Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19

Funder: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Deadline: 04/20/2021

Award Details: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) announce the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 under the authority of 42 U.S.C. § 300u-6 (Section 1707 of the Public Health Service Act) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260).
OMH is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities. Through its demonstration grants, OMH supports the identification of effective approaches for improving health outcomes with the ultimate goal of promoting dissemination, adoption and sustainability of these approaches. The Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 initiative aligns with: (1) HHS Strategic Plan Goal 2: Protect the Health of Americans Where They Live, Learn, Work, and Play; (2) Healthy People 2030 objectives: (a) HC/HIT-01: Increase the proportion of adults whose health care provider checked their understanding; (b) HC/HIT-02: Reduce the proportion of adults who report poor patient and provider communication; (c) HC/HIT-03: Increase the proportion of adults whose health care providers involved them in decisions as much as they wanted; and (d) IID-D02: Increase the proportion of people with vaccination records in an information system; and (3) the OASH priority on health disparities

Number of Awards: 73 awards, funding from $3,000,000 to $4,000,000, no match.

Target Population: OMH will consider the following additional factors when making recommendations for funding, listed below in no particular order:

Applicants serving localities with the highest social vulnerability. This may be determined by being in the top 4th as defined by the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) county maps at https://svi.cdc.gov/prepared-county-maps.html, or alternate similar data source if SVI is not available.

Applicants with identified Minority Serving Institution partners. Minority Serving Institutions are defined by the U.S. Department of Education as a category of institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students, or that serve certain populations of minority students under various programs created by Congress.

Find the full definition and list of Minority Serving Institutions here: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html. See Appendix G for a list of Minority Serving Institutions, which can also be found here:
https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/assets/PDF/2020_Minority_Serving_Institutions.pdf.

• Equitable geographic distribution.

Eligibility:

Applicant eligibility is limited to local municipalities. Examples include:

• County or Parish Governments

• City or township governments The section of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act relevant to this program limits awards to States, localities and territories.

The appropriation language also allocated separate funding for tribes, tribal organizations, and non-profit urban Indian health organizations. However, individual American Indians/Alaska Natives may be beneficiaries of programs created by recipients under this announcement.

The OASH coordinated a multi-prong approach for distributing COVID-19 relief funds. Under the aforementioned paradigm: funds to states and territories will be distributed through the CDC; funds to tribes, tribal organizations, and non-profit urban Indian health organizations will be distributed through the Indian Health Service (IHS); and funds to local municipalities will be distributed through OMH to reach the most vulnerable populations.

Thus, States and U.S. Territories can apply for these separate COVID-19 relief funds announced on Grants.gov. The IHS will make funds available to tribes, tribal organizations, and non-profit urban Indian health organizations using existing methodologies, including distribution through funding mechanisms authorized by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.



Link to RFP: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330807?utm_source=salesforce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=press-release-email&utm_content=march-8-2021