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


The anticipated funding, through the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission (BHC),will be used to support the Administration?s priorities of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) to optimize health and quality of life for residents in the border region. Projects should demonstrate that binational collaboration among multiple jurisdictions, academic institutions, and local organizations is feasible, and offer an important opportunity that can be expanded for additional public health impact.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Health Service Act As Amended, Title XVII, Section 1701(e) (1), 22 U.S,C 290n, 22 U.S.C § 290n, Title XVII, Section 1701(e) (1), 22 U.S.C. § 290n
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
This is a limited eligibility cooperative agreement offered to the Arizona Department of Health Services/Office of Border Health; the California Department of Public Health/California Office of Bi-national Border Health; the New Mexico Department of Health/Office of Border Health; and the Texas Department of State Health Services/Office of Border Health. The BHC's establishing legislation (22 U.S.C. SS 290n) calls for close coordination and integration with each of the four state offices of border health, and enabled the Commission to locate its border health operations within those existing state offices to avoid duplicative efforts. The four U.S. offices of border health have extensive experience supporting the BHC's bi-national goals, objectives, and initiatives, and maintain important working relationships and shared ongoing initiatives with Mexico through the appropriate BHC outreach office(s) on the Mexican side of the border. Continuity and consistency in this bi-national effort in the border region is essential to the productivity and success of the BHC.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This funding is intended to support projects aligned with the goals of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, and its mission to provide leadership to optimize health and quality of life for residents in the border region. Special target populations and organizations can include specific sub-groups of interest, such as disadvantaged or medically underserved areas, limited-English speaking groups, migrant populations, native communities, and community-based organizations. The cooperative agreement mechanism encourages the formation and development of collaborative partnerships to facilitate sustainability of efforts and to maximize impact in the border region.
Applicants should provide documentation of the availability and qualifications (including expertise, relevant experience, education, and competence) of its proposed programmatic and administrative staff, as well as other personnel (including partner institutions, subcontractors, and consultants) who would perform required work activities. Acceptable documentation could include resumes/CVs, letters of endorsement, and narrative descriptions of previous work. Applicants should also provide documentation that demonstrates relevant depth of previous experiences communicating, coordinating, and collaborating with key stakeholders on multi-year border health initiatives involving relevant multi-sectoral partners (including those focusing on clinical medicine, public health, community outreach, academic research, government programs, policy making, etc.) 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 required. 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. Identified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement
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. Each HHS/OGA Program's office is responsible for facilitating the process of evaluating applications and setting funding levels according to the criteria set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. An independent review panel will evaluate applications that pass the screening and meet the responsiveness criteria if applicable. These reviewers are experts in their fields, and are drawn from academic institutions, non-profit organizations, state and local government, and Federal government agencies. Based on the Application Review Criteria (as outlined under Section E.1 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement), the reviewers will comment on and score the applications, focusing their comments and scoring decisions on the identified criteria. In addition to the independent review panel, Federal staff will review each application for programmatic, budgetary, and grants management compliance. Final award decisions will be made by the HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. HHS/OASH seeks to award funds as much in advance of the anticipated project start date shown in Section B "Federal Award Information," as practicable, with a goal of 10-15 days. If you are unsuccessful, you will be notified by the program office by email and/or letter and will receive summary comments pertaining to the application resulting from the review process. On occasion, some applicants may receive a letter indicating that an application was approved but unfunded. These applications are kept active for one year and may be considered for award without re-competing should funds become available during the hold period.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Technical Approach: 30 points; Organizational Approach: 20 points; Personnel Qualifications: 20 points; Border Coordination Experience: 30 points
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may only be used to support activities outlined in the approved project plan. The successful applicant will be responsible for the overall management of activities within the scope of the approved project plan. Please consult the HHS GPS Section II and 45 CFR §75.308 for aspects of your grant award that will require prior approval for any changes from the Grants Management Officer.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In accordance with 45 CFR §75.301, reporting requirements must be clearly articulated such that, where appropriate, performance during the execution of the Federal award can be measured. Over the five-year cooperative agreement period, the grantee should remain in close communication with the BHC U.S. Section Office and HHS/OGA to collaboratively develop a detailed evaluation plan for each annual budget period (i.e. Program Years 1 through 5). At the end of each funding year of this initiative, the grantee should be able to: * Describe the process for partnership development with key organizations, and share feedback on the progress of more complex binational, cross-border, or border-wide partnerships. * Describe collaborations to address priority border health issues, and progress towards sustainability of border health initiatives and activities. * Describe outcomes achieved as a result of the influence of the grantee, the BHC, or other implementing partners. * Describe border community involvement for relevant border health activities. * Describe accomplishments and progress toward achieving BHC goals and addressing Healthy Border 2020 priority issues.
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. HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their designated authorized officials shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, sub-grantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-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 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
12 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Section of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission Office of Global Affairs, HHS 211 N. Florence, Suite 101- El Paso, TX 79901 Phone: 915-532-1006 or 1-866-785-9867 Email: For information on program requirements, contact the program office. Office of Global Affairs (OGA) 330 C Street SW, Room 2300 Washington, DC 20201 Phone: (202) 690-6174, (202)-260-0399 Email:
Headquarters Office
Eric C. West
1101 Wootton Parkway,
Rockville, MD 20852 US
Phone: (240) 453-8822
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available - Funding for FY19 has not been determined
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Estimated Award floor: $20,000 Estimated Award Ceiling:$500,000 Estimated Total Funding $1 million Anticipated future budget period amounts are dependent on the availability of funding.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Specific program requirements are described in the application instructions. If you are successful and receive a Notice of Award, in accepting the grant award, you stipulate that the award and any activities thereunder are subject to all provisions of 45 CFR part 75, currently in effect or implemented during the period of the grant or other Department regulations and policies effective at the time of the award. In addition, your organization must comply with all terms and conditions outlined in the Notice of Award, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Grants Policy Statement (GPS), requirements imposed by program statutes and regulations and HHS grant administration regulations, as applicable, as well as any requirements or limitations in any applicable appropriations acts. The current HHS GPS is available at Please note HHS plans to revise the HHS GPS to reflect changes to the regulations; 45 CFR parts 74 and 92 have been superseded by 45 CFR part 75.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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