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CDC: Community-Based Approaches to Reducing Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CARS)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funds for a cooperative agreement supporting organizations with demonstrated experience and capacity of implementing community engagement methods and multi-sector partnerships, to reduce STD disparities, promote personal health, advance community wellness, and improve personal health behavior and practices.

Donor Name: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State: All States

County: All Counties

U.S. Territories: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/27/2023

Size of the Grant: $325,000

Grant Duration: 3 years

Details:

The purpose of this program is to implement community engagement methods to achieve health equity, via the identification and implementation of structural systems and environmental strategies promoting personal health. Recipients will support healthy behaviors, facilitate community-clinical linkages to build support for interventions to prevent and reduce STD disparities, enhance and sustain partnerships, support communication strategies that promote STD program successes, leverage additional resources for STD, HIV, viral hepatitis control and prevention, and evaluate intervention approach.

The new notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) provides support in five focus areas. The focus areas include:

  • Implementation of community engagement methods to achieve health equity;
  • Implementation of structural change strategies that promote personal health, support healthy behaviors, and community-clinical linkages to build support for interventions to prevent and reduce STD disparities,
  • Enhancement and sustainability of partnerships
  • Support for communication strategies to promote STD program successes, and leverage additional resources for STD control and prevention, and
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of this approach and intervention implementation.

Outcomes Recipients will demonstrate measurable progress in:

 Short-Term

  •  Community Engagement
    • Increased CAB members who actively participate in and are satisfied with the CAB
  • Identification and Implementation of systems and environmental strategies
    • Increased prioritization of community social determinants of health by the CAB
    • Increased clinical resources identified to address community needs
    • Increased effective CAB-designed STD interventions for groups disproportionately affected by STDs
    • Increased awareness of STD disparities among groups disproportionately affected by STDs
    • Increased awareness of personal health issues affecting groups disproportionately affected by STDS and community resources that address needs.
  • Develop Multi-sectorial Partnerships
    • Increased new stable partnerships to address community needs
  • Evaluation/CQI
    • Increased understanding of effective community engagement and partnership strategies

Mid-Term

  • Community Engagement
    • Increased linkages with and access to groups disproportionately affected by STDs Identification and Implementation of systems and environmental strategies
  • Increased existing clinical resources for groups disproportionately affected by STDs identified by the CAB
    • Expanded and increased sustainability of CAB-designed STD interventions using partner resources and influence
    • Increased access to/use of community health resources, STD screening and support services by groups disproportionately affected by STDs
    • Increased access to/use of educational and economic opportunities addressing needs identified by groups disproportionately affected by STDs
    • Improved procedures for data collection and data analysis of community engagement, partnerships, and interventions

Strategies and Activities

  • Community Engagement
    • Establish and Engage a Community Advisory Board (CAB) representing groups disproportionately affected by STDs
  • Identification and implementation of systems and environmental strategies
    • Conduct Community Needs Assessment
    • Train CAB and engage CAB in Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) impact/ prioritization based on Needs Assessment
    • Coordinate CAB design of STD interventions to address SDOH
  • Develop multi-sectorial partnerships
    • Engage partners for intervention implementation
    • Establish detailed MOUs
    • Leverage resources for intervention implementation
  • Communication
    • Develop and implement effective communication strategies to increase awareness of STD disparities among groups disproportionately affected by STDs
    • Develop and implement communication strategies to promote STD program success and leverage additional resources for STD, HIV, and viral hepatitis prevention.
  • Evaluation/Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
    • Evaluate community engagement partnerships, and interventions

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,900,000
  • Award Ceiling: $325,000
  • Award Floor: $250,000

Period of Performance Length

3 year(s)

Eligibility Criteria

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Category:

  • Government Organizations
    • State governments or their bona fide agents (includes the District of Columbia)
    • Local governments or their bona fide agents
    • Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau
    • State controlled institutions of higher education
    • Non-government Organizations
    • American Indian or Alaska native tribally designated organizations
  • Other
    • Ministries of Health

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