HRSA eNews: April 2024, Volume 1

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April 4, 2024

HRSA Visits Missouri for First State Convening of Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative

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As part of HRSA’s Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative, Administrator Carole Johnson and other HRSA leaders convened grantees, providers, maternal health experts and mothers in St. Louis to highlight HRSA programs across the state of Missouri and open a dialogue on improving maternal health outcomes by fostering cross-program and cross-state relationships.

Attendees shared their personal stories with maternal health and HRSA programs that supported them, as well as the importance of providing patient-centered care to pregnant women, mothers, and their families, including support services and screening and treatment for maternal mental health.

This was the first of a series of state convenings as part of HRSA’s year-long Initiative to help strengthen and expand HRSA’s maternal health work to address the unacceptable rates of maternal mortality and related disparities in the United States.

Read local media coverage of the convening.

HRSA Hosts Roundtable on New National Survey on the State of the Nursing Workforce

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HRSA convened leaders last week from over 25 nursing and health care organizations for a roundtable discussion on the newly released findings of the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses — the first comprehensive federal survey of nurses since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. 

The survey is a comprehensive picture of the nursing workforce, the largest health care profession in the United States, conducted every four years by HRSA’s National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in collaboration with the U. S. Census Bureau. Nearly 50,000 nurses responded to the survey questions and reported on topics such as education, training, job satisfaction, as well as their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Nursing Workforce Dashboard visualizes data from both the 2022 and 2018 surveys, which includes detailed information on the nursing workforce in the United States. It provides insights on the nursing profession by showing their work environment, education, demographics, hours, earnings, and more. It also helps us predict what nurses will need in the future.

Read the release.

Joint HRSA-CDC Letter on Congenital Syphilis

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Yesterday, HRSA shared a joint HRSA-CDC letter to health centers, state and local public health departments, and other stakeholders that addresses the increases in congenital syphilis cases nationwide and offers suggestions for ways to continue addressing this concerning trend.

This letter builds on HRSA’s ongoing efforts to respond to the sharp increase in congenital syphilis and support the National Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis Syndemic Federal Task Force.

Read the bulletin.

HRSA Remembers the Life of Ryan White

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On Monday, April 8, HRSA will honor and remember the life and legacy of Ryan White, the namesake for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Ryan was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 and died 34 years ago. He fought AIDS-related discrimination and helped educate the nation about his disease. He died months before Congress passed the Ryan White CARE Act on August 18, 1990, legislation that established the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Today, the program that honors his name provides a comprehensive system of HIV medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than 560,000 people each year.

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day: April 10

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On Wednesday, April 10, HRSA will commemorate National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This is a day to recognize the impact of HIV on youth and young adults. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is committed raising HIV awareness, providing care, and supporting the unique needs of young people with HIV.

In 2022, 83.8% of young people aged 13-24 receiving HIV medical care through the Ryan White program were virally suppressed, a significant increase from 46.6% in 2010. This means they cannot transmit HIV sexually and can also live longer and healthier lives.

To find an HIV provider in your community, visit the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program website.

Black Maternal Health Week: April 11-17

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April 11 through 17 presents an opportunity for us to come together and focus our spotlight on the critical issue of Black maternal health.

At HRSA, we're committed to improving outcomes for Black mothers and their babies. It's easy to get involved: 1) Use our toolkit to spread the word and your work or email MCHB with questions. It features a website banner, virtual meeting background, newsletter copy, and social media graphic cards with suggested messaging content. These resources are designed to help you elevate your work, partnerships, and accomplishments 2) Join us for our next EnRICH webinar on Thursday, April 11, 2 - 3 p.m. ET, "Unlocking the Future of Maternal Health Begins with Research."

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This webinar delves into the pressing issue of maternal mortality in the United States and the persistent disparities that exist. Yvonne Bronner, ScD, head of the coordinating center for the newly launched HRSA Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI Collaborative), will lead this session to explore the unique role Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) play in promoting better maternal health outcomes.

National Donate Life Month: HRSA Launches New Multicultural Donation Education Campaign

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April is National Donate Life Month, and HRSA is celebrating the magical moments that take place when someone in need of an organ transplant matches with a generous donor!

Join HRSA’s webinar on Tuesday, April 16, 1-2 p.m. ET on the importance of organ donation. Speakers will include donation advocates and representatives from key donation outreach organizations. They will discuss ways to spread awareness and encourage donor registration. The webinar will include live interpretation in Spanish.

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HRSA is also excited to release a new campaign in concert with National Donate Life Month. 

Anchoring the campaign is “More Donors, More Hope,” a TV PSA in which a young boy who learns that his mother needs a kidney transplant takes action to give her a better chance of a donor match.

Their story represents thousands like it: there are over 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and over half are people of color. By sharing their story, we can encourage donor registration among diverse audiences. A bigger, more diverse group of donors gives people waiting a better chance at finding a lifesaving match.  

Will you step up and join us? Your support can make a life-defining difference to people in need – and to the people who love them. 

Help the stars align for someone in need. Sign up as an organ donor at or

2024 HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop

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Registration is open for the 2024 HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop. There is no cost to attend, and you can attend as many sessions as you like. A 2024 Healthy Grants Workshop schedule is available. 

The first session begins in May, followed by a new session every month through August. Each session includes two topics, such as grants administration, grants budgeting, allowable costs, and more.

More details will be added to the Manage Your Grants Workshop webpage as they are available. You'll also find links to previous Healthy Grants Workshop recordings. For more information, contact the Healthy Grants Workshop team.

HRSA Funding in the Community

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  • Autism Awareness Month 
  • Donate Life Month 
  • National Minority Health Month 
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month 
  • National Public Health Week (1-7) 
  • World Health Day (7) 
  • Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (10) 
  • Black Maternal Health Week (11-17)
  • STI Awareness Week (14-20)
  • National Pediatric Transplant Week (21-27) 
  • Youth Violence Prevention Week (22-26) 

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 - apply by April 16

Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program – Emergency Medical Services Supplement - apply by April 26

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Impact - apply by May 6

Health Systems Bureau

Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPF/CDS): Non-Construction Projects - apply by June 10

Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPF/CDS): Facilities and/or Equipment Projects - apply by June 12


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

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Poison Control Centers Program - apply by May 1

Maternal and Child Health Services - apply by July 15                                                                                

Office for the Advancement of Telehealth

Licensure Portability Grant Program - apply by April 8

Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

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

View All Funding Opportunities