Strengthening the Public Health System in US-affiliated Pacific Islands (PPHF)

The purpose of this funding initiative to ensure provision of capacity building assistance (CBA) to the USAPI?s public health officials and public health systems.

Capacity building efforts will support the formation of sound policies, strengthened organizational structures (e.g., governance, workforce
recruitment/retention, and health services), effective management and revenue control, build jurisdictional partnerships, and address important cross-cutting issues such as health equity programs and services, and improved accountability measures for performance effectiveness and efficiency.
Related Programs93.097 Strengthening the Nation's Public Health System through a National Voluntary Accreditation Program for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Health Departments; 93.424 NON-ACA/PPHF?Building Capacity of the Public Health System to Improve Population Health through National Nonprofit Organizations; 93.524 The Affordable Care Act (ACA): Capacity Building Assistance to Strengthen Public Health Infrastructure and Performance

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, conducting and supporting capacity building assistance efforts in the USAPI as described in Section 050 above and through CDC allowable and unallowable expenses.

Per CDC-RFA-OT16-1601 ?Funding Restrictions.? Detailed budget restrictions will be specified in most recent Notice of Award.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The only eligible applicant for this award is the Pacific Island Health Officers Association (PIHOA), a 501(c)3 independent accrediting body that administers the national voluntary public health department accreditation program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Governmental public health departments, workforce segments across governmental public health departments, and/or nongovernmental public health professionals in the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) consist of three U.S. Flag Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as three sovereign states that have a Compact of Free Association with the United States (US)---Freely Associated States of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Federated States of Micronesia.


The applicant must demonstrate 1) nonprofit 501(c)(3) or nonprofit 501(c)(6) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education); 2) a Pacific Islands regional scope of work; and 3) a public health charge or mission. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

Phase I Review: The eligible application will be initially reviewed for completeness by the CDC Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) staff. The eligible application will then be jointly reviewed for responsiveness by CDC OSTLTS and PGO. Incomplete and/or non-responsive applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will not advance to Phase II review and the applicant will be notified. Phase II Review: An objective review panel will evaluate the complete and responsive application according to the criteria listed in the FOA. The successful applicant will receive a Notice of Award (NoA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office. The NoA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


This program is authorized under sections 307 and 317(k)(2) of the Public Health Service Act [42 USC 242(l) and 247(b)(k)(2), as amended]. In addition, this program is authorized under sections 311 and 1703 of Public Health Service Act [42 USC 243 and 300 u-2, as amended] and Section 4002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148., Title IV, Section 4002, 42 U.S.C 242, 247.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


> 180 Days. Renewals will require a yearly continuation application based upon availability of funds and programmatic compliance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Financial assistance is available for a 12-month budget period, within the five-year project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Annual financial reporting is required via the Federal Financial Reporting document.

Performance Measures (including outcomes)?awardees must report on performance measures for each budget period and update measures as least annually (Annual Performance Report).

CDC may require more frequent reporting of performance measures.

Performance measure reporting should be limited to the collection and reporting of data.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 92.42.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $2,000,000; and FY 18 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

1 award at approximate average award of $2,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Per Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-OT16-1601, and as additionally specified in most current Notice of Award.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Samuel Taveras 4770 Buford Highway NE, MS: K-90, Altanta, Georgia 30345 Email: Phone: 770-488-1523 Fax: 770-488-1600

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As specified in Funding Opportunity Announce CDC-RFA-OT16-1601, Application Review and Selection Process listed in Section 093 Award Procedure above.

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