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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: American Indian/Alaska Native Health Equity Initiative

Deadline: April 3, 2017

The American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Equity program will support programs that demonstrate effective promising practices that increase resiliency and protective factors within AI/AN youth, as well as build capacity among AI/AN serving healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals about providing trauma-informed, culturally appropriate health care services and interventions to AI/AN youth. The program seeks to support tailoring or developing, and implementing, of evidence-based models and/or promising practices to help address trauma (historical and generational) existing in AI/AN communities through innovative programs that:

  • Employ culturally appropriate and effective public health interventions designed to improve the physical, social, emotional and cultural well-being of AI/AN adolescents (ages 12 to 16 at the beginning of the program)
  • Build and strengthen cultural competency among healthcare professionals and paraprofessionals serving AI/AN adolescents, their caregivers and communities
  • Disseminating evidence-based practices to accomplish these goals

Successful applicants must maintain the same cohort of no fewer than 40 adolescents throughout the five years of the project. Applicants are required to use the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards) as part of the framework to develop their proposals.

Amount: $2,000,000 is available for 5-7 grants, each for $275,000- $350,000 per year for a five-year period of performance.

Eligibility: AI/AN Health Equity applications should demonstrate a highly innovative, multi-partner approach involving at least two of the following: a Native American tribal government (Federal and/or state recognized); Native American tribal organization (other than federal or state recognized tribal governments); a Tribal College or University; an Alaska Native-Serving Institution; a Tribal Epidemiology Center; an Urban Indian Health Program; and an Urban Indian Organization. The application may include additional partners such as local secondary schools, sports organizations, youth clubs, other related community organizations, and institutions that have extensive experience addressing reduction in risky behaviors among AI/AN adolescent youth.

Link: https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=58605

Note: A technical assistance webinar will be held on February 8, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm MST. In addition, a technical assistance webinar for potential applicants on “Evaluation – Review the Basics” will be held on February 23, from
1:00-2:30 pm MST.

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