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Maine DHHS announces request for applications for Health Equity Infrastructure & Capacity Building Grant

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services (Department) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resiliency, and opportunity to all Maine residents. The Department’s Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) provides leadership, expertise, information, and tools to assure conditions in which all the people of Maine can be healthy. In April 2021, the Department established the Office of Population Health Equity (OPHE) within Maine CDC to identify and address health disparities in communities throughout Maine.

The OPHE is launching a series of new initiatives for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to advance health equity in communities at higher risk of COVID-19, supported by a grant of over $32 million from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC). These initiatives aim to:

  • Deepen the Department’s relationships with community leaders;
  • Invest resources directly in communities most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other serious threats to public health; and
  • Build collective capacity to reduce disparities in the future.

CBOs are uniquely positioned to help address inequities exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic related to social determinants of health, such as access to housing, food, financial supports, transportation, and social support. CBOs continue to mitigate racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations through:

  • Accountability to the population they serve;
  • Providing a flexible response to meeting constantly changing needs; and
  • A commitment to addressing the root causes of COVID-19 health disparities.

Through this RFA, the Department intends to provide one-time funding to assist CBOs located in Maine, who work to address racial/ethnic COVID-19 disparities through COVID-19 response efforts and/or social determinants of health in communities that experience COVID-19 disparities, and have significant infrastructure development needs and the means to obtain long-term success and sustainability in their efforts.

Targeted investments may include but are not limited to those related to financial/IT improvements, data collection/reporting systems, operational infrastructure, strategic planning, and pilot projects and collective efforts to increase organizational effectiveness and address health disparities in their communities. As a result of these investments, the Department anticipates CBOs will have increase capacity to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and other health conditions, as well as to continue providing COVID-19 prevention and response activities.  

For more information on the Request for Applications, including instructions on how to apply, please visit the Maine Grant RFPs and RFAs list. This RFA (RFA 202204066) is listed under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Application submissions are due June 24, 2022 by 11:59.