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February 23, 2016
In this Issue:
President Obama Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal
Earlier this month, President Obama issued the final annual budget proposal of his Administration. The $4.1 trillion budget solidifies his commitment toward providing economic equality for all Americans and addresses issues such as criminal reform, affordable health care, housing, childcare, and early and higher education.
President Obama's budget proposes critical investments that promote healthy people in healthy places, including building a clean transportation system that reduces America's oil dependency, carbon pollution, and strengthens our resilience to the effects of climate change; expanding local and regional food systems; revitalizing high-poverty neighborhoods and improving housing affordability; and expanding access to mental health care and to primary health-care providers.
The 2017 budget is within the discretionary spending limit approved by Congress last fall, even with additional requests for mandatory spending and relief in years to come. The spending requests will be balanced by new revenue policies for wealthy individuals and corporations. Congress was expected to develop its budget proposals within the next few weeks but the process has been delayed until later in the year.
For detailed information on the 2017 fiscal budget, click here.
Kellogg Foundation Develops New Initiative To Promote Racial Equity
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in conjunction with more than 70 partners, has collaborated to launch a multiyear initiative — Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT). TRHT is designed to engage nonprofit, social justice, corporate, government, religious, and community leaders to explore and expose racial inequality, historic patterns of inequity, and discuss short- and long- term solutions. TRHT working groups will meet during the next six months to develop strategies, processes, and protocol including the identification of commission members and institute a road map for local, regional, and national engagement. TRHT will be governed by a national commission of members that include honorary co-chairs, former Mississippi Governor William Winter and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
For more information on TRHT, click here.
Funder & Nomination Opportunities
RWJF Announces New Research Program
The The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) initiated a research program, “Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health,” which provides funding opportunities for policy-focused research to reduce health disparities and foster greater health equity. The deadline for letters of intent is March 15, 2016.
For more information on how to apply, click here.
Community Partners RFP for Accountable Communities for Health
Community Partners, in collaboration with The California Endowment, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente released a request for proposals (RFP) for Accountable Communities for Health (ACH). ACH’s mission is to partner with key influencers and decision makers within the community and health-care delivery system. There will be six awardees, each of which will receive $250,000 in the first year and $300,000 for the next two years.
The proposal deadline is April 29, 2016. Please click here for more information.