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NCHN Healthcare News Digest

Issue #2 | Monday, August 16, 2010

+ GrantStation (Members Only) Webinar

Please join Rebecca Davis, Executive Director, National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN), and Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation for this short and informative tour of the GrantStation website. The webinar will review the many tools and resources available on GrantStation to help you identify the right grantmaker for your health care programs, as well as write compelling letters of inquiry and powerful grant proposals. This interactive session will use projects from participants to demonstrate how the GrantStation website can assist you in identifying health care funding opportunities. There will be lots of time for questions. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 25th at 2pm EDT.

Register for the Meeting...

+ AgriSafe Webinar--Neurological Dysfunction & Disease

Neurological Dysfunction and Disease in the Agricultural Health Study

Webinar: Tuesday, Aug. 24th @ 12:00pm CDT

Presenter: Freya Kamel, PhD, MPH, Staff Scientist, Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


  • Describe  the limits of our knowledge of pesticide neurotoxicity. Identify generally accepted findings and areas that still need more research. 
  • Describe the findings of the Agricultural Health Study regarding the relationship of pesticide exposure to neurologic symptoms. Identify the strengths and limitations of this research.
  • Describe the findings of the Agricultural Health Study regarding pesticide exposure and Parkinson's disease.  Identify the strengths and limitations of this research.
Link to Webinar...

+ HHS Announces Availability of Health Center New Access Point Grants

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced [on August 9, 2010] the availability of up to $250 million in grants for New Access Points for the delivery of primary health care services for underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.

Continue reading... (Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, News Release, August 9, 2010)

+ Affordable Care Act: New 340B Eligible Entities include Critical Access Hospitals

Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the expansion of the 340B program will make discounted medications available to new enrollees including children’s hospitals, free standing cancer centers, critical access hospitals, rural referral centers, and sole community hospitals.  These facilities can save an average of 20 percent to 50 percent of the cost for covered outpatient medications. The 340B Drug Pricing Program resulted from enactment of Public Law 102-585, the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, which is codified as Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act. Section 340B limits the cost of covered outpatient drugs to certain federal grantees, federally-qualified health center look-alikes and qualified disproportionate share hospitals.

Rolling Admissions for New Entity Types: August 2 - September 30

Entities that have completed the registration process will be added as their eligibility can be confirmed. The registration process will require at least 3 days of processing time; all required documents need to be submitted by September 27.

For more information, visit the Office of Pharmacy Affairs & 340B Drug Pricing Program

+ Prescription Drug Cost Relief to More Than 750,000 Medicare Beneficiaries

On August 10, 2010, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the third round of one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks have been mailed to eligible Medicare beneficiaries whose drug costs are so high they have reached the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”

Continue reading... (Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, News Release, August 10, 2010)

+ Funding Opportunities

Description: The ultimate goal of this program announcement is to encourage empirical research on health literacy concepts, theory, and interventions as these relate to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services public health priorities that are outlined in its Healthy People initiative. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Link to Full Announcement...
Last Day to Apply: May 7, 2013
Grant is administered by the: National Institutes of Health

Healthy Communities Grant Program: Supporting a Culture of Wellness and Prevention
Description: Grants to improve the health of communities in South Dakota and Iowa.

Link To Full Announcement...
Letter of Intent (Required): August 25, 2010
Last Day to Apply: October 19, 2010
Grant is administered by the: The Lodestar Foundation

Regional Community Health Grants Program
Description:  This program provides funding focused on reducing disparities in health care among racial and ethnic populations in eligible geographic areas

Link To Full Announcement...
Last Day to Apply: Rolling, Applications are being accepted now
Grant is administered by the: Aetna Foundation

+ House Passes FMAP Extension

On Tuesday, August 10, 2010, the House returned briefly from the start of their August recess to have an emergency vote on HR 1586, a bill that extends increased Medicaid (FMAP) funding to states as well as provides federal funding for teachers’ salaries.  The bill passed by a vote of 247-161.  Having already passed the Senate prior to the recess, the bill now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The FMAP extension was important because many states budget with the expectation of the federal money and without it they would be forced to layoff many of the public sector employees.  The increased FMAP funding was originally part of the 2009 Stimulus Bill and has been extended since then.  The extension that passed today gives states another 6 months of the increase funding.

(Source: National Rural Health Association, Grassroots e-mail notifications, August 10, 2010)

+ WHO Declares End to 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic

On August 10, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee and the WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared an end to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. This declaration was based on strong indications that influenza, worldwide, is transitioning toward seasonal patterns of transmission.

Continue reading... (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, News Release, August 10, 2010)