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HRSA Issues Regulatory Update

The United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued an update on its regulatory activities.  HRSA highlights grants to states to support oral health workforce activities, a free Webinar on January 18, 2018, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on strategies to combat opioid use in rural communities, and finding quality treatment for alcohol use disorder.  You can read the complete HRSA regulatory update, with links to additional resources, below.

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January 18, 2018

Six rural hospitals in the Delta region selected to receive technical assistance.

photo of six doctors standing next to a hospital patientJanuary 16 - HRSA, working in collaboration with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), has selected six rural hospitals across four states in the Delta region to share $2 million for intensive technical assistance in the areas of finance, operations, technology and quality-improvement.

“We are looking forward to working with DRA on this important program,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “This support will help these hospitals strengthen their health care systems and improve health outcomes in the Delta region.”

Read the press release.

Our year in review

Every year we make significant strides to accomplish our mission. 2017 was no different. Discover what we accomplished together in 2017.

See our 2017 Year In Review infographic (PDF - 540 KB).

Also check out the new HRSA Agency Overview Factsheet (PDF - 530 KB).

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Deceased organ donors in U.S. exceeded 10 thousand for first time in 2017

The gift of life. clipart image shows three stick figures, one with a heart showingDuring 2017, the number of deceased organ donors in the United States topped 10,000 for the first time, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). For the year, organs were recovered from 10,281 donors, representing a 3.1 percent increase over 2016 and an increase of 27 percent since 2007.

“We are grateful that more lives are being saved, year after year, thanks to the boundless generosity of organ donors,” said Yolanda Becker, M.D., president of the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors. “We remain committed to increasing the number of transplants still further to help the many thousands of people in need of a transplant to sustain them and vastly improve their quality of life.”

Learn more about the increase in organ donors.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Montage of photos of several women, some with physiciansEach year about 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Two screening tests (Pap test and HPV test) can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early. In 2016,more than 3.6 million HRSA-funded health centers female patients received cervical cancer screening.

Learn more about best practices for screening and preventing cervical cancer with these resources:

Save the date: 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & TreatmentHRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will host the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment from
December 11-14, 2018, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center located at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.

The 2018 conference theme isCatalyzing Success: Advancing Innovation. Leveraging Data. Ending the HIV Epidemic. The Clinical Conference at the 2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment will be held December 9-11, 2018.

HRSA/HAB hosts the conference every two years to deliver program and policy updates, share innovative models of care, and provide training and technical assistance to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients; federal, national, state, and local stakeholders; health care and service delivery providers; and people living with HIV.

The conference provides a forum to share best practice models and strategies that will help attendees facilitate a coordinated national response designed to reduce new HIV infections and HIV-related health disparities.

Learn more about the National Ryan White Conference.

2015 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program State Profile website now available

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients served by state, 2015The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau’s 2015 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program State Profiles are now available.

The State Profiles provide a national and state-by-state look at 2015 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR) client-level data utilizing an interactive web platform that allows users to compare states, compare states to the U.S. overall, or compare data by year.

HRSA/HAB utilizes these client-level data to monitor and support the progress of improving care and treatment for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients.

Check out the 2015 State Profiles.

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator helps find quality treatment for alcohol use disorder

image of a woman with the text Looking for quality alcohol treatment? start here - NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator alcoholtreatment.niaaa.nih.govAn important new online resource is now available to help people recognize and find high quality treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD), which affects more than 15 million adults in the United States.

The NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator helps individuals and their loved ones negotiate the often-complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol misuse by telling them what they need to know, and what they need to do, to recognize and choose quality care.

The Navigator includes tips on how to recognize five signs of quality care, recommends 10 questions to ask potential providers when looking for high-quality treatment, and includes online directories of treatment providers.

Check out the NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Locator.

Webinar - Strategies to combat opioid use in rural communities

TODAY, January 18, 2018, 2 pm ET

photo from the sky of a sunrise over a rural communityThe opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in rural areas. Rural youth, young adults, women experiencing domestic violence, and people living in states with large rural populations suffer from higher rates of opioid use than their urban counterparts. Opioid overdose deaths are growing faster in rural counties than urban counties.

This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine, focuses on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it will discuss cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities. It will conclude by describing community organizing strategies to engage a wide range of local stakeholders to reduce the burden of opioid use.

Learn more about the webinar.

Connection Information:

Funding Opportunities

Health Workforce

Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program - Apply by January 19

Preventive Medicine Residency Program - Apply by January 26

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program - Apply by January 29

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions - Apply by January 30

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program- Apply by February 28

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities- Apply by March 12

Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program- Apply by April 12


Healthcare Systems

Increasing Organ Donation Awareness - Apply by February 12



Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership - January 19

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY) Grants Supplemental Funding- Apply by January 30

Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men who Have Sex with Men – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider- Apply by February 5

Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men - Demonstration Sites- Apply by February 5

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program- Apply by March 9

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - March 23


Maternal & Child Health

Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Program- Apply by January 19

R40 Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST) Program- Apply by January 19

Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation Program- Apply by February 5

Supporting State Maternal and Child Health Policy Innovation Program- Apply by February 16

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)- Apply by February 16

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Training Program- Apply by February 20

Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Screening and Education- Apply by March 13


Rural Health

Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies - Apply by February 20

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation Cooperative Agreement- Apply by February 23

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program- Apply by February 23

Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment Program- Apply by March 16


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