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CVS Caremark Charitable Trust $3 Million Initiative to help Americans Manage Chronic Diseases
Through the Innovations in Community Health initiative, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will award grants to community health centers across the country working to develop innovative programs that increase access to quality care and produce better health outcomes while reducing costs for patients and health care systems. The funding also will support health care models that promote coordinated care and/or include education and tracking models for promoting medication adherence among patients managing chronic diseases, and technology and IT services that enable providers to plan therapies more effectively and promote communication among a network of other centers serving chronic disease suffering patients. Eligible states will receive applications from NACHC. Grants will be made available beginning in 2013. For more information, click here.

RWJF Center for Sharing Public Health Services Shared Services Learning Community 2012 Call for Proposals
Deadline: Aug. 29
In order to better understand the opportunity and impact of cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) among public health agencies, RWJF will provide two-year grants of up to $125,000 to up to eighteen teams of public health officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders that are exploring, implementing and/or improving CJS arrangements between two or more public health agencies. RWJF seeks proposals from teams that include, at a minimum, public health leaders and policymakers (i.e., public administrators, board members, and/or elected officials) from each jurisdiction involved in the sharing effort. For more information,
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Accelerating the Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB in the USAPIs Funding
Deadline: Aug. 31
The purpose of this announcement is to strengthen core HIV, viral hepatitis, STD and TB prevention and treatment efforts in the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs), support cross-cutting activities across programs (e.g., surveillance, screening, evaluation and data systems), and reduce the administrative and reporting requirements. This will be done by: optimizing public health service delivery by expanding service integration; maximizing opportunities to screen, test, treat and/or vaccinate those in need of these services; improving the health among populations negatively affected by multiple diseases; and collaborating across program areas and improving operations through the use of shared data. For more information, click here.

CMS Adult Medicaid Quality Grant for Measuring and Improving the Quality of Care in Medicaid
Deadline: Aug. 31
The overarching goal of this funding opportunity is to support States in developing their capacity for standardized collection and reporting of data on the quality of health care provided to adults covered by Medicaid. It also seeks to strengthen states’ analytic capacity to use the data in measuring and improving the quality of care for the approximately 30 million adults currently enrolled in Medicaid. For more information, click here.

RWJF Quality/Equality Releases Call for Proposals on ACOs: Testing Their Impact
Deadline: Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT
This funding will support case studies of ACOs as they develop in the private market. The supported case studies will examine facilitators and barriers to the success of select ACOs, including an overview of each ACO’s market, environmental, and organizational contexts. The case studies will additionally examine the potential effects of the ACOs on a variety of outcomes, including: clinical quality, cost, patient experience and disparities. For more information, click here.

HRSA Health Center Controlled Networks Grant
Deadline: Sept. 10
This announcement solicits applications for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) in fiscal year 2013. HRSA is seeking to provide grants to HCCNs to advance the adoption and implementation of Health Information Technology and to support quality improvement in health centers throughout the United States and its territories. HCCN grants will support the adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records and technology-enabled quality-improvement strategies in health centers. For more information, click here.

HRSA R40 Maternal and Child Health Research Program Funding
Deadline: Sept. 12
Within the R40 MCH Research Program, funding is available in FY 2013 to support approximately six extramural multi-year research projects. The R40 MCH Research Program supports applied research relating to maternal and child health services including services for children with special health care needs, which show promise of substantial contribution to advancement of the current knowledge pool, and when used in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Findings from the research supported by the MCH Research Program are expected to have potential for application in health care delivery programs for mothers and children. Research proposals should address critical MCH questions such as public health systems and infrastructure, health disparities, quality of care, and promoting the health of MCH populations, which also support the goals of HRSA. For more information, click here.

HRSA Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program
Deadline: Sept. 21
This announcement solicits applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) program. The purpose of HTPC is to increase the number of innovative community initiated programs that promote access to health care for children, youth and their families nationwide, and employ preventive health strategies. This program most closely supports HRSA's goals to improve access to quality health care and services, to build healthy communities, and to improve health equity. HTPC funding supports direct service projects, not research projects.  For more information, click here.

AHRQ Grants for Management of Healthcare-Associated Infections
Deadline: Sept. 25
The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) is soliciting grant applications for funding to conduct Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Projects (R18) that propose to address strategies and approaches for prevention, reduction, and effective management of health care-associated infections (HAIs). For more information, click here.

HRSA EMSC State Partnership Grant Program
Deadline: Sept. 26
The overall mission of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is to reduce the prevalence of pediatric morbidity and mortality that may occur as a result of acute illness and severe injury. To accomplish this mission, the EMSC Program works to institutionalize pediatric-centered healthcare programs within States, and promotes the value and importance of Integration. Integrating the pediatric population's emergency healthcare needs and resources will improve the process, access, and delivery of the emergency medical services system to respond, provide intervention, and transport to the most appropriate healthcare facility; and the pediatric-readiness of health institutions to medically manage and adequately treat children in emergency situations all across the country. For more information, click here.

ACA - Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program
Deadline: Sept. 28
This announcement solicits FY 2013 applications for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program. The ACA directly appropriates $230 million for Fiscal Years 2011 through 2015 to make payments to qualified teaching health centers to support the expansion of primary care medical and dental residency training in community-based ambulatory settings. These community-based settings include, but are not limited to, federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-a-likes, community mental health centers, rural health clinics and health centers operated by the Indian Health Service or an Indian tribe or tribal organization, and entities receiving funds under title X of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act. For more information, click here.

HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: Oct. 15
The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: 1) achieve efficiencies; 2) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and 3) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist health care networks in becoming operational. For more information, click here.

Project Connect 2.0 Phase 2 Funding
Deadline: Oct. 15
Futures Without Violence is selecting new sites for Phase 2 of Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Women (Project Connect 2.0), supported by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) with additional support from ACF. Six new states or territories sites and five tribal health sites that demonstrate a strong history of collaboration between domestic and sexual violence, health care, and public health systems, as well as a capacity and interest in the proposed program will be chosen. For more information, click here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research
Deadline: Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. EDT
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research program develops and supports a new generation of creative health policy thinkers and researchers within the disciplines of economics, political science and sociology. Each year the program selects up to nine highly qualified individuals for two-year fellowships at one of three nationally prominent universities with the expectation that they will make important research contributions to future U.S. health policy. For more information, click here.

CMS Funding for National and State Background Checks for Direct Patient Access Employees
Deadline: Oct. 31
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a nationwide program that will identify efficient, effective and economical procedures for long term care facilities and providers to conduct background checks on prospective direct patient/resident access employees. Eligible facilities and providers include skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice care providers, long-term care hospitals, personal care service providers, adult day care providers, residential care providers, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities for mentally retarded disabled and other entities that provide long-term care services, as specified by each participating state. For more information, click here.

AHRQ Large Research Projects for Healthcare-Associated Infections
Deadline: Nov. 5
AHRQ solicits grant applications for funding to conduct Large Research Projects that propose to advance the base of knowledge for detection, prevention, reduction, and effective management of HAIs. For more information, click here.

AHRQ Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through HIT
Deadline: Nov. 16
The purpose of this Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) funding announcement is to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health information technology (HIT) implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive HIT implementation research. For more information, click here.

AHRQ Small Research Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through HIT
Deadline: Nov. 16
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support a wide variety of research designs in order to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care through the implementation and use of HIT. These designs include: small pilot and feasibility or self-contained HIT research projects; secondary data analysis of HIT research; and economic (prospective or retrospective) analyses of HIT implementation and use. For more information, click here.

HRSA Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant
Deadline: Nov. 30
The overall goal of this grant program is to: 1) reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organs from deceased donors by identifying successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to increase deceased organ donation and, 2) increase the knowledge of options available through living donation among patients who may need transplants and/or individuals considering serving as a living donor. Accordingly, this program will support sound applied research efforts to test the effectiveness of strategies that target any of the three program objectives listed below. The first two objectives pertain to deceased donation; the third relates to living donation. The specific objectives of this grant program are to increase, and improve understanding of how to increase: 1) individual commitment to be a deceased organ donor and documentation of that commitment; 2) consent of family (or others authorized to consent) for organ donation for a deceased relative; 3) the knowledge of the process, risks, advantages and disadvantages of deceased and living donation among patients who may need an organ and/or individuals considering serving as a living donor. For more information, click here.

CMS Cooperative Agreement to Support Establishment of Health Insurance Exchanges
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2014
This funding announcement provides states, the District of Columbia, and consortia of states, with financial assistance for the establishment of exchanges. These awards will provide funds for the state to complete activities for achieving approval in accordance with Section 1321 of the Affordable Care Act and the requirements as established through the rulemaking process. For more information, click here.