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New Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

September 25, 2015

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center is pleased to present a new webinar series designed for community-based, faith-based and other organizations that want to learn the basics of creating successful federal grant applications.

October 6 at 3:30 pm EDT: Technical Assistance: Foundations of Grant Writing
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics — from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding. Register for this webinar.

October 20 at 3:30 pm EDT: Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART)objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided. Register for this webinar.

November 5 at 3:30 pm EDT: Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified. Register for this webinar.

Visit for more information about this webinar series and the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.

USDA and HHS to Announce Ten Demonstration Sites for Rural IMPACT Initiative

September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 – ON FRIDAY, Sept. 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce 10 sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

Through the White House Rural Council’s Rural IMPACT demonstration, the Obama Administration aims to build upon the progress already made in reducing rural poverty using a two-generation approach that leverages technology, forges sustainable partnerships, and explores new models of program delivery to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to succeed.

The Demonstration will be administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be implemented in collaboration with a broad range of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and private partners including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP).

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
11 A.M. EDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce ten sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

DIAL-IN: 800-857-9832
Passcode: RURAL (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, reporters are instructed to press *1

Missouri Telehealth Network to Host New Webinar Series on Project ECHO

September 24, 2015

We are excited to offer a new webinar series starting next Wednesday, September 30th!  This is an opportunity to learn more about Project ECHO and for those who participate to ask any questions they may have.

What is Project ECHO?  Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) uses videoconferencing technology to create ongoing learning communities where primary clinicians receive support and develop the skills they need to treat conditions that are chronic, costly, common, and complex. Specialists serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their medical knowledge and expertise with primary care clinicians.

We are seeking as many participants as possible and would be very grateful if you would forward the attached flyer throughout your organization.

To join or for more information, please contact Wendy Hough at or 573.884.7958.

PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier

September 22, 2015

REMINDER: “PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ Video Presentation Posted to YouTube

A video recording of the “PQRS/Value-Based Provider Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ presentation has been posted to the CMS MLN Connects® page on YouTube.  This presentation is the same as the webinars that were delivered on March 31, 2015 and April 7, 2015 by the Philadelphia Regional Office.  A link to the video can be found here:

Please feel free to share this link with your partners.  Thank you.

Guideline Advantage™ Educational Webinar

September 22, 2015

Join The Guideline Advantage™ for an Educational Webinar:
Updates in CVD Risk Factor Management in Type 2 Diabetes

Monday, September 28, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central Time | 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Advanced Registration Required

This event will present an update on Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Light of Recent Evidence. A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Presenters: Dr. Caroline Fox, Dr. Sherita Golden and Dr. Tracey Taveira

Register for the September Event Here

East Central TCD Symposium – September 24, 2015

September 22, 2015

We now have the CME/CEU’s approved so that information is included on the brochure. There is still time to register.  See brochure.

Doctoral Student Grant Announcements

September 22, 2015

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV /AIDS Research Grant

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2015‐2016 SCHOOL YEAR‐  (Deadline: November 9, 2015)
In 1986, U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, completed a report on the growing AIDS epidemic.  He urged the federal government to expand age‐appropriate sexuality education for young people and to mount a publicity campaign about the importance of using condoms to prevent HIV transmission. Despite strong opposition, Dr. Koop moved forward with his widespread education plan.   In 1988, he prepared the pamphlet, Understanding AIDS, and sent it to nearly every household in the United States.  Those 107 million copies provided the U. S. population with plain‐spoken, non‐ judgmental, and much needed answers about AIDS transmission and prevention. This pamphlet represented the federal government’s first and only effort to reach every resident with information regarding a serious health issue.

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