HRSA eNews June 20, 2019

Federal Efforts in Bullying Prevention

Dr. George Sigounas, HRSA Administrator, met with delegates from 13 countries on June 12 to discuss agency efforts to stop bullying.

Dr. George Sigounas, HRSA Administrator, met with delegates from 13 countries on June 12 to discuss agency efforts to stop bullying. HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau is at the forefront of federal efforts to blunt the detrimental effects of bullying on children’s health, school performance and attendance – now a worldwide movement.

Raising Awareness for Organ Donation

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HRSA’s Division of Transplantation won multiple Telly awards for videos increasing awareness about organ donation. Over 12,000 entries were received from all 50 states and 5 continents. Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, projection companies and publishers from around the world.

Below are what each video was awarded (gold is the highest award):

Ending the HIV Epidemic: HIV/AIDS Bureau To Host Second Webinar

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HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host its second webcast on “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” Tuesday, June 25, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET. This event is for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, partner organizations, and stakeholders.

Learn more about HRSA’s vision for recipients’ roles in the “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative (if funded), and provide input on implementation.

Learn more about the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative.

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Webinar: Promising Practices on Integrating HIV Testing and Care

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HRSA will host a webinar focused on the integration of routine HIV services in primary care settings.

Presenters from Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, AK, and Family Health Center in Louisville, KY, will highlight promising practices that enhance routine HIV testing, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and linkage to care.

Wednesday June 26
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Call-in: 888-790-3088
Passcode: 3209784

You can view promising practices and health center profiles all in one location on the updated Health Center Program Promising Practices web page. Topics featured include care coordination, data, diabetes, food security, substance use disorder (SUD), and telehealth.

HRSA Recognizes National HIV Testing Day

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June 27, 2019 is National HIV Testing Day, which emphasizes the importance of getting tested for HIV, knowing your HIV status, and connecting to HIV treatment if you test positive. This year’s theme is “Doing It My Way.” HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds programs and providers who play a critical role in finding, testing, and providing primary HIV medical care and treatment for low-income people with HIV.

People with HIV who take HIV medication daily as prescribed, and get and keep an undetectable viral load, effectively have no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to their HIV-negative partner. This finding highlights the importance of getting people with HIV tested, linked to HIV care and treatment, and helping them stay in care and on their medication. Find a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Provider near you.

HRSA Releases Allied Health Workforce Projections for 2016–2030

a doctor showing a model of a spine to a patient

The recently released Allied Health Workforce Projections provide national-level health workforce estimates of the following allied health occupations for 2016 to 2030:

  • Chiropractors and Podiatrists
  • Community Health Workers
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • Optometrists and Opticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Respiratory Therapists

Check out the latest projections and health workforce data from HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce.

Bracing for Workforce Shortages

CAPT Chris Bersani, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator-Boston

CAPT Chris Bersani, HRSA Deputy Regional Administrator-Boston, told officials in Massachusetts last month that they are "leaders in a leading state" as the nation faces looming health workforce shortages. The Bay State is expecting a shortfall of 44,000 clinicians in the next 5 years. 

Learn more about forecasted workforce shortages.

New HRSA Resource on Breastfeeding Benefits

photo of a woman cradling her sleeping infant

HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Office of Women’s Health collaborated on a new web resource highlighting the benefits of breastfeeding for children, women and society. The new web page connects users to HRSA initiatives that support pregnant and lactating women, as well as to other federal resources with key information about breastfeeding. 

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.

A Life Dedicated to Women's Health

RADM Kerry Nesseler, OGH, and Deputy Administrator Diana Espinosa welcome Dr. Groesbeck Parham

In 2003, while he was making his rounds at the University Teaching Hospital in Zambia, Dr. Groesbeck Parham made a distressing discovery: eight out of 10 women diagnosed with HIV in his clinic also were suffering from advanced cervical cancer.

"What struck me more than anything else was their age," he told some 200 attendees in a recent presentation at HRSA hosted by the Office of Global Health. "These women were in their 20s and early 30s" – dying of a treatable disease that does not usually affect women in the U.S. before age 50.

Read more about Dr. Groesbeck Parham's work.

New Report: Leveraging Public Health Assets in Medicaid Managed Care

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

This new three-part guide maps the public health capacities, assets, and resources onto the obligations and direction of Medicaid agencies and their managed care health plans. The report addresses barriers to collaboration and resource alignment between State and Territorial Health Agencies and State Medicaid Offices to improve population health outcomes.

The report, from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, was funded by HRSA’s National Organizations for State and Local Officials program.

Read the report HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2019

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