HRSA eNews May 16, 2019

Newcomers Meet with Administrator

Dr. George Sigounas speaks to BHW analyst Samantha Das, a recent graduate of the HRSA Scholars program.

Dr. George Sigounas speaks to Samantha Das, a recent graduate of the HRSA Scholars program. He addressed 20 incoming Scholars on May 3 -- noting that they were selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants. The HRSA Scholars Program was established to improve HRSA's ability to recruit, hire, develop, and retain high-quality candidates for professional positions.

HRSA Awards $24 Million to 120 Rural Organizations for Opioid Response

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May 13 – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded $24 million for the second round of Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) planning grants. Recipients across 40 states will receive $200,000 for one year to formalize partnerships with local stakeholders, conduct needs assessments, and develop plans to implement and sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.

“RCORP-Planning is part of a multi-year initiative by HRSA to support treatment for and prevention of SUD/OUD,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “The goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of the diseases in high-risk rural communities.”

Read the press release.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Webpages

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HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) webpage with information on upcoming RCORP funding opportunities, current grant recipients, and the program’s impact to date. RCORP currently includes grants for planning, implementation, and medication-assisted treatment expansion for rural communities and consortia, as well as cooperative agreements for technical assistance, evaluation, and three Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders.

As a reminder, RCORP-MAT Expansion and RCORP-Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders are currently accepting applications through June 10.

HRSA New Training and Technical Assistance Hub

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HRSA is pleased to announce the launch of a new Training and Technical Assistance Hub (Hub). The Hub is an easy way to find technical assistance centers associated with many of HRSA’s programs, and includes information of interest to safety net providers and training/education programs.

The search function allows users to find resources quickly, or users can browse by topic (for example: older adult health) or by HRSA bureau/office. The Hub is a one-stop-shop for accessing HRSA's training and technical assistance resources.

Join us to Chat about #BHealthy

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Tweet with us during Mental Health Month as we discuss the importance of “Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care Settings.” Learn the latest best practices, provider tips, tools, and more.

Participation is easy:

  • Join us on the @HRSAgov Twitter page May 22 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Follow us if you haven’t already.
  • Tweet your questions and include our #BHealthy hashtag to participate in the chat.

Interactive Fact Sheet Maps

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HRSA’s new interactive Fact Sheet Maps bring visual context to the HRSA Fact Sheets. Now, stakeholders across the nation can view grant awards and other important data by year on an interactive map of the country or by region, state, county, or congressional district. The HRSA Fact Sheets already provide easy access to HRSA activities by area and fiscal year; the new Fact Sheet Maps add the benefits of customizable visualization. Zoom in to see where HRSA is making a difference in your neighborhood.

HRSA's Office of Regional Operations Tracks Opioid Crisis into Jail

CAPT Chris Bersani with Andrew Abdella and Anjuli Kinell

In the eye of an epidemic: CAPT Chris Bersani told visiting law students on March 9 that "substance use disorder treatment that does not include follow-up care is ineffective. Without aftercare programs, ex-offenders face a higher risk of relapse and recidivism."

Read more about opioids and the criminal justice system.

Opioids: Saving One Life

Sarah Byrum, Cynthia Del Rosario, Donna Horton and Kristina Lyons

In the tiny hamlet of Stigler, Okla. – population, 3,000 – no one at the local health center was quite sure what might happen when they offered a recent community training session on how to use the lifesaving opioid-reversal drug naloxone.

"We expected, maybe, 20 to 30 people to show up," said staff pharmacist Sarah Byrum. "But it was more like 120. It just sort of blossomed … we handed out a lot of Narcan kits."

Read more about opioids: saving one life.

LEAP in Health IT Funding Available logo

Earlier this month, ONC published a special emphasis notice (SEN) (PDF - 249 KB) under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health IT funding opportunity to address standardization of patient information for seamless access, exchange, and use.

For more information visit LEAP in Health IT.

New CDC Vital Signs Report on Pregnancy-related Deaths

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The new Vital Signs report shows that nearly a third (31%) of pregnancy-related deaths happen during pregnancy, just over a third (36%) happen during delivery or the week after, and exactly a third (33%) happen one week to one year after delivery. However, 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented, no matter when they occur.

The report also summarizes potential prevention strategies from 13 state maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs). MMRCs are multidisciplinary groups of experts that review maternal deaths to better understand how to prevent future deaths.

View the latest report.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019

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