HRSA eNews February 2, 2017

NURSE Corps and NHSC Loan Repayment Program Application Cycles Open

a photo of five medical studentsNURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

The 2017 Application and Program Guidance for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is open through Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET.The program offers funding to registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice RNs, and nursing faculty for payment of their qualifying educational loans in exchange for a two-year service commitment at either a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses or an eligible school of nursing in the case of nurse faculty.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program

The 2017 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program is open through Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The program awards up to $50,000 (tax-free) to health care professionals to repay their student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. 


 

Protecting Youth from Bullying: The Role of the Pediatrician 

Pediatrician examining childPediatric health care providers are an important, front line, family-trusted group that can not only detect the warning signs of victimization, but are also in a position to advise parents and advocate for their patients. It is important for health care providers to be prepared to screen and counsel children for bullying during both routine health maintenance exams and illness visits.

More than one in four children in America says he or she has experienced being bullied, but only 20-30% of those children ever report it to an adult. This startling statistic can be troublesome for parents, leaving many to wonder how to know if their child is being bullied and what steps they should take to relieve that stress. Pediatricians can remind parents to be vigilant regarding changes in their child’s behavior or mood and keep channels of communication open.

Learn more about protecting youth from bullying.


 

Leading Causes of Death in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas — United States, 1999–2014

Image of a small church with an apple tree in the foregroundAmericans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts, a new CDC study shows.

The percentages of deaths that are potentially preventable are also higher in rural areas than in urban areas. 

The findings were released in the first of a rural-focused series of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, housed at HRSA, will collaborate with the CDC on the series and help to promote the findings and recommendations to rural communities.

Read the CDC report.


 

Updated National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 Released 

NATIONAL VIRAL HEPATITIS ACTION PLAN 2017 – 2020The National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan 2017-2020 is the nation’s roadmap for addressing viral hepatitis in the United States. It reflects recent trends in viral hepatitis infections and deaths, as well as new and improved strategies for prevention, care, and treatment.

The updated plan outlines four major goals, strategies to achieve those goals, and indicators to help track progress between now and 2020.  The Action Plan was developed collaboratively by 23 federal partners from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Veterans Affairs with input from nonfederal stakeholders from a variety of sectors.

Learn more about the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.


 

Domestic Violence Out of the Shadows

Dr. Brigid McCaw, Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program One in three women and one in four men have experienced violence at the hands of an "intimate partner," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – and more than half of all reported rapes are committed by someone who knows the victim.

Uncovered in a 2010 national survey, the CDC statistics alone are harrowing. Not only do many assaults go undetected, they are often unrecognized by family, friends and health care providers, underscoring the need for more systematic screening in primary care and hospital settings.

Learn more about domestic violence.


 

The Case for Behavioral Health Screening in HIV Care Settings

The Case for Behavioral Health Screening in HIV Care SettingsThe Case for Behavioral Health Screening in HIV Care Settings is a new publication from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions that profiles lessons learned from HIV care providers in how to successfully implement behavioral health screenings.

Strategies shared range from how to create a culture that understands the value of screening to preparing your workforce to conduct and follow-up on screening results.

Download the new publication.

 

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2017


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