HRSA eNews: August 2023, Volume 2

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August 17, 2023

HRSA Awards $30 Million to Expand Developmental Screening for Children through Community Health Centers

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August 9 – To help mark National Health Center Week (NHCW), HRSA awarded $30 million to 151 HRSA-funded health centers to improve developmental outcomes among children ages 0-5 through increased screenings and follow-up services. This announcement is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to high-quality care early in childhood and ensuring that young children have the strongest possible start.

The President’s Budget has also called for renewing and growing the federal investment in health centers to support critical work like meeting the developmental needs of young children.

Pictured: HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson visited Hamilton Health Center, one of the awardees, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, during NHCW.

Read the release.

HRSA Announces $100 Million to Grow the Nursing Workforce

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August 10 HRSA announced awards of more than $100 million to train more nurses and grow the nursing workforce. These investments will address the increasing demand for registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and nurse faculty.

Read the release.

RECAP: National Health Center Week, August 6 – 13

National Health Center Week 2023 Infographic

Last week, HRSA celebrated the 2022 milestones of health centers across the nation.

Serving over 30.5 million people, HRSA-funded health centers cared for more patients experiencing homelessness, patients in and around public housing, patients at school-based sites, and veterans than in 2021.

Health centers made gains in providing maternal support, increased pediatric services, cancer screenings, routine immunizations, and much more. And 84% of health centers hosted pre- and/or post-graduate trainees.

During, National Health Center Week, HRSA’s regional offices visited over 50 sites to celebrate the monumental week for health centers.

Check out our photos on social media.

Dr. Alek Sripipatana Named Government Executive of the Year

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HRSA is proud to announce the Bureau of Primary Health Care's own Dr. Alek Sripipatana, a Division Director in the Office of Quality Improvement, has been named Service to the Citizen (STTC) Government Executive of the Year!

The Public Service Leadership Academy, a non-profit offering leadership development training to government employees, hosts the annual Service to the Citizen (STTC) awards, which recognize public servants who demonstrate excellence in delivering services that impact the public’s lives

See the complete list of 2023 winners.  

The Federal News Network interviewed Alek about the award and how data improves customer service at HRSA. Listen to or read the 10-minute interview.  

Register for the National Telehealth Conference

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Navigating the latest in telehealth? Join health care professionals, policymakers, and industry stakeholders from around the country at the National Telehealth Conference on Tuesday, September 12 for insights on balancing telehealth solutions and vital in-person services.

Register to learn how others are integrating telehealth into their practice and working to give patients a choice in how they receive their care.

Reminder: Next HAB You Heard Webinar - August 17

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Please join HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) for the next HAB You Heard webinar Thursday, August 17, 3-4:00 p.m. ET. During this special edition of the monthly update from HAB, we will be joined by The White House Office of National AIDS Policy Director Harold Phillips to honor the 33rd anniversary of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

The webinar will also highlight our new quality of life framework, discuss new details about the 2024 National Ryan White Conference, highlight upcoming community engagement opportunities, and feature two new recipient spotlights. This webinar is open to all RWHAP recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal staff.

Registration is required.

HRSA Celebrates the 33rd Anniversary of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program on August 18

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August 18 marks the 33rd anniversary of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. In 1990, Congress enacted the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act—the legislation that created the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The Program was named after Indiana teen and AIDS advocate, Ryan White, who lost his life to AIDS in April 1990. It was designed to improve the quality and availability of HIV care and treatment for low-income people with HIV. Over the last 33 years, the Program has made significant strides in improving HIV outcomes for people with HIV. Today, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program serves more than a half a million people with diagnosed HIV across the United States. 

Read more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Learn more about the program’s history.

New Publication on Pediatric Readiness of Emergency Departments in JAMA Network Open

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When an emergency department is well-prepared to care for their pediatric patients, HRSA-supported research shows improved survival for children with critical illness and injury.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Emergency Medical Services for Children Program worked in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Emergency Nurses Association on this effort led by the National Pediatric Readiness Project.

The National Assessment of Pediatric Readiness of US Emergency Departments During the COVID-19 Pandemic in JAMA Network Open gauges "pediatric readiness" in more than 3,600 hospitals based on an emergency department's adherence to the latest national guidelines. The authors find that emergency departments are working to identify and expand the critical factors influencing readiness.

Learn about pediatric readiness initiatives or take the National Pediatric Readiness Project (NPRP) assessment for your own records and quality improvement purposes.

Webinar Recordings Now Available

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HRSA's Office of Women's Health webinar recordings are now available.

This webinar highlights two new resources to advance equitable cervical cancer prevention, screening, and management in safety-net settings. 

Watch this webinar outlining the strategy’s aims, objectives, and activities for HRSA bureaus and offices to prevent and respond to Intimate Partner Violence. 

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  • National Breastfeeding Month 
  • National Immunization Awareness Month
  • National Minority Donor Awareness Month

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program - apply by October 10

Bureau of Primary Health Care

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

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

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-069) - apply by September 18


AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Emergency Relief Funds (ERF) - apply by October 24

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention State/Territory Program - apply by November 6

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention National Network - apply by November 6

View All Funding Opportunities