The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) submits this Project Narrative in support of its application for award under Program Announcement TS20-2001, ATSDR’s Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE). Through this cooperative agreement program grant, ODH intends to continue and expand its Component 1: Core Activities, chiefly site assessment capabilities regarding investigating, evaluating, and assisting in the elimination of community exposures to toxic chemicals released to the environment. Proposed site-specific activities include conducting public health assessments, public health consultations, exposure investigations, and health education and community involvement activities in conjunction with federal and state investigations of the public health hazards posed to communities by hazardous waste sites or the release of toxic chemicals to the environment in Ohio. ODH will also continue and expand efforts relating to Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education in the state of Ohio.
Additionally, ODH seeks to pursue the opportunity as outlined in Component 2: Capacity Development and Applied Prevention Science. ODH will develop programmatic capacity to address exposures to unregulated hazardous substances. Specifically, through collaborations with existing programs, ODH seeks to identify Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposures through drinking water, prepare innovative tools and best practices to engage communities (especially for sensitive and underserved populations) and develop interventions and associated metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. These activities will address the following focus areas as outlined in the program announcement:
• Development of best practices, tools, and innovative strategies for engaging with communities, and providing community engagement consultation (Focus Area 1);
• Develop community/population intervention initiatives to reduce risk factors associated with environmental exposures and develop test metrics that could be used for evaluation of intervention effectiveness (Focus Area 4); and
• Partner with relevant internal and external stakeholders to incorporate prevention strategies into existing programs, policies, and practices (Focus Area 5).
This grant application packet is in response to the announcement of a new funding opportunity in an email communication from ATSDR issued August 22, 2019. The budget period for the new APPLETREE cooperative agreement program is anticipated to start April 1, 2020 and continue for 12 months. The program has a project period of three years. Per instructions in the program announcement on the www.grants.gov website, this project narrative is organized into the following sections (in order): Background; Approach (Purpose, Outcomes, Strategies and Activities [Component 1; Component 2]); Collaborations; Target Populations and Health Disparities; Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan; Organizational Capacity to Implement Approach; and Work Plans. Additional program information in support of the grant application (Table of Contents; Project Abstract Summary; Budget Narrative and Justification; Letters of Support; staff CVs; Organizational Charts; and Indirect Cost Rate Agreements and other Assurances) are provided as separate appendices in the application.