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HRSA eNews February 20, 2020

HRSA Recognized National Donor Day

On Valentine’s Day, HRSA recognized National Donor Day.

This annual observance shines a spotlight on organ, tissue, marrow, platelet, and blood donation — and the people who make it possible. Last year saw the highest number of lifesaving transplants in U.S. history.

We encourage you to show some heart and sign up as an organ, eye, and tissue donor today.

2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

Registration is Now Open for the 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

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Registration is now open for the 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment. The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host the 2020 National Ryan White Conference from August 11-14, 2020, at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.

The conference is the largest national meeting for HIV care and treatment providers, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients, and other stakeholders. The conference is held every two years to deliver program and policy updates, share best practices and innovative models of care, and provide technical assistance to RWHAP recipients and subrecipients. This year’s theme is 30 Years of Innovating Care, Optimizing Public Health, Ending the HIV Epidemic.

Register for the conference.

Call for Exhibitors for the 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

The 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment is pleased to offer exhibiting opportunities. The exhibit hall is the center point of the meeting where conference attendees will find state and federal agencies in the Federal Village, researchers, advocacy partners, national HIV/AIDS service organizations, and other groups involved in HIV care and treatment.

Exhibiting is free, however, space is limited. Exhibitor registration is on a first come, first served basis. Sign up as a conference exhibitor.

Applications Open for National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs

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Our National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened its application for all three loan repayment programs:

The application period closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Eligible clinicians providing primary medical, dental or behavioral health care services or evidence-based substance use disorder treatment can qualify for loan repayment up to $50,000 for the NHSC LRP, up to $75,000 for the NHSC SUD Workforce LRP and up to $100,000 for the Rural Community LRP.

Learn more about eligible disciplines, site types, service commitment and more.

Patient Safety Awareness Week: Achieving Safe and Reliable Health Care

Dr. Allan Frankel, expert in patient safety

In recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 13-19), we are hosting a webcast with Dr. Allan Frankel, an internationally recognized expert in patient safety. He will discuss the socio-technical framework for promoting a culture of safety, effective leadership, and continuous learning. He will provide practical strategies for improving safety, focusing on teamwork, psychological safety, and accountability.

Tuesday, March 10
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Join the webcast the day of the session HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Call-in: 888-795-3252
Passcode: 3284388

Participate in an Interactive Virtual Town Hall on Resistant Hypertension

Oscar H. Cingolani, M.D., Director of the Center for Resistant Hypertension at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Join us for a virtual town hall on resistant hypertension HRSA Exit Disclaimer, a type of high blood pressure that does not respond well to aggressive medical treatment. It substantially increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

Oscar H. Cingolani, M.D., Director of the Center for Resistant Hypertension at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will explore contributing factors such as gender, race, genetic disparities, and social determinants associated with resistant hypertension. He will share evidence-based promising practices for treatment and control. You can join other health centers in the interactive portion to share your experiences and ask questions about treating patients with this condition.

Addressing Hard-to-Control Hypertension: Let Us Count the Ways
Tuesday, February 25
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Register for the town hall HRSA Exit Disclaimer

AIDS in Africa, Lessons for the U.S.

Dr. Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Dr. Deborah Birx shared insights from her nearly six years as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator at HRSA Headquarters on January 31. The former U.S. Army Colonel oversees the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has dramatically reduced infections on the African continent.

"HRSA is playing a key role in the Trump Administration's Initiative to End the HIV Epidemic ... This includes seven mostly rural states - Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina -- as well as 48 counties, Washington D.C., and San Juan, where more than half of new HIV diagnoses occurred in 2016 and 2017. We want to highlight what others around the world are doing to reach populations similar to the ones HRSA serves today," said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels as he welcomed Ambassador Birx.

Read more about Dr. Birx's visit.

Seeking Nominations for HRSA’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality

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We are seeking nominations for qualified candidates to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM). The ACIM is a public-private partnership that provides advice to the Secretary of HHS. With a focus on life course, ACIM addresses disparities in maternal health to improve maternal health outcomes, including preventing and reducing maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity.

All nominations are due on or before February 24, 2020. See the ACIM Nomination and Application process for details on how to apply or contact David de la Cruz for further information.

Additional Funding Opportunities

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If you are a national organization that serves state and local officials, consider applying for the National Organizations of State and Local Officials (NOSLO) Program Notice of Funding Opportunities. There are three application tracks: Public Health Capacity, Health Legislation and Governance, and Health Care Payment and Financing.

Applications are due April 10, 2020—watch the TA webinar HRSA Exit Disclaimer to learn more.

Webinar: Findings from the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices

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Join us for a pre-release webinar on the findings of the 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices (NSODAP).

You'll learn about key results from the survey, including:

  • National support for organ donation
  • Where people sign up to be donors
  • Beliefs and attitudes associated with support for organ donation.

Monday, February 24, 2 p.m. EDT.
Register for the webinar HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Recordings Available for HRSA’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Webcast Series

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Recordings of "HRSA’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Community Engagement Highlights" webcast series on February 13 and February 18 are now available. The events hosted earlier this month provided HRSA grant recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff with updates from HRSA on the initiative and highlighted key themes discovered during our 2019 Community Engagement Events. 

Learn more about HRSA’s role in the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2020

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