Additional Provider Relief Fund Payments Distributed, Critical COVID-19 Resources for Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, and more

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

February 3, 2022

HHS Announces Availability of $19.2 million to Expand Training of Primary Care Residents in Rural and Underserved Communities

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February 3 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing the availability of $19.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support and expand community-based primary care residency programs. Awardees will use this funding to train residents to provide quality care to diverse populations and communities, particularly in underserved and rural areas. 

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to expanding the pipeline of health care providers in areas that have been hit hard by the pandemic and are experiencing physician shortages,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding provides our primary care workforce with opportunities to train in areas where they can make a profound impact, and is one of the many steps we’re taking to address long-standing health disparities.”

Read the press release.

HRSA Takes Action to Fight the Pandemic, Improve Health Outcomes, and Promote Health Equity

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HRSA continues to improve health outcomes in underserved communities, promote health equity, and support the health workforce. Some of the actions we took include:

  • $103 million in American Rescue Plan funding awarded to 45 grantees to improve the retention of health care workers and help respond to the nation’s critical staffing needs by reducing burnout and promoting mental health and wellness among the health care workforce.
  • More than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country.
  • Updating the comprehensive preventive care and screening guidelines for women and for infants, children, and adolescents that, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), certain group health plans and insurance issuers must cover with no out-of-pocket cost.

Read the full list of actions.

HHS Distributing $2 Billion More in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

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With this funding, more than $18 billion will have been distributed from the Provider Relief Fund and the American Rescue Plan Rural provider funding in the last three months. 

January 25 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making more than $2 billion in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 7,600 providers across the country this week. These payments come on the heels of the nearly $9 billion in funding that was already released by HHS in December 2021. With today’s announcement, a total of nearly $11 billion in PRF Phase 4 payments has now been distributed to more than 74,000 providers in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and five territories. This is in addition to HRSA’s distribution of American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments totaling nearly $7.5 billion in funding to more than 43,000 providers in December 2021.

Read the press release.

Biden-Harris Administration Awards $103 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Reduce Burnout and Promote Mental Health and Wellness Among Health Care Workforce

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January 20 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announced $103 million in awards to improve the retention of health care workers and help respond to the nation’s critical staffing needs by reducing burnout and promoting mental health and wellness among the health care workforce. These awards will fund evidence-informed programs, practices and training, with a specific focus on providers in underserved and rural communities. The funds, secured through the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, will be disbursed to 45 grantees.

“I have traveled to many health centers across the country and know that the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified issues that have long been a source of stress for frontline health care workers — from increased patient volumes to long working hours,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to ensuring we have enough critical frontline workers by supporting health care providers now and beyond as they face burnout and mental health challenges. We will continue to promote the well-being of those who have made so many sacrifices to keep others well.”

Read the press release.

Biden-Harris Administration Distributes Critical COVID-19 Resources

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The Biden-Harris Administration is working to distribute critical COVID-19 resources to HRSA-supported health centers and Medicare-certified Rural Health Clinics across the country. Building on the success of the HRSA Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, HRSA recently added programs to increase access to COVID-19 testing supplies, therapeutics, and N95 masks – ensuring equitable access to tools that can mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Learn more:

HRSA Observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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On Monday, February 7, our HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to increase HIV awareness, education, testing, community engagement, and treatment in Black communities across the country.

Our Ryan White National HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) provides HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support service for more than half a million people with HIV—approximately half of all people with diagnosed HIV in the United States. In 2020, nearly three-quarters of the more than half a million clients served by the RWHAP were from racial/ethnic minority populations, with more than 46 percent of clients identifying as Black/African American. A record-high 86.7% of Black/African American clients receiving care through the RWHAP were virally suppressed in 2020.

The RWHAP continues to focus efforts on key populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV, including Blacks/African Americans, especially among young Black/African American men who have sex with men, and young Black women. The goal is to ensure individuals in these key populations are getting tested for HIV, and getting access to necessary care, treatment, and medication if they test positive for HIV.

Learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

National Donor Day

National Donor Day

February 14 is National Donor Day! Show your love and sign up online as an organ, eye, and tissue donor. One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 individuals!

Improving Access to Oral Health Services

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Join us Wednesday, February 9, from 2-3 p.m. ET where we’ll focus on enabling dental therapy practice to improve access to oral health services.

Listen in on a robust conversation ranging from origins of the workplace to training and practice to legislation and standardization.


The Role of Telehealth in Expanding Access to Care and Social Services

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Join our Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Region 1 on Tuesday, February 8 at 12 p.m. ET for a webinar on telehealth and the impact of Community Health Workers. Presenters will describe:

  • Unique challenges rural communities face in accessing specialty care and comprehensive services
  • The role of Community Health Workers in rural communities and how they can help navigate health-related social needs and resources to support chronic care management and behavioral health interventions
  • Lessons learned in implementing and sustaining Community Health Worker programs


Advancing Health Equity among the Hispanic Population Learning Series

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Our Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs is hosting a Spanish learning series on Advancing Health Equity among Hispanic/Latino Populations.

The next webinar on Wednesday, February 16 at 1 p.m. ET will focus on digital health literacy resources and best practices. The webinar will be broadcast in Spanish with live language interpretation to English. 

Presenters from Jefferson Health New Jersey, Community Health Center Inc., and the Connecticut River Valley Farmworker Health Program will:

  • Explain the importance of digital health literacy, digital equity, and telehealth in improving access to care in underserved communities
  • Describe barriers to digital health literacy in Hispanic/Latino communities
  • Identify best practices and resources to advance digital health literacy


FACT SHEET: Health Workforce – 2021 HRSA Highlights

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Learn how we provide relief to help:

  • Recruit and retain personnel during the pandemic
  • Support and build the health workforce
  • Promote health equity and more

Check out our latest fact sheet.

Maximizing New Opportunities to Address the Mental Health Crisis

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States now have an unprecedented opportunity to enhance and modernize their behavioral health crisis systems by leveraging new Medicaid funding options.

The COVID-19 crisis, coupled with skyrocketing overdose deaths and suicide risk, has put state crisis systems in the spotlight as never before. The roll out of a national 988 call number for behavioral health crisis will bring further attention and traffic. Leveraging Medicaid funding can help states build out sustainable crisis systems that can respond to growing challenges.

To learn more, read the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) blog

HRSA’s National Organizations of State and Local Officials Cooperative Agreement provided support for the NASHP resource.

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  • American Heart Month 
  • National Children's Dental Health Month 
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (7) 
  • National Donor Day (14) 

Funding Opportunities


Health Centers

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

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

Area Health Education Centers Program - apply by April 6

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

Health Workforce Research Center Cooperative Agreement Program - apply by April 14


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 February 4

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

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV: Demonstration Sites - apply by February 8

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

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - apply by March 11

Telehealth Strategies to Maximize HIV Care - apply by April 8

Maternal and Child Health

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Prevention - apply by February 3

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program - apply by February 15

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

Maternal and Child Environmental Health Network (MCEHN) - apply by March 28

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

Autism Single Investigator Innovation Program (Autism-SIIP) – Autism Transitions Research Project (ATRP) - apply by April 4

Autism Single Investigator Innovation Program (Autism-SIIP) – Autism Longitudinal Data Project (ALDP) - apply by April 4

American Rescue Plan Act – Pediatric Mental Health Care Access – New Area Expansion - apply by April 5

Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network 3.0 (HV CoIIN 3.0) - apply by April 6

Autism CARES Act National Interdisciplinary Training Resource Center - apply by April 7

Catalyst for Infant Health Equity - apply by April 19

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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 Health and Economic Development Analysis - apply by March 8

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

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program - apply by April 5

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Behavioral Health Care Support - apply by April 19

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