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HRSA eNews April 5, 2018

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Funding Update

For FY 2018, the Congress appropriated $11.5 billion to HRSA programs.  In the coming weeks and months HRSA will be issuing Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for Health Center, Workforce, Rural Health, Maternal and Child Health and other programs.  Please watch this space, the HRSA website – www.hrsa.gov, and www.grants.gov for these funding opportunity notices. HRSA encourages all eligible entities to apply. 

HRSA Administrator's remarks to the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy & Issues Forum

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. addressing NACHC
On March 16, HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. addressed the National Association of Community Health Centers Policy and Issues Forum. 

National Donate Life Month

Image of a rainbow with the quote "Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou, April is National Donate Life Month
Throughout April, people across the U.S. celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ and tissue donors and encourage more Americans to follow their example. 
Nearly 115,000 people currently need and are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.  Every ten minutes, someone is added to the national transplant waiting list. Sadly, more than 7,000 individuals passed away in 2016 while waiting for a match. 
You may have already registered as a donor.  However, if you have not, please go to www.organdonor.gov or www.donaciondeorganos.gov, click on your state, and consider signing up. And, if you are wondering whether transplantation really saves lives, just consider that in 2017 alone, more than 34,000 people in the United States received the gift of life thanks to the people who said “yes” to donation.

Secretary applauds health center "pioneers"

HHS Secretary Alex Azar
Speaking before the largest gath­er­ing in the 47-year history of the National Association of Community Health Centers, HHS Secretary Alex Azar told a ballroom audience of some 2,500 that "“We see you not just as vital partners in our movement toward a health system that delivers quality, affordable care for all Americans, we see you as pioneers in this value effort already.”
"It is remarkable to think how far health centers have come over the last five decades. What started as two health centers -- one in Mississippi and one in Massachusetts -- has become a nationwide network of more than 1,400 grantees operating more than 11,000 health care delivery sites," said HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D., who spoke at the conference general session.

2018 National Ryan White Conference
on HIV Care & Treatment

2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment
The call for abstracts is now open for the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment. 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.
It is the largest national conference for comprehensive HIV care and treatment providers and brings together HIV clinical decision makers, direct-care providers, and program/fiscal administrators working in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-supported settings from across the country as well as members of planning councils, board members, national and local stakeholders, federal staff, and people living with HIV.
The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2018. To submit an abstract for a workshop or poster presentation, visit https://ryanwhite2018.hrsa.gov/. On the website, you can also register for the conference and view the conference agenda in brief. To stay on top of all 2018 National Ryan White Conference news and important updates, please follow us on Twitter at @RyanWhiteConf.

NHSC Scholarship Program

photo of three medical students working on a dummy
Health professions students in eligible disciplines can receive payment for tuition, fees and other educational costs as well as a living stipend in exchange for serving two years at NHSC-approved sites in medically underserved rural, urban and tribal communities. 
Applications are due May 10.

Health Equity Report 2017

two photos, one of a mom, child, and doc; the other of a family
The 2017 Health Equity Report presents a comprehensive analysis of HRSA’s program efforts in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity for various populations at the national, state, and local levels.
The Report addresses HRSA’s key Strategic Plan goals of improving access to quality health care and services, strengthening the health workforce, building healthy communities, and improving health equity.
Trends in health disparities and improvements in health equity are presented for a number of program areas, including maternal and child health, primary health care access and quality, health care systems, HIV/AIDS, mental and behavioral health, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, health workforce, and rural-urban and geographic disparities.
Read the report (PDF - 2.75 MB) or download a high-resolution printer version (PDF - 39.6 MB).

Health workforce projections

photo of a health care worker assisting an elderly patient
HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis recently released two new projection reports, one on the Direct Care workforce and one on the Nursing workforce in Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) settings.
These two reports discuss the increase in demand for occupations that provide crucial health care services and supports to Americans when they experience disabling conditions and chronic illnesses.

Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair

The first HRSA Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair will take place on April 11 at 6:45p.m. -10:15p.m. ET. More than 100 health care organizations across the country will participate and discuss open positions.
Visit the Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair Website to learn more.
Behavioral health Virtual Job Fair

Quality care is safe care

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. speaking at the Patient Safety Expo
At the recent Patient Safety Expo hosted by HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care, HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. singled out several HRSA programs -- including MCHB's Bright Futures and Title V Block Grants, and BHW's National Practitioner Data Bank -- and said agency risk management reviews, site visits, and technical assistance training sessions provide not only oversight but also the latest alerts on evolving best practices to clinicians in the field.
The data bank, in particular, "prevents practitioners from moving from state to state" without disclosing previous adverse findings against them, "with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and promoting quality health care," Dr. Sigounas said, adding that the system is used by over 23,000 organizations to vet clinicians.

Join the Healthy People 2020 Progress Review Webinar: Strong Organizations and Resilient Communities, April 10

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HRSA’s Health Workforce Associate Administrator Dr. Luis Padilla will discuss how HRSA’s workforce programs support public health infrastructure and preparedness at the Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar on April 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET
The Progress Review webinars focus on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives throughout the decade. 

Grants education & TA webinar for tribal organizations

HRSA is hosting a free Grants Education and Technical Assistance Webinar Series for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Indian Health, Tribal and Urban Indian Health Programs. 
The webinars will be held the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET.
The first session, The Federal Grant Application Process, will include topics such as: Grants 101-The Basics, Where to Find Funding Opportunities, and Grants Resources & Technical Assistance
Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm ET

Request for nominations to the Advisory Committee

HRSA is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children. The Committee provides advice, recommendations, and technical information about aspects of heritable disorders and newborn and childhood screening to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Nominations will be accepted from April 6 – April 30, 2018. For information please visit the Committee’s website, www.hrsa.gov/advisory-committees/heritable-disorders, or contact Alaina Harris, AHarris@hrsa.gov.

  • Donate Life Month
  • National Public Health Week (2-8)
  • World Health Day (7)
  • National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (10)

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