Primary Care Associations COVID-19 Funding Overview

Overview

Additional funding was awarded to fiscal year (FY) 2020 Primary Care Association (PCA) award recipients to enhance training and technical assistance (T/TA) to support health centers in their state or region on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention, preparedness, and/or response, including strengthening health center operations and capacity to ensure access to comprehensive primary care services.

In addition to the PCA base award, all PCAs received additional one-time COVID-19 funding equivalent to 10 percent of their PCA award or $75,000, whichever is higher. HRSA will provide the individual COVID-19 funding amount for each PCA in a separate communication.1

Use of Funds

This COVID-19 funding may support a wide range of activities that align with the funding purpose, as needs evolve, but may not be used for costs incurred before the award start date (July 1, 2020). Appendix A lists example activities that may support health centers with addressing COVID-19.

Required Supporting Documents

As stated on your notice of award, you will document your COVID-19-related T/TA activities in your revised Project Work Plan, to be submitted within 60 days of the award start date through the Project Work Plan (PWP) Module. Under Goal F: Supplemental Funding Activities and the new objective titled COVID-19 Supplemental Funding, list the additional T/TA activities that will support health centers with addressing COVID-19.

You will report progress through your next non-competing continuation progress report and other routine monitoring processes.

Contacts

  • For questions about funding uses or Project Work Plan updates, contact Nathalia Drew at ndrew1@hrsa.gov.
  • For questions about federal funding requirements, contact the grants management specialist referenced on your Notice of Award.

Appendix A: Example Activities

This is a list of example PCA activities that may support health centers with COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, and/or response, including strengthening health center operations and capacity to ensure access to comprehensive primary care services. This list is not exhaustive.

Staffing

  • Support health centers in hiring and/or contracting new providers to address increased demand due to COVID-19 through activities such as establishing COVID-19 job boards and providing TA on provider recruitment.

Operations

  • Coordinate a peer-group of health center personnel to discuss best practices for supporting increased patient triage, testing (including drive- or walk-up testing), laboratory services, and visits.
  • Build coalitions and strengthen partnerships among health centers and local and state public health departments, and clinical and community-based organizations to share information on and coordinate response to COVID-19.
  • Disseminate best practices and key information related to COVID-19 response in the state or region.
  • Support/assist health centers in the state or region to obtain group purchasing rates to procure personal protective equipment, supplies, and/or items related to COVID-19 testing (e.g., COVID-19 tests, specimen handling and collection, storage, and processing equipment).
  • Support health centers with enhancing telehealth infrastructure, in collaboration with Health Center Controlled Networks, as appropriate, to expand virtual care and increase capacity to assess a growing number of patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Support health centers with financial analysis and forecasting to accommodate changing operations, and strategic planning to ensure a return to full capacity of comprehensive primary care services following an emergency.

Health Education

Emergency Preparedness

  • Provide T/TA on ensuring proper emergency management functions are in place.
  • Develop emergency preparedness learning teams with health centers and state and local health departments.
  • Provide T/TA on creating new and enhancing existing emergency preparedness and response workflows to embed CDC guidelines and recommendations.
  • Assess the current level of emergency preparedness at health centers, including their ability to address surge capacity and potential provider and other health center staff absenteeism. Provide T/TA on updating health center emergency operation plans in identified high-need areas.
  • Share resources to support health centers with updating health center policies (e.g., providing hazard pay), procedures (e.g., sending emergency alerts), and emergency management plans.

1 HRSA will send funding amount emails to the individuals registered as project director, business official, and authorizing official in the U30 grant folder in the HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs).

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2020