Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU): Expansion Supplement


Opportunity ID: 333467
Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-TS19-19010301SUPP21
Opportunity Title: Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU): Expansion Supplement
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.161
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible applicant: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Agency Code: HHS-CDC-ATSDR
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control – ATSDR
Posted Date: May 11, 2021
Last Updated Date: May 11, 2021
Estimated Synopsis Post Date: Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year: 2021
Award Ceiling: $6,400,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,400,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: ATSDR, through its Environmental Medicine & Health Systems Intervention Section, purposes to maintain and strengthen the PEHSU network in its role as a leading national source of medical information and consultative advice on environmental conditions that influence human health throughout the vulnerable stages of reproduction and pediatric development. Five interrelated strategies may be beneficial in achieving the short and intermediate outcomes expected from the PEHSU Program. These strategies are (1) Resources and Tools Development: Build environmental exposure history tools, risk assessment and risk reduction guidance, and clinical information on specific environmental hazardous exposures. (2) Clinical Workforce Development: Determine environmental medicine competencies. Develop content to meet environmental medicine competencies, increase clinician awareness of environmental exposures and risk reduction practices, integrate content into appropriate clinical course work and assess competency attainment. (3) Health Promotion and Education: Identify target populations at risk, provide information, develop and promote actionable skills to undertake risk reduction efforts within the population. (4) Technical Consultative Services: Establish an expert network to provide consultation and technical support, deliver consultative services, develop communication channels with community and clinician audiences, assist in proper use of all related tools. (5) System Change Approaches: Identify process changes needed to integrate and adopt new tools and new clinical practices within clinical settings, recognize and reward tool and practice adoption, evaluate and communicate the benefits accrued from adoption of tools and practices. The primary purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) intends to build upon established PEHSU capabilities and to reaffirm and strengthen collaboration between ATSDR, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the PEHSU National Program Office (NPO) recipient that will lead and manage day-to-day operations of the national PEHSU network. The recipient will work collaboratively with each regional PEHSU to strengthen effectiveness of the PEHSU network, meet program goals, and achieve targeted health outcomes. In addition, this NOFO has two (2) required components. Component 1: Building capacity among health professionals and disadvantaged communities to address environmental risks associated with COVID-19. Component 2: Developing educational materials on PFAS for health care professionals and students to increase awareness of potential health impacts of PFAS, and to increase providers’ capacity to provide risk mitigation guidance to patients.
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