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HRSA eNews October 4, 2018

Administrator Visits Philadelphia

HRSA Administrator Dr. Sigounas, MS, Ph.D., Regional Administrator Pam Kania,  OA Policy Advisor Carla Haddad, and Philadelphia Regional Office staff

Dr. Sigounas met with regional staff on September 20 in Philadelphia to discuss new and emerging issues unique to the Region 3 jurisdictions (Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia). Among major concerns were the opioid epidemic, maternal mortality and behavioral health workforce shortages. 

Learn more about his meetings.

HRSA Releases New Data on Child Health across the U.S.

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October 1 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health data from nearly 21,000 households across the U.S. This voluntary survey, funded and directed by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, provides annual national- and state-level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being. Anyone can access the data free of charge.

“The HRSA National Survey of Children’s Health is an innovative, unique tool providing information on the health status and health service needs of children throughout our nation,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “These data empower people at the state and federal levels to develop policies and programs informed by recent, quality data.”

Read the HRSA press release.

HRSA Awards $361 Million to Support Families through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

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September 27 – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today approximately $361 million in funding to 56 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program). These funds support communities 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 parents improve their family's health and provide better opportunities for their children," said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "These awards allow states to support local agencies in providing tailored home visiting services, meeting the specific needs of families in their own communities."

Over the past six years, the MIECHV Program has provided over 4.2 million home visits. In FY 2017, the MIECHV Program served more than 156,000 parents and children in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories, and provided over 942,000 home visits. The Program reaches those most in need, serving almost 42 percent of U.S. counties with high rates of poor birth outcomes or poverty. Almost three-fourths of families participating in the program had household incomes at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Read the HRSA press release, and watch the video HRSA Exit Disclaimer to learn more about the Home Visiting Program.

HRSA Awards over $12M for Maternal & Child Mental Health Programs

photo of a mom and her baby

September 25 – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today awarded $12.4 million through two programs designed to support the mental health of women and children across the United States.

"HRSA is the primary federal agency connecting people to quality, affordable health care," said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "Today's awards illustrate our firm commitment to the mental health and well-being of our nation's mothers, children, and families."

Read the HRSA press release.

MCHB Launching Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge

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On September 27, MCHB Grand Challenges launched the Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Challenge prize competition.

This challenge is designed to solicit innovations that increase remote and virtual access to quality care for low-income pregnant women, including ideas that alleviate barriers to quality care and improve communications among patients, providers and/or broader support networks. Solutions will empower pregnant women with knowledge and tools to take charge of their health and their care. The Challenge will award up to $375,000 for innovative solutions.

Submit an entry for Phase 1 or sign up for updates.

2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment: Deadline for Registration Extended

2018 national ryan white conference on hiv care & treatment

The deadline to register as a participant or an exhibitor at the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment has been extended. The conference will take place December 11-14, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This year's theme is Catalyzing Success: Advancing Innovation. Leveraging Data. Ending the HIV Epidemic.”

Registration is free, however space is limited. Registration will now close on Saturday, October 13, or once a maximum of 4,500 participants have been registered and confirmed.

There is still time to register as an exhibitor at this year’s conference. The main exhibit hall is the center point of the meeting, where attendees will find state and federal agencies in the Federal Village, as well as researchers, advocacy partners, foundations, national HIV/AIDS service organizations, and other groups involved in HIV care and treatment.

Register or request to be an exhibitor.

Domestic Violence Progress Report

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

"HRSA must continue to highlight Intimate Partner Violence as an important public health issue -- and serve as a leader in addressing IPV prevention," HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. told agency staffers last month. 

Fifteen bureaus and offices are involved in the sweeping initiative by the Office of Women's Health.

Dr. Sigounas added that it should not be lost on anyone that domestic violence also contributes to opioid use and maternal mortality: "We know that substance use and addiction can keep women in abusive relationships. We also know that, for far too many women, IPV is a critical factor in pregnancy-related deaths. Nearly half of pregnancy-related homicides are associated with IPV," he said.

Read more about HRSA's domestic violence progress report.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

infographic showing 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner

HRSA is implementing The HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) 2017-2020 (PDF - 429 KB), an agency-wide initiative to integrate IPV screening and prevention into key programs through coordinated action and activities. Our infographic (PDF - 169 KB) shows some of HRSA’s accomplishments to date.

The IPV Health Partners Toolkit HRSA Exit Disclaimer, one of the resources included in the Strategy, guides health centers and other health care settings on approaches to transform practices to better serve domestic violence survivors.

Project Catalyst: Statewide Transformation on Health and IPV HRSA Exit Disclaimer promotes systems changes and state-level policies that support an integrated and improved response to IPV and human trafficking in community health centers and domestic violence programs.

Celebrate Corps Community Month

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October is Corps Community Month – a celebration of the commitment our National Health Service Corps (NHSC) members have made to improve access to quality health care across the country. 

Throughout the month, we will highlight the impact of the NHSC through new resources and engagement activities. Join the celebration: visit the Corps Community Month webpage and follow the NHSC on Facebook HRSA Exit Disclaimer for engagement opportunities throughout the month!

Watch our Corps Community Month video HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair

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Join HRSA’s Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, October 17 from 6:45—10:15 p.m. ET.

Recruiters from more than 100 health care organizations nationwide will discuss open positions.

Visit the Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair Website to learn more.

Telehealth Resource Center

keyboard with a key labeled telemedicine

Telehealth can play an important role in addressing the opioid epidemic by filling gaps in access to care and available workforce.  Expanding the use of telehealth for the delivery of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) complements comprehensive primary care services and coordination of patient care across providers. In a recent blog post, Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health alerted health care providers to how they can expand access to medication-assisted treatment through telemedicine.

Working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), HHS developed materials to help clarify how clinicians can use telemedicine as a tool to expand buprenorphine-based MAT for opioid use disorder treatment under current DEA regulations. The DEA guidance letter, DEA Diversion Control Division E-mail Statement: Use of Telemedicine While Providing MAT, along with a Clinical Case Scenario, supports the provision of telehealth services for opioid misuse. Providers in underserved urban areas and rural communities will want to take a closer look at these important resources. For additional information on telehealth, see the HRSA-funded Telehealth Resource Centers HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Rural Insights on Adult and Youth Obesity, a National and Community-based Perspective

map of the us with a stethoscope lying on top of it

In this webinar, hear about how the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey provides nationally representative estimates of obesity in adults and youth as well as the latest trends in obesity and severe obesity in rural compared to urban areas from 2001 to 2016. 

There will also be a presentation by a rural health grantee on using evidence-based programs for individual weight loss success. 

Join the webinar Thursday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Register for the webinar HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Hansen’s Disease in the United States — Diagnosis & Treatment

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November 5-6 in Carville, LA – This seminar is designed to increase the level of understanding among health care providers regarding the unique characteristics and current concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of Hansen’s Disease (HD) (Leprosy).

For more information and to register, visit the Hansen’s Disease Program Training page.

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2018

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