HRSA Announces Recovery Act Funding for Health Professions

9/4/2009

CSWE Funding Opportunity: HRSA Announces Recovery Act Funding for Health Professions

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), received a total of $500 million in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or stimulus bill, which will be used to expand the health professions workforce and address workforce shortages. HHS announced that $200 million will be used for scholarships, loans, and loan repayment programs across the various HRSA health professions programs. HRSA estimates that these funds will support about 8,000 health professionals and students. The remaining $300 million will be used to expand the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), including the NHSC loan repayment program.

Below is funding information on the health professions training and loan repayment programs that are open to social workers and students. Please note that for some programs the funding will be awarded to individuals who applied for funds as part of Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 or 2009 competitions. Therefore, to be eligible for these programs, you must have previously applied for a training grant that was not awarded.

National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program.
The NHSC loan repayment program received nearly $200 million from ARRA. These funds are expected to double the number of Corps clinicians (which includes licensed clinical social workers) and make awards to over 3,000 clinicians that serve in health centers, rural health clinics and other facilities that provide care for the uninsured and underserved.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include primary care medical, dental and mental health clinicians, including licensed clinical social workers, who agree to work at NHSC sites for two years. Fully trained health professionals dedicated to working with the underserved and who have qualifying educational loans are encouraged to apply.

Award Details: Clinicians receive up to $50,000 for loan repayment and a competitive salary. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply as quickly as possible by visiting this website: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment/.

Additional information: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/index.htm.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.
HRSA plans to spend $40 million of its ARRA funding on this program over the next two years ($20 million in FY 2009 and $20 million in FY 2010). This funding will be used for scholarships to full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in qualified health professions programs. Funding is provided directly to schools or programs who select the scholarship recipients.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are accredited schools of health professions and nursing programs.

Award Details: The first round of funding ($20 million in FY 2009) will be used to fund awards from the applications that were received in response to the 2009 competition that closed on January 16, 2009. No additional applications are being accepted for the FY 2009 ARRA funding; awards will be made on or around September 1. However, eligible schools will have an opportunity to apply for both FY 2010 ARRA and FY 2010 non-ARRA (regular) funding once those opportunities are announced.

Additional Information: http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/student.htm#sds

Health Careers Opportunity Program.
HRSA plans to spend $3 million of its ARRA funding on the Health Careers Opportunity Program, which provides support to disadvantaged students wishing to enter health careers. Specifically, ARRA funding will be used to provide additional support for programs building health career education pipelines by extending grant activities to the K-12 education level. This is in recognition of the role that community, secondary, and undergraduate institutions play in building a competitive applicant pool.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, including social work, and other health career programs.

Award Details: Funds will be awarded for a three-year project period starting on or around September 1. Awards will be made from the applications received in response to the competition that closed on February 22, 2008. There will be no competition for ARRA funding in FY 2010.

Additional Information: http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/diversity.htm#hcop

Centers of Excellence.
HRSA plans to administer $4 million of its ARRA funding for its Centers of Excellence program. This funding will be used to assist eligible schools supporting programs of excellence in health professions education for underrepresented minority individuals. Centers of Excellence may provide stipends and create linkages with institutions of higher education, local school districts and other community based entities.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, including social work, and other health career programs.

Award Details: Awards will be made from the applications received in response to the competition that closed on May 29, 2009. It is unclear at this time whether stimulus funding will also be available in FY 2010.

Additional Information: http://www.bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/diversity.htm

Faculty Loan Repayment.

HRSA plans to administer $1.2 million in stimulus funding for the Faculty Loan Repayment Program, which helps eligible health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds repay student loans.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include U.S. citizens who have a degree in or who are currently enrolled in an approved graduate training program in behavioral and mental health, including clinical social work, or other health career programs. Applicants must also have full- or part-time employment for a minimum of two years beginning on or before September 30, 2009 at schools offering graduate programs such as behavioral and mental health, and be from a disadvantaged background.

Award Details: Awards will be made from the applications received in response to the competition that closed on July 7, 2009. It is unclear at this time whether stimulus funding will also be available in FY 2010.

Additional Information: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/dsa/flrp/

CSWE Contact: Wendy Naus, wendy@lewis-burke.com

Contact: Wendy Naus