State Loan Repayment Programs, Provider Relief Funding, and more

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

 October 21, 2021

HHS Announces Availability of $100 Million for State Loan Repayment Programs to Support Primary Health Care Workforce in Underserved Communities

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October 14 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing the availability of $100 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for state-run programs that support, recruit, and retain primary care clinicians who live and work in underserved communities. This funding represents a five-fold increase to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), and helps improve health equity by ensuring that clinicians working in high-need communities remain in them.

HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce is accepting applications for these grants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and U.S. territories. HRSA estimates that it will make up to 50 awards of up to $1 million per year, over the program’s four-year project period.

Read the release.

Provider Relief Funding

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We are now accepting applications for $25.5 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments. 

Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 26, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Join our last technical assistance webcast 3-4 p.m. ET today.

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

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Our Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is accepting applications for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Implementation. FORHP plans to make awards of approximately 50 grants - of up to $1 million each - to enhance substance and opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery service delivery in rural communities. 

Application Due Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Public Consultation on the Draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2022-2026

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking public comment on its draft Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022-2026 that articulates how the Department will achieve its mission through five strategic goals. You can comment by email, fax, or mail through Sunday, November 7.  

  • E-mail:, please include the Objective Number in the subject line of your email.
  • Fax: (202) 690-5882
  • Mail: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Strategic Planning Team
    Attn: Strategic Plan Comments
    200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 434E
    Washington, DC 20201

New! Find a Health Center Video

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This week we released a new video, “Find a Health Center,” to increase awareness about health centers and help potential patients locate a health center near them.

Help us by sharing the video on your social media pages and with your colleagues!

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence and health care are closely linked. According to a survey of contacts with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 53% of respondents reported that an abusive partner has also controlled and/or restricted access to healthcare.

Our Office of Women’s Health and Bureau of Primary Health Care are working with the Administration of Children and Families and the National Domestic Violence Hotline to address these intersections.

Learn about other HRSA intimate partner violence work or view last year’s webinar, Sheltering in Place, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Healthcare Response.

National Bullying Prevention Month

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October is National Bullying Prevention month. To bring awareness to this issue, which affects 1 in 5 high school students, we participated in the HHS effort to highlight the role health care providers can play in identifying and addressing bullying. In a new public service announcement (PSA), Dr. Rachel Levine, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health, calls on health care providers to address and combat bullying in their communities.

Bullying can result in long-term mental and physical health problems. Helping providers intervene early and effectively is critical. Please share the PSA with relevant providers, including pediatricians, nurses, mental health professionals, and social workers.

DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payments Still Available for Rural Health Clinics

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We continue to accept applications for payment from Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) employing buprenorphine-waivered providers under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) Waiver Training Payment Program. 

The program gives RHCs the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 payment for each eligible employed provider who attained a DATA 2000 waiver on or after January 1, 2019.  Approximately $1.5 million in program funding remains available for RHCs and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

We are collaborating with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to process these applications. For more information, the program provides a video and FAQs.

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  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Child Health Day (4)

Funding Opportunities


Health Centers

Service Area Competition-Additional Areas: Colebrook, NH and San Juan, PR - apply by October 25

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-007) - apply by November 1

Fiscal Year 2022 Ending the HIV Epidemic – Primary Care HIV Prevention - apply by December 14

Health Workforce

National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program – apply by November 4

Primary Care Training and Enhancement - Physician Assistant Rural Training (PCTE-PAR) Program - apply by December 9

Graduate Psychology Education Program - apply by December 9

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) - apply by January 13

State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) - apply by April 8


AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funds (ERF) - apply by October 25

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program HIV Care Grant Program – Part B States/Territories Formula and AIDS Drug Assistance Program Formula and ADAP Supplemental Awards  - apply by November 8

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program Training and Technical Assistance - apply by November 22

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: Limited Existing Geographic Service Areas - apply by December 10

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Early Intervention Services Program: New Geographic Service Areas - apply by December 10

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation Award – General Data/Technology Innovations (Track One) - apply by November 26

ARP Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation Award – COVID-19 Related Data/Technology Innovations (Track Two) - apply by November 26

Family-to-Family Health Information Centers - apply by January 5

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Veterans Health Access Program - apply by December 10

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation - apply by January 13

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