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SAVE THE DATE: Federal Health Funding Opportunities Workshop

July 22, 2016

Federal Health Funding Opportunities Workshop

Spotlight on: Rural Health Funding Opportunities

Co-Hosted by:
Delta Regional Authority
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

August 17, 2016 – Cape Girardeau, MO
Southeast Missouri (SEMO) State University
University Center Program Lounge
388 Henderson Street

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration begins at 9 am

Cost: Attendance is free for participants.  A morning coffee and a lunch will be provided.
Space is limited.  RSVP at: 

A classroom-style workshop for potential HRSA applicants in the Delta region, including public and non-profit community-based organizations, hospitals, health centers, community colleges and public health officials.

Program includes:

  • Detailed information on HRSA’s funding opportunities, how to apply and strategies for writing a responsive application.
  • Overview of HRSA rural health funding opportunities, with an emphasis on upcoming opportunities.
  • Resources for rural health and healthcare initiatives.
  • Tips on how to develop a great program and write an effective application.

Directions to SEMO Location and Parking:

  • From I-55: Exit I-55 Business Loop (Kingshighway) Turn onto Broadway at stoplight Turn left onto Henderson Parking to your left From Illinois: Turn right onto Sprigg at stoplight. Turn left onto Normal. Turn left onto Henderson. Parking to your righ.t
  • Parking: August 17th is move-in day for Southeast resident students. There will likely be a lot of activity around the University Center. There is a large parking lot down the street from the UC, and street parking nearby. Please be on the lookout for a parking update.

For more information, contact Aprill Springfield Blanco at 202-309-6038.

Rural Health – Publications

July 21, 2016

The publication, “The Economic Impact of Critical Access Hospitals” is now up on the DHSS website

Training Opportunity – CDA Explores

July 18, 2016

Many of you are familiar with the Community Development Academy (CDA) that is offered by University of Missouri Extension.  This Fall we will be adding an exciting new component to CDA – CDA Explores.  CDA Explores is a two-day training that will dive deep into a single topic. The first CDA Explores will focus on the intersection of the arts and economic development.

CDA Explores will be held Sept. 26 & 27, 2016 at the Elms Resort and Spa, Excelsior Springs, Mo. In this two-day educational training, you will learn how the arts and culture can be an addition and diversification of traditional community and economic development practices and how the arts can favorably impact local and regional economies.

Engage in experiential learning with leading edge thinkers providing practical application on topics such as:

  • Strategies for economic development in the 21st century as applied to rural communities and small towns.
  • Why diversify the economic stream?
  • How the arts are a valid strategy for boosting and diversifying the economy in small towns and rural communities.

Also you will learn how:

  • One small mining town in Arizona built on their assets and developed a multi-pronged approach to community and economic development with the arts, culture and the environment central to their mission. And,
  • One Missouri community followed a process to develop a cultural heritage tourism product that could lead to a new creative industry in their community.

This educational training is presented by University of Missouri Extension’s Community Development Program, Community Arts Program, and ExCEED Program.

CDA Explores will run simultaneous to the five-day Community Development Academy (CDA) course being held at the Elms in Excelsior Springs. CDA is an intensive, experiential course offered by the MU Extension Community Development Program. Participants at CDA Explores will share the Monday night meal with CDA participants. This will allow for exceptional networking opportunities.

Link to more information and registration:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 15

July 15, 2016

What’s New

Federal Efforts to Address Opioid Epidemic.  On July 6, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced several new initiatives aimed at “one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States,” disproportionately affecting rural areas.  The effort focuses on three key priorities: 1) improving opioid prescribing practices; 2) expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder; and 3) increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.  Progress to date on the HHS Opioid Initiative, begun last year, includes $1.8 million for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program, which affords access to naloxone in rural communities.  Last week, the White House requested $1.1 billion to continue and expand efforts. On Wednesday, July 13, Congress approved $181 million in funding through 2021, a bill the president has said he will sign.  Related, the National Safety Council issued a report on the progress that states are making that includes a roadmap for strengthening laws and regulation.

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Connect with Employers at the Virtual Job Fair on July 19

July 14, 2016


Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
6:45 – 10:15 p.m. ET

Register Now

Join the Virtual Job Fair to connect and network with prospective employers and find job vacancies in all NHSC and NURSE Corps eligible disciplines from the comfort of your own home.

The Virtual Job Fair offers real-time interaction with representatives from National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites and NURSE Corps critical shortage facilities.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about job openings, site information, benefit packages, and populations served to get your questions answered.

To participate you need to:

  • Have access to a computer, Smart Phone or other mobile technology with access to the Internet, and a phone line the day of the job fair
  • Be seeking a medical, dental, or mental and behavioral health position

Space is limited! Learn more about the Virtual Job Fair and register today.

Questions? Contact us at

To search additional job vacancies, check out the NHSC Jobs Center.

Don’t delay, register today for the July Virtual Job Fair!

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