2929 3rd Ave N, Ste 300, Billings, MT 59101 - (406) 252-2550

HHS Weekly Stakeholder Bulletin – March 11-15, 2019

March 19, 2019

Weekly Stakeholder Bulletin
Week of March 11-15, 2019



Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Announces New Members
March 14, 2019

Secretary Azar’s Opening Remarks at The Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Hearing
March 12, 2019

Statement on FY2020 Budget Proposal for Ending The HIV Epidemic In America
March 11, 2019

Secretary Azar Statement on President Trump’s FY 2020 Budget
March 11, 2019



CMS Updates Drug Dashboards with Prescription Drug Pricing and Spending Data
March 14, 2019

CMS Strengthens Monitoring and Evaluation Expectations for Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations
March 14, 2019


HHS Digital/Social Media Content

FDA Advances Policies to Prevent Youth Use of Flavored E-Cigarettes, Cigars
FDA announced publication of the draft guidance “Modifications to Compliance Policy for Certain Deemed Tobacco Products,” as part of the agency’s commitment to limit youth access to, and appeal of, tobacco products. FDA is proposing to end the August 2017 compliance policy regarding premarket review requirements for certain deemed tobacco products – specifically for flavored electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products (other than tobacco-, mint-, and/or menthol-flavored) and flavored cigars (other than tobacco-flavored.)
The Center for Tobacco Products has created social media content that can be used on your social media channels to share information about today’s announcement.




HHS Digital/Social Media Content

HHS Community Health News
This Is the Truth About Vaccines
In this New York Times Op Ed, HHS ADM Brett P. Giroir, CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, and U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams talk about the deadly diseases that should only be seen in our history books and not in our emergency rooms. They address the misinformation about vaccines and the need to state clearly and unambiguously: Vaccines do not cause autism and they do not contain toxic chemicals.

In the last flu season, about 80,000 Americans died of influenza. Scores of them were children who had not been vaccinated.  Please read the article here and share the link with your community.

Latest CDC Vital Signs Report: Staph Infections Can Kill
Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a germ found on people’s skin. Staph can cause serious infections if it gets into the blood and can lead to sepsis or death. More than 119,000 bloodstream staph infections occurred in 2017, killing nearly 20,000 people.  Learn what puts people at higher risk and how to take actions against all staph here.  View the Vital Signs video.

National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide
News reports and fictional accounts of suicide in movies and television depicted responsibly can help to encourage help seeking, dispel myths, and reinforce hope – and ultimately save lives.  In response, The Action Alliance, in collaboration with SAMHSA and the Entertainment Industries Council developed the National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide.

Grants Announcements and SAMHSA Training Webinar
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation
This notice of funding has been released. HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy will be making approx. 75 awards of up to $1 million each to rural communities to enhance service delivery for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorders. 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 (see the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer).  The funding notice is available here.
Webinar for applicants: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 pm ET. Call-In Number: 1-888-566-7680/Participant Code: 5808487

Coming Soon, FY 2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) at the U.S. Dept. of Justice is preparing for its FY2019 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) solicitation. See the Fact Sheet: Justice Department is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.

SAMHSA Grant Applicant Webinar
Thurs., March 14, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET or Tues., March 26, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
SAMHSA will hold a training webinar for prospective applicants interested in applying for their FY 2019 grant programs. The webinar will provide information on how to submit applications to SAMHSA using NIH’s eRA System, including application and registration processes, requirements and validations, and the post-submission process.  Connect to the webinars here.  Conf. no.: RWXW8860031/ Phone: 888-405-5619/ # 3410364

Previously Mentioned Grants (and their deadlines)
Enhancing Linkage of STI and HIV Surveillance Data in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP)HRSA-19-039 HHS/HRSA. Applications Due April 8.
2019 Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children Program/ Second Chance Act Grant- Applications are due by April 15.
Strengthening Systems of Care for People Living with HIV and Opioid Use DisorderHRSA-19-038 HHS/HRSA. Applications Due April 16.
Mentoring Opportunities for Youth InitiativeDepartment of Justice/OJJDP-2019-15004. Application due by April 22.
Overdose Data to ActionRFA-CE19-1904 HHS/CDC. Applications Due May 2.


HHS Digital/Social Media Content

HHS will host a public listening session in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 4, 2019. April 4, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM MT This meeting will help inform the development of a National Strategy on Youth Sports.

Participants can attend in-person or by webcast; advanced registration is required: https://protect2.fireeye.com/url?k=4f5c0242-13081b3e-4f5c337d-0cc47adc5fa2-7847a7bc12a33e1f&u=https://events.kauffmaninc.com/events/sportslisteningsession/register
How can you get involved? HHS is interested in learning about the following topics from organizations working with youth sports:

  • Benefits and barriers to youth sports participation;
  • Private and public strategies to improve youth sports participation;
  • Measurement of youth sports participation; and
  • Strategies to recruit and train youth sports coaches.

HHS is particularly interested in hearing from organizations working with underrepresented populations (e.g., girls, low socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic minorities, youth with disabilities, etc.), and groups with evaluation metrics to support programs.
Interested in speaking? There are a limited number of speaking slots available. The length of presentation will be determined based on interest, but is anticipated to be about 15 minutes per organization, including time for comments or questions. All organizations interested in presenting must submit a request by 9:59 p.m. M.D.T., Thursday, March 21, 2019. Submissions must be emailed to sports@hhs.gov with the subject line “Application to Speak at Public Meeting.” Submissions must include speaker’s name, title, organization, contact information, and a written outline of the intended remarks not exceeding 500 words. Selected speakers will receive email confirmation with further instructions for participation. Selected speakers will be compensated for travel.
Submissions to request to speak are due Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 9:59 p.m. M.D.T.






Last modified: April 18, 2022