New Administrator Carole Johnson Joins HRSA, $48 Million to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities, Newly Published Year in Review, and more

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

January 6, 2022

Message From Our New Administrator Carole Johnson

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Dear Friends:

I am Carole Johnson, and this week, I am joining HRSA as the Administrator.  I am especially delighted to join HRSA in this role, having spent time earlier in my career as part of the agency’s health care workforce team.  Returning to HRSA as Administrator is an honor, and I look forward to working each day with the incredibly committed staff, grantees and partners who make up the HRSA community.  I want to share my appreciation for Deputy Administrator Diana Espinosa’s dedication to the communities that HRSA serves and leadership as Acting Administrator over the past year.

Like you, I am deeply committed to HRSA’s mission of improving health outcomes and achieving health equity.  I have seen firsthand HRSA’s tireless efforts to provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccination and services and to support health care providers struggling with the financial impacts of the pandemic through my work with the White House COVID-19 Response Team.  As Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, which provides health care and social services to one-in-five New Jerseyans, I saw the impact of HRSA programs on ensuring access to affordable primary care, supporting health professionals who serve in underserved communities, and reducing disparities in infant and maternal health outcomes and HIV care.  I have also had the opportunity to work closely with HRSA and others inside and outside of government on implementing the Affordable Care Act and combatting the opioid epidemic.

It’s an extraordinary list of services and supports that this team delivers in communities across the country, and it only happens with the help and partnership of so many community leaders.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback on how we can become an even stronger agency as we work to advance health equity and improve access to care and services for those who need it most.

With best wishes for the new year,

Carole Johnson

HHS Announces Availability of Nearly $48 Million to Increase the Public Health Workforce in Rural and Tribal Communities

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December 23 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, is announcing the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community-based organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training, and placement. Awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19 as well as health information technology (IT) needs and other key workforce issues.

This notice of funding opportunity builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s recent historic workforce announcement of awarding the largest field strength in history for its health workforce loan repayment and scholarship programs.

Read the press release.

Year in Review and Agency Overview

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We have published our 2021 Year in Review and Agency Overview. Find out how we responded to COVID-19 and how our programs improve tens of millions of American lives. Learn about the reach and impact of our programs. 

Patient-Centered Medical Home Health Equity Technical Assistance Symposium

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Our Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) invites anyone who may be interested to join its upcoming Patient-Centered Medical Home Health Equity Technical Assistance Symposium on Monday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 1, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET.

Participants will hear about and discuss best practices and lessons learned from peers and experts in the fields of health equity, quality improvement, and accreditation/recognition.

Register with key, PCMH2022

Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal Open

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The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) reporting portal is open for providers required to report on PRF payments during Reporting Period 2. The portal will remain open until Thursday, March 31. Learn more about reporting requirements.

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Extends Application Cycle

We are extending the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (NC LRP) application cycle to Thursday, January 27. We plan to award more clinicians than ever before. Visit our Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program webpage for more details.

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New Study Finds That More Than 1 in 4 Households Delayed or Missed Children’s Preventive Checkups Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Public Health Reports published a new study by our Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) researchers, Missed and Delayed Preventive Health Care Visits Among US Children Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Using data from the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey collected in April/May 2021, the researchers estimated the prevalence of missed, skipped, or delayed preventive checkups among households with children in the previous 12 months. They found that about 26% of these households had at least one or more children (< 18 years old) who had missed or delayed their preventive visit because of the pandemic.

Find out the most common reasons for missed/delayed preventive health care visits, variations between states, socioeconomic differences, and more. 

Women’s Health Leadership Series – Cervical Health Awareness Month Webinar

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Throughout 2021, our stakeholders and staff have continued to innovate and persevere. Our Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is honoring this by continuing the Women’s Health Leadership Series of webinars to highlight innovative women’s health practices by and for HRSA-funded and other safety net settings of care.

Our Office of Global Health will join our Office of Women's Health to kick off 2022 by honoring Cervical Health Awareness Month with a new webinar, the Current State of Cervical Health Domestically and Internationally: An Opportunity for Knowledge Exchange and Bidirectional Learning.

Join us on Thursday, January 20, 10-11:00 a.m. ET to hear about the Cervical Cancer Moonshot Project spurred by OWH. Learn from U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) HRSA-funded global implementing partners, understand recent innovations in cervical health, and more. For questions or follow-up, contact HRSA OWH.

Open for Comment— Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication Panel's Draft Report

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The NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) is seeking comment on the draft report from an independent panel at its recent Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication.

The report summarizes the workshop discussions and identifies future research priorities. Comments on the draft report will be accepted through Friday, February 4. Please reference the corresponding line number in the report for each comment and submit all comments to

Analysis by our Office for the Advancement of Telehealth shows that nearly every part of HRSA is supporting provider-to-provider projects. 

Protecting Long-Term Care Residents Through the Pandemic

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Residents in long-term care facilities face a higher risk in contracting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. Nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, and intermediate care facilities account for about 31% of all COVID deaths, although their residents account for just under 3% of the U.S. population.

Early in the pandemic, individuals entering long-term care facilities from other locations, such as staff or family and other visitors, were identified as a significant source of infection as the virus spread from surrounding communities and other health care facilities. As the pandemic continues, learn how lawmakers are exploring ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities and safeguard the health of residents by modifying various requirements for staff and visitors while balancing residents’ social and support needs.

HRSA’s National Organizations of State and Local Officials Cooperative Agreement provided support for this National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) resource.

NIH Report: Oral Health in America

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Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges is a culmination of two years of research and writing by over 400 contributors. As a follow up to the Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health in America, this report explores the nation's oral health over the last 20 years.

View a video message from National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Director Dr. Rena D’Souza, who shares highlights of the landmark report. 

Resources About COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

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Share outreach resources from the HHS toolkit for community messaging to include new materials. You can use the materials to educate your community about COVID-19 vaccine boosters.

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  • Cervical Health Awareness Month 
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Funding Opportunities


Health Centers

Fiscal Year 2022 Health Center Controlled Networks - apply by February 1

Service Area Competition (HRSA-22-008) - apply by February 7

Service Area Competition-Additional Areas: Lexington, KY and Worcester, MA (HRSA-22-125) - apply by February 7

Health Workforce

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program - apply by January 27

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) - apply by January 27

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

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-Mobile Health Training Program (NEPQR-MHTP) - apply by February 22

Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program - apply by March 22

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


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

Integrating the National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform into Health Care Professions Programs - apply by February 7

National HIV Curriculum e-Learning Platform: Enhancements and Operations - apply by February 7

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program - apply by February 15

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

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

Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Coordinating Center) - apply by March 7

Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Demonstration Projects) - apply by March 7

MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN) - apply by March 15

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Research Network - apply by April 4

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Residency Planning and Development Program - apply by January 11

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

Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Recipients Cooperative Agreement - apply by February 28

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program- Emergency Medical Services Competing Supplement - apply by March 4

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Behavioral Health Care Technical Assistance - apply by March 9

Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Program - apply by March 18

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program - apply by March 21

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