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Grant to a USA Non-Profit, Agency, Other for Care Programs for Babies with Hearing Deficits

National Technical Resource Center for Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention

GrantWatch ID# 147552
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration
CFDA Number: 93.251
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-15-085
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Important Dates
Deadline: 11/10/14 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
A grant to a USA non-profit, public agency, or other organization for a health care program that facilitates follow up re-screenings, referrals, and interventions for infants who have hearing deficits. The grantee will work with State agencies to provide training programs and technical assistance to improve the rate at which these babies receive proper screening follow-up and interventions after discharge from the newborn nursery.

Specifically, the focus of the Center will be to provide to state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs training and technical assistance for planning, policy development, implementing innovations and quality improvement methodology to reduce their loss to follow-up rate/loss to documentation (LTF/D), i.e. the number of infants who do not receive timely and appropriate screening follow-up and coordinated interventions.

The goals of the Center are to: (1) improve the performance of state EHDI programs in decreasing the loss to follow-up rates by 5% per year, especially in rural and underserved communities; and (2) increase to 100% the number of state EHDI programs that have incorporated quality improvement methodology and processes into their operations.

The goals will be addressed through the following strategies:

• Forming a multidisciplinary project advisory group to include family representatives, members of medically underserved populations, pediatric health professionals, audiologists, public health representatives, evaluators, quality improvement and telehealth experts;

• Identifying and exploring innovative and promising practices. Examples include the linkage of newborns to family-centered medical homes (FCMH), the coordination between FCMH and early intervention programs, the linkage to home visiting programs, and the use of telehealth/teleinterventions for improving access to screening follow-up services, including diagnosis and interventions;

• Developing and implementing a dissemination and diffusion of innovations plan that includes the following: the target population, goals, improvements, culturally and linguistically competent tools, measures, methods and channels to be used for communication with opinion leaders, peers, stakeholders, and other key audiences;

• Providing technical assistance to state EHDI programs both individually and through learning communities, regarding workforce solutions, policy and finance approaches for sustaining their programs, and integration of their efforts with other state early childhood and health promotion (i.e., medical home approach) efforts; and

• Working cooperatively and collaboratively with Federal and non-Federal programs function, including American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Head Start Bureau at the Administration for Children and Families, National Institute of Health, the Department of Education’s IDEA Part C Early Intervention programs, and other pertinent organizations related to the implementation of sustainable EHDI programs.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Domestic public or private and non-profit entities
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Pre-Application Information
Funding will be provided in the form of a cooperative agreement. A cooperative agreement, as opposed to a grant, is an award instrument of financial assistance where substantial involvement is anticipated between HRSA and the recipient during performance of the contemplated project.

In addition to the usual monitoring and technical assistance provided under the cooperative agreement, HRSA Program responsibilities shall include:
• Provision of services of experienced Federal personnel as participants in the planning and development in all phases of this activity;
• Participation, as appropriate, in meetings conducted during the period of the cooperative agreement;
• Ongoing review of all activities and procedures to be established and implemented for accomplishing the scope of work;
• Participation in the preparation of project information prior to dissemination; and
• Assistance and referral with the establishment of contacts with Federal and State agencies, MCHB grant projects, and other contacts that may be relevant to the project's mission.

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $1,200,000 per year

Term of Contract
April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2020

Contact Information
For additional information regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Tonya Randall, Grants Management Specialist
Telephone: (301) 594-4259
Fax: (301) 594-4073

For additional information related to the overall program issues and/or technical assistance:
Irene Forsman, MS, RN
Director, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention
Telephone: (301) 443-9023
Fax: (301) 594-0186

For assistance when working online to submit application forms electronically: Contact Center
1-800-518-4726 (International Callers, please dial 606-545-5035)
Contact 24 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding Federal holidays.

Applicants should always obtain a case number when calling for support.

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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