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HRSA eNews May 4, 2017

Welcome HRSA Administrator
Dr. George Sigounas

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, M.S., Ph.D.On May 1, George Sigounas, M.S., Ph.D. became the new Administrator of HRSA. Previously, Dr. Sigounas was a Professor of Medicine at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine. 

His involvement in the establishment and operation of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, clinical trials, and patient committees provided Dr. Sigounas with extensive understanding of the various aspects involved in patient treatment, including treatment processes, and financial issues.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sigounas to HRSA.

HRSA awards $450K to support families affected by Zika in Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands

Image of a pregnant woman with a doctorHRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau awarded $450,000 to three organizations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide information, education and technical assistance to families of children affected by Zika. 

The awards empower families and children to more effectively navigate available health services and resources.

Learn more about HRSA's response to Zika.

Explore HRSA's health center patient survey data with new dashboard

image of a stethoscope on top of a printout of charts and dataA new dashboard allows you to browse HRSA's health center patient survey data online.

The survey gathers patient-level data to determine how well health centers provide access to primary and preventive health care.

Data available on the dashboard includes: 

  • Sociodemographic characteristics;
  • Health conditions;
  • Health behaviors;
  • Access to and utilization of health care services; and
  • Satisfaction with health care services.

You can also download public-use data files.

Explore the patient survey dashboard.

Rural Counties Lose Birthing Units

image of an infant's feet and legsAmid a series of recent findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others about the health of rural America, a new study by the University of Minnesota has found that the availability of obstetric services has declined in the past decade. 

Between 2004 and 2014, the percentage of rural counties that lacked hospital obstetrics units increased from 45 to 54 percent, according to the university’s Rural Health Research Center, one of ten such centers funded by HRSA nationwide.

Learn more about birthing units in rural counties.

Rural areas of U.S. lack diabetes education and prevention programs, CDC report shows

Photo of a doctor checking on a patientNew data from CDC show that, despite higher prevalence of diabetes in rural areas of the country, a significant number of rural counties lack a clinical practice or program that educates individuals on diabetes prevention or care.

According to the report, 62 percent of non-metropolitan counties lacked diabetes self-management education.

Preventive care and self-management such as routine medical visits, glucose self-monitoring, and healthy dietary and physical activity can prevent or delay costly complications with the disease.

Read the CDC report.

Join the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day webcast tonight

SAMHSA children's mental health awareness day. Partnering for help and hope. May 4, 2017The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Awareness Day event, featuring HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price, HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, and honorary chairpersons and Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Allison Schmitt, will be webcast tonight, May 4 at 7pm ET

The 2017 national theme is Partnering for Help and Hope.

The event will feature interactive panels on the following topics:

  • Understanding the social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs of children, youth, and young adults;
  • Modeling effective communication practices between behavioral health providers, primary care providers, families, and youth; and
  • Addressing the needs of youth with co-occurring chronic illnesses and mental and/or substance use disorders.

Learn more about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

Register to Watch Awareness Day Live.

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2017

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