Affordable Care Act (ACA) Public Health Training Centers Program

 

REGIONAL PHTC:
The purpose of the Regional Public Health Training Center program is to improve the Nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies of the current and future public health workforce through the provision of education, training and consultation services. The Regional PHTC Programs together comprise a national program that serves all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the six U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. Ten regions are funded to ensure that the U.S. and its jurisdictions all have access to public health workforce education and training. The work of the Regional PHTCs will be accomplished through the provision of education, training, and consultation to State, local, and Tribal health department staff as a primary audience, particularly frontline public health workers and middle managers. The secondary audience includes staff from other parts of the public health system such as non-profit organizations, federally qualified health centers, accountable care organizations, and hospitals, among others.

NATIONAL COORDINATING CENTER FOR PUBLIC HEALTH TRAINING:
The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training will provide technical assistance to the Regional Public Health Training Centers to enhance their capacity and infrastructure. Among other activities, the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training will develop a formal network across all regional centers, coordinate activities and enhance collaboration across the network, develop and implement a communications strategy to expand the reach of the Regional centers nationally, and lead the standardization and vetting of public health core competency continuing education courses across all regional centers. The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training will work with the Regional Public Health Training Centers to achieve economies of scale and reduce duplication of all training, including the development of cross-cutting course content.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.516
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Regional PHTC: Title VII, Sections 765 and 766 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295 and 295a), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.; National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training: Title VII, Sections 765 and 765 (d) (9) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295 and 295a), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Regional PHTC: .
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in public health may apply.
This program also includes a statutory funding preference for accredited schools of public health.

National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training:
Eligible applicants are health professions schools, including accredited schools or programs of public health, health administration, preventive medicine, or dental public health or a school providing health management programs; an academic health center; a State or local government; or any other appropriate public or private nonprofit entity.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of applications have been instituted to provide for an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may support salaries, stipends, consultant costs, equipment, and travel as requested to develop and implement the program. Grant funds may not be used for construction, patient services, student tuition or international activities unless associated with a recognized territorial awardee. Grant funds may not be used to supplant training and education activities which should be provided as part of the mission of the awardee or sub-awardee institution. In addition, grant funds are not intended to supplant funds for educational efforts which should be supported by nonprofit private industry or other public agencies. Applicants are expected to leverage their resources to create enhanced training opportunities through partnerships and collaboration.

Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The recipient will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA’s Application Guide. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation recipients, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records three years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FSR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the three 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 three year period, whichever is later.
Other 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
This funding opportunity provides support for a 4-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Miryam Gerdine, Social Science Research Analyst/Project Officer, Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9C-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6760 and E-mail address at mgerdine@hrsa.gov.

Kellie Gilchrist, Social Science Research Analyst/Project Officer , Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 9C-05, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-1077 and E-mail address at kgilchrist@hrsa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Julia Sheen-Aaron Chief, Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-05, Rockville , Maryland 20857 Email: jsheen-aaron@hrsa.gov Phone: 301-443-3875
Website Address
http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/publichealth/phtc.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0353-0-1-552.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $8,250,000; FY 15 est $8,250,000; and FY 16 est $8,250,000 - Regional PHTCs. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $850,000; FY 15 est $850,000; and FY 16 est $850,000 - National Coordinating Center.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 Range: Regional PHTCs: $705,000 to $1,005,000 (Dependent on Region)
FY 14 Range: National Coordinating Center: $850,000; average est $850,000
FY 15 Range: Regional PHTCs: - $705,000 to $1,005,000 (Dependent on Region)
FY 15 Range: National Coordinating Center: - $850,000; average est $850,000.
FY 16 Range: Regional PHTCs: - $705,000 to $1,005,000 (Dependent on Region)
FY 16 Range: National Coordinating Center: - $850,000; average est $850,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75.

HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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