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Community HIV Prevention Program

Grants to Mississippi Organizations
for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Services

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Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) - STD/HIV Office

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11/09/18 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi organizations to provide services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as those at high risk for becoming infected. Funding is intended to support comprehensive and community-based services for HIV prevention in designated high-risk jurisdictions.

Priority consideration will be given to organizations with the capacity to deliver services as specified within this RFP in geographic areas that have the highest number of HIV prevalent cases (based on MSDH surveillance data for persons diagnosed and living with HIV at the end of CY 2017) and HIV incident cases (HIV infections newly diagnosed and reported to MSDH within the two calendar years of 2016-2017). Consideration will be given to CBOs that meet the qualifications and specifications as indicated in this RFP.

Eligible High Risk Jurisdictions:

This RFP will support efforts to prevent HIV infection for populations disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS as per epidemiologic and social determinants. Each year, the Mississippi State Department of Health reviews epidemiological data and determines the target prioritized populations and geographical counties for HIV prevention. High Risk Jurisdictions for CY 2017 are listed below. All written proposals must clearly identify the prioritized target counties and the prioritized high-risk populations within those counties that will receive the core intervention(s) and demonstrate the organization’s existing ability to provide effective organized prevention outreach for the chosen jurisdiction(s).

CY 2017 Prioritized Target Counties by Public Health Region:
- Northern Public Health Region: Coahoma, Tunica, Leflore, Desoto and Tallahatchie
- Central Public Health Region: Washington, Lauderdale, Warren, Claiborne, and Choctaw
- Southern Public Health Region: Forrest, Jackson, Jones, Jefferson, and Harrison
- Jackson MSA: Hinds, Rankin, Madison, Copiah, and Simpson

CY 2017 Prioritized Target High Risk Populations:
1. Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
2. African American Males (ages 13-44)
3. African American Men who have Sex with Men (ages 13-44)
4. Jackson MSA African American Men (ages 20-29)
5. African American Females (ages 13-44)
6. Caucasian Men who have Sex with Men (ages 25-64)
7. Substance Users
8. Hispanics
9. Correctional Facilities and Detention Centers

2017 Prioritized Target Populations:
- Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
- African American Males (ages 13-44)
- African American MSM
- African American Females (ages 13-44)
- Caucasian MSM
- Injecting Drug Users
- Hispanics

Scope of Grant Proposal:

It is the intent of the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), to accept grant proposals to provide comprehensive community-based HIV prevention to persons at high-risk for becoming infected with HIV and for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The sub-recipients shall use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds, administered by MSDH, to provide services to eligible persons in the same or substantially same manner as detailed in MSDH’s grant proposal to the CDC and as identified and listed in the Mississippi Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan 2017 – 2021.

Additionally, conditional upon the specific interventions that are in the proposal, the applicant must provide:

Targeted HIV Rapid Testing:

HIV testing is the use of diagnostic tests designed to determine the serostatus of individuals. HIV screening is the testing of all people within a given population or location. Research indicates that risk behavior is reduced once a person knows his or her status. HIV testing also offers the opportunity to provide counseling and referral to others services to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals. Routine HIV screening is designed to reach all individuals within a given population who present at a venue where HIV testing is available, e.g., hospital emergency departments, health department STD clinics, and labor and delivery departments. The MSDH presently employs sub-grant agreements with healthcare facilities to expand routine HIV testing activities beyond the local health department clinics. This funding may not be used to conduct routine HIV screening in healthcare settings.

For Targeted HIV testing applicant must:
1. Have a minimum of at least a three-year documented history (within the past three calendar years) of providing HIV testing services to one or more of Mississippi’s priority populations.
2. Have at least an annual average of one percent (1%) documented HIV positivity rate within the applicant’s HIV testing program in the three-year period noted in number 1 above.
3. For Jackson MSA Applicants: Have at least three (3) consecutive years documented history (within the past three calendar years) of annually providing targeted HIV testing services to at least 200 MSM, with greater than 50% of the MSM testing services being provided to African American MSM (AAMSM).
4. Have at least two paid staff with current HIV testing credentials (certificates, etc.).
5. Have current documentation of a CLIA waiver for conducting HIV testing.
6. Have documentation of a quality assurance protocol and service procedures manual for HIV testing.
7. Provide documentation of collaborating with the local health department(s), specifically in regards to conducting HIV Testing and Linkage Services.
8. Describe how targeted HIV counseling, testing, and referral for services will be conducted for prioritized jurisdictions.
9. Describe how your organization will deliver all services in a manner consistent with current CDC and MSDH policy guidelines and recommendations. For example, the applicant must describe how the testing will comply with universal and biohazard safety precautions.
10. Describe how your organization will work with gatekeepers to gain access to targeted settings and venues.
11. Demonstrate how 2% rate of newly identified positive test will be achieved.
12. Describe test results reporting methods. Also, describe the use of test technologies (e.g., rapid tests) and recruitment strategies (e.g., use of incentives) that will maximize the proportion of persons that receive their test results.
13. Plan activities that encourage support for MSDH Partner Services and strive for Service Integration where feasible.


The goal of the CDC-funded Cooperative Agreements is to provide highly effective, cost-efficient HIV prevention services to prioritized high-risk populations. Highly Effective Behavioral Interventions Proposals may be submitted to support community-level interventions, group-level, or individual-level interventions that use the appropriate science-based behavioral interventions for prioritized jurisdictions (populations and counties).

The proposal must demonstrate how the organization will achieve the required behavioral interventions to proposed number of high-risk individuals in the chosen target population and/or geographical jurisdiction.

Please note that this outcome requires that enrollees complete the behavioral intervention training. The proposal must demonstrate how the organization will retain participants in the selected training program(s) in order to complete training for all participants that enroll.

Condom Distribution:

For Condom Distribution, applicant must:
1. Describe how condom purchases will comply with all state and federal procurement policies and laws.
2. Ensure that condom purchases must conform to CDC requirements for effective barriers to prevent the spread of HIV infection. For example, lambskin condoms may not be purchased using these funds. Only clinically effective latex alternatives for condoms for latex allergic individuals may be purchased.
3. Describe how the organization will prioritize and coordinate condom distribution to target HIV-positive persons and person at highest risk of acquiring HIV infection. Describe how your organization will distribute condoms and provide instruction on the correct and consistent use of condoms to high-risk targeted jurisdictions.

MSDH will not consider any proposal for condom distribution only.

Linkage and referral (including PrEP/PEP if applicable):

For Linkage and referral (including PrEP/PEP), applicant must:
1. In your HIV testing and linkage program, describe the method(s) by which persons with negative results are linked or referred for PrEP/PEP and other appropriate services.
2. Describe how you will track persons referred for PrEP/PEP. How will staff determine if individuals referred to a PrEP/PEP program kept first appointment (documentation will be required if awarded)?

Community Outreach and Education:

For Community Outreach and Education, applicant must:
1. Describe how target populations will receive information about services offered.
2. Describe your agency’s history and ability to plan, implement, hold a community based event.

Include the following:
- Linkage to care outreach
- HIV prevention education and awareness
- Target specific organizations such as (house communities, fraternal or sorority organizations, college and/or youth organizations).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182725

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated amount of award in each service area is as follows:
- Northern Public Health Region: $125,000
- Central Public Health Region (not including Jackson MSA): $96,950
- Jackson MSA: $154,200
- Southern Public Health Region: $123,850

These are estimates only. Funding for the applicants is dependent upon MSDH receipt of federal funds.

Term of Contract:

The grant will begin January 1, 2019 and end December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations which are eligible to apply for funds must have a minimum of at least a three (3) year documented history (within the past three (3) years) of providing services to persons at high-risk for becoming infected with HIV and/or persons living with HIV/AIDS, and have the documented infrastructure capacity to operate on a cost reimbursement basis.

The applicant must have the documented organizational fiscal stability to maintain its agency’s core services without the prevention funds provided in this grant. The applicant must provide a strong rationale for funding based on a sustained and documented history of providing the specific services for which funds are being requested in this RFP.

Funds may not be used to provide direct patient medical care, e.g., ongoing medical management and provision of medications. Unspent funds cannot be carried over at the end of a budget year (the end of each calendar year of operation).

Unallowable expenses are:
a. Research.
b. Clinical or direct patient medical care.
c. Medications or treatment vaccines.
d. Substance abuse treatment.
e. Legal services.
f. Psychiatry services.
g. Laboratory services (note: all blood samples for HIV confirmatory testing must be sent to the MSDH Public Health Laboratory).
h. Improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make improvements to any building.
i. Pay for automobile parts, repairs, or maintenance
j. Make cash payments to recipients of services.
k. Purchase HIV-related educational materials, pictorials, audio visuals, questionnaires, or survey instruments without prior approval by the MSDH Panel Review Committee. HIV related educational materials must be submitted to the Panel Review Committee for review prior to the purchase of these items.

Pre-Application Information:

- Invitation for RFP: September 27, 2018
- Questions and Requests for clarification: October 19, 2018
- Answers Posted by MSDH: October 26, 2018
- Submission Deadline RFP: November 9, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST
- Notice of Award: November 19, 2018
- Sub-grants Begin (Anticipated): January 1, 2019

Questions will be accepted until 5:00 PM CST, October 19, 2018. All questions must be submitted via email to Belinda Havard. Responses will be posted by October 26, 2018 by 5:00 PM CST.

Final selection of all successful applicants is anticipated to be made and notifications released on or before November 19, 2018. Final Sub-grant Agreements will be executed to be effective when signed by the applicant and MSDH.

Contact Information:

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

Submit questions to:
Belinda Havard

Proposals should be mailed to:

Community HIV Prevention
STD/HIV Office
Mississippi State Department of Health
Osborne Building - 3rd floor
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, MS 39215-1700

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP Number: RFP5-2019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi