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Battelle Continues CDC Work with New IDIQ and Task Orders

Battelle has recently been awarded a new Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with several new task orders for existing contracts. Battelle was selected for these projects because of our experience and proven past performance in a broad range of public health arenas, including program and policy assessment and analysis, program management, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, information technology, and more.

Immunization Consulting Research Arm (ICRA)

This ten-year IDIQ, with a ceiling value of $170M, is for information technology and data analytics work to support the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The IDIQ put Battelle on a list of federally approved vendors who can bid on task orders put out as part of the project. 

NCIRD is working to coordinate and integrate state and regional Immunization Information Systems (IIS) to allow for better coordination of disease control efforts between states. An ISS is a confidential, population-based database that tracks immunizations administered by participating providers. The systems allow for population-level monitoring of immunization rates and effectiveness and support ongoing efforts by the NCIRD to improve immunization rates and reduce the spread of preventable diseases.

Currently, there are a number of state and regional ISSs in use across the country. The goal of ICRA is to help integrate these systems so that data can be more easily shared between states and analyzed on a national level. Battelle has extensive experience working on data analytics projects for the CDC, including data visualization work for the National Environmental Health Tracking Network. 

NIOSH Introductory Toxicology Primer

Battelle has won a contract with the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop an online introductory toxicology primer. Battelle will bring expertise in toxicology and computer programming to develop an online education module. The course will teach participants foundational toxicology concepts in connection with nine “health endpoints” that are used in NIOSH’s Occupational Exposure Banding process.  

Achieving Public Health Impact Through Research (APHIR)

Battelle recently won several task orders under the CDC Achieving Public Health Impact through Research (APHIR) contract vehicle. 

APHIR 51: Case Investigation of Cervical Cancers

Battelle will conduct a case investigation of invasive cervical cancers to identify potential missed opportunities for proven public health interventions, identify programmatic weaknesses, and determine the barriers and facilitators to screening. The three-year project involves working with state cancer registries to identify and recruit subjects, collecting survey data, performing medical records abstraction, conducting data analysis, and delivering data and reports. 

APHIR 56: Evaluation of Activities and Outcomes of the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center

Battelle will conduct an evaluation to examine the unmet needs of the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) grantees, and provide a description of future activities that would fill those gaps. The two-year project involves assessing the extent to which the activities undertaken and materials produced by the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center provide appropriate, evidence- and guidelines-based cancer survivorship messages, and have met the current needs of NCCCP grantees in increasing the implementation of survivorship activities.

APHIR 69: Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Support

Battelle will continue to provide research services to support CDC’s Emergency Response Branch’s (ERB) mission to develop biomonitoring methods for toxic chemicals. Battelle will provide a variety of tasks including:

  • literature searches;
  • animal dosing experiments to identify metabolites and to test analytical methods;
  • design and synthesis of native and labeled standards and reference materials for methods;
  • development of specialized sampling materials specific for new exposure biomarkers;
  • development and evaluation of analytical procedures;
  • analyses of samples with new methodology to establish reference ranges for interpretation of data; and
  • transfer of newly developed methodology via training to members of the Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C).