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Interventions to Reduce Childhood Injuries and Death

Children’s Safety Network Program

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health

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01/16/18 11:59 PM ET


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Grant to a USA public or private agency to reduce serious and fatal injuries among children, youth, and infants nationwide. Applicants are advised that the required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The selected agency will support collaborative improvements among Title V agencies working to address child safety, including sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) and bullying.

The purpose of this program is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and youth by supporting collaborative improvement among Title V agencies working to address child safety, including sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) and bullying. The program will accomplish this through two components: (1) providing capacity building services to Title V agencies in implementing effective child safety interventions in priority topic areas that are responsive to common state performance measures identified in the Title V State Action Plans; and (2) maintaining a coalition of national, state, and local agencies and other key stakeholders that support improvements in the adoption of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. For the purposes of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), the term child safety applies to children ages 0-19 years nationally, and includes reductions in injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits; SUID; and bullying. CSN will serve as the principal technical assistance provider to Title V agencies in their improvement efforts to address injury-related National Performance Measures (NPMs) pertaining to injury hospitalization (NPM 7), safe sleep behaviors (NPM 5), and bullying prevalence (NPM 9).

Injuries and violence can occur through a variety of mechanisms and settings, resulting in some populations being at greater risk for different types of injuries. In the complex context of childhood development, family systems, communities, and child-serving organizations, the professionals working in violence and injury prevention face numerous challenges. The cross-cutting nature of injury prevention makes it very difficult to remain abreast of the latest evidence. Although injuries and violence remain the top causes of death and hospitalization for children, some states do not have an injury and violence prevention program and in many other states, it is decentralized.

The incumbent plays a critical role in building the core competencies of state IVP programs, including but not limited to use of data; the design, implementation, and evaluation of IVP activities; and the dissemination of IVP-related information. CSN will work directly with Title V agencies to build their capacity in these core competencies. CSN will also work nationally through a coalition of national, state, and local agencies and other key stakeholders to expand the reach of child safety evidence, as well as to connect Title V agencies to subject matter experts and to key stakeholder groups and their networks (see Component 2).

Objectives for CSN include the following. By 2023, there will be:
-Reductions in injury-related deaths, hospitalizations, and ED visits by 100,000 nationally, using National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).3,4,5
-For states participating in collaborative learning cyber-teams (see Component 1, Working with Collaborative Learning Cyber-teams):
-At least 25 Title V agencies demonstrate knowledge and application of quality improvement to child safety.
-At least 15 Title V agencies demonstrate improvement toward the shared aim through plan-do-study-act (PDSA) or other improvement monitoring processes.
-A 30 percent increase in the dissemination of technical assistance resources (e.g., number of downloads, subscribers, followers).
-A 50 percent increase in the number of states/jurisdictions that apply CSN technical assistance resources in identifying and implementing evidence-based injury prevention strategies.

Program Activities:

CSN will serve as the principal technical assistance provider to Title V agencies to support their improvement efforts to address child safety-related NPMs by bridging the gap between evidence and practice through two components:

1. Capacity building around child safety promotion, injury prevention (including SUID), and violence prevention (including bullying) based on the best available evidence, following a public health approach (see page 3), that is guided by an evidence-based program improvement model or framework; and

2. A national coalition of representatives from key stake holders at thenational, state, and local levels, and in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, that raises national awareness of child safety and its impact, provides expert guidance to Title V agencies, and aligns with other national initiatives, such as the Core State Injury and Violence Prevention Programs supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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GrantWatch ID#: 149958

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Estimated number of awards: Up to 1 cooperative agreement

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $1,000,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities, and administrative costs) per year.

Term of Contract:

The project period is June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2023 (5 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance for this purpose in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant for funding in this competition is any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b). Faith-based and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for these funds.

Pre-proposal Conference:

MCHB invites applications to attend the technical assistance webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET.

The archive of the recording of this webinar will be available at:

Pre-Application Information:

Ensure that your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete.

HRSA requires you to apply electronically through

The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 16, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

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Contact Information:

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

To attend the December 6 webinar:
-Call-In Number: 1-877-638-1255
-Participant Code: 85676413

You may request additional information regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Sarah Morgan, Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations
OFAM Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10N23
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-4584
Fax: (301) 443-5461

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Pamella Vodicka
CAPT, US Public Health Service
Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health
Attn: Children’s Safety Network Program
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18N44
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2753

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