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Healthy Neighborhoods Preventive (HNP) Health Cornerstones - Reissue

Contracts for Services to New York Health Departments
to Mitigate Environmental Health Hazards in the Home

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New York State Department of Health (DOH) - Division of Environmental Health Protection - Center for Environmental Health

Deadline Date:

09/13/19 4:00 PM


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Contracts for services to New York county and city health departments to reduce home-based environmental health hazards. Funding is intended to address public health issues in order to create a healthier environment for New York citizens. Targeted public health issues include indoor air pollution that exacerbate asthma, water damage, rodents and pests, fire safety, and lead testing for children.

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) is designed to provide preventive environmental health services to targeted geographic areas. These areas sometimes include environmental justice communities and are usually home to at-risk populations including low-income and often minority families, living in homes and neighborhoods with a disproportionate number of residential hazards. The funds will provide the resources needed to address significant public health issues in targeted areas to provide a healthier home environment for the citizens of New York State. Improving home environments is a cornerstone for improving public health and builds the foundation for healthier generations to come. To address the environmental health needs in these neighborhoods, the grant funds are to be used to implement a HNP, with emphasis on reducing residential injuries, childhood lead poisoning, hospitalizations due to asthma, and exposure to indoor air pollutants.

Local health departments will be provided with resources to carry out activities associated with the program and to address the following problems/issues in their targeted communities:
- Food and harborage for cockroaches will be reduced.
- More homes will be mitigated for radon.
- More homes will be tested for Carbon Monoxide (CO).
- Moisture problems and water intrusion will be corrected by working with landlords and code enforcement.
- More persons will take the Smoke Free Home Pledge.
- Rodent infestations will be reduced.
- Persons with asthma will know how to control their asthma triggers.
- More persons with asthma will have an Asthma Management Plan.
- More persons who use daily asthma medication will use a peak flow meter.
- More tenants will use covered, pest proof garbage cans.
- More homes will have adequate, working smoke detectors.
- More homes will get their furnace serviced by working with landlords.
- Residents will become more knowledgeable about the availability of Substance Abuse Services.
- More residents will have a fire exit plan.
- More chimneys will have a visual inspection, from street level, for holes and loose mortar.
- More residents will know about “Stop, Drop and Roll” in case their clothes catch fire.
- More vacant buildings will be boarded up by working with Code Enforcement.
- More homes will have a room by room assessment.
- More children will be tested for lead.
- More homes will have intact paint by working with landlords and Code Enforcement.
- Tenants will be educated about the control of bed bugs if the issue comes up.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137736

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Number of Grants:

15 - 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each contract will be funded at a maximum award of $275,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Contracts will be issued for a five-year cycle (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2025) with annual budgets and workplans required.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the criteria below to be deemed eligible to submit an application in response to this RFA:
1. Only full-service county and city health departments with qualified environmental health staff are eligible to apply.
2. Applicants must demonstrate a need for HNP in one or more specific geographic areas where funds will be targeted to improve environmental health of residents and promote healthy housing initiatives.
3. Applicants must agree to use the existing tablet-based HNP data management system.
4. Applications must describe the ability to coordinate with other local government agencies and groups within the municipality. The involvement of the Healthy Neighborhoods awardee with at least three other community, government or faith-based organizations in the development and implementation of this project is a requirement of all applicants.

Preferred Qualifications
a. Applicants that identify one or more geographic target areas that include high numbers of families or individuals living in poverty and neighborhoods with a disproportionate number of residential health hazards. The physical environments of these target populations are generally characterized by neighborhoods with deteriorated and substandard housing, lead paint hazards, pest infestations, garbage/refuse complaints, inadequate heat or heat producing equipment, high incidence of asthma, and incidence of residential fires. Applications should provide data supporting the presence of these populations and environments to substantiate this preferred qualification. Census data may be used to illustrate the presence of high risk populations.
b. Applicants that identify a medical support network in the community. Include as an upload a list of any facilities that will be part of the medical support network and include a short description of the proposed partnership.
c. Applicants that demonstrate a strong commitment to partner with a local housing code enforcement agency as one of the three required HNP partners. Details of proposed partnership should be provided and uploaded at the appropriate Program Specific Question.
d. Applicants that propose to operate the HNP completely and do not plan to subcontract any part of the HNP.

Pre-Application Information:

All substantive questions must be submitted via email bu July 30, 2019. Questions and answers will be posted on or about August 13, 2019.

Applications are due September 13, 2019 by 4:00 PM.

All applications must be submitted via Grants Gateway. Once the application is complete, prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time. This will allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All substantive questions must be submitted via email to:

Rachel Cates
Center for Environmental Health
New York State Department of Health
ESP, Corning Tower – Room 1629
Albany, New York 12237

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