HRSA eNews September 7, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: HRSA is ready

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas discusses preparations for the response to Hurricane Harvey​In the midst of one of the worst natural disasters in recent U.S. history, HRSA Administrator George Sigounas told senior staff Wednesday that every bureau and office in the agency must brace for appeals for help that are sure to come in the days, weeks and months ahead.

"We cannot underestimate what the needs are there," he said, "in damage, costs, or expenses ... the expectations are high because HRSA is the agency with the people and resources on the ground" to help communities inundated by Harvey, one of the most crippling storms ever to hit a major U.S. metropolitan region.

Learn more about HRSA's preparations for Hurricane Harvey's aftermath.

Join HRSA's #HealthCenters Thunderclap

Nearly 90% of HRSA-funded health centers provide mental health services

Did you know: Nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers serve approximately 26 million patients nationwide? For over 50 years, community health centers have provided high-quality primary care. Today, nearly 90% of health centers also provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Spread the word to help people find their local health center.

Help HRSA expand our social media reach by signing up now for the HRSA #HealthCenters @Thunderclap.

Thunderclap will post this one-time message to your account at 3:00 p.m. ET on September 14: “Find a #HRSA-funded #healthcenter for #primarycare, #mentalhealth & #substanceabuse services”

HRSA's Virtual Behavioral Health Conference

2017 HRSA Virtual Behavioral Health Workforce Development Conference

Join HRSA for our 2017 Virtual Behavioral Health Workforce Development Conference Wednesday, September 13. 

The event will appeal to practitioners, students, or trainees interested in behavioral health workforce education, and training.

We will highlight the accomplishments, best practices, and lessons learned from our behavioral health workforce programs.

Behavioral health grantees will showcase innovative academic and training approaches that expand the distribution of a skilled workforce focused on underserved populations and communities in need.

Learn more and register.

HRSA awards $1M to U.S. territories to fight Zika 

photo of four doctors going over a chart

HRSA has awarded the health departments in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands $1,050,000 to address the additional needs of women, children and families who are or may be affected by the Zika virus. The funding supplements $17,000,000 granted to the territories in December 2016.  

Zika infection during pregnancy can possibly cause serious birth defects, especially affecting the neurological system. The awards reflect HRSA’s long-term effort – in collaboration with other U.S. government partners – to respond to this public health threat, prevent its spread, and aid affected people.

Learn more about HRSA’s commitment to addressing the Zika virus.

Students to Service Loan Repayment application now open

The NHSC Students to Service loan repayment application is now open

The 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S) application cycle is now open. 

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.

National Suicide Prevention Week
September 10-16, 2017

1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Approximately 45% of suicide victims had contact with primary care providers within 1 month of suicide. 

Grantees want and need to know where to turn for trusted resources, training materials for their workforce, and information for the patients they serve. 

We've compiled some helpful resources, including 24-hour crisis lines and technical assistance materials.

New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program National Curriculum: HIV/HCV Co-infection

HIV/HCV Co-infection: An AETC National Curriculum

A new, free, online curriculum offers healthcare providers and health profession educators training on HIV/Hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) National Coordinating Resource Center developed the evidence-based curriculum. 

An estimated 20-25% of people living with HIV in the U.S. are coinfected with Hepatitis C. “People who are coinfected with HIV and HCV are a priority population for HCV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment because liver-related death is common among this population,” observed Corinna Dan, R.N., M.P.H., Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor in the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy. 

Learn more on the blog.

Placing care within reach

Unity Health Care President and CEO Vincent Keane (left) met with HHS Secretary Tom Price and HRSA Administrator George Sigounas

From just two clinics in 1965, HRSA today funds nearly 1,400 health centers that deliver comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to 26 million patients -- regardless of their ability to pay -- at more than 10,000 locations nationwide. 

"One in 12 people across every U.S. state and territory rely on health centers to be their source of health care," HRSA Administrator George Sigounas said this week in an HHS blog post.

Learn more about HRSA's health centers.

State Health Leadership and the Opioid Epidemic – Where are We Now, Where are We Going?

state health leadership and the opioid epidemic

Join the Virtual Town Hall, on Friday, September 8, at 3 p.m. EDT, presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

Learn from peer health officials addressing the epidemic in their states. Presenters will offer their perspectives and share innovative approaches to preventing opioid misuse and abuse, ranging from education and prevention through treatment and recovery. 

Learn more and register.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2017

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