Three Days Left to Apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program!

Date: May 17, 2022

Three Days Left to Apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program!

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program received additional funding thanks to the American Rescue Plan and expects to make more awards this year than in previous years. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply!

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 PM ET.  You are encouraged to submit your application early just in case you have questions or technical issues.

Access your application!

Application Checklist

  1. Ensure your advisor or school registrar office completes your verification of acceptance or enrollment verification form. 
  2. Upload a PDF copy of your official 2022-2023 Student Aid Report to your application.
  3. Upload official or unofficial academic transcripts from qualifying schools you have attended. 
  4. Reach out to professors or professional mentors to make sure they upload and submit their letter of recommendation. 
  5. Answer the two essay questions. 
  6. Complete your resume in the format of your choice. 
  7. Upload a PDF scan of an acceptable proof of U.S. citizenship.
    • Acceptable: a U.S. birth certificate, an unexpired U.S. Passport ID or U.S. Passport Card, a Certificate of Citizenship, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Permanent Resident Card (i.e. Green Card)
    • NOT Acceptable: a driver’s license, social security card, or marriage license

Read the Application & Program Guidance to learn more.

HRSA Announcements and Program Updates

Date: May 13, 2022

Please find below a few Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcements and program updates.

Funding to Advance Equity in Cancer Screening at Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $5 million for community health centers, funded by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to increase equitable access to life-saving cancer screenings. This funding supports President Joe Biden’s Unity Agenda and his call to action on cancer screening and early detection as part of the Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative to end cancer as HHS knows it.

To read the full press release go to https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2022/05/11/hhs-announces-5-million-funding-advance-equity-cancer-screening-health-centers.html.

HRSA Launches Hotline

HRSA launched the Maternal Mental Health Hotline, a new, confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges. The hotline is accessible by phone or text at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS in English and Spanish.

OPTN Deadline Extended

The deadline for input on ways to strengthen and improve the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network has been extended to Monday, May 23.

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program: Need Application Help?

Date: May 10, 2022

Nurse Corps Scholarship Program Application Help

The Nurse Corps Scholarship Program application cycle closes Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM ET.

As you work on your application, please visit our Nurse Corps SP Application webpage and read the Application and Program Guidance.

Here are some frequently asked questions from a recent webinar:

Q: Where can I find my application number and do I need to add it to every page of every document? 

A: You can find the applicant number on the start page of your online application. You do need to apply your applicant number at the top of each document you upload. See page 36 of the APG. For letters of recommendation, they must contain your name and application ID number and the recommender’s name, title, organization, and address. They should also be signed by the recommender. See page 35 of the APG.

Q: If I am selected for the Nurse Corps Scholarship, when does the scholarship start to cover my tuition and fees?

A: If you are enrolled in a summer session that is:

1) normally required by the school for all students in your program and

2) in-progress through July 1, 2022, the scholarship will cover tuition and fees for those courses. See page 49 of the APG.

Q: What is a common mistake I should look out for?

A: Be sure to check every document that you upload has a signature and date if it has a signature line (for example: Enrollment Verification Form or Verification of Acceptance form).

Application Questions?

Watch the Application Webinar!

Did you know?

  • You are an eligible student if you are enrolled or are enrolling in one of the following programs: ADN, BSN, ABSN, MN, Direct Entry Masters-NP, MSN-NP. You are eligible for the career pathway program if you are enrolled in one of the above programs and hold a certification as a DNP, CNA, HHA, MA, LPN or CHW.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply.

Customer Care Center

For application-related questions, call 1-800-221-9393 (TTY: 1-877-897-9910) Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

Apply for HHS Public Health Scholarship, CHW programs

Date: May 5, 2022

HHS Announces $226.5 Million to Launch Community Health Worker Training Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (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.  

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to building a robust public health workforce — the first line of defense in preventing disease, safeguarding health and keeping the public safe,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This funding will support these health workers—who know their communities and have their trust— as they keep their neighbors healthy, including throughout the COVID-19 response, by helping patients enroll in vital services, and by providing community education, outreach and support.”

The Community Health Worker Training Program is a new multiyear program focused on education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of public health workers. This effort will support training and apprenticeship programs to help more people enter the health workforce and serve the critical role of trusted messengers to connect people to care and support, help ensure patients follow-up on their provider’s recommendations and focus on preventive and protective factors that can improve health and well-being.

“At a time when too much misinformation is clouding the health care landscape, we are investing in training community health workers who are trusted voices in their communities,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “This new program will grow and train this essential part of our health care workforce and connect them to the communities and employers who need them most.”

This program builds on the historic investments the Administration has made through the American Rescue Plan, and supports community health workers, who have engaged in critical COVID-19 vaccine outreach and building vaccine confidence in our hardest-hit and highest-risk communities throughout the pandemic. Many of these individuals have been hired from the communities they serve, resulting in a diverse corps of people typically underrepresented in our health workforce.

Community health workers are also known as promotores de salud, community health advisors, outreach workers, patient navigators, and peer counselors and can include individuals with lived experience whose experience helps inform their work. 

Through this program, HRSA plans to train 13,000 community health workers, increasing access to care, improving public health emergency response, and addressing the public health needs of underserved communities.

To learn about eligibility and to apply for the Community Health Worker Training Program, visit Grants.gov.

Applications are due June 14, 2022.

Learn more about HRSA’s efforts to support the health workforce – PDF and view HRSA’s current funding opportunities.

RHIhub: Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant Program

Date: May 4, 2022

Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant Program

The Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant Program provides funding for projects in rural communities served by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members.

Funds may be used for:

  • Business and Economic Development: Entrepreneurship and job creation programs
  • Community Development: Outreach programs that promote technology learning and innovation or that encourage rural development through arts and tourism
  • Education: Education technology (such as computers and smart boards), extracurricular activities, and distance learning programs
  • Telecommunications Applications: Promoting the implementation and use of broadband-enabled applications for telehealth, education, government services, safety and security, and efficient energy distribution and use

Examples of health-related projects that have been funded include:

  • Equipment for firefighters and first responders
  • Park updates to encourage physical activity
  • Equipment for early intervention services for preschool aged children
  • Laptops for rural ambulance services
  • Purchase of mobile telemedicine carts
  • A telehealth program that concentrates on follow-up assessments for patients following an illness or new medical diagnosis
  • A Cardiac Ready Community Project that trains residents from remote communities in hands-only CPR and AED usage
  • Purchasing laptops with webcams to facilitate mental health assessments in rural emergency rooms via a telemedicine crisis center
  • Purchase of technology to assist veterans and their families enroll in federal and state benefit programs

Click to view more information on the Grant Program.

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.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

Date: April 18, 2022

Community Health Worker Training Program

This announcement is a prime opportunity for organizations that considered applying for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s (FORHP) Rural Public Health Workforce Training Program, which closed for applications on March 18, 2022.

The Community Health Worker Training Program is a new multiyear program from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce focused on education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of public health workers. This effort will support training and apprenticeship programs to help more people enter the health workforce and serve the critical role of trusted messengers to connect people to care and support, help ensure patients follow-up on their provider’s recommendations, and focus on preventive and protective factors that can improve health and well-being.

Through this program, HRSA plans to train 13,000 community health workers, increasing access to care, improving public health emergency response, and addressing the public health needs of underserved communities. The Community Health Worker Training Program builds on several other funding opportunities related to the public health workforce.

Community health workers are critically important in rural areas where services are limited. They increase access to care by providing culturally appropriate public health and prevention education, assistance in care coordination, and advocating for individuals and communities within the health and social services system. For more information on how rural communities can develop Community Health Worker programs that meet their specific needs, please visit the Rural Health Information Hub’s Rural Community Health Worker Toolkit.

Click here to apply for the Community Health Worker Training Program via grants.gov.

Applications are due June 14, 2022.

Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement: Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP)

Date: April 15, 2022

New Funding Opportunity Available!

Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP): HRSA-22-124

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to expand the public health workforce by training 13,000 community health workers (CHW), as well as building their knowledge and skills. 

The CHWTP is a new multiyear program focused on education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs. This program will support experiential training and employment through registered apprenticeships and job placements. The CHWTP aims to increase access to care, improve public health emergency response, and address the public health needs of underserved communities.

HRSA will award approximately $226.5 million to up to 75 grantees over a period of three years.

Eligible Applicants Include: 

  • Health professions schools, including an accredited school or program of public health, health administration, preventive medicine, or dental public health or a school providing health management programs;
  • Academic health centers;
  • State or local governments, including state, local and territorial public health departments; or
  • Any other appropriate public or private non-profit entity such as but not limited to: community colleges, community health centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and community-based organizations, and tribal entities that train public health workers.
  • In addition to the 50 states, eligible applicants include the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Tribes and Tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible. Foreign entities and individuals are not eligible for this HRSA award.

The application deadline is June 14, 2022.

Have questions?

Join the technical assistance webinar to learn about this funding opportunity, including application requirements:

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

For dial-in only:

  • Phone Number: 833-568-8864
  • Meeting ID: 160 780 9787
  • Passcode: 25394472

Want to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)? 

  • Visit HRSA 22-124 on Grants.gov
  • Click ‘Package’
  • Click ‘Preview’
  • Click ‘Download Instructions’

HHS Distributing $1.75 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: April 13, 2022

HHS Distributing $1.75 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announced more than $1.75 billion in Provider Relief Fund payments to 3,680 providers across the country. With this disbursement, HRSA has distributed approximately $13.5 billion from the Provider Relief Fund to nearly 86,000 and nearly $7.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments to more than 44,000 providers since November 2021.

“Health care providers have been tireless in protecting their communities and working to maintain access to health services during the pandemic,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “Provider Relief Fund resources continue to make it possible for providers to recruit and retain key personnel, implement safety measures, and keep their doors open to care for their patients.”

In September of 2021, HHS opened applications for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding. With this latest round of payments, nearly $21 billion of this funding has been distributed. Phase 4 payments reimburse smaller providers for a higher percentage of losses during the pandemic and include bonus payments for providers who serve Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries.

Providers can use Provider Relief Fund payments received in the first half of 2022 to cover losses and expenses until June 30, 2023. With these latest payments, approximately 92 percent of all Phase 4 applications have been processed. Remaining applications require additional manual review and HRSA is working to process them as quickly as possible.

Provider Relief Fund payments have played an important role in the national response to COVID-19, helping health care providers prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Health care providers can use the payments for a variety of COVID-related expenses. These include maintaining access to care for patients by addressing workforce challenges through recruitment and retention efforts (PDF).

View a state-by-state breakdown of all Phase 4 payments disbursed to date.

View a state-by-state breakdown of all ARP Rural payments disbursed to date.

As individual providers agree to the terms and conditions of Phase 4 payments, it will be reflected on the public dataset.

For additional information, visit www.hrsa.gov/provider-relief.

Coming Soon! Delta Region Workforce Training Program Funding Opportunity

Date: April 13, 2022

Coming Soon! Delta Region Workforce Training Program Funding Opportunity

Join the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for a preview call for the Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that will be released soon. The purpose of this program is to improve health care delivery in rural areas by training future and current health professionals, and preparing them for high-quality, good-paying jobs in the rural counties and parishes of the Mississippi River Delta Region and Alabama Black Belt (Delta Regional Authority region) in critical administrative support professions. The call will take place on Zoom from 2-3 PM ET. The program coordinator will highlight key changes to the NOFO that make it easier for interested applicants to apply.

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM -3:00 PM ET (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CT)

Register to join the call