HRSA eNews: July 2023, Volume 2

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July 20, 2023

HRSA’S Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Team Wins 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals People’s Choice Award

SAMMIES winners

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is proud to announce that today the team of Megan Meacham, Allison Hutchings, and Sarah O’Donnell from the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy was named the winner of the 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals People's Choice Award by the Partnership for Public Service. 

This team established the HRSA Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), which has helped millions of people in rural communities across the country receive opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.  

The Service to America Medals, known as the Sammies, are often called the “Oscars” of public service and represent the very best of the federal government.  The People’s Choice Award grants special recognition to the team that receives the most votes from the general public, highlighting how the work of the federal government resonates in communities.  

Read the release.

Incisal Edge's 32 Most Influential People in Dentistry Features HRSA's Chief Dental Officer Dr. Adam Barefoot

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Congratulations to Dr. Adam Barefoot, HRSA's Chief Dental Officer, for being recognized as one of the 32 most influential people in dentistry. 

Dr. Barefoot, as part of the HRSA Office of Special Health Initiatives, works to help coordinate oral health initiatives across offices and bureaus and identify opportunities for collaboration for cross cutting, agency-level efforts. The write-up noted that Dr. Barefoot recently led HRSA’s effort to launch A Healthy Mouth for Every Body, a national oral health literacy campaign to improve awareness through a variety of publicly available resources.

The publication also highlighted workforce efforts from the Bureau of Health Workforce as well as access to oral health services through HRSA’s Health Center Program.

2022 Health Center Patient Survey Data Now Available

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HRSA released findings from the 2022 Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS), which show overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients of HRSA-funded health centers. For example:

  • 97% of patients would recommend their health center to family and friends.
  • 94% of patients reported they were satisfied with the way health center staff explained their medications to them, including instructions for taking the drug and information on its potential side effects.
  • 92% of patients who accessed dental services at health centers reported high satisfaction levels of “very good” to “excellent.”

HRSA conducts this survey about every five years to gain patient insights about the care and services delivered by HRSA-funded health centers. More than 4,400 patients from 318 HRSA-funded health center sites participated in one-on-one interviews from January 2021 to March 2022 for this latest survey, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Informational Webinar for Tribal Communities

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Join the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline team on Monday, July 31, 1-2 p.m. ET to hear how tribal communities can benefit from this 24/7, free, confidential service.

American Indian/Alaska native leaders will provide perspective on the maternal health landscape and what tribal community members can expect when calling the Hotline (1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)).

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  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • World Hepatitis Day (28)

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Primary Health Care

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

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-068) - apply by August 21

Service Area Competition-Additional Area (HRSA-24-087) - apply by August 21

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Maternal and Child Health Services - apply by July 31

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