National Forum for State and Territorial Chief Executives

The National Forum program assists governors and their key policy staff in the development and implementation of innovative solutions to health policy challenges in their States and Territories, including promising and/or evidence-based practices relating to health promotion and disease prevention, healthcare
workforce development, health and social services delivery, and other emerging issues.

Program goals include: (1) encourage the integration of HRSA s various primary care and public health activities, including supporting quality improvement methods and initiatives to drive the integration of public health practice, primary care delivery and the infrastructure which support these activities; (2) partner with, and seek alignment of projects with State and local government entities and programs that contribute towards population health and health policy development including health surveillance, health promotion, and prevention of disease and injury; (3) incorporate indicators of primary care and public health system integration such as establishing multi-stakeholder coalitions, aligning with national and regional health and human services initiatives; and (4) leverage and promote partnerships across different regions, disciplines, funding sources, and sectors.

The National Forum will address cross-cutting publicly-funded health program integration and health access issues identified by the governors and their representatives including: addressing the needs of uninsured, underinsured and special needs populations; ensuring that Americans receive benefits from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act); oral health; border health; and health information technology in support of HRSA s overall strategic goals to: improve access to quality health care and services, strengthen the health workforce, improve the health of individuals and populations, and improve health equity.


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.hrsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

• Develop and maintain an information clearinghouse for use by governors and their staff on issues that relate to health care access for underserved and vulnerable populations, to include the prevention, early detection, and control of disease, and strengthening the public health infrastructure and safety net systems in the States and Territories.

• Develop, print, and distribute issue briefs, articles, reports, or other documents relating to health care access, unmet population needs, provider capacity, the uses of existing data systems within States to address health care needs of the population, and the complexity of private sector initiatives for use by governors and their staff.

• Prepare issue briefs or convene regional or national meetings of State and Territorial executive branch employees and others, as appropriate, for discussion of public and private sector strategies and best practices in HRSA and DHHS priority issues.

• Address cross-cutting publicly funded health program integration and health access issues identified by the governors and high-ranking State and Territorial decision makers, including utilizing promising practices for integration of HRSA services and programs to support an improved health care system.

• Provide consultation to HRSA as key policy stakeholders from States and Territories in implementing an agency strategic approach for coordinating resources to support the integration of public health with effective, sustainable and accountable primary care services systems.

• Provide technical assistance to strengthen the ability of primary care systems, including the ability to detect, educate, and manage communicable diseases and chronic disease conditions and co-morbidities, and to develop appropriate practice standards and procedures for disease prevention and management, and create emphasis on personal responsibility and health promotion for the achievement of a better quality of life.

• Promote and enhance the sharing of information and human expertise to strengthen the existing primary care and public health programs by strengthening collaborations with other governmental and nongovernmental entities and providing mechanisms to address gaps in services and resources.

• Provide assistance to HRSA, HRSA grantees, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to address issues regarding the implementation of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), P.L.

111-148, enacted on March 23, 2010.

The full amount will be used to cover the activities described in the funding opportunity announcement.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The National Forum must be a nonprofit, bi-partisan or nonpartisan organization that represents the governors and their staff of the 50 U.S.

States, the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico, the U.S.

flag territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See eligible beneficiaries listed above.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement 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. 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

Sections 241 and 301 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended; and Section 1005 of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-152).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the National Forum in subsequent fiscal years, awardee satisfactory performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project period is three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awardees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Reports must be submitted electronically via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access award funds. Go to www.dpm.psc.gov for additional information.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Refer to the HRSA funding opportunity announcement for additional information.

Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Reports must be submitted electronically via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter.

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

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

The awardee must submit a progress report to HRSA on an annual basis.

For multi-year awards: Submission and HRSA approval of the Progress Report(s) triggers the budget period renewal and release of subsequent year funds.

The progress report typically has two parts.

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

The second part collects core performance measurement data including performance measurement data to measure the progress and impact of the project.

An annual Federal Financial Report is required.

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

More specific information will be included in the Notice of Award.

Refer to the HRSA funding opportunity announcement for the roles and responsibilities of the Federal government and the recipient.

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

Awardees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report. 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 10 $0; FY 11 $1,160,000; FY 12 $160,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

This program will provide funding for Federal fiscal years 2011-2013. Approximately $160,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) recipient; additionally, up to $1,000,000 may be available in FY2011 to fund implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the National Forum in subsequent fiscal years, recipient satisfactory performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.

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

None.

Headquarters Office

Lynnette S. Araki, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Laraki@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-6204 Fax: (301) 443-2286.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Review Criteria are outlined in Section V of the HRSA funding opportunity announcement.



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