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March 2014: Multidisciplinary Developments in Health

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March 26 - 28
University of Illinois - Chicago
Chicago, IL

March 26 - 28
University of Oklahoma - Tulsa
Tulsa, OK

March 31 - April 2
Portland State University
Portland, OR

April 1 - 3
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB

April 7 - 9
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Writing and Designing NIH Proposals

March 25
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

April 15
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

May 9
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

May 16
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

June 6
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Writing and Designing NSF Proposals

March 24
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

April 14
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

April 16
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

May 8
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

May 15
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Nonprofit and Educators Proposal Development

March 19
Howard University
Washington, DC

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Writing & Designing NSF Proposals

April 22
Writing & Designing NIH Proposals

April 24
Professional Grant Development Companion

April 30
Essentials of Proposal Writing

May 13
Writing & Designing NIH Proposals

May 20
Writing & Designing NSF Proposals

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Note From Our Director

We distribute our publication once a month, and each issue focuses on a universal topic in the world of grants. Part of the mission of Grant Training Center is to provide you with the tools necessary for success, and this newsletter is one way we help you find funding opportunities. Your ideas need pathways to grants to ensure your projects and research can become a reality. This newsletter helps you discover innovative and fresh ways to help you get funded.

To enhance your understanding of the constant changes that take place in grant funding, the selected articles update you on what's happening now. Reading our newsletter will strengthen and sharpen your ability to submit winning grant proposals. No matter where your funding area of interest lies, we provide valuable resources, perspectives, trends, and news. If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email or call us at 866-704-7268 (toll free).

Mathilda E. Harris, Ph.D.

Multidisciplinary Developments in Health Executive Summary

Health and well-being are topics with ties to almost all disciplines. Often, various fields of research and types of projects can help us to better understand a person's mental or physical state, despite having a very different intent. This month's issue features the impact of Multidisciplinary Developments in Health.

Success From Our Participants

Winning Grant From Our Community

James Berry is the Social Studies Department Chair at the Renaissance Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He attended our 3-Day Professional Grant Development workshop held at Clemson University. Mr. Davis sent us the wonderful news that his organization had been awarded a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education in the amount of $298,000. This award will be used to fund an after-school program that includes dinner for at-risk students. Congratulations, Mr. Berry!


If you have taken a Grant Training Center workshop or webinar and have a success story to share, please send us a few lines describing the situation. Please submit your article via email here. We look forward to sharing your success!

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Gene Sequence Research Pinpoints Pediatric Stroke Syndrome

Researchers have found code for a crucial enzyme for blood vessel development. Collaborators from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), five other NIH Institutes, and the NIH Clinical Center discovered two gene variants in the one percent of human genome code relating to protein. When passed down by both parents, this variant causes vascular inflammation and reduces the reliability of the blood vessel walls. Current treatment of this disorder is limited, but understanding the cause allows the advancement of safer and more effective treatments.

For the full story about the syndrome and symptoms, click here.

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Multilevel Approach Best for Improving Health of Stimatized Groups

In psychology and social work, people belonging to stigmatized groups often receive treatment on an individual level or participate in a structural level intervention. Few programs tackle the issue of stimatization from multiple directions. The NSF and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are funding a new multilevel approach to the problem, in which structural, individual, group, and other types of intervention are used to help people in stigmatized groups.

Read the complete story here.

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Health Care Nonprofits on an Upswing

Although the economic downturn has had a major negative impact on health care nonprofit organizations, some are coming out better than ever by changing their strategic plans and budgets. The Hebrew Home at Riverside, a long-standing nursing home, has added a home healthcare component for Medicare patients and built up their low- and middle-class senior housing with a grant from New York State. The Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation retooled their fundraising, which had depended on special events. Now, losses are made up by increases in major gifts and corporate and foundation donations.

To read the whole article, click here.

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Mental Health Training Provided for Police Officers

In an effort to provide better guidance for law enforcement officials dealing with mental health-related situations, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health awarded $80,000 to two police departments. The training will help the police to diffuse volatile situations and assist individuals with mental health illnesses. With more training, mental health advocates hope to see fewer people with mental illnesses incarcerated due to ignorance.

Learn more about the mental health training program here.

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Healthier Lunches and Better Equipment from USDA

The USDA has created a program to award $11 million to schools across 14 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam to buy more efficient food service equipment to promote healthier school lunches. Based on percentage of free- or reduced-price meal participation, the goal is easier preparation of nutritious meals on a large scale. This is one of several initiatives from the USDA to help schools combat childhood hunger and obesity, like the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid's Act of 2010, Farm to School grant program, the MyPlate symbol tool, and training and support for the nutrition education of children and professionals.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

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500K Awarded to Reduce Pesticide Exposure for Children

Arizona, Michigan, and Texas are set to receive large grants to aid pesticide exposure reduction efforts in schools. Integrated pest management (IPM) measures save schools money while reducing pests and pesticide exposure. IPM practices, such as repairing leaks and adding weather stripping, have saved some school systems up to ninety percent of pest control costs.

Find out more about IPM practices here.

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Singing for Improved Senior Health

With the older adult population growing, the demand for cost-effective ways to improve health and promote well-being is increasing exponentially. Organizations in San Francisco are collaborating to study the benefits of participating in a community choir for the aging population, at minimal cost. The new study will follow participants from 12 senior centers for 4.5 years, measuring health and assessing well-being every six months.

Read the article and learn more about seniors singing for health here.

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Family Guide Released to Support LGBT Children

With more younger people coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a reference guide for practitioners, aimed at helping families support their LGBT children. Partially based on research done by the Family Acceptance Project, "A Practitioners Resource Guide: Helping Families to support Their LGBT Children" is a response to findings that LGBT adolescents reporting family rejection had increased risk of suicide, depression, or drug use. The guide also contains support resources and reference information for the adolescents, families, and health care providers.

Click here for the full article.

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Research Highlights for Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February was International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has committed millions of dollars to eradicate prenatal and infant infections on a global scale. Efforts in Africa and other world sites are studying the effects of HIV and breastfeeding versus formula feeding. Studies are also being held to research correlations between HIV and malaria, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis.

For more information about Prenatal Infection Month, click here.

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Edited by Tiffany Kajer Wright
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