HRSA eNews: June 2024, Volume 2

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June 20, 2024

HRSA Announces Major Expansion of Funding Available for Montana Home Visiting Program

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On Tuesday, June 11, Administrator Carole Johnson visited Montana for the latest Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative convening, where she announced $5.4 million in eligible funding to Montana to expand its Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, an evidence-based initiative providing direct in-home services to expectant families and families with young children. Administrator Johnson met with HRSA grantees from across the state, including home visitors, health care providers, universities, Tribal members, and new mothers who shared their stories about how critical HRSA programs were in supporting them and their babies. The next day, Administrator Johnson spoke at the 2024 Meadowlark Initiative Conference hosted by the Montana Healthcare Foundation. She highlighted HRSA’s ongoing efforts to integrate behavioral health services into primary care and prenatal care, as well as investments to improve maternal health outcomes and maternal mental health. Administrator Johnson also visited the Montana State University College of Nursing to talk about their HRSA-funded Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program, which trains nurses to serve in rural and frontier communities. Her visit concluded with a tour of Community Health Partners – Bozeman Clinic.

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Biden-Harris Administration Invests $11 Million to Expand Medical Residencies in Rural Communities

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On Thursday, June 13, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden announced more than $11 million in HRSA awards to 15 organizations to establish new residency programs in rural communities while visiting a rural health clinic in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Building on HRSA’s Enhancing Maternal Health Initiative, one program will create the first obstetrics and gynecology Rural Track Program in the country, and six others will develop new family medicine residency programs with enhanced obstetrical training in rural communities.

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$56 Million Awarded to HRSA-Funded Health Centers to Support Improving Quality Health Services in High Need Communities


HRSA has awarded $56 million to support HRSA-funded health centers’ commitment to high-quality care through new investments in modernized technology and data. HRSA-funded health centers provide primary care to 30 million people and serve patients regardless of ability to pay. They are also leaders in health care quality, and HRSA is taking the next step in quality improvement by adopting a modernized Uniform Data System (UDS+) for health centers. UDS+ will create automated reporting platforms for quality and performance management, streamlining backend work.  

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Register for the National Telehealth Conference

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Navigating the latest in telehealth? Join health care professionals, policymakers, and industry stakeholders from around the country at the National Telehealth Conference on Tuesday, July 16 for insights on balancing telehealth solutions and vital in-person services.

Register to learn how others are integrating telehealth into their practice and working to give patients a choice in how they receive their care. 

Sign up to receive announcements from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.

New Research Suggests Health Centers Provide More Cost-Effective Care

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A new study highlights differences in health care use among high-need Medicaid beneficiaries who receive primary health care at HRSA-funded health centers versus other settings. It shows that health center patients had fewer high-cost specialty care, emergency room, and hospital visits but received equal or more primary care services. This suggests that, by providing less costly care, health centers lower health care costs for this group.

Read the published article, “Differences in Health Care Utilization of High-Need and High-Cost Patients of Federally Funded Health Centers Versus Other Primary Care Providers,” in the Health Center Library.

Extension to Complete Grantee Satisfaction Survey: Participate and Have Your Say

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Calling all HRSA grantees! The 2024 Grantee Satisfaction Survey is open!

HRSA has updated the survey to streamline it and gather feedback about your experience. Your confidential responses help HRSA take concrete actions to better serve our grantees and the populations we serve.

The last day to complete the survey is Monday, June 24. Share your feedback and help us enhance our support to better serve you. Your feedback matters. Together, we can make a difference!

Questions or concerns about the survey? Email HRSA Grantee Survey.

HRSA Funding in the Community

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  • Men's Health Month
  • Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
  • PTSD Awareness Month
  • Men's Health Week (10-16)
  • World Sickle Cell Day (19)
  • National HIV Testing Day (27)

Funding Opportunities


Bureau of Health Workforce

NHSC New Site Application (provider recruitment and retention benefits) - apply by June 25

Faculty Loan Repayment Program - apply by June 27

Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program - apply by June 27

Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment Program - apply by July 9

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) - Workforce Expansion Program (WEP) - apply by July 26

Bureau of Primary Health Care

Expanded Hours - apply by June 24

Service Area Competition (HRSA-25-012) - apply by July 29

Service Area Competition (HRSA-25-013) - apply by July 29

Service Area Competition – Additional Areas - apply by August 5

New Access Points - apply by August 15

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Supporting Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Screening and Intervention - apply by June 21

View All Funding Opportunities