HRSA Expanding Community-Based Workforce for COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach – Applications Due May 18. As part of the large federal investment in local-level response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will make approximately 10 awards with total funding of $125 million. The funding will support outreach, education and assistance related to the COVID-19 vaccine and go to public and/or private nonprofit organizations with demonstrated experience in public health programs across a broad geographic area. Applicants are expected to have partnerships with health and social service organizations that can directly hire community outreach workers from vulnerable, medically-underserved communities. This is the first of two funding opportunities for community-based vaccine outreach. The second funding opportunity will be released in mid-May and will focus on smaller community-based organizations.
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program – Applications Open on May 12. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created this temporary program to help eligible individuals and households afford internet service during the pandemic. Eligible households can enroll through an approved broadband service provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
HRSA Celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12. National Nurse Week is here and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is celebrating the significant contributions of our country’s nurses. Did you know certified nurse midwives supported by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) provide obstetric care in rural communities and other areas where access to such prenatal and postnatal care can be severely limited? With $800 million in additional funding through the American Rescue Plan, the NHSC is providing more support than ever before to certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and other disciplines working in underserved communities. Join HRSA in recognizing the hard work of the nurses by following along on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
FDA Approves Higher Dosage of Naloxone to Treat Opioid Overdose. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a higher dose nasal spray that deliver 8 milligrams (mg) of naloxone into the nasal cavity. The FDA had previously approved 2 mg and 4 mg nasal sprays.