The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities.
Recently, OMH announced news of a new funding opportunity worth $2 million. The Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program is one that improves the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities. According to OMH’s website, the program “aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of multiple stakeholders within the public health system and other community support systems working together to implement a model transition process. RE-LINK will establish connections, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner for the populations being served, between the re-entry population and community-based organizations that provide linkages to health care including behavioral health care services, health care coverage including through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and Medicaid, and other social services such as housing, adult education and employment assistance programs.”
Applications for Re-link are now being accepted and the deadline is April 16, 2016. Information on how to apply can be found on OMH’s website and a technical assistance webinar will be offered on March 10.