Health Outreach Partners Releases New Report on Transportation and Health Access

The new report, Transportation and Health Access: Rides to Wellness Community Scan Project, conducted by Health Outreach Partners, describes the scope of the problem of transportation barriers to health care and its financial impact due to missed appointments. Based on a national survey with community health centers, findings show no-show rates ranging from 11-30%, but that the reasons for missed appointments are not being tracked. By addressing transportation barriers, there is greater potential for financial benefits for health centers that are also likely transferable to other health care providers. The Missouri Rural Health Association and Community Asset Builders were contributors to the report, which includes six profiles of communities – one of which is Missouri’s HealthTran initiative – who are taking action to address barriers and decrease loss of revenue.

Rides to Wellness Community Scan Project

More Than $200 Million Awarded for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service Expansion

Last week, HRSA announced the fiscal year 2017 Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) awards. AIMS funding provides more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers to increase personnel, leverage health information technology, and provide training to support the expansion of mental health services and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse, and their integration into primary care. AIMS awards will support health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Award recipients are invited to view a brief video on the AIMS technical assistance website highlighting the awards and important information for award recipients.



Community Asset Builders celebrating 15 years

Community Asset Builders, LLC reached a significant milestone in July 2016, celebrating 15 years of business. The company has grown from the dreams of co-founders Doris Boeckman and Suzanne Alewine, to a company that has supported more than 150 organizations through project-specific and retainer contracts, and generated more than $235 million in grant revenue for customers. As part of our celebration, we are excited to share, “15 Years of Taking Clients Beyond Their Potential,” a document that captures our journey throughout the years and summarizes the wonderful relationships that have been established to improve the health and well-being of individuals in Missouri and throughout the United States.

“It gives me great pride in joining Suzanne and our employees, clients and business partners in celebrating our company’s 15th anniversary. We have come a long way since the business first started in 2001 and we are very excited about our future as we continue to seek innovative solutions and services to meet the needs of our customers,” said Boeckman.

Community Asset Builders readied itself for growth by focusing on its core tenets:

  • Serving as a voice on community development and asset building for the communities and organizations it serves with state and national organizations;
  • Increasing access to financial resources through grant writing and fund development;
  • Providing technical assistance and planning services so clients can more effectively utilize their resources;
  • Strengthening peer networks among clients to increase opportunities for collaboration and shared learning; and
  • Challenging public and private funding sources to invest more robustly in communities where clients are serving vulnerable populations.

Our ability to engineer solutions based on the specific needs of customers has helped the company to continually grow over the past 15 years, and offers promise for future growth.

Department of Health and Human Services awards over $50 Million for new health center sites

In December 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded over $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia. Community Asset Builders provided technical assistance to Compass Health, Inc., and Douglas County Public Health Services Group, Inc. (dba Missouri Ozarks Community Health), funded in Missouri, and Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, Inc., funded in South Carolina.

“We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients, ” said Dr. Mary Wakefield,  Acting Deputy Secretary at HHS. “These new health center sites will contribute significantly to the health of families and communities across the nation.”

Health centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver comprehensive, culturally competent, high-quality primary health care services. Health centers also often integrate access to pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse and oral health services in areas where economic, geographic or cultural barriers limit access to affordable health care services.

“For millions of Americans, including some of the most vulnerable individuals and families, health centers are the essential medical home where they find services that promote health and diagnose and treat disease and disability,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “One in 13 people nationwide rely on a HRSA-funded health center for their preventive and primary health care needs.”

Nearly 1,400 health centers operating over 9,800 sites provide care to more than 24 million people across the nation, in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Today, health centers employ nearly 190,000 people.

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit

To find a health center in your area, visit


CAB Assists Missouri Health Centers in Expanding Oral Health Services

HHS awards $156 million to health centers to expand oral health services. Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

A total of 20 awards were made to health centers in Missouri, amounting to $7,467,586 in funding through December 2017. Community Asset Builders provided technical assistance and grant writing expertise to 13 health centers (12 were awarded funding) and is pleased to congratulate all of Missouri’s awardees.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”

Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body. Additionally, lack of access to preventive and routine dental care for underserved populations can result in dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment.

“HRSA will continue to explore ways to further integrate oral health services within primary care settings, and increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients. In 2014, health centers employed over 3,700 dentists, more than 1,600 dental hygienists, and over 7,400 dental assistants, technicians and aides. They served about 4.7 million dental patients and provided nearly 12 million oral health visits.

To view the list of the awardees, visit

To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit

To find a health center in your area, visit

CAB Helps Bring Nearly $5 Million to Missouri Health Centers

HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients – Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations.

Community Asset Builders provided resource development and grant writing assistance to five of the eight awardees: Community Health Center of Central Missouri, Family Health Center of Boone County, Missouri Ozarks Community Health (Douglas County Public Health Services Group), Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, and Northwest Health Services.

View more information on the awards, including a list of recipients.

Client Highlight – Week of April 25, 2016

In preparation for the 15th anniversary (July 2016) of Community Asset Builders, LLC (CAB), we will be featuring a past or present client each week.  Our first highlight is Katy Trail Community Health.

Regional Health Care Clinics, Inc. dba Katy Trail Community Health joined CAB as a community health center retainer client in 2005 and was rewarded with a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care, New Access Point (new start) award for Pettis County, Missouri in 2006. In years to come, CAB was able to secure new access points for Morgan and Saline Counties and wrote and secured $2.9 million in ARRA Facility Improvement Funding in 2009 for construction of Harbor Village in Benton County. Harbor Village houses the Area Agency on Aging program, known as Care Connection, Pathways Community Health and Katy Trail Community Health. The co-location of services improves access to care and promotes service integration. CAB also secured capital funding to purchase Katy on the Go, a mobile unit that provides mobile primary care and oral health services to schools in Katy Trail’s service area.

CAB also provides support to Katy Trail in completing HRSA, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Service Area Competition (SAC) applications for ongoing federal base funding for the health center. Past awards have also been secured from the Office of Rural Health Policy, including Network Planning funding, a Rural Health Outreach grant award, and a Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement grant award. CAB has also secured capital funding and service expansion grants to support health center growth and operations.

Katy Trail has benefited from an estimated 85% grant success rate, generating more than $17 million over 11 years, with a return of nearly $100 for every dollar invested. In addition to resource development and grant writing services, CAB conducts annual strategic planning with Katy Trail’s leadership and board of directors.

We are proud to be a partner in Katy Trail’s growing success!


CAB Presenting at Health Equity Conference

Doris Boeckman, co-founder of Community Asset Builders and MRHA Rides to Wellness Director, is presenting about Missouri Rides to Wellness and HealthTran for the panel presentation, Moving Towards Health Equity: Success and Challenges. Co-panelists include Nancy Kelley, Director for Expanding Coverage, Missouri Foundation for Health and Sara Gentry, Policy Director, Missouri Health Care for all.

The featured speaker for the event is Robert Murphy, MEd. Mr. Murphy currently leads Maryland’s discipline reform, dropout prevention, and alternative programs efforts at the Maryland State Department of Education. He has been instrumental in reducing Maryland’s number of suspensions by 50% over the last 8 years thus reducing Maryland’s dropouts over the past 7 years. He just completed developing the regulatory guidance for changes in Maryland’s Discipline regulations and the new State Code of Discipline Policy that was adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education in July of 2014. Mr. Murphy also has been named by the Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.

The target audience for the conference is health care providers, public health professionals, health policy makers, community advocates, academic researchers, health departments, other governmental agencies, legislators, non-profit and for-profit organizations as and the business community with an interest in eliminating health disparities.

It is not too late to register! Conference fees are only $50. The conference is packed with information and learning objectives to help you 1) assess current efforts that address health disparities in Missouri and develop strategies to meet specific patient/client needs; and 2) identify strategies to build inclusive communities, schools and health care systems.

For more information or to register, follow this link:—healthy-communities.html

Community Asset Builders Welcomes Three New Organizations

Joe Lopez, Director of Strategic Growth and Development for Community Asset Builders, LLC (CAB), will be the lead team member for all three new accounts. Joining the network of peer organizations being served by CAB are Helias Catholic High School and The Helias Foundation (Jefferson City, Missouri), and Concord Christian School of New Hope International Church (Concord, California). Each of these organizations will receive professional assistance with planning and fund development in 2016 to develop new and augment existing resources.

Helias Foundation

HeliasHelias Catholic High School is a co-educational high school of the Diocese of Jefferson City which seeks to educate and strengthen the whole student – mind, body, and soul – within the strong tradition of Catholic secondary education. Welcoming Catholic and non-Catholic students alike, Helias seeks to provide a strong education in a safe environment for students who will further their education in college, trade school, the armed forces, or the workforce. The Helias Foundation, Inc. supports Helias Catholic High School to enable Helias to offer a quality, affordable Catholic education to the students of Central Missouri.

New Hope IntlNew Hope International Church ministers to people from every imaginable ethnic background. The membership includes Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, Europeans, Caucasians, and many other ethnic groups who freely worship together. Concord Christian Schools aid children in their academic, spiritual, and character development. Concord Christian Schools was started in 1972. All of the classrooms are designed and supplied with a wide variety of learning essentials and educational resource materials, each unique and creating a learning environment for each child to succeed and excel.

Welcome to the CAB network!

Recent Grant Postings

Community Asset Builders, LLC (CAB) is always looking at funding sources that may be of benefit to community based organizations. The following are a few postings that may be of interest.

MINORITY HEALTH. SAMHSA is accepting applications for more than $33 million in available funds to support the Targeted Capacity Expansion HIV: Minority Women grant program. These grants aim to expand substance use disorder treatment and HIV services for racial and ethnic minority women. Learn more and apply by April 29.

CHILDREN. HRSA is accepting applications for more than $2.5 million in available funds to support the Innovation in Care Integration for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities Program. These funds support the implementation of innovative, evidence-informed strategies to integrate care at a system-level within states. Learn more and apply by May 10.

JUSTICE. The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for $9 million in available funds to support the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This program aims to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Learn more and apply by May 17.

HIV/AIDS. SAMHSA is accepting applications for more than $1.6 million in available supplement grant funds to support the Minority AIDS Initiative Continuum of Care (MAI-CoC) program. The MAI-CoC supplemental grants will allow organizations to expand and enhance current grant activities related to behavioral health treatment services, prevention and HIV and hepatitis medical services. Learn more and apply by June 8.

TRAUMA. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title: ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. The goal of the ReCAST program is for local community entities to work together in ways that lead to improved behavioral health, empowered community residents, and reductions in trauma and sustained community change. Application Due Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TELEHEALTH. Universal Service Administrative Company. The Healthcare Connect Fund provides funding to healthcare providers for telecommunications and internet access services, as well as network equipment, at a flat discounted rate of 65%. Participants can apply as a member of the consortium or a stand-alone entity. Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible. Consortia may be comprised of both rural and non-rural HCPs. All consortia must consist of more than 50% rural participation within three years of receipt of the first funding commitment obtained through the HCF Program. Connections to, and equipment located at, eligible off-site data centers and administrative offices are eligible for support. Application Deadline: Jun 1, 2016

Eligible entities include:

  • A post-secondary educational institution offering healthcare instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
  • A community health center or health center providing healthcare to migrants
  • A local health department or agency
  • A community mental health center
  • A nonprofit hospital
  • A rural health clinic, including mobile clinics
  • A dedicated emergency room of a rural for-profit hospital

DENTAL. DentaQuest Foundation. The Oral Health 2020 Initiative will provide funding to organizations working to eliminate oral disease in children and increase oral health across the lifespan. Funding will be awarded to create networks, establish partnerships and analyze policy.

Proposals should focus on one of the following goals:

  • Mandatory inclusion of an adult dental benefit in publicly funded health insurance
  • Incorporate oral health into the primary education system
  • Comprehensive national oral health measurement system
  • Eradicate dental disease in children

The Foundation is especially interested in promoting health equity outcomes. Proposals that address one or more of the multiple factors affecting health equity (race, ethnicity, geography, etc.) are encouraged. Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

DENTAL. American Dental Association. The Semi-Annual Grant Program: Access to Care will award funding to projects that improve access to oral healthcare. Application Deadline: Jul 29, 2016.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Oral health care
  • Clinic supplies, instruments, and equipment
  • Salary-specific to work on this grant project
  • Outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities

RESEARCH. The AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03) supports different types of health services research projects, including:

  • Pilot and feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small, self-contained research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of new research technology

Rural and frontier areas are considered a priority population, along with inner city, low-income groups, minority populations, and individuals with special healthcare needs. Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2018.

Research projects should be organized around a set of priority conditions of importance to the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP programs. The current list of conditions includes:

  • Arthritis and non-traumatic joint disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease, including stroke and hypertension
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Depression and other mental health disorders
  • Developmental delays, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Functional limitations and disability
  • Infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS
  • Obesity
  • Peptic ulcer disease and dyspepsia
  • Pregnancy including pre-term birth
  • Pulmonary disease/Asthma
  • Substance abuse