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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration: Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program

Deadline: January 19, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Nursing and Public Health is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Regional Public Health Training Centers Program (PHTC). The purpose of this program is to increase the number of individuals in the public health workforce, enhance the quality of this workforce, and improve the ability of the workforce to meet national, state, and local health care needs. This program aims to strengthen the public health workforce through tailored training and technical assistance involving collaborative, community-based projects involving state and local health departments, primary care providers, and related organizations (to include nontraditional partners) to help them work together to address critical local public health needs.

Although the Regional Public Health Training Centers are intended to build the capacity of the public health workforce, recipients are well-positioned to address the clinical priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity.

Regional PHTCs are required to fulfill the following statutory requirements:

  1. Designate a geographic area or medically underserved population to be served by the Center, located apart from the teaching facility of the school that is participating in the program with this Center;
  2. Involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities to better address issues related to the social determinants of health;
  3. Assess the health personnel needs of the area to be served by the center by assessing the real-time public health issues, health personnel needs, and training gaps of the area to be served by the Center and assist in the planning and development of training programs to meet these needs. Again, applicants are encouraged to consider addressing the clinical priorities of HHS including mental health, opioid abuse, and childhood obesity; and
  4. Establish or strengthen field placements for students at public or nonprofit health agencies or organizations, including hospitals, community-based health care facilities, and non-traditional health care settings.

Amount: Approximately $9,100,000 is expected to be available annually to fund approximately 10 recipients. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of varying amounts depending on the specific HHS region they are applying to serve. New Mexico is located in Region 6 with an award ceiling per year of $865,000. The period of performance is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2022 (4 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Regional PHTC Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include accredited schools of public health, or another public or nonprofit private entity accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in public health. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible. In addition to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Tribes and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298666

Note: The FY 2018 President’s Budget does not request funding for this program. This notice is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds awarded in a timely manner. Applicants should note that this program may be cancelled prior to award recommendations.

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