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HRSA eNews November 15, 2018

HRSA-CDC Partners Chart Steady Course

Dr. George Sigounas met with the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment earlier this month

Dr. George Sigounas met with the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment earlier this month to outline agency successes in the past year -- including awarding over $396 million to combat the opioid crisis. The Administrator reaffirmed HRSA’s commitment to “continue to provide HIV care and treatment services to the most vulnerable people living with HIV” through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Learn more about the advisory committee meeting.

Today — Join HRSA in Celebrating the National Rural Health Day

2018 Rural Health infographic

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is joining the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

Events, open to the public and viewable online, showcase collaboration for rural health across HRSA’s bureaus and offices as well as other departments within HHS. View the National Rural Health Day agenda.

HRSA is hosting a Rural Health Day Twitter chat on the role of telehealth. Follow us on Twitter HRSA Exit Disclaimer and join the conversation today, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Throughout the chat, we will discuss how the use of telehealth can improve health care and accessibility in rural areas across the nation. Join us by using the hashtag #TalkTelehealth.

HRSA Administrator, George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D., discusses the unique challenges in rural communities and policy-oriented research on rural health services by our grantees. Read the blog post.

See the latest Rural Health infographics.

HRSA-led Study Shows Reduction in Viral Suppression Disparities among Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clients

photo of a doctor speaking with a patient

November 13 – A new study led by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that significant progress has been made toward reducing viral suppression disparities among Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients between 2010 and 2016. Published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) HRSA Exit Disclaimer, the analysis using data from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Service Report showed the proportion of RWHAP clients with a suppressed viral load has increased substantially since 2010.

In the article, the authors observed a 15.4 percentage point increase in viral suppression from 69.5 percent in 2010 to 84.9 percent in 2016. In addition, gaps decreased among key populations with historically disparate viral suppression rates, including among women, transgender clients, black/African Americans, youth aged 13 to 24 years, and those with unstable housing.

Read the press release.

2019 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

medical and dental students: reduce your student loan debt with the NHSC students to service loan repayment program

The 2019 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application cycle is open. The program awards up to $120,000 to medical and dental students in their final year of school in exchange for a three-year commitment providing primary care services at NHSC-approved sites in high-need areas. Review the 2019 Application and Program Guidance (PDF - 488 KB) for more information on how to apply.

The NHSC S2S LRP application cycle closes on December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

National Diabetes Month

Health Center Program Diabetes Webpage and Special Edition Digest Launch

health center program and diabetes

The HRSA Health Center Program launched its Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative webpage, which includes diabetes data, information about the initiative and its goals, resources, and promising practices.

On November 14, HRSA published a Diabetes Special Edition Digest HRSA Exit Disclaimer. It is a year in review covering health center diabetes data from 2017, the Health Center Program Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative, promising practices, technical assistance and resources, and much more.

Subscribe to the Primary Health Care Digest HRSA Exit Disclaimer to receive the weekly newsletter, as well as future special editions.

Issue Brief on Women and Diabetes

30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes

30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 1 in 4 don’t know it. The burden of diabetes in women is unique and can affect both mothers and their unborn children. About half of all women who have gestational diabetes later develop type 2 diabetes.

Read this publication from HRSA's Office of Women's Health to learn more (PDF - 429 KB).

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day Logo

On December 1, HRSA observes World AIDS Day 2018. This year's theme is "Collaborating to End the HIV Epidemic." Every year HRSA commemorates World AIDS Day to show our long-standing commitment to those living with the disease and to remember and honor those who have died from HIV/AIDS in the United States and around the world.

This year HRSA continues our work with federal partners to improve health outcomes for people living with HIV by providing a comprehensive system of HIV care and treatment; strengthening the health workforce by training providers; and increasing HIV testing and support for people living with the disease.

Learn more about how you can support World AIDS Day.

Headway and Signs of Hope on Opioids

photo of a pill bottle labeled warning: pharmacy law changes effective April 26

Adopting best practices from around the nation, hard-hit Arizona has made "phenomenal" progress against one of the most severe overdose epidemics in the American West — beginning with new regulations on painkiller prescribing.

Action to abolish 'pill mills,' tighten prescribing practices and get unused pain meds out of circulation show signs of turning the tide in the opioid epidemic in Arizona, experts say.

Learn more about the progress being made in Arizona.

New Organ Donor Dashboard on

188,501 number of donor registrations

Try out the new Organ Donor dashboard for exploring organ donation and transplantation statistics. View data in charts or a grid, or get a national geographic summary by calendar year, data set, or specific organ. You may also export organ donation and transplantation data to a file. Designed with the user in mind, this dashboard is intuitive, interactive and useful. We welcome your feedback at

HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention

HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention

HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention: Progress, Opportunities, and a Renewed Call to Action, a report of the Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel, presents the current landscape of HPV cancers and HPV vaccination and identifies strategies for building on recent progress and overcoming persistent barriers to vaccine uptake.

The President’s Cancer Panel concluded in its 2012-2013 report that underuse of HPV vaccines is a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer and identified several goals and objectives to help increase HPV vaccine uptake in the United States and globally. This new report highlights successes achieved over the past five years and presents priorities and strategies to speed progress toward goals identified in the previous report.

View the executive summary and full report.

Scope of Practice Policy

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The National Conference of State Legislatures HRSA Exit Disclaimer has expanded its “Scope of Practice Policy” webpage HRSA Exit Disclaimer with licensed profession information about behavioral health providers.  These include peer support specialists, licensed professional counselors, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants who can prescribe buprenorphine-containing products.

The site is an easily accessible source of information for health care providers, the public, and for state leaders as they consider leveraging nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental health hygienists and therapists – and now non-physician behavioral health providers— to address the health care needs in their states. Users can explore information about these providers through interactive maps and links to relevant scope of practice legislation by state. The website is funded through HRSA's cooperative agreement under the National Organizations for State and Local Officials Program.

Date Last Reviewed:  December 2018

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