Roundup Reel: Week of Aug. 22

August 26, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

The East Coast earthquake is over, the hurricane’s just about to start and Congress is still in recess — what better time to catch up on a few things you may have missed.

  • The Obama administration put out its final application for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge on Tuesday. There’s $500 million in state-level grants available.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule revising the regulations on extramural investigators’ financial conflicts of interest. The regs apply to grants, cooperative agreements and other contracts. They’ve been around since 1995 and HHS has been revising them for several years. The wait is over.
  • Also, over at HHS the agency secretary Kathleen Sebelius awarded $137 million of grants through the Affordable Care Act for states to use strengthening public health infrastructure and providing jobs in public health areas. The money will support state, tribal, local and territorial efforts in almost every state. The money will support improvements to a number of programs including: tobacco cessation services, immunization services, healthcare-associated infections, substance abuse prevention and public health lab services.
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2011 Kids Count Data Center report. It’s full of information about the economic and social trends impacting kids on both a national and state-by-state level. Check it out here.
  • The Treasury Department said $418 million was awarded to 37 community banks across the country through the Small Business Lending Fund to encourage community banks to increase their lending to small businesses.



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