The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) recently issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement for a Hepatitis B Demonstration Grant Program (Hepatitis B Program). Through this announcement, OMH seeks to develop hepatitis B model programs that will end transmission of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and reduce morbidity and mortality attributable to ongoing HBV infection.
This OMH program will fund collaborative partnerships to build capacity for scale-up HBV vaccination, testing and linkage to care services and surveillance to advance progress toward national hepatitis B elimination goals recommended by the National Academies of Sciences (NAS). The Hepatitis B Program also is directly aligned with the four goals of the U.S. National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020.
Service delivery efforts for the Hepatitis B Program will focus on delivery of prompt, responsive and efficient care for persons born in countries where HBV infection is endemic; U.S.-born persons not vaccinated as infants whose parents were born in countries with a very high prevalence of HBV infection; household contacts or sexual partners of persons with HBV infection; and infants/children/adolescents who may otherwise slip through the cracks and improve reach of services essential to eliminating hepatitis B.
The closing date for applications is April 13, 2019. For more information and to subscribe to notices, visit the Grants.gov page about the opportunity.