National Network to Enhance Capacity of State and Local Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Programs (NNECS)
Grant Amount: Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding: $650,000; Approximate Total Project Period Funding: $3,250,000/5 years.
The primary purpose of this cooperative agreement is to fund a National organization representing state, local, and territorial STD program directors to enhance workforce and operational capacity of STD prevention programs. The NNECS program will accomplish this by (1) developing strategic partnerships with other public health and infectious disease programs and primary care providers; (2) increasing access to information and improving multi-directional communication; (3) improving leadership, management and other relevant skills of STD program staff by increasing access to high-quality training; and (4) facilitating technical assistance and supporting other special and demonstration projects.
Substantial changes in the health care delivery system require STD programs to adopt new strategies to maximize the many opportunities created by the expansion of private insurance coverage of many STD screening services without cost sharing. These changes in the health care system are predicted to significantly increase the proportion of insured individuals accessing clinical preventive services and to shift some vulnerable and at risk populations (traditionally part of STD safety net services) to an expanded network of primary care providers and patient-centered medical homes (PCMH). Therefore, the rapidly changing healthcare landscape in the United States, combined with the extraordinary upsurge in the use of new technologies within the health care realm (i.e., HIT) presents significant challenges to governmental STD programs trying to keep pace.
The current STD workforce and public health programs must also evolve quickly to capitalize on and interact with a rapidly changing landscape, and public health professionals must learn new skills and adopt different methodologies. The anticipated expansion of primary health care and covered clinical preventive services requires STD programs to focus on the essential public health functions of assessment, assurance, and policy related activities, as well as evidenced-based preventive services, and increased collaboration with a broader set of healthcare providers. The fast pace of changes requires new approaches to enhance the organizational capacity of governmental STD programs, such as connecting programs through peer-to-peer technical assistance and innovative training modalities; and increased collaboration and cooperation with other units and agencies within the Health Department.
Funding preference will be given to organizations that represent at least 80% of state, local, and territorial STD programs in the United States with the statutory authority to conduct communicable or infectious disease investigations; and can demonstrate experience working in STD-related issues at a National level for at least five years.
US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Samoa District of Columbia Federated States of Micronesia Guam Marshall Islands National Northern Mariana Islands Palau Puerto Rico US Virgin Islands
City Agencies Colleges/Universities Commercial Organizations Community Based Organizations County Agencies Health Care Service Organizations Hospitals IRS 501 (c)(3) Organizations Minority Owned Organizations Nonprofit Organizations Religious Organizations Research Institutions State Agencies Tribal Organizations Woman Owned Organizations
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Award Amount Notes
Approximate Total Fiscal Year Funding: $650,000. Approximate Total Project Period Funding: $3,250,000/5 years.
Application Due Date
Technical Information Management Section Dept of Hlth & Human Svcs CDC Procurement & Grants Ofc 2920 Brandywine Road, MS E-14 Atlanta, GA 30341 Phone: (770) 488-2700
Daniel Lentine Project Officer DHHS/CDC1600 Clifton Rd, NE, MS E-02 Atlanta, GA 30333 Phone: (404) 639-0462
Health Care Programs/Services Information Dissemination Program Management STD Prevention Technical Assistance Training Programs
Government Agencies Health Planners Local Government Agencies Managers/Supervisors State Government Agencies
Applicants must download the SF-424 application package associated with this funding opportunity from www.grants.gov. If access to the Internet is not available or if the applicant encounters difficulty in accessing the forms online, contact the HHS/CDC Procurement and Grant Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO TIMS) staff at (770) 488-2700 for further instruction. CDC Telecommunications for individuals with hearing loss is available at TTY 1.888.232.6348.
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