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Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE)

Contracts for Services to Iowa Nonprofits and Agencies for
Public Health Education Related to Risk Avoidance in Youth

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Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention

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05/09/19 4:00 PM Local Iowa Time


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Contracts for services to Iowa nonprofit, private, and government organizations in eligible counties for public health education related to risk avoidance in youth. Funding is intended to advance health equity by utilizing a positive youth development method, which is particularly beneficial for underserved and vulnerable youth. Successful applicants must include PYD strategies to help participants build healthy life skills and protective factors that mitigate the impact of past and future negative factors, empower participants to make healthy decisions, provide tools and resources to prevent pregnancy and STIs, and prevent youth engagement in other risky behaviors.

The 16 counties that are eligible to receive Sexual Risk Avoidance Education services are Boone, Clinton, Crawford, Des Moines, Emmet, Greene, Marshall, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, Story, Wapello, Webster, and Woodbury. A minimum number of 30 participants must be served per county. An applicant can apply to deliver services in up to two counties.

SRAE supports funding to provide education to youth that normalizes the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity. The program is designed to teach youth personal responsibility, self-regulation, goal setting, healthy decision-making, a focus on the future, and the prevention of youth risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol usage without normalizing teen sexual activity. Iowa’s overarching goals of the SRAE program are to:
Goal 1 : Delay initiation of sexual activity and reduce the rate of pregnancy, birth and STIs, including HIV/AIDS, to vulnerable youth populations ages 10-19.
Goal 2: Support and empower Iowa youth to have healthy relationships, make healthy decisions and positive life choices as they transition into adulthood.
Goal 3 : Increase capacity and infrastructure at the state and community level to deliver and sustain services that positively impact youth, families and communities.

There are two curriculum models for SRAE delivery to youth aged 10-19:
1. Teen Outreach Program (TOP) 9-month replication model
2. TOP Adaptation model

Applicants may apply for one curriculum model or both depending upon the implementation setting. It is the expectation that applicants will implement the TOP 9-month replication model. The TOP Adaptation model is an option if the setting for implementation does not allow for the 9-month program. For more information about requirements for both types of programs, see page 21 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Education on sexual risk avoidance must ensure that the unambiguous and primary emphasis and context for each topic described below is a message to youth that normalizes the optimal health behavior of avoiding non-marital sexual activity. For additional information regarding SRAE education requirements, see page 23 of the RFP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185553

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 4-5 awards

Term of Contract:

- Project Period: August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2023.
- The Department expects the initial contract period to be a one year term from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. The Department shall have the option to renew the contract at its sole discretion for up to three additional one (1) year terms subject to review of the continuation application, contractor performance, and compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract, availability of funds, program modifications, or any other grounds determined by the Department to be in the Department’s best interests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet each of the following eligibility requirements for consideration: Private, governmental and non-profit organizations or agencies that are able to deliver service to the county(s) as defined in 1.04 Service Delivery Area are eligible to submit an application.

Successful applicants will be required to collaborate with both traditional and non-traditional public health partners and work across multiple sectors, such as public, nonprofit and private entities to build the infrastructure and capacity needed for program implementation.

Successful applicants will be required to participate in a community-based coalition that includes a focus on adolescent pregnancy prevention and parent engagement. Successful applicants will be required to document and provide meeting minutes to IDPH Program Director.

Funds cannot be budgeted or used for the following purposes:
- To supplant or replace current public or private funding
- To supplant ongoing or usual activities of any organization involved in the project
- To purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building
- To reimburse pre-award costs
- To support planning efforts and other activities associated with the program or application
- For fundraising, political education, or lobbying activities.
- Equipment

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by May 9, 2019 by 4:00 PM Local Iowa Time

- RFP Issued: March 7, 2019
- Round 1 Questions Due: March 21, 2019
- Responses Posted By: March 28, 2019
- Round 2 Questions Due: April 4, 2019
- Responses Posted By: April 11, 2019
- Final Questions Due: April 18, 2019
- Responses Posted By: April 25, 2019
- Applications Due: May 9, 2019 by 4:00 PM Local Iowa Time
- Post Notice of Intent to Award: June 6, 2019

Applicants may be requested to make an oral presentation of the application. The determination of need for presentations, the location, order, and schedule of the presentations is at the sole discretion of the Department. If an oral presentation is required, applicants may clarify or elaborate on their applications, but may in no way change their original application.

Meeting requirements and training provide successful applicants an understanding of the expectations throughout the contract period, as well as to allow for budgeting purposes. Meetings listed below, as well as the frequency are subject to change at the sole discretion of the Department. Anticipated meetings include:
- Attend 2 day SRAE Contractor meeting in Des Moines. The meeting dates are tentatively scheduled for August 7-8, 2019.
- Attend 2.5 day TOP Training of Facilitators (TOF) Training in Des Moines. The training dates are tentatively scheduled for August 14-16, 2019.
- Up to two (2) site visits annually with the IDPH Project Director.
- Monthly conference call with the IDPH Project Director.
- Additional meetings and training as needed.

Contact Information:

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

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Melana Hammond, Program Officer:

For assistance regarding IowaGrants, please contact the Department IowaGrants Helpdesk at or by calling 1-866-520-8987.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #58819023

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Boone, Clinton, Crawford, Des Moines, Emmet, Greene, Marshall, Muscatine, Page, Polk, Pottawattamie, Scott, Story, Wapello, Webster, and Woodbury Counties.