FBO Notice Date 06/18/18
BIDS Reference Number 121
Document Type: Presolicitation
Education & Training Services

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Procurement and Grants Office (Atlanta), 30341-4146

U -- Building Capacity for Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologic Analysis and Translation among MCH Practitioners at State, Regional, and National Levels SOL 18-Q-68575 DUE 070318 POC Leslie D. Jones, Phone 7704882042, Email jxy6@cdc.govThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), intends to award a sole source contract to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), 809 S Marshfield, Rm 520, Chicago, IL 60612 to support the development of a year-long, distance-based training for CDC MCH epidemiologists assigned to state health departments and CDC Atlanta-based MCHEP staff on measurement and translation of health equity in MCH epidemiologic work on special topics.

The statutory authority for this sole source acquisition is 10 U.S.C 2304(c)(1) in accordance with FAR Part 6.302-1- only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy the agency requirement. The NAICS code for this procurement is 611310, Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools. Theperiod of performance for this procurement is 12 months.

Because the CDC/MCHEP developed previous learning collaborative in association with UIC faculty to enhance the analytic skills of CDC and state staff, UIC has critical programmatic experience and historical perspective on this project. In 2006, the MCHEP developed a learning collaborative with UIC faculty to enhance the analytic skills of CDC and state staff. Specifically, the one year course was focused on multilevel modeling techniques. During the second course in 2007,training specifically focused on analysis of data contained in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). During 2008, the course topic was providing appropriate data to support the MCH Block Grant five year Needs Assessment.This learning collaborative provided additional statistical and analytic training to both CDC MCH epidemiology assignees in the field, and state MCH program and epidemiologic staff. The direct impact of this joint course is exemplified in the fact sheets, data and policy briefs included in the 2010 MCH Block Grant Needs Assessment Each participating team provided feedback to the instructors and CDC on their use of the finalized analyses. The 2011 course targeted state, regional, and national level analyses using complex sample surveys. These analyses were composed of research questions relevant to each participating state or linkedto Title V state priorities. To continue highlighting the benefit and impact ofthis collaborative and capacity building effort, the MCHEP funded ajoumal supplement. This supplement provided recognition to state staff and their continued efforts to utilize data pertinent to their states. In the most recent course, theMCHEP collaborated with UIC to provide a distance-based training using claims based-data systems and disseminating analytic findings. UIC faculty members have conducted training for the year-long course beginning in 2009, and have extensive experience and access to the program. This level of familiarity and access to resources will allow CDC to complete the project using a minimal amount of resources for the maximum benefit. Considering that all of the groundwork for this project has already been established by the me, it is the only practical source able to meet the end-use requirements of this agency.

After market research, the MCHEP was unable to find other vendors with sufficient experience in applied MCH epidemiology and thus the capability to conduct the proposed training. Having conducted similar trainings and needs assessments since the inception of the CDC/DRH/MCHEP and the UIC training collaborative in 2006, UTC has a unique knowledge of the analytic skill gaps and advanced trainingneeds that exist among state level MCH epidemiologists needs and are best equipped to develop future trainings. No other vendors were considered after market research as no other vendors were found to have extensive expertise and experience in conducting similar distance-based trainings in applied epidemiology relatedto maternal and infant health. The MCI-IBP was unable to find other vendors, with sufficient experience in applied MCH epidemiology and thus the capability to conduct the proposed training.

As a result of this synopsis, no competitive solicitation will be posted on FedBizOpps. We will issue only one solicitation to the University of Illinois atChicago. However, all responsible sources that believe they can meet these requirements may submit their capabilities/qualifications statement to provide the services to Leslie Jones via email ONLY at jxy6@cdc.gov with the solicitation number 18-Q-68575 referenced in the subject line NO LATER THAN July 3, 2018.

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed action will be based on responses to this notice and are solely within the discretion of the Contracting Officer. Information received will be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement.

CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/CDCP/PGOA/18-Q-68575/listing.html