Compliance Corner April 2024

Support for the Primary Care Workforce

April 4, 2024: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced that it has increased by 50% the initial loan repayment amount available to primary care providers—M.D.s and D.O.s, including OB-GYNs and pediatricians; nurse practitioners; certified nurse midwives; and physician assistants—who commit to practicing in areas with significant shortages of primary care providers. 

With the growing cost of medical school and increased challenges in recruiting primary care providers to high need areas, today’s action will help rural and historically underserved communities attract providers to deliver critical primary care services. These providers could have as much as $75,000 forgiven in exchange for a two-year service commitment.

HRSA also is offering up to an additional $5,000 in loan repayment to all National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program participants who can demonstrate fluency in Spanish and who commit to practice in a high need area serving patients with limited English proficiency. Providers will demonstrate language proficiency through an oral exam administered through an accredited language assessment organization. 

Through HRSA’s National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, primary care medical providers could previously receive a maximum of $50,000 in initial loan repayment in return for a two-year full-time service commitment to practice in an area with a shortage of health professionals. This amount is nearly the same as the program offered 30 years ago, yet average medical student debt has grown more than four-fold over that same time period. Now, eligible primary care providers can receive up to $75,000 in initial loan repayment in return for a two-year full-time service commitment to practice in those same areas. 

Read the full release HERE.

Source: HRSA

HRSA Remembers the Life of Ryan White

On Monday, April 8, HRSA will honor and remember the life and legacy of Ryan White, the namesake for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Ryan was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13 and died 34 years ago. He fought AIDS-related discrimination and helped educate the nation about his disease. He died months before Congress passed the Ryan White CARE Act on August 18, 1990, legislation that established the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

Today, the program that honors his name provides a comprehensive system of HIV medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than 560,000 people each year.

Source: HRSA

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day: April 10

On Wednesday, April 10, HRSA will commemorate National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This is a day to recognize the impact of HIV on youth and young adults. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is committed to raising HIV awareness, providing care, and supporting the unique needs of young people with HIV.

In 2022, 83.8% of young people aged 13-24 receiving HIV medical care through the Ryan White program were virally suppressed, a significant increase from 46.6% in 2010. This means they cannot transmit HIV sexually and can also live longer and healthier lives.

To find an HIV provider in your community, visit the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program website.

Source: HRSA

Black Maternal Health Week: April 11-17

April 11 through 17 presents an opportunity for us to come together and focus our spotlight on the critical issue of Black maternal health.

HRSA is committed to improving outcomes for Black mothers and their babies. It’s easy to get involved: Use their toolkit to spread the word and your work or email MCHB with questions. The toolkit features a website banner, virtual meeting background, newsletter copy, and social media graphic cards with suggested messaging content. These resources are designed to help you elevate your work, partnerships, and accomplishments 

Source: HRSA

2024 HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop

Registration is open for the 2024 HRSA Healthy Grants Workshop. There is no cost to attend, and you can attend as many sessions as you like. A 2024 Healthy Grants Workshop schedule is available. 

The first session begins in May, followed by a new session every month through August. Each session includes two topics, such as grants administration, grants budgeting, allowable costs, and more.

More details will be added to the Manage Your Grants Workshop webpage as they are available. You’ll also find links to previous Healthy Grants Workshop recordings. For more information, contact the Healthy Grants Workshop team.

Source: HRSA

NACHC 2023 Annual Report

NACHC has released their 2023 Annual Report, On the Road to Advancing Health Equity & Primary Care for All, which captures their work during a pivotal year in which they laid the groundwork for positioning Community Health Centers as the employer, provider, and partner of choice.

View the 2023 Annual Report here.

Source: NACHC

New Funding Opportunities for NACHC Organizational Members

NACHC is proud to announce two new award programs, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, exclusively available to organizational members. 

The Models of Care for Racial Health Equity grant program offers 20 awards of $50,000 to support effective methods for improving health outcomes for patients of color. If your health center has been successful in reducing health inequities for African American/Black, Indigenous, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, or another population of color with specific social services, clinical interventions, or other methods, you are encouraged to apply.  Applications are due April 24, 2024.

Eligible Organizations:

  • Eligible organizations must be a § 330 funded or look-alike health center.
  • Eligible organizations must be a NACHC Organization Health Center Member in good standing (dues paid through March 31, 2024).

The Nursing Pipelines & Pathways award program will offer 8 awards of $40,000 to support pipelines and pathways for nurses of color at health centers to advance in their careers (e.g., frontline staff to LPN, LPN to RN, RN to BSN, APRN to NP clinical tracks, etc.). Applications are due April 24, 2024.

The pipeline and/or pathway program must meet the following criteria:

  • Established relationship or formal partnership with any of the following: AHEC, Accredited School of Nursing, Department of Labor, or Professional Nursing Association (i.e. National Black Nurses Association, National Hispanic Nurses, National AI/AN Nurses Association, or Ethnic Minority Nurse Association).
  • Health center is committed to the next generation of nurses by either precepting undergrad or graduate nursing students, staff are either adjunct faculty school of nursing, or mentor nurses of color.

Eligible Organizations:

  • Applicants must be a § 330 funded or look-alike health center organization.
  • Applicants must have an active NACHC Organization Health Center Membership in good standing (dues paid through March 31, 2024).

Source: NACHC

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