STD AAPPS FOA Frequently Asked Questions
About STD AAPPS
1. What is STD AAPPS?
Improving Sexually Transmitted Disease Programs through Assessment, Assurance, Policy Development, and Prevention Strategies, or STD AAPPS, is a new funding opportunity from CDC’s Division of STD Prevention.
STD AAPPS was published on grants.gov on June 14, 2013. All FOA applications are due by 11:59 pm current Eastern Time on September 12, 2013. (June 14, 2013)
2. What are the major changes in the new FOA?
Although the public health foundations of STD AAPPS and the expiring cooperative agreement are similar, there are some notable differences:
- STD AAPPS eliminates separate program components for the infertility prevention project and syphilis elimination, thereby providing greater flexibility to grantees to direct resources to support STD prevention that reflect their local situation.
- STD AAPPS provides awardees the opportunity to develop work plans, performance measures, and evaluation activities that are focused on program efficiency, cost-effectiveness and scalable interventions with high health impact.
- STD AAPPS incorporates a funding formula that balances the need to direct resources to populations with the greatest burden of infections with the need to maintain efficient and effective infrastructure. Funding is equally divided to address each of these needs.
- STD AAPPS makes changes that support STD programs taking advantage of opportunities created by changes in the health care delivery system:
- Opportunity for improvement of STD surveillance, electronic laboratory reporting, electronic health record case reporting and integrated data systems;
- Opportunity for meaningful use of data for public health purposes;
- Opportunity for participating in public health department billing efforts to receive reimbursement for services provided;
- Opportunity for public health and primary care to collaborate in new ways to expand STD prevention services and quality of existing services;
- Opportunity to collaborate with state Medicaid programs choosing to expand and health insurance exchanges as they prepare for the changes that will take place in January 2014.
- STD AAPPS enhances program capacity and supports modernization of the STD public health work force so they are fit for purpose.
3. Who should I contact if I have additional questions about STD AAPPS?
Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. DSTDP staff monitors this inbox on an ongoing basis and will assign your question to the appropriate staff. Frequently asked questions will be posted to the STD AAPPS FAQ webpage.
Additionally, DSTDP has scheduled a series of webinars over the course of the coming months for applicants. Webinar schedules, registration information, and recordings are available at the STD AAPPS Webinar page.
(June 14, 2013; updated July 24, 2013)
CDC cannot respond directly to individual grantee questions. All answers to grantee questions will be posted on these FAQ web pages.