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Grant Opportunity: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health

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CDC has forecasted a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO), Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health. This “umbrella” cooperative agreement will support up to 45 organizations that work with governmental public health and other sectors, over five years, to provide capacity-building assistance within the public health system.

This funding will provide capacity-building assistance to:

  • Increase the knowledge, skill, and ability to deliver essential public health services,
  • Improve organizational and systems capacity and capability to address prioritized, equity-based public health priorities, and
  • Strengthen the nation’s public health infrastructure and performance.
  • Estimated Post Date: January 22, 2024
  • Estimated Application Due Date: March 25, 2024
  • Estimated Award Date: August 1, 2024

Additional information is available online.  The Public Health Infrastructure Center is planning additional communications about this opportunity once the full application is available.

New Funding Opportunities for Multi-sectoral Preventive Interventions

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) and participating Institutes, Centers, and Offices are seeking applications for a new collaborative research network to test multi-sectoral preventive interventions for health conditions in populations that experience health disparities.

The research network funding opportunity encourages research project applications that intervene beyond the individual level and collaborate with two or more service sectors (e.g., health, housing, transportation, education).

The research network will also include a coordinating center that will provide technical assistance related to intervention methodology and facilitate collaboration across projects. The coordinating center funding opportunity encourages applications that propose activities in administration, methodology, and community engagement.

These funding opportunities were developed by the ODP-coordinated Advancing Prevention Research for Health Equity (ADVANCE) initiative, an NIH-wide effort to develop and evaluate referrals to preventive interventions that address health disparities. The research network and coordinating center funding opportunities are due August 5, 2024.

CMS Announces Model to Advance Integration in Behavioral Health

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is announcing a new model to test approaches for addressing the behavioral and physical health, as well as health-related social needs, of people with Medicaid and Medicare. The Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) Model’s goal is to improve the overall quality of care and outcomes for adults with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorder by connecting them with the physical, behavioral, and social supports needed to manage their care.  The model will also promote health information technology (health IT) capacity building through infrastructure payments and other activities.

Read more about the new model and how it seeks to improve quality of care, access, and outcomes for people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders in Medicaid and Medicare.

HHS to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes with New CMS Care Model that Expands Access to Services, Other Proven Maternal Health Approaches

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced innovative actions to improve maternal health and birth outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women and their infants through the new Transforming Maternal Health (TMaH) Model. This 10-year payment and care-delivery model will support participating state Medicaid agencies (SMAs) in developing and implementing a whole-person approach to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care for women with Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.

Despite spending more per capita for maternity care than any other nation in the world, The goal of the TMaH Model is to ensure pregnant and postpartum mothers with Medicaid or CHIP health insurance receive personalized care that can improve their health outcomes, including fewer low-risk cesarean sections, and fewer instances of severe maternal morbidity. The TMaH Model also seeks to support or increase access to additional maternal care providers, such as midwives, birth centers, and doula services. Each participating state Medicaid agency will be eligible for up to $17 million during the model’s 10-year period.

For more detailed information about the TMaH Model, visit the model website.