HRSA eNews April 2, 2020

A Message to HRSA Grant Recipients

HRSA Administrator Thomas Engels

HRSA Grant Recipients,

As a nation, we continue to adjust to the impact Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is having on our lives, our communities, our friends and loved ones.

As Federal awarding agencies address recipients and applicants directly affected by COVID-19, we want to assure you that we fully recognize the significant impact this situation is having on you, and we are working as quickly as we can to help relieve some of that burden.

On March 19, 2020, OMB issued Memorandum M-20-17 (PDF - 5.6 MB), Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations. When compared to OMB’s March 9, 2020, Memorandum (M-20-11), the newer memorandum provides similar administrative relief but to an expanded scope of recipients.

To ease the programmatic difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRSA is integrating all 13 of the administrative flexibilities provided in the latest OMB memorandum.

So you have information as quickly as possible, we developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions that addresses the OMB flexibilities. You likely received a link to the FAQs in our March 24, 2020 message to all active HRSA recipients. Please bookmark this page for future reference, and watch for updates.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to assure you that HRSA will do our part to help you continue your extraordinary work.

Thank you for your partnership and patience as we work together to ensure our nation’s health and safety. From all of us at HRSA, we wish you, your families and colleagues the best as we continue to monitor the immense impact COVID-19 is having on our country and the world.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your assigned HRSA Project Officer or Grants Management Specialist. They are eager to assist you through this complicated period.


Tom Engels
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HHS Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response

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March 24 - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $100 million for HRSA-funded health centers. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, and the important role health centers play in communities nationwide, HHS is making this funding for health centers available immediately.

Read the news release.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

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We understand the critical role you play in improving health care to people who are geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable—at this time more than ever. We compiled a list of answers to address some of your questions and concerns for our programs.

Check out our COVID-19 FAQs.

TODAY - COVID-19 FAQs for National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and Nurse Corps Clinicians and Sites


If you are an NHSC or Nurse Corps clinician or service site directly affected by COVID-19, contact a program analyst via the Customer Service Portal with questions on how to ensure you or program participants at your site remain compliant with service obligation requirements or login any time to ask a question during this event TODAY:

COVID-19 FAQs for NHSC and Nurse Corps Clinicians and Sites
Thursday, April 2
2:00 - 5:00 PM ET

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April is National Donate Life Month

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April is National Donate Life Month, and HRSA is celebrating the wonderful things that happen when someone who needs an organ transplant finds a match! Join us as we celebrate and honor the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors, donor families, as well as the lives saved through donation.

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Date Last Reviewed:  April 2020

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