HRSA eNews July 20, 2017

HRSA recognizes 10 states with top performing rural critical access hospitals

Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana and Massachusetts w/top performing rural access hospitalsJuly 19 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is recognizing ten states for outstanding quality performance of their Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year.

The 10 top-performing states – Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania (tied), Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana and Massachusetts – built on their previous successes by investing Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) funds into quality improvement projects and developing technical assistance resources that improve high-quality care in their communities. States also work collaboratively with every CAH and their respective partners to share best practices and utilize data to drive quality improvement in their hospitals.

Read the HRSA news release.


 

Less than one week left to apply for AIMS funding
(HRSA-17-118) 

picture of several people at a group therapy sessionHRSA is accepting applications for the Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) supplemental funding opportunity. All current Health Center Program award recipients are encouraged to apply for up to $150,000 to expand access to mental health services and substance abuse services focusing on the treatment, prevention, and awareness of opioid abuse.

Visit the AIMS technical assistance website to access application resources, including frequently asked questions and a recording of the June 29 technical assistance webinar.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on July 26. Contact BPHCsupplement@hrsa.gov with questions.

 

Read the HHS press release on AIMS


 

HIV/AIDS Bureau releases new co-infection curriculum

HIV/HCV Co-infection: An AETC National Curriculum

Introducing the HIV/HCV Co-infection: An AETC National Curriculum.

HAB's Office of HIV/AIDS Training and Capacity Development just launched a new tool in the arsenal to cure hepatitis C (HCV) and reduce the incidence of HIV/HCV co-infection: the HIV/HCV Co-infection Curriculum. 

The curriculum includes a suite of online materials for healthcare providers and trainers of healthcare providers to increase their knowledge of HIV/HCV co-infection among people of color in the United States including prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Curriculum Highlights:

  • A toolkit of HIV/HCV co-infection resources
  • A suite of materials developed for novice to expert clinicians, faculty, trainers, and students
  • Resources covering six core competencies

This curriculum was developed as a component of the Secretary's Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Jurisdictional Approach to Curing Hepatitis C among HIV/HCV Co-infected People of Color. 

 

Check out the new curriculum.


 

New CDC report shows cancer death rates are falling more slowly in rural areas

photo from above of a sunset over a rural sceneA new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from CDC found that people in rural areas of the U.S. get cancer less often, but die from it at higher rates. 

The report provides the first comprehensive description of cancer incidence and mortality in rural and metropolitan counties in the United States.

Learn more about the new CDC report.


 

That long pause was really a seizure: understanding epilepsy and bullying

image of a boy with a sketch of a brain visible on his headHow do you think a grade school class would react if a classmate suddenly became silent? They may not know what they are seeing, so they speculate and create stories about what is going on. Maybe he contracted an illness. Maybe she is so tired she was sleeping while awake. The stories may often be worse than reality for a child, especially one living with a chronic medical condition. The silent stare may be the result of an absent seizure.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes the brain to seize. There are different types of seizures – some are more obvious because they affect movement and coordination. But others are not noticeable.

Read more at the Stop Bullying Blog.


 

A cause with "national significance"

HAB's Dr. Rafi Morales, Harold Phillips and Anna Poker Homeless adults living with HIV -- and further stressed with mental illness or substance abuse -- have long been much harder to keep in care than the broader HIV-positive population of some 1.1 million Americans, half of whom receive health services through HRSA-funded Ryan White clinics nationwide. But their success rate markedly increases when they are adequately housed, results from a HAB outreach project show.

In one of the most hopeful advances in years, HIV viral suppression rates have increased from 69 to 83 percent among patients "who walk through the door to get health care at least once in a year," said Dr. Laura Cheever. Associate Administrator of the HIV/AIDS Bureau and a practicing Johns Hopkins clinician, she addressed researchers on June 27 at HRSA headquarters.

But people experiencing homelessness have rates of new infection as high as 16 times that of the general population.

Learn more about Special Projects of National Significance.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2017


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