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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 individual clinic at which activities will be implemented.

Successful bidders will be awarded an initial contract for a nine-month period, from October 1, 2021 to June 29, 2022 to support project start-up and implementation, a second, twelve-month contract period from June 30, 2022 to June 29, 2023 to support continued implementation and evaluation, and two additional, partial-year contracts over the next two years anticipated to be from June 30, 2023 to December 31, 2023 and June 30, 2024 to December 31, 2024, respectively, to support continued evaluation and monitoring of project impact on clinic CRC screening rates. Up to six (6) clinics 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 four priority evidence-based interventions (EBIs) as identified by The Community Guide (client reminders, provider reminders, provider assessment and feedback, and reducing structural barriers) 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 a learning collaborative across all participating clinics.

To submit a bid, complete the online survey linked below by August 11, 2021 that demonstrates 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 FQHC bidders.

The survey must be completed in order to be considered for funding.

Bidders may submit questions to Canserv@health.ny.gov no later than July 23, 2021, email subject line should read, “Increasing CRC Screening in FQHCs”. All entities receiving the bid request will also receive the questions and answers.

Link to survey.

Due date: 08/11/2021 by 4:00 PM EST

Bid Solicitation – Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers (PDF)
Substantiation of costs excel workbook hourly rate (xlsx)
Colorectal Bid Overview and Guidance (docx)

Amendment to the Request for bids Colorectal Bid Overview and Guidance (PDF)
Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in FQHCs Bidder Questions (PDF)