U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)
Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. The Office on Minority Health (OMH) intends that ACT projects will demonstrate the effectiveness of a highly innovative and multipartnership collaborative approach, incorporating the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards). ACT network of agencies and organizations at a minimum should include each of the following:
- University/college/research institution or a Tribal epidemiology center or Urban Indian Health Organization
- Community-based organization/faith-based organization
- Public health and/or health care organization
- An organization(s) that provides behavioral health services
Other collaborating partners may include primary and secondary schools, sports organizations, youth clubs, other related community organizations and institutions, and the community at-large who have experience addressing a reduction in risky behaviors among targeted minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years at the time they enter the program. OMH expects that, at the end of the five-year program, each ACT project will have a cohort of at least 50 individuals who have gone through the program from its inception. Successful applicants are also expected to provide a comparison group of students who match the characteristics of the target student population but are located at a different site than that of the cohort.
ACT funded grantees should serve minority and/or disadvantaged youth and their families who live in communities where they are exposed to chronic traumatic situations repeatedly over long periods of time such as violence (e.g., homicides, nonfatal assaults, school violence, and suicide), domestic violence, some forms of physical abuse or long-standing sexual abuse. These exposures to traumatic events and traumatic situations may result in child traumatic stress due to exposure that overwhelms their ability to cope with such experiences. A trauma-informed intervention model focused on educational, social, and emotional supports is intended to provide minority children, adolescents and their families programming that equips them to remediate unhealthy behaviors with coping strategies, confidence building, approaches to communication, resilience, self esteem building , problem-solving skills, educational attainment, and leadership skills that can transform their lives.
Amount: $3,000,000 is available for 7-9 awards ranging from 325,000 to $400,000 each year. The anticipated funding period is 5 years.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; for profit organizations; small, minority, and women-owned businesses; universities; colleges; research institutions; hospitals; community-based organizations; faith-based organizations; Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments; American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations; Alaska Native Health Organizations; Urban Indian health organizations; Tribal epidemiology centers; State and local governments; and political subdivisions of States.
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