HRSA Works to Expand Health Care Access and Resources in Underserved Populations

In February, HRSA announced the winners of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention Challenge, $66.5 million to support community-based vaccine outreach efforts, more than $560 million in pandemic relief payments to health care providers, funding to increase virtual care quality and access, and new funding to support primary care residency programs.

In February, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services devoted to improving health outcomes in underserved communities, promoting health equity, and supporting the health workforce, took the following actions:

HHS Announces Availability of $19.2 million to Expand Training of Primary Care Residents in Rural and Underserved Communities
HRSA announced the availability of $19.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support and expand community-based primary care residency programs. Awardees will use this funding to train residents to provide quality care to diverse populations and communities, particularly in underserved and rural areas.

HHS Provides $66.5 Million to Expand Community-Based Outreach Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
HRSA provided $66.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and vaccinations. The funding was awarded to eight grantees to expand outreach efforts in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Recipients are continuing to make progress in building vaccine confidence in diverse communities across the country.

HHS Announces Winners of National Challenge to Increase Pediatric Vaccinations and Well-Child Visits
HRSA announced 20 winners of the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge, a nationwide competition to increase pediatric vaccination rates and well-child visits. Challenge projects generated more than 52,000 pediatric well-child visits and nearly 23,000 immunizations.

HHS Awards Nearly $55 Million to Increase Virtual Health Care Access and Quality Through Community Health Centers
HRSA awarded nearly $55 million to 29 HRSA-funded health centers to increase health care access and quality for underserved populations through virtual care such as telehealth, remote patient monitoring, digital patient tools, and health information technology platforms. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health centers have quickly expanded their use of virtual care to maintain access to essential primary care services.

HHS Distributing $560 Million in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic
HRSA is making more than $560 million in Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 General Distribution payments to more than 4,100 providers across the country. These funds help health care providers prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Health care organizations that are facing workforce shortages and staff burnout also are able to use these funds to support their recruitment and retention efforts (PDF – 129 KB).

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