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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 26, 2014

Funding Opportunities

  1. Open funding opportunities through HRSA programs include: 

 Webinars and Technical Assistance

  1. On Friday, February 28th from 2pm – 3pm ET the Health Resources and Services Administration will be holding a Health Information Technology and Quality Webinar:  Federal Communications Commission Support for Community based Health IT.   The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the primary authority for communications law, regulation and technology innovation.  They are providing leadership and investing in the broadband services and facilities that are relevant to and for the safety net community.  This webinar will focus on FCC programs that support telecommunications and broadband community-based health IT programs, as well as, highlight examples of how their programs are currently being used to support safety net providers. 
    Participants can register at
    Questions for presenters are welcome ahead of the event and may be emailed to

 The Affordable Care Act 

  1. As we move into the last 8 weeks of enrollment, we will be changing our office hours schedule to maximize your time to help rural residents enroll.  The calls will now be every other week through the end of enrollment.  The following is a schedule of upcoming calls:February 26, 2014, 3-4pmET  Our colleagues from CMS will be joining us to discuss hardship exemptions in the Marketplace.  As we all know, rural residents benefit greatly from subsidies for the Marketplace, and many may qualify for hardship exemptions.  This will be an informative session for those with questions on exemptions in the Marketplace. 

    March 12, 2014, 3-4pm. ET  TBD—stay tuned!
    March 26, 2014, 3-4pm. ET  TBD—stay tuned!  

    Call Information:
    3-4 p.m. EST
    Call-in Number: (800) 857-3749
    Passcode: ORHPACA
    Adobe Connect Session:

    Recordings of past calls can be found here.  And remember, these calls are open to any that are interested to feel free to pass this information along!

 Other Useful Information and Resources

  1. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) along with HRSA are offering HRSA funded safety-net organizations a series of training opportunities for clinicians serving veterans and their families through the Center for Integrated Health Solutions.  Created by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Center for Deployment Psychology, National Council for Behavioral Health and Relias Learning, the Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate features an evidence-informed curriculum offering 14 online coursed for 20+ hours of continuing education credits. 

Courses include:

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in Veterans and Military Personnel
  • Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Epidemiology of PTSD in Military Personnel and Veterans
  • Fundamentals of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Improving Substance Abuse Treatment Compliance
  • Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Returning Veterans
  • Military Cultural Sensitivity
  • Overview of Suicide Prevention
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD for Veterans and Military Service Personnel
  • Provider Resiliency and Self-Care: An Ethical Issue
  • PTSD: Then and Now, There and Here
  • The Impact of Deployment and Combat Stress on Families and Children
  • Working with the Homeless: An Overview
    • Part I: Understanding Military Families and the Deployment Cycle
    • Part II: Enhancing the Resilience of Military Families
  • To learn more about the certificate program, including the specific CEs available, visit
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