Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program

Announcement Number:
HRSA-17-015

Bureau/Office:
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Date(s) to Apply:
02/28/2017 to 05/02/2017

Estimated Award Date:
09/01/2017


What is the program?

This announcement solicits applications for the Regional Telehealth Resource Center Program (RTRC).  RTRCs assist health care organizations, health care networks, and health care providers in the implementation of cost-effective telehealth programs to serve rural and medically underserved areas and populations.  This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support twelve RTRCs that focus on state-wide and regional telehealth activities as shown below.  RTRCs will serve as focal points for advancing the effective use of telehealth technologies in their respective communities and states. 

Northeast Region        

Southeast Region

Upper Midwest Region

Northwest Region

Connecticut

Alabama

Illinois

Alaska

Maine

Florida

Indiana

Idaho

Massachusetts

Georgia

Michigan

Montana

New Hampshire

South Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

New Jersey*

Utah*

New York

South Region

North Central Region

Washington

Rhode Island

Arkansas

Iowa

Wyoming

Vermont

Mississippi

Minnesota

Tennessee

Nebraska

West Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

North Dakota

California

Delaware

South Central Region

South Dakota

District of Columbia

Kansas 

Wisconsin

Pacific Region

Kentucky

Missouri

American Samoa

Maryland

Oklahoma

Southwest Region

Guam

New Jersey*

Arizona

Hawaii

North Carolina

West Central Region

Colorado

Northern Mariana Is.

Pennsylvania

Louisiana

Nevada

Virginia

Texas

New Mexico

West Virginia

Utah*

* Historically, two regions serve New Jersey and Utah in this program.  Post-award, successful applicants in these regions will be required to provide HRSA with a written plan outlining how New Jersey and Utah will be divided to ensure that services are not duplicated.

The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) expects all RTRCs to fully collaborate with each other, to share and combine expertise and resources to create a unified telehealth technical assistance capability with effective and efficient educational tools, consulting and support capabilities.  In addition to the RTRCs, HRSA expects to fund two National Telehealth Resource Centers (NTRCs), focused on policy and technology respectively, with which RTRCs will share expertise and resources.  The NTRCs are intended to assist the work of RTRCs in advancing telehealth by providing a collective resource for information on telehealth policy and technology. RTRC applicants are encouraged to review the NTRC announcement (HRSA-17-108) to understand the distinction between RTRCs and NTRCs.  The technical assistance provided by RTRCs will focus on meeting needs of telehealth networks, practitioners or organizations in their region.  Awards are expected to be used for salaries, equipment, and operating or other expenses related to:

Providing technical assistance, training (including travel expenses) and support for health care providers and entities planning or providing telehealth services;

Disseminating information or research findings related to telehealth services;

Supporting effective collaboration among telehealth resource centers ;

Conducting evaluations to determine the best utilization of telehealth technologies to meet health care needs;

Supporting the integration of technologies used in clinical information systems with other telehealth technologies;

Fostering the use of telehealth technologies to provide health care information and education for health care providers and consumers in a more effective manner; and

Implementing special projects or studies.

Awardees are required to explain the amount of free technical assistance available to anyone contacting a RTRC to provide complete transparency about the intent of services provided through the award.


Are you eligible?

Eligible applicants include public and private non-profit entities, including faith-based and community organizations, as well as federally-recognized Indian tribal governments and organizations.

Contact Us

Natassja Manzanero

nmanzanero@hrsa.gov

Phone: (301) 443-2077