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FY20 Immunization Services

Grants to Iowa Local Health Boards to Increase Immunization Rates
and Lower the Incidence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Acute Disease Prevention and Emergency Response (ADPER)

Deadline Date:

04/23/19 4:00 PM, Local Iowa Time


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Grants to Iowa local boards of supervisors and local boards of health for services that help to improve immunization rates for adults, adolescents, and children, and lower the incidence of diseases that are considered vaccine preventable. The goal of the program is to decrease disease through advocacy, education, and partnership. Contractors for this program can be Local Boards of Health (BOH) or Local Boards of Supervisors (BOS) that will implement evidence-based strategies to increase county immunization rates and enhance pandemic influenza preparedness.

To increase immunization coverage levels, required activities are:
1. Communicate county-wide immunization rates using IRIS benchmark reports and/or the Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal to county immunization stakeholders (health care providers, board of health, coalition,etc.).
2. Provide immunization education to parents (e.g., Public Service Announcements (PSA), radio, print, health fairs, posters, brochures, direct communication during immunization clinics, school physicals or school based clinics).
3. Provide immunization education to health care providers within the county (e.g., phone consultation, fact sheets, brochures, educational events, presentations, etc.).
4. Assure barrier free access to immunizations within the county (e.g., provide immunization clinics, partnering with county immunization providers, extended clinic hours including evenings or weekends, hold walk-in clinics, provide immunization only appointments, conduct back to school or school-based clinics, communicate locations for county immunization services for residents regardless of insurance status).
5. Participate in a local or statewide coalition/association which promotes immunization practices (e.g., Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA), American Cancer Society or local immunization coalition).
6. Assure vaccination staff are trained and knowledgeable about vaccine storage and handling and current ACIP recommendations.
7. Conduct 100 percent of school audits in the county and report results in the Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS). Distribute school audit reports to school admitting officials (e.g., school nurses, principals and superintendents).

For pandemic influenza preparedness, one of the following activities are required:
1. Provide influenza vaccine through community-based immunization clinics.
2. Provide influenza vaccine to school-aged children at school-located vaccination clinics.
3. Assure local pandemic or highly infectious disease plans are in place and include mechanisms to track vaccine distribution, vaccine administration for general public and prioritize critical infrastructure as well as alternate vaccinators (e.g., pharmacists). Additionally, plans must include IRIS data entry and vaccine adverse event reporting.
4. Work with new and existing partners, including those in the commercial sector, to increase demand for seasonal influenza vaccine to improve preparedness for an influenza pandemic. Include school-located vaccination where feasible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185659

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for the allocated amount as designated per county (Attachment F, below).

Term of Contract:

Project start date is July 1, 2019, and the end date is June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local Boards of Health (BOH) or Local Boards of Supervisors (BOS) are and will be the only entity eligible to apply for and serve as the contractor for the Immunization Services contract. Local Boards of Health (BOH) have jurisdiction over public health matters in their designated geographic area. A Local Public Health Agency may not apply in response to this posting.

All Iowa BOH or BOS are eligible to apply for their designated geographic area. In the instance when a county public health agency is selected by the BOH to carry out the activities of the contract, a subcontract is not necessary. The exception to this is if the county public health agency is operated as part of a hospital or other non governmental entity.

Multi-county jurisdictions are eligible to apply in a single application. However, jurisdictions covering multiple counties must provide evidence of formal written agreements between the governing bodies that identified a lead county BOH or BOS as the applicant for the multi-county jurisdiction.

Vaccine is not allowed to be purchased with contract funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by (or before) 4:00 p.m. (local Iowa time) on April 23, 2019 in the Electronic Grant Management System.

Technical assistance is available during the posting period of these instructions and is strongly encouraged for completion of the Application. Contractors are encouraged to contact Cristin Dee with questions about the Application prior to submission by the required deadline.

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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Cristin Dee

For assistance regarding IowaGrants, please contact the IDPH IowaGrants Helpdesk at
1-866-520-8987 (between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM on weekdays, excluding state holidays).

John McMullen, Program Officer

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa