New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Public Health Services (DPHS)
08/16/18 2:00 PM ET
Grant of up to $70,000 per year to a New Hampshire individual, health care provider, nonprofit, corporation, or government agency to develop and execute wellness and nutrition programs in public schools and licensed childcare programs. Funding is intended to provide wellness consultation and implement strategies that will further the goals included in the 2015-2020 New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan in Licensed Child Care Programs and Public Schools.
The selected vendor will work with Department staff to identify and solicit interest from public schools and childcare centers to assess current wellness practices specific to the areas of nutrition and physical activity and to identify areas where they can improve nutrition and physical activity practices that can allow students and staff easier access to healthier foods and opportunities for physical activity.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), works in partnership with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NHCCC) to develop and implement the 2015-2020 New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, which includes a focus on creating equitable access to healthy environments.
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) was created in 2002 by a team of child obesity researchers at the University of Chapel Hill in association with colleagues in the Nutrition Services branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Conversations with early care and education providers, families, and experts in child health and education guided NAP SACC’s early development. The two (2) organizations utilized current research and national standards to develop a set of best practices and important actions that child care programs could take to shape children’s healthy eating and physical activity habits and then developed self-assessment, action planning and educational tools to help early care and education programs set goals and make improvements to their nutrition and physical activity practices. In 2014, the NAP SACC Program was expanded to include six (6) revised self-assessment tools and the revised program is now referred to as Go NAP SACC.
The selected vendor will work with Department staff to recruit participation in the Project from seven (7) licensed child care programs located in New Hampshire. The vendor will provide qualified staff to assist each of the selected child care programs in completing three (3) of the six (6) Go NAP SACC self-assessments in order to assess their current wellness practices. Child care programs and their community partners will then be required to use the assessment results to create improvements that they feel they can implement and sustain.
Schools play a critical role in promoting student health, preventing childhood obesity, and combating problems associated with poor nutrition and physical inactivity. In 2004, Congress passed the Child Nutrition and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act (Sec. 204 of Public Law 108-205). This act required by law that all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs create local school wellness policies by School Year 2006. The legislation places the responsibility of developing a wellness policy at the local level so the individual needs of each school district can be addressed.
In 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Sec. 204 of Public Law 111-296), and added new provisions for local school wellness policies related to implementation, evaluation and publicly reporting on progress of local school wellness policies. As of School Year 2006-2007, all districts were required to establish a local school wellness policy. For School Year 2013-2014, the USDA encouraged SAUs to continue reviewing and assessing their local wellness policies and implementing the new requirements. School Administrative Units are also now required to periodically measure and make available to the public an assessment on the implementation of their wellness policies. School Administrative Units must provide the following information to the public:
1. The extent to which their policies are in compliance;
2. The extent to which their policies compare to model policies; and
3. Description of the progress made in attaining the goals of their wellness policies.
For Licensed Child Care Programs in New Hampshire, the selected vendor will:
- Identify, recruit and engage seven (7) licensed child care programs that:
- Are in good standing with the New Hampshire Child Care Licensing Unit;
- Have an enrollment of at least two hundred fifty (250) children ages birth to five (5) years that agree to complete Go NAP SACC.
- Assist each of the seven (7) selected child care programs with completing the Child Nutrition, Breastfeeding & Infant Feeding, and the Infant & Child Physical Activity self-assessment tools provided by Go NAP SACC.
- Meet with each selected child care program in person to review the results of the three (3) self-assessments and help each program identify a total of at least three (3) areas in need of improvement that programs can achieve and sustain. Once the vendor has met with each program, provide DPHS with copies of their three (3) completed self-assessment forms.
- Work with each program, once they have selected their three (3) areas of improvement, to create a brief action plan that identifies the steps required and the completion dates for those steps that will lead to making the three (3) improvements. The action plan template will be provided by DPHS staff.
- Submit each program’s action plan to DPHS prior to March each year of the contract, beginning March, 2019, and assist each program to apply for a grant of no more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) to assist with offsetting the costs of implementing improvements. A grant application form will be provided by DPHS staff.
- Distribute the one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) implementation grants once each child care program’s implementation application has been approved by DPHS
-Provide a final report to the Department that includes, but is not limited to:
-The programs served;
- Number of children that attend those programs, and
-Details of the improvements made at each program, each year, on or before June 21st, beginning June 21, 2019.
- Complete an end-of-project evaluation call with Department staff prior to June 21st of each year, beginning June 21, 2019, to discuss any barriers, challenges, facilitators and successes that were experienced during the project period.
- Facilitate end-of-project evaluation calls with participating child care program staff prior to June 21st of each year, beginning June 21, 2019, to discuss any barriers, challenges, facilitators and successes that the child care programs have experienced over the project period.
For Public Schools in New Hampshire, the selected vendor will:
- Work with Department staff to identify five (5) New Hampshire public schools that take part in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and have an existing local school wellness committee to solicit interest in participating in a project to assess current school wellness policies and practices specific to the areas of nutrition and physical activity. The selected vendor must give preference to schools that have a Free and Reduced Lunch rate of 50% or greater.
- Recruit five (5) New Hampshire SAUs to have at least one (1) of their schools complete at least one (1) module of the 2017 School Health Index (SHI) for Elementary Schools or the 2017 School Health Index for Middle and High Schools, depending on the grades taught at each school. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete both the Nutrition Environment and Services Module and the Physical Education and Physical Activity Programs Module.
- Meet with each of the participating schools to review the results of their completed modules in order to help them identify a total of at least three (3) areas of improvement each school can achieve and sustain. Once the selected vendor has met with each school, provide the Department with copies of their completed SHI modules.
- Work with the each of the schools, once they have selected their three (3) areas for improvement, to create an action plan that identifies the steps required and the completion dates for those steps that will lead to making the three (3) improvements. The action plan template will be provided by the Department.
- Submit each program’s action plan to the Department prior to March 21, 2019 and then assist each school with applying for up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) to help with the implementation of their improvements. A grant application form will be provided by DPHS staff.
- Distribute grants in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000) to each Department approved implementation application.
Provide a final report to the Department by June 20th, 2019, that includes, but is not limited to:
- The SAUs served,
- Number of students that attend each of the selected schools; and
-Details each school’s improvements.
- Complete an end-of-project evaluation call with Department staff to discuss any barriers, challenges, facilitators and successes that were experienced during the project period.
- Facilitate end-of-project evaluation calls with participating schools’ staff to go over any barriers, challenges, facilitators and successes that were experienced during the project period.
GrantWatch ID#: 184127
The Department is anticipating awarding one (1) contract for both scopes of work.
Compensation & Contract Value:
For Licensed Child Care Programs in New Hampshire:
Funds for these services are anticipated to be available statewide in the amount of $40,000 each State Fiscal Year, and are 100% Federal Funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CFDA #93.898.
For Public Schools in New Hampshire:
Funds for these services are anticipated to be available statewide in the amount of $30,000 each State Fiscal Year, and are 100% Federal Funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CFDA #93.898.
The combined funding for both projects (Licensed Child Care Programs in New Hampshire and Public Schools in New Hampshire) shall not exceed $280,000 or $70,000 per State Fiscal Year.
The resulting contract from this RFA will be effective on the date of Governor and Executive Council approval, through June 30, 2022.
The Department reserves the right to extend services for up to two (2) additional years contingent on satisfactory vendor performance, continued availability of funding, written agreement of the parties and approval by the Governor and Executive Council.
A bid award, in the form of a Purchase Order or Contract will only be awarded to a vendor who is currently registered to do business and is in good standing with the State of New Hampshire.
Type of Business:
- C Corporation
- S Corporation
- C LLC
- S LLC
- Estate or Trust
- Partnership LLC
- Health Care Provider
- Legal Services
Timetable - All times are according to Eastern Time. DHHS reserves the right to modify these dates at its sole discretion.
1. RFA Release Date: July 19, 2018
2. Vendor RFA Questions due to DHHS July 31, 2018
3. DHHS Responses to Questions Targeted Post Date: August 6, 2018
4. Application Submission Deadline: August 16, 2018, By 2:00 PM
Note: Electronic submissions (such as fax or email) of applications will not be accepted.
Becoming a registered vendor: https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/vendor.asp
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Online vendor registration: https://das.nh.gov/purchasing/vendorregistration
Applications must be submitted to the Procurement Coordinator:
State of New Hampshire
Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Contracts & Procurement
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-9780
USA: New Hampshire