HRSA eNews: June 2023, Volume 1

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June 1, 2023

Message from the Administrator on Pride Month

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Pride Month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community and ensure that we continue to work together to help people to thrive. Through HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, HRSA-supported community health centers, and other programs, we’ve made important strides in expanding access to health care and are committed to delivering the care all individuals need. HRSA and the Biden-Harris Administration will always stand with the LGBTQIA+ community.

HRSA Awards Over $65 Million to Address the Maternal Health Crisis and Invest in New Approaches to Care

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HRSA recently awarded more than $65 million to 35 HRSA-funded health centers to address the maternal mortality crisis. Funding will be used to implement innovative approaches to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce disparities for patients at highest risk, such as Black and American Indian/Alaska Native women who are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women. The announcement supports the Biden-Harris Administration’s Maternal Health Blueprint - PDF, a whole-of-government strategy aimed at improving maternal health, particularly in underserved communities.

Read the release.

NOW OPEN: Eligible SUD Health Professionals Can Receive Up to $250,000 in Loan Repayment

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HRSA's Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) application cycle is now open. The STAR LRP expands access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by extending loan repayment opportunities to providers such as bachelor’s-level SUD counselors, behavioral health paraprofessionals and clinical support staff. The STAR LRP provides up to $250,000 to eligible health professionals in exchange for a six-year, full-time service commitment at an approved site. Applications are due Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the STAR LRP and how to apply.

HRSA Celebrates HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day: June 5

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On HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day, HRSA will honor the strength and resiliency of long-term survivors and raise awareness about their needs and journeys.

Listen to the stories of long-term survivors and what it means to them on the Life Beyond HIV series. Join in the conversation to honor and raise up your voice as a long-term survivor, or share your experiences as a family member, friend, or provider of those living with long-term HIV. Use the hashtag #HRSAHonorsHIVSurvivors and share your story on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8.

In 2021, about 48% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients with HIV were aged 50 years and older. In that same year, viral suppression (93.1%) among older adults receiving RWHAP HIV medical care were higher than the national average (89.7%). HRSA’s RWHAP continues to support long-term survivors with access to the care, medication, and essential support services they need to stay healthy.

National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action

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The White House has released the first-ever U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action.

In the May 25 announcement, the White House highlighted the 2023-2025 HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

The HRSA Strategy outlines aims, objectives, and activities for HRSA Bureaus and Offices to prevent and respond to IPV across HRSA activities. 

June 27: National HIV Testing Day

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This year’s National HIV Testing Day theme is “Take the Test & Take the Next Step,” which highlights the importance of HIV testing.

About 1.2 million people in the United States had HIV at the end of 2021, the most recent year for which this information is available. Of those people, about 87% knew they had HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more about National HIV Testing Day.

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  • Pride Month
  • Men's Health Month
  • Men's Health Week (15-21)
  • HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (5)
  • National HIV Testing Day (27)

Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Health Workforce

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Simulation Education Training (SET) Program - apply by July 3

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Language and Disability Access (PCTE-LDA) - apply by July 3

Bureau of Primary Health Care

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-066) - apply by June 26

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-067) - apply by July 24

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorder - apply by June 20

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program - apply by July 7

Office of Federal Assistance Management

Community Project Funding / Congressionally Directed Spending (CPF/CDS): Non-Construction Projects - apply by June 1

Community Project Funding / Congressionally Directed Spending (CPF/CDS): Facilities and/or Equipment (“Construction”) Projects - apply by June 1


A Status Neutral Approach to Improve HIV Prevention and Health Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Minorities – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider (ETAP) - apply by June 12

A Status Neutral Approach to Improve HIV Prevention and Health Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Minorities – Implementation Sites - apply by June 12

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Screening and Treatment for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders - apply by June 2

State Maternal Health Innovation Program - apply by June 2

Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program - apply by June 12

Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MH-RC-MSI) Coordinating Center (CC) - apply by June 12

Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MH-RC-MSI) Research Centers (RCs) - apply by June 12

Institute for Home Visiting Workforce Development and Jackie Walorski Center for Evidence-Based Case Management - apply by July 14

Healthy Start Initiative – Enhanced - apply by July 17

Maternal and Child Health Services - apply by July 31

View All Funding Opportunities