Grant Notice to Help Communities

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within HHS posted the forecasted grant notice (MP-CPI-18-002) “Communities Building Healthier Environments for a Stronger Nation Initiative” or referred to as the “Communities Initiative” on with $3,000,000 estimated for total program funding.

This initiative intends to demonstrate how community-based networks can work effectively to improve health outcomes among racial and ethnic minority and/or other disadvantaged populations.

The integrated network would collaboratively employ evidence-based disease management and preventive health activities and address social determinants and barriers that prevent access to healthcare. The goal is to work to provide preventive healthcare, medical treatments, and provide support services.

The funding will be used to especially help populations at highest risk and help newly diagnosed individuals, lacking a medical home. This population may have difficulty in adhering to a prescribed medical treatment plan as they may be dealing with several chronic diseases. Specific health areas to be addressed include asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C, obesity/overweight, and mental disorders.

Eligible applicants can include state, county, or city governments, institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments, nonprofits, and for profit organizations.

Applicants must:

  • Choose two but no more than three chronic conditions to focus on
  • Include screening and early detection in the project plan
  • Implement plans describing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs
  • Plans for chronic disease management
  • Provide links to medical treatments and follow-up
  • Coordinate applicable health, social, and support services.
  • Address social determinants relative to selected health areas that affect the onset or transmission of disease or impact the adherence to prescribed medical treatment plans


The estimated synopsis post date is expected January 2, 2018 with applications estimated to be due April 2, 2018. For more information, contact Sonsiere Cobb-Souza at 240-453-8444.

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