The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is addressing the opioid epidemic in communities throughout the U.S. Learn how on our new opioids webpage.
COMING SOON! The rural communities opioid response funding opportunity!
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) plans to award up to 75 grants to rural communities as part of a new Rural Communities Opioid Response (Planning) (RCORP) initiative in FY 18.
Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 for one year to develop plans to implement opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions designed to reduce opioid overdoses among rural populations.
Learn more about this funding opportunity.
Special edition: The opioid epidemic
Last week we produced a special edition of the HRSA Primary Health Care Digest focused exclusively on helping health centers on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic. It links to the brand new HRSA opioid webpage and dozens of other resources. It includes a letter from the Health Center Program’s Chief Medical Officer and promising practices from health centers across the nation. If you missed it, read it now.
2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment – Abstract submission
The April 30th deadline for submitting abstracts for HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment is quickly approaching. The conference will take place December 11-14, 2018, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, MD. This year’s theme is Catalyzing Success: Advancing Innovation. Leveraging Data. Ending the HIV Epidemic.
To submit an abstract for a workshop or poster presentation, visithttps://ryanwhite2018.hrsa.gov
Hidden in plain sight
The child was in bad shape when she walked into Asian Health Services in Oakland, California: high fever, elevated heart rate, rashes all over her body, swollen joints. She had lost 30 pounds in the preceding three months.
She was 15 years old.
Many health providers treat victims of human trafficking without ever recognizing that the patient is in trouble, studies suggest. But more than half of victims surveyed report being treated in an emergency department at some point during their ordeal; more than two of every five are seen by a primary care practitioner; one in four, by a dentist.
Human trafficking & public health – New SOAR online training
The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC) and Postgraduate Institute, in collaboration with federal partners, recently launched a new series of CE/CME training modules called SOAR Online. The training is FREE and designed to educate health care providers, social workers, public health professionals, and behavioral health professionals on how to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to individuals who are at risk or who have been trafficked.
Clinician, do no harm
Clinicians and officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) – which insures about one in three Americans – suspect that the volume and potency of medications ordered by health professionals is a primary driver of the national opioid crisis. The finding comes amid new research that suggests the addictive painkillers may be no more effective for certain patients than traditional anti-inflammatory drugs.
Among a litany of striking findings, the corporate giant estimates that 1.6 percent of the 5 million mostly adolescent patients who have wisdom teeth extracted annually, for example, get hooked on improperly prescribed pills.
That works out to about 80,000 young people a year.
Read about the role of clinicians and safe prescribing practices.
CDC’s STEADI Initiative helps providers reduce falls among older patients
A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in 2015, total medical costs to treat older adult falls exceeded $50 billion, of which Medicare and Medicaid spent about $38 billion. With the aging of the U.S. population, both the number of fall injuries and the resulting expenditures are expected to increase substantially unless more is done to prevent falls. Clinical prevention efforts, like CDC’s STEADI Initiative, equip health care providers with the tools and resources needed to reduce falls among their older patients.
HRSA’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) has found the STEADI Initiative to be useful with its training and education of both patients and health care professionals. HRSA grantees use the CDC-funded STEADI materials for training and education programs such as:
HRSA seeks nominations for members for a national advisory council
HRSA is requesting nominations for the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps. Contact Diane Fabiyi-King, Designated Federal Official, at (301) 443-3609 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding necessary experience and the nomination process.
- Associate Administrator (Maternal and Child Health Bureau)
- Deputy Associate Administrator (Bureau of Health Workforce)
- Director, Office of Planning Analysis and Evaluation
- Division Director, Division of Transplantation
Service Area Competition-Additional Areas (SAC-AA) - Anchorage, Alaska; Sarasota, Florida; and Perth Amboy, New Jersey - Apply by April 27
Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act - Apply by May 4
State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) - Apply by May 7
Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies - Apply by May 29
Integrating the National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform into Health Care Provider Professional Education - Apply by April 23
Maternal & Child Health
Newborn Screening Data Repository and Technical Assistance Program - Apply by May 22
UA6 Life Course Intervention Research Network (LCI-RN) - Apply by June 12
Maternal and Child Health Services - Apply by July 16
Office of the Administrator
Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement - Apply by May 1