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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 oral health as a part of overall health, factors contributing to the opioid crisis in rural settings, and hypertension and heart health.  You can read the complete HRSA regulatory update, with links to additional resources, below.

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February 15, 2018

National Donor Day

Help others with all your heart

photo of hands holding valentine chocolatesIn this season of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. One meaningful way to spread the love is to celebrate National Donor Day, also celebrated on February 14th.

Consider registering as an organ, eye, and tissue donor and give hope to the thousands of men, women, and children on the organ transplant waiting list.

You can also discuss donation with your friends and loved ones.

Learn more about the donation process and how to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor at or

American Heart Month

image of a plush heart with a stethoscopeHRSA-funded health centers continue to serve as leaders in quality health care. Nearly all (99.6%) health centers demonstrated improvement on one or more clinical quality measure in 2016.

For instance, 62% of hypertensive health center patients have their blood pressure controlled, exceeding the national average of 55%.

Learn more about the Health Center Program.

Million Hearts Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians

Million Hearts LogoAccording to the CDC, 90 percent of Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. To help clinicians combat this risk, the CDC’s Million Hearts initiative developed the Hypertension Control Change Package for Clinicians.

To learn more about Million Hearts, attend CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds:

Million Hearts 2022: A Compelling Call to Action
Tuesday, February 20
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
View the webcast the day of the session.

Promote Overall Health: Oral Health Matters

photo of a dad and daughter brushing their teeth and laughing in the mirrorOral health is a critical part of overall health—studies link oral health to impacts in almost every aspect of health, physical, psychological, social, even financial well-being.

Because of the importance of oral health, HRSA supports the Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care Practice Initiative and promotes oral health resources and policies across programs.

Learn more about HRSA's efforts to provide support for oral health programs, activities, and initiatives.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness MonthFebruary is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One out of every ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Help prevent violence before it occurs by working to empower teens to have healthy relationships.

  • Dating violence is a form of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Access a virtual toolkit on integrating IPV education into health centers.
  • Webinar: Using Brief Interventions to Prevent Teen Dating Violence - Monday, February 26, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET. An annual webinar for the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence (TDV) moderated by The National Institute of Justice. Panelists will discuss interventions to reduce TDV across multiple settings with potentially high-risk populations. Register for the webinar.

Diversion Key to Rural Opioid Crisis

As many as 1 in 4 people receiving prescription opioids long term in a primary care setting struggles with addictionClinicians in small towns and rural hospitals may be contributing to the opioid crisis "through less-than-careful prescribing practices," according to new research into how the epidemic has become so prevalent in rural communities.

"People who are being prescribed opioids for legitimate purposes can overdose, they can become dependent, and they can run into a variety of problems," University of Southern Maine researcher John H. Gale told a January 18 webinar audience.

The misuse of prescription painkillers and illicit opiates in isolated communities "is a huge problem … and it's not getting better fast enough," Gale warned, adding that the pills too often are prescribed as stopgap relief for dental infections and injuries in patients who live at a distance from providers.

Read more about the opioid crisis.

This Month

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  • American Heart Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Feb 7)
  • National Donor Day (Feb 14)


Funding Opportunities

Health Centers

School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program- Apply by April 17


Health Workforce

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



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

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


Maternal & Child Health

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

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


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


View All Funding Opportunities