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Solicitation Notice
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Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration, Acquisition and Grants Group, 7500 Security Blvd. C2-21-15, Central Building, Baltimore, MD, 21244-1850
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Lucille Lee, Contract Specialist, Phone 410-786-5447, Fax 410-786-9643,
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to award on a sole source basis, under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures, a firm fixed price award to the National HBCU Network for Health Services and Health Disparities Research, 11107 Maiden Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20720. The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities will subcontract with Alcorn State University, Lorman Mississippi and other entities as program participants to carry out a community based diabetes self management education program for use in the African American community in Lorman, Mississippi. Approximately 400 persons from this site will participate in the program. The program should target African American adults (males and females) 45 years and older diagnosed with diabetes or at high risk of developing the disease. The goal of this procurement is to develop an understanding of the effectiveness of community-based diabetes self-management education upon members of the African American community. According to the literature, such programs have been shown to be generally effective, but depend upon collaborative models of care. The objectives of the contract are to: 1) determine the knowledge of participants about the disease process of Diabetes Mellitus (DM), 2) identify the knowledge of African Americans with DM about self management of the disease, 3) provide information about the disease process of DM, 4) Discuss the risk factors for developing DM, 5) Describe strategies for self management and preventing complications of DM, 6) determine access to care among African Americans with DM, 7) describe strategies for self management and preventing complications of DM, and 8) measure the impact of the project by developing a follow-up evaluation at 3 and 6 months after the intervention to determine their progress on the participant?s behavior associated with current attitudes and practices for addressing disease management. The perspective of an HBCU contractor is needed, especially to insure that questions are asked with sensitivity to issues of race and culture, as well as to insure a sophisticated understanding of the different effects of race, culture, and socio-demographic variables. During this critical time when diabetes in the African American community continue to increase, it is essential that HBCU health services researcher(s) take a lead role in investigating the continuing determinants of this disparity. For example, HBCU investigators live and work in the community and know that the problem of health disparities is not new. The ability to conduct baseline studies, long-term follow-up, risk factor identification, health education interventions; identification of socio-cultural factors affecting health, ethnic influences, and measurement of health outcomes, contribute to the uniqueness of HBCU researchers. The academic intellect currently available within the faculty and accessibility to the target population is an ideal combination needed to assist CMS and other government agencies to achieve their objectives. The HBCU Network is a consortium of HBCU investigators with the capacity to conduct health services research and programs such as the one envisioned here. Making the award to the consortium affords the agency the maximum flexibility in terms of the appropriate number and location of sites. Making the award to a single entity also reduces the fixed costs associated with the program design phase of the project. Therefore, a noncompetitive purchase order is justifiable for an award to the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities to carry out the Statement of Work for the Conference ? ?Research Conference ? Improving Health Outcomes and Health Disparities: Research and Intervention Perspectives.? A major factor for the sole source justification is that this organization is addressing a health area that CMS is concerned about. The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities (The Network) was established in 1996 through a collaboration between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services?(CMS) Office of Research,Demonstration, and Information (ORDI) and HBCUs in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The Network is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of promoting opportunities that increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop and conduct quality health services research and outreach activities that address the health needs of African Americans. CMS?s Office of Research, Development, and Information staff person determined that the assistance of this HBCU contractor will provide creditability and knowledge about diabetes in the African American community, imperative to CMS and that the proposed individual has unique skills, experiences, and capability to carry out the intent of this project. All responsible sources may submit capability statements in consideration to the Agency at the above address.
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Address: 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD
Zip Code: 21244
Country: USA
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