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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Funding Opportunities

The USDA is making up to $17.5 million in grant funding available to support distance learning and telemedicine efforts serving rural America.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2013.  Applications for this program must be received by Monday, August 12, 2013. 

The DLT Grant Program is designed to assist community facilities serving rural areas acquire distance learning and telemedicine technologies to link with other professionals to improve the services delivered to rural Americans.  Each award will be between $50,000 and $500,000.  Applicants must be 1) a legally incorporated organization operating a rural community facility directly or serving an organization that operates a rural community facility and 2) must currently deliver or propose to deliver distance learning or telemedicine services through and beyond the three-year grant period.  Applications will be scored based on the community’s rurality and economic need, as well as efficiency and innovativeness of the use of funds, and must show that the applicant can supply at least a 15 percent funding match.        

For further information, please contact Norberto Esteves by email at: or phone: (202) 720-0665.

 Webinars and Technical Assistance

  1. HRSA and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will be hosting a webinar on Friday, July 12th at 2:00pm EST.  Announcing an exciting new HRSA website  that provides HRSA grantees and safety net providers, such as health center providers, rural health providers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other safety net health professionals with free, clinically relevant modules to support continuing education and workforce training.  
    Register at: the HRSA website forFree Continuing Education Resources for Safety Net Health Professionals from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality”:
  2. On Tuesday, July 16thfrom 1:00-2:00pm CDT the AgriSafe Network will be hosting a webinar that will focus on common farm accidents among young farm workers – identifying prevention strategies, and reviewing how to increase the culture of safety.
    Register at:
  3. Healthy People 2020 will be hosting three webinars in July.

July 18, 2013 – Maternal Infant and Child Health
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July 24, 2013 – Measuring Policy and Environmental Change in Obesity Prevention
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 July 30, 2013 – The Burden of Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases in the U.S. and Abroad
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