CARA and the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 15, 2017 4:04:00 AM

According to the New York Times, there were so many fatalities from opioids in Montgomery County, Ohio, this month, the coroner ran out of morgue space and had to prevail upon a local funeral home for assistance with temporary storage. In order to stem the 91 deaths per day we are experiencing as a result of this crisis, last summer the government enacted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The first major legislation to address addiction in forty years, anti-drug coalitions laud CARA for addressing the six pillars needed for effective response to this crisis: prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement, criminal justice reform, and overdose reversal.

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Topics: Health Care

The Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 13, 2017 4:40:00 AM

With bipartisan support, the Second Chance Act (SCA) was signed into law on April 9, 2008, providing grants to help improve outcomes for people returning from incarceration. Since its inception, more than 700 awards have been made to help lower recidivism rates and improve community safety. Currently, there are eight programs funded under SCA, including the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occuring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders, which will provide approximately $650,000 for up to eight awards for programs to help those with co-occuring conditions seek the treatment they need for successful reentry.

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Topics: Health Care, Law Enforcement

The Drug-Free Community Support Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jan 23, 2017 4:21:00 AM

Every single day, approximately 3,700 youth between the ages of 12 and 17 experiment with drugs for the first time. Nineteen percent of high school students admit to binge drinking or consuming five or more drinks in a row. Perhaps most chilling are the recent headlines proclaiming more Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than motor vehicle accidents or gun violence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a department within U.S. Health and Human Services, offers the Drug-Free Communities Support Program to help counteract this disturbing trend.

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Topics: Health Care

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) Access to Care Grants

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Nov 16, 2016 5:13:45 AM

Did you know that  smiling can reduce stress and social anxiety, strengthen your immune system and improve the mood of those around you? There are even studies that suggest when we smile we appear to be more approachable, trustworthy and attractive. An important social asset, smiling should never be taken for granted. Sadly, tooth decay is still the most common childhood disease and hundreds of thousands of children are not able to visit the dentist because of their parents' inability to pay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry via its Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Grant has set out to change that to ensure a future full of smiles.

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The Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 19, 2016 4:13:00 AM

By one estimate, there are over 3 million nurses in this country. Nursing is one of our fastest growing occupations. Yet, that still may not be enough to meet demand. While there is debate on the subject, many believe we are experiencing a nursing shortage that will only intensify in the future. According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we could see up to 1.2 million vacancies in the registered nursing field between 2014 and 2022. Researchers at Vanderbilt University hold that by 2025 the shortage could be twice as large as any time since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s.

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Topics: Health Care, Employment

Two Health Resources and Services Administration Programs - Ryan White HIV/Aids & Drug Price Reductions

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 29, 2016 4:13:00 AM

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its primary purpose is to achieve health equity for underserved populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, those who live in areas with limited access to health care, and others who are medically vulnerable. It also supports the training of health professionals, oversees organ donation, and maintains a malpractice database. It has over 90 programs that serve more than 3,000 grantees. Currently, there are two different HRSA programs with upcoming October deadlines.

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Tackling Toxins - The Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield Sites

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 25, 2016 4:13:00 AM

When we think of major contributors to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, pollution is not always the first thing that comes to mind. While scientist are still debating the fine points, there is growing public awareness of environmental risks. Below are just a few types of toxins and the maladies they have been associated with:

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Topics: Health Care, Environment

Addressing the Opiate Abuse Crisis

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 4, 2016 4:00:00 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatal drug overdoses hit an all-time high in 2014. Opioids, especially heroin and prescription pain pills, were involved in over half of all incidents.

Approximately 2 million Americans are dependent on prescription pain medication, and heroin use is up in almost all age groups in all income levels. More people are now dying from overdoses than car accidents. Recently, the federal government, law enforcement, communities groups, medical professionals and community groups addressed the problem at the annual National RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Here are some of the multi-strategy efforts advanced by various federal agencies:

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Topics: Health Care

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 13, 2016 3:00:00 AM

Along with the $9 million the U.S Department of Justice is making available through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) comes a major paradigm shift in the intersection between criminal justice and mental health. Every year 2 million people with mental illness find themselves in jail. That number far surpasses those in mental hospitals. This situation is unfortunate for everyone involved. Individuals are not getting the treatment they need and counties are faced with an ever increasing price tag for their incarceration. Inmates with mental illness cost more to treat, have longer stays, and contribute to a higher recidivism rate than the rest of the population.

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Topics: Health Care, Local Government, Law Enforcement

5 Tips on Winning a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant

Posted by Linda Butler on Jun 16, 2014 8:36:00 AM

Based on my experience working with several clients, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is a challenging grant to apply for. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s DLT grant opportunity is "designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can establish interactive video conferencing links to teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.” This is not an application for beginners or the disorganized writer!

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Topics: Health Care, Grant Seeking, Grant Writing, Education