MAY 2016 LORHN Edition             
Free Summer Meals for Children
Mental Health and the Economy
Upcoming Health Challenges for Seniors
Models and Components of Dashboards
Food Insecurity in U.S. Counties
Florida Healthy Food Access Bill Enacted
Analysis of State Telemedicine Gaps
Role of Spending on Social Services and Health Care
Nominate a Health Advocate for Recognition
AND Funding, Grants and Scholarships
Webinars, Rural Resources and Research
Free Summer Meals for Children
Summer BreakSpot fills the nutrition gap by serving meals to children during the summer months, with over 3,500 Florida supervised locations offering a breakfast, lunch or snack. At almost all sites, no application is necessary, and any child 18 or younger may simply come during meal times. Find Summer BreakSpot Locations  here
Mental Health and the Economy
In the U. S., the cost of mental illness is estimated at $105 billion in lost productivity, with nearly $200 billion each year in lost earnings. As well, 30% of total disability costs are due to mental disorders. SAMHSA reports a growing recognition that providing treatment brings a significant return on investment, with each dollar spent on mental health services resulting in $3 to $5 in economic contributions. Review  here
Upcoming Health Challenges for Seniors
America’s Health Rankings® defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, social well-being, not merely absence of disease. The 2016 Senior Report reflects states' overall health rankings, using the determinants of behaviors, clinical care, community environment, policy. Recently, for seniors, there has been a decrease in community expenditures for those living in poverty, in home-delivered meals and in the reach of SNAP, with an increase in food insecurity and obesity and diabetes rates. See the 2016 Senior Report  here
Models & Components of Dashboards
Dashboards are useful for managing an organization's strategic goals. To be effective, they are built around mission and desired outcomes, supported by revenue and expense models. Financial-management experts guide readers through an integrated enterprise model, using examples from various nonprofits. Review  here
Food Insecurity exists in all U.S. Counties
According to the Map the Meal Gap 2016 Report from Feeding America, 'overall' food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country, ranging from a high of 38% to a low of 4%. The highest rate of child food insecurity is reported at 42%. Check your local food insecurity data, and find the food banks in your community, by exploring data from the Map the Meal Gap project  here
Florida Healthy Food Access Bill Enacted
Florida Governor Scott signed a bill directing the state’s agriculture department to create a healthy food financing initiative, giving low-cost loans to open grocery stores, or expand healthy offerings in existing stores, in federally designated food deserts. Eligible stores would be required to accept federal food assistance benefits and allocate at least 30% of space to perishable fruits and vegetables. Florida also recently enacted legislation that will allow farmers’ markets to accept federal food assistance benefits. See Tracking of HB 153  here
State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis 
American Telemedicine Association provides a 2016 summary of telemedicine policy across the 50 states, with a specific focus on reimbursement standards and available coverage. The report includes maps, data, and statistics using a grading scale for each state to allow for direct comparison. Review  here
Social Service Spending and Health
Recent research supports that states with a higher ratio of social to health spending (calculated as the sum of social service and public health spending divided by the sum of Medicare and Medicaid spending) had significantly better health outcomes for adult obesity; asthma; mentally unhealthy days; days with activity limitations; mortality rates for lung cancer; acute myocardial infarction and type 2 diabetes. Review  here
Nominate a Health Advocate for Recognition
At their upcoming September 27th conference, 'Advancing Health Care for Those Left Behind', Florida CHAIN will honor individuals or organizations for working to secure and improve access to health care and/or providing optimal enrollment assistance. Submit nominations for the Budd Bell Advocacy AwardYoung Advocate of the Year Award or  Linda Merrell Child Health Advocacy Award  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
National Academy for State Health Policy

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

Community Connect Grants
USDA agency will administer funds for broadband service in rural areas, to be used to construct or acquire facilities, provide service for communities, set up centers providing online access. Eligible entities include governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofit and for-profit corporations. Deadline June 17 Guidelines  here

Best Buy Foundation
The Foundation's 2016 Community Grants program will award grants up to $10,000 to local and regional nonprofit organizations providing teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills, through computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, etc. Deadline June 29, 5 pm EDT Guidelines  here

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants
Grants offer funds of up to $5,000 per school for the 2016-2017 school year for the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long term implementation of a lunch or breakfast program. Deadline June 30 Guidelines here

The Brookdale Foundation Group
National Group Respite Program supports community based efforts to develop group respite and early memory loss programs. Selected nonprofits and public agencies may receive year-one grants of $10,000. Deadline July 7Guidelines here 
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Grief Reach will 
provide support for children's bereavement programs to expand their reach to underserved youth through Community Expansion Grants ($15,000-$100,000) and Capacity Building Grants ($10,000) Deadline July 11. Guidelines  here
Retirement Research Foundation
Advocacy, training and research projects, with national relevance, accepted from organizations located across the U.S. Florida proposals considered for direct service projects with local focus. Deadline August 1. Guidelines  here
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Foundation's 2016 RFP addresses immediate needs, and long-term solutions for economic self-sufficiency. Basic needs application July 18-August 5. Guidelines  here
Rural Scholarships for Obstetrical Course
Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation course on high risk, low frequency obstetrical emergencies. Scholarships available for family practice/medicine physicians, certified nurse-midwives, licensed midwives in rural populations in the S.E. U.S. Announcement  here

Let's Get Grant-Ready!
Invite LORHN to your grant-writing 'table' to:
• locate and match potential funding sources, fiscal agents, partners • research best-practices & predictive models tailored to local need • develop results-based strategies, program activities, and outcomes/impacts.

 Did You Know?
More than 72 million U.S. adults are obese
■ U.S. 
medical care costs related to obesity totaled about $147 billion in 2008
No state has an obesity rate  less than 15% (national goal)
■ In 9 states, over 30% of adults are obese.
     CDC Vital Statistics Fact Sheet
Lessons Learned from Transformative Partnerships in Community Development and Health
June 1, 2:30 pm
Advancing health and equity.

Investing in Children's Health and the New 'Pay for Success' Approach
June  6, 1:00 pm
Funding evidence-based social programs.
Community Organizing: Mobilizing for health at the grassroots level
June  7, 3:00 pm
Funding evidence-based social programs. 

Targeting Social Influences that Shape Health Literacy in Communities
June  16, Noon
Health communication & HIT 
Using Coalitions to Foster Collaboration in
Population Health
June  20, 12:30 pm
Hospital's coalition collaboration model.
Archived Webinar
Diabetes, Distress and Depression
Emotional aspects of diabetes and clinical care.
Ctrs. for Disease Control
StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online portal for professional education.
CE/CME credits available
click to view
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
CME/CE activities & presentations from patient centered outcomes research. 
click to view
Rural Health Data

Data sources and tools relevant to rural health.
Rural Health Information Hub
Rural Health Research Gateway
Trust for America's Health
How Healthy Is Your State?
What Rural Women Want the Public Health Community to Know About Access to Healthful Food
Improving food environments with education strategies impact rural communities. 
Integration of Oral Health Into Well-Child Visit at Federally Qualified Health Centers
Facilitators and barriers to integration of oral health in pediatric primary care.
1 CME 
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in Rural & Urban Contexts
ACEs are significant among rural adults; initiatives in rural communities can build awareness & resilience.
Florida's Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Profile
Select information: obesity, physical activity and diet.
Health Rankings Data
State, National, County.
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
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, 11:00 am
West Tech, Belle Glade 
Shared Services Network of Okeechobee

4th Tuesdays, 10:00 am
School Board Office, Okeechobee
Family Services Network Meeting
1st Wednesdays bimonthly, 8:30 am,  RCMA Krome Center, 551 W. Cowboy Way, LaBelle
LORHN Board of Directors

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

Ellen Geake
Past Chair
Traci Owens
Sandra Chamblee
Tiffany Collins

Darcy Davis
Gregory J. Finer
Karlette Peck
Dr. Joseph Pepe

Diane L. Walker
Executive Director
Andrea Stephenson