State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health

To facilitate the improvement of minority health and eliminate health disparities (adult/child immunization, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, HIV, infant mortality, and mental health) through the development of partnerships with state and territorial offices of minority health.

Examples of Funded Projects

The following are examples of activities funded under this program: 1) developing state health disparity plans of action; 2) strengthening capacity to collect, analyze, and report minority health data; 3) improving access to health care by implementing CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care) standards statewide; 4) building the capacity of community coalitions to conduct process and outcome evaluations; and 5) partnering with health professional schools to track progress of minority students to increase the number of minority graduates.

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

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used to support the development and implementation of minority-targeted strategies which will facilitate improvement in minority health and address health disparities and gaps.

Funds are not to be used for the provision of health care treatment, for construction, or to supplant ongoing project activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State/Territorial Offices of Minority Health (established through legislation, executive order, or a directive process) are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Members of minority groups: Alaska Natives; American Indians; Asians; Blacks/African Americans; Hispanics/Latinos; Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; or subgroups of these.


Documentation to verify official status as a State or Territorial Office of Minority Health (e.g., copy of Executive Order, statute, or administrative directive) and a signed statement from an authorizing official (e.g., Commissioner of Health or designee in the state/territorial Department of Health).

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program does not require preapplication coordination.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernment Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in the 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

Requests for the standard Grant Application Form OPHS-1 and instructions for submission should be directed to Ms. Karen Campbell, Director, Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS), Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-8822. A signed original and two copies of the application are to be sent to the above address. Applications are screened upon receipt for completeness, responsiveness and conformance to the program announcement. Those applications judged to be unacceptable based on this initial screening will be returned. 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. 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 these systems is available on the OPHS eGrants Web site (, the Web site (, or may be requested from the OPHS Office of Grants Management at (240) 453-8822.

Award Procedures

Accepted applications will be reviewed by a review panel that will make recommendations on the technical merit based on the published criteria. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health will make a final decision on funding projects and a notice of grant award will be issued.


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.


Public Health Service Act, as amended, Title XVII, Section 1707(e)(1), 42 U.S.C. 300u et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 120 days from the application deadline date.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants can have a project period not to exceed 5 years, with 12 month budget periods. Following the initial budget period, continued funding is subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory program performance. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under a letter of credit. Necessary instructions regarding payment procedure will be provided at the time the Notice of Grant Award is issued.

Post Assistance Requirements


Progress reports are required for each budget period, and a final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.

Financial status reports are due at the end of each budget period, and a final status report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.


For State and local governments, audits are to be carried out in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," or Federal laws and regulations of the programs in which they participate.


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



(Grants) FY 07 $4,979,018; FY 08 est $4,979,018; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$115,324 to $175,000; $149,461.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the Federal Register Notice, the application instructions, and the PHS Grants Policy Statement.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Secretary, Tower Building, Suite 600, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2882.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Complete review criteria are published in the Federal Register Notice or can be obtained from the Program contact. Listed below are some criteria used to review applications: 1) consistency of project's objectives relevant to the Program purpose and the federal Office of Minority Health's mission; 2) coherence and feasibility of methodology and activities selected to address the problem as evidence in the proposed implementation plan; 3) strength of proposed grant organization's management capability; 4) adequacy of qualifications and experience of proposed personnel; and 5) strength of analysis of potential impact or innovation the project proposes to generate.

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