Scope of Project Webpage, ARP-Capital Progress Reports, and More! HRSA PHC Digest

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HRSA BPHC Primary Health Care Digest

December 28, 2021


Tour the Scope of Project Webpage
HRSA recently rolled out a newly designed Scope of Project webpage.

We created a short video to help orient you to the new layout and content.


This Week: Changes for Health Center COVID-19 Survey
A reminder of the changes coming with the survey you’ll receive this week:

  • The December 31 survey will be sent on Thursday, December 30, due to the federal holiday. The survey time period will be the same as always (it will cover Saturday, December 18, through Friday, December 31).

  • This survey will include questions for all health centers asking about their participation in the Testing Supply Program and, if they’re participating, their distribution of the test kits.
    • We’ll ask how many test kits you distributed.
    • We’ll ask how you distributed those test kits (e.g., at vaccination clinics, at your health centers, through direct outreach to special populations).

We will update the Survey User Guide by noon on Thursday, December 30.


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What's New

Deadline Change: Fiscal Year 2021 American Rescue Plan - Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements Progress Report
The first quarterly progress report for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 American Rescue Plan Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements (ARP-Capital, C8E) is due Tuesday, February 15, 2022. It will open in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The reporting period for this first quarterly report is Wednesday, September 15, to Friday, December 31. Visit HRSA’s website for more information about the FY 2021 ARP-Capital funding and technical assistance (TA) resources.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Equity Technical Assistance Symposium
Thank you to all the health centers who submitted abstracts for the symposium. We have contacted all submitters to confirm whether their abstract was accepted.

You can still register for the symposium—and encourage others to as well! Participants will have the opportunity to hear about and discuss best practices and lessons learned from peers and experts in the fields of health equity, quality improvement, and accreditation/recognition.

Monday, January 31, and
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here, using key: PCMH2022

Financial and Operational Benchmarking Trends and Techniques
Speakers will share a data-based framework for identifying financial strengths and challenges for health center performance improvement. This webinar is based on Capital Link’s just-released Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Financial and Operational Performance Analysis and Rural FQHC Financial and Operational Performance Analysis. Using benchmarking and comparative metrics from Capital Link’s audited financial database and UDS data, speakers will highlight the variances between rural, urban, and national FQHC performance, as well as selected target benchmarks that support long-term financial sustainability.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Capital Link is a HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partner (NTTAP).

Quarterly 340B Program Registration
Quarterly 340B Program site registration is open from January 1 to 15, 2022. Health centers will be able to register a site that has been verified as implemented and with a site status reflected as “active” in EHBs Form 5B through Friday, February 25, 2022. After that date, the system will close to prepare for the April 1, 2022, start.

Email the 340B Prime Vendor Program or call 888-340-2787 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET) to register a new site or ask questions. You will need to provide the following information when calling:

  • Health center name.
  • Site/clinic name.
  • Site IDs for all sites.
  • HRSA/BPHC grant number.
  • Contact name and email address.
  • Authorizing official name and email address.

The authorizing official will receive an email message that the account is unlocked and a registration may be submitted.

Open Enrollment Period on
The Marketplace Open Enrollment Period on is now open and will remain so until Saturday, January 15, 2022. Learn more.


HRSA Health Center COVID-19 Therapeutics Program
The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to ensuring our nation's underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 have equitable access to FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 treatments, such as oral antiviral pills. HRSA, in conjunction with our HHS partners, is launching a program to directly allocate a limited supply of several oral antiviral pills for the outpatient treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 to approximately 200 HRSA-supported health centers initially. As supply increases, HHS and HRSA plan to expand the program to additional health centers in the coming months. Read more.

Testing Supply Program

HRSA COVID-19 Testing Supply Program: Order TODAY!
HRSA-supported health centers (HRSA-funded health centers and Health Center Program look-alikes) and Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics are invited to join the HRSA COVID-19 Testing Supply Program to order free, FDA-authorized COVID-19 at-home self-test kits for distribution at no cost to their patients and communities.

We’re continuing to onboard health centers into the program. Order by 11:59 p.m. your local time TODAY (Tuesday, December 28). The next order cycle deadline is 11:59 p.m. your local time on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Subsequent orders may be placed by 11:59 p.m. your local time on each weekly Tuesday (e.g. Tuesday, January 11, 2022; Tuesday, January 18, 2022).

Advancing Health Center & School Partnerships to Improve COVID-19 Vaccination Administration for Children and Adolescents
This short TA document developed by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) provides tips and promising practices for health centers partnering with schools to vaccinate the pediatric and adolescent populations, with a focus on COVID-19 vaccinations. NACHC is a HRSA-funded NTTAP.

Health Centered On

Health centers across the nation have distinguished themselves in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a recent example:

Reaching the Latino Community in Rural Idaho
In order to reach some of southwest Idaho's most rural residents, Terry Reilly Health Services (Nampa, ID) has been sending its mobile vaccination team into nearby communities to offer vaccines. Their focus has been on improving access to the vaccine among the underserved, including members of the local Latino community.

Clinics have taken place at senior centers, schools, farms, food processing plants, and a variety of workplaces, according to Heidi Hart, CEO of Terry Reilly, with a particular focus on reaching Latino communities through partnerships. For example, the health center has partnered with the Consulate of Mexico in Boise. As Mexican nationals visit the Consulate building, they are offered information and resources on getting vaccinated. The Consulate also partnered with Terry Reilly to host a COVID-19 vaccination day earlier this year.

Terry Reilly Health Services

As a result of their diverse outreach efforts, Terry Reilly has delivered more than 21,000 COVID-19 vaccines; more than a third of those who have received these vaccines identify as Hispanic.

“Participating in the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program has allowed the Terry Reilly outreach team to have the necessary vaccine on-hand to meet the ongoing demand for vaccine in our Latino and rural communities,” said Jesus Blanco, Terry Reilly’s outreach manager. “We’ve also increased our visibility and been able to connect people to additional health services.”

Learn more about Terry Reilly’s work.

Share Your Story

Please share stories profiling the diverse ways your health center is addressing COVID-19. We are especially seeking stories profiling the ways your health center is holding Family Vaccination Days. See our December 10 bulletin for information about the White House’s announcement of Family Vaccination Days.

Send your story to our Health Center Stories inbox and you may see your story featured in this newsletter, on Today with Macrae webcasts, or via HRSA social media. If sharing a photo, please include a high-resolution image along with the names of everyone in the picture and make sure each person has signed a HRSA Photo Release Form.

Behavioral Health

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
HRSA will make approximately 50 awards of $1 million each to rural communities to enhance prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorder. Eligible applicants are domestic public, private, and nonprofit entities that can deliver services in HRSA-designated rural areas, particularly for populations that have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes. See “Related Documents” in for more information. Applications are due by Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Talking about the Link between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Overdose, and Suicide
CDC announced a new website, developed in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, intended to increase awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their connection to high rates of overdose and suicide. It explains how exposure to certain events and conditions in childhood have lasting effects on health, well-being, and prosperity far into adulthood.


The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), a HRSA-funded NTTAP, presents several learning collaboratives:

  • Frequent Users Systems Engagement
    CSH’s Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) approach is a proven model identifying frequent users of hospitals, jails, shelters, and/or other crisis public services and then improving their lives through supportive housing. For health centers that are screening and documenting for social determinants of health (SDOH), FUSE provides a pathway to use health and other system data. Apply by 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, January 14, 2022.

  • Understanding Non-Clinical and Housing Case Management Staff Roles in Diabetes Prevention and Diabetes Prevention Support
    Health centers serving people experiencing homelessness should join to explore effective strategies for diabetes prevention and self-management in non-clinic settings. Learn what housing case managers require to support continued diabetes prevention care and management. Apply by Friday, January 14, 2022.

  • Health and Housing Partnerships Capital Expansion
    Health centers interested in expanding their health services in collaboration with housing partners should join this opportunity. It will bring together a peer group of health centers to exchange expertise and solutions related to health and housing capital development. Apply by Friday, January 21, 2022. Learn more at a webinar:

    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
    Register here

The SDOH Academy Innovations Showcase Competition: Helping Health Centers Build Healthier Communities
The SDOH Academy* is holding a multi-part interactive activity for health centers to improve how they address SDOH by participating in a combination of training modules and an innovations showcase. Learn more at a kick-off webinar:

Thursday, January 13, 2022
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

*The SDOH Academy was founded by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP), a HRSA-funded NTTAP.

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Training & Technical Assistance


Visit the training calendar to learn details about or register for events.


Better Assess Your Community Using the UDS Mapper
Thursday, January 6, 2022
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Center Controlled Network Notice of Funding Opportunity Q&A Session
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
If you prefer to join by phone: 833 568 8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 160 639 5556

Financial and Operational Benchmarking Trends and Techniques
Hosted by Capital Link, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health and Housing Partnerships Capital Expansion
Hosted by CSH, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, January 13, 2022
1:30-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Dashboarding Social Needs Data: Support Population Health and Advance Equitable Care through Visual Display of Social Determinants of Health
Hosted by the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, January 13, 2022
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The SDOH Academy Innovations Showcase Competition: Helping Health Centers Build Healthier Communities
Hosted by The SDOH Academy, which was founded by NCMLP, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, January 13, 2022
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Processing Trauma and Moral Injury through COVID-19
Part of the Medical Ethics in a COVID Aware World: Listening Session Series
Hosted by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC), a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Friday, January 14, 2022
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

A Deep Dive on Laying the Foundation and Funding the Model: Session 1 in the Medical-Legal Partnership in Health Centers Toolkit Webinar Series
Hosted by NCMLP, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see series information)

Promoting Safety in Street Outreach
Hosted by NHCHC, a HRSA-funded NTTAP
Thursday, January 20, 2022
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Health Center Clinician Office Hours: Leveraging Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder Care
Hosted by HRSA and the HRSA-funded National Clinician Consultation Center
Thursday, January 20, 2022
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

UDS Mapper Advanced Topic: UDS Mapper and SDOH—Transportation
Friday, January 21, 2022
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Access details coming soon

Gender, Homelessness, and Interpersonal Violence: Building Equitable Systems to Support Survivors and Providers
Hosted by NHCHC and Health Partners on IPV + Exploitation, both HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here

Special and Vulnerable Populations COVID-19 Forum
Hosted by several HRSA-funded NTTAPs
Friday, January 28, 2022
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Register here (visit to see all dates and times)

Patient-Centered Medical Home Equity Technical Assistance Symposium
Monday, January 31, and
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET
Register here, using key: PCMH2022

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.