SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 NEWS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH Governor Rendell Announces Resignation of Health Secretary, Dr. Calvin Johnson Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the resignation of Dr. Calvin B. Johnson, who has served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health since April 2003. Dr Johnson has been appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Temple University Health System (TUHS), effective October 15, 2008. ―Dr. Johnson has been a passionate voice for protecting and improving the health of all Pennsylvanians,‖ said Governor Rendell. ―Calvin has distinguished himself as an effective leader, addressing a variety of issues from preventive health and health disparities to patient safety and preparedness for pandemic influenza. I know that he will take the same energy and commitment he has given here into his future endeavors, and I wish him well.‖ As Secretary of Health, Dr. Johnson served as an advisor to the Governor and directed nearly 1,800 employees in carrying out the department’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and assure the safe delivery of quality health care. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Johnson attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Governor Rendell is expected to announce Dr. Johnson’s successor in the near future. EVENTS AND TRAININGS Achieving Energy Balance: Programs, Events, and Tools for Improving Nutrition & Activity at Home, School, and in the Community September 23, 2008, 9:00 am to 11:00 am Don't miss the annual PANA Webcast where you will learn how to: Adopt a shared message and events for promoting energy balance Acquire resources for Enriching Family Meals Improve programs and practices in schools and recreation centers that support energy balance Develop community partnerships around strategies to improve energy balance. Recommended Audience: Schools, Community Recreation Centers, Parks and Recreation, Community Health Organizations, Parents, Youth Serving Organizations, and Health Care and others who are working to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth and families. Please register by Friday, September 19th. The FREE online workshop offers two Act 48 hours for educators upon completion of the program evaluation. Help Older Adults Live Better, Longer: Prevent Falls and Traumatic Brain Injuries September 25, 2008, 2:00-3:00 pm ET This webcast showcases innovative, evidence-based programs and approaches to prevent falls that can result in serious injuries, such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by discussing two successful programs: ―Stepping On‖ and ―Sure Step‖ in Madison and Kenosha, Wisconsin. The case study explores how communities are preventing falls among older adults with physical and cognitive limitations, and seeking effective ways to prevent falls and fall injuries such as TBI among healthy older adults. Social Marketing Workshop September 29, 2008 9:30am - 12:00pm PA NEN is hosting a FREE workshop focusing on social marketing, which will become a major part of their programming over the next several years. Because a truly successful campaign will involve input from PA NEN committees and members, an invitation is extended for this interactive session to all PA NEN members. The social marketing committee is happy to welcome Jeff Olsen as the facilitator for this interactive workshop. Jeff is the director of the West Virginia Nutrition Network, and has extensive practical experience in engaging community partners to work together on a coordinated campaign. What you will learn from this workshop: What social marketing is… and what it isn’t! How PA NEN committees and members can become engaged in the proposed social marketing campaign Practical tactics to use as we begin planning the campaign Teleconference sites will be held at the extension offices in Dauphin County, State College, Allegheny County, and Philadelphia (please see the Cooperative Extension website at http://www.extension.psu.edu/extmap.html for addresses and directions to local offices. Additional sites may be added based on the number of participants. To register email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept 19 if you plan to attend. Please also indicate the site you plan to attend. RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America to Hold Second Field Hearing October 2, 2008- Philadelphia Temple University’s Mitten Hall The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America co-chairs Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., will convene the Commission's second field hearing in Philadelphia as part of an effort to assess how living conditions affect the health of Americans. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will kick off the program, which will focus on how the physical and social conditions in which people live—including homes and neighborhoods—directly influence health- related behaviors and overall health. RESOURCES AND TOOLS AHRQ- Healthcare Innovations Exchange AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange is the Federal Government’s repository for successful health care innovations. It also includes useful descriptions of attempts at innovation that failed. The web site is a tool for health care leaders, physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who seek to reduce health care disparities and improve health care overall. Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports Fall sports season is upon us so is the possibility of sports–related injuries. A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a ―ding,‖ ―getting your bell rung,‖ or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the ―Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports‖ initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The ―Heads Up‖ initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. Grant Proposal Checklist This Proposal checklist will help guide you in preparing and double checking your grant proposal. As you write your grant proposal, go back to this checklist from time to time to make sure you are right on track. Fire Safety At College and Universities Every year college and university students experience a growing number of fire-related emergencies. There are several causes for these fires; however, most are due to a general lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. In cases where fire fatalities occurred on college campuses, alcohol was often a factor. Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries on college campuses, closely followed by careless smoking and arson. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (FBCI) Provides information, resources and tools for communities and organizations to establish partnerships with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their website provides information on pilot programs, grant seeking, and contacts as well as success stories of programs already in place to support veterans. Do This, Don't Do That: How to Get Your Proposal Funded When writing grants, certain questions come up again and again, because they're on the minds of many people who apply to many foundations. Common questions include: How can I get my proposal read? Are there common mistakes proposal writers make? Read this article to learn the six things you can do to help your proposal make the first cut. DATA AND STATISTICS Department of Health EpiQMS additions: The 2006 Pennsylvania Death Statistics (click on link for Birth, Death and Other Vital Statistics) are now available with a large volume of the latest available and historical annual and five-year state, county, and municipality data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, and cause-of-death. 2006 data have also been added for the Other Communicable Diseases, Resident Death and Resident Infant Death datasets statewide and by county (click on link for EpiQMS and choose the appropriate topic from the dataset listing, and choose Pennsylvania and/or specific counties of interest). Report on America's Children Released The federal government's latest annual report on children and youth, "America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being," has been released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. Described as "an accessible compendium of indicators drawn from the most reliable official statistics," the report will be expanded in 2009. In addition to education, topics include health and health care, family and social environment, economic circumstances, physical environment and safety, and behavior. CDC Releases New Data on Epilepsy from Multiple States A multi-state study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that about one out of 100 adults have active epilepsy, and more than one-third are not getting sufficient treatment. The study, which examined the prevalence of epilepsy or seizure disorder in 19 states, was published in today′s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Epilepsy affects an estimated 2.7 million people in the United States and costs about $15.5 billion in medical costs and lost or reduced earnings and productivity each year. Access to Affordable Dental Care: Gaps for Low-Income Adults Based on the 2005 Kaiser Low-Income Coverage and Access Survey, examines dental coverage and access to care among the poor aged 19 to 64 — by income level, health status, insurance status, and coverage type. New Report Estimates More than 2 million Cases of Tobacco-related Cancers Diagnosed in the United States During 1999-2004 About 2.4 million cases of tobacco-related cancers were diagnosed in the United States from 1999 to 2004, with lung and bronchial cancer accounting for almost half of these diagnoses, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the most comprehensive assessment to date, the study marks the first time CDC has reported on all tobacco-related cancers for more than 90 percent of the population. Most US Parents are Vaccinating According to New CDC Survey The vast majority of the nation's parents are having their children get recommended vaccinations, according to 2007 vaccine coverage estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES The Commonwealth Fund - Grants to Improve the Health Care System Application deadline: Rolling The Commonwealth Fund is dedicated to improving health care for vulnerable populations such as children, low-income families, minorities, and the uninsured. The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The Fund awards grants for projects in three major areas: 1) Improving Insurance Coverage and Access to Care; 2) Improving the Quality of Health Care Services; and 3) International Health Policy Practice. Eligible applicants include tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program Application deadline: October 9, 2008 The purpose of this program is to stimulate innovative community-based programs that employ prevention strategies to promote access to health care for children and their families nationwide. HTPC funding supports direct service projects, not research projects. It is anticipated that HTPC grants will be awarded to approximately 12 recipients. The intent of HTPC-General grants are: 1) to support the development of family-centered, community-based initiatives that plan and implement innovative and cost-effective approaches for focusing resources to promote community defined preventive child health and developmental objectives for vulnerable children and their families, especially those with limited access to quality health services; 2) foster/promote collaboration among community organizations, individuals, agencies, businesses, and families; 3) involve pediatricians and other pediatric health professionals in community-based service programs; 4) build community and statewide partnerships among professionals in health, education, social services, government, and business to achieve self-sustaining programs to assure healthy children and families. The program encourages the use of innovative health information technology to increase access to a wide variety of stakeholders in communities. Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission Application deadline: December 11, 2008 This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, solicits investigator initiated research applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop, implement, and evaluate new or improved HIV prevention programs that incorporate proven factors from social and sexual development, positive youth development, sexual risk behavior, and drug prevention programs for use in high-risk, urban American minority preadolescents or early adolescents (approximate ages 9-14). This FOA will utilize the Research Project Grant (R01) grant mechanism. $2,500,000 is available for this FOA and it is anticipated that 5-7 grants will be awarded. 2009 FPH Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Western and Northeast Area) Application deadline: March 1, 2009 This announcement seeks applications from public and nonprofit private entities to establish and operate voluntary family planning services projects, which shall provide family planning services to all persons desiring such services, with priority for services to persons from low-income families. Family planning services include clinical family planning and related preventive health services; information, education, and counseling related to family planning; and, referral services as indicated. Applicants should use the Title X legislation, applicable regulations, Program Guidelines, Legislative mandates, Program Priorities, and other Key Issues included in this announcement and in the application kit, to guide them in developing their applications. Public Health Conference Support Program Deadline: Letter of Intent Deadline: Cycle A - November 10, 2008 Application Deadline: Cycle A - December 8, 2008 Deadline: Letter of Intent Deadline: Cycle B - February 2, 2009 Application Deadline: Cycle B - March 2, 2009 The purpose of the program is to provide partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, educational programs, and applied research. This program addresses the ―Healthy People 2010‖ focus area(s) of Access to Quality Health Services; Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Chronic Back Conditions; Cancer; Diabetes; Disability and Secondary Conditions; Educational and Community-Based Programs; Environmental Health; Food Safety; Health Communication; Heart Disease and Stroke; Injury and Violence Prevention; Maternal, Infant and Child Health; Mental Health and Mental Disorders; Nutrition and Overweight; Physical Activity and Fitness; Public Health Infrastructure; Respiratory Diseases; Tobacco Use (among youth); and Vision and Hearing. Please contact the funder directly for the most complete and current information, including eligibility criteria. PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT Tell us about your partnership accomplishments We would like to use this section of our weekly bulletin to highlight your accomplishments and allow you to share them with other SHIP Partners. If you have news, successful programs, new plans, or other important milestones that you would like to share please send a condensed, print-ready article to Amy Rothenberger. COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS? Please send any comments or suggestions for this and future Bulletins to Amy Rothenberger. Your input is valued and appreciated. If you know someone that would like to receive the Bulletin, please have them send a request to be added to the list with their name and email address to Amy Rothenberger. Disclaimer: The information provided in this bulletin is intended to be of general information to the Pennsylvania's SHIP-affiliated partnerships. It is not intended as an endorsement or recommendation of any specific process, service, product, company or funding source outside of the Department of Health auspices. Further examination and research of information is recommended.