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HRSA eNews October 5, 2017

Join HRSA's #ChildHealthMonth Thunderclap

Child Health Month Thunderclap campaign - photo of children playing tug of warSeptember 19 - HRSA announced approximately $342 million in funding to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program). These funds allow awardees to continue to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

Did you know that nearly 74 million children (under 18) live in the United States? We invite you to spread the word about HRSA’s patient-centered, evidence-based efforts to improve healthcare access and quality for children and their families.

Sign up now for the HRSA #ChildHealthMonth @Thunderclap. Thunderclap will post this one-time message to your account at 2:00 p.m. EDT on October 19:

"#HRSA #MaternalAndChildHealth services reach 2/3 of pregnant women & nearly 1/2 of kids in the U.S."

National Child Health Day: October 2

Child Health Day image - children in the playgroundOn National Child Health Day – the first Monday in October – HRSA celebrated with a renewed commitment to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and families.

As we recognize Child Health Day, the HRSA-supported Bright Futures Initiative imagines a promising future for every child, regardless of race, religion, income, or any other factor. Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents HRSA Exit Disclaimer offers evidence-informed, age-appropriate recommendations and anticipatory guidance for preventive well-child visits for pediatric care providers, public health professionals, and parents across the nation and many parts of the world.

HRSA unveils bullying prevention resource

Teenagers at schoolA HRSA-led team of bullying and violence prevention experts has created Assessing Prevention Capacity and Implementing Change. This resource helps state health departments and others assess the current capacity to address bullying and determine any gaps and needs. It contains two main tools: the Bullying Prevention Capacity Assessment, and the Bullying Prevention Change Package of evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies. Schools, summer camp programs, and other venues where youth convene can also use this resource to find meaningful strategies to promote empathy, civility, and inclusion.  

Download Assessing Prevention Capacity and Implementing Change (PDF - 1.1 MB).

Students to Service Loan Repayment application closing soon

BHW S2S program imageThe 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S) application cycle is only open for two more weeks. 

This program awards up to $120,000 to medical and dental students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary care services full-time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in an underserved area. 

For more information, review the 2018 Application and Program Guidance. The application cycle closes on October 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Donación de órganos

Organ Donor FB Spanish storyIn recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) has launched its first Spanish-language Facebook HRSA Exit Disclaimer page to promote organ, eye and tissue donation, and encourage Hispanics to sign up to donate and share their stories. 

HSB's Division of Transplantation asks that you "like" the new Spanish Facebook page and promote it to your colleagues, partners and stakeholders.

Watch HRSA's Hispanic outreach video HRSA Exit Disclaimer .

Learn more about our outreach efforts to Hispanics.

Mobilizing against domestic violence

Sigounas photo with OWH Approximately one in every four women in the U.S. – and one in seven men – experiences "intimate partner violence," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Included are physical and sexual violence, stalking, and verbal and mental abuse. 

On Sept. 13, HRSA's Office of Women's Health released The HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence (2017-2020) – billed as a "practical and actionable" guide – at HRSA headquarters attended by senior leaders from across the agency. The strategy includes a step-by-step toolkit HRSA Exit Disclaimer tailored for HRSA grantees and other providers by the nonprofit Futures Without Violence HRSA Exit Disclaimer as part of a previous project funded by HHS, HRSA and  the Administration for Children and Families.

Learn about this project.

Draft HHS Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022 now available for public comment

HHS Strategic Plan public comment Sept. 27 — HHS has released its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 through 2022 for public comment. Comments may be submitted until October 27, 2017.

Written comments may be provided by email, fax or US mail. Read the draft plan and details on where to submit comments.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2017

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