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HRSA-16-00199700c21-9da1-455e-8f01-89de6f72858aN/A7/15/2015 Due in 105 days at 11:59 PM ET4/1/2015 Available in 0 days at 12:00 AM ETB04Maternal and Child Health Services Electronic submission of application is/will be available on HRSA EHBs for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in HRSA EHBs' link to apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.994 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose The purpose of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program is to create Federal/State partnerships in all 59 States/jurisdictions that support service systems which address MCH needs, such as: •   Significantly reducing infant mortality; •   Providing comprehensive care for women before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth; •   Providing preventive and primary care services for infants, children, and adolescents; •   Providing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with special health care needs; •   Immunizing all children; •   Reducing adolescent pregnancy; •   Putting into community practice national standards and guidelines for prenatal care, for healthy and safe child care, and for the health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents; •   Assuring access to care for all mothers and children; and •   Meeting the nutritional and developmental needs of mothers, children, and families.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-066f3ee4e86-806f-4116-9862-8314e9f1ae0b4/2/2015 Due in 1 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A1/22/2015 Available in 69 days at 12:00 AM ETU03Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.127 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose The purpose of this FOA is to invite cooperative agreement applications from experienced clinical investigators to participate in the EMSC Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN).  The goal is to develop an efficient research network that will conduct high quality research and publish evidence-based findings that will impact clinical practice and ensure standardized care in diverse health care settings that serve children, including urban, rural and tribal settings.  PECARN works with diverse demographic populations and across varied geographical regions to promote the health of children in all phases of care.  The research will contribute to the pediatric health care delivery knowledge base and the findings will be especially important in health care settings where pediatric expertise may be limited. Six funded PECARN cooperative agreements and a separately funded data center comprise the PECARN network.  More information on PECARN can be found at http://www.pecarn.org.  Specific information about the requirements of the applicant is included in Section IV (2.ii) “Program Narrative.” The goal of this network is to conduct meaningful and rigorous multi-institutional research into the treatment and management of acute illnesses and injuries in children and youth across the continuum of emergency medical health care.  This infrastructure helps to overcome present challenges in accessing enough pediatric patients to assess efficacy, effectiveness and quality of care from the relatively small number of pediatric emergency events.  The impact of the PECARN will be improved pediatric emergency and pre-hospital care for children, improved systems of care, and decreased morbidity and mortality among children in the acute care setting.  In this cooperative agreement, award recipients will be required to identify Emergency Department (ED) sites and an EMS affiliate as collaborators in their research node to expand the scope of the Network and demonstrate the feasibility of conducting research in prehospital/ EMS settings.  The applicant must submit two pilot research project proposals with one to include the EMS affiliate and discuss the potential for feasible collaboration with that affiliate. The objectives of this award are to:  1)      Support a network infrastructure to conduct high priority, high impact EMSC research using rigorous study design and methodologies that can be applied to multi-site ED and/or prehospital emergency settings; 2)      Contribute to an organizational structure that ensures network efficiency, productivity, and fidelity of study implementation and includes the ability to: a)      Develop study projects; b)      Attain extramural funding; c)      Conduct multi-site clinical investigations; d)     Publish and disseminate results; and e)      Develop young investigators in the area of pediatric emergency medicine; 3)      Facilitate translation of research results to EMSC practices; and 4)      Foster collaboration among EMS personnel, nurses, practitioners and researchers.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-031cbda0e2a-2465-42ee-a5fb-3aedf63bdd9f4/3/2015 Due in 2 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/3/2015 Available in 57 days at 12:00 AM ETU90Special Projects of National Significance Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.928 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Special Projects of National Significance Program’s Initiative, Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum-Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center.  The successful applicant will be funded to lead a multi-site evaluation and provide technical assistance to a cohort of up to ten demonstration sites funded under a separate announcement (refer to HRSA-15-029 to learn more about the demonstration sites requirements).  HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s mission is to provide leadership and resources to assure access to and retention in high quality, integrated  care and treatment services for vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  Demonstration sites will implement, evaluate and disseminate findings from innovative methods of identifying, linking, retaining and improving health outcomes for HIV positive underserved, underinsured, and hard-to-reach youth and young adults through the use of social media.[1]  In particular, proposed methods must address ways to increase access to and retention in care for youth and young adults with poor utilization of health care or who are HIV infected but are unaware of their HIV status.  Demonstration sites will implement interventions based on innovative social media platforms to bring youth and young adults into health care at the early stages of HIV disease. [1] See Funding Opportunity Announcement “Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum” (HRSA-15-029) for more information on demonstration site expectations.  Applicants should carefully read the requirements for the demonstration sites under Announcement Number HRSA-15-029 at Grants.gov to better understand the expectations for the interventions.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-029c903e508-1d27-40f6-8292-0b9dddd158774/3/2015 Due in 2 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/3/2015 Available in 57 days at 12:00 AM ETH97Special Projects of National Significance Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.928 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Special Projects of National Significance Program (SPNS) initiative, Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum – Demonstration Sites.  The purpose of this grant program is to support organizations that will implement, evaluate and disseminate findings from innovative methods for identifying, linking, retaining and improving health outcomes for HIV positive underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults in HIV primary care and supportive services through the use of social media.  These methods are expected to include innovative system approaches using a variety of social media technologies or any other internet or mobile based applications, in the engagement and retention in care and viral load suppression of youth and young adults living with HIV.  The innovative system approaches proposed by the applicant organizations must be novel and will be tested and evaluated during the SPNS initiative, though certain components or tools of that system may have already been assessed through other studies.  Programs will be expected to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of their models’ design including service utilization, treatment adherence, cost and impact on health-related outcomes, and to disseminate findings, best practices and lessons learned.  Successful applicants will be required to work collaboratively with a HRSA/HAB supported Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center (ETAC) throughout the four year project period.  This will include, but is not limited to, the collecting and reporting of data to the ETAC for a comprehensive multi-site evaluation, and the dissemination of successful models to the larger public health community.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-038b56d4504-7bf6-4f79-b0e8-37b766f2213e4/6/2015 Due in 5 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/4/2015 Available in 56 days at 12:00 AM ETH54FLEX Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.241 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program.  The purpose of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant (Flex) Program is providing support for critical access hospitals for quality improvement, quality reporting, performance improvements, and benchmarking; designating facilities as critical access hospitals; and the provision of rural emergency medical services. Through these activities the Flex Program ensure residents in rural communities have access to high quality health care services. State Flex funding for this three-year project period will act as a resource and focal point for strategic planning in the following program areas with an emphasis and priority on quality and financial and operational improvement:   1.      Quality Improvement (required) 2.      Financial and Operational Improvement (required) 3.      Population Health Management and Emergency Medical Services Integration (optional) 4.      Designation of CAHs in the State (required if requested) 5.      Integration of Innovative Health Care Models (optional) Program area three and five are optional paths to achieve quality and financial and operational improvement via other activities beyond the required program areas. The overall goals of the Flex program are to: ·         Improve the quality of care provided by CAHs. ·         Improve the financial and operational outcomes of CAHs. ·         Understand the Community Health and EMS Needs of CAHs. ·         Enhance the health of rural communities through community/population health improvement. ·         Improve identification and management of Time Critical Diagnoses and engage EMS capacity and performance in Rural Communities. ·         Support the financial and operational transition to value based models and health care transformation models in the health care system.  States will use Flex resources to address identified needs for CAHs within the state and to achieve improved and measurable outcomes in each selected program area. FORHP understands that each state will have varied resources to address those needs; therefore, Flex grantees can determine the best activity or group of activities to improve on key outcomes within each selected program area. FORHP recognizes that the grant funding provided through Flex is not sufficient to meet all needs of CAHs within each state, so grantees are expected to assess the needs of CAHs within their state and prioritize which needs are to be addressed over this project period cycle. In order to maximize Flex funding, grantees are encouraged to look at funding cohorts of CAHs with similar challenges. While working on program activities, states are encouraged to work with, in addition to State Hospital Associations: Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), Quality Innovation Networks (QINs), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs), State Rural Health Associations, and others concerned with the future of rural health care. This project period guidance reflects the continued push towards funding activities that can provide clear outcomes and demonstrated improvements. A broad goal is establishing and measuring outcomes consistently across the program nationally in order to show the impact of Flex investments.  Furthermore, these Flex activities will better align rural health providers and CAHs with the current healthcare landscape as it evolves. More specifically, through the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) within the Quality Improvement program area, many CAHs signed on to voluntarily participate in quality reporting and improvement initiatives. With this iteration of the program to align with the focus on quality measurement and outcomes across health care payment systems, CAHs that wish to participate in any Flex activity will be required to participate in reporting MBQIP core quality measures.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-123e3af9abe-a716-4a40-be96-b8273fac43f64/6/2015 Due in 5 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/5/2015 Available in 55 days at 12:00 AM ETG07Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.912 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program). The purpose of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program is to support the development of formal, mature rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for the following chronic conditions:  diabetes, congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.  Rural Americans are unhealthier, with higher rates of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, CHF, and COPD and have higher rates of high-risk behaviors such as smoking, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition.[1],[2],[3],[4]  These high-risk behaviors cause many of the illnesses, suffering and deaths due to chronic diseases and conditions.[5]  The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and the high cost of health care in the U.S. bring treatment of the “whole” person to the forefront, especially as there are often psychosocial (psychological and social) issues related to chronic diseases; for example, there is a link between diabetes and depression.  In addition, more mental health problems are seen in the primary care setting than other health care settings; thus, integrating behavioral health care into primary care helps address both the physical and psychosocial aspects of health and wellness.  Reviews and reports from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) have shown a positive impact from integrating a team approach to care for a variety of disease conditions.[6]  Health care coordination for people living with chronic conditions is vital to providing high quality care, especially in rural areas where access to health care is an issue.  The main goal of care coordination is to meet patients’ needs and preferences in the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care.  This means that the patient’s needs and preferences are known ahead of time and communicated at the right time to the right people; this information is used to provide safe, appropriate, and effective care to the patient.  Care coordination is identified by the Institute of Medicine as a key strategy that has the potential to improve the effectiveness, safety, and efficiency of the American health care system.  Well-designed, targeted care coordination that is delivered to the right people can improve outcomes for everyone:  patients, providers, and payers.[7]  Care coordination is especially important in the changing health care landscape where payments increasingly focus on value.  The ultimate goal of the program is to promote the delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. There are numerous developments in state health policy that support the adoption of care coordination models, including patient centered medical homes (PCMH), accountable care organizations (ACO), and enhanced health information technology (HIT) such as electronic health records (EHR) and telehealth capabilities.  Care coordination strategies can be tailored for a rural community’s resources and challenges.  Strategies may include a special emphasis on: recruiting or training personnel to assume care coordination responsibilities or supporting other staff, such as, community health workers, in taking on this role; developing new or making creative use of existing resources, such as co-locating available behavioral and primary health care services; and addressing quality improvement through innovations like telehealth or system redesign using models such as, Six Sigma or the Lean Model, for example.[8] Applicants shall develop creative and innovative approaches to address outcomes in one or more of the three pre-specified disease states, diabetes, CHF, and/or COPD, through application of care coordination strategies.  Applicants shall disseminate the information regionally or nationally, including efforts by grassroots, faith-based or community-based organizations. The proposed projects should demonstrate improved outcomes. Applicants may address the prevalence and management of diabetes, CHF, and COPD conditions using innovative or evidence-based care coordination strategies, relevant to their community needs.  At a minimum, networks will be asked to report on four outcome measures for each chronic condition (Type 2 Diabetes, CHF and COPD).  In addition to reporting on these outcome measures, networks will be also asked to report at least three care coordination measures. Performance on those measures will be aggregated across the funded sites to measure program impact.  To review the outcome measures for each chronic condition, please refer to Section IV: Application and Submission Information. To the extent possible, grantees are encouraged to bill for third party reimbursement for covered services and participate in pay-for-performance and other incentive programs[9],[10] in order to aid in the sustainability of the project.  By thinking beyond the day-to-day activities and services and planning for sustainability early in the grant cycle, organizations can better position their programs for long-term sustainability and leverage the investment of federal grant dollars to maintain successful programs that improve the health of rural Americans. [1] Downy LH. (2013). Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities, and Solutions [book review]. Preventing Chronic Disease; 10:130097. Available at:  http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0097.htm. [2] Why Rural America Needs Health Reform. National Rural Health Association. Available at:  http://www.ruralhealthweb.org/index.cfm?objectid=A771071A-3048-651A-FEAB6199CED39F8E. [3] Dallas ME. (2012). COPD Deaths Highest in Rural, Poor Areas: CDC. HealthDay News. Available at:  http://consumer.healthday.com/diseases-and-conditions-information-37/misc-diseases-and-conditions-news-203/copd-deaths-highest-in-rural-poor-areas-cdc-669692.html. [4] American College of Chest Physicians. (2012). Poverty, rural living linked to increased COPD mortality in the US. Science Daily. Available at:  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121022080655.htm. [5] Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion. (2014). Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at:   http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/. [6] Jortberg BT, Miller BF, Gabbay RA, Sparling K, Dickinson WP. (2012). Patient-Centered Medical Home: How it Affects Pyschosocial Outcomes for Diabetes. Current Diabetes Reports;12:721-728. [7] Care Coordination. (2014). Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Available at:  http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/coordination/index.html. [8] Stanek M, Hanlon C, Shiras T. (2014). Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State-Policy Makers. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Available at:  http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2014/rwjf412058. [9] Pay-for-performance programs can either be from the private-sector such as, the California Pay for Performance Program or from the public-sector such as, the Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program.  An example of an incentive program is the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, which provides financial incentives for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology to improve patient care.  [10] James J. (2012). Health Policy Brief: Pay-for- Performance. Health Affairs. Available at:  http://healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief_pdfs/healthpolicybrief_78.pdf.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-125cee69a8e-ec7a-49be-ad25-09ee102213eb4/7/2015 Due in 6 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/6/2015 Available in 54 days at 12:00 AM ETUG6Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.155 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment Program.  The purpose of this program is to identify key policy, regulatory and clinical challenges facing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and identify possible solutions, while also informing them and other rural stakeholders about key RHC issues, including regulatory and programmatic changes that affect care delivery in these locations. The awardee will identify gaps in knowledge among RHCs about issues such as regulatory and program compliance, billing and reimbursement, quality improvement, best practices, disease management, and care coordination, as well as ORHP and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services priorities, and will propose tools, resources, and strategies to address them.  RHCs are geographically dispersed, so the proposed tools and resources should be easily accessible, including, but not limited to, listservs, conference calls, and webinars. RHCs are primary care clinics that are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide care in rural underserved areas.  They receive reasonable cost-based Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, subject to certain conditions.  RHCs must be staffed by physician assistants and/or nurse practitioners.  Currently, there are more than 4,000 RHCs located in 44 states.  For more information about RHCs, please visit http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Rural-Health-Clinics-Center.html?redirect=/center/rural.asp The health care delivery system is undergoing dramatic change, with an emphasis on finding new approaches to improve health outcomes, control costs, and improve population health.  Financial incentives are moving from volume-based to value-based services, with a focus on quality of care in all settings and improving transitions of care as patients move between care settings.  Within this environment, RHCs provide care to millions of rural residents, often serving as the sole health care provider in a community, and serving as the de facto safety net for rural residents.  The RHCs require support to effectively participate in the changing health care environment and need to be prepared for related policy and regulatory changes.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-08486d4b0c1-c66e-401b-9f2f-8b797e4c0d5e4/10/2015 Due in 9 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/9/2015 Available in 51 days at 12:00 AM ETH7MVision Screening in Young Children Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.110 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for Early Detection of Vision Problems in Young Children.   The purpose of this grant program is to increase the detection and diagnosis of visual impairment in children aged five (5) years and younger in five (5) States by enhancing the capacity of the State public health agencies to use and apply quality improvement principles and practices to implement universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.  Funds will be provided to a single entity to convene a learning collaborative comprised of five States to work together jointly to identify challenges, interventions, implementation, and measurement related to implementing universal vision screening for preschool-aged children.  To facilitate collaborative learning and quality improvement efforts, the awardee may ask each of the five participating States to consider forming a vision screening quality improvement team.  The optimal team would include representatives from the State Title V program, State early childhood and education programs, State health surveillance and information systems (e.g., immunization registry), community health centers, pediatric primary and vision specialty care, and family organizations.  The awardee may convene the State teams to apply rapid test cycles to increase coordination among the relevant State agencies, providers, and community organizations to support the tracking, disseminating, and spreading of innovative and promising practices necessary to achieve the program purpose. Program Aim: By 2018, increase by 20 percent over 2011-2012 levels, the proportion of children aged five (5) years and younger who receive vision screening and diagnosis in five (5) States according to the National Survey of Children’s Health measure. http://www.childhealthdata.org/learn/NSCH To accomplish the program purpose and aim, it is expected the awardee will: ·         Establish a multidisciplinary project advisory group made up of stakeholders including families and experts who have specialty background and experience in vision screening and diagnosis; ·         Provide opportunities including a sufficient number of learning sessions, for participating States to dialogue, share experiences, and learn from each other and national experts; ·         Establish an online platform to facilitate communication, learning, and knowledge transfer across State teams.  Provide to participating State teams technical assistance in applying quality improvement methodologies to achieve the following: o   strengthen Statewide partnerships and collaboration among key stakeholders, including families, pediatric primary and specialty care clinicians, early childhood and education programs; o   address access to screening and diagnosis in hard to reach communities, including rural and Tribal communities and underserved populations; o   identify a strategy for tracking and reporting screening results; develop a balance of measures such as outcome, process and balancing for monitoring progress; and provide a plan for dissemination and diffusion of promising practices.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-0980c26f339-0ff3-4433-8e96-09d4f5084a864/13/2015 Due in 12 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/11/2015 Available in 49 days at 12:00 AM ETUG8Improving Timeliness of Newborn Screening Diagnosis Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.110 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Improving Timeliness of Newborn Screening Diagnosis program.  The purpose of the initiative is to improve the time to diagnosis and treatment for babies undergoing newborn screening (NBS) who receive a presumptive positive result.  This initiative will fund one organization that will facilitate and coordinate collaborative learning and quality improvement (QI) activities by newborn screening programs using strategies that improve newborn screening timeliness.  The overall goal for this initiative is to increase the number of states that meet the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC or Committee) recommendations on timeliness and the number of infants receiving timely diagnosis and treatment.  The SACHDNC’s duties include providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary concerning grants and projects awarded under section 1109 of the PHS Act and making systematic evidence-based and peer-reviewed recommendations to the Secretary that include the heritable disorders that have the potential to significantly affect public health, for which all newborns should be screened.  In order to achieve the best outcomes for babies, the Committee  has discussed the following time periods to improve notification of results*: 1)      Presumptive positive results for time-critical conditions should be communicated immediately  to the child’s healthcare provider but no later than the fifth day of life. 2)      All presumptive positive results for all other conditions should be  communicated to the child’s healthcare provider as soon as possible but no later than seven (7) days of life. 3)      All NBS results should be reported within seven (7) days of life. *On February 12, 2015, the DACHDNC will finalize these recommendations.  The awardee is expected to use the DACHDNC’s final recommendations.  Program activites include: ·         Facilitate the implementation of practice-based strategies and coordinate QI projects using strategies that will  improve timeliness of newborn screening, diagnosis, and treatment in at least 20 state newborn screening programs.  The QI process must include state NBS programs and other stakeholders to initiate QI activities in the state(s). ·         Engage public and private partners at the Federal, state, and local levels to drive QI efforts in NBS and to coordinate activities including developing and disseminating educational materials, best practices and lessons learned.   ·         Provide an ongoing forum for technical assistance, education, training, communication, and collaboration between stakeholders to address the needs of state newborn screening programs with respect to timeliness, especially as it may impact health disparities within underserved populations such as rural and tribal communities. ·         Disseminate educational and training resources related to newborn screening processes.  Examples include: published articles, educational materials, standard operation procedures, lessons-learned, presentations, best practices, regional and national evaluation materials and reports, technical assistance training webinars/conference calls, QI activity materials, and data collection tools and reports for measure reporting requirements. ·         Develop a data strategy that includes collecting data on NBS timeliness from participating states and supports the use of real-time data to drive continuous quality improvement.  Participate in collaborative efforts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and National Institutes of Health’s (NIH), and HRSA’s MCHB funded programs related to newborn screening initiatives.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-092c465fbe0-8aec-4fbb-b3ee-97f9cdb942b34/21/2015 Due in 20 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/19/2015 Available in 41 days at 12:00 AM ETUA3Autism Intervention Research Networks Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.110 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This cooperative agreement will establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the physical health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or other developmental disabilities.  Physical health may include, but is not limited to, medical, dental, visual, nutrition and speech/hearing components.  As authorized by Section 399BB of the Autism CARES Act, the AIR-P Network will determine the evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the physical health of individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities, develop guidelines for those interventions, and disseminate information related to such research and guidelines.  The AIR-P Network will be one of two HRSA-supported research networks that will provide national leadership in research to advance the evidence base on effective interventions for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, with AIR-P having a focus on addressing physical health and wellbeing.   As directed by the FY 2015 Congressional Appropriations for HRSA’s Autism CARES Act programs, HRSA is broadening the scope of this funding opportunity to reflect an additional emphasis on addressing disparities in effective interventions and treatment and access to care experienced by underserved minority and rural communities.  In particular, applicants should consider diverse ethnic/racial, cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic, and geographic (e.g., rural/urban, tribal) populations for whom there is little evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions, or for whom access to effective treatments is limited.  Applicants should include plans to conduct multi-site research protocols on innovative treatment models, including the use of telehealth networks, to improve physical health interventions and treatment for ASD in underserved minority and rural communities. It is expected that the AIR-P Network will collaborate with a program serving vulnerable and underserved populations.  Such collaboration will enable the Network to recruit and include these populations including minority and rural communities into Network studies.  Such collaboration should also include the participation of an interdisciplinary cadre of researchers, health and related service providers, and community partners in diverse settings to broaden the scope of the Network.  This FOA requires that 50% of AIR-P Network studies exclusively recruit from vulnerable and underserved populations, such as HRSA-supported program populations (e.g., Health Center Program; Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program).  The Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s intent is to ensure that research activities are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of special populations, that services are family-centered and accessible to consumers, and that the broadest possible representation of culturally distinct and historically underrepresented groups is supported through programs and projects sponsored by the MCHB. The AIR-P Network will use an interdisciplinary team with experience in, but not limited to: multi-site research, RCTs, clinical services, family-centered care, and with expertise in the study of physical health of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities to: ·         Design and implement multi-site research to determine evidence-based practices for interventions that improve the physical health of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities; ·         Design and implement multi-site research protocols to examine and address disparities in  physical health interventions and treatment and access to care for children and adolescents with ASD, including innovative models to serve vulnerable and underserved minority and rural communities; ·         Recruit study participants from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity through partnership with a program serving vulnerable and underserved populations, such as the Health Center Program or the MIECHV Program;    ·         Develop and/or update guidelines and validate tools for those interventions developed by the Network; ·         Provide a research environment that supports the professional development and mentorship of emerging or new investigators  in the field of intervention research for ASD and other developmental disabilities; ·         Disseminate information on Network activities including research, guidelines, and validated tools to the research community, health care professionals and service providers, communities, families of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities and the public; ·         Develop and institute a plan to ensure dissemination of Network findings beyond peer-reviewed publications to accelerate the adoption of effective interventions, guidelines, tools, and systems management approaches into practice settings and communities; ·         Leverage network capacity to compete for grant opportunities from other Federal and private sources to support and implement network research protocols.
  • Eligibility Information Public and nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research relating to ASD and other developmental disabilities are eligible.
HRSA-15-0911c72a41f-2e9b-4f4e-a1f7-98050c6c31f74/21/2015 Due in 20 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/19/2015 Available in 41 days at 12:00 AM ETUA3Autism Intervention Research Networks Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.110 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This cooperative agreement will establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, multicenter research forum for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building, which will provide national leadership in research designed to improve the behavioral, mental, social, and/or cognitive health and wellbeing of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.  As authorized by Section 399BB of the Autism CARES Act, the research network will determine the evidence-based practices for interventions to improve the behavioral health of individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities, develop guidelines for those interventions, and disseminate information related to such research and guidelines.  The AIR-B Network will be one of two HRSA-supported research networks that will provide national leadership in research to advance the evidence base on effective interventions for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities, with AIR-B having a focus on addressing behavioral health and wellbeing.  As directed by the FY 2015 Congressional Appropriations for HRSA’s Autism CARES Act programs, HRSA is broadening the scope of this funding opportunity to reflect an additional emphasis on addressing disparities in effective interventions and treatment and access to care experienced by underserved minority and rural communities.  In particular, applicants should consider diverse ethnic/racial, cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic, and geographic (e.g., rural/urban, tribal) populations for whom there is little evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions, or for whom access to effective treatments is limited.  Applicants should include plans to conduct multi-site research protocols on innovative treatment models, including the use of telehealth networks, to improve behavioral health interventions and treatment for ASD in underserved minority and rural communities. It is expected that the AIR-B Network will collaborate with a program serving vulnerable and underserved populations.  Such collaboration will enable the Network to recruit and include these populations including minority and rural communities into Network studies.  Such collaboration should also include the participation of an interdisciplinary cadre of researchers, health and related service providers, and community partners in diverse settings to broaden the scope of the Network.  This FOA requires that 50% of AIR-B Network studies exclusively recruit from vulnerable and underserved populations, such as HRSA-supported program populations (e.g., Health Center Program; Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program).  The AIR-B Network will use an interdisciplinary team with experience in, but not limited to, the following: multi-site research, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), and experience/expertise in the study of behavioral health of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities to: ·         Design and implement multi-site research to determine evidence-based practices for interventions that improve the behavioral health of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities; ·         Design and implement multi-site research protocols to examine and address disparities in  behavioral health interventions and treatment and access to care for children and adolescents with ASD, including innovative models to serve vulnerable and underserved minority and rural communities; ·         Recruit study participants from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity through partnership with a program serving vulnerable and underserved populations, such as the Health Center Program or the MIECHV Program;    ·         Develop and/or update guidelines for those interventions developed by the Network; ·         Provide a research environment that supports the professional development and mentorship of emerging or new investigators in the field of intervention research for ASD and other developmental disabilities; ·         Disseminate information on Network activities including research and guidelines to the research community, health care professionals and service providers, communities, families of children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities and the public; ·         Develop and institute a plan to ensure dissemination of Network findings beyond peer-reviewed publications to accelerate the adoption of effective interventions, guidelines, tools, and systems management approaches into practice settings and communities; ·         Leverage network capacity to compete for grant opportunities from other Federal and private sources to support and implement network research protocols.
  • Eligibility Information Public and nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research relating to ASD and other developmental disabilities are eligible.
HRSA-15-129cee9af6c-6400-48ea-ae0e-1860e36bc54a4/21/2015 Due in 20 days at 11:59 PM ET5/21/2015 Due in 50 days at 5:00 PM ET3/3/2015 Available in 29 days at 12:00 AM ETC8DHEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT PROGRAM Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.526 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) for existing Health Center Program grantees to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations through the alteration/renovation, expansion, or construction of a facility. HIIP funding will support one capital project at a new or existing site within the applicant’s approved scope of project for the following project types: ·         Alteration/renovation (A/R):  This project type can include work required to modernize, improve, and/or reconfigure the interior arrangements of an existing facility; work to improve and/or replace exterior envelope; work to improve accessibility (such as sidewalks and ramps), and/or life safety requirements in an existing facility.  This type of project would not increase the total square footage of an existing building and does not require ground disturbance or footings.  This type of project may include the purchase of related moveable equipment.[1] ·         Construction/expansion (C/E):  This project type can include the construction of a new stand-alone structure and/or associated work required to expand a structure to increase the total square feet of a facility.[2]  Construction projects may include the installation of a permanently affixed modular or prefabricated building and/or the purchase of related moveable equipment. Eligible health center applicants may submit only one HIIP application proposing one site-specific, stand-alone facility project.  HIIP applicants must demonstrate how the alteration/renovation, and/or construction/expansion project will improve their capacity to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations. [1] Moveable equipment includes non-expendable items with a useful life of more than one year that are not permanently affixed and can be easily moved.   Examples include x-ray equipment, freezers, autoclaves, furniture, administrative equipment, (i.e., computers, servers, telephones, fax machines, copying machines, software)), and special purpose equipment used for medical activities (e.g., stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, scales, electronic thermometers).   Office supplies (e.g., paper, pencils, toner, etc.), medical supplies (e.g., syringes, blood tubes, plastic gloves, etc.), and educational supplies (e.g., pamphlets, educational videotapes, etc.) are not defined as moveable equipment and are unallowable.  [2] If a proposed facility expansion project also includes alteration/renovation to the existing structure, this falls under the construction project type.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-024cd62b9c2-973d-442f-948f-993fc1f8a7da4/27/2015 Due in 26 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/26/2015 Available in 34 days at 12:00 AM ETP06Ryan White Title III HIV Capacity Building and Pla Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.918 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development Program, which assists current Part C grantees in their efforts to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and to increase their capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for people living with HIV (PLWH). The FY 2015 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Part C Capacity Development program provides one-time funds to build local capacity of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C grantees to support a system-wide activity that addresses a gap in their local HIV Care Continuum. Grant funding under this program is not intended to support long-term activities.  Instead, the proposed activity should be of a short-term nature and should be completed by the end of the one-year project period for this funding opportunity. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for existing RWHAP Part C grantees only.  Applicants may submit proposals for one of the following categories; 1) HIV Care Innovation, or 2) Infrastructure Development to address the gaps and need for a comprehensive continuum of outpatient HIV primary care services.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-13891349861-3c0a-4776-b9d2-77dd77f46ed04/27/2015 Due in 26 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/24/2015 Available in 36 days at 12:00 AM ETH1MLicensure Portability Grant Program Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.211 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement False
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for the Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP). The primary purpose of the LPGP is to provide support for State professional licensing boards to carry out programs under which licensing boards of various States cooperate to develop and implement State laws and related policies that will reduce statutory and regulatory barriers to telemedicine.  The program is designed to leverage the experience of State licensing boards that have a strong record in implementing cross-border activities to overcome licensure barriers to the provision of telemedicine services across many States.  The program is designed to encourage recipients to gather information on best practices and identify and carry out strategies for sharing information on successful approaches on cross-state licensures related to telemedicine with other States, stakeholders, and the public.  Recipients under this program will provide information on emerging policy changes by licensure bodies that have relevance to telehealth.  Health care delivery patterns do not always conform uniformly with State boundaries, particularly in the delivery of telemedicine services (where care is provided at a distance from the patient).  Accordingly, there are often situations in which a provider in one State is delivering services to a patient in another State.  Clinical practice is regulated through State licensure bodies and providers are required to be licensed in the State in which the patient is located.  The challenge for stakeholders is how to balance ensuring the safety of patients within the existing licensure system in a manner that also takes into account the growing use of telehealth technology to improve access to care for needed services in an efficient manner.  Licensure portability is seen as one of the key elements among the wide range of strategies needed to improve access to quality health care services through the deployment of telehealth and other electronic practice services (e-care or e-health services) in this country.  However, licensure portability goes beyond improving the efficiency and effectiveness of electronic practice services.  Overcoming unnecessary licensure barriers to cross-State practice is seen as part of a general strategy to expedite the mobility of health professionals in order to address workforce needs and improve access to health care services, particularly in light of increasing shortages of health care professionals and increased demand for health care services.  It is also seen as a way of improving the efficiency of the licensing system in this country so that scarce resources may be better used in the disciplinary and enforcement activities of State boards, rather than in duplicative licensing processes. This competition seeks projects that will serve as national models for cooperative State action and which will have implications for a range of stakeholders.  This includes States working on addressing statutory and regulatory licensure barriers to cross-State practice of telemedicine for all the health professions, including projects that have demonstrated success in pioneering creative programs to address these issues.  It also includes a broader range of telehealth stakeholders and the general public who will benefit from the information gathered through this investment.
  • Eligibility Information Not Available
HRSA-15-113a65f44bb-f901-45f2-9098-1a9f0f0b78a34/28/2015 Due in 27 days at 11:59 PM ETN/A2/27/2015 Available in 33 days at 12:00 AM ETU69National Training and Technical Assistance Electronic submission of application is/will be available on Grants.Gov for this funding opportunity. Please select 'Apply in Grants.gov' link to register and apply. Refer to the guidance for more information93.914 Open
 
  • Cooperative Agreement True
  • Guidance Availablility Yes
  • Purpose This announcement solicits applications for a new project entitled “Strengthening and Improving the HIV Care Continuum within RWHAP Part A Jurisdictions.”  The purpose of this  technical assistance (TA) cooperative agreement (CA) is to: 1) affect positive outcomes along the HIV care continuum by providing guidance and technical assistance to Part A jurisdictions across the country using a collaborative learning approach and rapid improvement principles and practices; 2) apply data-driven, evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies for improving population-level HIV outcomes across Part A jurisdictions and their systems of care; and 3) scale-up interventions to improve HIV outcomes by stimulating action across jurisdictions and among many partners. It is anticipated that this TA CA will: provide a virtual platform, utilizing available technology, that facilitates the rapid exchange of information and ideas for participating jurisdictions; assist with methods to collect and understand the availability of relevant data and its utilization in tracking improvements along the HIV Care continuum; produce measurable improvements using the process of collaborative learning and rapid improvement principles and practices over 12-36 months among Part A jurisdictions across multiple measures in the HIV care continuum; increase leadership among health department/organizational staff and Part A grantee project directors, and synergy with planning body leadership, HIV service providers, and other public and private partners around evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to improve HIV care continuum outcomes; and create a unified message and collection of best practices based on the experiences of participating jurisdictions that can be adopted and amended by all jurisdictions to improve HIV-related outcomes. Six of the seven HHS HIV measures will be used as a framework to make a meaningful impact at a population level across all 53 Part A jurisdictions, with more significant change anticipated for those 10 jurisdictions of focus in year 02-03 (as depicted on page 2 that follows).
  • Eligibility Information Not Available

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