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

Meet Brian from HALO, Uganda!

brianBrian, one of the HALO scholarship recipients (scholarship provided by Community Asset Builders), is looking forward to starting the next step in pursuing his medical degree! School will begin in August and he can’t wait to get started.

“Of course I am excited! I keep getting closer and closer to my dream to be a medical doctor”

Brian graduated from Makerere home in December and will be spending the summer working at the HALO Learning Center in Uganda.

“My brothers are looking forward to seeing me again. I want to volunteer my time so that I can be close to them and help them study to have a chance to find their dreams like I do. I am so lucky to have this chance and I want them to be lucky too.”

As a member of a HALO home since 2003, Brian expressed that he is passionate about staying close to the homes and the kids he grew up with. His job will be to oversee the operations of the learning center while also running fun and educational programs for the kids to participate in on a weekly basis.

HALO is so excited that Brian will be serving as a role model for youth to look up to. He is truly succeeding in becoming a contributing member of his community by pursuing a career as a doctor while mentoring other youth to pursue their goals.

CAB is proud to be a sponsor of Brian’s education. Congratulations, Brian!

For a video and more information about HALO, click here.

We’ve Been Invited to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine!

1963h.8-obverse-400wHealthTran founders and Community Asset Builders’ principals, Doris Boeckman and Suzanne Alewine, have been invited to participate on a panel at The National Academies of Sciences, “Exploring Data and Metrics of Value at the Intersection of Health Care and Transportation” workshop, to be held in Washington, DC June 6-7, 2016. The workshop objectives are to showcase models of transportation services that facilitate individuals’ access to health care providers, discuss data sources, information technology obstacles and solutions from (and across) the health care transportation perspectives, and to explore opportunities to ascertain the value of transportation services to improving health outcomes (e.g., through performance metrics to transportation providers, health system and payers. HealthTran and Missouri’s Rides to Wellness efforts will be showcased as part of Panel II: Examples of cross-sector collaboration to provide transportation services to vulnerable individuals in rural/small urban/suburban settings.

The link for the project and workshop registration is provided at

Doris Boeckman is the former Executive Director for the Missouri Public Transit Association (2006-2015) and Suzanne Alewine presently serves as Executive Director of the Missouri Rural Health Association. HealthTran was a joint collaboration between the associations in 2013 and funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health as a three-year pilot demonstration. For more information about HealthTran, view the videos at:

HHS Awards $1,732,957 to CAB Clients

March 11, 2016
CAB, LLC Clients Awarded 5 of 7 Missouri FY2016 Substance Abuse Service Expansion Awards



Contact: Suzanne Alewine
(573) 632-2700

“Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states…to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations. “The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”*

Community Asset Builders is proud to have been the grant-writing partner for five (5) of the seven (7) Missouri awardees. CAB clients will receive $1,732,957 in grant funding and are in listed below in bold text:

Missouri Awardees:


Microsoft PowerPoint - logo for shirts.v2If your organization would like to partner with Community Asset Builders on your next grant application please contact Lisa Huff at (573) 632-2700 or

Special thanks to the Missouri Foundation for Health’s MoCAP Program for their on-going support of organizations seeking to bring federal grant funding to Missouri.


*Read the complete HHS announcement:

March 11, 2016

Contact: HRSA Press Office
HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

“The opioid epidemic is one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States today,” said Secretary Burwell. “Expanding access to medication-assisted treatment and integrating these services in health centers bolsters nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and abuse, supports approximately 124,000 new patients accessing substance use treatment for recovery and helps save lives.”

The abuse of and addiction to opioids, such as heroin and prescription pain medication, is a serious and increasing public health problem. Approximately 4.5 million people in the United States were non-medical prescription pain reliever users in 2013, and an estimated 289,000 were current heroin users. HHS also estimates the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medications has nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and deaths related to heroin increased 39 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Administered by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), these awards to health centers across the country will increase the number of patients screened for substance use disorders and connected to treatment, increase the number of patients with access to MAT for opioid use and other substance use disorder treatment, and provide training and educational resources to help health professionals make informed prescribing decisions. This $94 million investment is expected to help awardees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

“Health centers treat some of the most at-risk patients in the country,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards position health centers to be at the forefront of the fight against opioid abuse in underserved communities.”

Research demonstrates that a whole-patient approach to treatment through a combination of medication and counseling and behavioral therapies is most successful in treating opioid use disorders. In 2014, over 1.3 million people received behavioral health services at health centers, This represents a 75 percent increase since 2008 and was made possible with support from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Recovery Act. Today’s funding builds upon and leverages these previous investments by providing support to health centers to improve and expand the delivery of MAT substance abuse services in an integrated primary care/behavioral health model with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in underserved populations.

Today, over 1,300 health centers operate approximately 9,000 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 provided behavioral health services to more than 1.3 million patients, including those in need of substance abuse services.

“HRSA’s innovative investment in the delivery of medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders affirms the importance of behavioral health to overall health,” said Kana Enomoto, Acting Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Addressing the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Administration and the Department. The Department is focused on three key areas: improving opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone, and increasing access to MAT. In addition, the President has made addressing the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic a top priority and issued a Presidential Memorandum last year on improving access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Today’s awards are an example of HHS taking every available step to expand access to MAT. Building on these efforts, the President’s Budget includes a $1.1 billion initiative to help ensure that all individuals with opioid use disorders who want treatment are able to access it.

To view a list of the award winners, visit:

For more information on the Department’s key areas of focus to address the opioids crisis, visit:

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

To find a health center in your area, visit



Meet the HALO Foundation!

Have I mentioned that the crew a CAB knows how to have a good time while supporting a great cause?  If not, well then I guess you need some proof!

If you haven’t checked out the good work being done by the HALO Foundation you should!  They do great things in our community and they use all their donations very effectively and efficiently.  That pleases me greatly.12792347_651392704963451_4460904735211020957_o

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