Vaccination Toolkit, Rural Health Clinic COVID Funding, and more

A Newsletter from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

 June 17, 2021

HRSA Announces Coverage of Over Five Million Claims for COVID-19 Vaccinations for Uninsured Individuals

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June 17 - Today, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that the HRSA COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured (Uninsured Program) has paid over 5 million claims to health care providers for administering COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured individuals.

Read the release.

HHS Awards $125 Million in Workforce Grants for Community-Based Efforts to Bolster COVID-19 Vaccinations in Underserved Communities

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June 14 - Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $125 million to support 14 nonprofit private or public organizations to reach underserved communities in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Freely Associated States to develop and support a community-based workforce that will engage in locally tailored efforts to build vaccine confidence and bolster COVID-19 vaccinations in underserved communities.

Read the release.

HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

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June 11 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. 

Read the release.

HHS Provides $424.7 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Rural Communities

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June 11 – Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $424.7 million in funding to over 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) for COVID-19 testing and mitigation. Later this summer, HRSA will issue up to $35.3 million in additional funding to RHCs that meet eligibility requirements.

Read the release.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to Insurers & Providers: COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing Must be Free for Patients

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June 9 - Below is a letter sent by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra issues letter to insurers and providers following recent reports of ongoing concerns about Americans facing costs associated with COVID-19 vaccinations or testing.

To COVID-19 vaccination and testing providers and insurers:

Since we took office, the Biden-Harris administration has made combatting the COVID-19 pandemic our top priority. Central to our national plan to protect Americans and end the pandemic has been increasing testing and vaccinations. In light of recent reports of consumer cost concerns, I am reminding health care providers of their signed agreements to cover the administration of COVID-19 vaccines free-of-charge to patients, and group health plans and health insurers of their legal requirement to provide coverage of COVID-19 vaccinations and diagnostic testing without patients shouldering any cost.

Read the letter.

HRSA Awards Nearly $66 million to Bolster the Nation’s Behavioral Health Workforce for Underserved Communities

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June 9 - We announced $22 million in awards to 56 recipients as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, this brings the total BHWET awards to $66 million for 168 organizations.

Read the release.

Next Week: Adolescent Vaccination Town Hall

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Join us on Tuesday, June 22, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET to discuss ways to increase the number of adolescents vaccinated at health centers. Health center providers and pediatric health experts will discuss the challenges and best practices to vaccinate adolescents.

Upcoming Virtual Job Fair for Interested Clinicians

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Join our virtual job fair on Wednesday, June 23, 6:45 p.m. ET if you're a healthcare professional seeking a career helping underserved communities.

Sign up and be ready to connect.

Join HWTAC’s Webinar on Evaluating a Provider Implicit Bias Course

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On Thursday, June 24, 1-1:45 p.m. ET, our Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center (HWTAC) will host a webinar on the implicit race bias that has been associated with:

  • Poor patient/provider communication
  • Less trust and confidence in the provider
  • Poor patient-centered communication

This issue has been particularly common with Black patients. The webinar will explore an online course on implicit bias for academic teaching faculty and others developed by the University of Washington.

Register to attend.

Supporting Rural Health Care in the Delta Region

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We are currently accepting applications for the Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Program. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is open through Friday, July 9, and focuses on:

  • Critical administrative support occupations 
  • Claims processing
  • Information management

We recently awarded $550,000 in supplemental funding through the Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program to enhance COVID-19 vaccine outreach, education and operations. The supplemental funding supports the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.

New Loan Repayment Program Expands Eligible Substance Use Disorder Disciplines, Facility Types

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Our Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) has launched a new program to further support combating the nation’s opioid crisis. The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) expands access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by adding several new disciplines such as bachelor’s-level SUD counselors, behavioral health paraprofessionals and clinical support staff.

The program also broadens the clinical best practice of a warm handoff while recognizing the effectiveness of integrated SUD treatment teams. Eligible health professionals can receive up to $250,000 in exchange for a six-year, full-time service commitment at a variety of added SUD facility types. Eligible sites may also apply to become approved for the program.

Application Due Date: Thursday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. ETFind out if you’re eligible

HUD/HHS COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit

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HUD and HRSA developed a COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit to support health centers and HUD-assisted programs to partner on vaccine distribution to residents of public housing and people experiencing homelessness.

View the toolkit (PDF – 257 KB).

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  • Men's Health Month 
  • Men's Health Week (14-20) 
  • National HIV Testing Day (27) 

Funding Opportunities


Health Centers

American Rescue Plan – Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements – apply by June 24

American Rescue Plan – Funding for Native Hawaiian Health Care – apply by July 2

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-002) - apply by July 12

FY 2022 Optimizing Virtual Care – apply by July 16

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-003) - apply by July 19

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-103) - apply by July 19

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-004) - apply by August 13

Health Workforce

Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Payment Program - apply by July 15


Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Existing Geographic Service Areas  (HRSA-22-014) - apply by June 21

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Existing Geographic Service Areas  (HRSA-22-011) - apply by June 21

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Existing Geographic Service Areas (HRSA-22-015) - apply by June 21

Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagement in Communities of Color (B-SEC) - apply by July 6

Community-Led Monitoring (CLM) of HIV Services in Sierra Leone - apply by July 19

Maternal and Child Health

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health Supplement: Action Plans for Infant Health Equity - apply by June 23

EMSC State Partnership Rural Expansion Program - apply by June 25

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula - apply by June 30

Healthy Start Supplement: Community-Based Doulas - apply by June 30

Pediatric Audiology Competitive Supplement to Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) - apply by July 1

State Systems Development Initiative - Maternal Health Enhancement Supplement - apply by July 2

American Rescue Plan Act - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access – New Area Expansion - apply by July 6

Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network - apply by July 8

Maternal and Child Health Services - apply by September 1


Rural Health

Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence Program - apply by June 23

Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program - apply by June 25

Rural Behavioral Health Workforce Centers – Northern Border Region - apply by June 28

Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program - apply by July 9

View All Funding Opportunities