Skip To The Main Content

HRSA Issues Regulatory Update

The United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued an update on its regulatory activities.  HRSA highlights organizations recognized as champions of rural health, opioid abuse in persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and National Patient Safety Week.  You can read the complete HRSA regulatory update, with links to additional resources, below.

eNews Header

March 1, 2018

HRSA recognizes champions of rural health

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. 2018 Rural Health Champion awardees.

February 28,HRSA acknowledged seven rural organizations from across the nation as champions in providing high-quality access to health care in rural communities.

“Rural organizations are well positioned to deliver effective and innovative care to their communities, impacting some of the most vulnerable populations,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “These organizations are an essential part of the health care system because they understand their local communities, are able to fill significant health care gaps and ultimately improve the quality of life for those living in rural America.”

Learn more about the 2018 Rural Health Champions.

Notice of funding opportunity: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program FY 2018 Part C Capacity Development Program (HRSA-18-051)

hiv/aids red ribbonThe Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part C Capacity Development Program recently released a notice of funding opportunity.

The program aims to strengthen organizational infrastructure to respond to the changing health care landscape and to increase capacity to develop, enhance, or expand access to high quality HIV primary health care services for low income, uninsured, and underserved people living with HIV.

Apply at byMarch 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Download the Technical Assistance (TA) slides and the Q&A from the TA webinar on the TARGET Center Website.

Save the date: National Patient Safety Week celebration

photo of four health professionalsJoin HRSA in celebrating National Patient Safety Week on Tuesday, March 13. This year's theme is United in Mission to Ensure Patient Safety.

HRSA is leading the effort with participation from the Bureau of Health Workforce, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HIV/AIDS Bureau, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau; as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Indian Health Service.

Alive-streamed panel discussionis held from 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. Participants will be able to ask questions. This is an exciting opportunity to discuss how HRSA and HHS are addressing patient safety in the ambulatory care setting.

HRSA health workforce events:

Behavioral health equity town hall

clipart of medical professionals over a map of the usBehavioral Health Equity Town Hall (Part Two):Achieving Health Equity and Improving Health Behaviors by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health, a webinar:Thursday, March 22, 2-3:30 p.m. ET.

This is the second of a two-part series designed to increase awareness of behavioral health equity and provide behavioral health practitioners with strategies and resources for improving health behaviors and reducing disparities in access to behavioral health care.

Learn more and register for the webinar.

Behavioral health virtual job fair

HRSA is hosting a Virtual Job Fair for behavioral health professionals on April 11. Over 100 organizations recruiting for 1,000+ behavioral health vacancies will be online to describe their clinical environments, the populations they serve, and the rewards of providing care in their communities.

Learn more about the HRSA Behavioral Health Virtual Job Fair.

Heart health for the heartland

cdc myths and facts about heart diseaseWhile there has been a marked decline in deaths from cardiovascular disease among men and women in recent years, new research reveals a need for greater clinical sensitivity in diagnosing such cases across discrete populations, according to a HRSA Region 7 webinar earlier this month.

Nearly 50 percent of all Americans have some form of the condition, and risks are highest in racial and ethnic minority populations, reported Cardiologist Annabelle Santos Volgman, M.D., of Chicago's Rush University Medical Center.

Volgman provided a detailed breakdown of the latest research on heart disease, best practices in prevention and treatment, and common clinical myths that continue to complicate diagnoses.

Learn more about heart health in the heartland.

HRSA's HAB partners confront opioid threat

HAB met with leading academic, clinical and research experts earlier this month to discuss the spread of the virus among IV drug users.

HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) met with leading academic, clinical and research experts earlier this month to discuss the spread of the virus among IV drug users.

"It's happening already," said one HAB partner at the February 1 meeting, echoing other attendees who recounted increasing cases of co-infection among opioid users across the country.

The bellwether case of rural Scott County, Indiana — which experienced "an explosive spread of HIV in a very short period of time" in 2015 — established the epidemiological pattern. Most of those infected were injecting prescription opioids—crushed and dissolved—when they contracted the virus,the CDC reported.

Learn more about HRSA's efforts to confront the opioid epidemic.

This Month

image of a calendar


  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (10)
  • Patient Safety Awareness Week
  • National Poison Prevention Week (18-24)
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (20)

Funding Opportunities

Health Centers

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

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 - 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

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

Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network on School-Based Health Services- Apply by April 18


Rural Health

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


View All Funding Opportunities