HRSA eNews: October 2023, Volume 1


October 5, 2023

HRSA Celebrates President Biden Signing the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act into Law

President Biden signs the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act into Law

September 22 - HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson joined President Biden in the Oval Office, along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, advocates, and individuals who have received donated organs, as he signed the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act. This legislation adopts the proposals HRSA included in the President’s 2024 Budget to give us critical tools to implement HRSA’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Modernization Initiative.

“HRSA is grateful for the President’s leadership in calling for these reforms in his budget and commends the Congressional leaders who responded by working in a bipartisan, bicameral way to advance this critical legislation to improve health outcomes for the more than 100,000 people on the organ transplant waiting list,” said Administrator Johnson.

HRSA Invests Nearly $90 Million to Address Maternal Health Crisis

HRSA Administrator Johnson, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, and Maryland Secretary of Health Dr. Laura Herrera Scott

September 27– HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson joined HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, and Maryland Secretary of Health Dr. Laura Herrera Scott in Baltimore, Maryland to announce nearly $90 million to support and expand access to maternal health, grow the maternal care workforce, support individuals experiencing maternal depression, and strengthen social supports that are vital to safe pregnancies. This funding was announced in conjunction with HHS’ Maternal Health Day of Action and was followed by a roundtable discussion with local leaders, providers, and advocacy organizations, focused on maternal health. 

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HRSA Invests $55 Million in Expanding Access to Youth Mental Health Care


September 25 – HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson visited Lansing, Michigan to announce approximately $55 million to support youth mental health through School Based Health Centers, the Behavioral Health Workforce and Training for Children/Adolescents Program, and the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program. Administrator Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Elizabeth Hertel, participated in a roundtable with providers, educators, and parents, and toured a local delivery site funded through the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program.

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HRSA National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) Dataset Released

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For 7 years, HRSA has released the annual NSCH dataset on Child Health Day. The NSCH is the largest, most comprehensive national- and state-level data for key measures of child health and well-being.

The new Maternal Hardship Among Children Data Brief presents findings that indicate that nearly half of all children in the United States have experienced material hardship in their lifetime, meaning the inability to afford basic needs like food, housing, or medical care. HRSA invests in a wide range of programs that aim to ensure our public health systems are helping children to thrive. These include the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Healthy Start, and Home Visiting. And recognizing that children and youth with special health care needs deserve opportunities for optimal health and well-being, we invest in a portfolio of programs to support them.

We encourage our partners to use the newest 2022 data to understand the strengths, needs, and health service gaps of our Nation’s children and make progress toward solutions for their optimal health and well-being.

Watch our new NSCH 90-second video and share it so that more people learn about and use this valuable resource.

Webinar: Training and Employment Opportunities for Community Outreach Workers


HRSA will host a webinar for HRSA’s Community-Based Organization (CBO) program grantees, their partners, and community health workers, Wednesday, October 11, 2-3:30 p.m. ET. 

During the webinar, HRSA staff and grantees will discuss how community health worker training programs can help CBOs retain and continue training individual staff. 

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  • Bullying Prevention Month 
  • Corps Community Month 
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct. 15)
  • Child Health Day (2) 

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

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

National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Application - apply by December 7

State Primary Care Offices - apply by December 14

Bureau of Primary Health Care

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

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

National Rural Health Policy, Community, and Collaboration Program - apply by November 30


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

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health - apply by December 15

Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project - apply by December 29

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