CSWE Government Relations (GR) is sharing the following funding opportunity from the the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). CSWE GR is able to provide high-level context about this opportunity.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a solicitation for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program (RPHWTNP). This is a new program supported by funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed in March of this year. The aim of this program is to expand public health capacity by developing the health care workforce, training, and job placement in rural communities in order to address the population health needs of those communities affected by COVID-19, including those dealing with the effects of long COVID. In order to address the public health needs of rural communities, RPHWTNP will establish networks to develop formal training/certification programs in order to help professionals in four workforce training tracks.
HRSA intends to support health care networks, which may be composed of but are not limited to, minority-serving institutions (MSIs), rural hospitals, community health centers, and substance use providers, in order to address the need for more trained health professionals, which has been exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicants are required to notify their State Office of Rural health (SORH) or equivalent of their intents to apply to this program. In addition, HRSA will be holding a technical webinar on January 5, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET and the meeting information can found in the full solicitation.
Deadline: Applications are due on March 18, 2022.
Award Information: HRSA anticipates awarding up to 31 grants with approximately $47.9 million in total annual FY 2022 funding. Approximately $1.5 million will be available for the three-year performance period. Recipients will receive the full award amount in the first year of the performance period and are require to allocate funds across all three years. Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.
Eligibility: Any domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entity with demonstrated experience, or the capacity to serve rural underserved populations is eligible to apply.
Sources and Additional Information:
Oscar Carballo Jr.
Legislative Research Assistant
Lewis-Burke Associates LLC