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March 23, 2017

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Recruitment & Retention Workshop April 25

March 22, 2017

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Save The Date

March 22, 2017

Join us for the annual Missouri Rural Health Conference

August 15-17, 2017
Old Kinderhook Resort
Camdenton, MO

More details coming soon.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 22, 2017

Funding Opportunities

Summer Food Service Program – Ongoing.  Schools, local governments and public or nonprofit camps are among the organizations eligible to sponsor a site in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing meals to low-income children aged 18 and younger while school is not in session.  Sponsors must be organizations fully capable of managing a food service program as they must locate sites, hire and supervise staff and volunteers, and arrange for meals to be prepared or delivered.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; interested organizations should contact the SFSP agency in their state.

NHSC Scholarships – April 27.  The National Health Service Corps is accepting applications for scholarships paying tuition, fees, and a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.  Eligible applicants are students accepted and enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:  physician (MD or DO), dentist, nurse practitioner (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus), certified nurse-midwife, physician assistant.

Chronic Disease Management for Older Adults – May 12.  State and local governments, higher education institutions and Native American tribal governments are among those eligible to apply for up to $900,000 each for evidence-based programs that empower older adults and adults with disabilities to better manage their chronic conditions.

Primary/Behavioral Health Care Integration – May 17. State health agencies are eligible to apply for 11 awards of up to $2 million each from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support integrated care models for primary and behavioral health.  Successful applicants will select qualified community programs or community health centers to offer services to adults with serious mental illness and/or children with a serious emotional disturbance and co-occurring physical health conditions or chronic diseases.

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Documentation & Reporting Evaluation & Management Services in 2017

March 21, 2017

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HRSA eNews March 16, 2017

March 20, 2017

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 17, 2017

Special Announcement – March 17, 2017

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the fourth in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series. In the report, Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children in Rural and Urban Areas, CDC researchers looked at available data reported by parents of children aged 2-8 across the U.S. and report that, in rural areas, one in six children was diagnosed with mental, behavioral and developmental disorder (MBDD).  At 18.6%, the prevalence of MBDD in rural children was higher than urban at 15.2%.

The report finds a numbers of factors correlating with high prevalence of MBDD in children and, for both rural and urban children, a higher number experienced health care, community and home challenges than children without an MBDD.  Factors that were common for families in rural communities include experiencing financial difficulties (e.g. hard to cover basics like food or housing), living in neighborhoods with limited amenities (limited or no availability of sidewalks or walking paths, community and/or recreation centers, or libraries), and lacking a medical home (i.e., a family doctor or nurse and regular office visits).

Beginning on page 8, the report discusses suggestions to address the disparities found between children who experience MBDD and those who do not, and many of these strategies are noted to be appropriate in both rural and urban settings:

–   Primary-behavioral health care integration. Collaborations among health care providers, school-based services and community and state agencies can improve access to behavioral health while lowering cost and improving quality.

–   School-based services and telemedicine options.  Both have been shown to increase access to behavioral health while reducing stigma and transportation barriers.

–   Support for parents.  Early and continuous community-level support for parents can promote healthy environments and learning experiences within the home.

CDC will be releasing a special MMWR series of focused on rural health this year.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is collaborating by disseminating the findings and recommendations to rural community stakeholders.

For further reading:

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series

NEMJ: Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Behavioral and Developmental Care for Rural Children

Milbank Fund: Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care

Resources for child behavioral health:

Rural Behavioral Health Website

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions

RHIHub Rural Mental Health Toolkit

Rural Project Examples: Mental Health