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HRSA eNews April 6, 2017

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Celebrate National Donate Life Month

April is Donate Life Month. One organ donor can save the lives of up to 8 people. clipart of one person holding up 8 others.
By becoming an organ donor, one person can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of dozens. 
Even with a record-breaking 33,500+ transplants in 2016, much work remains to support the 119,000+ men, women, and children on the national organ waiting list. 
April is National Donate Life Month. Join us as we celebrate and honor the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors, donor families, as well as the lives saved through donation.
Learn more about organ donation and register to become a donor at or

NHSC programs impact Indian Health Service site 

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HRSA National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program alum Dr. Monica Taylor-Desir and Loan Repayment Program recipient FNP Andrea Richter share a special connection to Elbowoods Memorial Health Center, a three-tribe Indian Health Service site in New Town, North Dakota. 
Both clinicians have made this community their home after fulfilling their service commitment. 

Two new CDC reports on children and infants

Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2–8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas — United States, 2011–2012
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In this report, co-authored by the HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Reem M. Ghandour, DrPH, researchers looked at data reported by parents of children aged 2-8 across the U.S. and found that, in rural areas, one in six children was diagnosed with mental, behavioral and developmental disorders (MBDD). The prevalence of MBDD in children in rural areas (18.6 percent) was higher than that of children in urban areas (15.2 percent).

Trends in Infant Mortality in the United States, 2005–2014
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Over the past decade, the overall infant mortality rate in the United States has improved, declining 15 percent from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005—a recent high—to 5.82 in 2014.
Reducing the infant mortality rate is the primary goal of the Healthy Start Program and the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality, supported by HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 

FDA and EPA finalize guide to eating fish

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The FDA and EPA recently finalized their guide, Eating Fish: What Pregnant Women & Parents Should Know
The updated advice makes it easy for families to include fish in their diets. A handy chart groups fish into "best choices," "good choices," or "choices to avoid" based on mercury levels.
Nearly 90 percent of the fish consumed in the U.S. falls into the best choices category. Share this with your patients to encourage healthy food choices.

Up to $110 Million in Grants for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

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SAMHSA is accepting applications for Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grants totaling up to $110 million over 5 years. 
This program aims to promote full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary and behavioral health care. 
The grants will also help promote services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders as well as related physical conditions and chronic diseases. The application deadline is May 17, 2017.

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