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Health Agencies Update
November 23/30, 2021

Support for Primary Care Clinicians in Underserved Areas

JAMA. 2021;326(20):2000. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.20454

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that it will provide $100 million for state-run programs that support, recruit, and retain primary care clinicians who live and work in underserved communities.

All 50 states, Washington, DC, and US territories can apply for the grants funded by the American Rescue Plan. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) estimates that it will award up to 50 grants, for as much as $1 million each, for each of the program’s 4 years. Although HRSA encourages states to secure matching funds, it isn’t required. In addition, states can use up to 10% of their award to cover administrative costs.

“With these funds, states can design programs that optimize the selection of disciplines and service locations, and tailor the length of service commitments to address the areas of greatest need in their communities,” Acting HRSA Administrator Diana Espinosa said in the HHS announcement. “This investment will make a tremendous impact on access to primary care and addressing health disparities at a critical time.”

The deadline to apply for the grants through HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce is April 8, 2022; the project start date is September 1, 2022.