dean of the UCLA School of Public Health, for an interactive panel discussion about community-academic partnerships as a strategy for eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.  Mr. Freeman highlighted the importance of respecting the knowledge that communities have.  He urged health professional schools to embrace values of health equity and social justice, and to instill and reinforce these values in their students through service-learning experiences and mentoring by community members.  Students should gain “practical skills in engaging with communities” as an integral component of their education. 


In her remarks, Dr. Rosenstock made a plea for authentic community engagement.  “The old model is outreach and service,” she noted.  “The community isn’t interested in being outreached to.”  To fully realized a new model of genuine partnerships with communities, she said, “we need transformation, we need radical change” in how academic institutions do business.  “We need to bring the community into the school, not just on advisory committees” but as core partners in the curriculum, in research, in decisions about strategic direction.  “We need to become engaged institutions.”  Mr. Freeman urged participants not to “shy away from the tough conversations” about racism, power and privilege that are fundamental to authentic community-campus partnerships.


During the seminar, participants developed provocative propositions to pledge their individual and collective commitments to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.  These included, for example, working towards a constitutionally guaranteed right to health, engaging an entire campus in the goal of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities, infusing a social justice orientation throughout a school’s curriculum, changing faculty promotion and tenure policies to recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship, and building the capacity of community-based organizations to be fiscal agents for community-based participatory research grants.  At CCPH, we pledge to help build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to form authentic partnerships that take an ecological approach to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.  Only by working to address the multiple determinants of disparities simultaneously can we hope to achieve and sustain health for all.


Please visit these websites for more information about resources mentioned in this article:

WK Kellogg Foundation’s 75th anniversary,

The Carter Center,

The Institute of Medicine report, v

Sarah Jones,


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Apply now for CCPH's 8th Summer Service-Learning Institute, to be held June 17-21, 2005 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.  Applications must be received by April 15, 2005.  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 in the health professions.  Application materials and other details are available at 


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Congratulations to Ingrid Sheets, the winner of the “Member-Get-A-Member” Campaign. As her prize, she will receive $100 CCPH dollars. These dollars can be used to purchase CCPH products, such as publications, registrations for CCPH events and additional memberships. Thanks to all of the CCPH members who participated!


Did you know that CCPH Members are eligible to receive discounts on all of the publications available for sale by CCPH? To find out more about these valuable resources, visit  


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


March 1-3, 2005: Visit the CCPH exhibit (Booth #44) 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 and Communities Joined in Action 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.  Applications must be received by April 15, 2005.  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


March 1, 2005: Volunteers in Healthcare (VIH) Teleworkshop on Clinician Volunteerism: Yesterday's Lessons, Tomorrow's Questions at 2:00pm Eastern Time.


March 29-30, 2005: A National Call to Action: Minority Faculty Development Leadership Summit in Washington, DC.


March 30-April 1, 2005: Rural Public Health Institute in Effingham, Illinois.


April 14-16, 2005: Pedagogies of Engagement: Deepening Learning In and Across the Disciplines in Bethesda, Maryland.


May 23-25, 2005: Advancing Regional Equity: The Second National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


May 26-27, 2005: Interprofessional Education: Grounding Action in Theory in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


November 3-5, 2005: Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education? Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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February is Children’s Dental Health Month


The American Dental Association produces a program planning kit for its state and local societies and dental alliances to assist them in local promotional efforts. Planning kits include a poster, planning workbook, suggested resources, reproducible handouts, and publicity information. Posters are also available to the dental societies for use in classroom visits. For more information, visit


StreetWorks Collaborative Wins National Partnership Award


The 2004 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award was given to StreetWorks Collaborative, an outreach program designed to help at-risk and homeless youth in the Twin Cities by providing the necessary resources, services and skills to get off the streets. A video documenting this award-winning program is available upon request.


Michigan Health System Wins Foster McGaw Prize


Henry Ford Health System in Detroit has won the 2004 Foster G. McGaw Prize for excellence in community service, the American Hospital Association and other sponsors of the award announced. The health system was recognized for the breadth and depth of its health care initiatives for Southeast Michigan's minorities and disadvantaged residents, among other programs. The Baxter International Foundation and Cardinal Health Foundation co-sponsor the award, which each year presents $100,000 to an organization committed to providing innovative programs and services that promote the health and well-being of its community. Harlem Hospital Center, New York; Saint Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, NE; and St. Joseph's/Candler in Savannah, GA were named finalists for 2004, and will receive $10,000 each.  


Coverage Expansion Resource Center


The California Healthcare Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Institute have developed the Coverage Expansion Resource Center, an on-line resource that provides a tool for assessing and comparing proposals aimed at expanding health care coverage for the uninsured. The resource center also provides a description of California’s present health insurance system and five alternatives: expansion of Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, a simple tax credit, an enhanced tax credit with an individual mandate, a pay-or-play employer mandate, and a single payer approach.


Reviewers sought for Council on Linkages Award


The Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice is looking for volunteers who would be willing to serve as reviewers for the Council's 2005 Linkages Awards and for the Association of Schools of Public Health's (ASPH) 2005 Award for Student Excellence in Public Health Practice. Reviewing the Linkages Award would require about 2-3 hours in mid-April to early May. The ASPH Award takes approximately an hour in the first three weeks of April. ASPH is looking for reviewers from the practice community. For more information, and to volunteer, please contact Jessica Kronstadt.


In A Healthier Nation, Disparities Persist, CDC Says


Americans overall are becoming healthier, but the poor and racial and ethnic minority groups still lag behind the rest of the population in many key indicators of health, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 28th annual report to Congress and the President on the state of the nation's health. Poor people are more likely than others to say they are in bad health, to use many types of health care and to report "severe psychological distress," the CDC study concludes. Infant mortality rates among blacks and American Indians are higher than in whites, and rates of obesity and diabetes also vary by race. The CDC report also notes that Latinos and American Indians are more likely to have no health insurance than other racial and ethnic groups. The two reports are available online.  Health, United States, 2004 and Health Disparities Experienced by Black or African Americans --- United States.


Report on Behavioral Science at NIH


Behavioral science research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suffers from a lack of funding and prestige, according to an article in the January 2005 issue of the American Psychological Society's (APS) Observer. Authors Michael Stefanek, Stephanie Hess, and Wendy Nelson, all of the Basic Biobehavioral Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute, surveyed behavioral science research among all the NIH institutes and centers. To read the full article, go to


EngAGEment Initiative Announced


Grantmakers In Aging has announced the planning of its two-year EngAGEment Initiative aimed at promoting grantmaking and encouraging new funding to philanthropy focused on aging issues. The initiative’s key objective is to identify and create the tools and resources communities need to grow giving as it relates to older adults. For more information, contact Cort Eiken.


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


Koster Insurance Innovative Practices in College Health Fund Grant – Deadline: March 1


Koster Insurance established this fund through the American College Health Foundation in order to provide financial support to student health centers and their staff for the development of innovative practices that improve access to quality health care for students. ACHA Institutional or Individual Members are eligible to apply.


Assets for Independence Demonstration Program (AFI) – Deadline(s): March 1, June 15, November 1


AFI is a Federal grant program that explores ways to help low-income people become economically self-sufficient. AFI provides grants of up to $1,000,000 to nonprofit and government agencies that provide financial education to clients and assist them with saving money in Individual Development Accounts for the goal of acquiring one of three long-term assets (a first home, post-secondary education, or small business capital).


Independent Investigator Awards – Deadline: March 4


Applicants for the 2005 Independent Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. The awards support research into the causes, cures, treatments, and prevention of severe psychiatric brain disorders.


Prescription for Health Program Grants – Deadline: March 7


Proposals requested for grants from the Prescription for Health program, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The grant will support two years of practice-based, primary-care research networks in developing creative, practical strategies for advocating positive health-related behaviors among patients. Projects should focus on preventing sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and risky use of alcohol.


Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) – Deadline: March 21


Funding Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-020305-002. The MSEIP is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers.


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


Funding Opportunity Number: CMS-5036-N. 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.


Massage Therapy Foundation Grants – Deadline: April 1


Applications are being accepted for community-service grants from the Massage Therapy Foundation. One-year grants will support organizations that provide massage-therapy treatment alternatives to communities that have little or no access to such services.


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


Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) 14th Annual Conference Call for Proposals – Deadline: March 1


CCNCCE invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 14th Annual Conference, May 25-27, 2005, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona. The theme for this year's conference is "Community Dialogue and Engagement -Valuing Our Partners."


International Health-Promoting Universities Conference Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 31


The conference will take place October 3-6, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It will promote a comprehensive approach to the creation and maintenance of health-promoting universities and colleges from the perspective of people in all areas of campus life. The conference will profile research, programs, and projects that contribute to healthy work, study, and living environments at universities and colleges.


2005 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award – Deadline: April 1


The aim of the Community Partnership Award is to spotlight the important contributions that nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Each of the award recipients must demonstrate the difference the partnership has made, show the ability of the partnership to be replicated and to stimulate new ideas in addressing social issues, as well as illustrate the partnership’s commitment to advancing the mission and principles of the organization.


Health Professional Education Call for Abstracts – Deadline: April 30


Patient/client centered care has become an espoused rule for 21st century health care. Health Professional Education needs to reflect this partnership. Join your interprofessional colleagues at this important conference to establish a vision for health professional education in which patients play an active role that models trends in practice. Participants are invited to present examples of collaborative projects between educators and patient/community groups at the “Where’s the Patient’s Voice in Health Professional Education?” Conference to be held November 3-5, 2005 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Call for Papers – Deadline: June 30


Proposed entries requested for a two-volume encyclopedia on racial and ethnic social justice in the United States. Contact A. Aguirre Jr. at


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Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? Examining the Evidence


This Institute of Medicine report, issued jointly with the National Academies' Transportation Research Board, explores the link between the "built" environment--buildings, roads, parks, and other structures that physically define a community--and physical activity levels.


Influence of community Factors on Health: An Annotated Bibliography


The development and production of the document was funded by the California Endowment. It provides insight into the findings of researchers who have investigated community effects on health, and the program and policy implications that can be drawn from their work. The bibliography, which was developed by PolicyLink, contains summaries of more than 150 articles, reports and books on how environmental, social and economic conditions of community life affect health.


Service-Learning Guide & Journal, Higher Education Edition, by Robert Schoenfeld, will help students organize their Service-Learning project and facilitate their growth in the knowledge and skills they need to help them become civically engaged, productive and fulfilled citizens. The Service-Learning Guide & Journal will aid students in their pursuit of scholastic achievement while guiding and inspiring them to take their service to their community and the nation to a higher level of achievement.


Shortchanging America's Health: A State-by-State Look at How Federal Public Health Dollars are Spent

By Hearne SA, Elliott K, Juliano C and Segal LM. This report examines how money from many federal health programs is allocated to states at per-capita levels and then compares the states' key health and wellness indicators. While state governments bear the primary responsibility for delivering public health services, the federal government also plays an important role, especially by funding state public health activities. This report examines states' funding per person from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. State health statistics highlighted include percent of adults and children with chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, percent of obese adults and overweight children, adult cancer rates and rate of low birth weight in babies. Overall, the report finds that the United States is falling short of achieving the national health improvement and disease prevention objectives for health outlined in Healthy People and that sufficient funding or strategies to achieve those goals have not been enacted. The United States needs to develop a proactive approach to health, focusing on prevention of illness and injury. According to the report, this type of approach would save lives and money and improve overall health. Full paper available at


Federal Policy for Immigrant Children: Room for Common Ground?


Policymakers and analysts agree on the need to improve the well-being of children in immigrant families in the United States-for example, in the areas of public benefits, education, and economic mobility-but disagree about how to address the problems. The authors of this policy brief are no exception. Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Editor of The Future of Children, seconds the decision of Congress in the 1996 welfare reform law to make noncitizens ineligible for public assistance and Medicaid. He emphasizes the need to tie public benefits for immigrant families to work through such policies as education and training and the earned income tax credit for families with children. Mark Greenberg, Director of Policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Shawn Fremstad, Deputy Director of the Welfare and Income Support Division at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, argue that noncitizen families should have the same eligibility for public assistance as citizen families and support greater financial aid for early childhood education and other forms of schooling. The hope of all three authors, however, is that researchers and public officials will continue to search for common ground to improve life for children of immigrant families, most of whom will grow up as Americans.


The Hispanic Challenge?  What We Know About Latino Immigration


This booklet is the proceedings of a conference held March 29, 2004 and is available online at



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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.


* Koster Insurance Innovative Practices in College Health Fund Grant – Deadline: March 1  Details


* Assets for Independence Demonstration Program (AFI) – Deadline(s): March 1, June 15, November 1  Details


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.


* Independent Investigator Awards – Deadline: March 4  Details


* Prescription for Health Program Grants – Deadline: March 7  Details


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


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.


* Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) – Deadline: March 21  Details


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


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


* Massage Therapy Foundation Grants – Deadline: April 1  Details


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


* Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) 14th Annual Conference Call for Proposals – Deadline: March 1  Details


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


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.


* International Health-promoting Universities Conference Call for Abstracts – Deadline: March 31  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,


* 2005 Mutual of America Community Partnership Award – Deadline: April 1  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


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:


* Health Professional Education Call for Abstracts – Deadline: April 30  Details


* Call for Papers – Deadline: June 30  Details


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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