HRSA eNews: October 2023, Volume 2

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October 19, 2023

Partnership for Public Service Announces 2023 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Winners


October 17 HRSA participated in the Partnership for Public Service 22nd annual Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals®, or Sammies, awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 17, where the team of Megan Meacham, Allison Hutchings, and Sarah O’Donnell from the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy accepted the People's Choice Award. Considered the “Oscars” of government service, the Sammies have earned a reputation as the premier awards program recognizing excellence and leadership in 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.  

State of the Workforce Roundtable


October 10 – HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis hosted a 2023 “State of the Field" Roundtable on Tuesday, October 10 at 5600 Fishers Lane.

During the roundtable, HRSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborators engaged in a structured discussion on current health workforce research and government initiatives.

Representatives from the nine HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Centers shared information about emerging health workforce issues and cutting-edge research findings, and attendees discussed how to use this research to inform HRSA programs and policy initiatives and demonstrate a return on investment. 

Updated Community Health Workers Profile in Occupational Outlook Handbook


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook has updated the Community Health Workers (CHW) profile. HRSA helped inform the update as part of an interagency initiative to address long-term CHW sustainability through novel, whole-of-government solutions.

The new standalone CHW profile better reflects the core duties, competencies, and training and employment sites. While the profile focuses on CHWs, it also mentions other professions such as peer support specialists, community health representatives, and promotores de salud for the first time. They are included in the CHW Standardized Occupational Classification (SOC) code.

In fiscal year 2022, HRSA awarded more than $225.5 million to 83 organizations through Community Health Worker Training Program grants.

National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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October 15 – HRSA observed National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day is an opportunity to highlight the disproportionate impact of HIV on Hispanic/Latino/(a) communities, promote HIV testing, increase access to prevention, care and treatment services, and stop HIV stigma.

Nearly 25% of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients are Hispanic/Latino(a). Among Hispanic/Latino(a) clients receiving medical care through the program in 2021, 91.4% were virally suppressed, which is a significant increase from 73.6% virally suppressed in 2010. This means they cannot sexually transmit HIV to their partners and can live longer and healthier lives.

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  • Bullying Prevention Month 
  • Corps Community Month 
  • National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

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-24-071) - 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

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

Maternal and Child Health – Improving Oral Health Integration National Consortium (MCH-IOHI Consortium) - apply by January 22

Maternal and Child Health – Improving Oral Health Integration Demonstration Projects (MCH-IOHI Projects) - apply by January 22

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