Asthma Control and Health Plans
CSFA Number: 482-00-2341
Agency Name
Department Of Public Health (482)
Agency Contact
Nikki Woolverton
217-557-2931
nikki.woolverton@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Asthma Control and Health Plans grant program aligns with CDC 6|18 initiative related to Asthma Control. The recipient of the award will strengthen infrastructure and promote the 6|18 Initiative to the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Medicaid Health Plans. The project will be framed around the four asthma interventions as described in the Control Asthma Evidence Summary: 1) Promote evidence-based medical management following the 2007 National Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines; 2) Promote strategies that improve access and adherence to asthma medications and devices; 3) Expand access to intensive self-management education (AS-ME) for individuals whose asthma is not well-controlled with the 2007 NAEPP Guidelines-based medical management alone; and 4) Expand access to home visits by licensed professionals or qualified community health workers to improve self-management education and reduce home asthma triggers for individuals whose asthma is not well-controlled with the 2007 NAEPP Guidelines-based medical management and intensive self-management education. Additionally, FQHCs in home visiting service areas (i.e., Chicago, Kankakee, Springfield, Decatur, Peoria, Marion, East St. Louis) will serve as a referral source and linkage to care.
Subject Area
Healthcare
Program Function
Health
Enabling Legislation
NA
Objectives and Goals
The Asthma Control and Health Plans grant program aligns with CDC 6|18 initiative related to Asthma Control. The recipient of the award will strengthen infrastructure and promote the 6|18 Initiative to the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Medicaid Health Plans. The project will be framed around the four asthma interventions as described in the Control Asthma Evidence Summary: 1) Promote evidence-based medical management following the 2007 National Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines; 2) Promote strategies that improve access and adherence to asthma medications and devices; 3) Expand access to intensive self-management education (AS-ME) for individuals whose asthma is not well-controlled with the 2007 NAEPP Guidelines-based medical management alone; and 4) Expand access to home visits by licensed professionals or qualified community health workers to improve self-management education and reduce home asthma triggers for individuals whose asthma is not well-controlled with the 2007 NAEPP Guidelines-based medical management and intensive self-management education. Additionally, FQHCs in home visiting service areas (i.e., Chicago, Kankakee, Springfield, Decatur, Peoria, Marion, East St. Louis) will serve as a referral source and linkage to care.
For more information on the EXHALE Technical Package, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/pdfs/EXHALE_technical_package-508.pdf.

The recipient of the award will also work with the Illinois Asthma Program (Program) in developing a reimbursement workgroup to discuss evidence-based preventive practices, including AS-ME, and value-based payment and delivery models, with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and health plans. This strategy will align with the evidence base in the CDC 6|18 Initiative and advocate for access and reimbursement for AS-ME. The collaborative will include representatives from the Program, Home Visiting Collaborative, community-based organizations, and health care providers.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Use of Funds. All grant funds must be used for the sole purposes set forth in the grant proposal and application and must be used in compliance with all applicable laws. Grant funds may not be used as matching funds for any other grant program. Use of grant funds for prohibited purposes may result in loss of grant award and/or place the grantee at risk for recouping of those funds used for the prohibited purpose. Expenditure reports must be submitted quarterly. To be reimbursable under the Department/Office of Health Promotion Grant Agreement, expenditures must meet the following general criteria:

• Be necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient administration of the program and not be a general expense required to carry out the overall responsibilities of the applicant.
• Be authorized or not prohibited under federal, state or local laws, or regulations.
• Conform to any limitations or exclusions set forth in the applicable rules, program description, or grant agreement.
• Be accorded consistent treatment through application of generally accepted accounting principles, appropriate to the circumstances.
• Not be allocable to or included as a cost of any state or federally-financed program in either the current or a prior period.
• Be net of all applicable credits.
• Be specifically identified with the provision of a direct service or program activity.
• Be an actual expenditure of funds in support of program activities, documented by check number, and/or internal ledger transfer of funds.
• Not be used for research or clinical care.

Unallowable or prohibited uses of grant funds include, but are not limited to the following:
• Political or religious purposes
• Contributions or donations
• Fundraising or legislative lobbying expenses
• Conference registration fees
• Payment of bad or non-program related debts, fines or penalties
• Contribution to a contingency fund or provision for unforeseen events
• Research
• Incentives, including but not limited to t-shirts, bags, backpacks, hats, pencils, rulers, coloring books, stress balls, band-aid holders, mugs and cookware.
• Entertainment, food, alcoholic beverages and gratuities
• Membership fees, interest or financial payments, or other fines or penalties
• Purchase or improvement of land or purchase, improvement or construction of a building
• Lease of facility space.
• Equipment in excess of 5 percent of the grant award.
• Expenditures that may create conflict of interest or the perception of impropriety
• Audit expenses
• Exhibit fees of any kind
• Subscription costs
• Association dues
• Expenses for credentialing (e.g., CHES certification, AE-C)
• Airfare
• Out of state travel costs
Eligibility Requirements
The eligible applicant includes an entity capable of implementing the Asthma Control and Health Plans program and facilitating coordination with Illinois Medicaid, Health Plans, and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Applicants may apply for this grant but will not be eligible for a grant award until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee portal, www.grants.illinois.gov. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-qualification process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire. If applicable, the entity will be notified that it is ineligible for award as a result of the Dun and Bradstreet verification. The entity will be informed of corrective action needed to become eligible for a grant award.
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Applications must be submitted via the Illinois Department of Public Health's Electronic Grants Administration and Management System (EGrAMS), accessible at idphgrants.com.

This grant is competitive. Multiple reviewers will assess the application and score based on program need, capability of implementing required asthma interventions as described in the 6|18 Initiative Control Asthma Evidence Summary.
Assistance Consideration
Cost Sharing is not required. Eligible applicants may voluntarily identify indirect costs as a programmatic match, in order to allocate the entire grant award for direct costs.
Post Assistance Requirements
The grantee is required to submit quarterly progress reports on their work plan objectives. Failure to submit required reports in a timely manner will result in delays with approval of reimbursements. The grantee will ensure quarterly reports are submitted in the provided format as follows:

1st Quarter Report due by: December 15, 2019
2nd Quarter Report due by: March 15, 2020
3rd Quarter Report due by: June 15, 2020
4th Quarter Report due by: September 15, 2020
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
NA
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $26,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsNANot Applicable02/21/2020 - 03/30/2020 : 5:00pm
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