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History

2006
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act significantly modifies program formulas for funding.

2005
Office of Health Information Technology established to leverage the power of health information technology and telehealth to meet the needs of people who are uninsured, underserved, and/or have special needs.

2002
President's Health Center Initiative significantly expands program that makes primary health care available and accessible to underserved individuals.

1998
Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1998 consolidates and reauthorizes health professions and minority and disadvantaged health education programs.

1997
State Children's Health Insurance Program created, enabling States to extend health coverage to more uninsured children.

1996
Health Centers Consolidation Act of 1996 brings together under one grant structure Community Health Centers, Migrant/Seasonal Farmworker Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless Health Centers and Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing.

1996
Ryan White CARE Act Amendments of 1996 expand services to pregnant women with HIV to prevent transmission of the virus to their babies.

1991
Healthy Start program established to attack the causes of infant mortality, low birthweight and other poor perinatal outcomes for women and infants living in high-risk situations.

1990
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act begins providing support for people with HIV/AIDS.

1987
Indian Health Service separates from HRSA and becomes an independent agency.

1987
Office of Rural Health Policy established to promote better health care service in rural America.

1986
Legislation authorizing the National Practitioner Data Bank and National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program passed.

1985
Blood test to detect HIV licensed.

1984
HIV identified as a virus that causes AIDS by Public Health Service and French scientists.
National Organ Transplantation Act signed into law.

1982
Maternal and Child Health Block Grant implemented (passed in 1981).

1982
Health Resources and Services Administration created by merging Health Services Administration and Health Resources Administration.

1981
AIDS identified.

1980
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services replaces U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare

1979
U.S. Department of Education Organization Act signed into law, establishing separate U.S. Department of Education.

1973
Health Services Administration and Health Resources Administration established. Health Services and Mental Health Administration abolished. Bureau of Health Manpower moved from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Health Resources Administration.

1970
National Health Service Corps launched.

1968
Bureau of Health Manpower assigned to National Institutes of Health. Bureau of Health Services moved to new Health Services and Mental Health Administration.

1966
Bureau of Health Services and Bureau of Health Manpower replace Bureau of Medical Services and Bureau of State Services. New Bureau of Disease Prevention and Environmental Control (becomes Center for Disease Control in 1970) established.
Community Health Center and Migrant Health Center programs launched.

1962
Migrant Health Act provides support for clinics serving agricultural workers.

1953
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare created at cabinet level, replacing Federal Security Agency.

1946
Public Health Service National Hospital Program helps communities survey hospital deficiencies and build needed facilities.

1943
Bureau of Medical Services and Bureau of State Services established as headquarters components of U.S. Public Health Service in the Federal Security Agency.

1939
Federal Security Agency created, bringing together related Federal activities in the fields of health, education, and social insurance.

1935
Social Security Act Title V authorizes maternal and child health programs, Title VI authorizes general health grants to States by the Public Health Service

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