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Rural Spotlight — A Health Care Resource for Missouri

2014 NHSC New Site Application Cycle is Now Open!

April 15, 2014

The 2014 NHSC New Site Application cycle is now open to those sites that have never been approved as an NHSC site. All completed applications must be submitted by June 16, 2014, at 11:59 pm, ET to be considered for an award. Please refer to the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide for all of the program requirements. Read more

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 10, 2014

Rural Research Highlights

  1. Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in Life Expectancy, U.S., 1969–2009
    This study by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau examines the trends in life expectancy disparities between rural and urban areas in the United States between 1969 and 2009. The article finds that the disparity has increased since 1990, because life expectancy has grown more rapidly in urban than in rural areas. The disparity in life expectancy of urban over rural areas stood at 2.4 years during 2005-2009. Furthermore, the study’s findings indicate that mortality from cardiovascular diseases, injuries, lung cancer, and COPD is much higher in rural than in urban areas.
  2. Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of HealthThis special report explores the intersecting goals of increased workforce diversity, fair and equal access to quality health care and health care resources, elimination of health disparities, and achieving health equity. In August 2012, HRSA hosted a summit titled, “Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” This resulting special supplement includes 11 articles authored by 3D Summit speakers who are content experts in the fields of nursing workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. 

More recent rural research can be found on http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 4, 2014

Hot Off the Presses 

  1. The following notice of extension has been posted by the Veteran’s Administration, and may be of interest to family physicians in highly rural areas for their U.S. veteran patients. The Veteran’s Administration announced today that it is extending the application deadline to midnight eastern standard time on May 27, 2014, to allow applicants additional time to apply for funds available under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program. For more information, please review the posted Notice of Funds Availability at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-26/pdf/2014-06630.pdf.

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National Public Health Week April 7-13

April 1, 2014

Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 7-13.  Missouri’s theme is “Public Health Start Here, Better Health.  Better Missouri”.

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.  A toolkit for promoting National Public Health Week can be found at:  http://health.mo.gov/information/nphw/

Save the Dates! NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application Cycle Conference Calls

March 27, 2014

SAVE THESE DATES!

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application
Technical Assistance Conference Call
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 pm ET

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program Application
Technical Assistance Conference Call
Saturday, May 17, 2014
1:00 – 3:00 pm ET

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 27, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the evidence-based  mental health toolkit.  As mental health and substance abuse continues to be a challenge in rural communities, this toolkit provides valuable and proven methods on ways to address the issue, make an impact in rural communities, be replicable and sustainable.This toolkit, located on the Rural Assistance Center, Community Health Gateway, is the 5th in a series of evidence-based toolkits released within the last two years.  The gateway, launched in 2012, was developed in response to the President’s Rural Healthcare Initiative, which identified evidence-based as a priority area for ORHP, and has allowed ORHP an opportunity to focus on demonstrating program outcomes.  The easy-to-use toolkits have been developed through extensive literature reviews, and in partnership with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Rural Assistance Center (RAC), and serve as a resource for rural communities looking to develop and implement a similar program.  Rural communities also avoid having to reinvent the wheel, as proven models have been studied and evaluated, and highlighted as replicable models on the Gateway.  ORHP encourages you to visit the Community Health Gateway http://www.raconline.org/communityhealth/ and explore the website to learn about the various tools and resources available.  For further questions, please contact: Nisha Patel, Director, Community-Based Division/ORHP, npatel@hrsa.gov. Read more

2014 NHSC Scholarship Program Application Cycle is Now Open!

March 24, 2014

The 2014 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. All completed applications must be submitted by May 15, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. ET to be considered for an award. Please refer to the Application and Program Guidance for all of the program requirements.

Eligibility is open to all students who are U.S. citizens or nationals and are enrolled in a fully accredited training program for Physicians (MD or DO), Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives or Physician Assistants at a U.S. accredited school.
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