HRSA Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs for Nurses

October 6, 2022

HRSA Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs for Nurses

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HRSA IEA), and the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) in Region 7 invite you to a webinar on HRSA Scholarships and Loan Repayment Programs for Nurses working in Critical Shortage Facilities such as public health departments, hospitals, and rural health clinics.

Date:  Monday, October 31, 2022

Time:  3 pm – 4 pm CT

Topics at a Glance

  • Programs offered through HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce to strengthen the nursing workforce
  • Nurse Corps Scholarship Program including eligibility and how to apply
  • Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program including eligibility and how to apply
  • Benefits of the Nurse Corps Program including scholarships and payment of unpaid nursing education debt
  • How to become a Nurse Corps program site
  • Resources and tools available on the supply, use, access, need, and demand for health workers

Who Should Attend?

  • Public Health Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Rural Health Clinics
  • Public Health Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Midwives
  • Nurse Faculty
  • Nursing Students

REGISTER HERE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on October 31st.

For more information about the webinar, contact Kim Shiu at KShiu@hrsa.gov.

For more information about HRSA’s Nurse Corps Programs, check out these fact sheets:

News Release: Missouri WIC works to improve health of 80,000 Missourians each month

October 6, 2022

Missouri WIC works to improve health of 80,000 Missourians each month

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Every month, over 80,000 Missourians participate in the Missouri WIC program. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The program provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods, and referrals to health services.

Missouri WIC offers healthy food choices that target specific essential nutrients often missing from the diets of participants, such as iron, calcium, protein, and vitamins A, C, and D. To meet these needs, the WIC food package includes fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk and yogurt along with other nutritious foods.

“The WIC program takes into consideration the distinct needs of the women, infants, and children it serves, providing participants with individualized nutrition counseling and then prescribes a food package to fit their nutritional needs,” said Angie Oesterly, Missouri WIC Director. “Breastfeeding mothers receive additional support to ensure a successful breastfeeding journey for their infant and themselves.”

To qualify for the WIC program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a pregnant, breastfeeding, or new mother; an infant up to age one; or a child up to their fifth birthday; and
  • Be a resident of Missouri; and
  • Meet income eligibility requirements.

Missourians interested in learning about the benefits of WIC may visit by clicking here or call TEL-LINK at 1-800-835-5465 to find the WIC local agency in their county.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Nondiscrimination and complaint information can be found on our website at wic.mo.gov.

WIC is funded by the USDA and is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

October 5, 2022

HHS IEA Weekly Monkeypox Briefing

Please join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for a Monkeypox briefing TOMORROW at 2:00 PM EST. Starting this week, these briefings will be held every other Thursday (next briefing 10/20).

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time: 2:00 PM EST
Register for the briefing here.

Monkeypox Response Equity Resources

Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHSIEA) Briefing on Monkeypox

October 4, 2022

HHS IEA Briefing on Monkeypox

Please join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for our weekly Monkeypox briefing on Thursday at 2:00 PM ET.

Date: Thursday, October 6th
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Register for the briefing here

Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHSIEA)

October 4, 2022

Funding Opportunity TA Webinar: Public Health AmeriCorps

Please join the Department of Health and Human Services for the following events this week:

Funding Opportunity TA Webinar: Public Health AmeriCorps 

AmeriCorps recently announced a new round of funding for Public Health AmeriCorps!

Public Health AmeriCorps, launched in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a $400 million investment to engage new communities and individuals in public health, recruiting and building a new workforce ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Last year, over 80 organizations were awarded a total of more than $60 million. Funding is open to nonprofit, faith-based, tribal, and community-based organizations; higher education institutions; state, local, and territorial government entities, including local public health departments.

Is your organization seeking capacity to address a public health issue? Learn more about how to apply for a Public Health AmeriCorps grant! 

Date: Thursday, October 6th
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Register for the webinar here
This session will walk through the Public Health AmeriCorps NOFO components and programmatic requirements.

To learn more:

  • Register for the webinar on October 25, 2022 at 1PM ET: FY23 AmeriCorps State and National NOFOs Best Practices in Developing Performance Measures. This session will support organizations in developing their applications.
  • Watch the Intro to AmeriCorps Webinar session recording, recommend for anyone new to AmeriCorps funding
  • Read about the first cohort of Public Health AmeriCorps grantees here
  • Apply for funding here!

For more information, visit americorps.gov/publichealth or contact publichealth@americorps.gov

Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHSIEA)

Date: 10/03/2022

HSS COVID-19 Update

READING OF METTING WITH HEALTH SYSTEM AND HOSPITAL LEADERS ON MANAGING COVID-19 THIS FALL

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy met with health system and hospital leaders to discuss the importance of acting aggressively this fall to protect their patients, health care workers, and communities from COVID-19 and the flu. The discussion focused on steps hospitals and health systems can take to help ensure all Americans, including health care workers, get their updated COVID-19 vaccine this fall, and encourage people to get tested and seek treatment when they get sick—steps that will save lives, reduce burden on the health care system, minimize disruptions to daily life, and help the U.S. effectively manage COVID-19.

INFORMATION FOR SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Evusheld: FDA added important information to the authorized Fact Sheets for Evusheld (tixagevimab co-packaged with cilgavimab) to inform health care providers and individuals receiving Evusheld of the increased risk for developing COVID-19 when exposed to variants of SARS-CoV-2 that are not neutralized by Evusheld. Detailed neutralization data can be found in the revised authorized Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers. Health care professionals should inform patients of this risk and advise patients who develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to test for SARS-CoV-2 infection and promptly seek medical attention, including starting treatment for COVID-19, as appropriate if they test positive.

RESEARCH

Exploring a New Approach to Universal Vaccines Against COVID-19: NIH published a news story on a new approach to universal vaccines against COVID-19. Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are exploring a different idea for vaccines. Instead of focusing on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, they are studying the virus’s nucleocapsid (N) protein, which rarely mutates. The N protein could be the key to creating a future universal vaccine to fight emerging variants. NIAID researchers found that N proteins produced by cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 neutralize multiple chemokines. Chemokines are substances produced in response to an infection or injury, and they attract white blood cells to the area. When N proteins bind to chemokines, this binding weakens the body’s immune response. Without white blood cells to kill virus-infected cells, the virus keeps multiplying and infecting more cells. Until now, most scientists thought that N proteins stayed inside a cell infected by SARS-CoV-2. But the NIAID researchers discovered that up to 100,000 copies of the N protein stud the surface of a single infected cell. In addition, N proteins on an infected cell can spread to uninfected neighboring cells so that they lose immune protection.

Launching Soon: Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health NOFO

October 4, 2022

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health (HRSA-23-099)

Through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will support a new notice of funding opportunity totaling nearly $60 million over 5-years to support training to expand the public health workforce.

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health (HRSA-23-099) is a new program that will train primary care residents in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, treatment, and referral of services for mental and behavioral health conditions. In particular, the program will benefit pediatric, adolescent, young adult, and other populations who are at-risk or have experienced abuse, trauma, or mental health and/or substance use disorders, including those related to the effects of gun violence.

Awards will support both classroom training and clinical rotations that focus on mental and behavioral health conditions.

Eligible entities include:

  • Accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals;
  • Schools of allopathic medicine or osteopathic medicine;
  • Residency programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics or combined internal medicine and pediatrics (“med-peds”); and
  • Tribes and tribal organizations, if otherwise eligible.

The Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Residency Training in Mental and Behavioral Health program is authorized by Section 747(a) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 .U.S.C. § 293k(a)) and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, P.L.117-159.

To be notified when this funding opportunity opens, sign up for Health Professions Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) updates.

Temporary benefit increase extended for Missouri WIC participants

September 30, 2022

News Release: Temporary benefit increase extended for Missouri WIC participants

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri WIC announces the extension of the temporary increase of the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVB) starting Oct. 1, 2022. The new amounts will be $25 per month for child participants, $44 per month for pregnant and postpartum participants and $49 per month for breastfeeding participants. Previous CVB values range from $9 – $11. WIC is the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Eligible participants need to contact their WIC local agency starting Sept. 30 to schedule an appointment to load the additional benefits on their eWIC card before redeeming any October benefits. Participants who redeem any October benefits before receiving the increase will not receive the increase until November.

Missouri WIC provides additional healthy fruits and vegetables for up to 60,000 women and children per month. WIC families have the opportunity to shop for nutritious foods at approximately 600 authorized WIC retailers throughout Missouri and can receive services at any of the 116 local agencies. WIC serves financially eligible women, infants and children under the age of five. Fathers, stepparents, foster parents, grandparents and guardians are also encouraged to apply for WIC benefits for any children in the household under the age of five.

Missouri WIC provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods and referrals to health services. It is also one of the most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs in the country.

Missourians interested in learning about the benefits of WIC may visit wic.mo.gov or call TEL-LINK at 1-800-835-5465 to find the WIC local agency closest to them.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Nondiscrimination and complaint information can be found on our website at wic.mo.gov.

WIC is funded by the USDA and is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.