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Funding Opportunity Number:
Aug 16, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:
Oct 15, 2012
Current Closing Date for Applications:
Oct 15, 2012
Dec 13, 2012
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Rural Health Care Services Outreach, Rural Health Network Development and Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvemen
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
The lead applicant organization must be a rural, non-profit or public entity that represents a consortium/network of three or more health care providers. To ascertain rural eligibility, please refer to http://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/RuralAdvisor/ and enter the applicant organization’s State and County. To identify the Census tract where your organization is located, visit the webpage at http://www.ffiec.gov/Geocode/default.aspx and enter your address, PO Boxes cannot be used to identify eligible Census Tracts. The applicant organization’s county name must be entered on the SF-424 Face Page in Box 8, Section d. Address. If the applicant is eligible by census tract the census tract number must also be included next to the county name.
Faith-based and community-based organizations as well as Tribal Organizations are eligible to apply for these funds. For-profit or urban based organizations are not eligible to be the lead applicant but can participate in the network.
Organizations that have already received a Network Planning grant or a Rural Health Network Development grant are not eligible to apply for the same or a similar project.
The applicant’s organizational headquarters must be a public or private nonprofit entity located in a designated rural county or a rural census track within an urban county.
• Applicants that are eligible because they are in a rural census tract of an urban area must also include the census tracts of the service areas, cities, counties, etc where the funds will be used.
• In addition to 50 States, applicants can be located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Compact Free Association Jurisdictions of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.
Applications from organizations that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered under the funding opportunity announcement.
Health Resources & Services Administration
This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (Network Planning).
The purpose of the Network Planning Program is to promote the development of integrated healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist health care networks in becoming operational. These networks can include a wide range of community partners including social service agencies, faith-based organizations, mental health agencies, charitable organizations, educational institutions, employers, local government agencies or other entities with an interest in a community's health care system.
For purposes of this grant program, a rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. For example a critical access hospital (CAH), a community health center (CHC) and a social services organization could come together around a shared purpose, such as coordination of care, in a collaborative activity that allows them to assess the health care needs within their community, share clinical or administrative resources or ensure that local patients have access to a full continuum of care locally.
Successful applicants can use their one-year grant funds to lay out the foundation of a community health project by convening collaborating partners to conduct planning activities. This includes but is not limited to the following components:
1) Community health and/or provider needs assessments
a. develop and implement a needs assessment in the community;
b. identify the most critical need of network partners to ensure their viability;
c. identify potential collaborating network partners in the community/region; and
d. identify placed-based initiatives that focus on targeting resources in efforts to leverage investments.
2) Business, operation or strategic plans, such as
a. develop a business, operational or strategic plan;
b. carryout organization development activities such as a formal memorandum of agreement or understanding (MOA/MOU);
c. develop a shared mission statement;
d. establish a network board;
e. develop bylaws;
f. delineate the roles and responsibilities of the network partners;
g. establish network priority areas, goals, and objectives; and
h. begin carrying out network activities, include activities to promote the network's benefit to the community, increased access to quality care services, and sustainability.
3) Health Information Technology (HIT) Investments:
a. use the funds to hire a consultant to perform a HIT readiness assessment for the network.
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