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The Louisiana Clinical Data Research Network (LACDRN) was recently approved for a funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop and expand a health data network that will be part of PCORnet: the National Patient-Centered National Clinical Research Network. The LACDRN is one of 29 such networks that were approved nation-wide for a total of approximately $93.5 million from PCORI on Dec. 17, 2013, to form this new national resource that aims to boost the efficiency of health research.

The LACDRN is a partnership between the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and Tulane University. This project, including its requested budget of $6.9 million, is approved subject to a programmatic and budget review by PCORI staff and the negotiation of a formal award contract. During the next 18 months, this collaborative partnership will work together to build an infrastructure for clinical research that may benefit millions of patients in Louisiana. Additionally, the team will advance the capacity to conduct efficient clinical research on two highly prevalent health conditions, obesity and diabetes, along with multiple associated comorbidities, sickle cell disease, and some rare cancers.

“We are thrilled to receive this PCORI award,” said Dr. Anjum Khurshid, Principal Investigator and Director of Health Systems at LPHI. “The LACDRN is a unique collaboration between a top-level research center (Pennington Biomedical), an academic institution of great repute (Tulane) and an established, community-based public health institute (LPHI). The infrastructure investments in IT in this region and the strong relationships with our community partners provide an unprecedented opportunity to involve patients, clinicians and researchers in meaningful clinical research. Not only does the LACDRN promise to bring opportunities for funding clinical research in our state, it also opens numerous opportunities for economic development, entrepreneurship, and job creation in this region and puts Louisiana and New Orleans on the map of major players in biomedical and translational medical research.”

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According to the Institute of Medicine, the United States needs to spend more on its chronically underfunded public health system and use that money more efficiently.

The U.S. spent nearly $2.5 trillion in 2009 on health in general — more than any other nation — but has lower scores on life expectancy, infant survival and other indicators of population health than other wealthy nations, according to the report. However, only 3.1 percent of U.S. health spending went to government-administered public health in 2009, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s National Health Expenditure Accounts. That works out to $251 per person in public health spending, compared with $8,086 per person in medical care spending.

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The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) announces the availability of up to $658,000 in Community Advocacy Grants to foster community involvement in reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, preventing youth tobacco initiation and reducing tobacco-related health disparities. TFL Community Advocacy Grants will be awarded statewide in amounts of $12,000 to $20,000 each. The funding period for the Community Advocacy Grants is for one year and will be from July 1, 2011 to June 15, 2012. The TFL Community Advocacy Grant application submission deadline is March 16, 2011 at Noon (12:00 p.m. CST). Completed applications must be submitted online and instructions for doing so are found within the Request for Application document. Visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org to download the Request for Application (RFA) and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the home page.

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Family Planning Program (FPP) is seeking qualified agencies to implement a rigorous Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program targeting male and female participants 12 to 17 years of age in community-based settings having a high incidence of teen pregnancy birth rates and STDs. Successful agencies will implement the evidence-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP), a national program for teens that has proven effective for over 30 years. The project funding period is up to 5 years. The proposed annual budget amount will be up to $150,000 during full implementation. Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 31, 2011 and must be received by 5:00 pm CST. Download more information about how to apply for the TOP grant as well as a list of qualifying parishes.

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Morehouse School of Medicine is offering up to $20,000 in grants to community-based organizations to address health disparity issues of significance in the Gulf Coast region. The Louisiana Public Health Institute will host grant writing workshops for potential grant applicants on October 19th and 20th. Proposals may include community outreach, educational and preventive services, and augmentation of clinical services in partnership with a primary health care provider. Application deadline is October 31, 2010. Get more information on the Morehouse grant and download the application documents.

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The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has been selected to manage a $100 million relief program, funded by BP, to help oil rig workers who face financial hardship from the present federal ban on deepwater drilling. Applications will be accepted from September 1 through September 30. These grant funds are only available to those individuals who worked on one of the 33 deepwater rigs affected by the moratorium. To help advance the application process, applicants should gather information in advance including a letter from their employers confirming they worked on one of the 33 deepwater rigs affected by the moratorium when it was imposed on May 6. Workers also need verification of their income from an official source like an employer or the IRS. Read the full press release.

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ViiV Healthcare announced that it will be offering grants of up to $50,000 per year to community organizations fighting HIV/AIDS and providing treatment to African-American and Latino communities in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The new program is called the Positive Action U.S. Southern Initiative and it will help established organizations enhance their programs to address social, societal, and structural barriers to HIV/AIDS care and treatment. Letters of Intent for the grants are due on July 30, 2010. Click here to read the full press release. Click here for more information on the initiative, including how to submit a Letter of Intent.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) is seeking community organizations interested in applying for Community Advocacy Grants worth up to $18,000. A total of $658,000 is available statewide to help reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, prevent youth tobacco initiation and reduce tobacco-related health disparities in Louisiana. Deadline to submit applications is March 24, 2010, 4 p.m. CST. Click here for more details and to download the application. Graphic from: American Cancer Society

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $25 million in grants to help schools operating a National School Lunch Program replace outdated equipment with new, energy efficient appliances including refrigerators, ovens, and other food service related equipment to help improve the quality of meals. Close to $500,000 of funding is available to Louisiana schools. Click here for more information.  Photo from: iparenting

The Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership, in collaboration with the National AIDS Fund, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local funding partners announce the availability of up to $115,000 in grant funding to strengthen organizational or programmatic infrastructure and policy and advocacy as they relate to HIV/AIDS issues across Louisiana. Deadline for submission is January 11, 2010, 4 p.m. CST. Download the full application instructions.