Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers Program

To improve the Nation"s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce.

Emphasis is placed on developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving
the infrastructure of the public health system and helping achieve the Healthy People 2010 and 2010 Objectives.

With respect to a public health training center, applicants must agree to: (1) specifically designate a geographic area, including medically underserved populations, e.g., elderly, immigrants/refugees, disadvantaged, to be served by the Center that shall be in a location removed from the main location of the teaching facility of the school participating in the program with a Center; (2) assess the public health personnel needs of the area to be served by the Center and assist in the planning and development of training programs to meet their needs; (3) establish or strengthen field placements for students in public or nonprofit private public health agencies or organizations; and (4) involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: For FY 09, 14 public health training center continuation awards were made.


2009 actual: $5.2 million.

For additional information: www.publichealthtrainingcenters.org.

Fiscal Year 2010: Not Applicable.

Fiscal Year 2011: Not Applicable.


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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

John Kress, MHA, Director, Public Health Training Centers, Geriatrics and Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0157 and E-mail address at jkress@hrsa.gov

Marcia Starbecker, Chief, Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6867 and E-mail address at: mstarbecker@hrsa.gov.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2009: $0 in FY09. See Item 160, Related Programs for additional information. Fiscal Year 2010: For FY 2010, 6 non-competing continuation awards and 27 competing awards are anticipated. Fiscal Year 2011: For FY 2011, 27 non-competing continuation and 4 competing awards are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may support salaries, consultant costs, equipment, and travel as requested to develop and implement a Public Health Training Center.

Grant funds may not be used for construction, patient services or student tuition.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in public health may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training will benefit.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. 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. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Title VII, Sections 765 and 766 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295a), as amended by Public Law 105-392 Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

At the end of the initial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Status Reports
1.

Submit a Financial Report.

A financial report is required within 90 days of the end of each budget period.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year.



2.

Submit a Progress Report(s).


All Bureau of Health Professions grantees are required to submit a progress report to HRSA on an annual basis.

This report entitled, "BHPr Progress Report," has two parts.

The first part demonstrates grantee progress on program-specific goals.

The second part collects core performance measurement data to measure the Bureau s progress through its grantees in: (1) improving the distribution, diversity, and quality of the healthcare workforce, (2) improving the educational environment infrastructure, and (3) increasing students selection of primary care education.

Progress reports are generally due in August each year and must be submitted on-line by grantees in the Electronic Handbooks system at https://grants.hrsa.gov/webexternal/home.asp.

3.

Submit a Final Report.
All BHPr grantees are required to submit a final report within 90 days after the project period ends.

The final report collects program-specific goals, core performance measurement data, grantee objectives and accomplishments, barriers encountered, and responses to summary questions regarding the grantee s overall experiences over the entire project period.

The final report must be submitted on-line by grantees in the Electronic Handbooks system at https://grants.hrsa.gov/webexternal/home.asp.

Submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System.

The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant.

The FFR Cash Transaction Reports must be filed within 30 days of the end of each quarter.

Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access award funds.

Go to www.dpm.psc.gov for additional information.

See above.

A Financial Status Report (FSR) is required within 90 days after the end of each budget period.

A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end the project period.

Refer to funding opportunity announcement for additional information.

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

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Financial Status Report (FSR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $15,400,000; FY 11 est $20,400,000 - The program has $15.4 million in funding for FY 2010.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(FY 2010) $400,000 to $650,000; $500,000 average.

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.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. John Kress, MHA, Director, Public Health Training Centers, Geriatrics and Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0157 and E-mail address at jkress@hrsa.gov

Marcia Starbecker, Chief, Public Health Branch, Division of Diversity and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6867 and E-mail address at: mstarbecker@hrsa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Marcia Starbecker, Room 9-36, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: mstarbecker@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-6867.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See guidance at: www.grants.gov.



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