HRSA eNews September 21, 2017

HRSA awards $342 million to support families through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program 

a woman and her baby face to face and smilingSeptember 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.

“Evidence-based home visiting programs help children get off to a better, healthier start,” said George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “Today’s awards allow states to support local agencies in providing home visiting services that meet the needs of families in their own communities.”

Read the news release.


HRSA awards $200 million to health centers nationwide to tackle mental health and fight the opioid overdose crisis

Goodwin Community Health Center CEO Janet Laatsch, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and HRSA Administrator George Sigounas.September 14 - HRSA awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services under the Access Increases for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) program.

“No corner of our country, from rural areas to urban centers, has escaped the scourge of the opioid crisis,” said Secretary Price. “The Trump Administration is taking strong, decisive action to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. These grants from HRSA go directly to local organizations that are best situated to address substance abuse and mental health issues in their own communities.”

Read the news release.

Learn more about HRSA's efforts to combat opioid addiction.


Prevent suicide @ 1-800-273-8255

video still of rapper Logic performing at the MTV VMAsHRSA Deputy Administrator Diana Espinosa spoke out against bullying at a September 12 observance of National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. – with a fatality every 13 minutes and more than one million attempts per year.

"This event is about our commitment to support each other, to learn about resources available nationally and here in our own building to help us care for our loved ones, our friends and ourselves." - Diana Espinosa.

Learn more about preventing suicide.


NCHWA releases report on diversity in U.S. health occupations 

photo of three health professionalsThe National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) released the Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2011-2015) report, which provides an analysis of 30 health occupations in the U.S.  

Read the report to learn how diversity in health occupations is measured. 

Visit NCHWA’s website to view additional research


HRSA releases national & state data on child health, well-being from >50K households 

photo of seven smiling childrenHRSA has released new data from the redesigned National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) from more than 50,000 households across the U.S.

Funded and directed by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, this voluntary survey provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being such as obesity, mental health, and bullying. Anyone can access the data free of charge.

The survey informs programs such as HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant national performance and outcome measures, and HHS’s Healthy People objectives. 

For 2016, HRSA redesigned the NSCH in order to support annual data collection and the use of an addressed-based sample. HRSA works with the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct the survey, oversee sampling, and produce a final data set of results. 

Learn more about the National Survey of Children’s Health


Improving HRSA programs through research and evaluation

anne dievler and sylvia fisher of HRSAAnne Dievler and Sylvia Fisher of HRSA's Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation have published an article, Improving HRSA Programs Through Research and Evaluation, in the latest issue of Public Health Reports.

The article describes HRSA's research and evaluation work, and how the results are used to inform program planning and decision making, improve operations, and ensure that HRSA effectively and efficiently addresses the public health needs of the populations it serves.

Read the article.


Boston University awarded Health Care Delivery System Innovations for Children with Medical Complexity program

photo of a doctor examining a child being held by his momHRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has awarded the Health Care Delivery System Innovations for Children with Medical Complexity program to the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health at the Boston University School of Social Work. 

The grantee will lead a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) with teams from 10 states, aimed at testing and spreading innovative care delivery and payment models for children with medical complexity.

Learn more about the award.


Rural cancer less common, more deadly 

photo of a valley with a barnPeople who live in rural areas get most types of cancer less often than urban dwellers, but they are more likely to die from the disease, a federal epidemiologist and other experts reported in a recent webinar.

Moreover, those differences in cancer mortality rates are on the rise in rural America – which comprises some 59 million people. With about 19 percent of the U.S. population, rural areas are served by only nine percent of practicing physicians.

Learn more about rural cancer mortality rates.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2017


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