Affordable Care Act Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers

The purpose of this program is to address legislative requirements, as stated in section 319F(d) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 USC § 247d-6(d), as part of a plan to improve the nation s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether
deliberate, accidental, or natural.

Accredited schools of public health will collaborate, develop and deliver core competency-based training and education that respond to the public health preparedness and response needs of state, local and tribal public health authorities, and emphasize essential public health security capabilities.

The intent of this program is to meet the preparedness and response training and educational needs of the U.S.

public health workforce by providing assistance to U.S.

states, localities and tribal public health authorities within defined service areas.

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to support public health approaches to public health preparedness and response described in Section "0.50" above.

The use of and use restrictions are as follows: • Recipients may only expend funds for reasonable public health preparedness and response activities, and program purposes, including personnel, travel, supplies, and services, such as contractual arrangements with educational partners or consultants.

• Recipients may not use funds for research • Recipients may not use funds for clinical care.

• Recipients may not generally use funding for construction or the purchase of furniture or equipment.

Any such proposed spending must be identified in the budget.
• Reimbursement of pre-award costs is not allowed.

• The recipient must erform a substantial role in carrying out project objectives and not merely serve as a conduit for an award to another party or provider who is ineligible.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for this project are accredited Schools of Public Health, as required by section 319F-2(d) of the Public Health Service Act.

Only schools accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, and federal state, local, and tribal public health preparedness programs that protect the public from all-hazards will benefit from the objectives of this program.


Applicants must provide documentation of current accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health to confirm eligibility. Applicants must document how the proposed research would address stated objectives of the program, outline the research methods to be followed, and provide a budget justification for funds. OMB Circular A-21 applies to this program. 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.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Information on the submission of applications was obtained from the Grants Management Officer, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Telephone: (770) 488-2700. The standard application forms were used for this program as furnished by the Public Health Service and requirement by OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Award Procedures

All applications that are complete and responsive to the FOA will undergo an objective review process in accordance with the review criteria stated in the FOA. Successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award (NOA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office. The NOA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC. The NOA will be signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of the results of the application review by mail.


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


Public Health Service Act , Section 319F(d) , 42 U.S.C 247d-6(d); Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Title IV, Section 4002, Public Law 111-148.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals will be based upon the availability of funding and satisfactory programmatic progress. Project period is for 5 years with 12 month budget periods. Applications must be obtained from Grants Management Officer, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Telephone: (770) 488-2700.

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 period is for 5 years with 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Notice of Award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of a project period.

No cash reports are required.

Annual and semiannual progress reports are required.

Financial status reports are required 90 days after the end of each budget eriod.

Performance monitoring is maintained by oversight of Project Officers.


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.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the grant program must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Financial records, supporting documentation, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 92.42 requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2011 Actual: $714,286 to $714,286 Avg - $714,286.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 for higher education, hospitals, or other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Van A. King OPHPR
N1600 Clifton Road
MS D-29
, Atlanta , Georgia 30029-4018 Email: Phone: 4046395276

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be reviewed for completeness by the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) staff and for responsiveness jointly by OPHPR and PGO. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria will not advance through the review process. Applicants will be notified the application did not meet submission requirements. CDC will conduct a review to evaluate complete and responsive applications according to the criteria listed in Section VI. Application Review Information, subsection "Evaluation Criteria" within the individual funding opportunity announcement. Applicants will be notified if their application did not meet program requirements.

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