HRSA eNews June 6, 2019

HRSA Remembers the Fallen

Administrator Dr. George Sigounas greeted agency veterans during Memorial Day observances on May 29

Administrator Dr. George Sigounas greeted agency veterans during Memorial Day observances on May 29. He thanked some of HRSA's more than 140 veterans for their service. HHS employs some 6,000 former military men and women.

The holiday is the traditional time of year to honor the estimated 1.1 million men and women who have died in service to the nation.

APPLY NOW! HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has released two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs)

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HRSA plans to invest approximately $18 million through the State Maternal Health Innovation (MHI) Program for states to address disparities in maternal health, and improve maternal health outcomes, including preventing and reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

Review the State MHI funding opportunity.

HRSA also plans to invest approximately $2.5 million to support the State MHI award recipients with the Supporting MHI Program, which will provide capacity building assistance and establish a resource center.

Review the Supporting MHI funding opportunity.

Read the press release.

HRSA Launches Health Professions Training Programs Dashboard

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The Health Professions Training Programs dashboard displays data from BHW education and training programs for academic year 2012–2013 to present. You can query data by participant summary, demographics, site information, and program courses.

Our health professions training programs are dedicated to increasing the diversity of the nation’s health workforce and providing high quality, culturally competent care in communities of greatest need.

Visit the new dashboard to see how BHW grant programs are supporting our mission.

Lost Wages Support for Living Organ Donors Demonstration Project

the gift of life

HRSA awarded a $5.98 million grant to Arbor Research Collaborative for Health to support living organ donors.

The project will study whether and how reimbursement for lost wages affect individuals’ behaviors towards living donation, as indicated by willingness to undergo donor evaluation. This is a 3-year grant with a project period from June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022.

Learn more about organ donation and register as an organ donor.

Learn more about financial assistance to living organ donors HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

HHS and HRSA Rural Summit

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HHS and HRSA convened a forum of rural health care stakeholders to discuss challenges rural communities face in providing and accessing health care and how HRSA and HHS can address these challenges in the course of program and policy development.

Read the meeting summary (PDF - 314 KB).

Trauma-Informed Care: A Case-Based Virtual Course for Providers

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Many health center patients have been exposed to some form of trauma. HHS’ Office on Women’s Health has developed a case-based virtual course HRSA Exit Disclaimer to help promote and improve the delivery of trauma-informed care. This free curriculum includes 42 patient case scenarios covering diverse settings and populations and offers over 10 hours of approved continuing education credit.

In this webinar, experts will provide an overview of the course and how it can help enhance providers’ knowledge and skills to interact effectively with all patients, particularly those with a history of trauma, to improve patient outcomes.

Thursday, June 13
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Call-in: 800-621-3587, Passcode: 5072178

America's Future Depends on the Health of Mothers and Their Kids

HRSA's Dr. Michael D. Warren pens op-ed, speaks on podcast

Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Michael D. Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP

Each year, more than 22,000 infants die in this country — one about every 24 minutes — and the rate for black babies is more than two times greater than the rate for white babies. The CDC recently noted that approximately 700 women die each year in America from pregnancy-related causes; black women are about three times as likely as white women to die from these causes.

Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Michael D. Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP, shares his perspective on these alarming statistics and what HRSA is doing to address them in an op-ed recently published in The Hill.

Read his op-ed America’s Future Depends on the Health of Mothers and their Kids HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

You can also hear Dr. Warren discuss these issues on The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recent podcast Ending America's Maternal Mortality Crisis HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

HRSA's Dr. Luis Padilla Recognized

Dr. Luis Padilla

HRSA's Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Workforce since 2016 — and Director of the National Health Service Corps — Dr. Luis Padilla received the Hispanic Health Leadership Award on April 13 from the National Hispanic Medical Association during its 23rd annual conference.. 

A former NHSC Scholar himself, Dr. Padilla thanked the association for "(turning) my own life in a new direction" by affording him entry into its residency leadership program as an aspiring young doctor.

Read more about Dr. Padilla's award.

HRSA Hosts HHS Open Innovation Community of Practice

HRSA hosted the HHS Open Innovation Community of Practice meeting on May 23 at agency headquarters

HRSA hosted the HHS Open Innovation Community of Practice meeting on May 23 at agency headquarters – describing how the department uses cash incentives to promote innovation on tough healthcare problems. The meeting included presentations on the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Grand Challenges and the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s ingenious use of data analysis to measure health center quality.

MCHB’s Jessie Buerlein provided background on how prizes attract top minds to the cause – beginning with the 2015-2017 Bridging the Word Gap competition, in which nine teams from universities, private firms and non-profits submitted their ideas on how to speed language acquisition in disadvantaged children.

Current Grand Challenges are:

Elizabeth McGill talked about how BPHC used data analysis to see if health centers that comply with federal requirements actually provide better care. The 18 requirements relate to administrative, clinical and financial operations. The data indicate that compliance alone is not sufficient to achieve high quality patient outcomes.

Learn more about:
MCHB’s Grand Challenges
Bureau of Primary Health Care

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019

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