State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health

To facilitate the improvement of minority health and eliminate health disparities (adult/child immunization, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, HIV, infant mortality, and mental health) through the development of partnerships with state and territorial offices of minority health and
tribal governments.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: State Partnership Initiative $4,150,105.

Fiscal Year 2017: State Partnership Initiative $4,150,105.

Fiscal Year 2018: State Partnership Initiative $4,150,105.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - None.

Program Management Contact: Office of Minority Health, Division of Program Operations, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-2882.

Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Telephone: (240) 453-8822.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to support the development and implementation of minority-targeted strategies which will facilitate improvement in minority health and address health disparities and gaps.

Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care treatment, for construction, or to supplant ongoing project activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any state, which includes the District of Columbia, any commonwealth possession, or other territory of the United States.

If the applicant is a state, the application must include the state office of minority health/healthy equity (or other state entity with similar function) and the state health agency as partners.

Any Federally-recognized or State-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal government or consortium or council.

If applicant is a tribe, the application must include a tribal government, consortium or council and an affiliated health agency/ office as partners.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Targeted populations: Alaskan Natives; American Indians; Asians; Blacks/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinos; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; or subgroups of these populations. However, services may not be denied to any individual on the basis of race or ethnicity.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation that verifies official status as an established state office of minority health/health equity (or other similar entity); and eligible tribes? status as a Federally-recognized tribe will be verified through the list published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which may be found at http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/webteam/documents/document/idc1-029026-pdf. Tribes whose status is a State-recognized tribe must include a letter of recognition from their state. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMH Circular No. A-110. Application kits for this Program may be obtained by accessing Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov. Applications are screened upon receipt for completeness, responsiveness and conformance to the program announcement. Those applications judged to be unacceptable based on this initial screening will be returned. Applications may only be submitted electronically via the electronic submission mechanisms specified in the program announcement. Any applications submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted. Information about Grants.gov system is available on the Grants.gov Web Site.

Award Procedures

Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health will make a final decision on funding projects and a notice of award will be issued.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title XVII, Section 1707 (e)(1), 42 U.S.C. 300u et seq., Title 17, Section 1707, 42 U.S.C 300u et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Approximately 90 to 120 days from the application deadline date.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

From 90 to 120 days. 180 Days. The grant will have a 5-year project period with 12-month budget periods.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants can have a project period not to exceed 5 years, with 12 month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding payment procedure will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress reports are required quarterly,.

Grantees are required to submit Quarterly Federal Financial Reports through Payment Management Services.

Progress reports are required quarterly.

Federal Financial Reports SF425 are due quarterly and a final Federal Financial Report is due 90 days following the end of the project period and must be submitted through GrantSolutions.

Grantees are required to submit program performance reports as specified in the funding opportunity announcement.

A final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,150,105; FY 17 est $4,150,105; and FY 18 est $4,150,105 - State Partnership Initiative to Address Health Disparities.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range from $175,000 to $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Specific program requirements are contained in the application instructions found on www.grants.gov, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Program Management Contact: Office of Minority Health, Division of Program Operations, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2882. Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8822.

Headquarters Office

Eric C. West, Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: eric.west@hhs.gov Phone: (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Complete review criteria are published on Grants.gov or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: (1) consistency of project?s objectives relevant to the program purpose and the federal Office of Minority Health?s mission; (2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; (3) strength of proposed grantee organization?s management capability; (4) adequacy of qualifications and experience of proposed personnel; and (5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.



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