Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

Supported through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care. The purpose of this program is to increase the utilization of community health workers to strengthen the health care workforce and to improve access to health care and health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority people living with HIV (PLWH). 

This announcement solicits applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to support a single organization that will serve as the Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center (TAEC) for a new initiative entitled Improving Access to Care: Using Community Health Workers to Improve Linkage and Retention in HIV Care. The goal of this three year cooperative agreement is to increase the utilization of community health workers (CHW) to improve access to and retention in health care; and to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLWH) by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthier communities, and achieving health equity among racial and ethnic minority populations. The project will focus on assisting HIV medical care provider sites, particularly those funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP), with the support needed to integrate CHWs into an HIV multidisciplinary team model through training, direct technical assistance, and collaborative learning sessions. 

The TAEC will provide three levels of training and/or technical assistance (TA) comprising Direct TA, Webinars/Webcasts, and Learning Collaboratives. Direct TA will be provided to up to ten (10) RWHAP medical provider sites serving racial/ethnic minority populations in geographic locations with low rates of retention and/or viral suppression as reported in the 2014 Ryan White Services Report (RSR). The selected sites will also receive a subaward to support the development and implementation of their CHW program. The sites will be required to demonstrate need, interest, and capacity to sustain a CHW program during and after the project ends, and to fully cooperate with the TAEC in the multi-site evaluation. In consultation with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), the TAEC will be responsible for identifying the RWHAP medical provider sites to receive both the direct TA and a subaward, and for administering the subawards. 

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 13, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 12, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible organizations may include national organizations; State, local, and Indian tribal governments; institutions of higher education; other non-profit organizations (including community-based and faith-based and tribal organizations) involved in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues at a national scope. 

Amount

$6,000,000

Amount Description

This program expects to provide funding during federal fiscal years 2016 - 2018. Approximately $2,000,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) cooperative agreement recipient. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $2,000,000 per year. Applicants should note that the award amount includes up to $750,000 to fund up to ten (10) RWHAP medical provider sites as subrecipients receiving direct TA to support the development and implementation of their CHW model. The project period is three (3) years. 

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Interdisciplinary
Medical
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* HRSA Biosketch

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

June 12, 2016

External Deadline

July 12, 2016