Social Determinants of Health Funding Call Script

This funding opportunity has CLOSED.

Informational Call:
Informational Conference Call for Notice of Funding Opportunity CDC-RFA-DP22-2210: Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans 

CDC held an information call on June 9, 2022 at 3:30 PM Eastern Time for those interested in submitting an application.

Application Date CLOSED:
July 8, 2022

Information Call:
June 9, 2022; 3:30pm ET

Call Script

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Stacy De Jesus: Good afternoon, we are going to go ahead and get started thanks for your patience we just wanted to make sure that everyone had an opportunity to join at the top of the call. So, I’d like to first introduce myself, I am Stacy De Jesus and I serve as the Associate Director for the Office of Public Health Practice within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion or NCCDPHP. My pronouns are she, her and I’m a white Hispanic female with brown hair and I’m wearing a gray top. I would like to welcome you all to the informational webinar to discuss the new funding opportunity from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion titled CDC-RFA-DP22 – 2210: Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans.

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Stacy De Jesus: I’d like to start with a few housekeeping items. So, today’s call is being recorded and all lines are on mute, we will upload the webinar recording and slides to our NOFO web page, which will be provided at the end of this informational call. If you would like to access live closed captioning you can click the link in the chat box now, this will open live captioning in another window, and we will also have a enabled auto generated captions in Zoom which you can access on screen using the CC icon. All participant lines will remain on mute throughout the webinar. We request that you use the chat and the Q and Aa function to ask questions of the hosts and panelists. For technical questions related to the Zoom webinar please use the chat function and ensure your message is going to host and panelists only. For questions related to the SDOH Accelerator Plan NOFO, please use the Q and A. Questions in the Q and A will be addressed in the live Q and A portion later in the webinar.

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Stacy De Jesus: So, this slide shows our agenda for today’s webinar. First, we will explain the Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plan NOFO components and applications specifications. Then we will have time to review and address as many of your questions as possible. I would now like to welcome Brigette Ulin, Chief of CDC Prevention Research and Translation Branch in our Division of Population Health within The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Brigette will be providing an overview of the Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plan NOFO components and explaining the application specifications.

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Brigette Ulin: Thank you Stacy and welcome everyone, my name is Brigette Ulin and my pronouns are she, her, and hers I have blonde hair and brown eyes and I have the CDC background up. Welcome to today’s webinar and thank you for your interest in this funding opportunity. As a reminder, if you have questions, while I’m speaking feel free to put them in the Q and A or wait until the end of my presentation or there’ll be a time to address your questions by the panelists. Next slide.

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Brigette Ulin: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is excited to announce another round of funding to develop multi-sector action plans to address the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are conditions in places where people are born, live, learn, work, and play and worship, which influence the availability of fair and just opportunities and resources that are needed to live healthy lives and to improve a wide range of social mental and physical outcomes. The purpose of the NOFO, is to accelerate action in state local territorial and tribal jurisdictions that lead to improved chronic disease outcomes among persons experiencing health disparities and inequities. Collaborative planning among public health government business nonprofit organization and healthcare partners is essential for addressing social determinants of health. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed an integrative framework to address social determinants of health, that’s on the screen now. With specific focus on five determinants that impact chronic disease factors and health-related outcomes, including built environment, community clinical linkages, food and nutrition security, social connectedness, and tobacco-free policy. As described in the strategies and activity section of the NOFO, on pages nine through 12, applicants are required to select a minimum of two of these priority areas for inclusion in their accelerator plan. More on the accelerator plan requirements in a few minutes. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: Approximately 40 applicants will be funded to collaborate with multi-sector partners to develop implementation-ready SDOH accelerator plans to reduce disparities in health outcomes related to chronic disease within a state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdiction, community, or catchment area. A community within the state could be defined as a city, county, parish, jurisdiction or sub-jurisdiction. Catchment areas are defined in this NOFO as a county metropolitan statistical area or group of contiguous counties. The period of performance for these grants is one year and at least two tribes, one territory, and three recipients, for HHS region – that’s Department of Health and Human Services – region will be funded. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: I’m going to take a few moments to recap the eligibility listed in the NOFO. Eligible applicants are limited to the following government jurisdictions that I just covered or their bona fide agents, included on this slide. And you can find them on page 23 and 24 of the NOFO that includes states, including the District of Columbia, counties, cities, townships, localities, special districts governments, tribes and territories. Applicants must be physically located and operate in the state, tribe, locality, or territory for which the work is proposed. Eligibility limitation is delineated in the Division of Health Department of Labor’s HHS Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Act Join explanatory statement, which provides an increase for these activities, which started last year. More information is listed about that. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: Recipients of DP21-2111: Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans are not eligible to apply for this NOFO, given they were previously funded last year to complete the same activities. Again, it has the same name as this one – Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator plans – are not eligible for this NOFO. Applicants proposing to work in a state, tribe, locality, territory, or community, other than where the applicant is physically located and operates will be considered non-responsive and will not receive further review of this. Next slide.

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Brigette Ulin: Recipients are expected to complete two main activities with this grant, the first activity is to convene and coordinate a leadership team of multi-sector partners, which is listed here in green. This should lead to the short-term outcome of increased collaboration and engagement. And second activity is to develop the SDOH accelerator plan shown here in blue which should lead to the short-term outcome of having a ready to implement plan by the end of this grant period. I want to highlight that this grant aims to achieve these two short-term outcomes within 12 months, as noted on this slide. This grant is not intended to achieve implementation and intermediate long-term outcomes. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: For activity one, applications are required to identify and describe the tribe, community, or catchment area, you will be working with that is disproportionately affected by disparities in chronic disease outcomes. And applicants are required to identify and describe how the population is affected by other related risk factors such as poverty, lack of economic resources, income inequity, or low employment opportunities. Applications must include a statement that identifies the community in which the applicant will do the proposed work. Again, a community within a state could be defined as a city, county, parish, or jurisdiction or sub-jurisdiction, catchment areas are defined in this NOFO as a county, metropolitan statistical area, or group of contiguous counties. Applicants should also provide evidence of an existing or newly established leadership team that will advise on the development of the SDOH accelerator plan. In developing the plan the leadership team should use a community-based participatory approach that includes shared decision-making and builds upon the collective assets of the community. As I mentioned earlier applicants are also required to select a minimum of two SDOH priority areas that are found on slide six in this presentation and included on pages nine through 13 of the NOFO. Next slide.

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Brigette Ulin: The second activity is to develop an implementation ready SDOH accelerator plan, the main deliverable of this grant. In collaboration with the leadership team, the recipient will develop an implementation-ready SDOH accelerator plan. The recipient is encouraged to collaborate with additional subject matter experts as desired to assist with the development of the plan; templates will be provided by CDC as examples for consideration by awarded recipients. Applicants will also be required to develop an evaluation plan for the accelerator plan that they’re working on; this is not required with the application, but rather should be developed throughout the development of the accelerator plan for the project period of 12 months. This includes describing how the accelerator plan strategies and outcomes will be measured, with particular focus on the social and public health impact on selected populations, the accelerator plan evaluation purpose, goals, evaluation questions, and data collection methods. So, I want to highlight that, again, you are going to be expected to develop an evaluation plan for the accelerator plan you’re developing, but this is not to be included in your application, because you haven’t developed a plan. Finally, recipients will be required to complete a success story, at the end of the planning process on establishing expanding and coordinating multi-sector partners. There’s more on this on pages 13 through 15 and on the required elements for the accelerator plan in the NOFO. Next slide.

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Brigette Ulin: I’d like to cover some of the required documentation so first applicants need to demonstrate that, with our application, the capacity to complete all the activities proposed. Organizational capacity demonstrates the applicant’s ability to successfully execute the funding opportunity strategies and to meet those projects’ short-term outcomes. Applicants should provide staffing plan, including an organizational chart, CVs/resumes, position descriptions, and project management structure that will be sufficient to meet the goals of the proposed project. You can see here that the titles of what these should be saved and uploaded are listed in blue at the bottom of the slide and in the NOFO itself. Next slide, please.

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Brigette Ulin: Additional required documentation is required. In the form of letters of support and there’s quite many required so I want to highlight and review those here.  This slide summarizes those, and they’re included on page 20 in the NOFO.  The applicant is required to submit one letter of support that describes how they will collaborate with relevant healthcare providers, federal qualified health centers, hospitals, insurance plans, Medicaid, Medicare etc. This letter must be signed by the applicant and the related partners organizational leader. The applicant is required to submit at least four letters of support from the plan leadership team members detailing their commitment to the development of the SDOH accelerator plan. Applicants are required to submit at least one letter of support that describes how they will collaborate with CDC-funded state or local chronic disease prevention programs, as appropriate. The letters must be signed by the applicant and the local program director of the CDC-funded Program. If the applicant is not a health department, the applicant is also required to submit a letter of participation from the community’s jurisdictional health authority outlining their specific role in the development of the plan and support by that jurisdiction to do so. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: Applicants must provide a detailed work plan for one year, with their application and an example is included in the NOFO and on the slide. As noted on page 21 in the NOFO, the work plan should include the following elements:

  • Period of performance outcome
  • Strategies and activities
  • Performance measure
  • Responsibility party
  • Completion dates

Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: Due to the nature of this grant, applicants are not required to provide an overall evaluation and performance measurement plan or a data management plan with their application, and therefore they should disregard the standard template language that’s noted in the NOFO under Section Two: Applicant evaluation and performance measurement plan. So, I want to repeat that the applicants are not required to provide an overall evaluation and performance measurement plan or a data management plan with their application. CDC will however collaborate with recipients, both individually and collectively, to monitor implementation of the recipients’ strategies and activities that were covered in previous slides and assess their progress in achieving the short-term outcomes of this NOFO throughout the 12-month project period. Performance measures that are included in this NOFO that are listed on the right side of the slide correspond to the high-level broad strategy categories and short-term outcomes listed here and on page 18 of the NOFO. Recipients will be required to report to CDC on these defined performance measure data at the end of the period of performance in their final report. What CDC is looking to answer the following questions:

  • To what extent was the recipient successful in convening and coordinating the leadership team?
  • To what extent was the recipient successful in submitting the plan?
  • What obstacles or challenges did the recipient encounter in building and collaborating with their leadership team and developing their plan?

And recipients also I want to highlight will be required to report on these defined format measures at the end of the period of performance, I said that earlier today, so at the end, these are the things that will be looking for. Next slide please.

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Brigette Ulin: Next, I want to cover the application review and selection process. Application review entails three phases. Pamela Render is here with us today from CDC Office of Grants Services and will be answering any questions you have about this process during the Q and A portion of this webinar coming up next. In the first phase, all applicants will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness by CDC’s Office of Grants Services. Nonresponsive applications will not advance to Phase Two review. Applicants will be notified if their applications, that they did not meet eligibility, will be noted, if their applications did not meet eligibility and or published submission requirements. In the second phase of this process, a review panel will evaluate complete eligible applications in accordance with the criteria that are listed on the box on this slide and on pages 36 through 39 in the NOFO. These include approach, evaluation, and performance measurement and the applicant’s organizational capacity to implement the approach and the budget. No more than 30 days after this phase two is complete, applicants will be notified electronically if their application did not meet eligibility or published submission requirements. More is included again on page 36 and 39 for each of these categories on how the review/what the review will be upon. In the third and final phase, phase three of the review process, applicants will be scored and ranked through a merit review process. Recipients will receive an electronic copy of the notice of award. Let me pause. So that’s the third phase where applications will be scored and ranked through merit review. After that, the way that you’re notified is you’ll receive a copy of the notice of award from CDC Office of Grants Services. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of these results by email as well. I think that covers the overview, so I will turn it, I think you can go to the next slide, and I will turn it back to Stacy who will be facilitating our Q&A from those of you on the call today. Thank you for being here.

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Stacy De Jesus: Great Thank you Brigette, so we’re going to now move into our live Q and A or question
answer portion. On the webinar along with Brigette we also have our colleague Pam Render from CDC’s Office of Financial Resources, Office Grant Services, who is available to answer any questions Regarding concerning budget or the award process, but before we begin, I do want to describe how we will handle questions. Please type your questions into the Q and A feature, we are not using the raise hand function, and we are not unmuting meeting attendees. If you already submitted a question in the chat, we ask that you please submit it into the Q and A function. To the extent possible, we will try to answer all of your questions today on the call in the event that we are not able to provide an immediate answer. All of the questions and answers from today’s call will be posted on the NOFO web page in the coming days so you should check the website frequently for new questions and answers.

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Stacy De Jesus: So I’m going to go ahead and begin and what I think I’m going to do is start off with some questions that are in the The Q and A there are a lot of questions as usual around eligibility, including hold on I’m trying to pull up my We have a lot of questions around eligibility, including local HDs. been trying to pull these up sorry. I’m sorry I’ve had them already and they’re not here, so we look like we have a lot of again questions around eligibility, including 501(c)(3), local health department, nonprofit etc., and I just want to reiterate the eligibility criteria for this particular NOFO and so eligibility, and this is on slide seven from the presentation, which will be made available on the On the NOFO web page, but that we have government and its really limited to government entities or bona fide agents for those government entities. That will include states, including district of Columbia, counties, cities, townships, localities, and special district governments. also includes tribes, federally and state recognized American Indian/Alaska native tribes, and tribal organizations Other than federally recognized tribal governments and includes the territories which include Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands. And the other important piece around eligibility, is that the applicants must be physically Located and operating in the state, tribes, locality, or territory for which they are applying. I also want to address, there was a question that was specific to the other eligibility applications, and that is really a formatting error, with our template So the NGOs referenced in that section are specific to native and tribal NGOs so really again specific to native and tribal NGOs and the other eligibility section, and that is something that will be clarified on the Q and A. Alright, so let me go back up.

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Brigette Ulin: Stacy, there’s another question we’ve gotten quite a bit on bona fide agents and really, I just want to highlight that the bona fide agent is when your local jurisdiction basically determines that you’re working on their behalf. So that’s where that letter of support will be critical for you to have where the state is really emphasizing that you’re working on behalf of that state, local, or whatever jurisdiction on their behalf and Pamela I don’t know if you want to anything but that is really the bona fide agent – it’s really up to the local jurisdiction or state jurisdiction to determine Who that might be, and then, if you’re not one of those jurisdictions that was just on that slide or that you’ll see again when you look at it, you really need that letter of support, or you’ll be deemed nonresponsive by on the Office of Grant Services.

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Pamela Render: Nothing more to add Brigette, that was excellent.

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Stacy De Jesus: Okay, thank you. We have another question about previous Closing the Gap Accelerator plans and other grants outcomes if they’re available for review and reference and I’m going to go ahead and answer that just recognizing that they are currently in the project period which is set to end at the end of September, and so those there in the middle of working on that now, and so, those are not available and would not be available in time for an application For this particular one. Another question that seems to be coming up a lot and I’m going to pass this one over to Brigette is about funding available after this grant, after the accelerator plans. to fund the implementation – so basically are there going to be implementation funds available after this accelerator plan project period ends in 2023.

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Brigette Ulin: Thanks, that’s a great question and the answer is we certainly hope so! We’re waiting to see what happens with the next Congressional budget. So, we are crossing our fingers that there will be implementation dollars that come to us by Congress that then we would put out additional notice of funding opportunities for implementation awards, so we hope so, but we won’t know yet given we’re too early in the budget process.

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Stacy De Jesus: Thank you Brigette. Another question that we have is as can we use one award To define multiple communities that would each create a leadership team and develop the SDOH plan so if I’m understanding this correctly, this answer, but if I’m understanding the question correctly.  Is within one accelerator award so one award that they can define multiple communities and each of those communities would create a leadership team and develop the SDOH plan. I’m going to pass that to you Brigette.

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Brigette Ulin: Can you say it one more time I was trying to find a copy of the question but there’s so many.

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Stacy De Jesus: I know it’s really hard, if you haven’t done this a lot and I have not done this, a lot, but to multitask and answer the questions and find them. But it is really about – is one award to define multiple communities that would each create a leadership team and develop the SDOH plan.

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Brigette Ulin: So, it’s not a lot of money, it’s $125,000 – the goal really is to develop one accelerator plan, but on an earlier slide I did mention that counties may want to come together, states may want to come together in it, but it really is targeted at one community To focus on, and then you have to identify that particular community that you’re looking for, so the intent here is not to have multiple plans going on across the state but it’s really up to you if you’re a state and you feel like one plan would meet the needs. you wouldn’t be ineligible if you wanted to develop multiple plans, but the intent really was to do one given there’s so much Special customization that goes into addressing social determinants of health and communities are assuming uniquely different based on what they need, so it would really be up to the applicant to demonstrate how you could pull that off. But that is not an expectation, by any means of funding multiple plans.

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Stacy De Jesus: Thank you Brigette another question and Brigette stay ready because I think this is going to be for you as well, are there other options, if there is not a CDC-funded chronic disease prevention program in the area.

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Brigette Ulin: Right, well, if you don’t have one in the area, then I think you just need to clarify that in your application as to why it is not. Why, I was thinking about that, when I was stating that why, if there’s none available and obviously you can’t write a letter of support for that So, if you would just want to clarify that in your application so that, when the reviewers are looking at it, they don’t discount you because you don’t have that because it doesn’t exist. We know that in some small localities or, in some parts of the country or in the territories that may not exist, and that is all the more reason why you might need an SDOH accelerator plan, quite honestly, so just make sure you say that in there And that you double check to make sure that none of those exists, and maybe having verified that would be my suggestion.

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Stacy De Jesus: All right, and Brigette, stay close, there are a lot of questions coming in around the review criteria score for the evaluation and performance measurement, particularly because it’s not required to be submitted as part of the application. So, there’s some questions around why there’s an evaluation score, which I will say that that is a requirement, but I will pass it to you Brigette to really clarify what is going to be part of that evaluation and performance measurement for in the Phase Two criteria.

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Brigette Ulin: I thought we might, good question. So, I’m going to look down because I have some notes on that, if we could pull that slide back up also as well because there, I want to make sure we get all your questions answered on the evaluation, because it is tricky navigating The template because things are in there, that are not required so I appreciate the question. So, when you look at evaluation and performance measurement If you can pull that slide up, it’s 15 points in the NOFO. Applicants will be scored on the extent to which their project narrative and work plan list the following: They describe an approach to ensure strategies and activities are implemented and planned, describe an approach to ensure the strategy and activity progress is occurring And describe an approach to ensure performance measures are collected, so that’s what you’re being scored on within the evaluation and performance management so we’re still again remember we’re going to want to see at the end of your award how you did all this – it’s up to you to track your performance measures that were on the other slide that are listed there. There are lot of process measures there and we want to see your approach to the strategies and That you know your approach to how you’re going to measure that how you’re going to keep track of it. We’re not asking for you to submit that larger evaluation plan we just want you to state in there, how you’re going to ensure that your group comes together, how you’re going to monitor, what are your plans to carry out the work. And so that’s listed again there and it’s 15 points for evaluation and performance management, I think, if you go to a previous slide There – this slide yes, this is exactly what we’re going to be you’re going to be scored on how you’re going to plan to keep track of this on your own because we’re not asking you for The formal evaluation of performance measures plan that’s traditionally required over multiyear projects, we acknowledge this is a one-year project Over 12 months and it’s not a lot of funds so it’s already been deemed that that’s an unrealistic expectation, but again, we want to make sure you have a plan to show us you’re going to how you’re going to reach these short-term outcomes and how you’re going to capture these so that you can report on to us at the relevant stages over the 12 months.

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Stacy De Jesus: Okay, thank you, the next question is going to be about the budget so I’m going to pass this over to Pam and it’s really just confirming that I don’t know if you have any additional information that as part of the phase two criteria that the budget has zero points allocated in review.

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Pamela Render: That is correct. The budget is not scored in the review.

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Stacy De Jesus: Thank you. Another question is can applicants provide more, and Brigette this is going to be for you, can applicants provide more than the minimum two main SDOH services?

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Brigette Ulin: Priorities from the list of five? is that the question?

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Stacy De Jesus: I’m assuming so it specifies SDOH services, but if it’s a minimum if there’s those two that are minimum then Can they provide more than that?

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Brigette Ulin: They absolutely can and we knowledge a lot of these priorities overlap, that they are overlapping so it’s a minimum of showing how two of those will be included, what are your plans to address them, but you can definitely include more than two, absolutely. There is no requirement to include more than the five listed in the framework. So, we’re not looking for things other than what’s in the chronic disease framework with this particular round of funding, but a minimum of the two.

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Stacy De Jesus: Okay, and we have another question, and this might be a maybe really more of a clarification for the criteria but Around the leadership team and does the leadership team needs to be the same across the SDOH domain since implementation partners would likely be different, so does the leadership team, need to be the same across the SDOH domain.

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Brigette Ulin: The leadership team is up to you to structure and the appropriate way to accomplish what you’re planning to do so if you feel like you need a separate set of partners or you need two subgroups it’s really up to you. Some communities that may be the same, and because they’re just small and others they may be different. But that’s up to you to decide, you just need to submit at least four letters of support, demonstrating that, you know, you’ve got folks involved, you may have 10 or 20 people, but we want to see at least four letters of support, given that we know it’s Only 60 days to prepare these applications and you may be using an existing group that you’ve already had in place for one of those priorities that you’re addressing. So yeah, it’s really up to you, and you just put that in your application demonstrate, you know, we know every community is different, no two leadership teams will probably look the same.

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Stacy De Jesus: Alright, so we have a couple questions around letters of support so one particular question and I’m going to be kind of going through these but one particular question is, if you work with the FQHC And a local hospital on this application is one letter support supposed to be signed by both providers and the applicant or ideally, would you want a letter of support from the FQHC and a letter of support from your local hospital.  I think I think I can answer the question I think for each partner that you want to partner with you should have a separate letter of support that demonstrates that partner support and how they’re going to support this work.

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Brigette Ulin: Right, but there is only a requirement of a minimum of one letter of support so because it’s a lot of work, so I think if you look in there there’s a minimum of one for the health care collaboration specifically that’s required, all the other letters of support it’s really delineated and we can pull that slide back up. But Aileen she may have been having some trouble pulling slides up because I haven’t seen any in a while. It’s really specific With how many and for which category and that’s why we want to cover that again because there’s a lot of information there. Let’s see so again there’s at least one – you had it there – one. doesn’t mean you might be collaborating with more than one, but at least one there that and you title them Your attachments it’s listed here in the blue italics and in the NOFO, how you can save those files, so they’re uploaded and easily identified. Four from the leadership team members that I mentioned, at least four. One from a CDC, if appropriate, and then, if you’re not a health jurisdiction and you’ve determined you’re working as a bona fide agent, so to speak, for someone, and if you have that letter you need to include that letter that’s here, the health authority letter that I mentioned as well. and

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Stacy De Jesus: Another

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Brigette Ulin: You can definitely submit more letters. This is the minimum.

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Stacy De Jesus: Another around the letter of support, is if the chronic disease program is the one submitting the grant how do they make that letter of support or note that letter of support is the question. But that’s really if it’s not So it sounds like if they’re the chronic disease program and they would be part of the health department and then they would not be required to submit a letter of participants.  I’m sorry I’m going to, I’m reading the what’s on the slide and trying to answer that question but I’m going to pass it to you Brigette so really the Question is if the Chronic Disease Program Is the one submitting the grant how do they make that a letter of support?

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Brigette Ulin: Great and Pam’s checking me on all these so she’ll jump in, I can see you’re nodding your head so. If you are the one, then obviously you just need to state that in your application and clarify why that letter’s not there, there may be others within your health department that you’re collaborating but if you’re If you’re the only funded program, then you just need to kind of clarify why that’s missing from your application I would think and if there are others that you’re collaborating with you could consider that. But yeah, we want to make sure the intent of this is to show that you’re collaborating with others that are funded so we’re not duplicating work, so if you’re the one doing it, then obviously you’re not duplicating work so that’s the intent behind that letter.

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Stacy De Jesus: Alright, so there’s also some questions coming in around eligibility if they’re receiving other CDC funds so, for example, if they are a recipient of the California Equity Recovery Initiative grant funded by CDC if they are being funded for DP21 2109 or DP 21 2110 Which is the Community health workers for COVID response and resilient communities as well as other CDC funds if they are eligible to apply. Brigette, do you want to answer that?

00:39:19.200 –> 00:40:36.240
Brigette Ulin: It’s the eligibility it is based on the jurisdiction, not on the funding that you receive so if you’re a state health department, you may get lots of funding from CDC or other and that does not preclude you from getting these funds, so it really comes down to The who, not the funding of you know, other things that you get. This is very targeted funding, we want to ensure you’re not duplicating it there may be other work going on, which is why these letters of support are trying to help us sort that out for you, but um yeah so it comes down to those stuff that the slide Stacy covered before those government jurisdictions, or if you’re working on behalf of the government and as their bona fide agents Any of those types of government or communities or tribes or territories, and you have a letter of support from them, you know that they’re asking you to do this on their behalf working as their agent to do this in their state or city or tribe, then that would be fine. That is, I think there’s still a lot of confusion around bona fide agents, because it’s up to you at the application level to determine that with the jurisdiction in your community.

00:40:42.690 –> 00:41:59.640
Stacy De Jesus: Thank you, sorry I was on mute you know, and I would just also add, with the bona fide agent piece and Pam please Correct me if I’m saying something wrong, but you know if a bona fide agent is applying on behalf of a county or another potential recipient, so a health department or a county health department. That also means that that county or health, that particular health department – county health department or state health department is not applying for funds. Because that bona fide agent is applying on behalf of and so you know definitely need to provide that documentation that they there is support. from that From those health departments for that. Okay, so we have a question around physical location definition. So as a state as a State Department of Health our physical location is considered the entire state. So, all counties For eligibility purposes, so not quite a question I think it’s really just more of a clarification that you know the state health department In the state health department would represent the entire state. So, the activities should take place in that state, but if you want to clarify again around the physical location requirements of where the activities are funded.

00:41:59.880 –> 00:43:09.330
Brigette Ulin: Sure. I was looking, okay applicants must be physically located and operates in the state the tribe locality or territory, so if you are And this is related to the bona fide agent as well, so if you are applying it to work in a small county in Florida, you need to be based In that county. If you’re in the state than you are, or you need to be in the state so wherever the work is happening right so wherever the community that you’re working with.  If it’s the whole state, you could be anywhere in the state if it’s the local health department, then you need to be in that local area, if you’re a bona fide agent working on behalf of the community, you got to be in that community or demonstrate to us very close by. So, it really is just making sure that you’re in the community, it’s a community engaged approach that we’re asking for so in order to really carry out This NOFO is requesting that those who are applying the work be in the communities in the locations that you’re actually planning for. So hopefully that clarifies that up.

00:43:10.890 –> 00:43:43.560
Stacy De Jesus: and we’ve also had some questions around budget and the budget requirements, really, and I think it really takes into account That you know, as you mentioned before, Brigette, it is not a large amount of money, the max award you know the ceiling is $125,000 and so there’s some questions around FTE supports or other activities that should be included in the budget, because of course if they have you know, three staff members at 100% that’s going to probably go over that $125,000.

00:43:44.040 –> 00:44:28.260
Brigette Ulin: Sure, I think, and there’s information on the NOFO in the language of what’s permissible around the budget, but it’s really up to you to determine how you want to structure your budget over the 12 months. You may already have someone that you know that’s in this space that can do it and you don’t put them in the- you may put them in your staffing plan, but you demonstrate that you know. They don’t need to be budgeted because they’re already covered as part of their regular job to do this kind of planning activity, perhaps. it’s really up to you to structure the budget, but there is a list of items and Pamela probably knows this much more readily than me around what you’re permitted to use the budget for, and we leave it to you to structure the budget to meet your unique needs to carry out the work.

00:44:32.370 –> 00:44:51.600
Stacy De Jesus: Another question that’s coming in, is around the size of the community that targeted for the for the plan. So, is there a minimum size of the community, so doesn’t have to be by zip code, could be a neighborhood or a city? I’m going to pass this I’m sorry Brigette.

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Brigette Ulin: I was typing.

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Stacy De Jesus: How small of the population, is there a requirement on the size of the population that’s going to be served – so does it need to be by zip code, again, is there a minimum small piece of it so by zip code, could it be a neighborhood, could it be a county level?

00:45:13.440 –> 00:45:42.660
Brigette Ulin: I don’t believe we have a requirement on the size of the community, we do not okay. And Pamela, I don’t know she’ll have it today, but we’ll post it on the website for sure there’s a definition for bona fide agent. So, note for us, we need to put that in the next NOFO cause clearly it’s confusing. So, um, she’ll pull, she’ll get that for us. And if not over the next little bit, we’ll make sure we post it, um, on the website as soon as possible. And we can even add it to the slides.

00:45:46.020 –> 00:45:47.700
Stacy De Jesus: Pam you’re on mute. There you go.

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Pamela Render: I’m sorry. I have it now, if you want to share, if that be helpful,

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Stacy De Jesus: I think it’s probably, I mean, if you want to share it verbally and then we can post it on the

00:45:56.310 –> 00:46:24.750
Pamela Render: website absolutely. Since it’s a reoccurring question bona fide agents are organizations that are designated by the health department eligible as eligible to submit an application in lieu of the health department. So, as I already described that is a specific definition of what a bona fide agent would be, and in most instances, if that is the case, there is an agreement in place that allows that bonafide agent to act on behalf of the health department.

00:46:27.720 –> 00:46:57.810
Stacy De Jesus: Thank you. Um, Pam stay, stay close. Going back to the bona fide agent, we will make sure that the definition is included On the NOFO page. There’s also a question about accessing, um, if they have applied last year, for the first accelerator plan and they were not funded, is it possible for them to get, um, their review, or scores from that, from that review to help inform them for this, this round?

00:46:58.290 –> 00:47:41.700
Pamela Render: So for any applicants that were not funded in the prior or the current NOFO, they should have received, um, not only in a letter describing why they didn’t meet that requirement, but it also should have included the summary statement that gave them specifics of what that review panel, um, the comments that were provided from the review panel related to their application and how it, how it scored along with the criteria for that particular NOFO. So you should have already received that, if for some reason you have not, you can certainly reach out to myself, I am the team lead for that particular program. And we can identify just to make sure that that information did get to you.

00:47:44.040 –> 00:47:48.870
Stacy De Jesus: Thank you. i’m just kind of reviewing.

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Brigette Ulin: There’s one other thing I’m seeing here about the, I know I covered it, but I might have caused more confusion. So the evaluation in the application and what’s required and how are the points being allotted in phase two? So I want to reiterate that again, um, that there is no confusion. And I think we can go to that slide, there’s no requirement for an overall evaluation and performance measurement plan or data management plan or data management plan, but in your narrative. of your overall application, you should speak to the Four things or five things that are listed in that phase review and that is clarified in the NOFO on these pages 17 to 19. And that includes how you’re going to track your own evaluation and performance measures that are on this page because we’re going to ask them for them at the end. Or we might ask for some of them throughout the 12 months depending on where they are and what phase people are in, you’ll be scored on the extent to your narrative explains that it’ll be around your approach to ensure that you’re going to be able to complete all the strategies and activities that you’re describing. So if you pick four instead of two, we’re going to want to see how you are going to do all that. Or even when you pick the two like how are you showing us you’re going to complete this in the narrative? Describe an approach to ensure that you’re going to monitor your own progress. And how you’re going to collect these performance measures, so you can report on them at the end. So, again that’s what you’re going to be scored on those five points each is a total of 15 points, but usually with longer multi year awards, you have to have a whole evaluation measurement plan. For each year with multiple short term midterm long term outcomes, this is a very short award with limited funds so again. All you have to do is include in your narrative what’s listed in that phase two and in the section in the NOFO And highlight the sections that aren’t, it’s confusing because it’s in the template and we couldn’t delete it so we understand the confusion that’s why I really appreciate the questions and I don’t mind repeating it. There’s things that you just have to put in the narrative and other things you don’t have to worry about. Data management plan, there’s no data being collected so from the public, that’s not required so hopefully that clarifies it a little bit further for you.

00:50:29.850 –> 00:51:06.120
Stacy De Jesus: Alright, so we have, This is probably more of a comment but i’m going to ask you Brigette so to listen and it’s at the top of the Q and A third from the top in our Q and A section, but it’s talking about, you know, we think about social connectedness and mental health Are we considering applications that directly address maternal depression or bias and discrimination in the healthcare system. or behavioral health among young children, after experiencing the pandemic or adversities experienced by families with children with disabilities, that are immigrants and refugees that struggle with resources in healthcare.

00:51:07.050 –> 00:53:09.450
Brigette Ulin: Sure, those are great question, and this is where we’re really looking to communities to address the things that fall into those priorities. And you’re identifying several of them, so if you go back, I think, to that Aileen she’s one of our behind the scenes helpers. The very top of the deck there’s the framework for the Center which includes those two priorities and so you’ll see. On that framework, where it has and there’s additional, this is hyperlinked and it’s on our website which you’ll be able to get to from the website we’re going to share. When you look at these it really is a broad description. So yes, if you want to describe what your plan is within these and how that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Aileen if you can go to the next slide let me see which one i’m looking for, next one next one, there’s one that talks about, one more, I think it’s under the community. Keep going, there’s a slide here where it’s saying identify and describe the area and then these other factors, that can all be part of what that question said, what are the factors of why you’re selecting this priority and that’s related. So we don’t want to put you in a box. We really do want you to tell us What you would need within those categories and those would all be relevant examples, that could be included. So the answer I think was it asking if those were permissible or we’re really looking to you to tell us what you need and our frameworks broad enough for you to customize that to meet your local needs and your community’s needs within these five areas. And we encourage you to think broadly think specifically on the needs of your communities and the partners that you have access to be able to address them.

00:53:11.430 –> 00:54:20.670
Stacy De Jesus: yeah, thank you Brigette. I was just going to reiterate that really this is for the applicant to describe their approach and what they think that they need and the appropriate partners and collaborations In order to effectively develop that accelerator plan. So another question that we have Is that for many of these topics. particularly SDOH topics, the health department may have some ideas for future strategies but are interested in thinking or rethinking this through with a broader range of stakeholders. So how much detail about current thinking Around future activities should be included? And i’m going to go ahead and answer this one again. Reiterating what Brigette how she just answered the last question is this is really about, you know, As the applicant, looking at the requirements, looking at the phase two criteria and then demonstrating that piece, and so that’s really going to be up to the applicant to determine how much about future that they want to include And how you think it may or may not strengthen your application. And Pam if there’s anything more to add.

00:54:20.970 –> 00:55:16.080
Brigette Ulin: Another thing to think about that ties to another question that we got around future funding. We want these to be sustainable and we really want you to design a plan that you feel hopefully confident you could implement. And you know we don’t know if money’s coming So if you know that there’s another initiative with a lot of funding coming or in the future, and you want to then be strategic and how you design your accelerator plan to leverage that funding from those other sectors or the other activities, we would encourage you to do that Because we don’t know what future implementation dollars will be coming and we’ll never have enough because we never have enough for everything right and so that’s something for you all to consider, as well as you’re identifying these and thinking about your future activities and partnerships, it may help you to really think about how you can successfully implement the plan as well.

00:55:17.100 –> 00:55:52.110
Stacy De Jesus: yeah, and Brigette I think that answers he just gave is also a good response to another question, we have, where a potential activities may address chronic disease, But also overlap with other health department priorities such as violence prevention and that detail of interest to the review panel and I would probably reiterate that it’s You know the applicant to demonstrate those, what’s needed to address it, and that overlap or partnership or collaboration, I think is important. It’s going to be up to the applicant to determine those types of collaboration.

00:55:52.740 –> 00:56:17.070
Brigette Ulin: Right exactly. And just make sure that if they look different you kind of to the best, You can tie it to one of those five priority areas because that’s what they’re going to be looking for. Have you address two and then you’ll describe how your activities fall within those two or across two or more as well.

00:56:19.590 –> 00:57:21.630
Stacy De Jesus: So we have another question. Could a governmental agency and an accompanying agency, such as a hospital, apply for this grant collectively? i’m going to answer this question and look to you to nod and make sure i’m right on target, but really there’s only been one applicant. So, I think the applicant would need to determine who, which applicant meets eligibility and then you would have letters of support or demonstrate your other partnerships and collaborations from others, that will be supporting the work. So there’s really only going to be one entity, one applicant that’s going to be actually funded for the NOFO. A logistical question. Yes. A logistical question, and Pam you might have the help desk answer, but on the apply button is grayed out on when they’re logged in. Do you happen to know the help desk or the email or how they could get some help with that?

00:57:22.530 –> 00:57:34.590
Pamela Render: I don’t know it directly, but I do know that it’s highlighted at the top of the web page, so if they’re having any of those issues they just need to hit the help button at the top and reach out to the help desk for assistance.

00:57:35.670 –> 00:58:45.510
Stacy De Jesus: Okay there’s some other questions kind of around, how will applicants know if there are CDC funded programs In the area? And this is also kind of tied to a question that we received about getting a letter of support from CDC so you can go to and you can see our funded programs and there might be some other, i’m not sure if there’s another site that Pam or Brigette you’re aware of, you can certainly look at CDCs website to the different programs and funding opportunities that are available and we often have lists of recipients. You could also contact your health department to see if they have CDC funding and kind of search around your area in your community, and then around the letters of support for CDC you know CDC would not be providing a letter of support. What would really be on the applicant to look for those CDC funded programs and work with them about collaboration or partnership, and then get a letter of support from them. So, CDC will not be able to provide any direct letters of support for any applications.

00:58:46.710 –> 00:59:45.600
Brigette Ulin: Stacy, I believe in the NOFO we have a couple links that are in there that are hyperlinked or listed where you can find those programs funded by CDC in government and local areas, so if you don’t see it in the NOFO, were going to take all these questions and post them, so we can put that hyperlink there again. There’s some really good resources and sites to do that. It may be hard to find them without a little more direction from us, but there definitely are ways to do it that are pretty seamless through the web. And then the other question that came up around the CDC letter of support, one of the slides I mentioned it’s the lead of the recipient of that CDC activity so you reaching out to your local director of that activity to get that letter of support, not CDC but i’m glad you asked the question, because it is a little confusing.

00:59:47.010 –> 01:01:13.170
Stacy De Jesus: We have another question and I think this kind of ties into not necessarily directly eligibility, but just keeping in mind the number of awards. So the question is if a county is applying but another city within the county wants to apply to is that allowable, as long as both applicants have a different focus in terms of priority areas and populations, they want to focus on? What I would say, for a response to that question is that each applicant is determined individually on their eligibility to apply, and so, as long as each applicant meets the eligibility requirements and they get through that phase one criteria, then they would be moving on to the phase two criteria and part of that objective review panel. So you know we can’t answer that question if they’re eligible they’d have to make sure that they meet the eligibility questions, the eligibility requirements, but then also keep in mind that if you have you know multiple applicants from a similar area or close proximity area, in all honesty you’re competing with each other, and so you may want to look about trying to talk about partnerships and that might be something to think further about, but each applicant is going to be reviewed individually on their own merit for the eligibility and scored individually for the for the application.

01:01:13.590 –> 01:02:03.720
Brigette Ulin: And Stacey one other thing that’s noted, if you look at that review phase three in the NOFO for the one who asked this question, there are some other  things that will be considered and making those final ranked and selected decisions. One of those is of course the territories that I mentioned, another one is the physical location. So we obviously don’t want to fund 10 awards in one community. So if there are you know, even if they’re different because we want to have as much of a broad reach as possible and that’s why that’s listed in the NOFO for you to be aware of that. So that’s another reason to encourage you, if there are multiple in your communities to try and work together if that makes sense, because that is one of the factors that could be taken into consideration, with final funding decisions that are posted in the NOFO for your awareness.

01:02:05.940 –> 01:05:02.010
Stacy De Jesus: Okay, so I believe we go until 4:30 Is that correct? okay just wanted to make sure we still have about 24 minutes for questions. So I am going to go. Looking through some other questions. There’s a particular question about clarifying, and I can respond to this one, and clarifying if the previous CDC funding is the same as the getting further faster funding. So the improving social determinants of health getting further faster initiative funding was made possible through the strengthening public health systems and services through national partnerships, which is CDC RFA Excuse me., OT 18 1802 Which is a separate cooperative agreement, so this is different from the from last year’s accelerator plan NOFO DP 21 2111 And so we can provide on our NOFO website a link that would provide more information about getting further faster. so really this is different funding, then the getting further faster, this is a completely separate NOFO. Another question that we have, and I can answer this as well, is the staffing plan addressed in the narrative or included in the file titled organizational chart or project management structure? So please see page 37 of the NOFO PDF. And it says, in addition to the project narrative you provide a staffing plan, including organizational chart, CVs, resumes, position descriptions, and project management structure that will be sufficient to meet the goals of the proposed project. alright. So let me see, i’m trying to just review all the questions, to see if we’re able to kind of lump some of them together. So another question. Can an applicant submit more than one application? And i’m going to say, the answer is no, you can only submit one  application. there’s another question that says, how will we know what organizations are planning to apply in our county or city in order to not duplicate? and I would say the response on that we don’t know who’s applying until the application closes. So we are in the dark as well, so it’s really going to be upon the applicants to determine who, in their area might be potentially applying. We don’t have those answers. we won’t know where this is full and you know, open competition among the eligibility requirements and so we’re not even sure how many applications, we will be getting. we have an estimate, we have an idea but we’re not really sure until it actually closes.

01:05:03.930 –> 01:05:04.260
Brigette Ulin: here’s.

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Stacy De Jesus: A question.

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Brigette Ulin: Do you see this about city manager, did you see that one.

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Stacy De Jesus: I think so, but if you want to go ahead, oh so is the city manager letter of support a good alternative to serve as a bonafide agent? I recognize the person is trying to figure out how to best phrase, the question. But Pam do you want to take that one?

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Pamela Render: Yes, I will. And based on the definition of a bonafide agent that response to that would be no. That will not be sufficient to serve or give us any indication that you are serving in behalf of that organization as a bonafide agent, That would not be enough information or sufficient information.

01:05:52.770 –> 01:06:03.390
Stacy De Jesus: Right, because that, you know, really by allowing somebody to be a bonafide agent or saying we know you are applying on behalf of us and in lieu of us. so there would be more documentation that would be needed.

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Brigette Ulin: But if a city manager went to the health department and talk to them right and they said yeah we want to make you a bonafide agent for this award for us we’re willing to write you a letter of support and here’s why. that’s what you’re referring to right now is you just by being the city manager that’s not enough. You still have to demonstrate that you’re working on behalf and you have to have that letter of support.

01:06:26.040 –> 01:06:27.510
Pamela Render: Exactly yes.

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Brigette Ulin: it’s a good concrete Examples are helpful, you know so.

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Stacy De Jesus: mm hmm so, is it allowed for existing staff to complete this work, even if their grant funded by another grant to do this very work, so I want to clarify this, or is it not supplanting? so is it allowed for existing staff question just went away, basically, is it allowed for existing staff, that question just totally went away. existing staff that are funded on a different grant program to work on this. and I think the answer to that is going to really depend on the existing grant the other grant program we can’t answer that question, it really depends, to make sure that there’s not a duplication of efforts, or that it is allowable under that other grant, That funding. Okay, so. i’m looking at some other ones and Brigette as you’re looking through here, I think one other clarification when we’re talking about risk factors for this accelerator grant is racism an acceptable risk factor?

01:07:45.900 –> 01:08:03.990
Brigette Ulin: Absolutely yeah and again verify that. For your Community it’s up to you to really demonstrate that but that’s definitely a contributing factor that is in the literature and that it’s in your community you would just want to demonstrate that.

01:08:05.970 –> 01:08:37.380
Stacy De Jesus: Okay there’s also another question around the page limit for the project narrative. And so i’m going to answer that and just you know to please see page 29 of the NOFO PDF document under project narrative unless specified under Section H other information, the maximum of 20 pages single spaced 12 point font one inch margins number all pages so it’s really a 20 page limit for the project narrative. See.

01:08:42.240 –> 01:09:43.860
Brigette Ulin: There’s one here that says if we’re a statewide organization and work with high need communities can we work with multiple communities provide one plan? Yes, I believe you can I think that’s exactly the kind of, you just have to demonstrate why, what your leadership team is, and what you know, this is where we look every state community is different and so depending on what your focus is that may be the right approach so that’s permissible. we’re not really dictating you know how you structure your team Or what you just have to describe again the Community, the tribe, the state how you’re doing it. some states may want to do a statewide plan so they want to work with all the communities in their state. And that some states are that could be much more challenging certainly in some states, but other States maybe not. so that’s certainly again up to you to demonstrate how you want to structure it, but that is feasible, based on the guidance in the NOFO and would be permissible.

01:09:45.270 –> 01:11:00.600
Stacy De Jesus: Thank you. so another question is what are some sample activities that an applicant may conduct using this grant funding? and i’m going to go ahead and answer this and just ask that you look at the priority area table and examples that are on page nine to 14 of the PDF NOFO documents. So we have another bonafide agent, I think this is around. A bonafide agent. i’m going to read the whole question so it’s a long question. So our aging and disability services works in concert with the tribal Indian Health Service facility to provide transportation for medical appointments and day procedures, grocery shopping, banking trips behavioral health counseling, a variety of other activities, benefits insurance counseling, community events, they would be the local health authority. Would we qualify with a letter of support and a copy of our implementation plan? i’m assuming if they would they qualify as a bonafide agent. We also work with three other tribal partners if we are booked to provide the services. so Pam i’m going to give you another opportunity, just to reiterate the bonafide agent qualifications or necessary requirements.

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Pamela Render: Right, so if they again as you see, if you as an organization have the ability to act on behalf or serve on behalf of one of the eligible entities that’s noted in the NOFO, then yes, if you have that type of information and that agreement or a written letter of support from an organization that is one of the eligible entities, then yes, you could potentially be, serve in that capacity as long as you have, they are an eligible entity and that you have the information or the necessary documentation to support that arrangement.

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Stacy De Jesus: Thank you alright so again, we have about 14 minutes left if this goes until 4:30. One question that has come in and it’s around virtual support for partners and really whether virtual support work counts as a physical co-location. so one question is really about, they provide a lot of their support virtually and then, how would that work with their physical location for the area, for the recipient, for the application?

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Brigette Ulin: Well, I can start and then maybe Pamela can chime in. I think it’s really again up to the recipient or the applicant to demonstrate how they are present and involved and engaged in the community. Certainly presence and engagement has shifted over the last couple years, so I mean you know if this is a community in the middle of nowhere and no one’s there you know, you just have to demonstrate why virtual works. It’s really up to the applicant to communicate that, but the NOFO does say you know you have to be, and I had that slide up earlier, of course, you know located in that area that you’re working and so, if you’re not located in that area, given that is what the NOFO says, you’re going to have to really convince the reviewers that you’re able to you know engage in that community. And that very well may be possible and already have happened over the last year on other planning efforts, but that is a requirement in the NOFO and so just be aware of that. That if you’re not physically present, but there probably are unique circumstances where virtual will be a part of this work, I would imagine. So, but that is what the NOFO says, I just I would say, keep that in mind.

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Stacy De Jesus: And I hope that answers the question, the same participant had, you know, kind of gone on about how in, in that particular example around virtual that, you know, letters of support will cover several counties and their plan might be for outside the areas they serve because it’s virtual so I hopefully that question was addressed. but it’s really going to be upon the applicant to demonstrate that they’re able to reach the populations that they say that they are, especially if it’s going to be virtual. A couple quick questions, but short questions. Is there a max number for the leadership team, max number of people that can be on the leadership team?

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Brigette Ulin: Nope, there is no maximum number. Okay what’s feasible and doable minimum, and I think there’s a minimum in there, I can’t remember what it says, but and the different encouraging multi sector collaboration partners, but I do not believe there’s a maximum.

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Stacy De Jesus: All right, and another question that I can answer is how many total rewards will be made and or what’s the total amount? And so we anticipate about 40 awards. We anticipate 40 awards funded at $125,000 is the ceiling, is the max we expect to fund them at $125,000.

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Brigette Ulin: And that includes project direct and indirect costs. And I would say that in the NOFO you’ll see something that says, if you come in at a higher amount your application will be non responsive. So, make sure that you don’t go above that $125,000 ceiling, because then you will not move on to phase two. And so that includes direct and indirect costs.

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Stacy De Jesus: Right and then is it okay, if the font and figures and graphs, so this must be for the project narrative, is smaller than the 12 point font requirement for the project narrative and can the logic model and tables be single space?

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Brigette Ulin: I would say. Sorry.

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Stacy De Jesus: I’m making it up on my screen but…

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Brigette Ulin: Yeah, I mean what’s posted the NOFO is 12 point font. I don’t know figures and graphs have a font, um, so I think you, you probably have a little bit of flexibility there. And we’re not asking for a logic model in the application, but you know I think you have 20 pages to work with so review those review criteria and just make sure you’re not going to be penalized for font size, because that would be unfortunate. if it’s not in those review criteria, then I think you have a little bit of flexibility, but again it’s 12 point font throughout as delineated and double space.

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Stacy De Jesus: Sorry, I’m reviewing some of these other questions I think we’re getting close to the end, so I don’t know if I’m a little behind the scenes team can help me if there’s any questions that we have not answered. So, just give us a second to get through all these questions. Alright, so I am looking through here and not seeing. I am not seeing additional questions. I’m going to kind of go through our internal chat or if there’s any that someone can tell me this.

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Brigette Ulin: There was the question in our internal chat amongst our panelists about, you know, we are going to every question that was asked today will be transcribed. We have a lot, so it might take us a day or two or three and put on the website. So, if we spoke about it, it will be in the transcript and we will pull out questions and collate as many as we can in the Q&A section, so that everything is there, so that everyone can see every question and answer and if additional information or links are warranted will attach them there as well.

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Stacy De Jesus: Right, and I think it’s important that you know you had said that we will collate and so you know, for example, there’s a lot of questions around eligibility and we are not able to tell you, you know, specifically, you’re going to have to read that eligibility and make that determination yourself. And so we’ll continue to reiterate that that eligibility and kind of try to group some questions together that have common themes. Alright. So there’s another question that just came in about how many, the number of partners that they should have so Brigette how many partners should an applicant have?

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Brigette Ulin: yeah we need, I think, on the leadership, there’s the leadership team and then there’s other public part, other subject matter experts or other partners that you might have. So, I need to pull up the NOFO and look specifically at the minimum requirements. I don’t think we’re limiting any of those, I mean, as far as you can have as many partners or leadership members, as you want. And then there’s, of course, those letters of support required for some of them. I’m looking, I’m, just looking at another screen that’s why I’m turning my head to see if there was, I thought we had at one point, we may have taken it out, if there was a minimum requirement for the leadership team. Whoever can find it first. I’m going to look that up while we’re…

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Stacy De Jesus: Alright okay so again I am looking at the time we have six minutes left, but it seems that we do not have any more questions. we’ve addressed all the ones that we have seen to date, so if I think we’re going to go ahead and work to close. So I do want to thank everyone for staying on, especially for almost an hour and a half. thank you for all of your questions and engagement. as Brigette just mentioned, you know the webinar recording and the slides from today will be up on the NOFO site. I don’t know if maybe Aileen or Bindu, if you’re able to put that link in the chat?

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Brigette Ulin: And also have one final slide, too, that has the site.

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Stacy De Jesus: Oh okay, there you go, so it has that on there, and you know as Brigette mentioned will also be putting all the Q&A will also be listed on the website and take us a couple days to get through the transcripts and all the chats and the different chat functions that we have going on and to make sure that all of those questions are answered and, of course, if you have any additional questions you know, please do send them, too. Making sure I’m not missing something, you know? Please, you know, as we have on the screen we posted the some important deadlines and other information that you may need, as you prepare your application, so please make note of the NOFO website is this is where we will upload the webinar recording and slides [PDF – 1 MB], as well as provide updates on the NOFO and answers to the questions. so if you have any additional questions after the conclusion of the webinar please reach out to us at So, this concludes our Q&A and our webinar and we wish you good luck and we look forward to reviewing your accelerator plans. Thank you all.