JANUARY 2016 LORHN Edition             

Local News - Across the LORHN Network
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline January 31
Rural Impact Effort to Help Rural Children and Families Succeed
Public Hearing on SNAP and Special Populations
White House's “Healthy Communities Challenge”
Legislation:The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016
Sedentary Behaviors and Youth: Current Trends
What is the Transportation and Health Tool?
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
America's Health Rankings on Diabetes by States
Oral Health Care System: State-by-State Analysis
Connection between Health & Housing: Evidence & Policy Landscape
Spotlights- Webinars, Conferences, Research, Resources, Facts...

Local News - Across the LORHN Network
Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo -  
January 30, 2016; 9am-2pm, Agri Civic Center, 4601 FL-710, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Hendry Glades Community Health Fair - January 30, 2016; 10am-2pm, Hendry Regional Medical Center, 524 West Sagamore Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440
Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline January 31
January 31st is the last day of Open Enrollment for health insurance taking effect in 2016. The most recent Census data shows the uninsurance rate is greater for individuals in rural areas as compared to urban. Navigators are available to assist in applications for health insurance and ensure enrollees understand plan benefits. Find one in your area  here
Rural Impact Helps Rural Children and Families
Rural Impact is an effort of the White House Rural Council to address the challenge of rural child poverty, by bringing together federal, public and private resources. Rural Impact focuses on Innovation (new approaches of program delivery), Awareness (enhancing public awareness of rural child poverty) and Investment (improving access to high-quality child care and early learning) Review here
Public Hearing on SNAP and Special Populations
The House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a January, 2016 Public Hearing ' Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Addressing Special Populations'. The Committee's jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Archived video  here
White House's 'Healthy Communities Challenge'
The White House Healthy Communities Challenge engages key communities with large numbers of uninsured in states across the country, where strong federal, state and community collaboration can have a meaningful impact on reaching those uninsureds. Through this challenge, community leadership is called upon to build outreach efforts to help persons gain coverage. See the Challenge Communities  here
Legislation - Child Nutrition Reauthorization
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., held a business meeting January 20th  to markup the ' Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016'. The legislation proposes to reform and reauthorize child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. Meeting video here
Sedentary Behaviors and Youth: Current Trends
National guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day for children and teens. Spending excessive time watching television, playing video games, and other screen time activities, contributes to sedentary behavior linked with higher risk for obesity, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Review current youth trends here
What is the Transportation and Health Tool?
The tool provides data on transportation and public health indicators, describing how transportation environments affect safety, active transportation, air quality, connectivity. The tool shows how states compare in addressing key transportation and health issues, and identifies strategies to improve public health through planning and policy. Review  here
2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The ' 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines' focuses on recommendations to help Americans make choices that add up to an overall healthy eating pattern, combining healthy choices from across all food groups, while paying attention to calorie limits. See Guidelines here
America's States Health Rankings on Diabetes
This includes, by state, the percentage of adults who responded ' Yes' to "Have you ever been told by a doctor you have diabetes?" (excluding pre- and gestational diabetes). 2015 rankings are based on self-report from the CDC 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Diabetes prevalence is reported to range from 7.1% to 14.1% of adults, Florida the 37th state at 11.2%. Across the U.S., 10% of adults have diabetes, compared to the 1996 prevalence of 4.4%. See Rankings  here
Oral Health Care System: State-by-State Analysis
The ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) has prepared at-a-glance reports on an array of oral health indicators for each state, and D.C. Topics include dental care utilization, oral health status, oral health knowledge, fluoridation rates, reimbursement rates to providers, dentist to population ratios and percentage of dentists who participate in Medicaid. Review  here
Evidence: Connection between Health & Housing
Though links between housing deficiencies and health conditions are well substantiated, research evaluating health benefits of specific interventions has been limited. There is some evidence that multifaceted interventions may lead to improvements in health, as well as reduced use of medical services. Examples of such efforts and their results can be found at federal, state and local levels.Review the 'Toolkit' here

If featured opportunities have been helpful, let us know here...!

 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant and award announcements  here
'Available Funding'
Searchable database of funds, grants for healthy food access projects here
RHI Hub-formerly Rural Assistance Center 
Posts funding opportunities by type, topic, state here
HRSA All Open Opportunities Grants to improve and expand health care services for underserved people  here
All Federal Grants Search Government grants by key word, funding opportunity number, category, agency  here
SAMHSA Peer-Supported Drug Recovery Grant
Targeted Capacity Expansion Peer-to-Peer program supports peer recovery support services for individuals with substance use disorders, and their family members. Deadline February 15. Announcement  here
Miracle-Gro Community Garden Project Grants
Fosters development of gardens & green spaces that involve and engage the neighborhoods, with grants up to $1,500. Deadline February 22. Application  here
Culturally-Specific Services for Violence Victims
Office on Violence Against Women announced grants to 'Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking', in support of community-based nonprofits to provide services that include efforts to effectively address barriers. Deadline February 24. Announcement  here
Home Depot Foundation Veteran Housing Grants 
Supports nonprofits nationwide that address the development and repair of veterans' housing. Grants for single family, multifamily, permanent supportive and transitional housing, ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. First 2016 deadline February 24. Guidelines  here
USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants
Telecommunication grant program for rural communities to overcome remoteness, low population density. Funds may be used for eligible capital assets, instructional programming, technical assistance/instruction. Minimum 15% match required for awards with range from $50,000-$500,000. Deadline to March 14. Application here
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation 
Dedicated to improve public health by advancing education and training of health professionals, with priority areas of clinical education models, i
nterprofessional education and teamwork, career development in health profession education, new curriculum content and education re: care of underserved populations. Guidelines here
Walmart Foundation State Giving Program
Grants to nonprofits (state/regional); applications accepted in all funding cycles within focused giving areas of career opportunity, hunger relief, healthy eating, disaster preparedness. Applications outside of these areas for unmet needs of underserved low-income, accepted cycles 3 & 4 only. Grant range $25,000-$250,000 Guidelines  here

Did You Know?
On average, there are 14 rural homeless persons for every 10,000, versus 29 urban.
Between 2013 & 2014, homelessness in Balance of State (BoS) or statewide Continuums of Care (CoCs), typically comprised of multiple rural counties, declined 5%.
However, as rural areas trend higher poverty rates, risks of becoming & staying homeless  are higher in rural areas.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Two-Part Webinar
The Hidden Financial Lives of America's Poor & Middle Class

Jan 21 & Feb 4, 2016 2 PM ET 
Findings for designing policies & programs to improve lives of those with "low to moderate" incomes.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Transforming Homeless Services-Pierce Cty, WA

January 26, 2016 @1 PM ET 
Impact of reallocating transitional housing to rapid re-housing. 
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Health Disparities and Cultural Competence: A Local Response

January 26, 2016 @1 PM ET 
University of Arizona
Setting Up Your 2016 Fundraising Calendar for Success

January 27, 2016 @2 PM ET 
Communications that keep donors engaged.
Top Nonprofits
Mortality & Life Expectancy in Rural America
January 28, 2016 @2 PM ET 
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services
Survival of the Fittest: Evolution of Healthcare Communications 
January 28, 2016 @1 PM ET 
Healthcare-specific workflow and situational usability.
HPOE Webinars
Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence
February 11 @Noon ET
'Collaboration between Hospitals and Faith Organizations' 

February 23 @Noon ET
'Going Beyond REaL Data Collection: Collecting Social Determinants of Health'

StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online portal for professional education.
CE/CME credits available
click to view
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
CME/CE products from patient centered outcomes research. 
click to view
Active Living Research
Research re: childhood obesity, active communities.

Florida Kidcare
Kids Oughta be Covered!
Applications accepted year round for ALL qualified Florida children.
click to apply!
Enroll America/Get Covered America
Connects to resources and information about health insurance options.
Digital Interest Card
Rural Conference
27th Rural Health Policy Institute
February 2-4, 2016
Washington, D. C.

NRHA's rural advocacy event.
2016 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
February 28-March 1, 2016
Washington, D. C.

Training & advocacy re: food rescue, poverty, obesity, etc.
2016 9th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities 
March 9-12, 2016
Washington, DC

'Reducing Health Disparities Through Sustaining & Strengthening Healthy Communities'

Local Conference!
Southeast AIDS Education & Training Center 
HIV/AIDS Symposium
April 8, 2016
Coral Gables, FL

Overview: state of the field
info here
Rural Conference
Florida Rural Health Association
April 28 & 29, 2016
St. Petersburg, FL

FRHA's 22nd Annual Rural Health Educational Summit
more here
Network Community Meetings 
Martin County InterAgency Coalition
2nd Wednesdays, 8:30 am
CSC/Martin Cty., Stuart 
Indiantown InterAgency Coalition 
2nd Thursdays, 8:30 am
Seminole Inn, Indiantown
Glades P.A.T.C.H.

3rd Tuesdays, 9:00 am
Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Glades Interagency Network
3rd Tuesdays, 11 am
West Tech, Belle Glade 
Shared Services Network of Okeechobee
4th Tuesdays, 10:00 am
School Board Office, Okeechobee
LORHN Board of Directors

Jacqueline Lobban-Marsan
Vice Chair
Dr. Michael Gervasi
R. D. Williams

Ellen Geake
Past Chair
Traci Owens
Sandra Chamblee

Darcy Davis
Thomas J. Leach

Karlette Peck
Diane L. Walker
Executive Director
Andrea Stephenson