HRSA eNews April 4, 2019

Administrator Rallies Health Center Grantees

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. speaks at NACHC

Speaking before a packed hall at D.C.'s Marriott Wardman Hotel on Friday, Dr. George Sigounas received a standing ovation from National Association of Community Health Center members after announcing more than $300 million in upcoming grant opportunities in the fight against opioids. This includes HRSA’s new announcement of $200 million in available supplemental funding for Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) to increase access to high-quality integrated behavioral health services, including prevention or treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.

Read more about HRSA's FY 2019 opioid funding opportunities.

New Funding Opportunity: Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program

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HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

Successful RMOMS award recipients will receive up to $9 million for a four-year period of performance to improve the access to and continuity of maternal obstetrics care in rural communities. Award recipients will work with the HRSA;s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Bureau of Primary Health Care, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to dedicate the first year to planning activities and the second through fourth years to implementing activities that address the program’s focus areas: rural hospital obstetric service aggregation, network approach to coordination a continuum of care, leveraging telehealth and specialty care, and financial sustainability approaches.

View the funding opportunity and apply on

Read the news release.

HRSA Publishes New Strategic Plan

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

This HRSA Strategic Plan FY 2019 – FY 2022 is a blueprint for HRSA to address ongoing access and service delivery needs in the context of an evolving health care system. The strategic plan reflects our commitment to build upon past successes while advancing our mission to improve health outcomes through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative, high-value programs.

View and download the strategic plan.

National Donate Life Month

The good in you can live on. donate life month.

April is National Donate Life Month, and HRSA invites you to learn about the amazing power of organ donation and let the good in you live on as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. 

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April Brings Awareness to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, an observance that aims to raise awareness for autism and issues affecting children and adults on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of developmental disabilities affecting an estimated 1 out of 59 children. ASD is characterized by impairments in social communication and interaction and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Once diagnosed, individuals face additional challenges accessing the array of health, education, and related support services recommended for them.

HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau receives funding for grant programs through the Autism CARES Act to advance professional training, research, and services for children with ASD. MCHB’s autism programs address the needs of underserved populations and barriers to evidence-based interventions. Read how MCHB’s grants are making a difference in the Autism CARES Act Report (PDF - 3.8 MB).

For more information and resources, visit MCHB’s Autism page.

HRSA Releases Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program 2016 State Profiles

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HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB) has released the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program 2016 State Profiles. The State Profiles is an online resource that provides users with a national and state-by-state look at client-level Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR) data for 2016. The data visualization tool allows users to compare states, compare states to the U.S. overall, or compare data by year. HRSA HAB is currently working on the 2017 State Profiles, which are expected to be available this summer.

Check out the 2016 State Profiles.

New Spanish-version Widgets

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HRSA’s Office of Information Technology has just released Spanish-version widgets.

Grantees and other organizations can add widgets to their websites to provide easy access to HRSA-funded services.

Check out the new widgets.

National Practitioner Data Bank article featured in the New England Journal of Medicine

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The New England Journal of Medicine recently featured the National Practitioner Data Bank in an article titled Changes in Practice among Physicians with Malpractice Claims.HRSA Exit Disclaimer The article analyzes associations between the number of paid malpractice claims that physicians accrued and exits from medical practice, changes in clinical volume, geographic relocation, and change in practice-group size. HRSA researchers Derek Wilkinson and Harnam Singh are co-authors on the article with David Studdert from Stanford University.

HRSA-led Study Reveals Use of Sealants Remains Low Among Children

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HRSA’s National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) revealed that among children ages 6-17 years, only 1 in 5 had received sealants within the past year. Together with steps taken at home, in the dental office, or on a community-wide basis (e.g., water fluoridation), use of sealants among children helps prevent dental cavities. 

As reported by parents/caregivers, 82% of children ages 2-17 years had a preventive dental visit in the past year, but lower rates of specific preventive services: 75% cleanings, 46% fluoride treatments, and 44% tooth brushing/oral health care instructions. Regarding oral health status, 6% of children were reported by their parent/caregiver to have teeth in fair or poor condition, and 12% had problems with cavities or decayed teeth in the past year.

Research from this study shows preventive oral health services are lagging among young children and children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Further studies are needed to identify interventions that encourage the use of preventive services.

Read the abstract.

A Fatal Blow? Depression and Opioids

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New research from Purdue University finds that there is a stark relationship between depression and increased rates of opioid deaths, especially in areas with shortages of mental health providers and high rates of underinsurance.

Deaths attributable to overdoses of prescription narcotics "have really skyrocketed" during the last few years across much of the nation, reported Laura Schwab-Reese, a Purdue University researcher, in a recent webcast. "It's pretty bad, and we are seeing that it's getting quite a bit worse."

Read more about depression and opioids.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019

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