HRSA Funding Opportunities

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health Supplement, Action Plans for Infant Health Equity

Applications due: June 23, 2021

The purpose of the HS program is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy, and reduce racial/ethnic differences in the rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes.

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Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership Rural Expansion Program

Applications due: June 25, 2021

The purpose of this program is to improve the EMS systems for children to ensure access to age-appropriate, high-quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural, remote, and/or tribal areas. Funding will support demonstration projects in rural, remote, and/or tribal areas that respond to gaps in the readiness to care for children in prehospital EMS and hospital ED systems to advance existing EMSC State Partnership Program performance measure priorities.

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Healthy Start Supplement: Community-Based Doulas

Applications due: June 30, 2021

The goal of this supplement is to increase the availability of doulas in HS service areas most affected by infant and maternal mortality to reduce such deaths and decrease such racial/ethnic disparities.

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Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program – Formula

Applications due: June 30, 2021

The purpose of this program is to support the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive high-quality and voluntary early childhood home visiting services to eligible families. Program recipients will achieve the following objectives:

  • Implement evidence-based home visiting models or promising approaches
  • Ensure the provision of high-quality home visiting services to eligible families
  • Collaborate with state and local partners to increase the availability of and eligible families’ access to coordinated early childhood systems and high-quality services

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Pediatric Audiology Competitive Supplement to Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND)

Applications due: July 1, 2021

Current LEND program recipients are invited to apply for funding through this supplement which will support the clinical and leadership training of pediatric audiology trainees within LEND programs as well as continuing education for practicing professionals. The program aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Strengthen the focus on screening, treatment, and follow-up in infants and young children who are DHH and who have or are at risk for ASD and/or other DD
  • Increase the number of pediatric audiologists with clinical and leadership skills and expertise in delivering care to infants and young children with ASD/DD
  • Increase the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems’ capacity to serve infants/children who are DHH and who have or are at risk for ASD/DD

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State Systems Development Initiative – Maternal Health Enhancement Supplement

Applications due: July 2, 2021

The purpose of program is to expand state and jurisdictional MCH data capacity to improve reporting for the AIM program, resulting in enhanced high-quality and timely data and analysis. It seeks to:

  • Expand state and jurisdiction MCH data capacity by utilizing Title V/MCH data analytic support to assist with AIM QI efforts and enhance data-driven decision-making to improve maternal health care
  • Improve the quality, validity, and timeliness of maternal health data at the state and jurisdictional levels
  • Enhance the collection and use of data on race, ethnicity, and SDoH to assess the impact of the AIM program on health equity and health disparities

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American Rescue Plan Act – Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) – New Area Expansion

Applications due: July 6, 2021

The purpose of this program is to promote behavioral health integration into pediatric primary care by supporting pediatric mental health care telehealth access programs. State or regional networks of pediatric mental health care teams will provide tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination for pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with behavioral health conditions.

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Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network

Applications due: July 8, 2021

The purpose of this program is to coordinate among the Nation’s children’s hospitals and their communities in preparing for and responding to global health threats, including the coordination, preparation, response, and real-time dissemination of research-informed pediatric care for future pandemics. The Network will coordinate the Nation’s children’s hospitals and other pediatric experts to strengthen partnerships with existing local, state, regional, and national emergency preparedness systems to ensure the needs of all children are addressed.

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American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer

Pediatric Environmental Health Considerations and Collaborative Care Framework for Identifying and Managing Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults

Choosing Wisely: Five Things Physicians and Patients Should QuestionHRSA Disclaimer

The AAP Council on Environmental Health has released a list of common medical tests, therapies, and practices related to children and environmental health that may be unnecessary and should be considered carefully by physicians and parents.

Collaborative Care in the Identification and Management of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young AdultsHRSA Disclaimer

A new AAP clinical report in Pediatrics aims to provide pediatricians with a framework for identification, initial assessment, and mental health referral and consultation for youth presenting with psychotic-like symptoms. The report strongly encourages collaboration between pediatricians and mental health specialists to determine the best course of treatment for patients with psychotic-like experiences or psychosis.

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Association of Maternal and Child Health ProgramsHRSA Disclaimer, CityMatCHHRSA Disclaimer, National Healthy Start AssociationHRSA Disclaimer National Institute for Children’s Health QualityHRSA Disclaimer

Joint Organizational Commitment to Anti-Racism and Racial EquityHRSA Disclaimer

Action Plan

Watch the video that illustrates the signing of the Joint Organizational Commitment to Anti-Racism and Racial Equity by AMCHP, CityMatCH, NHSA, and NICHQ. These organizations pledge to devote their combined organizational strength and influence to educate respective constituencies, jointly advocate for change, hold one another accountable, and create tangible steps to root out racism wherever it exists. This joint organizational commitment is rooted in action and includes foundational principles that address the difference between racial equity and health equity and acknowledge the tremendous power and influence of public health institutions to disrupt structural inequities created by racism.

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Child TrendsHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on Racism in MCH, Dimensions of Early Care and Education Access, and Child Poverty Rates Due to COVID-19

Racism Creates Inequities in MCH, Even Before BirthHRSA Disclaimer

A racial and ethnic equity lens is applied to the review of data from the State of Babies Yearbook: 2021 in this brief. Specifically, the aim is to explore:

  • Why there are disparities in MCH
  • What disparities exist and for whom they exist
  • How policymakers and practitioners can promote racial and ethnic equity to improve MCH

Measuring and Comparing Multiple Dimensions of Early Care and Education AccessHRSA Disclaimer

An exploratory study using data from the 2012 National Study of Early Care and Education to model the complexity of ECE access and to consider how it varies for families across the United States is explained in this report.

Child Poverty Increased During COVID, Especially Among Latino and Black ChildrenHRSA Disclaimer

Child poverty rates have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among Latino and Black children and among children in female-headed families, according to a new analysis of recently released national data from the CPS. These data provide a first nationally representative look at how the pandemic has changed child poverty.

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Institute for the Advancement of Family Support ProfessionalsHRSA Disclaimer

Virtual Home Visiting Supervisor’s ToolkitHRSA Disclaimer


Information for supervisors about providing home visiting services virtually is provided in this toolkit. Reflections, tips, guidance, and inspiration alongside tools such as decision trees, templates, and questionnaires to support exploring and strengthening the use of virtual home visiting services in programs are included. To access the toolkit, create a free account on the Institute website.

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Kaiser Family FoundationHRSA Disclaimer

Resources on Mental Health and Substance Use Among Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic and State Fact Sheets

How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After the Pandemic’s UncertaintyHRSA Disclaimer

During the COVID-19 pandemic, children have experienced major disruptions as a result of public health safety measures including school closures, social isolation, financial hardships, and gaps in health care access. As mental health issues become more pronounced among children, access to care issues may also be increasing. These access issues may exacerbate existing mental health issues among children.

Mental Health and Substance Use State Fact SheetsHRSA Disclaimer

National and state-level data on mental health and substance use both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic are illustrated in maps and graphs. Detailed state-level data includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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National Academy for State Health PolicyHRSA Disclaimer

State Health Policy Resources to Support Mental HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Resource Links

This resource page provides policy options and considerations for states interested in improving access to high-quality mental health care for youth and adults. The resources are organized into categories:

  • Screening
  • Treatment and delivery systems
  • Reducing inequities
  • School-based mental health systems

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National Institute for Health Care ManagementHRSA Disclaimer

Solutions & Challenges for Children’s Mental Health in the COVID-19 PandemicHRSA Disclaimer


The challenges, including barriers in accessing culturally appropriate care and mental health resources, and the opportunities to improve the mental health system and support children’s mental health going forward are included in this infographic.

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Training & Educational

American Academy of PediatricsHRSA Disclaimer

Fighting Racism to Advance Child Health EquityHRSA Disclaimer

Training Course

Designed to change competence and performance by focusing on ways to equip pediatricians to advance child health equity by applying an anti-racist lens to the systems shaping health and medicine is the aim of this course. To access the course, create a free account on the AAP website.

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Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

Prepared4ALL: Whole Community Inclusive Emergency PlanningHRSA Disclaimer

Training Course

Whole community emergency planning, including COVID-19 planning, as well as provide basic information needed to connect with local emergency planners, public health professionals, and community are included in the course. Learning Agendas help to build on the concepts and skills to deepen your impact on communities and each lesson includes a short preview. To access this course, create a free account in the UK Human Development Institute LMS.

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Training & Educational – Webinars

Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

Supporting Early Childhood Teachers, Vaccine Access

Supporting Teachers’ Use of Assistive Technology in Early Childhood: Lessons Learned in a Post-Pandemic WorldHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Presenters will discuss lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to modify a professional development program designed to support early childhood educators in using assistive technology with young children with disabilities. Following a brief overview of the core features of the coaching model, responsiveness to the needs of both parents and educators as they pivoted to using assistive technology for remote learning will be presented.

#VaccinatebyADA: Strategies for COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence for People with DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence Among People with Disabilities Initiative COP will share outreach strategies, lessons learned, and continuing barriers in the goal of vaccinating all eligible persons with disabilities by the upcoming 31st Anniversary of the ADA on July 26.

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National Institute for Children’s Health QualityHRSA Disclaimer

Conversations to Improve Patient/Provider Relationships and Increase Appointment AttendanceHRSA Disclaimer

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm ET

Panelists will model conversations among providers, families, and advocates about reasons for and solutions to missed SCD health care appointments. Using webinar interaction tools and polls, webinar participants will examine, dissect, and discuss what works and what doesn’t in these conversations.

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Association of Schools & Programs of Public HealthHRSA Disclaimer

How Students Can Get Involved NowHRSA Disclaimer

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET

By hearing how those in various careers are working to get a hold on COVID-19 and learning about the variety of entry points into public health, attendees will discover ways that they can begin their own public health careers.

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Association of University Centers on DisabilitiesHRSA Disclaimer

Brain and Body in Motion: Understanding and Supporting Motor Dysfunction in AutismHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

In May 2021, the AIR-P and ARRB discussed how motor dysfunction is prevalent and pervasive in autistic individuals. Due to the heterogeneity of motor dysfunction and the categorization in DSM-5 as an associated deficit, this condition often goes undetected and undertreated. Improving our understanding of motor dysfunction in autism is important so that we can adequately screen for these difficulties and ultimately provide the best interventions.

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CityMatCHHRSA Disclaimer

Decolonizing Gender in Parent and Child HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

During this May 2021 learning network webinar, attendees learned how to address health inequities between dominant culture populations and those who have been historically marginalized from Health Equity Strategist and Community Organizer Alyshia Alohalani Macaysa-Fercota.

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Dialogue 4 HealthHRSA Disclaimer

Meet the Partner: Saving Lives with Youth EngagementHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

During this May 2021 webinar, attendees learned from Harm Reduction Coordinator Graciela Razo how youth engagement and stability can play a meaningful role in supporting overdose prevention and linkages to treatment. Attendees discussed harm reduction and youth outreach in relation to overdose prevention, how to partner effectively, and what strategies look like in action.

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Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's HealthHRSA Disclaimer

CARE_PATH for Kids: A Family-Centered Approach to Shared Plans of Care for CSHCNHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

During this webinar, speakers presented on the development and testing of CARE_PATH for Kids, a 3-step, family-centered approach to the process of creating SPoC for CSHCN that complements existing models in the field. Speakers also discussed how pediatric practices can integrate the model into the SPoC.

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National Institute for Health Care ManagementHRSA Disclaimer

Achieving Health Equity: What’s NextHRSA Disclaimer

Webinar Archive

During this May 2021 webinar, leaders in public health discussed key issues that harm health in America’s Indigenous, Black, and Latino communities as well as solutions to address the disparities.

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