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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Center Program Service Area Competition

Deadline: August 18, 2015

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Service Area Competition (SAC) under the Health Center Program. The purpose of this grant program is to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations by assuring continued access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services. Health Center Program grants support a variety of community-based and patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the Nation’s underserved. The Health Center Program currently funds nearly 1,300 health centers that operate approximately 9,000 service delivery sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

Applicants must document an understanding of the need for primary health care services in the service area and propose a sound plan to meet this need. The plan must ensure the availability and accessibility of primary and preventive health care services to all individuals in the service area and target population. Applicants must further demonstrate that the plan maximizes collaborative and coordinated delivery systems for the provision of health care to the underserved.

Amount: A total of $309,000,000 is available for the FY 2016 solicitation for 83 grantees. In New Mexico, $2,463,637 is available in Albuquerque and $1,549,775 in Pecos.

Eligibility: Public or nonprofit private entities, including tribal, faith-based, or community-based organizations that propose to provide comprehensive primary health care services to a service area and its associated population(s) and patients identified in the Service Area Announcement Table (SAAT). Areas in the SAAT are currently served by Health Center Program award recipients whose project periods are ending in FY 2016. Applicants must demonstrate how they will make primary and preventive health care services available in a manner that maintains continuity of care to patients already served in the announced service area. Only one grant will be awarded for each announced service area.

Link: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/SAC/index.html

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