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National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.391
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 26, 2021
Application: May 3, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
Mattison Jenkins

For grants management or budget questions:
Shirley K. Byrd


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will provide grants to address COVID-19 and advance health equity in racial and ethnic minority groups and rural populations within state, local, U.S. territorial, and freely associated state health jurisdictions. Award recipients and their partners must implement a coordinated and holistic approach that builds on culturally, linguistically, and locally tailored strategies and best practices to reduce COVID-19 risk among health disparity populations.

Intended program outcomes include:

  • Reduced COVID-19-related health disparities
  • Improved and increased testing and contact tracing among populations at higher risk and that are underserved
  • Improved state, local, U.S. territorial, and freely associated state health department capacity and services to prevent and control COVID-19 infection/transmission among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority groups and people living in rural communities

Outcomes will be achieved using 4 overarching strategies and associated activities:

  • Expand existing and/or develop new mitigation and prevention resources and services to reduce COVID-19 related disparities among populations at higher risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and people living in rural communities
    • Expand testing and contact tracing
    • Vaccine coordination, quarantine/isolation options, preventive care, and disease management
    • Tailor and adapt evidence-based policies, systems, and environmental strategies to mitigate social and health inequities related to COVID-19
    • Identify and establish collaborations with critical partners to connect community members to programs, healthcare providers, services, and resources
  • Increase/improve data collection and reporting for populations experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death to guide the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Improve data collection and reporting for testing and contact tracing
    • Build on plans for collecting and reporting data on testing, incidence, vaccination, and severe outcomes by detailed race and ethnicity categories, taking into account age and sex differences between groups
    • Develop key principles and resources for collecting, analyzing, reporting, and disseminating health equity-related data to inform action during a public health emergency
  • Build, leverage, and expand infrastructure support for COVID-19 prevention and control
    • Expand the infrastructure to improve testing and contact tracing
    • Establish leadership-level health equity offices, workgroups, task forces, or positions to guide addressing COVID-19 among communities at higher risk and that are underserved
    • Convene and facilitate multi-sector coalitions or advisory groups that include members of underserved communities and organizations that serve the community
    • Update COVID-19 and health equity plans to support communities most at risk for COVID-19 with the intention of setting up systems that put in place infrastructure and plans that can also support future emergency responses
    • Build and expand an inclusive public health workforce, including hiring people from the community who are equipped to assess and address the needs of communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19
  • Mobilize partners and collaborators to advance health equity and address social determinants of health as they relate to COVID-19 health disparities
    • Build community capacity to reach disproportionately affected populations with effective culturally and linguistically tailored programs and practices for testing, contact tracing, and quarantine
    • Build and implement cross-sectoral partnerships to align public health, healthcare, and non-health interventions that decrease risk for COVID-19
    • Develop and disseminate culturally and linguistically responsive COVID-19 prevention communications through various channels
    • Build community capacity that includes traditional organizations and non-traditional partners to reach disproportionately affected populations

Eligible applicants include:

  • State governments or their bona fide agents (including the District of Columbia)
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Bona fide agents of local governments
  • Territorial governments or their bona fide agents in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau

Additional eligibility requirements are listed in the application instructions.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Average award amount by applicant type:

  • State health departments - $32,000,000
  • Local health departments with a service area population greater than 2 million - $26,000,000
  • Local health departments with a service area population between 400,000 and less than 2 million - $5,000,000
  • U.S. territories and freely associated states - $3,000,000

Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 108
Estimated total program funding: $2,250,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

While not required, applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by March 26, 2021.

Tagged as
Culture and cultural competency · Emergency preparedness and response · Health disparities · Human services · Infectious diseases · Minorities · Networking and collaboration · Public health · Racial and ethnic groups · Social determinants of health · Statistics and data · Vaccination

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