HRSA eNews August 1, 2019

HHS Awards Nearly $42 Million to Expand Health Information Technology in Health Centers Nationwide

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July 25 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded almost $42 million in funding to 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs). These awards will enable the HCCNs to support 1,183 federally-funded health centers across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to expand the use of health information technology (health IT). Empowering patients and promoting data sharing through health IT is an element of President Trump’s vision for a healthcare system that delivers better value and better health for American patients.

“Health centers play a crucial role in providing their communities with access to high quality, affordable healthcare,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Investing in more advanced health IT will help put patients at the center and unleash the power of data, helping us get better value from the care delivered by health centers and delivering on President Trump’s vision for healthcare.”

Read the news release.

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

HRSA's Laura Cheever and Jim Macrae with SC public health leaders

On Tuesday, July 23 HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Associate Administrator Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, and HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care Associate Administrator Jim Macrae, MA, MPP, met with public health leaders in South Carolina to discuss the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative and the progress being made in ending the HIV epidemic in the state.

South Carolina is one of seven states with substantial rural HIV burden, with an HIV/AIDS incidence case rate of a little over eight for every 100k residents.

Through HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the HRSA-funded Health Center Program, the agency will play a leading role in helping to diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to end the HIV epidemic.

National Health Center Week

August 4-10, 2019

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For more than 50 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Today, there are nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded health centers, operating approximately 12,000 delivery sites, across our country.

Health centers deliver care to the nation’s most vulnerable individuals and families, including people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, residents of public housing, and the nation’s veterans.

Learn more about the Health Center Program. Visit for current and comprehensive data on health centers. 

Join us on Twitter HRSA Exit Disclaimer and Facebook HRSA Exit Disclaimer during Health Center Week as we celebrate the work that health centers do.

National Minority Donor Awareness Week

August 1-7, 2019

We're all Needed: National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Did you know that as of June 2019, nearly 60 percent of the more than 113,000 people on the national transplant waiting list are ethnic minorities?

During National Minority Donor Awareness Week, we invite you to learn about organ, eye, and tissue donation and why we’re all needed. 

Transplantation saves lives. In 2018 alone, more than 36,500 people (including over 16,000 ethnic minorities) received the gift of life thanks to people who said “yes” to organ donation.

Learn more and sign up (inscríbase), and "Like" us on Facebook (English HRSA Exit Disclaimer | Español HRSA Exit Disclaimer)

Webcast: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department

Critical Crossroads Toolkit Benefits Hospitals

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Join this webcast to learn about the Critical Crossroads toolkit, a new resource to help hospital emergency departments better manage and coordinate care for children and adolescents in mental health crisis. Presenters include HRSA Associate Administrators Michael D. Warren (Maternal and Child Health) and Tom Morris (Rural Health).

The toolkit is designed to help anyone who establishes protocols in emergency departments, including:

  • Hospital administrators
  • Social workers
  • Pediatric care coordinators
  • Physicians and nurses
  • Mental health providers

You can tailor the toolkit to your specific needs, patient population, and community.

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Get the Critical Crossroads toolkit.

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2019

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