Poison Prevention Week March 18-24
Now accepting applications: National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program
Primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health clinicians can receive up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at NHSC-approved sites in high-need, underserved areas.
Applications are due Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Now accepting applications: National Health Service Corps State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)
Eligible state and U.S. territory entities may apply for the NHSC SLRP to assist them in operating their state educational loan repayment programs for primary care providers serving in Health Professional Shortage Areas in their state. This year, SLRP has added a new discipline, substance abuse counselors, to the list of health professionals who may apply for the program in their state.
Applications are due Monday, May 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Journal article evaluates HRSA oral health program
A new journal article co-authored by HRSA's PHS Captain Pamella Vodicka and previous HRSA Division Director Elizabeth Edgerton, M.D., M.P.H. assesses results from HRSA’s School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services program. HRSA awarded the grant in 2011 to organizations serving high-need communities, through existing school-based health centers, to ensure delivery of quality oral health preventive and restorative services for children.
The program, Evaluation of a Comprehensive Oral Health Services Program in School-Based Health Centers, found that the enrolled children had great need for the services, with nearly half presenting with tooth decay. Over the four-year program period, grantees used community-based strategies to increase enrollment from 5,000 to more than 9,700, and grow the percentage of students receiving preventive services from 58 to 88 percent.
The program’s approaches can inform HRSA’s Maternal & Child Health Title V Block Grant, Health Center programs, and other initiatives as they implement oral health services within health care delivery models.
Research brief: Rural maternity care losses lead to childbirth risks
Access to obstetric care in rural communities is critical to ensuring positive maternal and child health outcomes. Eighteen million reproductive-age women live in America’s rural counties, but over half of these counties have no hospital where people who are pregnant can give birth. The past decade has been marked by a decline in maternity care access, as hospitals and obstetric units across rural America shutter their doors.
Now, the consequences of these closures are becoming clear. A new study from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined how birth outcomes change after losing obstetric services, focusing on two categories of rural counties - those located next to an urban area (urban-adjacent) and the more remote rural areas not located near an urban area (non-adjacent).
The research reported in the study was funded by HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Rural America comes to HRSA
Attendees from 43 states met at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center to discuss Federal Office of Rural Health Policy programs that target such problems as Black Lung Disease, radiation exposure, allied health workforce shortages, and rural opioid misuse.
More than 30 seminars were offered over three days. Grantees form networks with existing community groups to pioneer new ways of serving some of the most isolated populations in America.
Join the Livestream: “COPD and Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan” March 19
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death in the United States and disproportionally impacts those in rural areas.
Using the framework of the COPD National Action Plan, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), along with experts from across the country, will begin to discuss COPD’s impact on rural communities at the meeting, “COPD and Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan.” The meeting will include examining challenges, opportunities, and resources as they relate to each of the five goals of the Action Plan.
The livestream of the meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on Monday, March 19, and the discussion will continue online on Twitter via #COPDRuralHealth. As this is an all-day event, refer to the agenda to tune in for discussions around specific goals of the Action Plan most relevant to you and your community.
Request for nominations to the Advisory Committee
HRSA is seeking nominations of four qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (Committee). The Committee consists of 18 public members, including two co-chairs. The Committee membership maintains a balance of diverse experiences and expertise.
- Patient Safety Awareness Week
- National Poison Prevention Week (18-24)
- National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (20)
School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program - Apply by April 17
Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act - Apply by April 20
Service Area Competition-Additional Areas (SAC-AA) - Anchorage, Alaska; Sarasota, Florida; and Perth Amboy, New Jersey - Apply by April 27
Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program - Apply by April 12
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) - Apply by May 7
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - Apply by March 23
Evidence-Informed Approaches to Improving Health Outcomes for People Living with HIV - Apply by March 26
Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment among People Living with or at Risk for HIV - Apply by April 2
Integrating the National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform into Health Care Provider Professional Education - Apply by April 23
Maternal & Child Health
Quality Improvement in Newborn Screening Program - Apply by March 20
Vision Screening in Young Children - Apply by March 26
Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Capacity Building Program - Apply by March 27
National Fetal, Infant, and Child Death Review Program - Apply by April 2
Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services - Apply by April 18
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program - Apply by May 7
Office of the Administrator
Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment Program - Apply by March 16
Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement - Apply by May 1