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Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries

Community Primary Care Challenge Grants

Practice Number: 42001
Submitted By: Pennsylvania Department of Health
Submission Date: March 2002
Last Reviewed: May 2012
Last Updated: May 2012
Best Practice Approach Example Community Primary Care Challenge Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Planning, administers the Community Primary Care Challenge Grant Program.  The goal of this grant program is to increase access to primary medical and dental care for underserved populations by: (1) Increasing the number of primary care medical and dental practitioners; (2) Increasing the number of primary care medical and dental clinics; and (3) Expanding services at existing primary care medical and dental clinics.  This is an annual competitive funding opportunity.  Current grant funding for successful applicants is up to $200,000 over a two year period.  Grantees must match grant funds in the ratio of one dollar of local funds for each four dollars of Commonwealth funding.  Applicants must be not-for profit organizations and must be located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or document that they serve a significant proportion of low-income patients or patients that reside in a HPSA. (If applying for a dental project, the applicant must be located in a Dental HPSA.) Grantees must provide care to all without regard to ability to pay, maintain a discounted/sliding fee scale for those whose income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and participate in Medicaid, Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (the only exception to this requirement is a clinic that provides free care to all patients.) Community Primary Care Challenge Grant funding can be used for hiring practitioners, purchasing equipment and supplies and for minor facility renovations that increase the capacity of the organization to provide services.  Grant funding may not be used for capital purchases of buildings, land, or for building a new structure.  Grantees are required to demonstrate sustainability plans to maintain the level of services achieved with grant and match funding beyond the term of the grant.

Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:

Robert Richardson
Bureau of Health Planning
Pennsylvania Department of Health
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17112
(717) 772-5298