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Health Research, Inc. (HRI) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on behalf of the Bureau of Cancer Prevention and Control (BCPC) are seeking bids from New York State (NYS) Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to participate in a project to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates in FQHC primary care practice sites. While contracts will be awarded to the FQHC, bids must be submitted for each clinic at which activities will be implemented.

Successful bidders will be awarded an initial contract for a six-month period, from January 1, 2024, to June 29, 2024 to support project start-up, and a second, twelve-month contract period from June 30, 2024 to June 29, 2025 to support project implementation. Up to six (6) clinics across up to four (4) FQHCs will be selected for funding. Each FQHC may submit bids for up to two clinics.  Pending availability of funding, awarded FQHCs may be eligible for additional funding opportunities to expand and sustain project work in additional clinics in future years.

The project intent is to develop and implement a quality improvement (QI) plan that includes at least two of the five priority evidence-based interventions (EBIs) in The Community Guide  (client reminders, provider reminders, provider assessment and feedback, reducing structural barriers, and patient navigation) and other systems changes in each clinic site to make sustainable, lasting improvements in primary care clinic CRC screening rates. The NYSDOH will provide technical assistance on development and implementation of an approved QI plan and will support learning opportunities for all participating clinics.

Bids will be accepted through an easy-to-use online system called “Apply”. Submit a bid by completing the application linked below by November 16, 2023, to demonstrate clinic eligibility and capacity to allocate staff time and effort to participate in all project activities. A deliverable-based contract with Health Research, Inc. will be awarded to the successful FQHCs. FQHCs awarded contracts under previous bids and currently participating in this project are not eligible to apply.

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Bidders may submit questions to no later than October 12, 2023, with the email subject line “Increasing CRC Screening in FQHCs.” Questions and answers will be posted and shared with all who submitted questions on or around October 19, 2023.

Request for Bids for Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening among Federally Qualified Health Center Primary Care Clinic Patients (PDF)

CRC Federally Qualified Health Center Cohort Bid 4 Questions and Answers (PDF)