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Million Hearts Quality Improvement Program

Grants to Washington, DC Primary Care Clinics for Health System
Interventions to Prevent Heart Disease Among the Underserved

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District of Columbia Community Health Administration (CHA) and Department of Health (DC Health)

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10/18/19 6:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $45,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit, public, and private primary care clinics, federally qualified health centers, and health systems for clinical quality-improvement interventions and clinical quality data monitoring. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying.

The goal of the program is to improve diabetes, hypertension, and blood cholesterol control through a Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle approach. The target populations are adults, age 18 and older, including women of childbearing age at high risk for development of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol; low-income residents; African American residents; and residents of Wards 5, 7 and 8.

Although DC has a robust health care system, there are still major disparities that exist in the utilization of preventive care and the
prevalence and impacts of cardiovascular disease and related risk factors. 

Applicants must choose at three of the five following strategies:

  • Strategy A (required):  Health IT - Utilize data through electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems to improve healthcare delivery and optimized patient health outcomes 
  • Strategy B: Track and analyze evidence-based quality measures related to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cholesterol at the provider level to monitor healthcare disparities within a health system and implement activities to decrease healthcare disparities 
  • Strategy C: Support engagement of non-physician team members (e.g., nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, social workers) in hypertension and cholesterol management in clinical settings
  • Strategy D: Facilitate use of self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) with clinical support among adults with hypertension 
  • Strategy E: Implement systems to facilitate systematic referral of adults with hypertension and/or high blood cholesterol to community-based chronic disease management and prevention programs and resources. 

For additional information about these strategies, see:

Grantees will also participate in DC Health’s DC Million Hearts Learning Collaborative (MHLC) comprised of a diverse group of partners, including national and regional organizations, community organizations and programs, local health care systems, and academic organizations.  Project activities can include designing and implementing CQI activities within a health system to support chronic disease care (specifically related to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol) and establishing protocols/policy changes within a health system’s workflow and structure to support and encourage sustainable intervention implementation among all involved staff. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 186995

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Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum Award Amount: $25,000
Maximum Award Amount: $45,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project period is four years: December 1, 2019 – June 29, 2023. The projected first budget period is December 1, 2019 – June 29, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply are not- for profit, public, and private primary care clinics, FQHCs, and health systems located and licensed to conduct business within the District of Columbia; and experienced in providing appropriate services to adults 18 years old.

Recipients must supplement, and not supplant, funds from other sources for initiatives that are the same or similar to the initiatives being proposed in this award.

Individual persons are not eligible to apply or receive funding under any DC Health RFA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application meeting will take place on September 25, 2019, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

To register to attend in person, contact Riana Buford (see details below).

899 N. Capitol St. NE; Room 348
Washington, DC 20002

To register for conference call access:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, October 18, 2019, by 6:00 PM. Applicants must complete EGMS registration two weeks prior to the application deadline, and start constructing and uploading application components at least a week prior to the deadline.

Applicants must have a DUNS # and a Tax ID#, and be registered in the federal Systems for Award Management (SAM) and the DC Health Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).
- DUNS number:
- SAM:

- RFA Release Date: Friday, September 13, 2019
- Pre-Application Meeting: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
- Application Submission Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2019
- Anticipated Award Start Date: Monday, December 1, 2019

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

Register and aApply online:

Riana Buford, MSA, MCHES, Public Health Analyst, Chronic Disease Division

Brenda Ramsey-Boone, Office of Grants Monitoring & Program Evaluation

Office of Grants Management and Resource Development
(202) 442- 9237

Community Health Administration
DC Department of Health
899 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Funding or Pin Number:

FO-CHA-PG-00004-028 (RFA# CHA_MHQI09.13.19)

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