Qualify for Up to $120k in Loan Repayment with NHSC S2S

The National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (NHSC S2S LRP) application is now open through November 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Students in their final year of school may qualify for up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment for your medical, nursing, or dental school student loans in exchange for a three-year service commitment in a high-need rural, tribal, or urban community.

A historic increase in funding means NHSC will be making more awards in a single year than ever before. NHSC strongly encourages all eligible students to apply! 

Start an application

Frequently Asked Questions About S2S Loan Repayment Program

Who is eligible for the S2S Loan Repayment Program

  • You must be:
    • US Citizen or US National
    • Enrolled as a full-time student in the last year of medical, nursing, or dental school with a graduation date during the application year
    • Pursuing an eligible discipline: MD/DO, DDS/DMD, NP, CMN, or PA
    • Eligible for federal employment

What loans are eligible for repayment? 

Qualifying educational loans are government and private student loans, which includes the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate education. When you submit your loans, you will be notified which ones are eligible or not.  

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NoFO Announcement: Graduate Psychology Education Program

New Funding Opportunity Available!

Graduate Psychology Education Program: HRSA-22-043

The application deadline is December 9, 2021

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement to train doctoral health service psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral residents to provide quality interdisciplinary, integrated behavioral health including but not limited to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) into community-based primary care settings in high need and high demand areas. The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program also supports faculty development of health service psychologists.

Through these efforts, the GPE Program transforms clinical training environments and is aligned with HRSA’s mission to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled workforce, and innovative programs.

Up to 55 grantees will receive a total of approximately $25 million to increase the number of trained doctoral health service psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral residents providing quality interdisciplinary, integrated behavioral health for placement into community-based primary care settings.

Visit Grants.gov to apply.

Have questions?

Join the technical assistance webinar:

Date: October 12, 2021 Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide information about the NOFO application and requirements.

For dial-in only:

  • Phone Number: 833 568 8864
  • Meeting ID: 160 071 4471

Passcode: 56583375

Update on Recent Funding from HRSA

A new application cycle for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding has opened. Applicants are able to apply for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments during the application process. PRF Phase 4 is open to a broad range of providers with changes in operating revenues and expenses. ARP Rural is open to providers who serve rural beneficiaries covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

See a detailed list of eligible provider types and application instructions here.

Applications must be received by October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Providers who have previously created an account in the Provider Relief Fund Application and Attestation Portal and have not logged in for more than 90 days will need to first reset their password before starting a new application. In order to streamline the application process and minimize administrative burdens, providers will apply for both programs in a single application.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to nearly 1,300 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Health Center Program-funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to support major health care construction and renovation projects. These awards will strengthen the primary health care infrastructure and advance health equity and health outcomes in medically underserved communities, including through projects that support COVID-19 testing, treatment, and vaccination.  Health centers will use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities to enhance response to pandemics, and purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment, including telehealth technology, mobile medical vans, and freezers to store vaccines.   

FY 2021 American Rescue Plan Funding for Health Center Construction and Capital Improvements award recipients in Region 7 can be found here.

Recent awards of over $5 Million to Expand Services at HRSA’s Health Center Program School-Based Service Sites can be found here. Recent awards of over $48 Million to Health Centers for Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative can be found here.

Finally, on September 17, 2021 HRSA announced nearly $350 million in awards to every state across the nation to support safe pregnancies and healthy babies. Funding will expand home visiting services to families most in need, increase access to doulas, address health disparities in infant deaths, and improve data reporting on maternal mortality. 

FY2021 awards to strengthen maternal and child health in Region 7 can be found here:

The HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) team remains committed to supporting your COVID-19 response efforts.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to HRSA with questions, concerns, or requests for support and engagement.

NOFO Announcement: Graduate Psychology Education Program

New Funding Opportunity Available!

Graduate Psychology Education Program: HRSA-22-043

The application deadline is December 9, 2021

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released this new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement to train doctoral health service psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral residents to provide quality interdisciplinary, integrated behavioral health including but not limited to Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) into community-based primary care settings in high need and high demand areas. The Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program also supports faculty development of health service psychologists.

Through these efforts, the GPE Program transforms clinical training environments and is aligned with HRSA’s mission to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled workforce, and innovative programs.

Up to 55 grantees will receive a total of approximately $25 million to increase the number of trained doctoral health service psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral residents providing quality interdisciplinary, integrated behavioral health for placement into community-based primary care settings.

Visit Grants.gov to apply.

Have questions?

Join the technical assistance webinar:

Date: October 12, 2021 Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM ET

This webinar will provide information about the NOFO application and requirements.

For dial-in only:

  • Phone Number: 833 568 8864
  • Meeting ID: 160 071 4471
  • Passcode: 56583375

Apply for HHS Provider Relief Funding Phase 4

HHS PRF Tranche 4 Important Funding Opportunity for EMS Providers

Don’t miss out! September 29, 2021, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will open the Provider Relief Fund & Attestation Application Portal which provides an important funding opportunity for EMS providers.

Apply Now

Speaker: Scott Moore, Esq.

This funding opportunity will distribute $25.5 billion in additional Phase 4 General Distribution for EMS agencies and American Rescue Plan (ARP) payments for qualified rural providers who furnish services to Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare beneficiaries. It is critical for all EMS providers to apply for this funding opportunity regardless of previous funding allocations. It has been learned that many EMS providers did not apply for the Tranche 3 funding opportunity because they did not believe that they would be eligible to receive funds under the announced funding formula. Due to the limited number of applicants in Tranche 3, HRSA modified the formula and many who failed to apply would have received funds. HRSA is recommending that all EMS agencies apply to receive the funding that they desperately need. The deadline for applying is 11:59 p.m. on October 26, 2021. There is no penalty for applying.

 

Phase 4 Application webcast by HRSA

Here is information on a webcast September 30 and October 5 being presented by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on application guidance for Phase 4 and ARP Relief Funds.  

Phase 4 and ARP Rural Technical Assistance Webcasts

HRSA will be hosting webinar sessions for Phase 4 and ARP Rural applicants, featuring guidance on how to navigate the application portal.

  • Thursday, September 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ETT – register to attend 
  • Tuesday, October 5, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET – register to attend
  • Two additional webinars during the weeks of October 11th and 18th (dates, times, and registration details forthcoming)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently hosted a briefing session to provide information about these upcoming funding opportunities – view the video.

Webinar: Applying for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund and the ARP Rural Distribution

Date: September 30, 2021

Time: 11:00AM EST

Join the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) on Thursday, September 30th for the next webinar – “Applying for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund and the ARP Rural Distribution.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently released details on the long-awaited $8.5 billion for rural providers as well as the 4th phase of the Provider Relief Fund. Applications will open on September 29th for both programs, and NARHC is ready to assist you in understanding your eligibility, the application, allowable uses, and many more details.

You must register in advance.

Speakers:

  • Nathan Baugh, became the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) in April of 2015. Nathan works on both regulatory and legislative policy at the federal level. He has been involved in issues such as the Chronic Care Management benefit, COVID-19 allocations for RHCs, and telehealth. He worked closely with the federal government on the RHC COVID-19 Testing program and with Congress on the RHC Payment Modernization policy that passed in late 2020.
  • Sarah Hohman, is the Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). She works on both regulatory and legislative federal policy and provides direct technical assistance and education to RHCs on COVID-19 allocations and other programs. Sarah also advocates for reimbursement policies that incentivize and support rural primary care and other health services. Prior to joining NARHC, Sarah worked for the Pennsylvania State Office of Rural Health. She earned her BS in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University & is currently working on her Masters. Sarah resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

This webinar is being provided free of charge. However, you must register in advance.

Register HERE.

When the webinar begins you will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers.

To watch the recording of this and other webinars visit our TA Webinars page under the Resources tab on narhc.org.

If you have any questions about registering please email us at asst@narhc.org.

UPDATED: COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers

The Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), in coordination with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), are pleased to provide an update of the COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers guide. This funding resource is intended to support rural health care providers, along with their state and local partners, navigate the availability of federal funds to support the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response and recovery efforts. This guide is updated regularly to capture changes in funding sources.

Seven tables, or matrices, are provided for quick reference at the beginning of this resource. The tables can be used to check eligibility of participation in funding sources by provider types: rural prospective payment system (PPS) and critical access hospitals (CAH), rural health clinics (RHC), federally qualified health centers (FQHC), long-term care (LTC) or skilled nursing facilities (SNF), tribal facilities, and emergency medical services (EMS). The tables also provide an at-a-glance view for each provider type sharing the different types of funds that may be accessed from various funding sources dependent on their participation eligibility. Each funding source is described in its own section of this resource with an executive summary followed by further detail on the use of funds, reporting requirements, hyperlinks to the legislation and detailed information. The majority of the updates are in sections on the RHC COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation Program and the HRSA Health Center Grants.

Please feel free to share this updated resource broadly.

The guide can be found in COVID-19 Collection located on The National Rural Health Resource Center’s website. This collection consists of trusted and reliable resources, such as the COVID-19 Funding Sources Impacting Rural Providers Guide, along with standing links to additional organizations’ COVID-19 resources, FAQs, webinars, tools, and trainings. The Center aims to help direct the most up-to-date and relevant tools and resources to rural hospitals, clinics, and their communities. This Collection will be updated regularly to help assist with the abundance of circulating information relating to COVID-19.

HHS Announces the Availability of $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

HRSA is making $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding includes:

  • $17 billion for Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 payments for a broad range of providers who can document revenue loss and expenses associated with the pandemic. For these Phase 4 payments, smaller providers—who tend to operate on thin margins and often serve vulnerable or isolated communities—will receive reimbursements for lost revenues and COVID-19 expenses at a higher rate compared to larger providers. Phase 4 will also include bonus payments based on the amount of services providers furnish to Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicare patients, who tend to be lower income and have greater and more complex medical needs.
  • $8.5 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for providers who serve rural Medicaid, CHIP, or Medicare patients. ARP Rural payments to providers will be based on the amount of Medicaid/CHIP and Medicare services provided to patients living in rural areas as defined by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Providers will apply for both programs with a single application. The application portal opens on Wednesday, September 29.

More information is available on HRSA’s website regarding eligibility requirements, the documents and information providers will need to complete their application, and the application process for PRF Phase 4 and ARP Rural payments.

The announcement also includes an important update about PRF reporting for payments received in the first half of 2020. Given challenges from recent natural disasters and the Delta variant, HHS announced a 60-day grace period to help providers come into compliance with their PRF reporting requirements if they fail to meet the upcoming deadline (Thursday, September 30) to report payments received from April 10, 2020, to June 30, 2020. While the deadlines to use funds and the Reporting Time Period will not change, HHS will not initiate collection activities or similar enforcement actions for noncompliant providers during the grace period.

See the HHS press release for more information.

Funding Opportunity: Public Health AmeriCorps Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce the launch of the Public Health AmeriCorps program! Public Health AmeriCorps will recruit, train, and develop a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Public Health AmeriCorps has been developed through a partnership between AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The program, which is supported from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, is anticipated to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps national service roles over the next five years.

The current funding announcement opens a grant competition for organizations interested in launching a Public Health AmeriCorps program—nonprofit, faith-based, and community-based organizations; higher-education institutions; state, local, and territorial government entities, such as cities or counties; and Indian tribes. AmeriCorps’ notice of federal funding availability is available on the AmeriCorps website. Potential applicant organizations are encouraged to fully review the information posted on americorps.gov funding opportunities web page. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 8. Please share the press release or social media posts to encourage organizations to apply.

Sincerely,

Dr. José Montero and Dr. Patricia Simone

 

José T. Montero, MD, MHCDS

Director, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Patricia M. Simone, MD

Director, Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD)

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

OT21-2103 Support Team

Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

OT21-2103Support@cdc.gov

Read more about this funding on our website