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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -294884-FY20 Community Based Programs of Maternal Health, Child & Adolescent Health (including hawk-I Outreach, I-Smile™, I-Smile™ @ School) Request for Application (RFA)
  Title V Services
  Application Deadline: 04/03/2019 4:00 PM
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 10/01/2019
Project End Date: 09/30/2020
Award Announcement Date: 06/03/2019
Eligible Applicant: Refer to RFA
Program Officer: Melana Hammond
Phone: 515-281-4900 x
Categorical Area: Child Health, Community Development, Health, Prevention/Treatment, Maternal and Child Oral Health, Maternal Health

It is the responsibility of the Applicant to review all attachments listed in the section below, including the Request for Application (RFA).

The issuance of the RFA in no way constitutes a committment by IDPH to award a contract.

Excerpts from the RFA:


1.01  Purpose


The purpose of this RFA is to provide guidance for current contractors to submit continuation applications to the Iowa Department of Public Health (referred to as Department) to renew service provisions as described by and within the project period established by the RFP #58816024. Services covered by this application include public health services at the community level for Maternal Health (MH) and Child & Adolescent Health (CAH). CAH includes hawk-i Outreach, Early ACCESS, Healthy Child Care Iowa (HCCI), and Oral Health (OH). OH components include the I- Smile™, I-Smile™ @ School, and CH-Dental projects.


1.02  Project and Contract Period


FFY2020 is the fourth year of a four year project period. The Department expects the contract period to be a one-year term from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Continued funding during the defined project period is dependent on approval of the continuation application, contractor performance and compliance with general and special conditions of the contract, availability of project funds, program modifications, or any other grounds determined by the Department to be in the Department’s best interest.


The issuance of this RFA in no way constitutes a commitment by Department to award a contract.


1.03  Eligible Applicants


Applicants must meet each of the following eligibility requirements for consideration.


Eligible Applicants


Only current contractors are eligible to submit a continuation application under this RFA.


Current contractors:


Applicant Name


MH Only

CAH Only

Allen Memorial Hospital


Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Fayette, Grundy


American Home Finding Association

Keokuk, Wapello, Mahaska

Davis, Jefferson, Van Buren


Black Hawk County Health Department


Buchanan, Grundy, Black Hawk, Bremer

Community Opportunities, dba New Opportunities

Carroll, Guthrie, Audubon


Crawford County Home Health, Hospice & Public Health

Cass, Crawford, Harrison, Monona, Shelby


Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association

Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, Winneshiek


Chickasaw, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette


Pottawattamie, Mills


Hawkeye Area Community Action Program

Benton, Jones, Linn


Hillcrest Family Services


Delaware, Dubuque


Johnson County Public Health

Johnson, Iowa


Lee County Health Department

Des Moines, Lee


Davis, Jefferson, Van Buren

Marion County Public Health Department

Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Wayne


MATURA Action Corp

Adair, Adams, Union


Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc

Boone, Hardin, Marshall, Story, Tama


Mid-Sioux Opportunity

Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth, Sioux


North Iowa Community Action Organization

Butler, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, Worth


Scott County Health Department



Siouxland District Health Department



Taylor County Public Health

Fremont, Montgomery, Page, Taylor


Unity Healthcare dba Trinity Muscatine

Cedar, Louisa, Muscatine


Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa - Central

Dallas, Polk


Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa - East

Clinton, Jackson


Warren County Health Services

Madison, Warren


Washington County Public Health & Home Care

Washington, Henry


Webster County Health Department

Buena Vista, Calhoun, Emmet, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, Wright, Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, Osceola



Electronic Communication Requirements


Applicant is required to maintain and provide to the Department, upon application, a current and valid email account for electronic communications with the Department.


Official email communication from the Department regarding this application will be issued from Applicants are required to assure these communications are received and responded to accordingly.


1.04  Service Delivery Area


Refer to the RFP #58816024 page 5, for service delivery area parameters. Any changes in the current service delivery area must adhere to these instructions. Any service delivery area changes for this RFA must be agreed to by existing contractors and applicable boards of health, and approved by the Department. Submit requests to Melana Hammond at Written approval must be obtained prior to submitting a continuation application.


1.05  Funding


The source of funding is Federal and State funds as identified in the RFP.


Applicants may apply for up to the amounts listed for each program in the Funding Allocation table in Attachment F for the entire FFY2020 contract period. Actual total awards and individual contract funding levels may vary from that listed or funding may be withdrawn completely, depending on availability of funding or any other grounds determined by the Department to be in the Department’s best interests.


Match Requirements:


MH and CAH funds, including CH-Dental, must be matched at a rate of 1:4 (one dollar of local funds for every four dollars of MH and CAH grant funds).




The hawk-i Outreach and I-Smile™ funds do not require a match. These funds are not eligible to be claimed as match for other governmental programs. However, CAH applicants are expected to secure other funds to support the I-Smile™ program.


1.06  Schedule of Events (All times and dates listed are local Iowa time.)


The table below lists critical dates in the application and contract award process. Contractors are encouraged to review the entire RFA for detailed information about events, dates, times and sites.




RFA Issued

February 12, 2019

Written Questions and Responses


Round 1 Questions Due

Interim Responses Posted by

February 25, 2019

March 4, 2019

Round 2 Questions Due

Responses Posted by

March 18, 2019

March 26, 2019

Applications Due

April 3, 2019

Post Notice of Intent to Award

June 3, 2019




 Click on the File Name to open attachment
Description File Name File Size
A FY20 MCAH Request For Application A FY20 MCAH Request For Application .pdf 372 KB
B IowaGrants Registration Instructions B IowaGrants Registration Instructions Updated 2016.pdf 874 KB
C IDPH Application Instruction Guidance C IDPH Application Instruction Guidance 2016.pdf 1.9 MB
D FY20 MCAH DRAFT Contract Template D FY20 MCAH DRAFT Contract Template.pdf 308 KB
E MCAH FY20 RFA Review Tool E MCAH FY20 RFA Review Tool.pdf 259 KB
F Revised Funding Table MCAH FY20 RFA F Revised Funding Table MCAH FY20 RFA.pdf 107 KB
G Logic Models G Logic Models.pdf 245 KB
H NPMs and SPMs H NPMs and SPMs.pdf 69 KB
I I-Smile Partner Phases Handout Attachment I I-Smile Partner Phases Handout Attachment.docx .pdf 86 KB
J RFA Changes and Important Reminders J RFA Changes and Important Reminders.pdf 92 KB
K Amendment 1 FY2020 MCAH RFA.pdf K Amendment 1 FY2020 MCAH RFA.pdf 146 KB
 Website Links
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URL Description ACIP Immunization Schedules Bright Futures, Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition, AAP CCNC Role Guidance CCR&R Regions CDC guidelines for immunizations for pregnant Women Child & Adolescent Health Services Summary CMS 416 Participation Rates are posted on the IDPH EPSDT website Dental periodicity schedule Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Web site EPSDT Care for Kids Informing and Care Coordination Handbook Guidelines established by Medicaid in IAC 441-79.3 I-Smile Coordinator Handbook - 2nd edition I-Smile™ @ School Program Manual IDPH General Contract Conditions IDPH HIPAA Statement IDPH Immunization Program website IDPH Immunization Program’s IRIS website IDPH sponsored tobacco cessation online provider training Information specific to the VFC program Iowa Administrative Code School Dental Screening Iowa SCHIP Enrollment by County Iowa's Schedule of Periodicity Iowa's Title V Administrative Manual for Community Based Programs Map of current CCR&R regions Maternal Health Services Summary Medicaid’s Maternal Health Center Manual Medicaid’s Screening Center Manual Perinatal depression programs can find helpful resources State of Iowa IT Security Standards The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire for Social and Emotional Development (ASQ:SE), recommended developmental screening tools
Submitted Date Question Answer
02/21/2019 Just a clarification. On page 39 of the application under I-Smile @ school, bulleted item #5 lists the grades that MAY be included as a part of the I-Smile @ school program. The bolded statement then says, "If additional grades are planned, an exception to policy must be requested." So, is the exception for those ADDITIONAL ones listed (1,4,5,6,7, and/or 8) or for some other grade not listed, but technically "additional" (kindergarten, 9th)? Regardless of the answer, must the exception be requested ahead of the application or after the application is submitted? Thanks for clarifying! An exception to policy must be requested for grades other than 1st through 8th. You would request the exception after the notice of award has posted. If you plan to include K or 9th, these grades can be included in the workbook adding “pending exception to policy approval” in the last column.
02/25/2019 p.45 Subcontract Plan: "regardless of amount". Does this include MOU where zero dollars are exchanged (i.e. WIC does dental screens in my service area)? Yes. If the MOU is requiring the subcontractor to do any of the work or services related to the contract, then it should be reflected in the subcontract plan form. A subcontract (MOU) less than $2,000 does not require Department prior approval. Refer to IDPH General Conditions Section 5 for additional information about subcontracting.
03/04/2019 Regarding Service Delivery Tables. To what are the two statements "This item was required in the FFY17RFP but is no longer required for MH applicant" and "This information was required for the FFY17RFP but is no longer required to be included on Service Delivery Table" referring to? The first statement refers to the requirement in the FFY17 RFP that MH contractors provide oral health screens during WIC clinics for MH clients. As of FFY18 that was no longer a required service, only a recommendation. The second statement refers to a FFY17 requirement that all locations (schools) at which the school-based sealant program is administered be included on the service delivery table. Once the I-Smile @ School program workbook was added, the I-Smile @ School locations were no longer required on the Service Delivery Table. All sealant locations are included in the I-Smile @ School program workbook.
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