Strengthening Public Health Services at the Outreach Offices of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commis

This initiative addresses and targets outreach and health promotion activities; evaluation and assessments; health data analysis and surveillance; public information, promotion and communication; Healthy Border/Healthy Gente activities; and will work with communities to implement programs to improve
the health of border residents; and will publicize the achievements and challenges of border health; and will provide programmatic and administrative support to the members and staff of the Unites States - Mexico Border Health Commission.

This assistance is geared to support current, on-going and proposed public health initiatives in this border region that support the goals and objectives of the United States - Mexico Border Health Commission as it serves to strengthen access to health care, disease prevention, and public health along the state border.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Measurable outcomes of the program will be in alignment with one (or more) of the following performance goals: Increase access to care and improve quality of care; Improve disease prevention and health education; Improve workforce development and retention; Improve public health infrastructure; and Improve outreach and health promotion to the community.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to cover costs of: personnel; consultants; grant related office supplies and software; grant related travel (domestic only); educational, promotional and evaluation materials; and other grant related costs.

Funds shall not be used to fund direct health care services or equipment for patients (e.g.

diagnostic tests, screening equipment, treatment, etc.).

Also, funds may not be used for: building alterations or renovations, construction, screening supplies or equipment, incentives and prizes, food, fund raising activities, political education and lobbying, and other activities that are not grant related.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

This is a single eligibility cooperative agreement offered to the TX, NM, AZ, and CA State Department of Health.

The State Department of Health will work with the Border State Outreach Office to accomplish the goals and objectives of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Underserved individuals residing in border area communities, and increase assistance to United States- Mexico Border Health Commission.



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 or 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.

The application kit to be made available under this notice will contain a listing of States that have chosen to set up a review system and will include a State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) in the State for review.

Applicants (other than federally recognized Indian tribes) should contact their SPOCs as early as possible to alert them to the prospective applications and receive any necessary instructions on the State process.

For proposed projects serving more than one State, the applicant is advised to contact the SPOC of each affected State.

The due date for State process recommendations is 60 days after the application deadline.

The Office on Women's Health does not guarantee that it will accommodate or explain its responses to State process recommendations received after that date.

Application Procedures

Application kits may be requested by calling (240) 453-8822 or writing to: 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: 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: . 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 eGrants system or the Web site Portal is encouraged. Information about this system is available on the OPHS eGrants Web site,

Award Procedures

Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be incomplete or arrive after the deadline will be returned without comment. Accepted applications will be reviewed for technical merit in accordance with PHS policies. Applications will be evaluated by a technical review panel composed of experts. Funding decisions will be determined by the Director, Office of Global Health Affairs and will take into consideration the recommendations and ratings of the review panel; program needs, and stated preferences.


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.


This program is authorized under the Authority of Section 103 (a) (1); Section 103 (a) (7) of public law 107-327; Public Health Service Act, Section 307.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days from the application deadline date.




Project period is for 1 year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Cost-sharing and matching funds is not a requirement of this grant.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project period is for 1 year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees will submit quarterly an annual technical reports that include a detailed discussion of the process, impact, outcome and evaluation of the Program; and submit an annual Financial Status Report (SF-269) in accordance with provisions of the general regulations which apply under Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance, 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.

An original and two copies of the annual report and Financial Status Report must be submitted within 90 days of the budget period end date.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 30, 1997), 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. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.


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



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$250,000 to $500,000; (including direct and indirect costs).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Specific program requirements are contained in the application instructions, the Federal Register announcement, and the PHS Grants Policy Statement (DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 90-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994); 45 CFR 100 applies.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Global Health Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Room 639 H, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone: (202) 690-6174, Fax: (202) 690-7127.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be screened by OGHA staff for completeness and for responsiveness to the program guidance. Applicants should pay strict attention addressing these criteria, as they are the basis upon which applications will be judged. Those applications judged to be non-responsive or incomplete will be returned to the applicant without review. Applications that are complete and responsive to the guidance will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group specifically convened for this solicitation and in accordance with HHS policies and procedures. As part of the initial merit review, all applications will receive a written critique. All applications recommended for approval will be discussed fully by the ad hoc peer review group and assigned a priority score for funding. Eligible applications will be assessed according the following criteria: Technical Approach, 45 points; Experience and Capabilities of the Organization, 45 points; and Facilities and Resources, 10 points.

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