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Poison Center Network

About the Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-048
Dates to Apply: 01/24/2019 to 04/15/2019
Bureau/Office: Maternal & Child Health Bureau
Status: Closed
Estimated Award Date: 09/01/2019
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Poison Center Network Grant Program and provides guidance to qualified poison control centers (PCCs) on preparing and submitting FY 2019 applications for these federal funds. These grants are administered by the Poison Control Program in the Healthcare System Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The purpose of the 5-year program is to support PCCs’ activities to: 1) prevent and provide treatment recommendations for poisonings; 2) comply with operational requirements needed to sustain accreditation and/or achieve accreditation; 3) improve and enhance communications and response capability and capacity; and 4) develop strategies to ensure collection of quality data that is consistent and accurate to report on HRSA funded activities. Accordingly, the grantee should consider developing a plan to improve data quality. While not required, funds may also be used to improve the quality of data uploaded from PCCs to the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS) in support of national toxicosurveillance activities conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Projects funded under this program must include an evaluation component. Proposed evaluation activities must measure and assess progress in achieving key project milestones directly tied to the project’s objectives.

Who Can Apply

Awards under this grant program are limited to U.S. accredited and unaccredited PCCs. Eligible applicants must be accredited by a professional organization in the field of poison control that the Secretary has approved as having in effect standards for accreditation that reasonably provide for the protection of the public’s health with respect to poisoning. The only professional organization currently approved is the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Eligible applicants can also be accredited by a state government with, at minimum, equivalent standards as the AAPCC. The only state government currently approved is the Mississippi Department of Health. Unaccredited PCCs are eligible for a grant waiver if they can demonstrate that they will obtain such accreditation within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 5 years.

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