This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the National Organizations of State and Local Officials (NOSLO) Program: Health Care Payment and Financing. The purpose of this program is to assist states and local authorities in a) preserving and improving public health, b) building capacity to address other public health matters and support and enforce health regulations, and c) preventing and suppressing communicable diseases. To fulfill the program’s purpose, NOSLO: Health Care Payment and Financing has the following objectives: 1) facilitate bidirectional communication and data/information-sharing between HRSA and state and/or local officials, 2) strengthen HRSA-funded programs by better understanding state and/or local stakeholder needs, priorities, and perspectives, and 3) support capacity-building activities at the state and/or local levels that strengthen the health care safety net and advance shared public health goals with HRSA.2 The term “capacity-building” includes actions that build, strengthen, and maintain the necessary competencies and resources needed to sustain or improve health services delivery to vulnerable and underserved populations. Capacity-building activities supported through NOSLO: Health Care Payment and Financing include technical assistance and training; data collection, sharing, and analysis; materials development; or other agreed-to actions that enable state and/or local organizations to operate in a comprehensive, responsive, coordinated, and effective manner. Through NOSLO: Health Care Payment and Financing, HRSA will provide support to an organization with a local, state, and national perspective on health care-related payment and financing for services delivered to vulnerable and underserved populations. This track will increase the amount of high quality, impartial, policy analysis and policy-relevant research on care coordination, health care financing, health care quality initiatives, innovative care/payment models, and payment reform as it relates to the needs of the uninsured, underserved, vulnerable, and special populations of HRSA interest in states and local areas.
Eligible applicants include all domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations.