HealthHIV: HIV Prevention Certified Provider Certification Program

Date: April 26, 2022

The HIV Prevention Certified Provider (HIV PCP) program has been expanded to become a Certification Program. HealthHIV’s HIV Prevention Certified Provider Certification Program™ is a free, online, self-paced curriculum comprised of eight free e-learning modules in HIV prevention. The program offers the following credit types: CME, MOC, NCPD, CPE, and IPCE. Upon completion, participants receive the HealthHIV HIV Prevention Certified Provider Certification™ and a listing in the national HIV PCP Directory.

The HealthHIV HIV PCP Certification™ demonstrates competency in interdisciplinary, multi-level strategies for HIV prevention. Participants who complete the certification program will have an understanding of the foundation of HIV epidemiology and policy in the United States, the provider’s role in identifying HIV risk and new cases, high impact strategies to prevent HIV through status-neutral-navigation, clinical guidelines to implement PrEP, and a framework of cultural humility that improves clients’ access to and retention in care.

The HIV PCP modules have been updated and two new modules are offered:

·        Module 7: PrEP Adherence, Part 2

·        Module 8: TelePrEP Services – Improving PrEP Access

All modules are accredited and participants can earn up to 8.5 credits (CME, MOC, NCPD, CPE, and IPCE) for completion of the certification.

Each of the eight modules features the latest in HIV prevention, detailing the pertinent clinical and practice information that clinicians need to effectively employ HIV prevention interventions. Modules 1-5 & 7-8 provide 1.0 continuing educations credits and Module 6 provides 1.5 credits.

The eight modules are:

  1. HIV Prevention: Epidemiology, Interventions, and Strategies
  2. HIV Testing and Assessing Risk For Short Behavioral Intervention and Referral
  3. Maintaining Serostatus Negative and Viral Suppression: Preventing HIV Acquisition  and Transmission
  4. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Clinical
  5. Enhancing Cultural Humility and Understanding Barriers to Care
  6. PrEP Adherence
  7. PrEP Adherence, Part 2
  8. Teleprep Services: Improving PrEP Access

The online self-paced curriculum, continuing education credits, and certification are free of charge. Become an HIV PCP today!

Up to 8.5 continuing education credits are available (CME, MOC, NCPD, CPE, and IPCE) Continuing Education Credits


HIV care providers (MD, DO, NP, PA), infectious disease specialists, internists, primary care providers, nurses, pharmacists, and providers of care for patients at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV


Access the online, self-paced curriculum at

2022 Missouri Rural Behavioral Health Summit

Date: April 22, 2022

2022 Missouri Rural Behavioral Health Summit

Date: June 15, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM CT


You are invited to the Missouri Rural Behavioral Health Summit, scheduled for June 15, 2022. This event will be in person only. This is a summit in partnership with the Missouri Rural Health Association and The Missouri Behavioral Health Council. This summit is designed to bring the rural communities together to discuss behavioral health topics to provide training, tools, and engagement in different areas. This includes, but is not limited to suicide prevention, trauma informed practices, substance use prevention and addressing the issues with access and workforce in the rural communities.

  • Location
    • Holiday Inn and Expo Center
    • 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW
    • Columbia, MO 65203
  • Cost
    • $20 per person
  • Continuing Education
    • The Missouri Behavioral Health Council has approved this program for behavioral health continuing education contact hours. MBHC will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education hours earned. Continuing education certificates will be sent out at the conclusion of the event.
  • Continuing Medical Education
    • CME hours will only be provided to physicians that complete the session evaluation. The Center for Behavioral Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Center for Behavioral Medicine in joint providership with Missouri Behavioral Health Council designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



2022 Healthy Grant Workshop

Date: April 25, 2022

2022 Healthy Grants Workshop

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has opened registration for the 2022 Healthy Grants Workshop web series.

You can register for up to eight sessions and more than a dozen important topics.

There is no cost to attend. You can attend as many sessions as you like. The first session begins on Wednesday, May 4, followed by a new session every two weeks through Wednesday, August 10.

Each session includes two topics. Topic examples include:

  • Grants policies
  • Financial monitoring
  • Grant budgeting
  • New HRSA programs and efforts
  • Electronic handbooks overview

A full schedule is available.

More details will be added to HRSA’s Healthy Grants Workshop page.

There’s Still Time to Apply: Become an NHSC Site Today

Date: April 22, 2022

The 2022 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) New Site Application Cycle is open for sites that:

  • Have never been approved for NHSC, including sites that have applied and had their application denied or cancelled.
  • Are currently an inactive NHSC site due to expiration or past compliance issues.
  • Are new or satellite sites that are not yet affiliated with NHSC.

Interested sites and treatment facilities should review the Site Reference Guide for details on how to become NHSC approved. 

Why be NHSC approved?


Accepting applications through Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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HRSA Announces $90 Million to Support New Data-Driven Approaches for Health Centers to Identify and Reduce Health Disparities

Date: April 21, 2022

HRSA Announces $90 Million to Support New Data-Driven Approaches for Health Centers to Identify and Reduce Health Disparities

On April 21, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of nearly $90 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support new data-driven efforts for HRSA Health Center Program-supported health centers and look-alikes (HRSA-designated health centers) to identify and reduce health disparities.

HRSA’s modernized data collection and reporting initiative, called Uniform Data System Patient-Level Submission (UDS+), is designed to collect more and better data on social determinants of health, while also streamlining and improving data quality reporting for health centers. This effort will enable health centers to tailor their efforts to improve health outcomes and advance health equity, more precisely targeting the needs of specific communities or patients.

“Health centers are vital to increasing equitable access to primary health care,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration has made historic investments in health centers, and this funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will further enable health centers to utilize data to meet the needs of their community and help reduce gaps in care.”

“HRSA’s funding has supported our nation’s health centers in becoming leaders in leveraging the latest technology and data to provide high-quality care to individuals and communities who have been historically underserved,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “Today’s announcement builds on this work and will help health centers modernize their data tools to improve equitable access to care and continue to best meet the needs of the communities and patients they serve.”

The funding announced today can be used for various COVID-19 activities and for modifying, enhancing, and expanding health care services and infrastructure by improving health information technology, enhancing data collection, and supporting related staff training. These efforts will advance broader COVID-19 response, mitigation, and recovery efforts. Additionally, they will help prepare for future public health emergencies.

The enhancements that health centers may make to their infrastructure using ARP-UDS+ funds will support patient-level reporting and enable them to better identify, measure, and investigate disparities in health care use and health outcomes by race, ethnicity, age, and other important demographic factors, and to more precisely target their resources accordingly. Standardization of patient-level health data will enable the identification of populations most at risk for health disparities and will provide data to inform potential clinical interventions. Furthermore, the ability to collect, house, and report standardized patient-level health data will support health centers’ participation in critical population health surveillance activities during public health emergencies.

Since March of 2021, HRSA has awarded approximately $6 billion to health centers to support and expand COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and treatment for populations at higher risk for COVID-19; nearly $1 billion in major construction to increase health care access in health centers and approximately $32 million to enhance COVID-19 related training and technical assistance support.

HRSA-supported health centers serve medically underserved populations and communities, which are often disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Health centers serve 1 in 5 people living in rural communities, and 1 in 11 people nationwide. More than 90% of HRSA-funded health center patients are individuals or families living at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and nearly 63% are racial or ethnic minorities.

Applications are due in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks by 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, May 23, 2022. Visit the American Rescue Plan UDS+ Supplemental Funding technical assistance webpage for the notice of funding opportunity, technical assistance information, and other resources.

Recruitment for Retention: Hot Topics, Evolving Roles, and Strategies

Date: April 21, 2022

Recruitment for Retention: Hot Topics, Evolving Roles, and Strategies

Please join the Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA), Missouri Health Professional Placement Services (MHPPS), and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Courtyard Marriott in Jefferson City, Missouri for learning sessions on Recruitment for Retention: Hot Topics, Evolving Roles, and Strategies.

Event Date: May 4-5, 2022.

Click Here for the agenda and to register for the event.

Registration Fee: $75 per participant (space is limited)

CMS Outlines Strategy to Advance Health Equity, Challenges Industry Leaders to Address Systemic Inequities

Date: April 20, 2022

CMS Outlines Strategy to Advance Health Equity, Challenges Industry Leaders to Address Systemic Inequities

CMS Administrator issues invitation to health care industry to advance health equity.

On April 20, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined an action plan that demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing efforts to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all people, regardless of their background, and to drive health equity across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Building on the agency’s commitment to make health equity the first “pillar” of its strategic vision, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure invited health care industry leaders to make commitments to advance health equity and work with CMS to share best practices to address systemic inequities in the delivery of care.

“Advancing health equity is the core work of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We can’t achieve our health system goals until everyone can attain the highest level of health. That’s why I am inviting the health care industry to work alongside CMS as we transform the way patients are cared for in our country,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “Health equity will be embedded within the DNA of CMS and serve as the lens through which we view all of our work. Our vision is clear and our goal is straightforward — we will not stop until every person has a fair and just opportunity to attain their optimal health.” 

As a part of its plan, CMS laid out the central role health equity will play in the work of all CMS Centers and Offices, including the Center for Medicare (CM), the Center for Medicaid & CHIP (CMCS), Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ).  This work includes working with and sharing best practices across states, health care facilities, providers, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, people with lived experience, researchers, and other key stakeholders to drive commitments to advance health equity.

CMS Health Equity Strategy:

CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure has charged each CMS Center and Office with building health equity into their core work, aimed to better identify and respond to inequities in health outcomes, barriers to coverage, and access to care. They include the following actions:

  • Close gaps in health care access, quality, and outcomes for underserved populations.
  • Promote culturally and linguistically appropriate services to ensure understandable and respectful care and services that are responsive to preferred languages, health literacy, and other diverse communication needs.
  • Build on outreach efforts to enroll eligible people across Medicare, Medicaid/CHIP and the Marketplace.
  • Expand and standardize the collection and use of data, including on race, ethnicity, preferred language, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, geography, and other factors across CMS programs.
  • Evaluate policies to determine how CMS can support safety net providers caring for underserved communities, and ensure care is accessible to those who need it.
  • Ensure engagement with and accountability to the communities served by CMS in policy development and the implementation of CMS programs.
  • Incorporate screening for and promote broader access to health-related social needs, including greater adoption of related quality measures, coordination with community-based organizations, and collection of social needs data in standardized formats across CMS programs and activities.
  • Ensure CMS programs serve as a model and catalyst to advance health equity through the nation’s health care system, including with states, providers, plans, and other stakeholders.
  • Promote the highest quality outcomes and safest care for all people through use of the framework under the CMS National Quality Strategy.

Invitation to Advance Health Equity

In effort to address systemic inequities across the industry, CMS will be encouraging health care leaders to make commitments to advance health equity, such as designing, implementing, and operationalizing initiatives that support health; eliminating avoidable differences in health outcomes experienced by people who are disadvantaged or underserved; and providing the care and support people, particularly those with Medicare, Medicaid or Marketplace coverage, need to thrive. This aligns with the Biden-Harris Administration’s  comprehensive, long-term strategy to advance health equity.

To ensure sustained progress through meaningful initiatives, CMS will convene industry stakeholders, including health care facilities, insurance companies, state officials and providers. The first of these convenings will take place in Summer 2022 and focus on ways to improve maternal health outcomes experienced by pregnant and postpartum people. CMS and experts will invite health care industry leaders to share best practices and commitments to strengthen maternal health.

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Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Updates from the CDC

Date: April 21, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates from the CDC

Webinar Date: April 26, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Register for the Webinar

A lot has changed about COVID vaccines over the past year. Get the latest information from an expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please join Elisha Hall, clinical lead on the CDC Vaccine Task Force’s Clinical Education Team. She will provide updates on the latest COVID-19 vaccine information, including:

  • A refresher on COVID-19 vaccine recommendations
  • Updates on boosters and additional doses
  • Best practices for working with your state to secure vaccines