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CDC has posted three Funding Opportunity Announcements relating to community health and chronic disease prevention

(DP14-1417) Partnership to Improve Community Health

Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) will fund and support a new 3-year, $50 million/year initiative to improve health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases through evidence- and practice-based strategies to create or strengthen healthy environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and take charge of their health. An estimated 30 to 40 cooperative agreements will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations to work through multi-sectoral community coalitions consisting of businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, local health departments, health care organizations, community planning agencies, local housing authorities, social service agencies, agricultural extension programs, civic organizations, park and recreation departments, faith-based institutions, and other community-based organizations. Awardees will work to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities. Projects will serve three types of geographic areas: large cities and urban counties, small cities and counties, and American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

Eligible applicants include:

Government Organizations

  • Local public health offices
  • American Indian tribes or Alaskan Native villages
  • Local Housing Authorities
  • School districts
  • Local Transportation Authorities

Non-government Organizations

  • Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education)
  • Nonprofit without 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education)

CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/PICH/

Important Dates:

  • Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants: CDC will conduct an informational conference call for interested applicants on Wednesday, May 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Conference call lines are limited so we encourage those who can to call in from one location. The call-in information is: Bridge Line telephone: 1-888-324-7573, participant code: 5878439.
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: A Letter of Intent must be emailed by 5 p.m. or postmarked by June 5, 2014 Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Application Deadline: July 22, 2014, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, at www.grants.gov

(DP14-1418) National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention

This 3-year, $10 million/year initiative will support four to eight national organizations and their chapters/affiliates in building and strengthening community infrastructure to implement population-based strategies to improve the health of communities. Awardees will work with smaller communities and those with limited public health capacity to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities. Additionally, awardees will work closely together to coordinate strategies and technical assistance to maximize their collective impact. The initiative will fund two types of projects: community capacity building and implementation awards, aimed at supporting locally driven planning and action among selected chapters/affiliates; and dissemination and training awards, aimed at providing tools and trainings to support funded chapters/affiliates and their community coalitions in improving local policies, systems, and environments.

CDC website: www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/PICHORGS/

Important Dates:

  • Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants: CDC will conduct an informational conference call for interested applicants on Friday, May 30 from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Conference call lines are limited so we encourage those who can to call in from one location. The call-in information is: Bridge Line telephone: 1-888-955-8965, participant code: 9658383.
  • Letter of Intent Deadline: A Letter of Intent must be emailed by 5 p.m. or postmarked by June 5, 2014 Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Application Deadline: July 22, 2014 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, on www.grants.gov

(DP14-1419PPHF14) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, or REACH, focuses on racial and ethnic communities experiencing health disparities. This 3-year, $35 million/year project will support policy, system, and environmental improvements in those communities to improve health and reduce health disparities. Awardees will include local governmental agencies, community based non-governmental organizations, American Indian tribes and Alaskan Native villages, tribal organizations, Urban Indian Health Programs, and tribal and intertribal consortia. They will work to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities. An estimated 15 to 20 organizations will be funded for basic implementation activities to strengthen their infrastructure, activate coalitions and partners, and prepare and implement a focused community action plan. An additional 30 to 40 organizations will receive comprehensive awards to support immediate implementation of activities addressing an expanded scope of work to improve health and reduce health disparities.

CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/reach/index.htm

Important Dates:

  • Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants: CDC will conduct an informational conference call for interested applicants on Friday, May 30 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. Conference call lines are limited so we encourage those who can to call in from one location. The call-in information is: Bridge Line telephone: 1-877-918-9241, participant code: 5073952.
  • Letters of Intent Deadline: Letters of Intent must be emailed by 5 p.m. or postmarked by June 6, 2014 U.S. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • Application Deadline: July 22, 2014, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, on www.grants.gov.

Government Agencies and Initiatives:

Best of the Web - Urban and Regional Planning Organizations: It's a helpful resource for researching planning organizations on the Internet.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Recommendations for Transportation: This page highlights the CDC's specific recommendations for including the consideration of public health within transportation issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Health Design Initiative: CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. The Initiative works to improve public health by:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Human Health Research: EPA's human health research is focused on improving scientific knowledge base and developing tools and methods to enable the Agency to identify and characterize human health impacts associated with environmental exposures.

FHWA's Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) website: CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the development of transportation projects. This page features information about the CSS process as well as a clearinghouse of resources to help practitioners learn and understand this approach to transportation design.

FHWA's Livability Initiative: FHWA's Livability Initiative is focused on improving the relationship between infrastructure and community needs, specifically to improve a community's 'livability,' to enhance the environmental sensitivity of roads and bridges and to help states explore multi-modal transportation options.

FHWA Office of Safety: The FHWA Office of Safety's mission is to reduce highway fatalities by making our roads safer through a data-driven, systematic approach and addressing all "4Es" of safety: engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities: Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is focused on creating strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy.

Sustainable Communities: The Partnership for Sustainable Communities between HUD, EPA and DOT works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.

Advocacy Organizations and Coalitions:

America Walks: America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.

Child Health Transportation Initiative: The Child Health Transportation Initiative (CHTI), a comprehensive research, public education and advocacy program, calls attention to the critical deficiencies of public transportation systems that preclude millions of lower-income children from accessing health care services.

National Complete Streets Coalition: National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed. goal is to create streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) - A national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community.

Urban Land Institute: The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Health Organizations:

American Public Health Association - Transportation Issues from a Public Health Perspective: This page from APHA's website provides information on the links between public health, equity and transportation.

US Department of Health and Human Services Active Living.

Planning Organizations:

American Planning Association (APA): The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO): AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs' abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems.

National Association of Development Organization's (NADO) Transportation Resources: This page features NADO's series of resources for transportation professionals.

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC): NARC serves as the national voice for regionalism. NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government (COGs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).

Transportation Organizations

AASHTO: AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water with the primary goal of fostering the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

Transportation Research Board (TRB): The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.

TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee: TRB's Health and Transportation Subcommittee is concerned with advancing research, education, and professional practice in health and transportation, and aims to improve understanding and evaluation of how transportation systems influence public health; maximize the health benefits of transportation systems and limit their adverse effects on travelers, neighbors, and vulnerable groups; and integrate transportation and health issues through planning, policy, engineering, design, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community participation.

Institute of Transportation Engineer's (ITE) Context Sensitive Solutions website: ITE's Context Sensitive Solution's (CSS) Web site was developed to help practitioners access the tools and information needed to help them use CSS principles in their work.

Updated: 06/03/2014
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