Bilingual/Bicultural Service Demonstration Grants

To improve and expand the capacity for linguistic and cultural competence of health care professionals and paraprofessionals working with Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) minority communities and improve the accessibility and utilization of health care services among the LEP minority populations.

Examples of Funded Projects

1) Reducing linguistic and cultural barriers which exist between Hispanic patients and health care providers through language and cultural training sessions; 2) developing and implementing a case management and education program that targets specific groups of limited-English-speaking Asians and Pacific Islanders; 3) assessing the health status of Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian seniors; providing lectures on Asian health care needs and specific health resources, and providing bilingual and bicultural translators and interpreters; and increasing knowledge and awareness about managed care and its implications.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

http://www.omhrc.gov



Program Accomplishments

FY 2007 will support continuation awards only.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to support projects that provide bilingual/bicultural assistance in the delivery of health services for minority populations.

Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care services, construction, augmentation of ongoing Office of Minority Health (OMH) supported demonstrations, or supplantation of on-going project activities.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit minority community-based organizations or health care facilities serving a targeted LEP minority community may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Members of the minority groups whose native language is other than English: American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders, or a subgroup of any of these groups.

Credentials/Documentation

Proof of nonprofit status is required as part of the application submission.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program does not require preapplication coordination.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office of official designated as the single point of contact in the State for more information on the process the State requires to be filed with applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

This program is also covered by the Public Health System reporting requirements.

Application Procedures

Application kits may be requested by calling 240-453-8822 or writing to: Ms. Karen Campbell, Director, Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) Office of Grants Management, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852. Applications should be submitted to: Ms. Karen Campbell, Director, Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), Office of Grants Management, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852. Applications must be prepared using Form OPHS-1. This form is available in Adobe Acrobat format at the following website: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/forminfo.htm. The Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) provides multiple mechanisms for the submission of applications. Applicants will receive notification via mail from the OPHS Office of Grants Management confirming the receipt of applications submitted using any of these mechanisms. Applications submitted to the OPHS Office of Grants Management after the deadlines will not be accepted for review and will be returned to the applicant unread. The submission deadline will not be extended. Applications which do not conform to the requirements of the grant announcement will not be accepted for review and will be returned to the applicant. Applications may only be submitted electronically via the electronic submission mechanisms specified below. Any applications submitted via any other means of electronic communication, including facsimile or electronic mail, will not be accepted for review. While applications are accepted in hard copy, the use of the electronic application submission capabilities provided by the OPHS e-Grants system or the Grants.gov Web site Portal is encouraged. Information about this system is available on the OPHS e-Grants Web site, https://egrants.osophs.dhhs.gov .

Award Procedures

Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, will make a final decision on funding projects and a notice of grant award will be issued.

Deadlines

To be considered for review, applications must be submitted by the established due date. Applications not meeting the deadline will be considered late and will be returned to the applicant unread.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, Title XVII, Section 1707(e)(1), 42 U.S.C. 300u et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days from the application deadline date.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant projects can have a 3-year project period, with 12-month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding procedures will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress reports are required for each budget period, and a final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Financial status reports are due at the end of each budget period, and a final status report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to a grant shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or longer pending completion and resolution of any audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0120-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $2,500,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $200,000; $150,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the Federal Register Notice, the application instructions, and the PHS Grants Policy Statement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Ms. Cynthia H. Amis, Director, Division of Program Operations, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20852: Telephone: (240) 453-8444. For technical assistance on budget and business aspects of the application may be obtained from the Office of Grants Management. Contact the Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Grants Management, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852: Telephone: (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Complete review criteria are published in the Federal Register Notice or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: 1) consistency of project's goals and objectives with the Office of Minority Health's mission; 2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; 3) strength of proposed grant organization's management capability; 4) adequacy of qualifications, experience and cultural competence of proposed personnel; and 5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.



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