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HRSA eNews June 16, 2016


orthodontist working on patientHHS Awards $156 Million to Health Centers to Expand Oral Health Services

Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients.

This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from HRSA, health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

Read the news release.

National HIV Testing Day LogoNational HIV Testing Day: Take the Test, Take Control

On Thursday, June 23 from 2-3pm EDT, HRSA will host a webcast featuring speakers from the CDC, Midwest AIDS Education and Training Center, and Chase Brexton Health Care. Presenters will discuss the latest testing campaigns, efforts around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provide examples from the field. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Join the webcast.

cdc know more hepatitis testing logoHepatitis: Get Tested!

Viral hepatitis-B and hepatitis-C are preventable and treatable diseases. But the CDC estimates that about half of the 3-5 million affected Americans are unaware they are infected – which has allowed hepatitis to wreak harm that could have been arrested.

“What that can do is lead to end-stage liver disease,” says Dr. Rupali Doshi of HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau. “It can lead to cirrhosis. And it can even cause liver cancer.

People born from 1945 through 1965 are five times more likely to be infected with Hepatitis C. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended that all individuals born during those years be tested.

Learn more about Hepatitis testing.

HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae at the White House Organ SummitWhite House Hosts Organ Summit

On June 13, the White House held an Organ Summit to announce new actions to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and improve support for living donors.

The Pentagon will invest $160 million on research into robotics, cell replacement and repair, and other cutting-edge science to shorten waiting times for Americans in need of transplants, officials said Monday -- while a consortium of companies embark on an unprecedented social media campaign to drum up more donors.

Learn more about the White House Organ Summit and read the fact sheet.

2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment Logo2016 Ryan White Conference Deadlines

Don't miss these two key deadlines for the 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment:

June 24 - Deadline for Exhibitors

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau invites researchers, advocacy partners, foundations, national organizations as well as federal agencies, to register as prospective exhibitors at the National Conference. Exhibiting is free, but space is limited. Please email for more information.

July 25 - Deadline to Register

There's still time to register to participate in the 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment. The National Conference will take place August 23-26 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. To register and learn more, visit

HHS health collaboration with CubaHHS Engages in Historic Health Collaboration with Cuba

Earlier this week, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health, an important milestone between the two countries since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations in 2015.

The MOU establishes coordination across a broad spectrum of public health issues, including global health security, communicable and non-communicable diseases, research and development, and information technology.

Learn more about the health collaboration between HHS and Cuba.

Public Webinar: Overview of CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The CDC is hosting a seven-part webinar series to help providers put into practice the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

The first of the series, an overview of the CDC recommendations will be held Wednesday, June 22nd at 2pm EDT. It will cover when and how opioids should be initiated for chronic pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, and when and how opioids should be discontinued.

Each free one-hour webinar will be available live and recorded, and offers continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, and other healthcare providers. Registration is not required to participate, but registration is required to receive continuing education credits.

The schedule of the first four sessions is below:

CMS Announces Additional Funding to Support Clinicians Delivering High Quality Patient-Centered Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a second round of funding for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). Support and Alignment Network. This opportunity will provide up to $10 million over the next three years to leverage primary and specialist care transformation work and to help prepare clinicians for Alternative Payment Models.

How to Apply: Applications are currently being accepted for this funding opportunity through July 11, 2016. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a letter of intent by July 1, 2016. CMS anticipates announcing awards in Fall 2016.

Learn more about the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2017

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