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HRSA Health Center Program Primary Health Care Digest

July 11, 2023

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Today With Macrae

THIS THURSDAY! Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates

Join Jim to hear about Health Center Program 2035, our COVID-19 Response Programs, funding, and more.

Thursday, July 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
Join by phone: 833-568-8864
Webinar ID: 161 391 4467


DUE THURSDAY! Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Requirement

Health centers using Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination funds are required to complete the Health Center COVID-19 Survey.

This survey is now monthly. We emailed the link for the June survey last Friday and it is due by 11:59 p.m. your local time this Thursday, July 13.

Our Health Center COVID-19 Survey webpage links to tools that can help you complete the survey: a preview and a user guide for survey respondents who have questions. If you still have questions about the survey, use the BPHC Contact Form (COVID-19 > COVID-19 Surveys).

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2022 Uniform Data System Trends

Join our webinar to learn about trends in the 2022 Uniform Data System (UDS) data related to health center patient demographics, staffing, and clinical quality measures. You will gain insights on health centers’ growth and performance and other HRSA priorities.

Tuesday, August 8
1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
Registration page

Jump To: COVID-19 Behavioral Health | Workforce | Oral Health | Telehealth |
               Training Calendar

HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPs) host or developed many of these events and resources. For more from the NTTAPs, visit the Health Center Resource Clearinghouse.

What's New

Unity Care NW

Health Centers Excel at Community Outreach and Emergency Response

Check out our Health Center Stories webpage to enjoy these new features:

  • Unity Care NW in Bellingham, Washington, posts videos on YouTube regularly to educate patients and highlight the health center’s services. Popular videos include one showing children what to expect at a dental visit and another with a doctor talking about how to lower cholesterol levels. The videos are part of a comprehensive effort that spans multiple social media platforms.

  • Staff from two health centers helped assess many patients following a dangerous train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, near the Pennsylvania border. The Community Action Agency of Columbiana County in Ohio and the Primary Health Network in Pennsylvania assessed residents concerned about the chemical spill.

  • The CEO of Mount Vernon Community Health Center in New York, working after hours one night, put her nursing skills to work when a young man was shot outside.

Share your center’s success story by emailing

Deadline Reminder: Service Area Competition Applications for January 1 and February 1 Starts

Fiscal year (FY) 2024 Service Area Competition (SAC) applications for January 1 starts (HRSA-24-066) are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) on Wednesday, July 26, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

FY 2024 SAC applications for service areas with a February 1 period of performance start date (HRSA-24-067) are due in:

  • Monday, July 24, by 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • EHBs: Wednesday, August 23, by 5:00 p.m. ET.

Technical assistance (TA) materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.

Policy Did You Know

Policy Tip: Required and Additional Health Services 

Nutrition education and counseling that are part of a primary care visit do not have to be listed separately on Form 5A: Services Provided because they are included within “General Primary Medical Care.” However, when nutrition education and counseling meet the definition for “Nutrition” in Service Descriptors for Form 5A: Services Provided (PDF) and are provided as a distinct service, then a health center would list “Nutrition” on Form 5A: Services Provided.

To learn more about this topic, and to find answers to other questions, check out the Health Center Program Compliance FAQs.

TOMORROW: Overview of the 2023-2025 HRSA Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence

Learn about how HRSA prevents and responds to intimate partner violence (IPV) and about the new strategy to guide these efforts on HRSA’s website and at a webinar:

Wednesday, July 12
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

We’ll feature speakers from HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health, BPHC, and HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau.

A Call to Arms Amidst a Congenital Syphilis Epidemic

HRSA issued a letter last week alerting award recipients to the increasing syphilis rates within American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities. We shared it in a bulletin.

Watch the recording of our recent webinar to learn more about congenital syphilis and the challenges surrounding the care for patients with it.

Webinar Recording: CDC Recommendations for Hepatitis B

In May, we hosted a webinar to brief clinicians and other health care providers about the release of new CDC recommendations for hepatitis B screening and testing. CDC’s viral hepatitis epidemiologist and guidelines author discussed updated recommendations and answered your questions. Watch the recording if you missed it.

Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Researchers at Drexel University and UC Davis are recruiting family caregivers of people living with dementia for a nationwide, remote study. The study is funded by NIH’s National Institute on Aging. By helping to recruit participants, health centers can ensure that medically underserved populations have a voice in this study.

The WeCareAdvisor is an innovative tool to help family caregivers manage common behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. By walking caregivers through a step-by-step approach to understand why behaviors may be occurring, the WeCareAdvisor provides tailored strategies to help manage them.

Eligible caregivers:

  • Are 21 or older.
  • Are the primary caregiver of a person diagnosed with dementia.
  • Currently manage dementia-related behaviors.
  • Have an internet-capable device and access.
  • Speak English.

For more information, email, call 267-359-1111, or visit the WeCareAdvisor study website.


HHS Commercialization Transition Guide for COVID-19 Vaccination

HHS published guidance about the transition to commercialization on CDC’s website. It provides direction as the federal government ends distribution of COVID-19 vaccines through its current ordering system and the vaccines transition to traditional pathways for procurement, distribution, and payment. This information may help health centers understand what to expect during this transition.

In a bulletin last week, we announced that HRSA’s Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program will end on Wednesday, August 23. Moving forward, health centers can continue to access COVID-19 vaccines through the supply available via states and jurisdictions.

TODAY! COVID-19 Response Program Office Hours

We’ll discuss the wind down of the vaccine program and take questions at today’s Office Hours session.

1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

See registration information for future Office Hours sessions. Office Hours are open to all HRSA-supported health centers.

Behavioral Health

Brown Bag Discussion: Treating Alcohol Use Disorder in Primary Care

Participants will problem-solve cases and engage in interactive discussion about strategies and best practices to assess and treat patients with risky alcohol use and alcohol use disorder in a primary care setting.

Monday, July 17
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

TIP 64: Incorporating Peer Support into Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services

SAMHSA’s publication supports learning about the key aspects, functions, and uses of Peer Support Services in recovery from problematic substance use, which will help providers, supervisors, and administrators in substance use disorder treatment programs better understand and respond to these changes. Visit SAMHSA’s website to download it.

Advisory: Evidence-Based, Whole Person Care of Pregnant People Who Have Opioid Use Disorder

SAMHSA’s advisory outlines how providers (including primary care physicians and other professionals who treat pregnant people) can take an active role in supporting the health of pregnant individuals who have opioid use disorder and their babies. Visit SAMHSA’s website to download.


C-Suite Toolkit: Health Professions Education and Training for Recruitment and Retention

Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) programs give health centers the opportunity to recruit, develop, and retain health and allied health professions students, trainees, and residents. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR2 Center created a new toolkit for health center leadership to develop, support, and strengthen HP-ET initiatives as part of their overall workforce retention and recruitment planning. Visit STAR2 Center’s website to access the toolkit.

Working with Minority-Serving Institutions to Enhance and Diversify Recruitment Pathways

Establishing a workforce that represents your patient population requires inclusive and equitable recruitment and retention efforts. Partnering with minority-serving colleges and universities is one path for achieving greater diversity. The STAR2 Center’s new paper is a quick resource and reference guide for human resources professionals and health center leaders on identifying and partnering with minority-serving educational institutions. Visit STAR2 Center’s website to access the paper.

DUE FRIDAY: Maternity Care Nursing Workforce Expansion Program

HRSA released a Notice of Funding Opportunity to grow and diversify the maternal and perinatal health nursing workforce through education and training support. This program will increase the number of certified nurse midwives and diversify the maternal and perinatal health workforce, expand maternal health training and curriculum, and strengthen community-based partnerships. Learn more on HRSA’s website.

NNOHA Partnering with Academic Institutions

New Publication: Partnering with Academic Institutions to Develop Service Learning Programs

Partnerships between academic institutions and health centers can be a useful strategy to enhance the recruitment and retention of oral health professionals. This publication, developed by the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), includes strategies, recommendations, and promising practices from health centers across the country.

Oral Health

New Publication: Partnering with Academic Institutions to Develop Service Learning Programs

See the announcement above.


Telehealth and LGBTQIA+ Communities Toolkit

Telehealth is an essential way to provide patient care and services to underserved communities, including LGBTQIA+ people. The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center’s new toolkit offers resources to help begin or expand upon your organization's telehealth program, with a special focus on supporting LGBTQIA+ communities. Access the toolkit on their website.

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Training Calendar


Visit our online calendar for details on these and all scheduled events.

Through July 18

COVID-19 Response Program Office Hours
Tuesday, July 11
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Overview of the 2023-2025 HRSA Strategy to Address IPV
Wednesday, July 12
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Aging, Substance Use, and Cognitive Health
Thursday, July 13
Noon-1:00 p.m. ET
Registration page
** 1.0 CE available **

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Thursday, July 13
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
Join by phone: 833-568-8864
Webinar ID: 161 391 4467

Brown Bag Discussion: Treating Alcohol Use Disorder in Primary Care
Monday, July 17
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page


Integrating Behavioral Health in Your Community Health Center
Hosted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
Wednesday, July 19
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Visit AAAHC's website to sign up for a free account so you can register for the session.

Improving Blood Pressure in African Americans: Strategies for Achieving Equity
Co-hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers (through a cooperative agreement with CDC) and the American Medical Association
Wednesday, July 19
3:00-3:45 p.m. ET
Registration page
** 1.0 CME available **

Better Assess Your Community Using the UDS Mapper
Thursday, July 20
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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Growing Your Own Workforce: Dental Assistant Training Programs in Health Centers
Hosted by NNOHA
Tuesday, July 25
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET
Registration page
** 1.0 CDE available **

2022 UDS Trends
Tuesday, August 8
1:00-2:15 p.m. ET
Registration page

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.