$1.3 Million Awarded to Train Mental Health Policy Fellows and Peer Policy Fellows in Texas

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional staff to help move their missions forward. In 2016, the initiative was expanded with the launch of the Peer Policy Fellows program to create opportunities for certified peer specialists—people in recovery from lived mental health and/or substance use experience. This component of the initiative increases the role and voice of peers in mental health policy development and implementation and builds peer capacity to effectively engage in advocacy. Each fellow is provided with an experienced mentor. Both fellows and mentors attend the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy, coordinated by Texans Care for Children. The academy provides training on legislative processes, mental health systems, and issue areas, as well as offering an enriching network for the fellows, mentors and others involved in mental health advocacy work in Texas. The 2018 Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Corporation for Supportive Housing National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas Texas Casa, Inc. United Way for Greater Austin United Ways of Texas The 2018 Peer Policy Fellow grant recipients are: Grassroots Leadership Jail Project of Texas RecoveryPeople San Antonio Clubhouse Texas Criminal Justice Coalition Contact the grantees directly for information on these fellowship positions.

Ten nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $1.3 million in grants over two years to hire in-house policy or peer policy fellows. The Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellowsinitiative, launched in 2010, builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Fellows receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health policy while host organizations benefit from additional… Read more »

Save the Date for Theatre Under The Stars Leading Ladies Luncheon

Theatre Under the Stars

Join us for the Rock the House Leading Ladies Luncheon on Thursday, May 24 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts! RSVP by emailing Donna Nisenson at donna@tuts.com. Leading Ladies is a group of dynamic women with a shared passion for musical theatre and commitment to Theatre Under The Stars’ Education and Community Engagement efforts through volunteering, fundraising, and exclusive TUTS events. Leading… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Is your organization using sports in innovative and collaborative ways to make communities healthier places to live? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Sports Award recognizes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports to help people achieve health and well-being, especially those who are facing the greatest challenges. If your organization is helping children maintain a healthy weight, creating safe play environments, eliminating… Read more »

Go birding in Mexico with GCBO in the fall of 2018

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Oaxaca, Mexico in September 2018 Veracruz, Mexico in October 2018 Duluth, Minnesota in January 2019   We will be in pursuit of so many incredible birds as we partner with expert tour leaders to ensure the best experience possible.   Come chase exotic raptors in Veracruz with Bill Clark, one of the leading authorities on raptors, and Martin Hagne, GCBO’s Executive Director.    Find… Read more »

Why profitable fundraising communications are the work of specialists, not generalists … and why a standard-issue, untrained university marcomms department will almost certainly fail to deliver strong results when given a fundraising assignment which depends on an effective call to action

Tom Ahern

This just in: A fundraising copywriter at a prestigious university now faces a change in her chain of command. The university’s new brooms don’t see why fundraising should have its own dedicated writer. In an org. chart maneuver that absolutely makes sense on paper, they want her to go back into the pool, to work inside the marketing communications group (a.k.a., marcomms). She asked… Read more »

Funding Alert

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Funding News and Grant Tips Updated Guide Helps Improve Safety in Primary Care Settings http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#A   CDC, Emory University Launch National Directory of PrEP Health Service Providers http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#B     Public Funding Opportunities   Advancing HIV Therapeutic Vaccine Science (U01 Clinical Trial Required): RFA-AI-18-015 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#C   Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Required): RFA-CA-18-026 http://dshs.texas.gov/fic/al29-5-1.aspx#D SBIR… Read more »

New funding opportunity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

What policies, laws, and regulations can help improve health and health equity? As policymakers experiment and redesign policies in a multitude of sectors, research will be critical to uncover what these changes mean for the nation’s collective health. Policies for Action, an RWJF signature research program, is funding $2 million toward research on the impact of national, state, or local policies on health and… Read more »

Texas State University enrollment reflects Texas demographics

Texas State University

In parallel with the dramatic growth that has seen the student body grow to nearly 39,000 students, Texas State University has also become more representative of the State of Texas’ population as a whole. This growth reflects the mission of the university to serve the citizens of Texas and to play a leading role in preparing the workforce for the coming decades. The latest… Read more »

Men’s Clothing Donations Needed

Dress for Success San Antonio & Career Gear San Antonio

Dear friends of Dress for Success San Antonio and Career Gear San Antonio,   Currently our Career Gear men’s closet is in dire need of professional attire! Subsequently, we humbly ask for your assistance in securing clothing donations for our male clients. We are especially low in smaller sizes. We also need men’s button down shirts, slacks, belts, dress socks (new) and men’s dress… Read more »

GCBO’s Native Plant Nursery

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

The Growery. We had quite a setback from Harvey and the 2 hard freezes, but the surviving plants have now revealed themselves, and we have sorted through most of them and put them on display. Emma Shelly has made us some new signs for the most-common offerings. We have also planted many seeds over the winter, and have MANY new plants coming up.   Workdays have been started again… Read more »

Cactus Pear Music Festival NEWS

Cactus Pear Music Festival

DISCOUNTED Season 22 Festival tickets are on sale! Purchase your 5-ticket subscription or single tickets at pre-festival savings!   TICKET PRICING Advance 5-Ticket Subscription $110.Save over single ticket prices at the door. You get five tickets (PLUS the post-concert receptions) for any use — five different programs, any venue, or five concert-goers at any one program, or any combination you like. Orders must be… Read more »

New report from the Urban Institute measures inclusion in U.S. cities

Urban Institute & The Kresge Foundation

To better understand what makes places inclusive, the Urban Institute conducted the first-of-its kind empirical analysis on the relationship among economic, racial, and overall inclusion in 274 of the largest U.S. cities, new research supported by Kresge’s American Cities Practice.

How the U.S. economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment

W.K. Kellogg Foundation & Altarum

The United States economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment, according to “The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth.” The gains would be equivalent to a continuous boost in GDP growth of 0.5 percent per year, increasing the competitiveness of the country for decades to come.

Dell Med Launches Two New Innovative Population and Mental Health Projects

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is launching two new projects around population and mental health to advance its efforts to improve health and health care in Central Texas. These projects were made possible by two grants awarded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.