Development and Coordination of Rural Health Services

To (1) Build infrastructure through workshops, conferences, etc., (2) develop and provide information to a wide audience, (3) increase awareness of Federal and State resources, and (4) build partnerships between Federal and State governments.

Examples of Funded Projects

National and regional meetings of State Offices, meetings and support for the National Recruitment Network, technical assistance to States and local organizations, and funding for five EMS/GIS mapping collaborative projects.


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.

Office - The Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 9A-55, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0835.
Website Address

www.hrsa.gov


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories




Program Accomplishments

One noncompeting continuation award was funded in FY 07.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All funds awarded are to be expended solely for carrying out the approved activities in accordance with the intent of the cooperative agreement as stipulated in the notice of grant award.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit private organizations that represent national, State and local rural health constituencies.

The applicant must represent National, State, and local constituency groups who are interested in and committed to improvements in rural health care.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Underserved populations in rural areas and rural health care providers wishing to expand their services. Rural health care advocacy groups and their constituents.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

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 his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. Please visit the Grants.gov Web site at www.grants.gov to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Office of Rural Health. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by Federal and nonfederal experts in rural health care. Applications are calculated for merit and are recommended for approval or disapproval. Final decisions are made by the Director, Office of Rural Health Policy.

Deadlines

www.hrsa.gov .

Authorization

Public Health Service Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 4 months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made annually for a project period of 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

A progress report and a financial status report are to be submitted within 90 days after the close of the budget period.

A final performance report and financial status report are 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.

Records

All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obigations

FY 07 $300,000; FY 08 est $270,000; and FY 09 est $300,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average award is $300,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

The Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 9A-55, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0835.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch; Telephone: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch; Telephone: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch; Telephone: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be reviewed and rated on the applicant's ability to address the following areas: (1) Developing and disseminating knowledge through the solicitation, review, selection, compilation, and circulation of manuscripts derived from relevant research conducted on rural health issues; (2) organizing, publicizing, and managing meetings to enhance the dissemination of information on rural health care issues, including minority rural health, rural health clinics, and recruitment and retention of health care professionals in rural areas; (3) providing technical and other nonfinancial assistance to State offices of rural health to increase their capability to serve rural residents; (4) developing a network to promote recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas; and (5) providing updated information to the public about rural health clinics.



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