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Request for Applications (RFA) 23-10056

Hepatitis B Demonstration Project Grants

Per California's 2022 Budget Act, $2,700,000 shall be available for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization Branch (IZB) to establish demonstration projects to allow for innovative, evidence-informed approaches to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable and underserved Californians living with or at risk for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. 

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to select organizations to conduct these demonstration projects, with funding awarded in the form of local assistance grants. The projects are intended to demonstrate approaches to serve the most vulnerable and underserved people in California living with or at risk for hepatitis B infection. The projects will provide or facilitate one or more of the following services: hepatitis B vaccination, HBV infection screening, linkage to hepatitis B care, and/or retention in hepatitis B care. An evaluation component will allow for an understanding of lessons learned and dissemination of lessons learned to strengthen new and existing programs. 

The project is aligned with California's goal to decrease the incidence of acute hepatitis B infection and improve care for persons living with hepatitis B. It is also consistent with the Viral Hepatitis National Strategic Plan (PDF), which calls for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. 

The total amount of $2.7 million will be awarded through the RFA. Four awards will be made: two awards of $1,000,000 and two awards of $350,000, with all funds for encumbrance or expenditure until June 30, 2026. The duration of the funding period will be three years from the date of award. 

Any entity in any California county shall be eligible and may apply to operate a demonstration project pursuant to this provision, provided that it demonstrates experience and expertise in providing culturally appropriate services to the most vulnerable and underserved people living with or at risk for HBV infection. As indicated by surveillance data, priority populations include but are not limited to Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Sub-Saharan African communities, and people who use drugs and/or who are receiving substance use-related services.

Hepatitis B Demonstration Project Grants: Public Notice of Intent to Award

The California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch (CDPH/IZB) is pleased to announce its intent to award the applicants listed below. As outlined in the RFA, all applicants received a letter notifying them of the status of their application.

The RFA process was highly competitive and CDPH/IZB wishes to thank all applicants for their thoughtful proposals and commitment to this work.

Awards are tentative until completion of the RFA process and release of executed grant agreement with CDPH. All awards are contingent upon availability of state general funds, grant agreement negotiations, and state spending authority. Prior to and during grant agreement negotiations, applicants will be required to submit additional budget information to meet the RFA and grant agreement requirements.

CDPH/IZB will contact each intended awardee by email about next steps.

Note: Awardees​ are listed in alphabetical order.​

​Asian Health Services
​Chinese Hospital Association
​North East Medical Services
​San Francisco AIDS Foundation

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