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Apr 25 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites comment to OMB on the extension of the Assessment of Outcomes Associated with the Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant, which will assess select cross-cutting outputs and outcomes of the PHHS Block Grant and demonstrate the utility of the grant on a national level. OMB must receive written comments on or before May 26, 2022.
The PHHS Block Grant has provided funding for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, two American Indian tribes, five U.S. territories, and three freely associated states to address the unique public health needs of their jurisdictions in innovative and locally defined ways. First authorized by Congress in 1981 through the Public Health Service Act (Pub. L. 102-531), the fundamental and enduring purpose of the grant has been to provide grantees with localized control to address their priority public health needs. In 1992, Congress amended the law to align PHHS Block Grant funding priorities with the 22 chapters specified in Healthy People (HP) 2000, a set of national objectives designed to guide health promotion and disease prevention efforts. Additional amendments included funds specifically dedicated to sex offense prevention and victim services, thus requiring grantees receiving this support to include related HP objectives and activities as part of their PHHS Block Grant-funded local programs.

CDC has increased the accountability of the PHHS Block Grant by establishing a comprehensive, standardized method to collect data to describe select outputs and outcomes. The CDC PHHS Block Grant Measurement Framework is an innovative approach to: (1) Collecting data on public health infrastructure (i.e.,information systems, quality improvement, efficiency and effectiveness of programs, services, and operations); (2) emerging public health needs addressed; and (3) evidence-based public health interventions implemented.

The purpose of this information collection request (ICR) is to collect data that will assess select cross-cutting outputs and outcomes of the grant (as defined by the framework measures) and that demonstrate the utility of the grant on a national level. This data collection will describe the outcomes of the PHHS Block Grant as a whole—not individual grantee activities or outcomes.

The respondent universe consists of 61 PHHS Block Grant coordinators, or their designees, across 61 health departments (50 states, the District of Columbia, 2 tribes, 5 U.S. territories, and 3 freely associated states). The assessment will be administered to PHHS Block Grant coordinators electronically via a web-based questionnaire. A link to the assessment will be provided by email invitation. The survey will be completed once every two years.
PHHS Block Grant Program website: https://www.cdc.gov/phhsblockgrant/index.htm
PHHS Block Grant submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202204-0920-007 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting comments: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-08705  

For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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