Friday, June 3, 2011

HHN News

What’s New at Heartland Health Network

It was an extraordinary Saturday! April 9, 2011 marked the first Heartland Health Network’s Pre-proposal Mini-grant Workshop where 35 people attended representing 26 church and faith based organizations. At present, we have received 25 letters of intent to submit proposals.

HHN launched the mini grant opportunity in early March promoting the event primarily through our core partner Calvary Community Outreach Network. A special thank you is extended to Rev. Williams for facilitating such a great turnout from the African American faith-based community. It was exhilarating to witness a packed room of people not only interested in decreasing the gap in health disparities affecting the African American community but also excited about building the capacity of their organizations to do so.

The HHN Mini grant is a competitive process offered to increase the capacity of our faith based network partners to increase their ability to collaborate with health science researchers. HHN will offer technical assistance for all applicants throughout the grant process by providing hands on support in developing the proposal narratives, budgets and supporting documentation. We are hoping to build new relationships for future research collaborations while offering support for outreach efforts led by our faith community partners.

SAVE THE DATE invitations for our upcoming conference on Thursday, September 1, 2011 between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will go out in the June.. The conference entitled, “We’re in This Together: Partnering for Our Health” will provide opportunities for researchers, faith based community leaders and community health service organization representatives to identify shared interests and goals to impact health disparities. Contact Robin Liston at 816-235- 6715 / or Carole Bowe Thompson at 816-235-6062 / to learn more.