HRSA eNews February 6, 2020

APPLY NOW! Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation funding opportunity

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has released the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation RCORP-Implementation) (HRSA-20-031). HRSA plans to award approximately 89 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

Review the funding opportunity at:

Read the press release for more information.

HRSA Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Community Engagement Highlights

ending the hiv epidemic logo

HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) invites you to participate in a series of two "HRSA Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative Community Engagement Highlights" webcasts.

Grant recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff are encouraged to participate in this webcast series to hear updates from HRSA on the EHE initiative and to learn about key themes discovered during 2019 EHE Community Engagement Events. These webcasts will feature presentations from RWHAP recipients in the EHE-focus jurisdictions, who will share best practices and highlight models of care in their communities.

Thursday, February 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Presentations from RWHAP Part B Recipients South Carolina and Kentucky, and RWHAP Part C Recipients University of Louisville 550 Clinic and Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center.
To participate: HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Tuesday, February 18, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Presentations from RWHAP Part A Recipients in Phoenix, AZ, Boston, MA, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL.
To participate: HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

For more information about HRSA's role in the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative, visit

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - group of African American people

On February 7, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The 2020 theme for NBHAAD is “We’re in This, Together.” In 2018, black/African American individuals comprised 47.1 percent of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients. Approximately 84.1 percent of black/African American clients receiving RWHAP HIV medical care were virally suppressed in 2018.

View the population fact sheet on Black/African Americans.

Help Others with All Your Heart

Celebrate National Donor Day on February 14

On February 14, National Donor Day, we honor those who have saved lives as organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelet, and marrow donors.

Join the celebration and sign up now as an organ donor and as a marrow donor HRSA Exit Disclaimer.

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Now Open

photo of a female health professional

What’s new with the Nurse Corps LRP this year? It includes additional funding for psychiatric nurse practitioners. As part of HRSA's efforts to combat the nation's opioid crisis, special funding has been provided to increase evidence-based care to patients in need of opioid use disorder and behavioral health treatment. The program offers loan repayment to registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing faculty in exchange for a two-year service commitment at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, or, for nurse faculty, an eligible school of nursing.

Accepting applications through March 12, 2020. Find out more about the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program.

Register Now for Healthy Grants Workshop

Healthy Grants Workshop

Current HRSA grant recipients can now register for one of three content-packed Healthy Grants Workshops in 2020. These workshops focus on grants administration from pre-award through closeout.

Workshop registration is free, and your travel costs may be allowable under your grant. Register today and join us at one of the following workshops:

Rockville – May 19-20, 2020
HRSA Headquarters, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20857.
(Meet your Grants team in Rockville.)

Chicago – June 17-18, 2020
Harold Washington Library, 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL, 60605.

Seattle – July 29-30, 2020
NOAA Western Regional Center, 7600 Sand Point, Seattle, WA, 98115.

Learn more about the workshop, including registration information, workshop locations, topics, and more!

For questions, email

HRSA Supports Health Centers in Improving Quality of Care

HRSA-funded health centers impact

Bureau of Primary Health Care Associate Administrator Jim Macrae recently published an article in the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Reaching Communities edition of the Journal of Change HRSA Exit Disclaimer. The theme of the issue is the history and impact of the Health Center Program, and the article describes HRSA’s work to improve quality of care at health centers through efforts such as the Diabetes Quality Improvement Initiative and the Quality Improvement Awards.

Rural Communities Help Themselves

Rural Partnership Development Meeting - HRSA Administrator Tom Engels

Saddled with chronic health workforce shortages, widespread substance misuse and high HIV transmission rates, rural care networks – often staffed by volunteers and peer counselors – increasingly are the backbone of care delivery in small town America, HRSA Administrator Tom Engels told some 500 conference attendees at the Rockville Hilton last month.

The audience consisted of participants in three outreach programs run by HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The programs have infused some $29 million in seed money into remote pockets of the country to help advocates and providers form local healthcare partnerships.

Read about the Rural Partnership Development Meeting.

Follow Us on Instagram

HRSA Instagram launch

We debuted Instagram last week, giving the agency an official presence on all four social media networks. With Twitter HRSA Exit Disclaimer, Facebook HRSA Exit Disclaimer, LinkedIn HRSA Exit Disclaimer and Instagram HRSA Exit Disclaimer, we will continue to post news and updates, and highlight the impact of our programs in your communities.

Follow @HRSAgov to learn more about our programs in action, along with the many ways we bring our mission, Healthy Communities, Healthy People, to life. Don’t forget to tag us and mention us with #HRSAgram.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2020

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