Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-21-019

The application closes on April 19, 2021

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program. This program will increase the number of dental and dental hygiene faculty in the workforce. Grantees will create and manage a loan repayment program for individuals who serve as full-time dental faculty.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Programs of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry in public or private nonprofit dental or dental hygiene schools
  • Approved residency in general, pediatric, or public health dentistry
  • Advanced education programs in the practice of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry

Visit page 5 of the funding opportunity for eligibility information.

HRSA expects approximately $800,000 to be available in FY 2021 to fund eight (8), grantees.

For a complete list of funding opportunities, visit the HRSA website.

Technical Assistance Webinar

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FORHP Announcements – January 28

January 28, 2021

What’s New

New National Strategy for COVID-19 Response. Last week, the White House released a plan for the pandemic that includes a campaign for vaccination, setting standards for controlling the spread of the virus, and enacting the Defense Production Act to extend emergency relief.

GAO Report on Rural Hospital Closures.  The latest report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) addresses the effects of hospital closures on residents in rural areas. Among other objectives, the report examines how closures affected the number of health care providers, and the distance residents traveled for health care services.

NIH Assessment of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published results of a study to determine what Americans think about getting immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine.  Of a group of 1,878 participants, the greatest reluctance to get a vaccine was found among African-Americans (34%), Hispanics (29%), rural dwellers (29%), and those who had children at home (25%).

ACF Report on Child Maltreatment.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) reports on rates of children who are victims of neglect or abuse using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.  In 2018, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services recommended that federal policy include a strategy for awareness, research, and programs to address the health consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences for rural, tribal, and other at-risk populations.  See the Funding section below for several programs serving children and youth.

COVID-19 Resources

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FAQs for COVID-19.  A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from our grantees and stakeholders.

COVID-19 FAQs and Funding for HRSA Programs. Find all funding and frequently asked questions for programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions.  Includes information on terms and conditions, attestation, reporting and auditing requirements, general and targeted distributions, and how to report capital equipment purchases.

CDC COVID-19 Updates.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides daily updates and guidance, including a section specific to rural health care, a Toolkit for Tribal Communities, and a tracker of cases, deaths, and tests by countyNew: COVID-19 Vaccine Locator.

CMS Coronavirus Stakeholder Calls.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosts recurring online sessions to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions of CMS.

HHS Coronavirus Data Hub.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) website includes estimated and reported hospital capacity by state, with numbers updated daily.

COVID-19 Data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The site provides access to demographic and economic data, including state and local data on at-risk populations, poverty, health insurance coverage, and employment.

ATTC Network COVID-19 Resources for Addictions Treatment. The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network was established in 1993 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The online catalog of COVID-related resources includes regularly-updated guidance and trainings for professionals in the field.

GHPC’s Collection of Rural Health Strategies for COVID-19.  The FORHP-supported Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) provides reports, guidance, and innovative strategies gleaned from their technical assistance and peer learning sessions with FORHP grantees.

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties.  The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis provides up-to-date data on rural and urban confirmed cases throughout the United States.  An animated map shows the progression of cases beginning January 21 to the present.

Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019.  The Rural Health Information Hub has a compendium of rural-specific activities and guidelines, including Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness, a tool with resources for responding to a local surge in cases.

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created this list of resources, tools, and trainings for behavioral health and recovery providers.

Mobilizing Health Care Workforce via Telehealth.  ProviderBridge.org was created by the Federation of State Medical Boards through the CARES Act and the FORHP-supported Licensure Portability Program. The site provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing by state as well as a provider portal to connect volunteer health care professionals to state agencies and health care entities.

Online Resource for Licensure of Health Professionals.  Created by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the site provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing in each state for psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists assistants, and social workers.

Funding and Opportunities

RWJF Summer Health Professions Education Program – February 5.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides a free summer enrichment program for college students interested in the health professions. Eligible students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and those who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative – Category III – February 12.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make 70 awards with a total investment of $30 million for community-level treatment and services for children, adolescents, and their families who experience or witness traumatic events.  Categories I and II of this initiative are for a single national center and for service centers for specific types of events or population groups, respectively.  SAMHSA intends an even distribution of awards among rural and urban populations for eligible applicants that include state, local, and tribal governments, public or private universities and colleges, and community- or faith-based organizations.

HRSA Loan Programs for Health Professions Schools –February 25. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers four loan programs for colleges and universities.  Schools can then offer low, fixed-rate loans to students pursuing a wide range of health care careers.

DOJ Culturally-Specific Services for Sexual Assault Victims – March 1.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 12 awards of up to $300,000 each to support services for sexual assault victims.  Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that provide community-based, culturally specific services in the following racial and ethnic communities:  American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, Asian American, African American, and Hispanic.

DOJ Mentoring for Youth Affected by the Opioid Crisis – March 2.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 17 awards of up to $1.25 million each to provide services to children and youth impacted by drug use.  Eligible applicants are nonprofit and for-profit organizations that have a mentoring program that has been operating for at least one year.

DOJ Services for Victims of Human Trafficking – March 2.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make 27 awards of up to $800,000 each, for direct services to victims of human trafficking.  Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments, public housing authorities, and nonprofit organizations, with priority given to rural areas. A separate but related funding notice, DOJ Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking – March 1, will invest $15 million in 25 awards for programs that provide transitional housing and financial assistance.

DOJ Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program – March 4.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will invest $3.8 million for 12 awards to create or expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by Tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations within Indian country and Alaska Native villages.

ARC Workforce/Economic Revitalization in Appalachia – Letters of Intent March 5.  The Federal Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) will make awards of up to $2.5 million each for projects that promote job creation and re-employment opportunities for displaced coal-economy workers. Projects should be a collaboration of state, local, and regional stakeholders and address priorities that include substance abuse response, enhancing broadband services, and strengthening the health care sector.  Eligible applicants, including state, local, and tribal governments and organizations within the 420 counties of the ARC service area are required to submit a Letter of Intent by March 5.

DOJ Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence – March 8.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will make eight awards from a total investment of $7.5 million to support services for children.  Priority will be given to applications addressing rural-specific challenges.  Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments, independent school districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations.

DOJ Grants for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Against Children – March 9.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will invest $4.8 million in 11 awards to support community-based efforts to address the needs of children and youth impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  A separate program, DOJ Grants for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – March 29, invests  $30 million in 45 grants to improve the criminal justice response to violence with adult victims.  Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments and courts.

NEA Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design – March 12.  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) seeks communities to participate in its initiative involving residents and local leaders in community design.  Design challenges may include downtown revitalization, heritage preservation of land or buildings, and creating public or civic spaces for local identity and active recreation.  Up to four rural communities will be selected for an on-site rural design workshop to develop solutions to a specific design challenge.  Up to 15 communities will participate in a learning cohort of government, nonprofits, local business, and civic organizations training in design, planning, community engagement, and facilitation techniques.

HRSA P4 Challenge: Primary Care to Improve Child Health – March 15.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) seeks innovative approaches to increase access to pediatric primary care, including well-child visits and immunization services.  Eligibility for the Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) includes health providers, health educators, community-based organizations, public school and housing entities.

Rural Health Research

Research in this section is provided by the HRSA/FORHP-supported Rural Health Research Gateway.  Sign up to receive alerts when new publications become available. 

Barriers to Health Care Access for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries.  This policy brief from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center presents findings from an online survey of rural health clinics describing barriers for Medicare patients in accessing healthcare services, and recommendations for how to improve access to care.

Policy Updates

Visit the FORHP Policy page to see all recent updates and send questions to ruralpolicy@hrsa.gov.

HHS COVID-19 Update

Vaccine FAQs: CDC updated their FAQs page about the vaccines. This page answers commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Vaccine Resources: CDC updated their resource page on COVID-19 vaccines. On this page, you can find when and where you can receive the vaccine, receive accurate vaccine information, and much more.

Resources on Approved Vaccines: CDC updated their resource page on the different types of vaccines. This web page explains how the body fights infection and how COVID-19 vaccines protect people by producing immunity. It also describes the different types of COVID-19 vaccines that currently are available or are undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States.

Vaccine Facts and Unknowns for Healthcare Providers: NIH officials highlight COVID-19 vaccine facts, unknowns for healthcare providers. Healthcare providers must be able to explain the latest data supporting the safety and efficacy of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) so they can strongly encourage vaccination when appropriate while acknowledging that uncertainty and unknowns remain.

Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines: CDC updated their page on ensuring vaccine safety. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is a top priority while federal partners work to make this and other COVID-19 vaccines available.

Toolkits: CDC updated their toolkits, which include audience-specific information for healthcare teams and community administrators. CDC has toolkits for:

Testing

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Testing: Last week, Secretary Azar delivered remarks at FREOPP on lessons from COVID-19 testing. Azar noted, “What we have done over this past year to develop the world’s largest testing system is not just unprecedented, but a uniquely American achievement—something that we could do because we believed in enlisting every creative corner of society and bringing the public and private sectors together.”

COVID-19 Contact Tracer Tools: CDC released their COVIDTracer and COVIDTracer Advanced which are spreadsheet-based tools that allow the state- and local-level public health officials and policymakers to compare the effectiveness, and the resources needed, of three user-defined contact tracing and monitoring strategies. Both tools allow you to estimate the potential effectiveness of each of the three strategies, the average number of contacts per case, and the time needed for case interviews and contact tracing follow-up activities.

Healthcare Facilities: CDC has updated their database for healthcare facilities that have implemented COVID-19 electronic case reporting.

The requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States: CDC updated their guidance for all people traveling to the US. If you plan to travel internationally, get tested before you travel by air into the United States (US), or be prepared to show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel. On January 12, 2021, CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect at 12:01 am EST on January 26, 2021.

Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Passengers Arriving from the UK: CDC updated their guidance for people traveling from the UK to the US. If you travel from the United Kingdom to the United States, make plans to get tested before travel. This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling from the UK to the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

Treatment

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for High-Risk Covid-19 Positive Patients: HHS developed this fact sheet to help providers better understand monoclonal antibody treatment. Monoclonal antibody treatment has been shown to reduce hospitalization and symptom days in high-risk COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.

Potency Assay Considerations for Monoclonal Antibodies and Other Therapeutic Proteins Targeting SARS-CoV-2 Infectivity:  FDA is issuing this guidance to assist sponsors in the development of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) and other therapeutic proteins for use as COVID-19 therapeutics. A critical quality control measure for these products is the development and implementation of a potency assay(s) adequate to ensure that each lot is consistently produced with the potency necessary to achieve clinical efficacy and that such potency is maintained over the shelf life of the product.

Understanding Your COVID-19 Treatment Options: HHS developed this fact sheet to help patients better understand their treatment options.

Reopening Guidance

Deciding How to Go Back to School: Many parents, caregivers, and guardians face new and difficult choices about how their child will return to school in the fall, such as deciding between in-person and virtual learning. This tool is designed to help parents, caregivers, and guardians weigh the risks and benefits of available educational options to help them make decisions about sending their child back to school. It is organized to provide parents and caregivers with information on COVID-19 and why safely reopening schools is so critical.

Information for Specific Populations

Global COVID-19: CDC updated their resource page for the COVID-19 global pandemic. CDC is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to assist countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19. CDC routinely provides technical assistance to ministries of health and subnational and international partners to improve our collective response to infectious disease threats like COVID-19.

Strategy for Global Response to COVID-19: CDC updated their strategy for a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This strategy provides an overarching framework for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CDC strategy aligns with the U.S. Government (USG) strategy and the U.S. National Security Strategic goals to protect the American people and ensure U.S. health security by mitigating the spread of infectious disease threats abroad.

COVID-19 At-Risk Medicare Population Dashboard, Related Online Tools to Support Pandemic Response: To aid state, territorial, and local health departments in community-level pandemic response efforts such as implementing COVID-19 vaccination plans that meet the needs of Americans ages 65 and older, today we unveiled a suite of online tools built from existing programs and information technology platforms. Read the press release about this dashboard here.

Travel Associated Exposures: CDC updated their public health guidance on travel associated exposures. Individuals who travel may be at risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, before, during, or after travel. This could result in travelers’ spreading the virus to others at their destinations or upon returning home.

Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke: CDC updated their guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and transmitting SARS-CoV-2 in cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces. Cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces are public spaces where people can seek relief from wildfire smoke.

Dialysis Facilities: CDC updated their resource page for dialysis facilities. This page includes resources on infection control, testing, training, and much more.

Animals and COVID-19: CDC updated their resource page on animals and COVID-19. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, infect only animals and do not infect people.

Workplaces and Businesses: CDC updated their resource page for workplaces and businesses.  This page provides guidance and strategies to prevent and reduce COVID-19 transmission in workplaces.

Childcare Programs: CDC updated their toolkit for childcare programs. This toolkit includes posters, fact sheets, guidance, and FAQs.

Travel: CDC updated their resource page for travel. This page has information on domestic and international travel, mask recommendations, and more. CDC also updated their travel health notices page, which lists current travel notices and outlines COVID-19 risks in different countries.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (RRT) Composition: For COVID-19, RRT activation may occur prior to detection of a COVID-19 case in a particular administrative area. Examples include when there is transmission in a neighboring administrative area or when the emergency response system has already been activated (e.g. Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation or country-equivalent). Given the high risk of COVID-19 person-to-person transmission, countries can consider prepositioning multidisciplinary RRTs prior to large-scale transmission.

Enforcement Policy During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency: FDA updated their guidance for coagulation systems for measurement of viscoelastic properties. FDA is issuing this guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability of coagulation systems for measurement of whole blood viscoelastic properties that are used to assess hemostasis, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Protecting Participants in Bioequivalence Studies: FDA updated their guidance for protecting participants in bioequivalence studies during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Funding

Provider Relief Fund Reporting Update: HHS, through HRSA, will be amending the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. HHS has been working to provide updated reporting requirements that comply with this recently passed legislation. Consequently, PRF recipients will now be required to submit their reporting requirements on their use of these funds later than previously announced. PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal where they will ultimately submit their information in compliance with the new reporting requirements HHS is issuing.

Funds to Expand Immunization Information Sharing Collaboration: HHS acting through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a series of investments to help increase data sharing between health information exchanges (HIEs) and immunization information systems. ONC will award nearly $20 million in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to support the nation’s vaccination efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

CMS Updates

CMS Releases Additional Tools To Help State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies Plan For The Eventual Return To Regular Operations After The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends: CMS released two tools to assist states and territories in their planning efforts to transition back to regular operations and resolve pending Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP) eligibility and enrollment actions after the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE) ends.  These tools were announced in the Planning for the Resumption of Normal State Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP) Operations Upon Conclusion of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency State Health Official Letter that CMS released on December 22, 2020.

CMS Released Preliminary Medicaid COVID-19 Increased FMAP Expenditure Data: On a quarterly basis, states report summarized Medicaid expenditures on the Form CMS-64, which serve as the basis for the amount of FFP paid to states to fund the Medicaid program. CMS released preliminary Medicaid expenditure data that states reported to CMS through the Medicaid Budget and Expenditure System (MBES).   This information is summary level data for Medicaid service expenditures reported by states on the Form CMS-64 in MBES for the period of January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020, and April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020.  The data includes a breakout of expenditures associated with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) section 6004 which provides a 100% Federal match to uninsured individuals eligible under the new “COVID-19 testing” optional Medicaid eligibility group and section 6008 which provides a temporary 6.2 percentage point increase to qualifying states and territory’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP).

Research

Evaluation of Abbott BinaxNow Rapid Antigen Test: CDC released a MMWR on evaluation of Abbott BinaxnNow rapid antigen test for sars-cov-2 infection at two community-based testing sites. Sensitivity of the BinaxNOW antigen test, compared with polymerase chain reaction testing, was lower when used to test specimens from asymptomatic (35.8%) than from symptomatic (64.2%) persons, but specificity was high. Sensitivity was higher for culture-positive specimens (92.6% and 78.6% for those from symptomatic and asymptomatic persons, respectively); however, some antigen test-negative specimens had a culturable virus. The high specificity and rapid BinaxNOW antigen test turnaround time facilitate earlier isolation of infectious persons. Antigen tests can be an important tool in an overall community testing strategy to reduce transmission.

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 Lineage: CDC released an MMWR on the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 1.1.7 mutation lineage. Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months. CDC’s system for genomic surveillance and the effort to expand sequencing will increase the availability of timely U.S. genomic surveillance data. The increased transmissibility of the B.1.1.7 variant warrants universal and increased compliance with mitigation strategies, including distancing and masking. Higher vaccination coverage might need to be achieved to protect the public. Genomic sequence analysis through the National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance program will enable a targeted approach to identifying variants of concern in the United States.

COVID-19 Variants: CDC updated their resource page on emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants and their US cases caused by variants page. There has also been a new variant detected. Multiple SARS-CoV-2 variants are circulating globally. Scientists are working to learn more about these variants to better understand how easily they might be transmitted and the effectiveness of currently authorized vaccines against them. At this time, there is no evidence that these variants cause more severe illness or increased risk of death. New information about the virologic, epidemiologic, and clinical characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging.

 

New RCORP Funding Opportunity

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation)—March 12.  The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 78 awards of $1 million each to rural communities to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery.  Over the course of a three-year period of performance, grant recipients will implement a set of core prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis.  Award recipients are strongly encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).  All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer).  The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned entities.  A majority, or at least 50 percent, of members in each consortium must be located within HRSA-designated rural areas.  Applicants are encouraged to include populations that have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes, health disparities, and other inequities, as compared to the rest of the target population, when addressing SUD/OUD in the proposed service area.  FORHP will hold an hour-long webinar for applicants on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 1-2 p.m., ET.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in information for the webinar and contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with programmatic questions and bmirindi@hrsa.gov with fiscal/budget-related questions.

AFA 03-2021 Behavioral Health Workforce and Disparities Training Center(s)

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has released the following announcement of funding availability (AFA):

AFA 03-2021 Behavioral Health Workforce and Disparities Training Center(s)

The documents required for response to this AFA can be found here.

Key Dates:
Date of Release: December 14, 2020
Technical Assistance: Submit written requests to dhhrbbhannouncements@wv.gov 
Application Deadline: January 21, 2021
Funding Announcement(s) To Be Made: To be posted on BBH Website
Funding Amount Available: $425,000
Target Area to be Served Statewide

For technical assistance request, please include AFA 03-2021 in the subject line and forward inquiries via email to: dhhrbbhannouncements@wv.gov 

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-21-015

The application closes on February 8, 2021


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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

The program aims to increase the number of eligible nursing faculty nationwide.

NFLP provides funding to accredited schools of nursing to establish and operate a student loan fund and provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. Grantees will provide loans to students who aim to become nurse faculty.

The application cycle closes on February 8, 2021 in Grants.gov.

Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing with advanced education nursing programs.

HRSA expects approximately $28.5 million to be available in FY 2021 to fund 90 grantees.

For a complete list of funding opportunities, visit the HRSA website.

Technical Assistance

The following technical assistance webinar has been scheduled to help applicants understand, prepare, and submit an application for this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO).

Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m. ET
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