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Health Literacy Opinion Paper – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women (December 2007)

In the December 2007 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) present an opinion paper to outline the complex issues surrounding health literacy and offer strategies for increasing health literacy in clinical practice. The ACOG supports health literacy guidelines that include: tailoring speaking and listening skills to individual patients; tailor health information to the intended user; and develop written materials. Click here for more information.

Key Health Disparities-Focused Legislation Introduced in the 110th Congress (December 2007)

New compendium summarizes about a dozen federal legislative initiatives introduced in the 110th Congress to address racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care. Although the 110th Congress’s session is half complete, the number of bills introduced that include some attention to “health disparities” is about the same as introduced in the entire 109th Congress. While a number of bills introduced this year may have an impact on health disparities and/or affect minority health, the goal of this document is to highlight legislation that specifically addresses racial and ethnic health disparities. Bills that did not focus on disparities were not included in this document. To view the full document, visit: www.kff.org/minorityhealth/upload/7724.pdf

HRET Disparities Toolkit (2007)

The Toolkit is a Web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients. Because of the importance of collecting good data on patient race, ethnicity, and primary language data, HRET and the American Hospital Association have decided to allow access to the Toolkit for free without purchase. For more information, visit: http://www.hretdisparities.org/

Cancer Early Detection/Secondary Prevention Grant

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Cancer Fund announces the acceptance of grant applications for the Cancer Early Detection/Secondary Prevention Grant program. Eligible organizations include: physicians, hospitals, laboratories, educational institutions, local health departments, governmental entities, and another person or organization with expertise in early detection/secondary prevention of cancer that has an office located in Maryland. The applicant may only propose work that will benefit one or more Maryland residents. Organizations may be either non-profit or for-profit entities.

Deadline: Letter of Intent, January 11, 2008; Application, January 25, 2008 by 3:00 pm

Amount: Up to $250,000 per year

Website: www.fha.state.md.us/cancer/cancerfund/

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research

Healthy Eating Research is a $16 million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among the low-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings will advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.

Deadline: On-going
Amount: Varies
Website: www.healthyeatingresearch.org

Charitable Leadership Foundation

The Foundation supports programs/organizations that address problems in the areas of education, housing (especially low-income), job skills/economic opportunities for low-income people. Also supports initiatives in medicine, as well as medical research that meets certain criteria. In order to achieve this end, it awards grants, loans, and technical assistance to charitable organizations for projects, programs and capacity building appropriate to this mission..

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Normal minimum funding limit is $20,000
Website: http://www.charitableleadership.org/

William T. Grant Foundation

Since it’s inception in 1936, the William T. Grant Foundation has had a remarkable constancy of purpose: to further the understanding of human behavior through research. The Foundation’s mission focuses on improving the lives of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States.

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Varies
Website: www.wtgrantfoundation.org
CareFirst Commitment Initiative

The CareFirst Commitment Initiative offers a community partnership program consisting of three program areas – Ensuring Affordability; Raising the Bar to Improve Quality of Care; Closing the Gaps to address racial and ethnic health care disparities.

Amount: Up to $300,000
Deadline: Rolling – applications accepted year-round
Website: http://www.carefirstcommunity.com

CIGNA Foundation Targeted Grants

The CIGNA Foundation makes Targeted Grants to entities working in the following five core concern areas: The Health of Women, Children & Families, Obesity Awareness & Prevention, Patient/Doctor Communications & Health Literacy, Elimination of Gender and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, and The Connection between a Healthy Mind and a Healthy Body.

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: TBD
Website: http://www.cigna.com/general/about/community/grant_information.html

Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Health Program Grants

The Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Health Program gives special attention to efforts that address health disparities between the rich and the poor, build bridges between the common concerns of disparate constituencies, and recognize the strategic importance of employing a variety of approaches such as coalition building, research, litigation, and others to produce institutional change. Priority attention is given to efforts that are national in scope and efforts that have the potential of having a multi-state or statewide impact and can be replicated.

Deadline: Rolling – Letter of Inquiry required by January or August
Amount: To be determined
Website: http://www.nathancummings.org

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