Free HIV Self-Test Kits, FAQs on Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccines, FY 2023 PCHP Funding

HRSA Health Center Program Primary Health Care Digest

August 22, 2023

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Frequently Asked Questions: Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccines

Q: After Wednesday, August 23, where can I obtain COVID-19 vaccines for my health center for free?

A: You may obtain COVID-19 vaccines for children from the CDC Vaccines for Children Program.

Once it is available, you may request COVID-19 vaccines for uninsured adults through the CDC Bridge Access Program for COVID-19 Vaccines. You must be enrolled as a 317 adult immunization provider with your state or local health department immunization program. Enrollment and receiving vaccines through the CDC Bridge Access Program depend on multiple factors, including state-level vaccine availability, the number of counties in the state, and enrollment demand.

Refer to the HHS Commercialization Transition Guide (PDF) for additional information.

Q: How can I use Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination (ECV) funds to secure needed doses of COVID-19 vaccine given the following ECV terms?

  • ECV funds may not be used to reimburse expenses or losses that have been reimbursed from other sources or that other sources are obligated to reimburse.
  • You may not use this funding for costs that are reimbursed or compensated by other federal or state programs.

A: You should consider all available avenues to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine doses you anticipate that you will need to address your patient and community needs. This may include using ECV funds to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. If ECV-purchased vaccines are administered to individuals with payer sources (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance), you must seek reimbursement and adjust your financial records accordingly. Reimbursed funds are considered Program Income and must be used in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.307.

HIV Self-Tests

CDC’s Together TakeMeHome Free HIV Self-Test Kits Program

Together TakeMeHome is a national direct-to-consumer program that offers free HIV self-tests by mail. People can order up to two free HIV self-tests every 90 days. Tests are available to anyone 17 or older, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.

CDC supports this program in partnership with other organizations. They also offer resources health centers can use to promote self-testing as part of their “Let’s Stop HIV Together” initiative.


HRSA Announces FY 2023 Ending the HIV Epidemic-Primary Care HIV Prevention Awards

HRSA awarded nearly $18 million to 46 health centers last week to expand HIV prevention, testing, and linkage to care in underserved communities. Fiscal year (FY) 2023 Ending the HIV Epidemic-Primary Care HIV Prevention (PCHP) funding is part of HHS’ Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative.

Health centers who receive this funding will focus on prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), conducting outreach, administering HIV testing, and developing their workforce. This includes adding and training personnel who deliver and support HIV prevention services; participating in community health fairs to raise awareness of HIV and PrEP; and purchasing and providing HIV home test kits that can be integrated with PrEP services.

View FY 2023 PCHP award recipients. Visit the PCHP technical assistance (TA) webpage for award recipient information and other resources. We will host a post-award briefing for award recipients:

Thursday, September 7
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

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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

Service Area Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity Released for May 1 Starts

HRSA released the FY 2024 Service Area Competition (SAC) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for service areas with a May 1, 2024, period of performance start date (HRSA-24-070). Find details for each of the announced service areas on the Service Area Announcement Table.

Applications are due in by 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, October 16, and in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) by 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15. TA materials are available on the SAC TA webpage.

FY 2024 Budget Period Progress Report Noncompeting Continuations

  • HRSA released the FY 2024 Budget Period Progress Report (BPR) Non-Competing Continuation (5-H80-24-003) for Health Center Program award recipients with a March 1 budget period start date. These award recipients have a BPR submission available for completion in EHBs with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 6.
  • Deadline reminder: BPR submissions for Health Center Program award recipients with a February 1 budget period start date are due in EHBs by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, September 8.

TA materials are available on the BPR TA webpage.


NEXT MONDAY! Come See Us at CHI!

If you’re going to the National Association of Community Health Centers’ annual Community Health Institute (CHI) & Expo conference, we hope you’ll stop by to see us!

No registration is needed for these in-person sessions on Monday, August 28 (all times are PT because CHI is in California):

  • Office of Health Center Investment Oversight (OHCIO) Office Hours
    Drop in with questions or feedback about supplemental grant awards (e.g., funding related to HIV, COVID-19, hypertension, or infrastructure).
    Director Ernia Hughes, Division Directors Kirsten Argueta and Von Bailey, and staff will be available.
    9:30-10:30 a.m. PT or 2:00-3:00 p.m. PT
    Torrey Hills B Conference Room
  • Health Center Program 2035 Listening Session
    See details in last week’s Digest.
    4:45-5:45 p.m. PT (time updated)
    Solana Beach AB Room

Policy Did You Know

Policy Tip: Clinical Staffing

During an operational site visit, the team will interview staff to determine how education and training are verified for Licensed Independent Practitioners. If the health center relies on the state licensing agency and does not conduct its own primary source verification, and the health center is in a state where this verification is allowable, the health center would describe how the state licensing agency conducts primary source verification of education and training.

Learn more in the Health Center Program Compliance FAQs.

Curated Resources on Child and Adolescent Health

We have curated a packet of training and TA materials for health centers that want to develop processes for improving service delivery and outcomes for children and adolescents. The materials relate to telehealth, food insecurity, mental and behavioral health, oral health, and staffing shortages and retention.

Recommendations from the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health

The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health (NACMH) met in May to discuss concerns impacting migratory and seasonal agricultural worker health. See their recommendations (PDF).

NACMH advises and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary on policy, program development, and other topics related to Migrant Health Centers and other organizations that serve migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families.

CMS Population-Specific Webinars on Medicaid/CHIP Renewals

Health centers have a vital role in ensuring that people don’t lose Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) health care coverage as states resume regular renewal processes. We strongly encourage you to join the final two population-specific train-the-trainer webinars:

Reaching Rural Populations
Thursday, August 24
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

Reaching American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Thursday, September 7
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The registration page is the same for both.

CMS adds recordings of these special populations webinars to its Medicaid and CHIP Renewals Outreach and Educational Resources website (scroll down to “Additional Materials and Resources”). Remember to forward this information to colleagues and partners!


HRSA-Funded Health Centers Among Winners of SAMHSA Challenge!

SAMHSA recently announced winners of its Behavioral Health Equity Challenge, which include:

  • Southcentral Foundation (Alaska)
  • Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (Hawaii)

The winners presented exciting approaches to effective outreach and engagement with racial and ethnic underserved individuals to foster behavioral health equity throughout the country.


Provider Relief Fund Reporting Period 5

The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 30. Providers who received one or more PRF (General or Targeted) and/or American Rescue Plan Rural payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, from January 1 to June 30, 2022, must report on their use of funds during Reporting Period 5 to comply with PRF Reporting Requirements (PDF). Find more information and resources on the PRF Reporting webpage.

Behavioral Health

Changes in Federal Regulations Regarding Medical Providers Prescribing Buprenorphine

View a presentation to understand the recent changes in training requirements for providers prescribing medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and behavioral health professionals can visit our behavioral health TA website to watch the 11-minute presentation.

SAMHSA's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan

SAMHSA’s strategic plan presents a new person-centered mission and vision highlighting key guiding principles and presenting new priorities, goals, and objectives.


Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S Initiative 2023 CDC and HRSA Virtual Community Listening Session – Regions 5 and 7

CDC and HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau are hosting joint regional virtual community listening sessions. The next is for HHS Regions 5 and 7:

Thursday, August 31
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Registration page

These sessions provide a venue for discussion and collaboration focused on barriers to and opportunities for improving HIV diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and outbreak response.


Register Now: National Telehealth Conference

HRSA’s annual conference will feature health care professionals, policymakers, and industry stakeholders from around the country. The agenda and registration are now available.

Tuesday, September 12
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET
Registration page

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Training Calendar


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

Through August 29

COVID-19 Response Program Office Hours
Tuesday, August 22
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Advancing Health Equity among Hispanic/Latino Populations Series (in Spanish with live interpretation in English)
Tuesday, August 29
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Registration page


FY 2023 ECD Supplemental Funding Award Recipient Presentation
Wednesday, September 6
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

HITEQ Highlights: Navigating Compliance Challenges with the Information Blocking Rule
Hosted by the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality (HITEQ) Center
Thursday, September 7
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Registration page

PCHP FY 2023 Post-Award Briefing
Thursday, September 7
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Empowering Your Workforce: Considerations for Implementing & Responding to Staff Satisfaction Surveys
Hosted by the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved’s STAR2 Center
Thursday, September 7
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

National Telehealth Conference
Tuesday, September 12
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET
Registration page

Unlocking HCV Care in Key Settings
Hosted by the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable and the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
Tuesday, September 12,
and Wednesday, September 13
12:30-5:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates
Thursday, September 14
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Join the day of the session
Join by phone: 833-568-8864
Webinar ID: 160 345 8842

UDS Mapper Advanced Topic: Using the UDS Mapper to Explore Measures of Social Need
Tuesday, September 19
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Registration page

Webinars are hosted by HRSA unless otherwise noted.