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RWJF 2021 Culture of Health Prize – October 15

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honors collaborative, community-based efforts that prioritize health in marginalized populations.  Awards will go to entire communities, not single organizations or initiatives.  Eligible nominees include local municipalities, federally-recognized Tribes or state-designated Indian reservations, and communities within U.S. territories.  Read more here.

HHS Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families – August 17

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) will make six awards, each up to $450,000 per year for a three-year demonstration project.  Successful applicants are community-level governments and organizations engaged in outreach for the earned income tax credit in communities at higher risk for adverse childhood experiences.  The HHS Office of Minority Health created an hour-long video to assist applicants to this funding opportunity announcement (FOA).  Read more here.

PCORI Research on Rural Transitions from Hospital to Home

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is a non-profit organization that funds projects that inpatients and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process.  Patients, doctors, and hospital staff from rural Montana helped design this study comparing standard hospital transition support with a new program.  Read more here.  Watch a brief video from PCORI on the importance of including rural populations in research.

Challenges to Rural Harm Reduction During COVID-19

A new commentary in The Journal of Rural Health examines the relationship between substance use and coronavirus in the Southern Mountains region of Appalachia.  Authors cite recent data showing greater and faster-increasing COVID-19 rates in Appalachia and the South and rural-specific challenges to programs for overdose prevention and infection control. Read more here.