As new infection rates and restrictions increase around the country, we join those of you, your families, and communities who will lament this year’s loss of a traditional Thanksgiving gathering around a table, shoulder to shoulder with loved ones.  We give thanks for the deep commitment and sacrifice of our front-line workers and healthgivers, for those who have survived the experience of COVID-19, and for all those who will be prevented from infection by a steadfast adhearance to prevention practices.  This season let’s fully engage the 4 W’s–  Watching distances, Washing hands, Wearing masks, and most importantly, maintaining our Will to persevere—until our future traditions, lives, and livelihoods are fully restored to us.

Please review and share CDC’s newly released considerations for Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings to help minimize risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19 including their Thanksgiving Tip Sheet and Considerations for Traveling During the Holidays.

Also – promising news in the headlines today – Moderna/National Institutes of Health (NIH) vaccine candidate is now the second vaccine to show the potential for very high efficacy in Phase 3 trials.

E-Learning Opportunities and Conference Calls

Providing Help, Restoring Hope: DOJ National Elder Fraud Hotline

Thurs., Dec. 10, 2020. 2:00 PM ET. Register here.
This webinar will review the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Elder Fraud Hotline which provides services to adults aged 60 and older experiencing fraud and exploitation and help them report the crime and access appropriate resources.

COVID- 19 Related News

Join the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is working with Morehouse School of Medicine to establish the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN) which will share important messages and linkages to healthcare and social services in communities across the nation and in areas hardest hit by the pandemic. Organizations and individuals across the country are invited to be a part of this initiative.

Planning Your Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this blog post NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins shares ways that millions of Americans, including his own family, will break with tradition this year to celebrate the holiday in ways that will help to keep us all safe and healthy.

CMS Takes Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment

Last week CMS announced that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency. This applies to the monoclonal antibody infusion bamlanivimab which received an emergency use authorization from the FDA last week.

FDA’s Recommendations on Designing and Executing Clinical Trials with Underrepresented Populations

The FDA issued final guidance on designing and executing clinical trials of drugs and biologics that include people with different demographic characteristics (e.g., sex, race, ethnicity, age) and non-demographic characteristics (e.g., comorbid conditions, and disabilities).

HHS Community Health News

HHS “All In” Adoption Initiative

November’s Adoption Month champions the importance of a permanent family for the 122,000 kids awaiting homes. Find out how citizens, businesses, and organizations can be ALL IN for children and youth in foster care.

New National Addiction Peer Recovery Center of Excellence

University of Missouri, Kansas City announced the launch of the SAMHSA-funded National Addiction Peer Recovery Center of Excellence (APR CoE)—the first of its kind focused on providing direct training and technical assistance to the nation’s peer recovery support workforce and recovery communities.

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Apply for the Mayors’ Institute on Job Creation and Economic Opportunity to Improve Health and Equity

The National League of Cities has opened an RFP for mayors and city teams to participate in this opportunity to strengthen their capacity to guide strategies that will advance economic opportunity, spur job creation, and build community wealth.  City teams will explore a diverse array of strategies including collaboration with state and federal governments, social enterprise, entrepreneurship, the role of anchor institutions, data, and technology, among other efforts.

**Join the Upcoming Web Forum, Mon., Nov. 23, 2020, 4:00 p.m. ET, Register here.

Head Start/Early Head Start Grant Programs

Head Start grants are awarded directly to public or private nonprofit organizations, including community- and faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies within a community. Check Grants.gov for current funding opportunities in your state.

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

HRSA-21-027 — The Outreach Program is a community-based grant program aimed towards promoting rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations in the local community or region. Closing date: Dec. 1, 2020.

Jobs Plus Initiative

From the Dept. of Housing and Urban Developmemnt (HUD), this initiative develops locally-based, job-driven approaches that increase earnings and advance employment outcomes through work readiness, employer linkages, job placement, educational advancement, technology skills, and financial literacy for residents of public housing. Closing Date: Dec. 1, 2020.

NIH Support Available to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities

The “Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations” program provides support to implement and evaluate community interventions testing the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups. Closing date: Dec. 1, 2020.

Dept. of Commerce – The SPRINT Challenge

The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA’s) SPRINT Challenge seeks to rapidly address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation. Closing Date: Dec. 3, 2020.

Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project (COIPP)

HHS seeks to address the opioid crisis in American Indian/Alaska Native communities by increasing knowledge and use of culturally appropriate interventions and to encourage an increased use of medication-assisted treatment. Closing Date: Dec. 15, 2020.

Youth Garden Grant

Youth Garden Grants are awarded to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs. Closing date: Dec. 18, 2020.

Community Connect Broadband Grant Program

Grants for communities without broadband access to provide residential and business broadband service and connect facilities such as police and fire stations, healthcare, libraries, and schools. Closing date: Dec 23, 2020.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Funding for programs designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. Funding priorities include prescription drug and opioid abuse, education, and rural intermediary organizations. Closing date:  Jan 6, 2021.

Farm to School Grant Program

From the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service grants to plan, establish, and/or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools. Closing date: Jan. 8, 2021.