Last week, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) 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.