PHEP Cooperative Agreement

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is what ultimately leads to a cooperative agreement between the the Feds and an Awardee. The 2017 HPP/PHEP FOA is "for the continued purpose of strengthening and enhancing the capabilities of state, local, and territorial public health and health care systems to respond effectively (mitigate the loss of life and reduce the threats to the community’s health and safety) to evolving threats and other eme rgencies within the United States and territories and freely associated states."

It provides "clear expectations and priorities for awardees and health care coalitions (HCCs) to strengthen and enhance the readiness of the public health and the health care delivery system to save lives during emergencies that exceed the day-to -day capacity and capability of the public health and medical emergency response systems."

provides funds to ensure that HPP awardees focus on activities that advance progress toward meeting the goals of the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities and document progress in establishing or maintaining ready health care systems through strong HCCs and to ensure that PHEP awardees continue to advance development of effective public health emergency management and response programs as outlined in the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning.

Important!  Remember, the cooperative agreement is a contract between the CDC and the Awardee, not between the Awardee and the local health department . PHEP cooperative agreement requirements and recommendations only enforceable on the sub grantee – the local health department (LHD) – if they are specifically stated in the LHD's sub grant.

But, if the statement "the LHD Must" is withinwithin the cooperative agreement, the Awardee Must include the requirement within the coalition's sub grant.
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2017-2018 phep cooperative agreement domain one strategy

strengthen community resilience

Resilient communities develop, maintain, and leverage collaborative relationships among government, community organizations, and individual households that enable them to more effectively respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies. Awardees must conduct the following activities that sustain or expand community resilience. These activities must be actionable, realistic, and support the achievement of readiness outputs and intended outcomes.

  • Partner with stakeholders by developing and maturing health care coalitions
  • Characterize the probable risks to the jurisdiction and the HCC
  • Characterize populations at risk
  • Engage communities and health care systems
  • Operationalize response plans.



2017-2018 funding restrictions

what awardees must not do, or may do only under specified conditions

phep/hpp overarching funding restrictions and conditions

Awardees May Not:

  • use funds for research.
  • use funds for clinical care except as allowed by law.  For the purposes of this FOA, clinical care is defined as "directly managing the medical care and treatment of patients.”
  • use funds to purchase furniture or equipment. Any such proposed spending must be clearly identified in the budget. 
  • be reimbursed for pre-award costs, unless the CDC provides written approval to the awardee.
  • use funds for construction or major renovations.
  • use funds for payment or reimbursement of backfilling costs for staff.
  • use fund to pay the salary of an individual at a rate in excess of Executive Level II or $187,000 per year.
  • use funds to purchase clothing such as jeans, cargo pants, polo shirts, jumpsuits, sweatshirts, or T-shirts.
  • use funds to purchase or support (feed) animals for labs, including mice. Any requests for such must receive prior approval of protocols from the Animal Control Office within CDC and subsequent approval from the CDC OGS.
  • use funds to purchase a house or other living quarters for those under quarantine.
  • use funds for:
  • publicity or propaganda purposes, for the preparation, distribution, or use of any material designed to support or defeat the enactment of legislation before any legislative body
  • the salary or expenses of any grant or contract recipient, or agent acting for such recipient, related to any activity designed to influence the enactment of legislation, appropriations, regulation, administrative action, or Executive order proposed or pending before any legislative body
  • use funds to support standalone, single-facility exercises (HPP).

Awardees May Not:

  • use funds only for reasonable program purposes, including personnel, travel, supplies, and services.
  • supplement but not supplant existing state or federal funds for activities described in the budget.
  • use funds only for reasonable program purposes, including travel, supplies, and services.
  • purchase basic (non-motorized) trailers with prior approval from the CDC OGS.
  • use funds for overtime for individuals directly associated (listed in personnel costs) with the award (with prior approval).

NOTE: The direct and primary recipient in a cooperative agreement program must perform a substantial role in carrying out project outcomes and not merely serve as a conduit for an award to another party or provider who is ineligible.

phep cooperative agreement appropriations

the phep cooperative agreement is a contract between the the cdc and the states

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2017: $546,940,949
2015: $546,940,949
2016: $546,940,949 (accounts for PHEP restoration under Zika Act)
2015: $546,940,949
2014: $548,182,450
2013: $519,471,972
2012: $554,803,057
2011: $523,215,590
2010: $611,341,225
2009: $618,830,835
2008: $629,146,071
2007: $791,779,743
2006: $699,013,268
2005: $809,956,000
2004: $809,956,000