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March 2021 Newsletter – RPIC Region IV-A

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Region IV-Service Area A

Region IV-A Newsletter – March 2021

Regional Spotlight

MACAA was awarded $100,000 from the New Venture Fund 2020 Project. It was the first grant secured by MACAA in which the association was able to collaborate with member agencies.  Despite the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, MACAA was able to make an impact in the Census head count by raising awareness, disseminating educational resources, assisting with signup both on paper and electronically, and conducting outreach activities.

HCCT Spotlights

Coastal Plain Area CAA – Tanya Thomas, Feliciano Lewis, and the staff at Coastal Plain Area EOA are doing a phenomenal job with their Men 4 Men program.  Their focus is to strengthen families through fatherhood engagement within the Coastal Plain Area EOA communities.  The fatherhood program supports, empowers, and educates men to acknowledge their responsibility while providing trusted, missing links between fathers, their children, families, and the communities in providing economical and emotional stability...

Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (one of Alabama's three HCCT initiatives) – East Decatur Community Impact Project: The focus of the project is on improving neighborhood conditions within a targeted geographic area through community building and engagement activities centered around health/safety and stabilization/revitalization.  Since 2014 they have supported improvement efforts in East Decatur, leveraging available funds and relationships with multiple partners.  Notable changes include the establishment of a new park, new sidewalks, new street and alley lighting, and health-and-safety-related Home Repair Grants to lower income homeowners. Activities worth noting include annual Block Makeovers, Block Parties, Community Clean-ups, and a Community Newsletter to communicate with residents about services, grants, community meetings, opportunities, and other goings on in the area.

Pearl River Valley Opportunity Incorporated – The project’s goal is to identify health conditions in the counties they serve and determine the frequency of treatment received for the condition.  The project seeks to also identify the individual’s attitude toward the condition and treatment.  The overall goal of the initiative is to work to reduce health disparities in Southeast Mississippi.  PRVO has updated its customer tracking system to capture disease conditions that affects low-income individuals. They are currently collecting data and preparing to disseminate needs assessment surveys.

Palm Beach County – Securing Our Future: The program seeks to increasing economic mobility and reducing poverty.  The initiative provides participants with a vision of a system of care that maximizes opportunities for economic mobility, in Palm Beach County.  Over the next ten (10) years, the Securing Our Future initiative seeks to build pathways for economic mobility for families with children ages 0- 18, who are living below the 200% federal poverty threshold, with a special emphasis on families at or below the 100% federal poverty threshold, and who have the ability to work.

Other Items

• ROMA Next Generation training cohorts in April and May
• COVID-19 preparedness (update from RPIC IV A states)


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