A new funding opportunity announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has potential for five of the seven rural states prioritized in the first phase of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. The announcement invites applications for the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program, which provides resources to help rural communities develop partnerships and jointly address health problems, including HIV, that affect the Delta region.
The Delta Program supports and encourages the development of integrated health care networks to address unmet local health care needs and prevalent health disparities in rural Delta communities. The purpose of the Delta Program is to support organizations located in the eight Delta States (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee) to promote the planning, implementation, and development of health care networks to:
- achieve efficiencies;
- expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and
- strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. The program provides resources to help rural communities develop partnerships and jointly address health problems that affect the Delta region.
Due to the high disparities in the region, applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a program based on no more than two of the following focus areas: 1) diabetes, 2) cardiovascular disease, 3) obesity, 4) acute ischemic stroke, or 5) HIV/AIDS.
HRSA has up to $12,000,000 available and anticipates making up to 12 awards for three-year projects that would begin in August 2020. Applications are due 12/06/2019.
HRSA has scheduled a technical assistance webinar for potential applicants:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)
Call-In Number: 1-888-994-8792, Participant Code: 5467892
Playback Number: 1-866-484-6430, Passcode: 11619