Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Technical Assistance Center

Date: June 8, 2022

Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Technical Assistance Center

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will offer funding for a single entity to provide technical assistance for rural hospitals. The program purpose is to ensure that rural hospitals and the communities they serve have the information and resources needed to make informed decisions as to whether the REH model of care is best for their communities, and if so, facilitate a successful implementation of REH requirements for those hospitals converting to this new provider type.

Program objectives include:

  • Assessing feasibility of the REH model
  • Assisting with the application to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for REH designation
  • Providing ongoing support to REHs implementing new services and achieving REH compliance standards

Eligible applicants are domestic public and nonprofit private entities, including tribes and tribal organizations.

Award ceiling: $2,500,000
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 1

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through grants.gov.

Applicant webinar
Date: June 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern
Call-in umber: 833.568.8864
Meeting ID: 160-512-0478
Passcode: 46676237

Click to find more information.

New Funding Opportunity! Up to 3 Grants Totaling $1 Million for Health Equity Researchers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Date: June 2, 2022

New Funding Opportunity!

Up to 3 Grants Totaling $1 Million for Health Equity Researchers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health’s (CMS OMH) Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP) is proud to release a notice of funding opportunity for researchers at minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

The funding opportunity supports researchers at MSIs who are investigating or addressing health care disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority populations, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality. CMS can award 3 grants of up to $333,000 each to eligible institutions.

Review the notice of funding opportunity CMS-1W1-22-001. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 3:00 PM ET.

Eligible MSIs include:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

To learn more about CMS OMH and the MRGP, visit go.cms.gov/minorityresearch, watch the MRGP overview video, or email HealthEquityTA@cms.hhs.gov.

Clarifying Information: CHW Funding Opportunity

Date: May 31, 2022

Clarifying Information: 
Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program: HRSA-22-124

The application deadline is June 14, 2022.

The CHW Training Program is focused on expanding the public health workforce by training 13,000 CHWs, as well as building their knowledge and skills. The funding opportunity will provide education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs. 

Approximately 75 grantees will receive a total of $226.5 million over a period of three years.

Additional information on requirement for approval of training programs

Applicants must demonstrate that their training or apprenticeship program is approved by a national, state, or local authority. There are several options for providing this information: 

  • Health professions schools and academic health center applicants must provide a copy of their active national accreditation. 
  • Certificate training program applicants or partners providing certificate training must provide either:
    • a copy of their accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, as specified by the U.S. Department of Education, or
    • proof of approval by their state or local government to provide a CHW or health support worker certificate training program.
  • Current Active Registered Apprenticeship sites must submit a copy of documentation such as a certificate of approved registration, from the U.S. Department of Labor or a state/local organization
  • Other applicants such as community-based organizations, community health centers, and FQHCs must provide:
    • proof of non-profit status and/or
    • proof of health center accreditation
  • If you are applying in a state that does not recognize or certify CHW training programs, you may provide a letter from a local public health department, which is considered a branch of local government, as proof of approval. 

You may apply for this funding opportunity if your program is in the process of becoming accredited or approved. However:

  • You must include supporting documentation demonstrating that you are in the process of seeking approval or gaining accreditation.
  • Provisional accreditation or approval must be finalized before the date of award.
  • Existing registered apprenticeship programs must provide documentation of registration from the U.S. Department of Labor or a state/local organizations.
  • New apprenticeship programs can become registered and stood up as part of the grant project.

Page 10 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity states “All other eligible entities must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and provide a copy of their active accreditation or active approval from state government as specified by the U.S. Department of Education, or must be approved by the state or local government to provide a CHW, or public health-related health support worker certificate training program.”  For the purposes of this NOFO, “all other eligible entities” refers to those entities that will be providing the certificate training portion of the program. This can be the lead applicant or their partner.  

Learn more about this opportunity and watch the recorded Q&A session. 

Delta Regional Authority | Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant Program

Date: June 1, 2022

Delta Regional Authority | Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Grant Program

In partnership with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has made available approximately $34.2 million in a fourth round of grant funding for the Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) Initiative. Grants ranging from $150,000 to $1.5 million will be awarded to projects that create economic prosperity, offer gainful employment opportunities, and provide high-quality career outcomes for workers who reside in the Delta and Appalachian regions, enabling them to remain and thrive in these communities.

DRA is hosting a technical assistance webinar and workshop to complement ETA’s WORC Grant Initiative. Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend these events to learn more about how to develop a competitive proposal and to hear from previous grantees about their approach, best practices, and lessons learned.

Additional information and resources are available online and potential applicants are encouraged to visit www.dra.gov/workforce to learn more. For grant eligibility and how to apply, please visit grants.gov.

Both events will discuss topics important to prospective applicants including eligibility, grant requirements and allowable activities, performance reporting, and application procedures.

WORC IV Prospective Applicant Webinar

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Central Time

Click Here for Webinar Registration

 

WORC IV Prospective Applicant Workshop

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM Central Time

DoubleTree Downtown Memphis * | Memphis, TN

Click Here for Workshop Registration

*DRA will be providing lodging for the night of June 7, 2022 for attendees.

The WORC Initiative enables impacted communities to propose projects that demonstrate the alignment of regionally driven, comprehensive approaches to addressing economic distress and the necessary workforce development activities to ensure a workforce capable of succeeding in current and future job opportunities. The webinar and workshop are designed to discuss the recently-released Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with prospective applicants. Follow this link for more information from ETA.

Please contact DRA’s workforce team (workforce@dra.gov) should you have any questions or would like additional information.

 

School Debt Relief For SUD Professionals Is Here

Date: May 26, 2022

School Debt Relief For Professionals Is Here

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment & Recovery Loan Repayment Program

You can receive up to $250,000 in loan repayment

Accepting applications now until July 7, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET

Are you a substance use disorder professional?

Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility.

Apply if you are a behavioral health clinician or support worker, clinical support staff or trained in substance use disorder treatment.

Apply Now

Want More Information?

  • Attend the application webinar on Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. ET.
  • Visit the STAR LRP webpage for eligibility, online Q&A Sessions and more.
  • Subscribe for STAR LRP email updates.

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application

Date: May 25, 2022

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application

Link
Sponsor
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Deadlines
September 1, 2022
Contact
qnetsupport@hcqis.org or 866.288.8912
Purpose

CMS eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) may be exempted from the Medicare Promoting Interoperability payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful Electronic Health Record (EHR) user would result in a significant hardship. Eligible hospitals and CAHs may submit a hardship exception application each year for a maximum of 5 years.

Reasons for a hardship exception include:

  • Using decertified EHR technology
  • Insufficient internet connectivity
  • Extreme and uncontrollable circumstances
  • Lack of control over the availability of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT)

2022 Quality Payment Program Exceptions Application Fact Sheet

Eligibility

CMS eligible hospitals and CAHs that can cite one of the reasons listed above may apply for a hardship exception.

Amount of funding

If approved, the hardship exception is valid for one payment adjustment year. Eligible hospitals and CAHs would need to submit a new application for subsequent years, and no entity can be granted an exception for more than 5 years.

Application process

Links to additional guidance and the online hardship exception application is available on the program website.

TODAY: Q&A Session about the Community Health Worker Training Program

Date: May 25, 2022

Join Us Today!

Online Question and Answer Session: Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP): HRSA-22-124

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Join Here

Meeting ID: 160 654 3798
Phone number: 833-568-8864
Passcode: 27273036

This Online Question & Answer Session is an extension of the technical assistance webinar that was held on May 11, 2022. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) staff will be available to answer your questions in real time about the Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP) funding opportunity.

The CHW Training Program is focused on expanding the public health workforce by training 13,000 CHWs, as well as building their knowledge and skills. The program will provide education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs.  

Approximately up to 75 grantees will receive a total of $226.5 million over a period of three years.

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the previous technical assistance webinar is available. To learn more about eligibility, visit Grants.gov

The application deadline is June 14, 2022.

Public Health Scholarship Program Top 5 FAQs and Webinar Recording

Date: May 20, 2022

Public Health Scholarship Program Top 5 FAQs and Webinar Recording

Public Health Scholarship Program (PHSP) HRSA-22-122

Top Five FAQs

Q1: What are the eligible entities for the PHSP?

A: Eligible entities are:

  • A health professions school, including an accredited school or program 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
  • Any other appropriate public or private nonprofit entity

Q2: How do I document my accreditation?

A: Health professions schools and programs must provide documentation of accreditation as an attachment labeled Attachment 10. Documentation must include:

  • A statement that you hold continuing accreditation from the relevant accrediting body and are not under probation,
  • The dates of initial accreditation and next accrediting body review,
  • The accreditation start and expiration dates; and
  • A web link to the accreditation status.

Q3: What is the maximum amount of scholarship per trainee?

A: The maximum amount of scholarship per trainee is $45,000 per year for full time, and $22,500 per year, per trainee in a part-time training program.

Q4: How do I download the HRSA-22-122 notice of funding opportunity application guidance?

A: Access the PHSP NOFO. You may also access the PHSP NOFO on grants.gov by:

  • Selecting the “Package” Tab
  • Select “Preview”
  • Select the “Download Instructions” button

Q5: Where do I need to register in order to apply?

A: Register in the System for Award Management (SAM). Once complete, you will receive your Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). (Note: This replaced the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number on April 4, 2022.) Register in Grants.gov

More questions? Check out the FAQs and Technical Assistance Webinar recording.

The application deadline is June 1, 2022.

Substance Use Disorder and Treatment Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) is Coming Soon!

Date: May 20, 2022

Substance Use Disorder and Treatment Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) is Coming Soon!

Are you a substance use disorder professional with outstanding school debt?

The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) helps combat the nation’s opioid crisis by giving eligible health professionals up to $250,000 to pay off school loans in exchange for a six-year, full-time service commitment.

Learn More About STAR LRP

3 Reasons the STAR LRP is for YOU

The STAR LRP is more flexible than other federal loan repayment programs and is great for health professionals who are:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents (green card holders);
  • Bachelor’s-level Substance Use Disorder counselors, behavioral health support workers, licensed clinical social workers, medical support staff and more; and
  • Working at non-traditional sites like faith-based settings, adult and youth detention centers, Veteran’s Administration facilities, school-based clinics, migrant health centers, and more.

The STAR LRP is brought to you by the Health Resources & Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Workforce.

Get Your Questions Answered about the Community Health Worker Training Program

Date: May 20, 2022

Online Q&A Session: Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP): HRSA-22-124

Date: May 25, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Join Here

Meeting ID: 160 654 3798
Phone number: 833-568-8864
Passcode: 27273036

This Online Question & Answer Session is an extension of the technical assistance webinar that was held on May 11, 2022. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) staff will be available to answer your questions in real time about the Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP) funding opportunity.

The CHW Training Program is focused on expanding the public health workforce by training 13,000 CHWs, as well as building their knowledge and skills. The program will provide education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs.  

Approximately up to 75 grantees will receive a total of $226.5 million over a period of three years.

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the previous technical assistance webinar is available. To learn more about eligibility, visit Grants.gov

The application deadline is June 14, 2022.