HRSA eNews July 3, 2019

Primary Care Leaders Visit HRSA

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas speaks to a gathering of rural grantees

Dr. George Sigounas welcomed state primary care officials to HRSA on June 18. Representing state and regional nonprofits, they provide training and technical assistance to health centers and play a vital role in HRSA's health center program – helping to improve clinical practice and bolstering financial performance and operations among their members.

Read more about HRSA's meeting with state primary care officials.

Trump Administration Awards $1 Million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Grants to Counties to Strengthen Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic in the United States

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June 27 – Today, the Trump Administration, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $1 million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants to 10 metropolitan areas that are Part A jurisdictions to provide technical assistance to enhance efforts to end the HIV epidemic. This funding through HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people with HIV in the United States.

Read the news release.

Have You Gotten Tested Yet?

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On June 27th, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) recognized National HIV Testing Day, emphasizing the importance of getting tested, knowing your status, and connecting to HIV care and treatment if you test positive.

Earlier that week, HAB hosted a two-day symposium with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Special Projects of National Significance grant recipients on using social media to link and retain HIV-positive, underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (aged 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services.

Learn more about the symposium.

Read HRSA Encourages People to Get Tested On National HIV Testing Day, a blog post by Laura Cheever, HIV/AIDS Bureau Associate Administrator.

Health Centers Working to End the HIV Epidemic

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Whitman-Walker Health, a HRSA- funded health center, opened its doors 41 years ago to offer health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. “Everyone should know about HIV, should know what their risk is for HIV, and should understand how they could come across HIV—and then also how HIV is treated,” said Megan, a family nurse practitioner.

Hear more about their HIV outreach, testing, and prevention program from those who know it personally HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

For additional information, including resources and promising practices to support your efforts in HIV outreach, testing, and prevention, visit HRSA’s HIV and Health Centers and HIV Promising Practices.

Webinar: The Use of Telehealth to Improve Children's Access to Health Care

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Date: Wednesday, July 10
Time: 3pm - 4pm ET


  • Current telehealth models and initiatives to improve access to pediatric specialty care in Iowa
  • Establishing a school-based telehealth clinic in your community

Featured Speakers:

Thomas Scholz, MD, Director, Division of Child and Community Health and Child Health Specialty Clinics
Kafi Dixon, Telehealth Coordinator, University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health
Kathleen Chelminiak, Project Director, Indiana Rural Schools Clinic Network (IRSCN), Indiana Rural Health Association

Register for the webinar HRSA Exit Disclaimer

For more information, contact Nancy Rios. Check out our telehealth resources and tools.

Rural Opioid "Army" Gathers

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Every day, 130 people die from opioid misuse  nationwide – and the CDC reports that drug-related death rates are now 45 percent higher in rural communities than in urban areas, for lack of treatment facilities.

Dr. Sigounas told a packed ballroom that sharp increases in funding for rural opioid intervention have resulted in the largest budget authorizations in history for the agency's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), and more is coming.

Read more about the meeting of opioid activists and grantees.

Growing Consensus on Rural Opioids

About 400 rural opioid activists and grantees gathered with HRSA to discuss the rural opioid crisis

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas pledged the agency's continued support for rural communities racked by the opioid crisis, observing that 600 regions across 40 states now have consortiums in place to get those suffering into care.

"While one in five rural residents receive care at a HRSA-funded health center, I don’t have to remind you that rural residents face specific challenges when trying to access care for substance use disorder," said Dr. George Sigounas, noting that HRSA alone has invested more than a quarter-billion dollars in opioid funding since 2018.

Read more about the growing consensus on rural opioids.

HRSA Study Reveals Consequences of Maternal Opioid Use on Children’s Physical and Mental Health

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A HRSA study of 8,509 mother-newborn pairs from the Boston Birth Cohort found that 5.3 percent of the babies had in-utero opioid exposure, leading to higher risks of fetal growth restriction and preterm birth.

Among preschool-aged children, opioid exposure was associated with increased risks of lack of expected physiological development and conduct disorder/emotional disturbance. In school-aged children, opioid exposure was associated with a higher risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. 

Read the abstract HRSA Exit Disclaimer

Learn how HRSA is addressing the opioid crisis.

Date Last Reviewed:  July 2019

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