HRSA eNews: February 2024, Volume 1

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February 1, 2024

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson, Joined by Rep. Lauren Underwood, Launches New National Maternal Health Initiative

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January 25 – HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson, joined by Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), co-chair of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, launched a year-long Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative. The initiative will strengthen, expand, and accelerate HRSA’s maternal health work to address maternal mortality and maternal health disparities in partnership with mothers, grantees, community organizations, and state and local health officials across the country.

The kick-off event at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, DC, convened HRSA maternal health grantees from 11 states and the District of Columbia, as well as key national organizations and experts, providers, and individuals with lived experience. Attendees shared personal perspectives on maternal health care and support, the innovative ways HRSA grantees are making an impact on maternal health, and how they are addressing maternal mental health.

Read the release.

HRSA Hosts Home Visiting Grantees

HRSA Hosts Home Visiting Grantees

January 29 - 31  HRSA’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program all-grantee meeting with approximately 600 attendees took place in Arlington, VA in January. Grantees shared best practices, discussed opportunities for collaboration, and attended interactive learning sessions. HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Associate Administrator Dr. Michael Warren highlighted HRSA's work with Congress to secure a five-year reauthorization of the program that will double funding, recognized the commitment of those involved in home visiting services, discussed how MIECHV improves maternal health across the nation, and shared the impact of the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline.

Since its launch in May 2022, the 24/7, free, confidential hotline has offered support from professional counselors to more than 27,000 pregnant and postpartum individuals who struggled with mental health concerns, and their loved ones. Support is available by phone or text, and in English and Spanish at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262).

National Children’s Dental Health Month Starts Today

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Check out HRSA’s website throughout this month to learn how parents, caregivers, and health care professionals can advance oral health for everyone in a family.

You’ll also find tips about brushing, flossing, and seeking regular dental checkups. We welcome you to explore and share our suite of related oral health resources.

Learn more about oral health for young children.

HRSA Commemorates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program will commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday, February 7.

This commemoration is an opportunity to raise awareness about the availability of HIV care and treatment services for Black/African American people, to reduce HIV stigma and HIV-related health disparities, and to encourage those who are undiagnosed to get tested. In the U.S., Black/African American people continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.

HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) is working to address barriers to HIV care and create supportive communities for Black/African American people with HIV. In 2022, 87.1% of Black/African American RWHAP clients receiving medical care were virally suppressed, which is a significant increase from 63.3% virally suppressed in 2010. This means they cannot sexually transmit HIV to their partners and can live longer and healthier lives.

HRSA Participates in White House Cervical Cancer Forum

HRSA Participates in White House Cervical Cancer Forum

January 25 - HRSA's Office of Women's Health recently participated in a panel at the White House Cervical Cancer Forum. The forum was hosted by the Biden Cancer Moonshot in observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month and highlighted advancements in prevention, HPV vaccination, screening, and treatment. HRSA participants discussed how the Federal Cervical Cancer Collaborative is working to improve equitable cervical cancer prevention for safety-net care settings and better facilitate innovation. HRSA also highlighted the partnership with the National Cancer Institute on the Accelerating Cancer Screening (AxCS) program, which ensures patients receive high quality care across the cancer continuum from screening to treatment.  

Watch a recording of the White House Cervical Cancer Forum.  

Cervical Cancer Learning Series for Safety-Net Settings

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HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health invites you to participate in CERV-Net: A Cervical Cancer ECHO Learning Series for Safety-Net Settings.

CERV-Net is a free, virtual, collaborative learning series that prepares and empowers safety-net settings of care to engage partners, patients, and communities to improve cervical cancer care. Complete the interest form by Tuesday, February 13.

HRSA 2024 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Application Cycle Now Open

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The HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program application is open! The program provides funds to registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses working in an eligible public or private Critical Shortage Facility, or nurse faculty at an eligible school of nursing.

Join the FY24 Nurse Corps LRP New Application Technical Assistance webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. ET.

Application closes Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Join HRSA’s DoNation Campaign for Organ Donation

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HRSA's DoNation Campaign is uniting workplaces across the U.S. to help the more than 100,000 people in need of an organ transplant by signing up to be organ, eye, and tissue donors. 

Your workplace can save lives! Enroll in the 2024 DoNation Campaign today.

Learn more about the DoNation Campaign and how your workplace can participate.

National Donor Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 14.

HRSA Funding in the Community

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  • American Heart Month
  • National Wear Red Day (2)
  • National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
  • National Children's Dental Health Month
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (7)
  • National Donor Day (14)

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) - apply by February 5

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program - apply by February 26

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant Rural Training in Behavioral Health (PCTE-PARB) Program - apply by March 15

Bureau of Primary Health Care

Service Area Competition-Additional Area - apply by February 20

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program - apply by February 12

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program - apply by April 16

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program – Emergency Medical Services Supplement - apply by April 25


Regional AIDS Education and Training Centers - apply by February 5

National AETC Support Center - apply by February 7

Linking Eligibility Across the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Parts - Dissemination Assistance Provider - apply by March 4

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Cooperative Newborn Screening System Priorities Program (NBS Co-Propel) - apply by February 23

National Coordinating Center on Transition - apply by March 11

Transition for Youth with Autism and/or Epilepsy Demonstration Projects - apply by March 11

State Maternal Health Innovation - apply by April 2

Autism Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (Autism FIRST) - apply by April 3

Office of the Administrator

Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Evidence Based Telehealth Network Program (EB-TNP) - apply by March 22

View All Funding Opportunities