HRSA eNews August 15, 2019

HHS Awards Nearly $400 Million to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Vice President Mike Pence announcing nearly $400 Million in awards to combat the nation's opioids crisis

August 8 - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $400 million to combat the nation’s opioid crisis. The investments will enable HRSA-funded community health centers, rural organizations and academic institutions to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.

The awards support HHS's Five-Point Opioid Strategy, introduced under President Trump in 2017. The number of patients receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction at HRSA-funded health centers increased 142 percent from 2016 to 2018 and, since President Trump took office, the number of patients receiving buprenorphine, a common form of MAT, has increased 28 percent.

Read the News Release.

Meet HRSA Acting Administrator Thomas J. Engels

HRSA Acting Administrator Tom Engels

Thomas Engels became Acting Administrator for the HRSA on August 1. HRSA is the primary federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for improving access to health care for people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable. As Acting Administrator, Mr. Engels oversees the execution of HRSA’s $11.7 billion annual budget (FY 2019) that is used to expand access to quality health care through an array of grants to state and local governments, health care providers and health professions training programs.

Read his bio.

Apply Now: HRSA Releases Notices of Funding Opportunity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Role in the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America

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August 14 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) released three Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
for the new fiscal year (FY) 2020 with March 1, 2020 start dates:

Read the news release.

2018 Health Center Program Data Released

more than 28 million people rely on a HRSA-funded health center for care

The new Uniform Data System (UDS) data are out and show that health centers continue to provide increased access to high quality, value-based, comprehensive primary care for their communities. Health centers treat one in 12 people nationwide, one in every nine children, and are increasingly well-positioned to meet the nation’s most common and pressing health care needs, as well as emerging health priorities.

In 2018:

  • 93% of health centers provided mental health counseling and treatment.
  • 67% of health centers provided substance use disorder (SUD) services.
  • One in six people living with HIV received care from a HRSA-funded health center.

See the 2018 Health Center Program national-level grantee data from the UDS.

View the HRSA Health Center Program fact sheet (PDF - 635 KB).

Watch our Chalk Talk video overview of the Health Center Program HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative

Community Engagement in Kansas City, MO

Public health leaders and members of the HIV community in Missouri met with HRSA Associate Administrators Laura Cheever and Jim Macrae

Earlier this week, public health leaders and members of the HIV community in Missouri met with HRSA Associate Administrators Laura Cheever (HIV/AIDS Bureau) and Jim Macrae (Bureau of Primary Health Care) to discuss the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative and the progress being made in the state. Missouri is one of the seven states with substantial rural HIV burden that is a focus jurisdiction for the initiative. HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and HRSA-funded Health Center Program recipient KC CARE Health Center co-hosted the community engagement event in Kansas City to facilitate a dialogue about how best to end the epidemic in the state.

Through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and the Health Center Program, HRSA is playing a leading role in helping to diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to end the HIV epidemic.

The Ryan White CARE Act Turns 29

HAB Logo

August 18 will mark the 29th 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 HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (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 with HIV. The Program funds grants to states, cities/counties, and local community-based organizations. More than half of people with diagnosed HIV in the United States – more than 500,000 people – receive services through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program each year. In 2017, 85.9% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients were virally suppressed, exceeding national average of approximately 59.8%.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a critical component of the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America” initiative, which was announced earlier this year during the State of the Union address.

For more information, visit

Improved Tool from

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Check out the newly re-designed Data by Geography tool, featuring intuitive navigation, maps integrated into the results page, and integration with the HRSA Fact Sheets.

Webinar: Improving the Health and Well-Being of Rural Communities Through Collaboration

This webinar introduces our new Guide for Rural Healthcare Collaboration and Coordination. Hear how rural hospitals, community health centers, local public health departments and other rural stakeholders work together to assess and address their rural communities’ health needs. Two innovative rural health organizations will be highlighted that have developed strategies to meet population health goals, address social determinants of health, and improve health outcomes. Solutions to support rural health organizations’ financial viability and lessons learned will also be shared.

Thursday, August 15
1 p.m. ET
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Read A Guide for Rural Healthcare Collaboration and Coordination.

Webinar on Implementing the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America Initiative

Join this webinar to:

  • Understand more about the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative;
  • Hear from the HHS agencies implementing the initiative about some of the major activities to date and the planned activities for implementing the initiative; and
  • Learn about the indicators that have been developed to measure progress toward ending the HIV epidemic in America.

Hosted by the HHS Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, the webinar will be held in collaboration with federal partners from HRSA, the CDC, the NIH, the Indian Health Service, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Friday, August 23
2:30 – 3:30 pm ET
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SAVE THE DATE: MCHB Grand Challenges Demo Day

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HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will host Grand Challenges Demo Days September 12-13. Through the Grand Challenges, MCHB solicited innovative ideas to solve critical maternal and child health problems using technology. Challenge areas of focus are:

The top entries from Phase 1 of the four Challenges each won a share of a $100,000 prize. Now these Phase 1 winners are coming to HRSA to demonstrate their innovations to a panel of judges and compete for a share of a $125,000 prize per Challenge and an opportunity to move to the third and final phase of the competitions. Final winners can win up to $150,000. Along the way, MCHB is inspiring creative thinking, collaboration and problem solving among IT designers, engineers, startups, as well as experts in maternal and child health. Stay tuned for links to watch the demo day online.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2019

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