- School Employee Wellness (SEW) Awards Program
- Grants Available to Fund After-School Programs
- Healthy People 2020 Objectives:
   Now Available for Viewing and Implementation

School Employee Wellness (SEW) Awards Program

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 School Employee Wellness (SEW) Awards Program that recognizes schools and school districts that demonstrate commitment to the health of their employees by implementing school employee wellness programs.

Awardees will receive special recognition for their efforts that include grants (Bronze $250, Silver $500, Gold $1,000) to be reinvested in their employee wellness programs.

To apply for DHPE's School Employee Wellness Awards Program, view an information webinar, or learn more about school employee wellness programs, visit www.schoolempwell.org.

Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2011.

Grants Available to Fund After-School Programs

Applications for the next round of 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in South Dakota are now available online. The centers provide students with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement the students’ regular school instruction.

Grant awards range from $50,000 to $150,000 a year; the life of the grants is five years. While funds are often awarded to schools, other organizations also may apply. The grants must specifically support programs offered outside of school hours.

The learning centers are intended to assist students in high-poverty and low-performing school areas. Because the program is authorized under the No Child Left Behind Act, each application must also include a learning component and sample plans for content-specific academic enrichment activities.

“These funds are intended to create a safe environment as well as learning opportunities for young students whose families may not otherwise be able to afford such things,” says Sue Burgard of the state Department of Education.

Burgard oversees the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program in South Dakota and says the application process requires a great deal of planning and can be time-consuming.

“Because we want to ensure programs are successful after funds have been awarded, we ask our applicants to be very well-prepared through the competitive grant process,” Burgard says.

Grant applications must be submitted to the South Dakota Department of Education by Feb. 18, 2011.

Click here for more information about the funding opportunity, including a grant application form and webinar schedule and registration, or contact Jill Cotton at (605) 773-4693.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives: Now Available for Viewing and Implementation

On December 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled the Nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. The launch, marking the beginning of Healthy People 2020, included remarks from the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard K. Koh; HHS Chief Technology Officer, Todd Park; Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan Fielding; Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika; and many others.

For more details about the initiative and how you can get involved, visit the newly redesigned Healthy People Web site at www.healthypeople.gov. The Web site allows users to view the new Healthy People 2020 topic areas and objectives, tailor information to their needs, and explore evidence-based resources for implementation.

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Funding Opportunities
January 2011