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Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program

Grants to USA Public Health Schools, Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Tribes to Strengthen the Public Health Workforce

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Nursing and Public Health

Conf. Date:

12/07/17

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories schools of public health, nonprofits and public agencies providing public health training, faith- and community-based organizations, and tribes to strengthen the public health workforce. Applicants are advised that registrations required to apply may take up to one month to complete.

The purpose of this program is to increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce, enhance the quality of this workforce, and improve the ability of the workforce to meet national, state, and local health care needs. This program aims to strengthen the public health workforce through tailored training and technical assistance involving collaborative, community-based projects involving state and local health departments, primary care providers, and related organizations (to include non- traditional partners) to help them work together to address critical local public health needs.

Although the Regional Public Health Training Centers are intended to build the capacity of the public health workforce, recipients are well-positioned to address the clinical priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity.

Program Purpose:

The Regional PHTC Program seeks to increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce, enhance the quality of this workforce, and improve the ability of this workforce to meet national, state, and local health care needs. Specifically this program aims to strengthen the public health workforce through tailored training and technical assistance involving collaborative, community-based projects.

Training curricula will provide skill-based, interactive instruction and quality education using multiple modalities (i.e., synchronous, asynchronous, distance-based, bi-directional video), underscoring the following eight cross-cutting core public health competency domains in the primary areas of (1) systems thinking, (2) change management, and (3) persuasive communication; and secondary areas of (4) data analytics, (5) problem solving, (6) training a “health work force [sic] that reflects and responds to the cultural diversity of populations served” as supported by section 766(b)(1),1 (7) resource management, and (8) policy engagement.

Each PHTC must develop trainings in the three primary areas and may develop trainings in the secondary areas and beyond based on the results from local health needs assessments. Among the local health needs, recipients are encouraged to consider addressing the clinical priorities of the HHS including mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity. Moreover, the program aims to establish and enhance collaborative partnerships among state and local health departments, primary care providers, and related organizations (to include non- traditional partners) as they work together to address critical local public health needs.

Program Requirements:

Regional PHTCs are required to fulfill the following statutory requirements:

1. Designate a geographic area or medically underserved population to be served by the Center, located apart from the teaching facility of the school that is participating in the program with this Center;

2. Involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities to better address issues related to the social determinants of health;

3. Assess the health personnel needs of the area to be served by the center by assessing the real-time public health issues, health personnel needs, and training gaps of the area to be served by the Center and assist in the planning and development of training programs to meet these needs. Again, applicants are encouraged to consider addressing the clinical priorities of HHS including mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity; and

4. Establish or strengthen field placements for students at public or nonprofit health agencies or organizations, including hospitals, community-based health care facilities, and non-traditional health care settings.

The Regional PHTC Program will comprise a national program that serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. Each Regional PHTC will encompass a defined service area to include one of the regions identified in of this NOFO. HRSA will fund up to 10 PHTCs—no more than one in each HHS region—to ensure that the United States and its territories and jurisdictions have access to public health workforce education and training. You must select no more than one region to support in your application and you must agree to support the public health workforce education and training needs across the entire region for the full 4-year period of performance.

Funding Preference:

This funding opportunity includes a preference for any applicant that is a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school of public health. If you are seeking to obtain the funding preference, please clearly indicate in the Project Abstract that you wish to apply.

Background:

This program is authorized by Section 766 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 295a).

Public health professionals work in a rapidly changing health care environment where public health roles and activities are being revised and refined. These forces and events are challenging the skills and abilities of the public health professionals currently employed in state, tribal, and local public health agencies. To deliver essential, quality and integrative services, professionals will need to develop a “broader set of skills and knowledge”.

Despite improvements in public health workforce development and training, gaps in competency and training persist. Based on a recent analysis, the most critical competency gaps and training opportunities are policy analysis and development, business and financial management, systems thinking and social determinants of health, evidence-based public health practice, and collaborating with and engaging diverse communities. Reports indicate that using technology to develop innovative collaborative learning experiences can lead to improvements in knowledge and skills, and enhance a sense of community in learning. There is an “urgent need to equip the people currently working in state public health programs and those who will be entering public health with the knowledge and skills necessary” to promote public health programs.

Since 1999, the Regional Public Health Training Centers Program funding has supported ongoing professional development and training for public health workers to ensure they are prepared to handle evolving public health needs in communities, their skills are kept up-to-date, and they have opportunities for career advancement. Revised for FY 2018, the current program moves away from the establishment of Local Performance Sites (LPS), and allows the PHTCs to develop Community Based Training (CBT) Partnerships (for definition see Other Information Section) and improve training by working more closely with regional partners to better assess overall community health needs, workforce trainings needs, and develop more comprehensive and robust trainings that best serve the workforce in accomplishing their job duties and serving the community.

New and innovative ways to provide training and education are needed. Although much of this work is incumbent upon health department leadership to establish a culture of learning and encourage continuing education and training opportunities, PHTCs have a pivotal role in training the current and future workforce through pioneering new training content and delivery methods through the strategic CBT Partnerships.

Student Eligibility:

Stipends are only available for:

-Graduate and doctoral students pursuing a degree in a health profession (including psychology, sociology and social work); undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled in a health profession degree program (e.g., public health, psychology, sociology, and social work) may
be considered.

-U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals holding a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.

Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive federal funding under this NOFO.

In the event that a student terminates his or her participation from the program prior to the specified end date, the stipend must be prorated according to the amount of time spent in training, and the award recipient must contact HRSA to discuss options for the remaining stipend funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182513

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$9,100,000

Number of Grants:

Funding is expected to be available annually to fund approximately 10 recipients.

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request funding at no more than at no more than $780,000 to $1,105,000 per year, depending on the region served (inclusive of direct and indirect costs).

Award Ceiling Allocation Table:

-Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: $940,000

-Region 2: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands: $780,000

-Region 3: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: $940,000

-Region 4: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: $1,105,000

-Region 5: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: $940,000

-Region 6: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: $865,000

-Region 7: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: $780,000

-Region 8: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: $940,000

-Region 9: Arizona,California, Hawaii,Nevada,American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam: $1,030,000

-Region 10: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: $780,000

Student Stipend:
At least 10 percent of the award recipient’s overall requested budget (direct and indirect costs) must be used for stipend support, according to the following guidelines: $3,500 per student; and the minimum number of students involved in field placements must be no less than 15 students per region.

Technical Assistance Support:
Recipients must provide a formal plan to establish and implement a formal arrangement with an organization/s able to: (1) train and provide technical assistance with regards to marketing and communication assistance, technical writing, data analysis, instructional design consultation, web design, learning management system design and management, etc., and (2) attend and participate in activities such as HRSA and related stakeholder meetings, learning collaboratives, webinars, and other grant-related activities. Allocation to support this activity should be no less than $75,000 of the grant recipient’s total requested budget per year. Details of this allocation must be included in the proposed line item budget and budget justification.

Community Based Training Partnership/s Support:
A CBT Partnership/s may be infused with funding up to $25,000 per funding year to support activities and operations.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2022 (4 years).

Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Regional PHTC Program 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:

Eligible applicants include an accredited school of public health, or another public or nonprofit private entity accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in public health. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

In addition to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply.

Tribes and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

Foreign entities are not eligible for this HRSA award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance webinar has been scheduled to help you understand, prepare, and submit an application for this NOFO.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET.

Pre-Application Information:

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

The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298666

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 7, 2017 webinar:
-Call-In Number: 1-888-324-9557
-Participant Code: 9872141
-Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/fy18_phtc_nofo/
-Playback Number: 1-866-351-5759

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

David K. Treer, Grants Management Specialist
Health Professions Branch
Division of Grants Management Operations
OFAM Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-0563
Email: dtreer@hrsa.gov

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

Michael L. Jenkins, Jr., MPH, CHES Social Scientist
Division of Nursing and Public Health
Attn: Regional PHTC Program BHW, HRSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N-94D
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-1057
Email: RegionalPHTCNOFO@hrsa.gov

CFDA Number:

93.516

Funding or Pin Number:

HRSA-18-017

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)