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Ethnic Community Self-Help Program

Funding is available for ethnic community based and faith-based organizations in an effort to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after initial resettlement. The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee communities which have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years (no earlier than 2005).

The deadline to submit an application in FY12 is March 13, 2012.
The FY13 deadline is March 13, 2013.
Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
More information can be found here.
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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Community news



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 or those with the highest health care needs.

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  1. 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.
  2. Identify new models of workforce development and deployment and related training and education that support new models either directly or through new infrastructure activities.
  3. 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.

Click here for additional information.
A printable fact sheet is also available here.

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Community news


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Science Fusion: 1st Annual Asian Americans in Science Day

Science Fusion: Asian Americans in Science
Saturday, January 7th, 2012 1-4p.m.
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9444

2012 marks the first ever annual Asian Americans in Science Day at the Science Museum. Meet science and professionals representing different backgrounds from SE Asia to the mainland and the Pacific Islands. Learn about what they do and discover inspiring contributions they have made to technology, health care, and innovation in Minnesota.

All activities are included with admission.

Science Fusion is a four-part series that brings together scientific and educational professionals to connect with children and adults. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Community news


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Minnesota Attorney General Targets School Bullies

Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking initiative to combat bulling in schools . Swanson’s new proposal will prohibit students from bullying and retaliating against victims or those who report bullying.

It will require districts to comply as early as January 1st, 2012. Districts will also be required to set procedures for immediate reporting of bullying including investigation and disciplinary action, and in applicable cases, notifying police. Bullying prevention programs will be needed to be provided to all K-12 students. Districts will be responsible for filing annual reports with the attorney general on bullying incidents at their schools. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Legislative


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Health Disparities Research Speaker: Mental Health in Ethnic Populations

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research continues with Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities. The topic is TBA and will be broadcast over the Web via Mediasite for off-site viewing.

When: 12:00-1:00, Friday, December 9
Where: 2-530 Moos Tower
To attend this event, please RSVP to:

Click here for more information.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Community news


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Job Posting for BiLingual Advocate: Hmong/English

This position will provide information, referrals, intake for requests for support and outreach throughout the 7 county metro area. The advocate will provide individualized advocacy and support services to families and individuals. This position will create and implement plans to assist individuals in accessing their preferred options and/or overcoming the barriers that inhibit access to adequate support. Employees are expected to demonstrate competence within the areas of communication, problem solving, flexibility, job knowledge, time management, interpersonal relations, ethics, and leadership.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Participates in providing information and assistance telephone coverage and in-person consultation.
  • Provides direct individual advocacy to families and individuals.
  • Maintains current knowledge of community programs, government programs, supports and service areas impacting the lives of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
  • Represents the agency in educational, county and state committees.
  • Creates and maintains quality database documentation of all actions taken within each intake situation.

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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Community news


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New ECHO Program Aims to Reduce Snow Emergency Towing For Immigrants and Refugees

Twin Cities residents are gearing up to deal with the approaching months of snowfall and what that means for their day-to-day lives. To assist them with that, a new ECHO television program is taking measures to ensure that all residents, including those who speak limited English or may not speak English at all, understand the rules of a Snow Emergency – why it is declared, what it means for their vehicles, the rules of parking, and the consequences if parking regulations are not followed.

“Understanding Snow Emergency” has been created in partnership with the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and Minnesota Medical Response System (MMRS) with the goal of helping Minnesota residents understand Snow Emergency parking rules in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The program will air on tptMN (Comcast Channel 243) in EIGHT languages on Sundays in December (see below) and will be
available for streaming online here by December 1.

ECHO has created translated fliers describing the show and listing the air dates for organizations to print, post, and pass. Fliers can be downloaded free of charge here.
Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in English – Guests: Tom Sagert, City of St. Paul and Gao Vang, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Spanish – Guests: Chevo Perez, City of St. Paul and Roman Gonzalez, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in Hmong – Guests: Long Yang, City of St. Paul and Gao Vang, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 11 at 7:20 p.m. in Somali – Guests: Abdi Omer, City of St. Paul and Ahmed Muhumud, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 11 at 7:40 p.m. in Karen – Guests: Henry Ung, City of St. Paul and Ahmed Muhumed, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in Vietnamese – Guests: Huong Hoang, City of St. Paul and Ahn Nguyen, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 18 at 7:20 p.m. in Lao – Guests: Nou Gamble, City of St. Paul and Thavisack Silaphet, City of Minneapolis
Dec. 18 at 7:40 p.m. in Khmer – Guests: Henry Ung, City of St. Paul and Cheyenne Erickson, City of Minneapolis
DVDs of this program will be available in mid-December, each disc contains the program in all eight languages. You can place advance requests for free DVD copies by emailing ECHO at
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Posted by on December 2, 2011 in Community news


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