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HRSA eNews August 18, 2016


HHS awards more than $100 million to improve health center quality

August 18, 2016 – Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced more than $100 million to 1,304 health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 7 U.S. territories to recognize health center achievements in providing high quality, comprehensive care. Health centers will use these funds to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and to improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

Read the news release.

HHS invests more than $26 million in rural health programs

Group of peopleOn August 11, HHS announced new awards for five rural health programs administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Of those funds, more than $10 million will go to the Delta States Rural Development Network Program, targeting chronic disease in the eight states of the Delta region (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee).

Four additional programs received funds that will expand use of telehealth technology for rural veterans and other patients, assist providers with quality improvement activities, and support policy-oriented research to better understand the challenges faced by rural communities.

Grantees give HRSA "solid" scores

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Recipients of HRSA funding are generally pleased with their interactions with the agency, the 2016 Grantee Satisfaction Survey has found.

The 2,000-plus responding grantees gave HRSA a score of 73 – compared to a government-wide benchmark of 64, reported Stefanie Morrison of the CFI Group, which conducted the survey. All scores were calculated using the methodology of the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

“The scores are very solid,” Morrison said.

Learn more about HRSA's 2016 Grantee Satisfaction Survey.

2015 UDS health center data released

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HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) has released the 2015 Uniform Data System (UDS) data. Each year Health Center Program grantees and look-alikes are required to report on patient demographics, services provided, clinical indicators, utilization rates, costs, and revenues.

View the UDS health center data.

Turn the Tide Rx to end the opioid crisis

Call to end opioid crisis

On Monday August 8th, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy launched Turn the Tide Rx – a national campaign designed to educate and mobilize prescribers to take immediate action to stem the opioid epidemic. Dr. Murthy will be mailing a letter to over two million opioid prescribers around the country, urging them to (1) improve prescribing practices, (2) inform their patients about the risks of opioid addiction and (3) connect people with opioid use disorders to evidence-based treatment. The campaign includes a website with practical tools and resources for clinicians, as well as on-the-ground stories from clinicians sharing their own experiences in treating pain in their patients.

Learn more about Turn the Tide Rx.

Health risks among sexual minority youth - new CDC report

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Your Survellance Report: 2015 ResultsSexual minority youth—those who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual or who have sexual contact with persons of the same or both sexes—are part of every community and come from all walks of life. They are diverse, representing all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and parts of the country.

While many sexual minority youth cope with the transition from childhood to adulthood successfully and become healthy and productive adults, others struggle as a result of challenges such as stigma, discrimination, family disapproval, social rejection, and violence. Sexual minority youth are also at increased risk for certain negative health outcomes. For example, young gay and bisexual males have disproportionately high rates of HIV, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and adolescent lesbian and bisexual females are more likely to have ever been pregnant than their heterosexual peers.

Read the CDC report on health risks among sexual minority youth.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2017

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