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93.970 Health Professions Recruitment Program for Indians

FEDERAL AGENCY:

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUTHORIZATION:

Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Title I, Sections 102, 112, 114, and 122, Public Law 94-437, as amended, Public Laws 96-537, 100-713, and 102-573.
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(1) To identify American Indians and Alaska Natives with a potential for education or training in the health professions, and to encourage and assist them to enroll in health or allied health professional schools; (2) to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists who deliver health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives; and (3) to place health professional residents for short-term assignments at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities as a recruitment aid.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Establishing and operating programs designed to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives into health and allied health professional schools.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Public or private nonprofit health or educational entities or Indian tribes or tribal organizations as specifically provided in legislative authority.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Preference is given to applicants in the following order of priority: (1) Indian tribes; (2) tribal organizations; (3) urban Indian organizations and other Indian health organizations; or (4) other public or nonprofit health or educational entities.

Credentials/Documentation:   Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs for other institutions will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   The standard application forms as furnished by DHHS and required by 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments must be used for this program. Applicants must prepare Form PHS 5161-1, application for Federal Assistance (Non-construction Programs) Instruction and forms are available from the Indian Health Service. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Award Procedure:   Grants are made directly by the Indian Health Service to applicant agency, based on results of competitive review process.

Deadlines:   Contact Headquarters Office for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Within 90 days of IHS deadline.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Continuation applications must be submitted annually. Continued funding is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Payments of grant funds are made through the DHHS Payment Management System (PMS) or DHHS Electronic Transfer System. Information will be forwarded to new grantees regarding the process of obtaining funds.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Projects must have data systems to support administration and evaluation of the project. The funding agency will provide forms for the uniform reporting of data on case management, fiscal management and project activities, in accordance with 45 CFR, Part 92 or OMB Circular No. A-110, depending on the type of grantee organization.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Records:   HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   75-0390-0-1-551.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $2,881,321; FY 02 est $2,881,321; and FY 03 est $2,881,321.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, 12 continuing projects were awarded. In fiscal years 2002 and 2003, 12 continuing projects are expected to be funded.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

42 CFR 36.310 - 36.319. Final rules and regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, amended by Public Law 100-713, enacted November 23, 1988; and Public Law 102-573, enacted October 29, 1992; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  
None. American Indians Into Psychology Contact: Damion Killsback, PharmD, MPH, Office of Human Resources, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E53A, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-2472.

American Indians Into Medicine Contact: Ms. Jackie Santiago, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E65B, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-3396.

American Indians into Nursing Contact: Ms. Naomi Aspaas, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E21C, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-2362.

Medical Professionals Recruitment and Continuing Education Program Contact: Nannette Bellini, Health Professions Recruiter, Office of Human Resources, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane Mail Stop 11E21B, Rockville, MD 20857 Telephone: 301-443-0049.

Grants Management Contact: Mr. Robert Tarwater, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 594-0899.

Headquarters Office:  
Grants Policy Office 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: grantspolicy@ihs.gov Phone: 301-443-5204

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ihs.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

(1) The University of North Dakota recruited Indians into its medical and health care programs; (2) the Salish-Kootenai College recruited students for nursing careers, and provided scholarship support through the grant; and (3) University of South Dakota places medical residents at IHS facilities as recruitment aid.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

(1) Potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out such purposes, (2) the demonstrated capability of the applicants to successfully conduct this type of project, (3) accessibility of the applicant to the target population, (4) relationship of project objectives and known or anticipated Indian health manpower objectives, (5) soundness of the fiscal plan, (6) cost reasonableness, and (7) completeness of the application.

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