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

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. 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.

Initial Award Notification and Project Period

Applicants will be notified of their funding status the week of June 27, 2022. The project period is for 10 months, beginning August 1, 2022, and ending May 31, 2023 (unless otherwise stated). 

Project Administration Schedule

Be prepared to begin your project as soon as possible after notification of award, initial meeting with all award recipients, contract execution, and receipt of a purchase order. The OSDH Office of Minority Health and Health Equity will administer all projects through sub-recipient agreements.

Use of funds requires a contract to be executed (signed by both contractor and OSDH) and a purchase order to be issued to each awardee. Disbursement of funds is on a reimbursement basis only. All project expenditures must be made by May 31, 2023, and final invoices submitted for reimbursement by June 30, 2023 (unless otherwise stated).


Second Round Grant Awardees

Organization Name Amount Website

Autism Foundation of Oklahoma

$250,000.00

autismfoundationok.org

Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce

$250,000.00

bwschamber.com

City Care

$180,000.00

citycareokc.org

Council on American-Islamic Relations, Oklahoma (CAIR)

$249,950.00

cairoklahoma.com

Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma (FHCSO)

$182,620.00

fhcso.org

Freedom City, Inc.

$247,500.00

freedomcityokc.com

Full Gospel Assembly International Ministries (FGAIM)

$25,000.00

 

Good Girl Chocolate

$25,000.00

 

Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church

$20,350.00

greaterlovembc.org

Guiding Right

$247,500.00

guidingright.org

HIV Resource Consortium Inc (DBA Tulsa CARES)

$82,379.00

tulsacares.org

HOPE Community Services

$25,000.00

hopecsi.org

Lanai P PC (DBA Spring Eternal)

$177,430.00

springeternal.net

Life Restoration Center

$24,860.00

lrcokc.org

Making a Difference, Inc.

$59,645.59

enidmad.org

New Visions Economic Development Corporation

$25,000.00

newvisionsedcokc.org

Norman Public Schools

$25,000.00

normanpublicschools.org

OKC Dream Center

$25,000.00

dcokc.org

Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association

$249,307.00

okbha.org

Oklahoma Charitable Clinic Association

$150,000.00

okcharitableclinics.org

Oklahoma Primary Care Association

$25,000.00

OKPCA.org

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County (OIC)

$239,272.00

oicokc.org

Public Health Institute of Oklahoma

$247,280.00

publichealthok.org

Sunbeam Family Services, Inc.

$249,700.25

sunbeamfamilyservices.org

The Uma Center, Inc.

$246,400.00

umatulsa.org

Zomi Community Oklahoma City, Inc

$25,000.00

 


First Round Grant Awardees

Organization Name Amount Website
Autism Foundation of Oklahoma $250,000.00 autismfoundationok.org
City Care, Inc. $123,750.00 citycareokc.org
Community Resourcing, Inc. DBA Our Daily Bread $250,000.00 ourdailybreadstillwater.org
Guiding Right, Inc $250,000.00 guidingright.org
HIV Resource Consortium, Inc. DBA Tulsa CARES $250,000.00 tulsacares.org
Millennium Community Services $250,000.00 okmcs.com
Supporters of Families with Sickle Cell Disease, Inc.   $250,000.00 sicklecelloklahoma.org
City Care, Inc. – Whiz Kids $108,000.00 citycareokc.org

Announcing our Second Round Funding Opportunity!

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is making funding available to address COVID-19 related population-specific differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, or access to healthcare under the recently awarded CDC COVID-19 disparities funding (CDC-RFA-OT21-2103). This is a reimbursement opportunity with report deliverables required. Community and Faith-based Organizations can opt for a one-time award of $25,000 or a one-time higher amount award of their choosing up to $250,000 to address one of the strategies of the grant, such as:

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

Awardees will receive a contract that details scope of work and required deliverables. Each quarter awardees are required to submit a Financial Report and a Performance Report. Additionally, awardees will submit a monthly invoice for reimbursement.

All Community and Faith-based Organizations are encouraged to apply.

Equipment is not an allowable purchase for this funding opportunity.  

The performance period ends May 31, 2023.  

Questions and Technical Assistance

Please submit any questions or requests for technical assistance to OPAHD@health.ok.gov by 11:59 PM on May 25, 2022. Responses to the questions will be published here on this site by May 27, 2022.

Important Dates

Date Event Time

May 19, 2022

CANCELLED

Informational Webinar (Optional) 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 20, 2022 Informational Webinar (Repeat; Optional) - Recording
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
May 25, 2022 Deadline to Submit Questions and Request Technical Assistance 5:00 PM
June 3, 2022 Application Submission Deadline 5:00 PM

Application Process

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022

This funding opportunity is for a one-time set amount of $25,000. Applicants must develop and submit a work plan for the 1-year funding period that aligns with the outlined strategies and related activities. Applicants are allowed to select the strategies and activities that best address their community’s respective priorities and needs.  

Steps

  1. Apply for a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) at SAM.gov. UEI Information
  2. Review the Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Submit Required Forms:
    1. Application Form
    2. Budget Template
    3. Vendor Payee Form (only if your organization is not yet registered with the State of Oklahoma)
    4. Work Plan Template

NOTE: It is recommended to complete the Budget Template, Vendor Payee Form, and the Workplan Template PRIOR to beginning the application as it is not possible to save and return to the application. Completed forms will be uploaded within the application. A confirmation email will be sent once the application and required documents have been submitted.

Selected applicants will be notified.

Application Process

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022

This funding opportunity is for a one-time amount of your choice ranging from $25,000.01 to $250,000. Applicants must develop and submit a work plan for the 1-year funding period that aligns with the outlined strategies and related activities. Applicants are allowed to select the strategies and activities that best address their community’s respective priorities and needs.  

Steps

  1. Apply for a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) at SAM.gov. UEI Information
  2. Review the Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Submit Required Forms:
    1. Application Form
    2. Budget Template
    3. Subrecipient Questionnaire
    4. Vendor Payee Form (only if your organization is not yet registered with the State of Oklahoma)
    5. Work Plan Template

NOTE: It is recommended to complete the Budget Template, Vendor Payee Form, and the Workplan Template PRIOR to beginning the application as it is not possible to save and return to the application. Completed forms will be uploaded within the application. A confirmation email will be sent once the application and required documents have been submitted.

Selected applicants will be notified.

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

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 question or technical issue?
Email Us: OPAHD@health.ok.gov
Website: Office of Minority Health and Health Equity