Date: April 29, 2022
April in Brief: HRSA Works to Strengthen and Expand Health Care Access
In April, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced investments to: support community-based doulas; strengthen home visiting supports for parents, infants, and children; expand our investments in state responses to the maternal mortality crisis; launch the largest investment we’ve ever made in Community Health Worker training; and build new data tools to reduce health disparities through health centers.
HRSA also distributed $1.75 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments, released a Request for Information on ways to strengthen and improve the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, and launched a new Health Equity Fellowship Program.
In April 2022, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) took action to support underserved communities, improve maternal health, grow the health care workforce, and reduce health disparities, including:
Health Resources and Services Administration Announces Availability of New Funding to Support Community-Based Doulas
HRSA announced the availability of $4.5 million for hiring, training, certifying, and compensating community-based doulas in areas with high rates of adverse maternal and infant health outcomes.
HRSA Awards $16 Million to Strengthen the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Announces $9 Million Available to Expand State Maternal Health Innovation and Implementation Program
HRSA announced approximately $16 million to strengthen Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Programs through seven awards supporting eight states. These awards will advance data and technology innovations to support positive maternal and child health outcomes in states and communities, and focus on addressing health disparities.
HRSA also announced the availability of up to $9 million through the State Maternal Health Innovation and Data Capacity Program to expand the State Maternal Health Innovation and Implementation Program. This program supports state-level development and implementation of proven strategies to improve maternal health and address maternal health disparities.
HRSA Announces $226.5 Million to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program
HRSA announced the availability of $226.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to launch the Community Health Worker Training Program. This new program will increase the number of community health workers who play a critical role in connecting people to care, including COVID care; mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services; chronic disease care; and other important health services.
HRSA Announces $90 Million to Support New Data-Driven Approaches for Health Centers to Identify and Reduce Health Disparities
HRSA announced the availability of nearly $90 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support new data-driven efforts for HRSA Health Center Program-supported health centers and look-alikes to identify and reduce health disparities.
HRSA Distributing $1.75 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
HRSA announced more than $1.75 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to 3,680 providers across the country. Provider Relief Fund payments have played an important role in the national response to COVID-19, helping health care providers respond to the coronavirus, including retaining and supporting the workforce.
HRSA Releases Request for Information on Ways to Strengthen and Improve the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network
HRSA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on ways to strengthen and improve the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). The RFI will support HRSA’s efforts to increase accountability in OPTN operations, modernize performance of the OPTN IT system and related tools, and improve engagement with donors and patients. Comments are due by May 9th.
New Opportunities at HRSA for Early-Career Professionals
HRSA also announced the new HRSA Health Equity Fellowship Program to provide early career professionals with an opportunity to contribute directly to the Biden-Harris Administration’s work to advance racial equity and support underserved communities.
See News & Announcements on HRSA.gov.