Grants and Jobs

15 Dec

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  • Health Care Innovation Challenge
  • The Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project
  • Job Posting: Citizenship Education Community Connector
  • DC Policy Advocate – Hmong National Development
  • Operations Assistant – MN Council of Non-profits (Apply by Dec. 22)

Health Care Innovation Challenge


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to share the announcement of a unique funding opportunity announcement through its Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will award up $1 billion in grants to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Engage a broad set of innovation partners to identify and test new care delivery and payment models that originate in the field and that produce better care, better health, and reduced cost through improvement for identified target populations.
  • Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.
  • Support innovators who can rapidly deploy care improvement models (within six months of award) through new ventures or expansion of existing efforts to new populations of patients, in conjunction (where possible) with other public and private sector partners.

Awards will range from approximately $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period. Applications are open to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives. Each grantee project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and savings generated.

The Health Care Innovation Challenge will encourage applicants to include new models of workforce development and deployment that efficiently support their service delivery model proposal. Enhanced infrastructure to support more cost effective system-wide function is also a critical component of health care system transformation, and applicants are encouraged to include this as an element of their proposals.

Potential applicants must submit a letter of intent (LOI) by December 19, 2011 in order to be eligible for a funding award. Please refer to the FOA for more information on the LOI process.

Please visit for more information.

A printable fact sheet is also available at

The Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project

Hello All,

Recently Resources for Child Caring (RCC), Hmong American Partnership (HAP), and CAPI received a grant from the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) which will provide Iraqi, Bhutanese, Karen, Hmong and Somali refugee women with trainings, small business skills and support to help start up their own home based child care business.

  • Participants will receive:
  • Trainings on child development, health and safety
  • Childcare information and library resources
  • Develop small business skills
  • Coaching and technical support
  • Licensing and Financial support
  • Up to $3000 in grant support to help start-up participants child care business

Each organization plays a different role and has different responsibilities. Resources for Child Caring (project management) will provide education and training, technical assistance with child care licensing process and peer networks. Hmong American Partnership (HAP) will provide business and microenterprise development services, English classes, business classes and training. CAPI will provide participant screening and recruitment. It would be ideal for participants to have some basic English skills, but is not a requirement. In order to qualify the participant must be a refugee and Iraqi, Bhutanese, Karen, Hmong or Somali.

How does this process work?

Once a participant is screened and all paperwork complete, the participant will be contacted with information on training. This is a two year project and is not your typical training. Trainings will be throughout the year. Once participants fulfill all required trainings, they will then be assigned to a mentor. The mentor will walk them through the process of getting licensed.

To refer a qualified participant or for questions, please contact Lisa Harris at CAPI with the contact information below, or Simran Aryal- Program Manager (CAPI) at 612.767.3695 or

Best Regards,

Lisa Harris

Program Coordinator – Employment Programs, CAPI

Job Posting: Citizenship Education Community Connector

International Education Center/Lincoln Adult Education Center, 730 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Primary duties:

  • Recruit individuals to enroll in and attend citizenship education classes in preparation for becoming naturalized U.S. citizens.
  • Maintain meticulous records of outreach activities, including names, dates, contact info and outcomes of conversations.
  • Contact organizations that serve the immigrant and refugee population to discuss referrals.
  • Promote classes by distributing and posting flyers at community locations.
  • Make personal contact with individuals by phone, in person or via email. Explain the details and requirements of the program and answer any questions.
  • Brainstorm, investigate and pursue any other effective methods of recruiting individuals for citizenship education classes.


  • Candidates should be bilingual and bicultural. Speakers of the following languages are most desirable: Somali, Amharic, Spanish. Speakers of Russian, Vietnamese, French and Tibetan also considered.
  • Candidates must have an outgoing personality and enjoy meeting and talking with people.
  • Candidates must be well connected within the immigrant and refugee communities and bring to the table ideas and resources for finding interested individuals.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented and capable of maintaining accurate and detailed records of outreach activities.
  • Candidates must be comfortable working independently and able to complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Candidates must have access to a cell phone and a computer with internet access, email capabilities, Microsoft Word and
  • Excel.
  • Ideal candidates would have personal experience becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

How to apply:

  • Send a resume and cover letter to Jodi Versaw at No calls please.
  • Important: in your cover letter indicate connections, resources and/or ideas you have for recruiting students for citizenship classes. Be specific.

More info at

DC Policy Advocate – Hmong National Development

Status: Part-time, Non-Exempt (Contract, 20 hours per week)

Reports To: Special Projects Manager & President/CEO

Date of Description: 12/5/11

Hmong National Development’s Mission:

HND empowers the Hmong community to achieve prosperity and equality through education, research, policy advocacy and leadership development.

Vision: A united, thriving Hmong Community.

Primary Function of the Position

The Policy Advocate must exhibit strong leadership, management, and administrative qualities, as s/he will oversee and support all aspects of Hmong National Development’s efforts in advocating on behalf of issues impacting the Hmong community at the federal level. The Policy Advocate will be expected to engage policymakers, build relationships with key allies, partners, and funders, craft and disseminate policy updates to the Hmong community, and assist in daily operations of HND’s Washington, DC office. This is a part-time contract position that requires a minimum of 20 hours per week.

More info at

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references via email to info@hndinc.orgwith the subject heading “DC Policy Advocate Position”. Position will remain open until filled. Start date is no earlier than mid-January 2011.

Operations Assistant – MN Council of Non-profits (Apply by Dec. 22)

We are looking to fill MCN’s Operations Assistant position as soon as possible!

Strong candidates would be exceptionally well-organized individuals with strong customer service skills and experience working in the nonprofit sector. A full job description with all of the required attributes is now posted on MCN’s website at:

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