HRSA Makes $25 Million Available to Reduce Health Disparities in Maternal Health Care, CDC Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Boosters for Pediatric Patients, and more

October 20, 2022

HIV Clinicians Come Together for 2022 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinical Conference

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From Sunday, October 16 - Tuesday, October 18, approximately 400 HIV clinicians from Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program- (RWHAP) funded clinics and programs across the country convened for the 2022 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Clinical Conference in San Diego, CA. The annual event provided state-of-the-art updates on research, care, and treatment in the medical management of HIV for experienced HIV clinical decision makers, including medical directors, HIV physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Our HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Associate Administrator Dr. Laura Cheever co-chaired the three-day 2022 RWHAP Clinical Conference, which was sponsored by the International Antiviral Society-USA and supported by HRSA HAB. This year’s conference was coordinated by the RWHAP AIDS Education and Training Center Program clinician training network. Sessions from the conference were recorded and will be made available in the coming weeks.

View more information about the 2022 RWHAP Clinical Conference.

HRSA Makes $25 Million Available to Reduce Health Disparities in Maternal Health Care

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We recently made available up to $25 million for HRSA-funded health centers to increase equitable access to maternal health care in underserved communities.

Award recipients will develop and pilot innovative models of care delivery to improve health outcomes and address clinical and health-related social needs for patients at the highest risk of maternal morbidity and mortality.

This funding will advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis by ensuring better access to comprehensive, coordinated health care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. 

Read more in the bulletin published by our Bureau of Primary Health Care.

CDC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Boosters for Pediatric Patients

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On Wednesday, October 12, CDC recommended the following bivalent booster shots for COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech booster for patients ages 5-11.
  • Moderna booster for patients ages 6-17.

This recommendation follows FDA's authorization of these products on Wednesday, October 12.

HRSA-Funded Research Examines Postpartum Care Disparities

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New HRSA-funded research from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center examined how postpartum care differed across health insurance type, rural versus urban residence, and race and ethnicity.

The results, based on a survey of  138,073 patients and published in JAMA Health Forum, suggest that inequities in postpartum care are extensive and provide insight for health care organizations and policymakers addressing inequities in care.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Observes National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

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On Saturday, October 15, our Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program observed National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD).

NLAAD recognizes the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic/Latino persons in the U.S., and it is an important opportunity to promote HIV testing, education, care, and treatment among Hispanic/Latino communities.

Nearly 24% of RWHAP clients are Hispanic/Latino people, and among Hispanic/Latino RWHAP clients receiving HIV medical care, more than 91% are virally suppressed, meaning they cannot sexually transmit HIV to their partner.

Learn more about resources available to support the Hispanic/Latino community.

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  • Bullying Prevention Month 
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct. 15) 
  • Child Health Day (3) 

Funding Opportunities


Health Workforce

Geriatrics Academic Career Awards - apply by November 3

Primary Care Training and Enhancement - Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health (PCTE-RTMB) - apply by November 15

Preventive Medicine Residency - apply by November 21

NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program – apply by December 1

Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program - apply by December 12

Health Centers

Service Area Competition (HRSA-23-023) - apply by November 14

Quality Improvement Fund – Maternal Health - apply by December 5

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Evaluation Cooperative Agreement - apply by October 31

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) - apply by November 8

Rural Health Network Development Program - apply by November 22

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program - apply by January 6

Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program - apply by January 27



Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program - apply by December 16

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Integrated HIV/AIDS Planning and Resource Allocation Cooperative Agreement - apply by January 19

Maternal and Child Health

Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership - apply by November 7

National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center - apply by November 16

Infant, Child, and Adolescent Preventive Services (ICAPS) Program with Additional Funding for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Activities -  apply by December 14

Family Engagement and Leadership in Systems of Care - apply by January 3

Children’s Safety Network - apply by January 4

View All Funding Opportunities