HRSA eNews: November 2023, Volume 2

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November 16, 2023

HRSA Celebrates National Rural Health Day

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November 16 – In honor of today’s National Rural Health Day, join HRSA for a keynote webinar about innovations in rural health care delivery. Hear from HRSA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Indian Health Service, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Department of Agriculture and others discussing innovative programs and best practices that are working to improve access to health services in rural communities.

To kick off this week’s celebration, HHS hosted a roundtable with HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm, HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Mandy Cohen, CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Meena Seshamani, and rural partners that highlighted federal rural initiatives to improve rural health. Read about HRSA's rural efforts, and the Biden-Harris Administration's actions to keep more rural hospitals open in the long run, bolster the rural health workforce and improve behavioral health in rural areas.

Discover the power of rural by visiting HRSA’s National Rural Health Day agenda page for more information, hear from HRSA rural grantees and learn about HRSA rural investments and programs.

HRSA Announces Top Health Centers for Clinical Quality Excellence


November 6 - HRSA announced the top 10 percent of health centers receiving a Gold Health Center Quality Leader badge for their achievements in improving health outcomes and providing high-quality care for patients in rural and underserved communities.

The digital badges, part of the Community Health Quality Recognition (CHQR) badge program, honor the health centers across the country that have attained the best overall clinical quality performance.

Read the release.

Administrator Johnson Travels to North Carolina with HHS Secretary Becerra


HRSA  Administrator Carole Johnson joined Secretary Becerra, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, Granville-Vance Public Health Department, North Carolina State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, and other North Carolina health leaders for a roundtable discussion on child and adolescent behavioral health, and how HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is working to address substance use disorder.

HRSA recently invested over $3M across North Carolina to expand access to mental health & substance use disorder treatment in the state’s rural areas.

You're Not Alone: Supporting New Moms With the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

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Michael Warren, M.D., Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, joined the Advancing Health podcast to discuss how HRSA's National Maternal Mental Health Hotline (1-833-TLC-MAMA) helps combat the stresses new mothers can face.

The hotline provides support and resources via call or text to pregnant women and new mothers, and their loved ones. The hotline also offers a Partner Toolkit for health care organizations to help raise awareness.

Join HRSA for the 2023 World AIDS Day Commemoration Event on November 28

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Please mark your calendar for HRSA’s 2023 World AIDS Day Commemoration Event on Tuesday, November 28, 11 a.m.-noon ET. This year’s theme is World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit. The event will feature remarks from HRSA leadership, an engaging panel discussion with HIV community leaders and people with lived experience, and a moment of silence to honor those we have lost to HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and across the globe. The event is open to all HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients, stakeholders, and federal employees. Register to participate.

@HRSAgov also invites you to join our World AIDS Day social media thread from November 28-December 1 using #HRSAHonorsWAD. 

HRSA Supports HIV/AIDS Workforce in Malawi


November 2 - HRSA officials attended a graduation ceremony in Lilongwe, Malawi hosted by the Malawian Ministry of Health, to celebrate the second cohort of 110 adolescent girls and young women that completed HRSA-funded training to become Disease Control & Surveillance Assistants. These graduates will be placed in communities that are most affected by HIV to provide a range of health services including HIV prevention, maternal and child health, and nutrition counseling.

Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), HRSA provides funding to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Global Health Consortium to improve and expand HIV care and treatment in Malawi and Zambia. As part of this health equity initiative, the HBCU Global Health Consortium connects adolescent girls and young women with HIV to care and sustained treatment and increases the capacity of health facilities to provide HIV care and treatment and improve viral suppression rates.

Register Now for our Next EnRICH Webinar

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Join us Tuesday, December 5, 1-2 p.m. ET. for our EnRICH Webinar hosted by the HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau Office of Epidemiology and Research, as we delve into the National Survey of Children’s Health: New Data, Opportunities, and Directions.

The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) stands as the largest national survey of children in the US. This survey offers invaluable data on a spectrum of indicators crucial for informed decision-making. Led by experts Dr. Reem Ghandour and Dr. Ashley Hirai, the webinar will break down the survey's design, highlight key findings related to the new "Healthy and Ready to Learn" measure, and explore cutting-edge innovations driving the survey's continued evolution.

By the end of the session, participants will gain an understanding of the National Survey of Children’s Health's design, be able to report on key findings from the new school readiness measure and learn about innovations being implemented or tested in the annual survey. Register today.

Webinar Recording: Preventing Gender-Based and Intimate Partner Violence


Watch a webinar from HRSA's Office of Women's Health to learn about HRSA and HHS programs that address gender-based and intimate partner violence.

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