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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 22, 2018

What’s New

2018 County Health Rankings.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual report on the place-based factors influencing health outcomes.  Among the key findings: rural counties continue to have the highest child poverty rates, and teen birth rates are nearly twice the rate for teens in suburban counties.  RWJF will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 27 at 3:00 pm ET to discuss how these factors impact population health outcomes and evidence-based actions that can be taken.

Funding Opportunities

Grants and Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural America – April 30.  Agriculture producers and rural small businesses are eligible to apply for grants and guaranteed loans for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency upgrades.  The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) funds may be used for systems of hydrogen, wind or solar generation, and for energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, lighting, insulation and replacement doors and windows.  Note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has its own definition of eligibility for rural development programs and that each state has a Rural Development Energy Coordinator to answer questions and assist with the application process.

Farmers Market Promotion Program – May 7.  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers grants to projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities.  Eligible applicants are public and private entities, including tribal governments, agriculture cooperatives and businesses, and economic development corporations.  For rural communities with limited grocery options, farmers markets increase access to fresh, local food.

USDA Community Connect Grants – May 14.  Public, private and non-profit entities, including Federally-recognized tribal organizations, are eligible to apply for grants funding broadband deployment in rural communities lacking existing broadband service with speed of at least 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. Grant funds may be used for construction, acquisition, or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service for all residents, businesses and community facilities within the proposed funding service area.  Matching funds of at least 15% from non-federal sources are required.

CDC Funding for Opioid Overdose Prevention Research – May 15.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make awards of up to $750,000 each to public and/or private organizations, including tribal governments and entities to find interventions that will work to prevent opioid overdose.  The funding is intended to encourage collaboration of scientists from a spectrum of disciplines including public health, epidemiology, law enforcement, social work, economics, and criminal justice to perform research that can identify ways to prevent opioid overdose more effectively. Interventions can be strategies, programs, or policies.  Because the opioid epidemic continues to pose a high burden on rural communities and providers, a challenge exacerbated by lack of prevention and treatment resources, it is important to ensure that this research includes and will have a focus on rural communities. Click the “Related Documents” tab to see the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and note that Letters of Intent are due on Thursday, April 12.

Tribal Colleges Extension Grant Program – June 6.  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide total funding of $4.3 million to tribal colleges designated as (mostly rural) 1994 Land Grant Institutions to enhance community-focused research, education and outreach.  Awards will be made to support one or more of the following Extension base program areas: agriculture; community resources and economic development; family development and resource management; 4-H and youth development; leadership and volunteer development; natural resources and environmental management; and nutrition, diet and health.


Available Recruitment & Retention Training

March 20, 2018

Available Recruitment & Retention Training
May 2, 2018,  from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The MO Primary Care Association
3325 Emerald Lane in Jefferson City, MO
Click for Registration/Session Information

Registration is limited so enroll now.  If you have questions, contact the MO Primary Care Association at:  (573) 636-4222.

No Cost | THREE LOCATIONS | MAT Waiver Training | 2018

March 19, 2018

Available MAT Waiver Training

No-Cost Half & Half | THREE LOCATIONS

Opioid STR, in partnership with the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare, is providing an 8-hour MAT Waiver Course. This course is different from the traditional 8-hour live course, as the first 4 hours will be in person and second 4 hours will be individual online work. 

Once you complete the first 4-hour live training, you will receive an email from AAAP with a link for the other 4 hours of individual work. Once that work is completed, they will send you a certificate of completion.

Note that while medical residents can take the waiver training, they will not be able to apply until they have a personal DEA number and an unrestricted medical license. 

If you obtain your buprenorphine waiver following this course, you (or your agency) are likely eligible to receive $500 reimbursement for your time. 

Scheduled Trainings (all trainings are 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.):

  1. May 12, 2018 | Columbia, MO | Register online now:
  2. June 2, 2018 | St. Louis, MO | Register online now:
  3. September 29, 2018 | Kansas City, MO | Register online now:

NP & PA’s – this coursework will go toward your 24 hours of training. If you complete this, you can go online and finish the other 16 hours of work to get your certificate. The link below will take you directly to the registration page for the other 16 hours of training

After completion of the required training:

  • Participants must submit a Notice of Intent form (NOI; link provided after training)
  • Participants must submit their certificate of completion (provided after completing the training, verifies coursework completion)
  • Once participants receive their waiver, upload to to receive $500 reimbursement, if applicable, and connect with clinics in Missouri in need of your services

Ongoing mentorship and support:

  • PCSS-MAT has a comprehensive library of materials with continuing education, available at no cost for healthcare providers. PCSS-MAT also has a no-cost clinical coaching/mentoring program to provide one-on-one clinical expertise for primary care providers. You can post a question to a listserv with an addiction specialist and be matched with an addiction specialist.
  • Additionally, the Missouri STR team has local buprenorphine-waivered and experienced physician and NP consultants available to meet individually or respond to queries by phone or online. Email Philip Horn (, STR Project Manager, to connect with someone.

For questions or additional information please contact:

Katie Horstman
Training & Event Manager
Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare
221 Metro Drive | Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573.634.4626, ext. 110

Grants 101 Workshop

March 16, 2018

April 24, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST
Jesus Was Homeless – 310 Gretna Road, Branson, MO

View the Registration Flyer.

Please Join Us at the USDA RUS Contract Administration Workshop

March 8, 2018

Rural Utilities Service Contract Administration Workshop

Please plan on joining USDA for the 2018 Rural Utilities Service Contract Administration Workshop.  The workshop will be held on April 17th & 18th in Columbia, MO.  The registration form, attached below, must be completed and emailed to Chris Collins at by April 6th if you plan on attending.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please email Chris at or call (573) 208-0574.

2018 Community Health Worker Conference

February 26, 2018

View information on the conference.

Save The Date!

February 23, 2018

2018 Missouri Rural Health Conference – August 21-23, 2018

Grant Writing Training with Rural Health Focus

November 27, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2018 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI). GWI features a series of nine online learning sessions covering every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies.  Participants will also learn how to form a consortium, develop collaborative proposals, and replicate evidence based models in their communities.

Class size is limited, so click here to REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a flyer with detailed information on each session.

Please share this information with anyone interested in pursuing grant writing.

If you have any additional questions, contact Kassie Clarke at

Don’t miss out on this customized training opportunity!

Kassie Clarke
Technical Assistance Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

4th Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit

November 17, 2017

The Fourth Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit will take place January 31 & February 1, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As always, this summit brings together providers, payers, and policy-makers. Our keynote speaker is Yulun Wang, the founder and CIO of InTouch Health.  We are highlighting rural hospital telehealth financial barriers and incentives and how telehealth improves access and capacity for care.  We will have a legislative and regulatory panel and an evidence panel.  We are asking for poster submissions to display during the summit.  And we are asking for volunteers to provide a 3-5 minute description of your ‘cool’ telehealth project!

Also, new this year, we will have an exhibit hall so that you can interact with telehealth vendors and a Pre-Summit Workshop, Telehealth 101, on January 31, 2018.

Link to Missouri Telehealth Summit Web Page for registration:

Poster submissions please e-mail to:
Rachel Mutrux,;
Deepika Gupta,;
Mirna Becevic,

Cool telehealth projects please e-mail to:
Rachel Mutrux,;
Lindsey Beckmann,

Rachel Mutrux
Sr. Program Director, Missouri Telehealth Network
Director, Show-Me ECHO
State Director, Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
ph: 573-884-8814

World-renowned presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, speaks at MHA’s Convention

September 13, 2017

View the conference information.

Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference

September 13, 2017

Just a reminder MTN & Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference!  Please don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

For the registration form, agenda and other information go to the MTN website at

When:  September 26 & 27, 2017

Where:  Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

REMINDER: MTN & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference

August 31, 2017

Just a reminder MTN & Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference!  Please don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

For the registration form, agenda and other information go to the MTN website at

When:  September 26 & 27, 2017
Where:  Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

MRDP Annual Conference

August 31, 2017

Just a reminder that our annual conference and meeting is coming up quickly!  If you haven’t registered, please do so soon as space is limited.  If you will be bringing your check with you, you can send in your registration form with a notation that the check is coming. Please share with anyone that you think may be interested in attending.  I’m excited to see that we have a number of non-MRDP folks attending!

View the registration form.

Available Training: “2017 Recruiting for Retention Academy Workshop”

August 24, 2017

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is happy to offer for no charge, the “2017 Recruiting for Retention Academy Workshop.”  This six-part webinar series will begin on October 3, 2017.

Please see the flyer for details, the agenda and registration information.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Van Dyne at; Joni Adamson at; or 3RNet at or 1-800-787-2512.

MTN & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference – September 26 & 27, 2017

August 23, 2017

MTN and Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference on September 26 & 27 at the Assessment Resource Center.  The link to their website for the agenda, registration form and other information is:

If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form and fax (573.884.8162)  to Wendy Hough, or scan and e-mail it to her at