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This federal aid program is managed by:

Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Objectives:

The goal of this program is to assist eligible schools in supporting programs of excellence in health professions education for underrepresented minority individuals. The grantee is required to use the funds awarded to: (1) develop a large competitive applicant pool through linkages with institutions of higher education, local school districts, and other community-based entities; and establish an education pipeline for health professions careers; (2) establish, strengthen, or expand programs to enhance the academic performance of under-represented minority students attending the school; (3) improve the capacity of such school to train, recruit, and retain underrepresented minority faculty including the payment of stipends and fellowships; (4) carry out activities to improve the information resources, clinical education, curricula and cultural competence, to facilitate the entry of under-represented minority students into health or allied health professions schools; (5) facilitate faculty and student research on health issues particularly affecting underrepresented minority groups, including research on issues relating to the delivery of health care; (6) carry out a program to train students of the school in providing health services to a significant number of underrepresented minority individuals through training provided to such students at community-based health facilities. These facilities provide such health services and are located at a site remote from the main site of the teaching facilities of the school; and (7) provide stipends as appropriate.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $20,602,000; FY 10 est $24,602,000; FY 11 est $24,602,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Grant funds may be used by health professions schools to: (1) establish, strengthen, or expand programs to enhance the academic performance of minority students attending the school; (2) establish, strengthen or expand programs to increase the number and quality of minority applicants to the school; (3) improve the capacity of the school to train, recruit, and retain minority faculty; (4) with respect to minority health issues, to carry out activities to improve the information resources and curricula of the school and clinical education at the school; and (5) facilitate faculty and student research on health issues particularly affecting underrepresented minority groups.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

Formula Grants; PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

$2,188,610 to $4,250,322; Average: $3,009,032.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Project periods are for 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Applicant Eligibility:

Eligible applicants include designated health professions schools that are: accredited schools of allopathic medicine; osteopathic medicine; dentistry; pharmacy; or a graduate program in behavioral or mental health; or other public and nonprofit health or educational entities that meet the required conditions regarding: (a) COEs at designated Historically Black Colleges and Universities; (b) Hispanic COE; (c) Native American COE; and d) “Other” COE, as described in Section 736(c)(2), (3), (4) and (5) of the Public Service Ac In general, designated health professions schools must meet the following general meet these specified conditions: (1) have a significant number of under-represented minority individuals enrolled in the schools; (2) have been effective in assisting under-represented minority students of the schools to complete the program of education and receive the degree involved; (3) have been effective in recruiting under-represented minority individuals to enroll in and graduate from the school, including providing scholarships and other financial assistance to such individuals and encouraging under-represented minority students from all levels of the educational pipeline to pursue health professions careers; and (4) have made significant recruitment efforts to increase the number of under-represented minority individuals serving in faculty or administrative positions at the school.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Certain HBCUs and eligible health professions schools must train a significant number of under-represented minority students in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy; faculty recruitment, training and retention; and faculty and student research activities.

Award Procedure:

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Violet R.H. Woo 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-36, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-8032

Website Address:

www.hrsa.gov .

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