Health Professions Recruitment Program for Indians

(1) To identify American Indians and Alaska Natives with a potential for education or training in the health professions, and to encourage and assist them to enroll in health or allied health professional schools; (2) to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists
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who deliver health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives; and (3) to place health professional residents for short-term assignments at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities as a recruitment aid.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) The University of North Dakota recruited Indians into its medical and health care programs; and (2) the Arizona State University recruited students for nursing careers, and provided scholarship support through the grant.

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

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2005, 11 continuing projects were awarded. In fiscal years 2006 and 2007, 11 continuing projects are expected to be funded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Establishing and operating programs designed to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives into health and allied health professional schools.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public or private nonprofit health or educational entities or Indian tribes or tribal organizations as specifically provided in legislative authority.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Preference is given to applicants in the following order of priority: (1) Indian tribes; (2) tribal organizations; (3) urban Indian organizations and other Indian health organizations; or (4) other public or nonprofit health or educational entities.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs for other institutions will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or The Contact Center hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). If you require additional assistance please contact Michelle G. Bulls, Grants Policy Officer at (301) 443-6528 at least fifteen days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the apply site. Download a copy of the application package, on the website, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the site. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Award Procedures

Grants are made directly by the Indian Health Service to applicant agency, based on results of competitive review process.


Contact Headquarters Office for application deadlines.


Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Title I, Sections 102, 112, 114, and 122, Public Law 94-437, as amended, Public Laws 96-537, 100-713, and 102-573.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Within 90 days of IHS deadline.




Continuation applications must be submitted annually. Continued funding is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payments of grant funds are made through the DHHS Payment Management System (PMS) or DHHS Electronic Transfer System. Information will be forwarded to new grantees regarding the process of obtaining funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Projects must have data systems to support administration and evaluation of the project.

The funding agency will provide forms for the uniform reporting of data on case management, fiscal management and project activities, in accordance with 45 CFR, Part 92 or OMB Circular No.

A-110, depending on the type of grantee organization.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records 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



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 est. not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$300,000 to $500,000; $224,600.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 36.310 - 36.319. Final rules and regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, amended by Public Law 100-713, enacted November 23, 1988; and Public Law 102-573, enacted October 29, 1992; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

For Health Professions Recruitment and Health Resident Recruitment Contact: Mr. Darrell Pratt, Leader, Health Professions Manager, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 120, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5710. For Nursing Recruitment Contact: Ms. Sandra Haldane, Director, Division of Nursing Services, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-1026. Grants Management Contact: Ms. Kimberly Pendleton, Senior Grants Management Officer, Division of Grants Operations, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP. Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5204. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out such purposes, (2) the demonstrated capability of the applicants to successfully conduct this type of project, (3) accessibility of the applicant to the target population, (4) relationship of project objectives and known or anticipated Indian health manpower objectives, (5) soundness of the fiscal plan, (6) cost reasonableness, and (7) completeness of the application.

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