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


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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Public Health Service Act As Amended, Title XVII, Section 1701(e) (1), 22 U.S.C ยง 290n.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
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 HHS 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Approximately 60 days from the application deadline date.
Not Applicable.
Project period is for 3 years.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reports are required semi-annually, a final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period. Cash reports are required for each cash withdrawal or transfer. Progress reports are required for each budget period. Progress reports are required semi-annually. Grantees must submit quarterly Federal Financial Reports. The FFR is due 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter. In addition to the required semi-annual progress reports, a final performance report is due 90 days following the end of the project period.
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. 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grants can have a project period not to exceed 4 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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. For assistance on programmatic issues, please contact: Mr. Dan ReynaMSS, MPA
General Manager, U.S. Section; U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission; Office of Global Health Affairs; Office of the Secretary; Department of Health and Human Services, El Paso, Texas 79901. Telephone (915) 532-1006, ext. 13, FAX (915) 532-1697, e-mail or Office of Global Health Affairs, 200 Independence Ave, SW, Room 639H, Washington, DC 20201.
Headquarters Office
Eric C. West Tower Building, Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (240) 453-8822
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $1,300,000; FY 15 est $1,350,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$400,000 to $475,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specific program requirements are contained in the application instructions, the Federal Register announcement, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS Publication No. (OASH) 90-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994); 2 CFR 200 Part 75 applies.

Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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