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93.822 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)
HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 739, 42 U.S.C. 293c, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.
The HCOP program strives to develop a more competitive applicant pool to build diversity in the health professions. The program's goal is to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete, enter, and graduate from health professions schools, allied health professions schools, graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, and programs for the training of physician assistants.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Section 739 provides for assisting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health or allied health profession. Grant funds may be used for: (1) Development of a more competitive applicant pool, (2) Recruitment, (3) Facilitating entry, (4) Counseling, mentoring and other services, (5) Preliminary education and health research training, (6) Financial aid/information dissemination, (7) Primary care exposure activities, (8) Development of a more competitive applicant pool, and (9) Stipends.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: None.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: A Uniform Summary Progress Report must be submitted for a second or subsequent budget period within a previously approved project period. An annual financial status report 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 of the project period.
Account Identification: 75-0350-0-1-550.
In fiscal year 2001, there were 66 continuation and 22 new awards issued. It is estimated that 54 continuations and 37 new awards will be made in fiscal year 2002. No awards are anticipated for fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Pertinent information may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Health Professions Grants Office, Grants Management Branch, Room 8C-26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6880.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Summer and academic year projects were conducted offering preliminary education at pre-health professions schools and U.S. health and allied health professions schools for facilitating entry and retention activities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
All competitive applications will be reviewed on the basis of: (1) The applicant's record in developing, training, and strengthening the academic performance of disadvantaged students throughout the educational pipeline, including health professions schools, (2) the needs assessment study, (3) the established relationship between the program's stated needs, objectives, and outcomes, (4) the project's plan for developing and expanding the pool of competitive health professions school applicants, (5) the qualifications and experience of the faculty and staff to implement and manage an HCOP program, as well as the experience of the faculty and staff in working with the proposed target group, (6) evidence that formal linkages have been established in order to create a more comprehensive HCOP program, (7) the project activities and their reasonability given the proposed level of staff effort, length of project period and budget requested, resources available, and linkages established, (8) the proposed methods for evaluating the project (including data collection, analysis and reporting procedures, quality control methods and type of personnel involved, (9) the budget's demonstration of effective utilization of grant funds and how reasonable is the request, (a) a detailed justification for each line item, (b) the level of in-kind support and other sources of funds, both Federal and non-Federal, the applicant proposes to utilize for carrying out the program, (c) the applicant's proposed plan for continuation of the proposed project beyond the federally-funded project period, (10) the demonstrated knowledge and expertise the applicant possess for coordinating activities with school districts and other community based entities, as well as identifying and leveraging resources from private, philanthropic, business and other government entities.