Skip to main content

COVID-19 Disparities Grant: Oklahoma Partnership to Address Health Disparity and Equity Initiative

The Oklahoma Partnership to Address Health Disparity and Equity Initiative aims to support projects led by partners that address COVID-19 related health disparities and advance health equity.

Partners may include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic institutions and universities (e.g., minority serving institutions)
  • Community-based and civic organizations
  • Correctional facilities and institutions
  • Faith based organizations
  • Local businesses and organizations
  • Social-service providers and organizations
  • Tribes, tribal organizations

Informational Webinar

October 7, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Applications will open soon for Tribes.

The Contracting Officer listed on the Bidder Instructions Cover Page is the only individual the Bidder should contact, or communicate with, regarding any questions or issues with the Acquisition. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the Bid being considered non-responsive or not considered for further evaluation.

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected high-risk populations who are medically underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups, and people living in rural communities who are at higher risk of exposure, infection, hospitalization, and mortality. Additionally, these populations have disproportionate rates of chronic diseases that increase the severity of COVID-19 infection and they might experience barriers to access testing, treatment, or vaccination against coronavirus.  

Overview

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is making funding available to address COVID-19 related disparities under the recently awarded CDC COVID-19 disparities funding (CDC-RFA-OT21-2103). Up to 24 awards, at $250,000 each will be awarded to Oklahoma Community Based Organizations to address one (1) or more of the following four (4) strategies.

Strategy 1: Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Strategy 2: Increase/improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Strategy 3: Build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control among populations that are at higher risk and underserved

Strategy 4: Mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Individual award amounts will vary depending on the proposed activities, proposed budget, potential impact, and number of applications received.  

Eligibility

Organizations with budgets of $5 million or less are eligible to apply.  

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected high-risk populations who are medically underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups, and people living in rural communities who are at higher risk of exposure, infection, hospitalization, and mortality. Additionally, these populations have disproportionate rates of chronic diseases that increase the severity of COVID-19 infection and they might experience barriers to access testing, treatment, or vaccination against coronavirus.  

Overview

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is making funding available to address COVID-19 related disparities under the recently awarded CDC COVID-19 disparities funding (CDC-RFA-OT21-2103). Up to 20 awards, at $150,000 each to Oklahoma Faith-Based organizations to address one (1) or more of the following four (4) strategies.

Strategy 1: Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Strategy 2: Increase/improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Strategy 3: Build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control among populations that are at higher risk and underserved

Strategy 4: Mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Individual award amounts will vary depending on the proposed activities, proposed budget, potential impact, and number of applications received.  

Eligibility

Religious institutions, including houses of worship.

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected high-risk populations who are medically underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups, and people living in rural communities who are at higher risk of exposure, infection, hospitalization, and mortality. Additionally, these populations have disproportionate rates of chronic diseases that increase the severity of COVID-19 infection and they might experience barriers to access testing, treatment, or vaccination against coronavirus.  

Overview

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is making funding available to Oklahoma Tribal Nations under the recently awarded CDC COVID-19 disparities funding (CDC-RFA-OT21-2103). Up to $3,000,000 total will be awarded to Oklahoma tribal nations to address one (1) or more of the following four (4) strategies. Individual award amounts will vary depending on the proposed activities, proposed budget, potential impact, and number of applications received.

Strategy 1: Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Strategy 2: Increase/improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Strategy 3: Build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control among populations that are at higher risk and underserved

Strategy 4: Mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved

Individual award amounts will vary depending on the proposed activities, proposed budget, potential impact, and number of applications received.  

Eligibility

All Oklahoma federally recognized tribal nations are eligible to apply.  

Application Window: September 20 - October 10, 2021

Funding Timeline: October 15, 2021 – September 30, 2022

Application Deadline: October 10, 2021

Oklahoma Partnership to Address Health Disparity and Equity Initiative-2021-2023 applicants must develop and submit a high-level work plan for the 2-year funding period that aligns with the outlined strategies and related activities. Applicants will not be required to implement all four strategies, but rather select the strategies and activities that best address their jurisdiction’s respective priorities and needs. Lastly, applicants should not propose to allocate all funding to one activity (e.g., all funding will be used for one vaccination or testing event only).  

Documents Needed

Steps

  1. Complete the Grant Application form online
  2. Fill out the:
    1. Budget Template
    2. OMES Vendor Payee Form (only if your organization is not yet registered with the State of Oklahoma)
    3. Work Plan Template
  3. Once you submit the Grant Application electronically you will receive an automated e-mail confirming your submission.
  4. Your application will be reviewed by a Subject Matter Expert (SME).
  5. If the SME determines more information/clarification is needed you will receive a request via e-mail. You will have 7 days to respond with the requested information or your application will be deemed incomplete and denied.
  6. Your application will only be denied if it did not meet qualifications. If this happens a letter will be sent to the e-mail listed in the application.
  7. Applications are approved if they meet all the required qualifications. If this happens a letter will be sent to the e-mail listed in the application notifying that you are tentatively approved and have moved on to the next step in the process.
  8. Upon final approval, a letter will be sent to applicant via e-mail with guidance on the next steps to be taken, including how to submit invoices with supporting documentation, and instructions on quarterly reporting on the status of your work plan.  

This grant initiative will address COVID-19-related health disparities and advance health equity by expanding state, local, US territorial and freely associated state health department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection (or transmission) among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities.

All strategies should aim to build infrastructures that both address disparities in the current COVID-19 pandemic and set the foundation to address future responses.

Examples of activities may include, but are not limited to:

Work Plan Strategy 1 Examples:

  • Expand testing (including home test kits and mobile testing sites) and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and people living in rural communities
  • Vaccine coordination, quarantine and isolation options, and preventive care and disease management among populations that are underserved and at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Tailor and adapt evidence-based policies, systems, and environmental strategies to mitigate social and health inequities related to COVID-19
  • Identify and establish collaborations with critical partners affiliated with populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups at higher risk for COVID-19 to: 1) connect community members to programs, healthcare providers, services and resources (e.g., transportation, housing support, food assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse services, substance abuse) they might need and 2) lessen adverse effects of mitigation strategies

Work Plan Strategy 2 Examples:

  • Improve data collection and reporting for testing and contact tracing for populations at higher risk and that are underserved
  • Build on plans for collecting and reporting timely, complete, representative, and relevant data on testing, incidence, vaccination, and severe outcomes by detailed race and ethnicity categories, taking into account age and sex differences between groups
  • Develop strategies to educate providers, community partners, and programs on: 1) the importance of the race and ethnicity data and appropriate strategies to collect it: 2) how to address mistrust/hesitancy about reporting personal information including race and ethnicity, and 3) why this information is important to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19
  • Develop and implement plans to disseminate health equity-related data and related materials tailored to be culturally and linguistically responsive for diverse audiences
  • Develop key principles and resources for collecting, analyzing, reporting, and disseminating health equity-related data to inform action during a public health emergency
  • Assure adequate resources for data infrastructure and workforce to ensure alignment with data modernization

Work Plan Strategy 3 Examples:

  • Expand the infrastructure to improve testing and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities
  • Establish, enhance, or implement leadership-level health equity offices, workgroups, task forces, or positions to guide addressing COVID-19 among communities at higher risk and that are underserved
  • Convene and facilitate multi-sector coalitions or advisory groups that include members of underserved communities and organizations that serve the community. These groups may provide advice, guidance, and recommendations for addressing COVID-19 and advancing health equity among their communities
  • Update jurisdictions’ COVID-19 plans and health equity plans to support communities most at risk for COVID-19 with the intention of setting up systems that put in place infrastructures and plans that can also support future emergency responses
  • Build and expand an inclusive public health workforce, including hiring people from the community (e.g., community health workers, social workers, other trusted community members) who are equipped to assess and address the needs of communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19

Work Plan Strategy 4 Examples:

  • Build community capacity to reach disproportionately affected populations with effective culturally and linguistically tailored programs and practices for testing and contact tracing, and quarantine, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities
  • Build and implement cross-sectoral partnerships to align public health, healthcare, and non-health (e.g., housing, transportation, social service) interventions that decrease risk for COVID-19
  • Develop mechanisms such as community advisory groups that include leaders representing racial and ethnic minority groups and rural community leaders and members representing underserved populations to inform COVID-19 and future emergency response activities
  • Develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically responsive COVID-19 prevention communications through various channels (e.g., local media, local or community newspapers, radio, TV, trusted communications agents) written in plain language and in formats and languages suitable for diverse audiences—including people with disabilities, limited English proficiency, etc.—addressing and, as necessary, dispelling of misinformation and barriers to mitigation practices due to mistrust.
  • Build community capacity that includes traditional organizations (e.g., public health, healthcare) and non-traditional partners (e.g., community health workers, churches, transportation providers, social workers) to reach disproportionately affected populations with effective culturally and linguistically tailored programs and practices for testing, contact tracing, isolating, vaccination, and healthcare strategies
  • Identify and establish collaborations with critical partners affiliated with and who provide services to populations that are underserved and at higher risk for COVID-19 to disseminate scientifically accurate, culturally, and linguistically responsive information and facilitate access to health-related services  


Contact Information

Community Development Services
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Have a technical issue? Email Us! 
OPAHD@health.ok.gov (Preferred Contact Method)
Phone: (405) 426-8942

For additional questions about this grant application process please contact our Procurement Office:
Email: procurement@health.ok.gov
Phone: (405) 426-8700