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December 7, 2017

World AIDS Day

HRSA and HHS staff form a human ribbon in observance of World AIDS Day

"We … commemorate World AIDS Day to show our support and commitment to helping those who are living with the disease and to remember those who lost their battle with HIV/AIDS in our country and around theworld."- HRSAAdministrator, George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

This World AIDS Day, new data show HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program continues to drive progress toward ending the HIV epidemic. On November 29, the 2016 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Annual Client-Level Data Report was released providing an in-depth look at the demographic and socio-economic factors among clients served by the Program. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services for low income people living with HIV. In 2016, approximately 85 percent of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients were virally suppressed, up from nearly 70 percent in 2010. This exceeds the national average of 55 percent virally suppressed.

Read more about World AIDS Day at HRSA.

Read the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2016(PDF - 892 KB).

Telehealth and rural America

HRSA Administrator, George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.Noting that HRSA recently invested $203 million in health centers and rural communities to help fight the opioid epidemic, Dr. Sigounas said: "While the purpose of National Rural Health Day is to celebrate the efforts and contributions of rural America, it is difficult to think about rural health and not acknowledge the opioid crisis."

One response to the crisis, conferees said, is Project ECHO -- a new emphasis on telehealth as a means to deliver clinician training, patient consultation and case management to geographically isolated communities where hands-on care is scarce.

Read more about telehealth and rural America.

New HRSA behavioral healthresource

photo of a physician talking with a patientHRSA's new gateway to behavioral health provides information on how HRSA programs are incorporating mental health and substance use treatment into service delivery and training.

Learn about behavioral health initiatives involving HRSA-funded safety net providers and training/education grant programs. You'll also find a wide range of technical assistance resources on integrating behavioral health and primary care.

Use the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to find the nearest behavioral health organization or HRSA grantee that provides behavioral health services in your community.

Check out the new behavioral health resource.

New dementia learning modules for caregivers

photo of a caregiver with an elderly patientFind out more about HRSA’s new learning modules to help family and other caregivers of people living with dementia address the challenges of caregiving.

The modules are a supplemental resource to HRSA’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia’s Training Curriculum that trains the primary care workforce about dementia care and helps providers address caregiver needs.

Intended for health professions faculty and students, primary care practitioners, and direct service providers, the curriculum and supplemental modules promote inter-professionalteamwork in the care of persons living with dementia.

Check out the new learning modules.

FDA issues recommendations on covers for hospital bed mattresses

photo of a child in a hospital bed with a parent and physicianOver time, hospital bed mattress covers can wear out and allow blood and body fluids to penetrate and get trapped inside mattresses. If blood or body fluids from one patient penetrate and get absorbed in a mattress, the fluids can leak out the next time the mattress is used. Coming into contact with these fluids poses a risk of infection to patients using the bed.

The FDA issued asafety communicationin 2013 alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers to these safety concerns. From 2011 through 2016, the FDA has received over 700 reports of a hospital bed mattress cover failing to prevent blood or body fluids from leaking into the mattress.

Read the FDA recommendations.

National health promotion and disease prevention objectives: Healthy People

Secretary's Advisory Committee for 2030
December 11, 3 - 5 p.m. ET

Be a part of the Healthy People 2030 development process.Register today for the 7th meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030 (Committee). The Committee will:

  • Discuss potential revisions to the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework based on public comments
  • Further develop subcommittee recommendations on topics including stakeholder engagement, health literacy, health and well-being, and law and policy

Healthy People 2020 Progress Review Webinar

December 12, 12:30 - 2 p.m. ET

Register for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review webinar featuring early and middle childhood & adolescent health. The Progress Review webinars focus on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives throughout the decade.

You'll also learn how the City of Cincinnati Health Department is taking a comprehensive approach to providing school-based health services.


This Month

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  • World AIDS Day (Dec 1)
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec 4-11)

Funding Opportunities

Health Workforce

Regional Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program - Apply by January 19

Preventive Medicine Residency Program - Apply by January 26

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) – Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program - Apply by January 29

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Training Primary Care Champions - Apply by January 30


Healthcare Systems

Increasing Organ Donation Awareness - Apply by February 12



Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C HIV Early Intervention Services Program: New Geographic Service Areas - Apply by January 2

Resilient and Responsive Health Systems (RRHS) Initiative – South Sudan - Apply by January 2

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership - January 19

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D -- Women, Infants, Children, and Youth (WICY) Grants Supplemental Funding- Apply by January 30

Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men who Have Sex with Men – Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider- Apply by February 5

Implementation of Evidence-Informed Behavioral Health Models to Improve HIV Health Outcomes for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men - Demonstration Sites- Apply by February 5

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program- Apply by March 9

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program - March 23


Maternal & Child Health

National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative - Apply by January 3

Thalassemia Program - Apply by January 8

Emergency Medical Services for Children State Partnership Program - Apply by January 8

R40 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program - Apply by January 8

R40 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (FIRST) Program - Apply by January 8

Advancing Systems of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Apply by January 16

Children's Safety Network Program - Apply by January 16

Family-to-Family Health Information Centers - Apply by January 17

Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation Program- Apply by February 5


Rural Health

Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies - Apply by February 20


View All Funding Opportunities

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