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Health Resources & Services Administration: Healthy Start Initiative

Deadline: March 31, 2014

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 for the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program. The purpose of this grant program is to improve perinatal health outcomes and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health outcomes by using community-based approaches to service delivery, and to facilitate access to comprehensive health and social services for women, infants, and their families.

Grants are provided to communities with rates of infant mortality at least 1½ times the U.S. national average and high rates for other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality) in order to address the needs of high-risk women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy.

This funding opportunity announcement includes instructions for three separate grant competitions. Applicants are only allowed to submit one application for one of the Healthy Start program levels:

*HRSA-14-121: Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start (HS) Program activities will support the implementation of essential HS program activities needed to achieve five (5) approaches of the HS Model which are to: 1) improve women’s health, 2) promote quality services, 3) strengthen family resilience, 4) achieve collective impact, and 5) increase accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring, and evaluation. The Level 1 program will be responsible for individual level effects.

*HRSA-14-120: Level 2: Enhanced Services Healthy Start Program activities will provide the essential HS program activities listed under Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start listed above. In addition, Level 2 program will engage in additional activities, such as stimulate community collaboration to develop a common agenda, shared measurement approach, coordinate resources, and conduct performance measurement through FIMR, PPOR, and/or MMMR. This program will be accountable to reach the entire community, thereby driving collective impact and supporting community change. Level 2 program is responsible for community level effect.

*HRSA-14-122: Level 3: Leadership and Mentoring Healthy Start Program activities will provide the essential HS program activities listed under Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start and Level 2: Enhanced Services Healthy Start listed above. In addition, Level 3 supports the provision of expanded maternal and women’s health services and will support the development of a place-based initiative that will serve as the backbone or hub for the establishment of collaborative networks of organizations serving the various needs of the community – health, education, housing, labor, transportation, etc. These centers will also serve as regional and national resources in support of other Healthy Start programs and organizations working towards improving perinatal outcomes. Level 3 programs will 1) serve as a resource site for state, regional, and national action in support of other HS grantees and organizations working to improve perinatal outcomes, 2) serve as leaders and participate in the development of state/ regional/ national programs and policies, and 3) participate with other Level 3 Leadership and Mentoring HS grantees, and the Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project, in the development and implementation of a HS Collaborative and Innovation Improvement Network.

Amount: Level 1: Community-based Healthy Start: $24,000,000 for up to 32 grants; Level 2: Enhanced Services Healthy Start: $4,800,000 for up to 4 grants; and Level 3: Leadership and Mentoring Healthy Start: $8,000,000 for up to 4 grants.

Eligibility: Any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization. Community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations, are eligible to apply.

NOTE: A technical assistance webcast on Friday, February 21, 2014 from
2:00 – 4:00 pm EST.

Link: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/healthystart/

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