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The Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity Program

By one estimate, there are over 3 million nurses in this country. Nursing is one of our fastest growing occupations. Yet, that still may not be enough to meet demand. While there is debate on the subject, many believe we are experiencing a nursing shortage that will only intensify in the future. According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we could see up to 1.2 million vacancies in the registered nursing field between 2014 and 2022. Researchers at Vanderbilt University hold that by 2025 the shortage could be twice as large as any time since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s.

Two Health Resources and Services Administration Programs - Ryan White HIV/Aids & Drug Price Reductions

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its primary purpose is to achieve health equity for underserved populations, including people living with HIV/AIDS, those who live in areas with limited access to health care, and others who are medically vulnerable. It also supports the training of health professionals, oversees organ donation, and maintains a malpractice database. It has over 90 programs that serve more than 3,000 grantees. Currently, there are two different HRSA programs with upcoming October deadlines.

Tackling Toxins - The Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield Sites

When we think of major contributors to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, pollution is not always the first thing that comes to mind. While scientist are still debating the fine points, there is growing public awareness of environmental risks. Below are just a few types of toxins and the maladies they have been associated with:

Addressing the Opiate Abuse Crisis

According to the Centers for Disease Control, fatal drug overdoses hit an all-time high in 2014. Opioids, especially heroin and prescription pain pills, were involved in over half of all incidents.

Approximately 2 million Americans are dependent on prescription pain medication, and heroin use is up in almost all age groups in all income levels. More people are now dying from overdoses than car accidents. Recently, the federal government, law enforcement, communities groups, medical professionals and community groups addressed the problem at the annual National RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Here are some of the multi-strategy efforts advanced by various federal agencies:

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Along with the $9 million the U.S Department of Justice is making available through the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) comes a major paradigm shift in the intersection between criminal justice and mental health. Every year 2 million people with mental illness find themselves in jail. That number far surpasses those in mental hospitals. This situation is unfortunate for everyone involved. Individuals are not getting the treatment they need and counties are faced with an ever increasing price tag for their incarceration. Inmates with mental illness cost more to treat, have longer stays, and contribute to a higher recidivism rate than the rest of the population.

5 Tips on Winning a Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant

Based on my experience working with several clients, the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program is a challenging grant to apply for. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s DLT grant opportunity is "designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers and medical service providers who serve rural residents can establish interactive video conferencing links to teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.” This is not an application for beginners or the disorganized writer!

Rural Utilities Service: Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program Guidance

Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. This program provides funding for projects in highly rural, economically disadvantaged locations to develop and expand distance learning and telemedicine capacity through the acquisition of equipment, instructional programming, and technical assistance for using eligible equipment. Applications for this grant opportunity should be submitted through Grants.gov by July 7, 2014.

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