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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Funding Opportunities

  1. HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau has announced a funding opportunity for a Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Pilot program.  This project aims to integrate a community-based approach into a health care system with a statewide reach, increasing the utilization of quality preventive dental care and restorative services for pregnant women and infants.  All applications are due August 19, 2013. Click here for more information on the program.   How to Apply. 

  2. 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 Programis 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. Healthy People 2020 will be hosting a series of webinars in July. The remaining webinars include:
    July 30, 2013 – The Burden of Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases in the U.S. and Abroad Register at:
  2. The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, August 6th at 1:00pm Central time, featuring the Rural Oral Health Toolkit. The toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. Visit to register.

The Affordable Care Act

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will be holding office hours every Wednesday focused on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, specifically the implementation of health insurance Marketplaces.
    This week’s call will take place on July 31, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00pm and will focus on:

    • Navigators
    • In-person assisters
    • Certified application counselors
    • Agents and brokers
    • ACA updates
    • Outreach and education efforts

    Call-in Number: (800) 857-3749
    Passcode: ORHPACA
    Adobe Connect Session:

    These weekly office hours are open to all rural health stakeholders. If you have any question before or after the call please email

  2. Is your organization interested in helping Americans get health coverage?  It’s time to apply to become Certified Application Counselor organizations.  This certification would allow you to train your staff and volunteers in helping individuals apply for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces, including State Partnership Marketplaces. CMS will be holding four training sessions covering what you and your organization would need to know including:
    • Requirements for a Certified Application Counselor organization
    • How to apply
    • Overview of training requirements
    • Marketplace eligibility and enrollment
    • Medicaid expansion; and
    • The streamlined application process

    Choose the session that works best for you:
    July 31, 2013 1:30pm-3:00pm EST
    August 1, 2013 1:30pm-3:00pm EST
    August 5, 2013 1:30pm-3:00pm EST
    August 7, 2013 1:30pm-3:00pm EST

  3. The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar series.  Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees, including insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, the new health insurance marketplaces, and employer shared responsibility provisions. The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now through the opening of the marketplaces in October.July 18 at 12:00 PM ET: Click to Register
    July 25 at 12:00 PM ET: Click to Register
    August 1 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to Register
    August 8 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to Register
    August 15 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to RegisterIf you have any questions, please contact Chris Van Es at
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