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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 31, 2017

What’s New

AHRQ Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) issued its annual report, mandated by Congress, providing a comprehensive overview of the quality of health care received in the U.S. and disparities experienced by different racial and socioeconomic groups.  In addition to trends and changes in disparities over time, the report looks at initiatives across the country demonstrating quality improvement for vulnerable populations.  For example, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a telehealth-based program jointly funded by federal and state government agencies and private partners that provides medical education and access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas.

Funding Opportunities

HRSA Forecasts $2 Billion for FY2018.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the HHS agency that houses FORHP, has forecasted around 40 funding opportunities for Fiscal Year 2018.  This includes approximately 765 expected awards and nearly $2 billion in potential funding to cities, states, and local community-based organizations.  HRSA is the primary agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated and medically vulnerable, with bureaus that focus on primary care through health centers, the health workforce, HIV/AIDS, organ donation and transplantation, maternal and child health, and rural health.  To help evaluate grant applications submitted by rural organizations, our office is always looking for qualified reviewers with expertise in social, cultural and health care issues of rural populations. Grant application review is a process that most often takes three days or less over internet and phone and non-federal grant reviewers receive an honorarium.

Students to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program – October 19.  The National Health Service Corp (NHSC) is now accepting applications for their 2018 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program. The S2S awards up to $120,000 to medical and dental students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary care services full-time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in an underserved rural, tribal or urban area. One in every four NHSC clinicians serves in a rural community.  For more information, review the 2018 Application and Program Guidance and attend an informational webinar for applicants on Thursday, September 7 at 7:00 pm ET.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 22, 2017

What’s New

Continuing Population Loss for Rural Areas.  USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) tracks demographic change in non-metro areas and conducts research to help explain the relationship between population change and socio-economic well-being of rural residents. In its Population & Migration report released last week, the ERS finds that 14% of residents live in non-metro counties across the U.S., which cover 72 percent of the nation’s land area. This is only a -0.4 percentage loss over last year, but population loss is not evenly distributed across all rural areas. For those regions experiencing the most out-migration, ERS identifies rising unemployment, housing market challenges and energy sector developments as factors in a continuing decline in rural populations.

HHS Cybersecurity Keeps an Eye on Threats.  Last week, Microsoft and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on vulnerabilities with Microsoft products similar to those that allowed the “WannaCry” virus to shut down large computer networks in May. DHS has identified a new threat, labeled “Hidden Cobra” that could possibly target health care and public health systems in the U.S.  Rural facilities may not be targeted as much as larger systems, but they may be less likely to have the resources to respond if they are hit, so it is especially important to remain vigilant and avoid these threats altogether.   HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) monitors cyber threats and maintains an up-to-date website with resources that may help.


New Funding Opportunity: Rural Health Opioid Program

June 16, 2017

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce a new pilot grant program: the Rural Health Opioid Program (HRSA-17-022).

This program will bring together health care providers, such as local health departments, hospitals, primary care practices, and substance abuse treatment centers, as well as social service and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and other community-based groups to respond with a multifaceted approach to the opioid epidemic in a rural community.  Approximately $3 million will be awarded annually for up to 12 grantees during the 2017 – 2020 cohort.  Applications are due July 21, 2017.

The goal of the Rural Health Opioid Program is to reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities.  Consortiums will work towards identifying individuals at-risk of overdose and guide them towards recovery by providing outreach and education on locally available treatment options and support services.  Consortiums are further encouraged to implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities and support individuals in recovery by establishing new or enhancing existing behavioral counselling and peer support activities.  It is expected that consortiums will also educate the greater community about local opioid issues and what role community members can play in response to the crisis, in an attempt to gather support and reduce stigma throughout the community.

For additional information on the Rural Health Opioid Program please join us for a technical assistance webinar on July 13th at 2:00 pm EDT.  Additional information about this webinar can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity at

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Michael Blodgett: or 301-443-0144.

Grant Opportunity

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Grant opportunities

June 8, 2017

Funding & Opportunities

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)
Offers loan repayment to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute
A 3-part webinar training series that introduces EMS agencies to grant writing basics, how to connect with potential funders and partners, and where to find funding.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Sponsor: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes
Grants to provide services through transitional living programs or maternity group homes for runaway and homeless youth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2017
Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Housing Preservation Grants (Section 533)
Grants to organizations that work to assist rural low-income homeowners and renters to repair and rehabilitate their homes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Housing and Community Facilities Programs

First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement
Grants to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)
Provides funds for state agencies to expand or enhance access to medication assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder in states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita.
Geographic coverage: 17 states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative
Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program
Funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees
A loan guarantee program that helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 6, 2017

What’s New

New Medicare Cards. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched a fraud prevention initiative removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.  The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used.   Beneficiaries will begin receiving the new cards in April 2018.  More information about the Social Security Number Removal Initiative can be found on the CMS website.  In April, the SSNRI was the topic of a webinar in the Rural Health Clinical Technical Assistance Series.

COPD National Action Plan.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with a higher prevalence of the disease in rural communities.  At the end of May, the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with representatives from across the COPD community, released the first ever COPD National Action Plan providing a unified framework for reducing the burden of the disease.  To get involved, read more about the plan’s goals and download resources for outreach on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website.

SAHIE Data.  The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2015 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program report, describing trends in health insurance status by state and county.  The report includes an interactive mapping tool with data on health insurance coverage by five income-to-poverty ratio categories, income, age, race, ethnicity and sex, which could be useful in grant writing.

Shortage Designation Project.  The Health Resources and Services Administration provides this update on the effort to modernize the process for designating Health Professional Shortage Areas, also known as HPSAs. The designation is one of several used by federal programs to determine need of primary, mental and dental health providers and services in underserved areas, particularly rural communities.  The project that began in 2013 does not involve any changes to the criteria or methodology for designating HPSAs, but one component is an update of existing geographic, population and facility information with data provided by State Primary Care Offices.


Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

June 2, 2017

Application cycle is open

The 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Read the Fiscal Year 2017 Application & Program Guidance (PDF – 400 KB) carefully before you start your 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:

Date/Time: June 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 888-790-3359
Passcode: 4694412

Instant Replay:
Available one hour after call
Phone: 888-566-0507
Expires: June14, 2018 10:59 PM (CT)

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides individuals who have an interest in eligible health profession careers with the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as faculty members at accredited and eligible health professions schools.


Participants will receive up to $40,000 for two (2) years of service to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. Applicants must obtain all qualifying educational loans prior to the application deadline of June 29, 2017.

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Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 400 KB)
Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)

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