New HRSA Study on Children’s Mental Health, Nurse Corps Scholarship Programs, and more

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

March 17, 2022

New HRSA Study in JAMA Pediatrics Shows Significant Increases in Children Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions from 2016 to 2020

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Findings Show Number of Children Diagnosed with Anxiety or Depression Grew by Nearly 30%,
 Underscoring Importance of Administration’s Efforts to Strengthen Mental Health.

March 14 - A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) study published in the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA Pediatrics exit disclaimer icon reports significant increases in the number of children diagnosed with mental health conditions. The study, conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), finds that between 2016 and 2020, the number of children ages 3-17 years diagnosed with anxiety grew by 29 percent and those with depression by 27 percent. The findings also suggest concerning changes in child and family well-being after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the press release.

American Rescue Plan – One Year Anniversary

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With the American Rescue Plan funding, HRSA has led efforts to:

  • Provide access to COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccine administration to underserved populations across the country
  • Support health centers on the front lines
  • Strengthen and expand support for families and children, from essential supplies such as diapers, wipes and hand sanitizers to integrating mental health services into pediatric care
  • Expand and support the health care workforce

Read the HRSA American Rescue Plan fact sheet.

HRSA Recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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On March 10, we recognized National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) – an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on women and girls, and encourage discussions about HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is committed to helping women diagnosed with HIV get the care, treatment, medication, and support services they need.

In 2020, 89.4% of women receiving RWHAP HIV medical care were virally suppressed. Viral suppression among women in the RWHAP has increased significantly over the last 10 years—in 2010, 66.3% of women receiving RWHAP medical care were virally suppressed.

Our HIV/AIDS Bureau recognizes that more work still needs to be done, especially to support Black women and transgender women with HIV. However, we are proud of this progress, which we could not achieve without the dedication of RWHAP recipients, subrecipients, and stakeholders.

Access interventions and technical assistance tools.

National Poison Prevention Week

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National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) is March 20-26. It is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

HRSA funds 55 poison control centers across the U.S., as well as the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222). Over 2,000,000 poisonings occur annually, with nearly 43% of all exposures involving children younger than age 5. Two-thirds of calls to the Poison Help line are successfully resolved over the phone, preventing unnecessary visits to the hospital and reducing medical costs.

We regularly provide updates and information through public service announcements and social media on how to recognize common poison threats.

Learn more about our Poison Help program. 

Next HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) You Heard Webinar

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Please join us for our next HAB You Heard webinar on Tuesday, March 22, 2-3 p.m. ET. For the March monthly update from our HIV/AIDS Bureau, we will be joined by a special guest – our new Administrator, Carole Johnson.

The webinar will include important updates about the 2022 National Ryan White Conference, highlight the third anniversary of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative, and highlight progress and innovation in HIV care and treatment as we enter year three of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar is open to all Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff.


Provider Relief Fund Reporting Period 2

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The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal will close on Thursday, March 31 for Reporting Period 2. Providers who received one or more PRF payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, during the second Payment Received Period must report on their use of funds no later than Thursday, March 31. To get started, they must register in the Portal (if not yet completed). More information and resources can be found on the PRF Reporting webpage.

Technical Assistance Session: Tuesday, March 22, 3 p.m. ET. Register.

Bureau of Health Workforce Virtual All Grantee and Stakeholder Meeting

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Join our Bureau of Health Workforce’s (BHW) first ever virtual all grantee and stakeholder meeting April 5-6, noon-4:45 pm ET. The meeting brings together HRSA health workforce grant recipients, stakeholders, and federal staff to collaborate and discuss ways we can work together to effectively implement health workforce priorities and use innovative approaches to address community health needs.


Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application Open

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Eligible nurses can now apply to our Nurse Corps Scholarship Program. In exchange for two years of service in a critical shortage facility, scholars receive tuition assistance and more. Check out program and eligibility details and apply now.

Due Date: Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. ET

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

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Our 2022 Scholarship Program application cycle is open through Thursday, May 5, to eligible medical, dental, nursing, and physician assistant students. With additional funds available, the program expects to award a significant number of scholars in 2022.

Medical, dental, and nursing students interested in practicing in high-need communities are eligible to receive payment for tuition, fees, and other educational costs, as well as a stipend for living costs. After completion of their health professions program and any approved postgraduate training, providers serve at least two years at NHSC-approved sites in underserved rural, urban, and tribal communities.

Funding is available for up to four years.

Due Date: Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. ET.

National Health Service Corps New Site Application Open

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Eligible health care facilities can now apply for approval as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC) site. NHSC-approved sites with an inactive status may also apply to recertify their approved status during the open cycle. Eligibility includes health care sites that provide outpatient, ambulatory, and primary health care services (medical, dental, and behavioral health) to populations residing in high-need urban, tribal, and rural areas. Additional, eligible site types include facilities providing general substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program, or an opioid treatment program (OTP).

Due Date: Tuesday, May 10, 11:59 p.m. ET.

2022 National Ryan White Conference Is Going Virtual

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Our HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is excited to share the 2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment (NRWC) is going virtual!

Due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, HAB has decided to transition from a hybrid model format and will host the 2022 NRWC virtually.

The conference dates will remain August 23-26, 2022. The health, well-being, and safety of all of our attendees is the top priority for our leadership. The virtual format will allow for unlimited conference registration.

This means all Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients, providers, stakeholders, federal partners and staff, planning council members, and people with HIV will have an opportunity to participate. Conference registration will open in late March.

Learn more about the 2022 National Ryan White Conference.

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  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Poison Prevention Week (20-26)
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (10)
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (20)
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (21-27)

Funding Opportunities


Health Workforce

Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program - apply by March 22

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program - apply by March 31

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) Limited Existing Geographic Service Areas - apply by March 31

Telehealth Strategies to Maximize HIV Care - apply by April 8

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part B States/Territories Supplemental Grant Program - apply by May 9

Maternal and Child Health

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

MCH Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Network (AYAH-RN) - apply by March 29

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

Infant-Toddler Court Program – National Resource Center - apply by May 4

Infant-Toddler Court Program – State Awards - apply by May 4

Early Childhood Developmental Health Systems: Evidence to Impact - apply by May 10

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program - apply by March 22

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

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

View All Funding Opportunities