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Imperial County Public Health Department is Soliciting Proposals for New Asthma Project

Imperial County Public Health Department is Soliciting Proposals for New Asthma Project

El Centro, CA (September 1, 2016) - In an effort to improve the quality of life in the community, the Imperial County Public Health Department (ICPHD), in collaboration with the Local Health Authority Commission, is soliciting proposals from interested entities to implement or enhance projects or programs designed to reduce the burden of asthma and improve health and quality of life of Imperial County low-income and Medi-Cal eligible residents that have the condition.

"This is an exciting opportunity to support the efforts of programs in the community that are working to decrease the burden of asthma by researching and implementing strategies to improve how asthma is managed in the county," said Robin Hodgkin, Director of the Imperial County Public Health Department. "Imperial County has the highest rates of asthma hospitalizations and ER visits for children in the state. It is evident that more needs to be done to address this health disparity in our community."

The Imperial County Asthma Linkages Project is a three-year initiative funded by California Health and Wellness through the Local Health Plan Agreement with the County. The goal of the project is to increase prevention, education, and early intervention services through policy, systems and/or environmental change strategies and interventions to help improve health outcomes for low income and Medi-Cal-eligible individuals. The Imperial County Public Health Department and Local Health Authority Commission support project models that use evidence -based approaches to build linkages among those treating asthmatic children and adults.

"Asthma is plaguing our community and we need to attack it on all fronts," said District 1 Supervisor John Renison, who is also a member of the LHAC. "We are committed to forming partnerships with asthma organizations to educate our community on the adverse effects the disease has on a person's health and providing them with the proper tools to effectively manage the respiratory disease."

The objectives reinforce many of the priorities outlined in the LHAC's three-year strategic plan for July 2015 through June 2018. The LHAC's priorities include; health status improvements, beneficiary and stakeholder engagement, health plan performance monitoring, community awareness and education, and health authority governance. It is the LHAC's mission to work with key stakeholders to advocate for access to comprehensive health care services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, to promote the long term viability of "safety net" providers, to increase prevention, education and early intervention services, and to monitor and publicize the performance of Medi-Cal managed care plans.

A maximum of $500,000 per year will be allocated to support two to three projects that best meet the Asthma Linkages Project's goal to improve the health and quality of life for Medi-Cal beneficiaries with asthma. The maximum amount available per award is $250,000 a year, for a maximum total of $750,000 over a three year project period based on performance and the availability of funding. Agreements with the agencies or organizations selected for funding will be one-year agreements, with second or third year agreements executed for projects meeting the milestones identified in the project.

For those interested in submitting an RFP, an Applicant Assistance Workshop will take place on September 15, 2016 at the Imperial County Public Health Department Training Center located at 935 Broadway Street in El Centro from 4:30 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. For more information about the workshop and to access the RFP, please visit the Imperial County Public Health Department website.

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