Aaron assisted a consortium led by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) – a division of the School of Public Health – in preparing a successful grant application to the CDC’s “Public Health and Health Systems Partnerships to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Clinical Settings” program. The long-term goal of the consortium’s project is to decrease the disproportionately high burden of CRC-specific mortality among minority and rural populations served by Texas federally qualified health systems (FQHC). The project will expand the effective use of evidence-based interventions to overcome system-, provider-, and patient-level barriers to increase CRCS in 9 FQHCs serving 26 counties. This highly-qualified team was fortunate to receive a $4 million grant (5 year performance period).
In some instances, Aaron serves as the ‘project manager’ and writes the majority of the content for a given grant proposal; he is quite effective in this capacity and has helped client’s with minimal experience preparing and submitting complex federal, state and foundation grants to win up-to million-dollar awards. This was not one of those cases. His role in this CDC project was to assist his long-time (2+ years) client in synthesizing and streamlining a significant volume of existing content, and providing strategic advice – ensuring the proposal was compelling, readable, logical, and in-alignment with the goals of the NOFO. This was truly a team effort.