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Optimizing Virtual Care (OVC)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.527
Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul 16, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
Allison Arnone
Online contact forms

For grants management or budget questions:

Joi Grymes-Johnson

Patrick Johnson


The Optimizing Virtual Care (OVC) program provides funding for current Health Center grantees to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative, evidence-based strategies that optimize the use of virtual care to increase access and improve clinical quality for underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

Allowable activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provision of virtual clinical services
  • Analysis of telehealth utilization data to identify potential access gaps
  • Leveraging community partnerships to address social determinants of health (SDOH)
  • Patient and staff education and training
  • Patient engagement and outreach
  • Patient social risk assessments and follow up workflows
  • Community needs assessments and resource mapping
  • Integration, development, and/or enhancement of digital platforms and tools
  • Virtual reality interventions
  • Patient-centered care coordination
  • Referral tracking and follow up
  • Creation of administrative and governance practices
  • Supplies and equipment purchases
  • Minor alteration and renovation necessary for implementing virtual care

Eligible applicants are organizations that are currently receiving Health Center Program operational (H80) grant funding.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $2,000,000
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 25
Estimated total program funding: $50,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Applicants should submit the application in by July 16, 2021.

Submit supplemental information in HRSA Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by August 17, 2021.

Applicant assistance:

Tagged as
Clinics · Federally Qualified Health Centers · Health workforce education and training · Healthcare quality · Needs assessment methods and resources · Primary care · Social determinants of health · Technology for health and human services · Telehealth

Organizations (3)

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