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Request for Applications: Local Health Department Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Project

Oct 27, 2021 | Jaclyn Abramson, Zachary Smith, Christina Baum

NACCHO, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, has announced a new funding opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to advance their capacity to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and engage in antimicrobial resistant (AR)-related initiatives.

The goals of the HAI/AR demonstration site project are to:

  • Support LHD capacity for HAI prevention and response;
  • Advance LHD engagement in AR-related initiatives and activities;
  • Enhance coordination with the state health department HAI/AR program; and
  • Develop and identify resources, lessons learned, and best practices for other LHDs.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. NACCHO will share notice of award with LHDs by Friday, January 7, 2022. NACCHO will issue awards up to $25,000 each to five LHDs. The project period starts in January 2022 and ends on July 31, 2022. Contingent on CDC approving a no-cost extension, the project will continue (with a contract modification) to end on December 31, 2022.

Eligibility requirements

This funding opportunity is open to LHDs interested in advancing their capacity to prevent and control HAIs and engage in AR-related initiatives. LHDs must also agree with NACCHO’s standard contract terms and conditions. NACCHO will award funding to LHDs proposing programs, initiatives, or activities that address one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Containment of novel or emerging multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs);
    • This can include exploring how prior regional containment activities have impacted infection prevention and control practices during COVID-19 and/or how emerging MDROs have changed due to COVID-19.
  • Strengthening coordination and collaboration with healthcare facilities and other local or regional partners to prevent and control HAIs, including, but not limited to, COVID-19; and
  • LHD and healthcare facility engagement in AR prevention and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.

NACCHO welcomes and will consider applications proposing programs initiatives, or activities outside the areas listed above that strengthen local public health capacity, expertise, and partnerships for the prevention and control of HAIs and AR.

All LHDs are eligible to apply for the HAI/AR project, including LHDs that received funding during previous years of the HAI/AR Demonstration Site project and LHDs that received technical assistance through the Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Training project.

Expectations

LHDs awarded funding through the HAI/AR project must complete the following required activities during the project period.

  • Participate in monthly peer-to-peer sharing and capacity building assistance calls facilitated by NACCHO to review progress of planned activities and share lessons learned and practices;
  • Partner with NACCHO to develop new and refine existing resources for LHDs on HAI and AR prevention and control;
  • Communicate and coordinate activities with the state health department HAI/AR program; and
  • Participate in project evaluation-related activities to track and measure progress and outcomes, including submitting an end-of-project report.

Interested in participating?

Start now by reviewing the application instructions. The application instructions include greater detail about expectations, timeline, and how to submit a proposal for funding.

Important dates

  • Application submission deadline: 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2021.
  • Anticipated notice of award: Friday, January 7, 2022.
  • Anticipated start of project period: January 2022.
  • Anticipated end of project period: Contingent on CDC approving a no-cost extension, the project will continue (with a contract modification) to end on Friday, December 31, 2022.

Questions?

For more information or questions, please email NACCHO at infectiousdiseases@naccho.org and check this webpage for a regularly updated FAQ document. The optional informational webinar recording and slides are posted here.

To learn more about NACCHO’s HAI work, visit this webpage.


About Jaclyn Abramson

Jaclyn Abramson is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO Infectious Disease team. Learn more about how NACCHO works with local health departments to strengthen their capacity to prevent and control infectious diseases here.

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About Zachary Smith

Zach Smith is a Program Analyst on the NACCHO Infectious Disease team. Learn more about how NACCHO works with local health departments to strengthen their capacity to prevent and control infectious diseases here.

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About Christina Baum

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