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Announcement Information
Announcement Number HRSA-09-123 Announcement Code BAHEC
CFDA Number 93.824 Provisional No
Activity Code U76 Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2009

To improve the distribution, diversity, and quality of health personnel in the health services delivery system by encouraging the regional organization of health professions schools. The Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program assists schools in planning, developing, and operating area health education centers that will initiate educational systems incentives to both attract and retain health care personnel in scarcity areas. By linking the academic resources of the university health science center with local planning and educational and clinical resources, the AHEC programs and centers establish a network of community-based training sites that provide educational services to students, faculty, and practitioners in underserved areas, and ultimately, improve the delivery of health care in the service area. 

Legislative Information
Public Health Servie Act, Title VII, Section 751, (1)(a), as amended

Application Information
Application Available Oct 14, 2008 Application Deadline Jan 23, 2009 8:00 PM ET
Explanation for Deadline Not Available Archive Date Mar 24, 2009
Letter of Intent Deadline Not Available. Letter of Intent is not required.
Application Package SF424 R&R Guidance Availability Yes
Allow Electronic Submission Yes
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov.

General Information
Projected Award Date Sep 01, 2009
Estimated Project Period 3 years 
Estimated Project Start Date Not Available Estimated Project End Date Not Available
Estimated Amount of this Competition $2,400,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 4
Estimated Average size of Awards Not Available
Cost Sharing Yes
Cost Sharing Ratio (Federal:Non-Federal): 1:1
Cooperative Agreement Yes

Matching Requirements
Awardees must pay not less than 50 percent of the operating expenses of the AHEC Program from non-Federal contributions in cash (directly through contributions from State, county, or municipal government; an Indian Tribe; Tribal organization; or the private sector). However, the Secretary may grant a waiver for up to 75 percent of the amount required in the first 3 years in which an awardee receives funds for this program.

Funding Preference
As provided in Section 791(a) of the PHS Act, preference will be given to any qualified applicant that: (1) has a high rate for placing graduates in practice settings having the principal focus of serving residents of medically underserved communities; (2) during the 2-year period preceding the fiscal year for which an award is sought, has achieved a significant increase in the rate of placing graduates in such settings; or (3) fulfills the requirements for new programs. This statutory general preference will only be applied to applications that rank above the 20th percentile of applications recommended for approval by the peer review group. To be considered for this funding preference, an applicant must request it by either completing the appropriate table, or in the case of a new program, request and submit the appropriate narrative to support the request. Only data from the applicant/awardee school may be submitted to support this preference. For more information on funding preferences, see the Basic/Core AHEC Program Application Kit under General Statutory Funding Preference.

Special Consideration
1. In accordance with Section 751(a)(1)(A)(vii) of the PHS Act, special consideration will be given to approved applicants who (a) develop new and innovative approaches to education and training using Distance Learning methodologies/telehealth, or (b) enhance or expand existing Distance Learning educational programs to prepared health professionals and health professional students to deliver quality health care in medically underserved communities.

2. In accordance with Section 751(a)(1)(A)(iii) of the PHS Act, special consideration will be given to approved applicants who support the Kids Into Health Careers initiative by establishing linkages with one or more elementary, middle, or high schools with a high percentage of minority and disadvantaged students to: (1) Inform students and parents about health careers and financial aid to encourage interest in health careers; (2) promote rigorous academic course work to prepare for health professions training; or (3) provide support services such as mentoring, tutoring, counseling, after school programs, summer enrichment, and college visits.

Contact Information
Louis D. Coccordrilli, M.P.H.
(301) 443-6950

Eligible Applicants
Others. See text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification
Additional Information on Eligibility:
 Public or private nonprofit accredited medical schools, osteopathic schools of medicine, and incorporated consortia made of such schools or their parent institutions are eligible. In States where no AHEC program is in operation, accredited schools of nursing are appropriate.

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