HRSA eNews: September 2023, Volume 1

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September 7, 2023

HRSA Invests More Than $80 Million to Help Rural Communities Respond to Fentanyl and Other Opioid Overdose Risks

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Last week, HRSA announced more than $80 million in awards to rural communities in 39 states to support key strategies to respond to the overdose risk from fentanyl and other opioids. These awards help advance President Biden’s commitment to beat the opioid epidemic as part of his Unity Agenda for the nation. 

Read the release.

September is National Recovery Month

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson

National Recovery Month is a time to lift up the work communities across the country are doing to make recovery possible. The Health Resources and Services Administration supports community-based organizations across rural America, health centers in thousands of historically underserved communities that provide care regardless of individuals ability to pay, and Ryan White/HIV care providers in cities and states across the country. Together, these grantees are on the frontlines in helping communities provide access to substance use disorder care and in helping people find their path to recovery. At the same time, at HRSA, we are investing in the recruitment and training of the next generation of the behavioral health workforce and in training the primary care workforce to respond to and treat opioid and other substance use disorders. We are committed to pulling all the levers we can to offer not just hope, but the affordable treatment needed to make recovery possible.

- Administrator Carole Johnson

Caring for Women with Opioid Use Disorder

People seeking recovery deserve access to quality treatment – during Recovery Month and beyond.

HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health has a toolkit to support organizations and health care providers who care for women living with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Health Professional Students’ Loan Repayment Application Open Now 


HRSA opened the application cycle for the 2024 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program.

Final-year students studying to become a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwife, medical doctor, or dentist can apply for awards of up to $120,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment providing primary care services at NHSC-approved sites in high-need areas.  

This year, HRSA added an additional $40,000 supplement for medical students and certified curse midwives who commit to providing OB/GYN services in a maternity care target area (MCTA). Designated MCTAs are areas within an existing health professional shortage areas that are experiencing a significant shortage of maternity health care professionals.

Applications are due Thursday, December 7, 7:30 p.m. ET. 

The CHANGE Initiative at Atlanta Black Pride Weekend

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During Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, staff from HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau’s CHANGE Initiative exhibited at Atlanta Black Pride Weekend.

Throughout the three-day weekend, CHANGE, with support from HRSA’s Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (Region 4) and CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention, met with over 400 attendees to discuss HIV care and treatment and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). Also, CHANGE provided a linkage to care and treatment by supporting community partners and encouraged attendees to visit RWHAP recipients’ booths to get HIV tested.

Overall, CHANGE discussed the impact of HIV in the Black/African American community and federal-led efforts to meet patients where they are. 

Infographic: Ending the HIV Epidemic Year Two Data

By the end of 2021, 78.6% of clients new to care and receiving HIV treatment reached viral suppression

HRSA's new infographic from the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) highlights 2021 data from the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) Initiative.

The infographic presents national data on people served by HAB EHE-funded providers in 2021. In 2021, HAB EHE-funded providers served 22,413 people with HIV new to care and 15,318 people estimated to be re-engaged in care.

HAB EHE recipients are implementing proven, promising, and innovative strategies and services to link and engage people with HIV in care so that they can reach optimal HIV outcomes, which significantly reduces new HIV infections in the U.S.

Check out the infographic and our other data tools.

Providers Serving Tribal Communities: Get Help with Student Loans and Scholarships


HRSA's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment and scholarship programs can help eliminate student loan debt in the health professions.

HRSA is cohosting a webinar and Q&A session for health care providers who serve tribal communities with the National Indian Health Board, and the National Council of Urban Indian Health. Join us on Tuesday, September 19, 1–2 p.m. ET.

Webinar: Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience


HRSA is partnering with CMS to host a webinar for those who work with geriatric populations on the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) Model, Tuesday, September 12, 4-5 p.m. ET.

The model aims to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers while delaying avoidable long-term nursing home care and enabling more people to remain at home through the end of life. 

Informational Webinar for Community-Based Organizations


On Tuesday, September 26, 1-2 p.m. ET, join the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline webinar to hear how members of the community can benefit from this 24/7, free confidential service, and what can be expected when community members are referred or connected to the Hotline at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262).

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  • Infant Mortality Awareness Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month 
  • National Recovery Month
  • National Sickle Cell Awareness Month 
  • Newborn Screening Awareness Month 
  • National Suicide Prevention Month and Week (10-16) 
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (18) 

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-24-069) - apply by September 18

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-070) - apply by October 16

Service Area Competition (HRSA-24-071) - apply by October 30

FY 2024 State and Regional Primary Care Association (PCA) Cooperative Agreements - apply by October 31


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