Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS.
Notice of class deviation from competition requirements for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP).
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be issuing non-competitive awards for the HCOP program. Approximately $9.8 million will be made available in the form of grants to the awardees listed in the chart below for the budget period beginning September 1, 2014. We have determined the need for significant program changes prior to launching a new competition to the field. This will enable the Bureau of Health Workforce to thoughtfully redesign the current program to ensure that it meets the needs of both the government and the field, and conduct a single competition in fiscal year (FY) 2015.
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Grantees of record and intended award amounts are:
|Grant No.||Institution name||State||Anticipated FY 2014
|D18HP23034||University of Alabama Birmingham||AL||$624,823|
|D18HP23007||University of Arizona||AZ||739,146|
|D18HP10623||University of California, San Diego||CA||742,224|
|D18HP05283||Meharry Medical College||TN||750,000|
|D18HP23030||Michigan State University||MI||667,125|
|D18HP10625||University of Michigan-Flint||MI||592,581|
|D18HP10627||Mount Sinai School of Medicine||NY||686,377|
|D18HP23032||University of Texas Medical Branch||TX||750,000|
|D18HP23014||Research Foundation of the State University of New York||NY||712,447|
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|D18HP23019||St. Vincent Health||IN||662,002|
|D18HP23031||Northeastern Vermont AHEC||VT||709,350|
Amount of the Award(s): Up to $750,000 (see chart above).
CFDA Number: 93.822.
Current Project Period: September 1, 2011, through August 31, 2014.
Period of Supplemental Funding: September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015.
Justification: A diverse health professions workforce is critical to achieving greater health equity and ensuring access to quality health care services for underrepresented and underserved populations. The increasing diversity of the U.S. population requires a health care workforce that reflects the population, is knowledgeable, and culturally competent to care for a growing range of health care needs and can serve populations in hard to reach places. HRSA's HCOP grant program serves as a pipeline program by encouraging, cultivating, and supporting students from economically and academically disadvantaged backgrounds to enter healthcare fields.
By extending the performance period of the 14 HCOP grantees listed above, we will create a single cohort of HCOP grantees. These awards will align with the HCOP performance and budget periods for the remaining three HCOP grantees, which runs through August 2015, resulting in administrative savings over a competitive grant making process. Aligning the project periods will also greatly facilitate HRSA efforts to manage this program as a network of grantees working towards common programmatic goals.
Following the current year of funding, HRSA plans to conduct a single funding competition in FY 2015. We will be able to systematically assess the needs of the field, involve grantees in defining the direction of the program, and develop an innovative redesign of the program including strategies that are more aligned with HRSA's diversity priorities and the direction of the field.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tia-Nicole Leak, Ph.D., Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-26, Rockville, Maryland 20857, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dated: June 19, 2014.
Mary K. Wakefield,
[FR Doc. 2014-14808 Filed 6-24-14; 8:45 am]
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