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93.178 Nursing Workforce Diversity
HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, Title VIII, Section 821, 42 U.S.C. 296m, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.
To increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds (including racial and ethnic minorities under-represented among registered nurses) by providing student stipends, pre-entry preparation and retention activities.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds may be used for salaries of personnel specifically employed for the project; consultant fees; supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project; essential travel expenses and student stipends; and other expenses related to the project. Restricted Uses: Indirect costs are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, limited to 8 percent of direct costs exclusive of equipment and tuition and fees. Stipends may only be paid during full-time academic periods of study and is $250 per month to eligible full-time project students. Funds may not be used for dependents allowance and/or tuition and fees.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants include schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State and local governments and other public or private nonprofit entities including faith based organizations. Grantees that report rates of annual admission, retention, and graduate rates of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethic and racial minorities below the average of the two previous years must provide a plan for immediately improving such rates. If the plan of the grantee fails to improve the rates within the 1-year beginning on the date of such plan, the grantee shall be ineligible for continued funding.
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: A Uniform Summary Progress Report must be submitted for the second or subsequent budget period within an approved project period. Annual Financial status reports are required 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end to the project period.
Account Identification: 75-0350-0-1-550.
(Formally Nursing Education Opportunities for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds) Projects have assisted nursing schools to meet the costs of recruitment and retention of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and facilitated their completion of nursing education programs. In fiscal year 2001, 39 continuations and 20 new awards were issued. It is estimated that 13 noncompeting continuations and 14 new awards will be issued in fiscal year 2002; and 23 noncompeting continuations and 7 new awards will be issued in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
HRSA Preview Fact Sheet for Grants for Nursing Workforce Diversity Programs; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, Rev. April 1, 1994.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The purpose of the project must be consistent with and promote the activities identified in the law. Need must be documented, and the capability achieving project goals must be described. In making awards of grants under this section, preference will be given to any qualified applicant with a project that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State in local health departments. This preference will only be applied to applications that rank above the 20th percentile of applications recommended for approval.