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HRSA eNews February 15, 2018

National Donor Day

Help others with all your heart

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In this season of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. One meaningful way to spread the love is to celebrate National Donor Day, also celebrated on February 14th. 

Consider registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and give hope to the thousands of men, women, and children on the organ transplant waiting list.

You can also discuss donation with your friends and loved ones. 

Learn more about the donation process and how to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor at or

American Heart Month

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HRSA-funded health centers continue to serve as leaders in quality health care. Nearly all (99.6%) health centers demonstrated improvement on one or more clinical quality measure in 2016.

For instance, 62% of hypertensive health center patients have their blood pressure controlled, exceeding the national average of 55%.

Learn more about the Health Center Program.

Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians

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According to the CDC, 90 percent of Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. To help clinicians combat this risk, the CDC’s Million Hearts initiative developed the Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians

To learn more about Million Hearts, attend CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds:

Million Hearts 2022: A Compelling Call to Action
Tuesday, February 20
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
View the webcast the day of the session HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Promote Overall Health: Oral Health Matters

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Oral health is a critical part of overall health—studies link oral health to impacts in almost every aspect of health, physical, psychological, social, even financial well-being. 

Because of the importance of oral health, HRSA supports the Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care Practice Initiative and promotes oral health resources and policies across programs. 

Learn more about HRSA's efforts to provide support for oral health programs, activities, and initiatives.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One out of every ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Help prevent violence before it occurs by working to empower teens to have healthy relationships. 

  • Dating violence is a form of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Access a virtual toolkit on integrating IPV education into health centers HRSA Exit Disclaimer.
  • Webinar: Using Brief Interventions to Prevent Teen Dating Violence - Monday, February 26, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET. An annual webinar for the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence (TDV) moderated by The National Institute of Justice. Panelists will discuss interventions to reduce TDV across multiple settings with potentially high-risk populations. Register for the webinar HRSA Exit Disclaimer

    Diversion Key to Rural Opioid Crisis

    As many as 1 in 4 people receiving prescription opioids long term in a primary care setting struggles with addiction

    Clinicians in small towns and rural hospitals may be contributing to the opioid crisis "through less-than-careful prescribing practices," according to new research into how the epidemic has become so prevalent in rural communities.

    "People who are being prescribed opioids for legitimate purposes can overdose, they can become dependent, and they can run into a variety of problems," University of Southern Maine researcher John H. Gale told a January 18 webinar audience.

    The misuse of prescription painkillers and illicit opiates in isolated communities "is a huge problem … and it's not getting better fast enough," Gale warned, adding that the pills too often are prescribed as stopgap relief for dental infections and injuries in patients who live at a distance from providers.

    Read more about the opioid crisis.

    Date Last Reviewed:  March 2018

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