HRSA eNews: March 2024, Volume 1

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March 7, 2024

HRSA Announces Nearly $50 Million Initiative to Support Opioid Treatment and Recovery Services in Rural Communities

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden

On Wednesday, March 6, HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson joined White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden and more than 900 rural health stakeholders to announce the Rural Opioid Treatment and Response Initiative. The initiative includes the release of the latest Rural Communities Opioid Response Program notice of funding opportunity, RCORP-Impact. This program aims to increase access to life-saving treatment and help rural individuals achieve long-term, sustained recovery.

HRSA Meets with State and Territorial Health Officials

HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson and ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser

On Monday, February 26, Administrator Johnson and HRSA senior leaders met with state and territorial health officials during the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’ (ASTHO) Spring Leadership Forum.

The group discussed how HRSA and state and territorial health departments can continue to work together to support and grow the health workforce, provide HIV care, improve and enhance maternal health, and promote HRSA funding opportunities to communities in need.

HRSA Recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10


On Sunday, March 10, HRSA will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year’s theme is "Prevention and Testing at Every Age. Care and Treatment at Every Stage," which is an important reminder about the ongoing impact of HIV on women and girls and why we must come together to encourage HIV testing, prevention, and whole-person care to this priority population.

HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is committed to helping women diagnosed with HIV get the care, medication, and support services they need. In 2022, more than 25% of Ryan White clients were women, and nearly 60% of those clients were Black/African American women. Among women receiving RWHAP HIV medical care, nearly 90% were virally suppressed. This means they cannot sexually transmit HIV to their partners and can live longer and healthier lives. HRSA is proud of this progress thanks to the dedication of our recipients, subrecipients, and stakeholders.

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HRSA Observes National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20

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HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program will observe National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 20. This day is an opportunity to amplify the voices of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and raise HIV awareness, encourage HIV testing, and highlight ways to get treatment for HIV for those who test positive.

This year’s theme is “It’s all relative, our experience makes a difference.” Among AI/AN Ryan White clients receiving HIV care, more than 88% were virally suppressed.

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New Research: Health Centers and Patient Support Services


A recent HRSA-funded study shows that health centers with the highest use of patient support services, such as transportation, score higher than other health centers on 90% of clinical quality process measures (e.g., cervical cancer screening, childhood immunization status). This research suggests that the health-related social services that health centers provide make a significant positive impact on clinical health outcomes. 

Read the published article and other articles about high-quality care in health centers in our Health Center Library.

Studying Nursing? Apply for HRSA’s Scholarship!

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HRSA’s Nurse Corps Scholarship Program application is open! The program provides scholarships to nursing students in exchange for a minimum two-year, full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent) at an eligible health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses.

Application closes on Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. ET.

HRSA Funding in the Community

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  • National Nutrition Month  
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (10) 
  • National Poison Prevention Week (17-23) 
  • National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (18-24) 
  • National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (20) 

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

Bureau of Primary Health Care

Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act Program - apply by May 2

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program - apply by April 26


Supporting People with HIV as Leaders in HIV Systems of Care - apply by April 1

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program - apply by April 16

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

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

Licensure Portability Grant Program - apply by April 8

National Organizations of State and Local Officials (NOSLO): State Health Services and Financing - apply by May 23

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