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Deadline: August 31, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Demonstration

The Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Demonstration project is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be implemented in collaboration with a broad range of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. HHS has cooperative agreements with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP), to administer the demonstration and provide technical assistance to participating rural and tribal communities.

The IMPACT Demonstration will focus on providing technical support for rural and tribal communities to incorporate a two-generation approach, with the goal of reducing child poverty. By embedding a two-generation approach in programs and systems, HHS and its partners anticipate improvements in service delivery, participation, and outcomes for low-income families in rural and tribal communities. Two-generation approaches intentionally link, coordinate, and align high quality services for children with high quality services and supports for their parents. Generally, two-generation strategies:

  • Provide parents with high quality, job-driven workforce development services and income to enable them to achieve financial stability
  • Ensure children’s access to high-quality early childhood development and enriching elementary school experiences
  • Encourage strong parental engagement strategies, including parental education and social and emotional supports, for parents to meet the health and developmental needs of their children

Amount: Demonstration communities will receive:

  • A six-month planning period with targeted technical assistance (TA) from AAP and CAP, supported by HHS’s Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF), to help communities link programs and services, including through facilitating physical colocation, universal “no wrong door” intake, referral networks, shared measurement systems, and use of technology to deliver services.
  • Six months of additional TA for the beginning of an implementation period, during which sites will work to address system, policy, and program changes targeting alleviation of child poverty per their cross-site plan.
  • A trained AmeriCorps VISTA member to help coordinate local partners and outcomes, conduct benefits outreach, braid disparate state and federal funding streams, and facilitate access to TA, though roles may vary based on community need and capacity.
  • Participation in a peer learning network to facilitate the sharing of best practices among sites facing similar opportunities and challenges.

Eligibility: Rural and tribal communities.

Link: http://www2.aap.org/commpeds/ruralimpact.html and http://mchb.hrsa.gov/impactdemonstrationannouncement.html

Note: An informational webinar will be held on August 11 at 12:00 MST. See the AAP website above to register.

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