HHS Awards Nearly $245 Million to Support Youth Mental Health and Help the Health Care Workforce Meet Families’ Mental Health Needs and more

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January 19, 2023

TOMORROW: Administrator Johnson Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Youth Mental Health

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On Friday, January 20, HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson is hosting a mental health roundtable discussion with Dr. Lisa Barkley, Family Medicine Residency Program Director, at Charles Drew University in Los Angeles, CA.

The Roundtable will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. The discussion will focus on access for youth mental health services and behavioral health integration into primary care, and will highlight the PCTE – Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health program, as well as other HRSA-funded programs.

Watch the Roundtable Discussion HERE

Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program Now Open


The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is now open! The program offers loan repayment to registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing faculty in exchange for a two-year service commitment at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, or, for nurse faculty, an eligible school of nursing.

Additionally, the 2023 Nurse Corps LRP has special funding for nurses and nurse faculty who specialize in women’s health to combat disparities that put women at risk before, during, and after pregnancy. There is also special funding to promote the integration of mental health, substance use disorders, and other behavioral health services into primary care. Accepting applications through Thursday, February 23.

Find out more about the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program and apply now.

HHS Awards Nearly $245 Million to Support Youth Mental Health and Help the Health Care Workforce Meet Families’ Mental Health Needs

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $245 million in Bipartisan Safer Communities Act funding – $185.7 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and nearly $60 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – to support youth mental health, help the health care workforce address mental health needs, and fund other critical mental health supports. Addressing the mental health crisis is a top priority of the Biden-Harris Administration, as part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda. The bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Joe Biden in June provided HHS with vital resources to help children and families across the country.

Read the release

Agency Overview

Check out the latest Agency Overview highlighting HRSA's efforts in 2022 to deliver on the Secretary's priorities to combat COVID-19, increase equitable access to health care, and grow the health care workforce.


Reminder – Special Edition of HAB You Heard Webinar: TODAY

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Please join the first HAB You Heard Webinar of 2023 on Thursday, January 19, 3 p.m. ET. On this month’s Special Edition of the webinar, we will be joined by special guest Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the White House Mpox Response Coordinator, who will highlight important information about status neutral approach to HIV prevention and care.

The January webinar will also highlight housing and HIV awareness month, highlight a HRSA event about opportunities to apply for a federal job, share several new Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) resources, and feature two new recipient spotlight presentations. This monthly update from the HIV/AIDS Bureau is open to all RWHAP recipients and health centers, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff.

Register for the webinar.

Asking for Your Input

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HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Healthy Start Initiative seeks the perspectives of Healthy Start grantees, community members, people with lived experience, health care providers, community health workers, birthing people, parents and other members of the public to inform future Healthy Start program development. This community-based program is dedicated to reducing disparities in maternal and infant health.

Read the Federal Register Notice and submit comments to MCHBHealthyStart@hrsa.gov no later than Friday, February 3.

Advancing Health Equity among Hispanic/Latino Populations


HRSA’s Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs invites you to the first session of our learning series on “Advancing Health Equity among Hispanic/Latino Populations” on Tuesday, February 7, 1- 2:15 p.m. ET.

This first session, “Getting to Know HRSA,” will explore HRSA’s priority areas, programs, funding, and technical resources available to support organizations providing health and social services to Hispanic/Latino populations. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to hear about effective ways to collaborate and stay connected to HRSA to leverage resources and gain access to innovative and high-value programs.

Register for the session. The session will be broadcast in Spanish with live language interpretation to English.

RWHAP SPNS Supporting Replication of Housing Interventions Funding Opportunity: Applications Due February 15

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HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau, in collaboration with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Boston University Catalyst Center, and partners, is excited to share a special funding opportunity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and subrecipients, who are eligible to apply to serve as an implementation site for the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Supporting Replication (SURE) of Housing Interventions initiative. Funding is available for up to 10 implementation sites that will implement and adapt housing-related intervention strategies for three priority populations of people with HIV experiencing unstable housing. Applications are due on Wednesday, February 15.

Learn more about this funding opportunity.

Emergency Department Pediatric Readiness and Short- and Long-Term Mortality Among Children Receiving Emergency Care

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A recent study involving nearly 1,000 emergency departments reported that when an emergency department was well-prepared to care for their pediatric patients they experienced 60-76 percent lower short-term mortality and 41-66 percent lower long-term mortality among children. Had all emergency departments been well-prepared—what the study terms having “high-readiness”—more than 1,400 pediatric deaths may have been prevented during the study years.

Reach out to our Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network for additional high-quality, multi-center research studies and explore the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center for how to optimize outcomes for children.

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  • Cervical Health Awareness Month 
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month 
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (20-26) 

Funding Opportunities


Health Workforce

Centers of Excellence (COE) - Historically Black Colleges and Universities - apply by February 7

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program - apply by February 10

Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program - apply by March 3

Health Centers

Service Area Competition (HRSA-23-103) - apply by February 13

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Overdose Response - apply by January 19

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

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Evaluation - apply by January 27

Rural Health Innovation and Transformation Technical Assistance -apply by February 7

Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement - apply by February 17

Targeted Technical Assistance for Rural Hospitals Program - apply by March 7

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - apply by March 8

Delta States Rural Development Network Program - apply by March 22


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

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program - apply by February 17

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - apply by March 10

Maternal and Child Health

National Center for a System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - apply by January 26

MCH Nutrition Training Program - apply by February 2

Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (MCH FIRST) - apply by February 7

State Newborn Screening System Priorities Program (NBS Propel) - apply by February 13

Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR)apply by February 13

National Center for Newborn Screening System Excellence (NBS Excel) - apply by February 13

Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research (Autism SDAR) - apply by February 13

Life Course Translational Research Network (LCT-RN) - apply by April 10

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) - apply by April 11

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