New Actions to Combat COVID-19, American Rescue Plan Rural Funding, Workforce Expansion in Rural and Underserved Communities, and more

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

 December 2, 2021

Join Us in Observing World AIDS Day

diana espinosa

A letter from Diana Espinosa, HRSA Acting Administrator

December 1 - Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) commemorates World AIDS Day. It is a day when we honor those who have died from HIV/AIDS as well as the millions of people with HIV in the United States and across the globe. This year’s theme is, Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.

Read Diana Espinosa's letter.

President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans Against the Delta and Omicron Variants

White House image

New Actions Aim to Get Americans Boosted for Even Greater Protection Against the Delta and Omicron Variants, Keep Schools and Businesses Open, and Help Quickly Respond to Surges if Needed During the Colder Months

Today, President Biden will announce new actions to combat COVID-19 as the United States heads into the winter months and with the emergence of a new variant, Omicron.

Read the White House fact sheet.

Biden-Harris Administration Begins Distributing American Rescue Plan Rural Funding to Support Providers Impacted by Pandemic

overland shot of rural farmland

November 23 –  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), began distributing $7.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to providers and suppliers who serve rural Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries. The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to providing much-needed relief to rural providers who historically operate on thin margins and have had their financial challenges further exacerbated during the pandemic. The average payment being announced today is approximately $170,700, with payments ranging from $500 to approximately $43 million. More than 40,000 providers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and six territories will receive ARP Rural payments.

Read the release.

HHS Announces Record Health Care Workforce Awards in Rural and Underserved Communities

kamala harris

November 22 –  Vice President Harris announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has awarded the largest field strength in history for its health workforce loan repayment and scholarship programs thanks to a new $1.5 billion investment, including $1 billion in supplemental American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding and other mandatory and annual appropriations. More than 22,700 primary care clinicians now serve in the nation’s underserved tribal, rural and urban communities, including nearly 20,000 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) members, more than 2,500 Nurse Corps nurses, and approximately 250 awardees under a new program, the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees these critical programs.

Read the press release and the White House fact sheet.

Booster Messaging Toolkit: We Can Do This

we can do this campaign logo

HHS expanded its toolkit for community messaging to include new materials you can use to educate your community about who is eligible for a booster (all adults!) and when they are eligible. Share these print and digital outreach resources for COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

HHS expects to soon make these materials available in Spanish.

RECAP – National Rural Health Day

rural health day tile graphic

ICYMI we celebrated National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 18. This year’s theme focused on highlighting strategies to achieve health equity in rural America. Browse recorded webinars from National Rural Health Day 2021 and find other useful resources.

We will continue to celebrate rural communities year-round. Visit the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to learn more.

COVID-19’s Effect on Access to Care, Telehealth for Underserved Populations

physician using telehealth with older adult minority patients

Register for the Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center webinar on Thursday, December 16, 1-2 p.m. ET

This webinar, COVID-19’s Effect on Access to Care for Underserved Populations: An Examination of Telehealth and Provider Attrition, explores the use of telehealth and general access to care for underserved populations both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

EnRICH Webinar: How to Write a Competitive Research Proposal

close up of woman writing in notebook while typing on laptop

Our Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) seeks to achieve health equity. We recognize that some researchers face challenges in submitting competitive applications.

To overcome these challenges and attract robust applications from diverse and under-represented researchers at institutions of higher learning, our next Engaging Research Innovations & Challenges (EnRICH) webinar focuses on "Grant Writing Basics 2: Aligning with MCHB's Strategic Plan, Preparing a Budget, and Understanding the HRSA grant review process".

Webinar Date: Wednesday, December 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ETRegister

DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program

DATA 2000 system thumbnail

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. 

About $1.4 million in program funding remains available and will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. We strongly encourage applicants to apply before Friday, December 31, 2021 to get ahead of the transition from DUNS to UEI numbers.

For more information, view the video and FAQs.

image of a calendar


  • World AIDS Day (1) 
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week (5-11) 

Funding Opportunities


Health Centers

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

Fiscal Year 2022 Health Center Controlled Networks - apply by January 4

Health Workforce

National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program – apply by December 2

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

Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program - apply by January 24

Centers of Excellence (COE) - apply by January 31

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities - apply by January 31

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Programs – apply by February 3

Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene - apply by February 7

Dental Clinician Educator Career Development Program - apply by February 14

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

Health Systems

Community-Based Workforce to Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence - apply by December 10


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

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Access, Care, and Engagement Technical Assistance Center (ACE TA Center) - apply by January 21

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Capacity-Building Provider - apply by January 25

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Evaluation Provider - apply by January 25 

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Demonstration Sites - apply by January 25

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY) Existing Geographic Service Areas - apply by January 28

Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Evaluation Provider - apply by February 23

Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program – Implementation and Technical Assistance Provider - apply by February 23

Maternal and Child Health

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

Emergency Medical Services for Children Data Center - apply by January 18

Regional Hemophilia Network - apply by January 24

National Hemophilia Program Coordinating Center - apply by January 24

Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR) - apply by January 26

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program - apply by February 1

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Prevention - apply by February 3

National Fetal, Infant, and Child Death Review Center - apply by February 16

Home Visiting Research and Development Platform - apply by February 22

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Veterans Health Access Program - apply by December 10

Rural Residency Planning and Development Program - apply by December 21

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

Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program - apply by January 25

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program - apply by January 28

View All Funding Opportunities