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Learn How to Access the FREE National Healthcare Data Portal

November 3, 2015

Through a training session on the FREE NATIONAL HEALTHCARE DATA PORTAL, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

  •  Is there equitable disparity across all of the professions in rural vs. urban workforce distribution?  Or are there areas truly at more risks than others?
  • Where are the patients needing the greatest care?
  • How different are the socio-economic determinants in my area relative to surrounding states?
  • How will aging workforce impact access to care?
  • Are healthcare training opportunities available in rural?
  • How can healthcare leaders be more effective in targeting healthcare workforce distribution and training especially in light of implementing the Affordable Care Act?

This training session will be provided by Ann Peton, Director of the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NEAHD), at our next RHW workshop. Ann Peton will provide a session on how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of the National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW).  In addition to the training, Ms. Peton will provide a jump drive with step-by-step instructions on how to access, view, map and analyze healthcare data, demographic, political, health outcome, healthcare workforce trends (2008-2014) available through the free national healthcare data portal.

The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) is presenting the RHW workshop on Thursday, December 3, 2015, and the New England Rural Health RoundTable is hosting the workshop at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center at 14 Mechanic St., Southbridge, MA 01550; phone: 508-765-8000 or 844-600-2719. Detailed information is attached with a registration form.

The RHW workshop will also enable participants to measure the economic impact of the health sector or individual health entities on zip code service areas, counties, regions, states or at the national level. Additionally, participants will learn about RHW’s community health needs assessment toolkit (CHNA) and about specific community rural health needs assessments.

The training is designed for professionals from agencies that plan to be involved in providing assistance to communities in any of these three areas. Enrollment will be limited to 20-25 participants and will be “First Come, First Serve. Each participant receives a packet of selected materials and a CD with all materials.


The next Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum

October 28, 2015

CMS Open Door Forum

The next Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

“This agenda is subject to change”

I.  Opening Remarks

Moderator – Janet Miller, Office of Communications


2nd Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit

October 26, 2015

We are excited to let you know about the second annual Missouri Telehealth Summit!  It will be held Thursday, January 28th, at the Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City.  The summit is free, but space is limited and registration is required.  For more information and to register go to:

New England Rural Health RoundTable hosting RHW Workshop!

October 15, 2015

The New England Rural Health RoundTable (RoundTable) will host a Rural Health Works (RHW) Training on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The training will be held at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center at 14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA 01550. The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) will present the training.

The RHW workshop will provide training in (1) Economic impact, (2) Community health needs assessment toolkit, and (3) Budget studies (feasibility) for new or expanded health care services. The training is designed for professionals from agencies that are involved or plan to be involved in providing assistance to communities in any of these three areas. Enrollment will be limited to 25 participants and will be on a “First Come, First Serve” basis.

Ann Peton, Director, National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), will provide a one-hour training session on how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of RHW.

The registration form is attached. If you have questions,contact Gerald A. Doeksen or Cheryl F. St. Clair at 405-744-9823, 9824 or 9814.

Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative October 26 webinar

October 15, 2015

WEBINAR – Save the Date
CHW – Sustainability Strategies
Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 1:00 – 2:00p.m. eastern time

DATE:  Monday, October 26th, 2015
TIME:  1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Intended Audience:  people who live or work in rural communities

Participants will be able to:

  • Hear about the inclusion of CHWs in one state’s SIM projects, and how this can improve health care outcomes in a rural community
  • Hear about efforts in one state to pass legislation to give CHW appropriate status for accreditation/recognition
  • Identify at least three areas concerns for state recognition of CHWs and their scope of work
  • Hear two different approaches to funding CHW work through billing and reimbursement


Mary Sheridan, Director, Idaho State Office of Rural Health & Primary Care Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

Zeenia Junkeer, MD, CHW Program Coordinator at the Urban League of Portland and the Maternal and Child Health Project Lead, Oregon Public Health Institute

For additional information, contact:
Matt Strycker (574) 855-4671

Previous Webinars:

Did you miss the August webinar re: opiates, first responders and HIV?  What about the July webinar on working with Community Health Workers (CHWs)?  The recordings of the Rural Population Health Learning Collaborative webinars since April 2015 are available on the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) website,

APHA Conference:

Going to APHA in November?  Join us for our gathering of folks interested in Rural and Frontier Health at a “business meeting” or find us at a rural session.  For more information on rural topics being presented at APHA, visit:


Build Your Board

October 7, 2015

University of Missouri Extension for available training designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations View the training.

Rural Assistance Center Update

October 7, 2105

View the latest update.


USDA and HHS to Announce Ten Demonstration Sites for Rural IMPACT Initiative

September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 – ON FRIDAY, Sept. 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce 10 sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

Through the White House Rural Council’s Rural IMPACT demonstration, the Obama Administration aims to build upon the progress already made in reducing rural poverty using a two-generation approach that leverages technology, forges sustainable partnerships, and explores new models of program delivery to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to succeed.

The Demonstration will be administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be implemented in collaboration with a broad range of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and private partners including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP).

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
11 A.M. EDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce ten sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

DIAL-IN: 800-857-9832
Passcode: RURAL (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, reporters are instructed to press *1

East Central TCD Symposium – September 24, 2015

September 22, 2015

We now have the CME/CEU’s approved so that information is included on the brochure. There is still time to register.  See brochure.

Missouri Rides to Wellness Get Link’d Conference

September 21, 2015



HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CUSTOMERS COULD SAY “I NEED A RIDE” AND GET TO THE MEDICAL PROVIDER?  As a front-line worker, how would that affect your work day, bring life improvements and the long-term health outcomes? Check out pilot models making a difference.

HOW MUCH INCOME COULD BE GENERATED FROM MISSED APPOINTMENTS?  If 20% of missed appointments are due to transportation-could you save $100,000 annual? Find out how.


Midwest Heart Failure Quarterly Webinar

August 28, 2015

Save The Date!
September 9, 2015

Clinical Implications of Entresto


FREE Evidence-Based Decision Making Training

August 20, 2015

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis will be offering an Evidence-Based Decision Making course on August 26-28, 2015, at the Saint Louis University Salus Center.  We realize this is short notice, but the course has several available seats.  We want to make sure all of our contacts throughout the state and especially those in the St. Louis region are aware of this free training opportunity.

To register for the course, please complete the form at the following website before close of business on Friday, August 21, 2015.  If you are interested in registering after that time, please contact the course coordinator directly.  Her contact information is included at the end of this e-mail.

The material covered in the course applies to all public health stakeholders who are seeking to use resources effectively and efficiently.  The course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of evidence-based principles and to increase the utilization of systematic approaches in day-to-day public health practice.

The course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28.   A flier with additional information is attached.   For more information, please contact Linda Dix, Evidence-Based Public Health Course Coordinator, at 314-935-0121 or

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

July 30, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Get Link’d Conference Partnering Health & Transit to increase health access in Missouri.

July 29, 2015

The Get Link’d Conference is ready for registration!  Join us this Fall,  October 13-14, 2015!  Visit the website at to find out more!

Due to the exciting developments happening at the national level, the Missouri Rural Health Association Get Link’d Conference will be sharing exciting new information and ideas as it relates to Partnering for Health Access in Missouri. With Rides to Wellness, the Federal Transit Administration’s Ladders of Opportunity Health and Transportation Initiative, improving access to care through public and private partnerships has emerged as a national priority, particularly via public transportation. Learn how joining forces could affect future policy development.

We are bringing together a diverse array of partners with whom to network, a broad panel of presenters, and many examples of successful healthcare and transportation partnerships throughout the nation. In addition, HealthTran, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health, is on the edge of expanding services and gaining new partnerships, collecting valuable transit-health data, and exploring additional funding sources that could potentially skyrocket ridership.

MRHA appreciates your support and asks that you share this information with all contacts and organizations you believe would be interested in attending. If you have previously shared information on this conference, we ask that you please resend notification of the new changes in our dates and program.

*For everyone who has fought the battle of a transportation barrier, saw poor health outcomes due to lack of the ability to get to a health provider, or know how the quality of life is directly related to independence, this is the conference to attend to ask questions and get answers!

Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference on Oct 9

July 21, 2015

Conference Purpose:   Make quality continuing education available to behavioral health professionals about the particular practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities.  For a short summary of the conference, Click on this short video.

Rural practitioners continually adapt their work to the needs of rural people and communities, as well as to new practice models and research.  This conference will help you work with rural care’s ethical demands, rural disasters, rural indigenous people, and rural schools.  This program is designed for psychologists and other behavioral health professionals and is at the intermediate to advanced levels.

Date:  October 9, 2015 – Friday, see conference website for times in each time zone.

Locations:  Attend by individual webcast or at group webcast sites.  Origination at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

To register, get more information, or to sponsor/exhibit, click   Cost:  $110; $90 partner members; $20 FT students

Continuing Education Hours:  7.5 CEs from the Minnesota Psychological Association, an APA-approved CE sponsor*


  • Jeffrey Leichter & Jonathan Aligada, Keynote:  Navigating ethical challenges in rural integrated primary care settings: A primer for behavioral health therapists
  • Randal Quevillon, Disaster Mental Health in Rural Communities: Suggestions for Planning and Response
  • LaVerne Demientieff & Sam Demientieff, Historical Trauma, Historical Strengths: An Indigenous Perspective of Navigating Wellness Today
  • JP Jameson & Kurt Michael, Mental Health Practice in Rural Schools: The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center Model
  • Posters on cutting edge research in rural behavioral health

Please forward this conference information to your members, staff, faculty, and students and place it in any electronic newsletters and on email lists that you have available.  Attached is a flyer you can also use.  We would very much appreciate your assistance in letting professionals know about this opportunity to learn about advances in rural behavior health practice.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Kay Slama, Ph.D., at or 320-905-6051.