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HRSA eNews July 21, 2016

HRSA awards more than $149 million to strengthen the nation’s health workforce through education and training grants

Image of four doctorsJuly 20, 2016 -HRSA announced more than $149 million in new awards through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country. 

“These awards will help increase access to quality health care for all Americans by educating and training culturally competent providers who are prepared to practice in high-need areas,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “By encouraging partnerships among academic institutions, clinicians, health care sites and public health entities, we can improve health outcomes in underserved communities.”

Read the news release.

HHS awards more than $36 million for health information technology

Image of a doctor and a patient looking at medical information on a tabletJuly 21, 2016 - Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced more than $36 million in funding for 50 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) in 41 states and Puerto Rico. This increase in health information technology support will impact over 1,020 participating Health Center Organizations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

HCCNs improve access to care, enhance quality of care and achieve cost efficiencies through the redesign of practices to integrate services, optimize patient outcomes, or negotiate managed care contracts on behalf of participating health centers.

Read the news release.

HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae hosts Facebook Live interview from the 21st International AIDS Conference

HRSA's Jim Macrae on Facebook Live HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae, RADM Deborah Parham Hopson and a delegation from the HIV/AIDS Bureau are attending the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. HRSA co-hosted the Nursing HIV 2016 pre-conference plenary on July 16 and has poster presentations, oral presentations and a workshop at the conference this week. Jim hosted a Facebook Live interview with CAPT. Letitia Robinson, HIV/AIDS Bureau Senior Advisor in the exhibit hall Tuesday, July 19.

Watch the Facebook Live interview

A 'moonshot' for child health

Dr. Michael LuEach year, more than 20,000 infants die in the U.S. before their first birthday – a seemingly intractable toll that has left the nation ranked 25th among industrialized countries in infant deaths.

In 2012, following a conference in New Orleans, 13 hard-hit states – including most of those in the Deep South -- decided to do something about it.

Together with the March of Dimes, the CDC and other state, federal and local agencies and non-profits – including the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs and the Association of State Health Officials -- they joined an ambitious and largely untested idea put forth by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau:

What if groups of states, using a common data hub, cooperated on a kind of “crash” testing program to try out novel approaches to reducing infant deaths?

Learn more about CoIIN.

Maternal & child health organizations play a critical role in reducing Zika risk

Image of a mother's hands cradling her baby's feet

As the world’s experts in responding to and tracking emerging public health threats, the CDC has been and continues to lead the nation’s coordinated response to Zika. However, because those most adversely impacted by Zika are women and children, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) leaders and organizations have a unique responsibility to protect and support MCH populations in their state and communities.

State and local MCH organizations, more than any other federal, state, and local public health organizations, are uniquely positioned to reach out to and communicate with MCH populations, particularly underserved families that are oftentimes difficult to reach.

Learn more about MCH and Zika.

PowerMapping: Expanding capacity & building partnerships to connect with consumers all year long

PowerMapping, one of a series of webinars co-hosted by Enroll America and HHS, will focus on “mapping” techniques that help to identify and invite new and perhaps unexpected partners to join in enrollment and coverage to care educational efforts.

The Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers and Philadelphia’s Better Health Network will share their strategies that map for potential new partners and strengthen existing ones.

Register for the webinar or watch past webinars in this series.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2017

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