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HRSA eNews September 6, 2018

HHS Awards $60 million to Support Community Health Centers Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

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September 6 - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $60 million to 161 community health centers in six southern states and two U.S. territories that were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) funding will help ensure continued access to primary health care services at community health centers in areas affected by the hurricanes. 

“Health centers serve as lifelines to services and networks of resources in their communities every day, and especially during a crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “These grants build on other HHS investments to ensure that health centers can continue to serve communities impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and strengthen their readiness to respond to the needs of the community after future hurricanes or other disasters.”

Read the news release.

First Lady Confronts Bullying

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First Lady Melania Trump spoke last month at a day-long summit on cyberbullying prevention, stressing "the importance of teaching our next generation how to conduct themselves safely and in a positive manner in an online setting."

The summit included a panel discussion with representatives of Google, Facebook, Twitter and the Family Online Safety Institute about industry efforts to improve the reporting of cyberbullying incidents and hurtful content while enlisting the help of parents, teachers, school administrators, police and others to become active participants in cleaning up abuse on the Internet.

Read more about the summit.

Rural Opioid Grantees Convene

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas (center) with rural grantees

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas (center) told rural grantees at a meeting last month that they are central to agency efforts to "respond to the care and treatment needs of individuals with opioid use disorder," calling the crisis "a national issue with tremendous negative impact for rural communities."

Read more about the rural grantee meeting.

HRSA Awards $600K for Rural Children & Families

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HRSA has awarded $600,000 through the Rural Health Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) program. The funding will implement evidence-based, two-generational strategies that promote the health and well-being of young rural children and create economic opportunities for their families. It will build on lessons learned from the initial Rural IMPACT demonstration, including providing direct support and tailored technical assistance to communities.

Performance measures will align with HRSA’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program.

Learn more about the award.

HRSA Launches Its New Open Data Website

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Want to interact with, visualize, and map public health data? Check out our new website!

The new website features interactive maps, dashboards, query tools, fact sheets, and downloadable data related to HRSA-funded health centers, grants, loan repayment and scholarship programs, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), organ donation, and other programs. It provides national summary data and lets you drill-down to the state, county, regional, and Congressional district levels. 

To share feedback or questions, you can call the HRSA Contact Center (877-464-4772 M-F 8am-8pm ET) or e-mail the team at

MCHB Launches Challenge to Help Children with Special Health Care Needs

Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs Challenge

We need your innovative idea to better coordinate care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN)!

MCHB Grand Challenges has launched the Care Coordination for CSHCN Challenge competition, which will award $375,000 in prizes to support the development of technology-based innovations to meet the needs of CSHCN and their families. 

Learn more and sign up for updates.

Register to be an Exhibitor

Logo for the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment

There's still time to register as a participant or an exhibitor at the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment. The 2018 National Ryan White Conference will take place December 11-14, 2018, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at 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 close on September 28 or once a maximum of 4,500 participants have been registered and confirmed.

There are also opportunities for exhibiting at this year's conference. The 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 in the main exhibit hall. 

Register or request to be an exhibitor

The Ryan White CARE Act Turned 28

Ryan White CARE Act 28 year anniversary

August 18 marked the 28th anniversary of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. First authorized in 1990, the Ryan White CARE Act is the legislation that created the Health Resources and Services Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HRSA HAB) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. 

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medications, and essential support services for low-income people living with HIV. The Program funds grants to states, cities/counties, and local community-based organizations. More than half of people living with diagnosed HIV in the United States – more than 500,000 people – receive services through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 2016, 84.9% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients were virally suppressed, exceeding the national average of approximately 60%.

Visit the HIV/AIDS Bureau website to learn more. 

Health Centers Recognized for Quality

Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas visited Mary's Center in DC on August 15

Maria Gomez, CEO of Mary's Center in Washington, D.C., received a $200,000 Quality Improvement grant Wednesday, August 15, from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas. The agency issued $125 million in awards to 1,352 grantees during Health Center Week.

"Community health centers ... have a track record of delivering quality care at significantly lower cost, and are vital partners in our movement toward a health system that delivers quality, affordable, value-based health care for all Americans."

– HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan

Learn about the impact of the Health Center Program in communities.

Requests for Nominations

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HRSA is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD), and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP).

Written nominations for membership can be submitted to Advisory Council Operations, Bureau of Health Workforce, HRSA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11W45C, Rockville, Maryland 20857 or by e-mail. 

For additional information, read the Federal Register Notice:

Regional Grants Management Workshop

HRSA Regional Grants Management Workshop

On August 1-2, nearly 100 HRSA grantee representatives from around the country participated in a two-day grants management workshop at the San Francisco Regional Office. The workshop featured presentations by subject matter experts. HRSA’s regional  staff hosted and supported the meeting, which included a long-distance welcome by the Office of Federal Assistance Management (OFAM) Deputy Administrator Rimas Liogys and in person welcoming remarks by HRSA Administrator, Dr. George Sigounas. The workshop’s 12 breakout sessions covered everything that a grantee should know about managing grants or cooperative agreements, from Grants 101 to the closeout process. The San Francisco workshop built on the success of the previous workshop conducted at HRSA Headquarters in May. HRSA plans to continue the collaboration with additional workshops in 2019. 

Bookmark our Grants Management page and be on the lookout for future workshop dates.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2018

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