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  Funding Opportunity Details
 
 -326796-FY20 Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Services
  HIV, STI and Hepatitis Services
  Application Deadline: 10/23/2019 4:00 PM
 
 
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 01/01/2020
Project End Date: 12/31/2020
Award Announcement Date: 12/04/2019
Eligible Applicant: Only Current Contractor's (See Section 1.03 of thr RFA)
Program Officer: Karen Quinn
Phone: 515-281-6801 x
Email: karen.quinn@idph.iowa.gov
Categorical Area: Health, Prevention/Treatment
 
 
Description
 
 

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:

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 #58818005. Services covered by this application include HIV and hepatitis C testing, and hepatitis A and B immunizations. This program promotes health equity by promoting service delivery in a manner that best serves those who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV and hepatitis epidemics, including men who have sex with men, African American/black people, Hispanic/Latinx people, and people with current or past injection drug use. 

 

Schedule of Important Dates (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.

 

EVENT

DATE

RFA Issued

September 11, 2019 

Applicant’s Conference

September 18, 2019  1:00PM 

Written Questions and Responses

 

Round 1 Questions Due

Interim Responses Posted by

September 20, 2019

September 27, 2019 

Final Questions Due

Final Cumulative Responses Posted by

October 2, 2019 

October 9, 2019

Applications Due

October 23, 2019 

Post Notice of Intent to Award

December 4, 2019 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 Attachments
 
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Description File Name File Size
A. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services A. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services.pdf 265 KB
B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions B. IowaGrants Registration Instructions Updated 2016.pdf 873 KB
C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance C. IDPH Application Instruction Guidance 2016.pdf 1.9 MB
D. FY20 Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services Draft Contract Template D. FY20 Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services Draft Contract Template.pdf 219 KB
E. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services DRAFT Review Tool E. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services DRAFT Review Tool.pdf 147 KB
F. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services DRAFT Funding Table and Instructions F. FY20 RFA Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services DRAFT Funding Table and Instructions.pdf 139 KB
G. Applicant Conference Recording, Questions, and Answers G. Applicant Conference Recording, Questions, and Answers.pdf 81 KB
H. Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services FY20 Amendment #1 H. Integrated HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing Services FY20 Amendment #1 .pdf 141 KB
 
 
 Website Links
 
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URL Description
http://idph.iowa.gov/finance/funding-opportunities/general-conditions A. IDPH General Conditions
http://www.hiv.gov/federal-response/national-hiv-aids-strategy/overview B. National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 2017-2021
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hhs-actionplan.htm C. National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan for 2017-2020
http://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/hiv/data D. Iowa's HIV Epidemiological Profile and 2016 End of Year Surveillance Report
http://idph.iowa.gov/hivstdhep/hep E. Iowa's HCV Epidemiological Profile
http://legcounsel.house.gov/Comps/PHSA-merged.pdf F. Public Health Services Act
http://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/screening-recommendations.htm G. CDC STD Screening Recommendations
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6002a1.htm?s_cid=rr6002a1_e H. CDC General Recommendations on Immunization
http://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ico/chapter/139A.pdf I. Iowa Code 139A
http://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code/141A.pdf J. Iowa Code 141A
http://hab.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hab/About/clinical-quality-management/clinicalqualitymanagementpcn.pdf K. HRSA Policy Clarification Notice on Quality Management
 
 
Questions
 
 
Submitted Date Question Answer
09/19/2019 For goal 1, objective 2 - can our agency count the number of harm reduction materials given to CBOs to be distributed to PWID? Yes. Harm reduction materials provided to community partners by the applicant directly can be counted in the total. Intended partnerships should be outlined in the applicant’s proposed activities for this objective.
09/19/2019 For goal 1, objective 3 - can IDPH clarify what constitutes as "referral services". Definitions for all services to be provided under this RFP/RFA are available in the Integrated Testing Services program manual, attachment J (variables and definitions). A client is considered ‘referred’ for PrEP services if they are given information on who providers are, what documents may be needed to access services, how to get to the provider’s agency, and what to expect from the process. A client may be referred to an in-house provider, a known external provider, or submitted for navigation and linkage support through the PrEP navigation service.
09/20/2019 Could you please clarify the definition of “directly distributed” for Goal 1, Objective 1? For example would it solely include supplies given out by the health department at outreach events, or would it also include other locations in which the health department provides the supplies rather than the location going through myiacondoms? Directly distributed materials would be any materials ordered by the applicant, shipped to the applicant, and distributed by the applicant to community partners, other agencies, and/or individuals. The example provided, supplies given out during an outreach event, would be considered “directly distributed.” The example provided, supplies provided to locations by the health department rather than the location ordering from myiacondoms, would be considered “directly distributed.”
09/20/2019 Is there an existing list of nPEP providers, or can a list be created, to be used as a resource for establishing a referral relationship for nPEP? A current list of nPEP providers does not exist. The purpose of this objective is to start the process of building capacity and to ensure that clients presenting with the need for nPEP can be referred to an identified local resource. Work completed by applicants related to this objective will contribute to the creation of a directory in the future.
09/20/2019 In reference to the questions at the end of the applicant webinar would a protocol for referring clients to the PrEP Navigator for nPEP be sufficient in meeting Goal 1, Objective 4? This would not be sufficient. The objective requires the applicant to have the ability to provide nPEP (if possible) or create a referral relationship with a locally accessible provider who is willing to prescribe nPEP to those who may need it. The role of the navigator is to provide support and assistance in navigating benefits and coverage issues related to this service.
09/20/2019 For those interested in becoming an nPEP provider, you referenced during the applicant webinar that there are resources for paying for nPEP through manufacturers. Could you provide additional information about these resources? PrEPIowa.org maintains up-to-date information on the availability of these programs. Information can be accessed at www.prepiowa.org/provider
10/01/2019 Each applicant has been assigned a base funding amount for Budget A. Available counties have been assigned a value based on the prevalence of HIV within that county (Reference Funding Allocation Map). When looking at the allocation map, the eastern central region is at a disadvantage. Due the high number of ITS sites in a consolidated area that are able to apply for funding, we are limited to the number of counties to serve. The Central and Western part of the state have fewer ITS sites in a consolidated area, thus they can serve a greater number of counties. Please share how you plan to make a fair and equitable distribution of assignments for counties that are applying for coverage of the same counties. Please share the metrics you will be utilizing to make the assignments for ITS sites that apply to serve an available county. As noted in Attachment F, in the event that multiple applicants propose activities within the same county, the Department will award that county to the applicant proposing the highest tier of service. In the event that multiple applicants propose the same tier of service, the Department reserves the right to award the county to the applicant that has proposed the more reasonable activities OR to split the value of the county among the applicants. Counties being proposed for service are not required to be contiguous.
10/02/2019 What is the expectation for the number of condoms distributed given (1) the change in wording of Goal 1, Objective 1, and (2) based on number of counties in service area? The number of condoms for direct distribution should be proposed by the applicant based on previous experience and anticipated growth. The number proposed should be supported by the activities developed by the applicant for each county of service.
10/02/2019 What happens if an applicant selects a county as Tier 3 funding level but is only able to meet Tier 2 testing requirements during the contract period? If an applicant determines they are unable to fulfill the activities outlined in the work plan, the Department will work with the applicant to determine the appropriate action. This could include implementation of a performance improvement plan, initiation of a quality improvement activity, and/or the removal of funds.
 
 
 
 
 
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