The RFP (Request for Proposals) for the ARRA Billables Project, titled “Training Local Health Departments to Institute the Billing of Third-party Health Insurers for Immunization Services,” is now posted on the ODH web site at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/requestsForProposal/IB11ARRA.pdf. One grant will be awarded and local health departments with experience billing private insurance companies for immunization services are encouraged to apply.
The Ohio Department of Health (DOH) is seeking proposals from qualified firms and organizations to develop an evaluation plan for Ohio American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Component I, which includes General Deliverables and Nutrition Program, Physical Activity Program and Tobacco-Free Program Deliverables. Proposal due date March 7, 2011 1:00 p.m.
COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION PLAN FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, NUTRITION AND TOBACCO-FREE PROGRAMS
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, through an Interagency Agreement with the Ohio Department of Health, is now seeking qualified Ohio early intervention providers and parents of children who are or were Part C eligible to participate in “Master Coach” training. These master coaches, over approximately 7 months, will receive training and coaching in evidence based early intervention practices of providing services in natural environments using a team approach and through family supports, and how to go forward, after the training is over, in providing training in these practices to teams of early intervention professionals. All work will be funded with Federal Part C of IDEA ARRA (stimulus) funds and will meet all ARRA work and reporting requirements.
Two Request for Proposals (RFP) are being posted to carry out these training opportunities;
· “Master Coach: Parent”
· “Master Coach: Local Provider”
Please note that the deliverables and time requirements are significant, and the time line for applying is very short (applications due by 4:00 p.m. on February 16, 2011).
To view the RFPs, go to the DAS website http://procure.ohio.gov/proc/index.asp , click on “Selling to the State”, click on “Procurement Opportunities”, click the Administrative category, click search, then click on one or both of the above titles.
Applicants must also indicate their expression of interest to apply for ARRA funds at: http://www.recovery.ohio.gov/opportunities/state by the same (2/16/2011) deadline.
Bidders who do not submit an expression of interest on this website by the due date of RFP shall not be awarded ARRA related contracts under the RFP. This link takes you to the recovery page where you can click on the Request for Proposal and there is a link in a sentence under title “Current Funding Opportunities” that reads “submit your proposal” – that will take you to the page where you express your interest.
Part C Early Intervention Consultation
ODH Seeking Vendor to Develop Comprehensive Evaluation Plan for Stimulus Activities
ODH Announces New Effort to Improve Infant Immunization Rates
Department of Health and Human Services
93.726 ARRA OS: Recovery Act 2009: Accelerating Adoption of Comparative Effectiveness Research Results by Providers and Patients (R18)
Due date: 03/11/10
Eligibility: Institutes of Higher Learning (IHEs)
93.701 Recovery Act Limited Competition: Institutional Comparative Effectiveness Research Mentored Career Development Award (KM1)
Due date: 03/25/10
Eligibility: State governments, IHEs
ODH to Award ARRA Funding to Help Fight Healthcare-Associated Infections
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is pleased to announce its plans to release $164,049 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 (ARRA) funding to Ohio hospitals or hospital systems who seek to initiate or expand existing electronic laboratory reporting of selected hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and other reportable infectious diseases.
“With this funding, Ohio will be able to improve its capacity to track, analyze and compare healthcare-associated prevention efforts,” said ODH Director Alvin D. Jackson, M.D. “These funds will help us move ahead in reducing infections and improving patient safety.”
These funds were awarded to states on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to carry out activities to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC).
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HHS Announces New Health IT Workforce Grants
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of two additional grant programs to support the training and development of the skilled workforce required to support broad adoption and use of health information technology (health IT). These programs are titled Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Program of Assistance for University-Based Training Programs (University-Based Training Program) and Information Technology Professionals in Health Care: Competency Examination for Individuals (Competency Examination Program).
HHS Announces Plans to Make $80 Million Available to Support Health IT Workforce
Dr. David Blumenthal, HHS’ National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, today announced plans to make available $80 million in grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology workforce.
The Ohio Department of Health released a Request for Letters of Intent to local health departments for the coordinated state application for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work FOA. The ODH received responses from the following local health departments:
- Category A: Akron Health Department, Allen County Health Department, Lake County General Health District, Licking County Health Department, Lucas County Regional Health District, Union County Health Department and Wood County Health Department
- Category B: Holmes County General Health District, Akron Health Department, Lucas County Regional Health District, Licking County Health Department
The ODH is responsible for ensuring that the state application contains the community applications and that they fulfill the requirements highlighted in this FOA. The ODH will identify in their application two pre-selected communities that will be expected, with state assistance, to conduct the activities and achieve performance measures identified in Category A and Category B.
Ohio Department of Health announces opportunity to submit a letter of intent to apply for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to create healthier communities
The Ohio Department of Health announces the opportunity to submit a letter of intent to apply for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to create healthier communities through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches such as broad-based policy, systems, organizational and environmental changes in communities and schools. Awardees funded under this announcement will work collaboratively to promote and sustain policy change efforts in communities and schools.
The intent of this announcement is to fund highly qualified applications from applicants with the following experience and support in place: active coalitions and demonstrated experience working with community leaders to implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies; demonstrated support from the mayor, county executive, tribal leader, or other equivalent governmental official for this initiative; demonstrated support from all public school districts within the intervention area for the collection of Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data among a representative sample of 9th-12th grade students for baseline during fall 2010 and follow-up at the end of the project period using standard YRBSS protocol; and demonstrated ability to meet reporting requirements such as programmatic, financial, and management benchmarks as required.
This initiative, entitled Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW), will address obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use/exposure.
AHRQ Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement (R18) for Comparative Effectiveness Research
A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was issued on Sept. 25 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). RFA-HS-10-004, Innovative Adaption and Dissemination of AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research Products (iADAPT) (R18) is supported by $29.5 million in funds provided to AHRQ under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The FOA invites grant applications for new projects to extend the reach and impact of Comparative Effectiveness Research Reviews and associated products, particularly Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guides, which are prepared by the John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center, part of the AHRQ Effective Health Care Program. AHRQ seeks innovative efforts to adapt the content and/or delivery mechanism of one or more of its current or forthcoming comparative effectiveness research products, particularly summary guides. Adaptations should aim to increase the impact and effective use of one or more comparative effectiveness research products by developing, implementing, and evaluating product adaptations that target three important audiences: stakeholders, systems, and settings. The adaptations may involve customizing the original comparative effectiveness research contents to a specialized clinical audience of potential users or translating the Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guides for underserved patient and consumer populations who have limited access to medication information on the Internet. These consumers and patients are more likely to get health care information and advice provided through traditional means, such as neighborhood, community, or faith-based groups. Adaptations may address the presentation of the content and/or mechanisms by which the contents are delivered or used.
AHRQ anticipates making 20 to 25 awards that together total $29.5 million, contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Because the proposed research will vary across applications, it is anticipated that each award’s size and duration will vary. Applications may be up to 3 years in duration, with a total budget not to exceed $1.5 million over the 3 years. While total annual costs may vary over the period of the award, the maximum cost in any one year cannot exceed $1 million. Funding beyond the first year will be contingent upon the Agency’s acceptance of the annual progress report. Applications are due on December 16, 2009.
Questions about this FOA can be submitted to: iADAPTgrants@ahrq.hhs.gov
Communities Putting Prevention to Work
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created a comprehensive initiative for the $650 million allotted for chronic disease prevention efforts in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The goal of this initiative – Communities Putting Prevention to Work – is to reduce risk factors, prevent/delay chronic disease, promote wellness in children and adults, and provide positive, sustainable health change in communities.
Communities Putting Prevention to Work will address the leading preventable causes of death and disability, namely obesity and tobacco use, by expanding the use of evidence-based strategies and programs, mobilizing local resources at the community-level, and strengthening the capacity of states. As a result of these efforts, powerful models of success are expected to emerge that can be replicated in other states and communities.
The cornerstone of the initiative is the Community Program ($373 million), with cooperative agreements to be awarded to communities through a competitive selection process. Communities interested in applying for Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants can find more information at www.grants.gov. The application deadline for the community projects is Dec. 1, 2009. Deadlines for state, territory, and other prevention projects that are part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative will be announced soon.
The Ohio Department of Health is currently reviewing the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Funding Opportunity Announcement guidelines.
ODH Announces IDEA Grant Availbility
The Ohio Department of Health Division of Family and Community Health Services, Bureau of Early Intervention Services announces the availability of grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to be used consistently with the current Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C. ODH is providing ARRA funds to County Family and Children First Councils to be used for programs under Part C of the IDEA. These funds are to be used to preserve and/or create jobs for Part C service coordinators and/or child find and to assist in stabilizing HMG budgets in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential Part C services.
Read the request for proposal.
Grants and Contracts for Comparative Effectiveness Research
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to publish grant and contract solicitations for comparative effectiveness research projects with $300 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). AHRQ anticipates grant and contract solicitations to be published beginning in fall 2009 with awards starting in spring 2010.
AHRQ’s comparative effectiveness research projects that will be funded under ARRA will focus initially on 14 priority conditions that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services established under Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, which can be found at http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/aboutUs.cfm?abouttype=program#Conditions.
Grants for comparative effectiveness research funded under ARRA include the following amounts and areas:
- $148 million for evidence generation, including prospective studies and patient registries.
- $29.5 million to support innovative translation and dissemination grants.
- $20 million to support training and career development.
Contracts for comparative effectiveness research funded under ARRA include the following amounts and topics:
- $9.5 million to establish an infrastructure to identify new issues for comparative effectiveness review investments.
- $10 million to establish a citizen’s forum to formally engage all stakeholders and to expand and standardize public involvement in the entire effective health care enterprise.
Additionally, AHRQ anticipates supporting other grants ($1 million) and enhancing existing contracts for evidence synthesis ($50 million), evidence generation ($24 million), translation and dissemination ($5 million), and salary and benefits for ARRA-related full-time equivalent positions ($3 million).
Until the solicitations are published, AHRQ cannot provide additional information on their contents. In the meantime, interested parties may sign up to receive e-mail updates about AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program by clicking on the red envelope at the top of http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/.
On July 28, 2009, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of $200 million to support grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand the training of health care professionals. The funds are expected to train approximately 8,000 students and credentialed health professionals by the end of fiscal year 2010.
Secretary Sebelius Makes Recovery Act Funding Available to Expand Health Professions Training
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Ohio EPA are pleased to announce the availability of a cost-share financial assistance program for the repair and replacement of failing home sewage treatment systems from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
The Ohio Department of Health is pleased to announce $5,000,000 will be made available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for funding replacement or repair of failing sewage treatment systems to homeowners whose household earnings do not exceed 200% of the Federal Income Poverty Level. ARRA funds will be distributed to Ohio through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF). The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will be administering this program through counties, municipalities or regional water and sewer districts as local applicants for the grant project. ODH will facilitate and assist promoting the program with local health districts. Local health districts will work with local applicants to determine eligibility and installation requirements. Local project nomination forms and guidance documents can be accessed from the OEPA and ODH Web sites.
Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research
The Recovery Act (ARRA) contains $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) compares treatments and strategies to improve health. This information is essential for clinicians and patients to decide on the best treatment. It also enables our nation to improve the health of communities and the performance of the health system.
- $300 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- $400 million for the National Institutes of Health, and
- $400 million for the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
These funds are to support research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health care treatments and strategies, through efforts that:
- Conduct, support, or synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions; and .
- Encourage the development and use of clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 created the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research to coordinate comparative effectiveness research across the Federal government. The Council will specifically make recommendations for the $400 million allocated to the Office of the Secretary for CER.
National Health Service Corps
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (Recovery Act) provides $300 million to support the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Approximately $200 million will enable the NHSC Loan Repayment Program to assist more than 3,300 physicians, dentists and other primary care providers who are seeking opportunities to serve in our Nation’s neediest communities. Read more . . .
Health Information Technology
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Recovery Act), signed into law February 17, 2009, provides $1.5 billion in grants to support construction, renovation and equipment, and the acquisition of health information technology systems, for health centers including health center controlled networks receiving operating grants under section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 254b).
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award approximately $850 million, through limited competition grants, for one-time CIP grant funding in fiscal year (FY) 2009 to support existing section 330 funded health centers. Grant applications are due June 2, 2009 for a project/budget period of July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2011.