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Funding Opportunity From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities

Application deadline: May 3, 2021

View more details and application instructions Grant Opportunity CDC-RFA-OT21-2103

The CDC’s Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) has published a two-year Notice of Funding Opportunity: National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities.

Funded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, this opportunity is expected to award funding to up to 108 state, local, territorial, and freely associated state health departments, or their agents. It represents CDC’s largest investment to date focusing specifically on reducing health disparities related to COVID-19, and intends to direct support to communities that need it most.

The opportunity’s goals are to:

-Reduce COVID-19-related health disparities,
-Improve and increase testing and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities, and
-Improve capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection/transmission among these populations

Applicants are encouraged to partner with a range of entities, including community-based organizations, social service providers, and universities.

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Webinar for Consumers 4/27 @ 3 PM

The FCC is hosting a consumer-focused webinar on the Emergency Broadband Benefit  Tuesday, April 27, beginning at 3:00 PM ET.  The event will be streamed live on www.fcc.gov/live.  Registration is not required for the webinar. 

The webinar will provide consumers and outreach partners with an overview of the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, eligibility information, and enrollment procedures. During the event, the FCC will discuss the materials developed for our partners’ use in conducting outreach and education about the program. 

Questions may be shared during, or in advance of this event, at [email protected]

Coming Soon – The FCC will be launching an Outreach Partner Toolkit to include: 

  • Sample Social Media Entries (Word) 
  • Newsletter/Email Blurb (Word) 
  • Press Release (Word) 
  • Fact Sheet (Word) 
  • Slide Deck (9″ x 5″; PowerPoint | PDF) 
  • Flyers and Posters (8 1/2″ x 11″; PDF | JPG) 
  • Consumer Handouts (9″ x 5″; 4”x5” PDF)

Consumer handouts and the fact sheet will also be available in multiple languages.  

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Provides Info on Preventing Eviction

You may have temporary protection from eviction

If you owe rent to your landlord, or are facing eviction, the CDC has issued an order that may protect you. In many cases, the CDC Order gives you the right to postpone eviction for not paying your rent until June 30, 2021. Learn more about how to postpone eviction using the CDC Declaration form.

Rights and protections apply to collecting back rent

It’s also important to know about rights and protections you may have under federal laws about debt collection. In the case of rent debt, lawyers who represent landlords or property managers in eviction court to collect unpaid rent can be debt collectors under federal law. This generally only includes people who start collecting the debt for your landlord after you fall behind on your payments. As debt collectors, they can’t use false or misleading statements to try and collect rent from you.

You may have the right to receive notice about federal, state, or local eviction protections

What’s more, starting on May 3, 2021, in many cases, a debt collector filing an eviction action against you for not paying your rent must also give you notice of the CDC Order if it could reasonably apply to you. If the CDC Order does not apply to you because you have state or local eviction protections, the debt collector may give you notice about these protections instead. But you don’t have to wait for a disclosure to get protection. You can act now.

Learn more about how to postpone eviction using the CDC Declaration form, and more about your rights as a tenant.

Policy Note: Important Changes to Money Follows the Person (MFP)

Money Follows the Person (MFP) was recently extended for three years by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The legislation also made two important changes that affect ACL’s networks and the people they serve.

Since it was first authorized in 2005, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program has helped states expand community living opportunities for people with disabilities and older adults. The program provides enhanced federal funding for services to help transition individuals who wish to leave a nursing home or other institution and move to the community. MFP is an optional program; 33 states currently participate.

MFP has helped more than 100,000 people move out of institutions and into the community. In addition to helping participants live where they want to live, improving quality of life and preventing re-institutionalization, the program saves significant money for Medicaid programs. During the last year, MFP has become more important than ever. With residents of institutions at particularly high risk of dying from COVID-19, helping people who wish to transition to safer settings in the community has become imperative.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 extended funding for the MFP program through 2023. It also made two changes to expand participant eligibility that are expected to increase the number of transitions into the community:

  • First, the CAA of 2021 reduced the minimum length of time in an inpatient facility before an individual can qualify for MFP from 90 days to 60 days;
  • Second, the days a person receives skilled nursing services or skilled rehabilitative services in a certified skilled nursing facility now can be counted toward the length-of-stay requirement.

These changes took effect January 26, 2021, and states with MFP programs can implement them retroactively. This means that states may offer the opportunity to transition back to the community earlier in an eligible individual’s stay. States also may be able to claim MFP funding for transitions that have occurred since January 26 (if those transitions fully met all of the MFP requirements).

These changes are particularly important to the disability and aging networks because of the unique role the networks play. In addition to supporting people in moving from institutions to the community, many organizations in the networks play a key role in assisting states in implementing and capitalizing on new flexibilities in Medicaid to expand home- and community-based services. They also assist states in locating accessible, affordable housing for people transferring from institutional to community settings.

CMS’ MFP webpage is a great resource for organizations in the aging and disability networks who want to get engaged with helping their state adopt these expanded eligibility criteria – or establish an MFP program. And, as always, watch for ACL Updates – we’ll continue to share information as it becomes available!

New COVID-19 Resources for Connecticut, Including American Sign Language Videos

American Sign Language Videos Covering the COVID Basics On Symptoms, Treatments And Safety

Check out #COVID19 American Sign Language videos created by @CDCgov in partnership w/ @CIDIaccess : https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid/asl

COVID-19 Tools and Resources for People With Disabilities

The State of Connecticut remains committed to ensuring the safety of residents with disabilities throughout the response and recovery phases of COVID-19. The resources at this link are provided to ensure individuals with disabilities, and those who care for persons with disabilities can continue to make informed decisions. Link: Individuals with Disabilities (ct.gov)

Vaccine Canvassing Opportunities!

Grossman Solutions, in partnership with the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, is seeking multiple positions for a grassroots outreach campaign to help Connecticut receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The paid canvass is part of a larger grassroots outreach campaign to schedule Connecticut residents for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and educate them on the vaccine. The campaign will prioritize majority African American and Latino neighborhoods to ensure an equitable vaccination rollout.

Job Postings Here: Vaccine Campaign – Grossman Solutions

Funeral Assistance Messaging Tools

Find Funeral Assistance information in your language:  中文 | English | Español | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Tiếng Việt | Français | عربي | हिन्दी | Português | Pусский | Tagalog | Bengali

FEMA Funeral White Flyer | Blue Flyer

Northeast District Department of Health Vaccination Update

A vaccination update from The Northeast District Department of Health

DPH And SDE Issue Interim Considerations For End-of-Year Events (Prom and Graduation etc.) Spring 2021

Interim Considerations for End-of-Year School Events Spring 2021

Shareworthy Social Media Posts

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COVID-19 Rumor Control:

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NEW! CDC Foundation — Vaccine Outreach Grant Opportunity

White House Virtual Forum on Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination

Wednesday, April 21, 2:30 – 4:30 pm EDT

Register for the event.

The White House COVID-19 Response Team and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is hosting a virtual forum – Breaking Down Barriers for People Who Have Challenges Accessing COVID-19 Vaccination. This event is an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned from public health efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine access for people with disabilities and people who are unable to leave their home. President Biden recently spoke of the importance of improving access to vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities when he announced new funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to promote that objective. We hope you will join us in building on this work as we collectively share and learn more about how U.S. public health officials are promoting health equity and getting shots in the arms of the most vulnerable Americans. Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging at ACL, and representatives from the CDC and FEMA will be speaking.

Relay Captions will be available at this event. A link to this service will be provided during the event. An ASL Interpreter will also be present.

This event will be recorded and shared with individuals who have registered.

Please send any request for reasonable accommodations or questions about this event to [email protected] by April 20, 2021.

ACL Webinar 4/23: Navigating Older American’s Act Title III-D During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, April 23, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Register for the webinar.

The Aging Network has always played a vital role in ensuring older adults have access to the supports they need to remain healthy and independent. Yet months of staying home and being less active have taken a toll on the well-being of many older adults. The American Rescue Plan provides new investments in Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III-D programs to help grantees and their delivery networks build additional capacity for and deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.

This webinar will highlight best practices for selecting and delivering evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs – including programs delivered in remote and/or in-person, socially-distanced formats. Attendees will hear from three ACL grant recipients about the strategies they are employing to deliver these programs during the pandemic, and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Panelists:

  • Shannon Skowronski, Team Lead, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs, ACL
  • Megan Stadnisky, Evidence Based Aging Services Coordinator, Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Service
  • Kathryn Zahm, Community Programs Manager, AgeOptions
  • Peggy Tully, Health Education Implementation Coordinator, AgeOptions
  • Erika Saleski, Project Director, MA4 Network/Missouri Association of Area Agencies of Aging
  • Emily Barbee, Field Specialist in Nutrition and Health Education, University of Missouri Extension

The webinar will be recorded. If you are interested in the webinar and cannot attend, please register using the link above. We will send you the recording link via email.

Contact Shannon Skowronski at [email protected] with questions.


NCEA April Blog: “Good Neighbor Program: Law Enforcement Program Worth Replicating”

Dear Colleagues,    

We are pleased to share a new blog by Sgt. Bernadette Smith from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, “Good Neighbor Program: A Law Enforcement Program Worth Replicating.”   

Strong community connections with law enforcement are essential to ensure we all age with dignity and respect. This was the impetus for the Douglas County Sherriff’s office in designing the Good Neighbor Program. This community outreach program connects the sheriff’s office peace officers and volunteers with older adults in the community to provide home visits, awareness of scams, and friendship.    

Sgt. Bernadette Smith shares the benefits of this program and the model of this service that can be replicated in every community. Read more and share widely: https://ncea.acl.gov/NCEA-Blog/Apr-15-2021.aspx    

Sincerely,    NCEA Team