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HRSA eNews December 20, 2018

RECAP: 2018 National Ryan White Conference

HHS Secretary Azar and HRSA Administrator Dr. Sigounas Address 4,000 HAB Conferees

HHS Secretary Alex Azar, HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, and Deputy Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams

Speaking at the opening of the 2018 National Ryan White conference last week, HHS Secretary Alex Azar noted that just 45 U.S. counties are producing more than half all new HIV cases in the nation and called for a "targeted approach" to the problem, "especially (in) the South."

"As of 2017, 86 percent of Ryan White patients are now virally suppressed, an amazing achievement and a number that has steadily improved over the years. This is not just improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients, but also slowing the spread of the virus ... With the tools we have today, we can do much better." - Secretary Azar

"Our agency works with each and every one of you here in the audience. You are the local, state, and national leaders who are on the front lines translating the latest science into practice ... Today, people living with HIV, who take their medication daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner." - HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas

Read more about the conference.

A Call to Action on HIV and Opioids

Deputy U.S. Surgeon General Sylvia Trent-Adams told staff and grantees at the National Ryan White HIV/AIDS conference last week that lessons learned in the fight against the once-deadly virus are needed now in the opioid epidemic: "You have built the model" of care, she said. "Stigma is, and remains, our biggest killer."

"As with HIV/AIDS, many of our victims in addiction are young -- previously healthy and stigmatized by public perception that only certain groups of people become opioid addicts. That's not true. These individuals are labeled 'abusers.' They are isolated. They're discriminated against. And the term is often used in an offensive way, which keeps people from getting access to care," said RADM Trent-Adams.

Read more about the conference.

HRSA Announces Highest HIV Viral Suppression Rate in New Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Client-Level Data Report

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December 11 – A new report released today by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that clients receiving Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program medical care were virally suppressed at a record level – 85.9 percent – in 2017. This means people living with HIV who take medication daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner. Funded and led by HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2017, is the fourth annual publication of national client-level data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR).

“HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV care and treatment to people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard to reach populations,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “This report underscores the importance of supporting effective models of HIV interventions for linking people living with HIV into care, keeping them in care, and helping them adhere to their HIV medication.”

Read the press release.

Behavioral Health Workforce Projections

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HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) recently released its Behavioral Health Workforce Projections, 2016-2030, which includes eight updated fact sheets on behavioral health occupations: addiction counselors, marriage and family therapists, mental health and school counselors, psychiatric technicians and psychiatric aides, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatric physician assistants, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

In addition to the updated national projections, HRSA also released state-level projections (PDF - 1.5 MB) for each of these occupations. The release of this information supports HHS’s continued efforts to combat the ongoing opioid and substance use disorder crisis across the nation.

Learn more.

HRSA Foresees Telehealth Growth

HRSA health economist Ching Ching Claire Lin discussed findings from health center data about telehealth adoption across the country.

Appearing on an expert panel last month, HRSA health economist Ching Ching Claire Lin discussed findings from health center data about telehealth adoption across the country. "The use is still the exception rather than the rule," noted one panelist, but more than half of all states have passed laws favorable to adoption.

Multiple factors are slowing the adoption of telehealth technology as a means of delivering specialized care, HRSA's Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation has found.

But demand for behavioral and substance misuse treatment, in particular -- especially in rural areas where care is scarce – is likely to increase use among health centers in the years ahead, according to the newly published analysis in the journal Health Affairs.

Read more.

HRSA Releases New Performance Data on Maternal and Child Health Efforts through the Title V Information System

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Effective December 7, financial, program and performance data, as reported by each of 59 states and jurisdictions in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 MCH Block Grant Application/FY 2017 Annual Report, are available online in the Title V Information System (TVIS) Web Reports.

The TVIS web reports allow users to search and sort data on the health status of the nation’s mothers and children, as submitted by state and jurisdictional MCH Block Grantees. This database assures that Title V program data on maternal and child health are uniformly available from all 50 states and nine jurisdictions. 

Learn more about the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program and access the fiscal year 2017 TVIS data. Map Tool

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The Map Tool can create maps to your specifications using a wide range of HRSA data – grants, facility locations, shortage areas and more.

Add data layers and customize the map to show the entire nation or zoom instantly to a specific state, city, census tract or other geographic area. Use our Identify Tool to get details on the data in a specified area. Print your finished map to hard copy or to a PDF or image to use in a presentation. You can even export your data results to a file. We welcome your feedback at

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

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More than 12,000* women in the U.S. are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. In 2017, more than 3.8 million female patients received cervical cancer screening from a HRSA-funded health center. Visit a health center near you to learn more about best practices for screening and preventing cervical cancer.

Check out additional federal resources:

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Request for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

HRSA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. The Committee provides advice, recommendations, and technical information about aspects of heritable disorders and newborn and childhood screening to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Nominations will be accepted through January 4, 2019. For information please access the federal register notice, the Committee's website, or contact Andrea Matthews,

Date Last Reviewed:  December 2018

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