Federal Register Notice: Expanding the Public Health Workforce within the (Independent Living Services) Disability Networks

Dear Colleague

On November 10, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force final report, President Biden announced several new investments to support the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. As part of this effort, ACL is investing $150 million for its disability and aging networks to recruit, hire and train public health workers to respond to the pandemic and prepare for future public health challenges.   

A Federal Register Notice was issued Wednesday, January 12, 2022, announcing the availability of nearly $4.5 million for the Independent Living Service programs to support the cost of wages and benefits for public health professionals, directly or through contract such as:  

  • Case investigator,   
  • Contact tracer,  
  • Social support specialist,  
  • Community health worker,  
  • Public health nurse,  
  • Disease intervention specialist,  
  • Epidemiologist,  
  • Program manager,  
  • Laboratory personnel,  
  • Informaticians,  
  • Communication and policy experts,  
  • Other positions as may be required to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. 

The remainder of this email provides information on what to do next.  

STEPS TO RECEIVE FUNDS  

The notice states that to receive funding, grantees are required to submit a Letter of Assurance by February 11th.  This Letter of Assurance can be submitted electronically via email to PHWF@acl.hhs.gov.  The attachment below is the template that you can use to submit your signed Letter of Assurance.  Once we receive your Letter of Assurance, we will conduct a review to ensure it is complete. The Federal Register Notice included an estimated start date of March 1, 2022, but the actual award may be earlier or later than that date.

STEPS TO DECLINE FUNDS  

Grantees are not required to access the funds made available through this opportunity. If you do not wish to receive funding, we ask that you notify us of that decision. The attached template can be used for indicating that you are declining the funds, which can be submitted electronically via email to PHWF@acl.hhs.gov. This will help us verify your decision for our records and track the distribution of the funds to the grantees.  

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE  

We are collaborating with your technical assistance team to identify where technical assistance is needed and to develop and share additional guidance. We plan to share a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR

A friendly reminder, we are hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, January 13, 2022, to provide an overview of the Federal Register Notice. The webinar will be recorded. Please email PHWF@acl.hhs.gov to request any reasonable accommodations.

Register herehttps://hhsacl.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_cBCAxNqJQJSpcBru4lCufQ

Public Health Workforce Funding  

PHWF@acl.hhs.gov

PHWF@sensisagency.com

Administration for Community Living   

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  

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