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Call for Abstracts – 11th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference

November 14-16, 2012

Call for Abstracts information
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (both based in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health), as well as the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (University of Nebraska Medical Center) will host the 11th Annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference Nov. 14-16 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

This conference will provide an opportunity for researchers, healthcare practitioners, agricultural producers, and agricultural businesses to communicate on rural and agricultural needs, rural health care and agricultural safety and health.

Abstracts are being accepted for all rural and agricultural health and safety research, surveillance, education, outreach, and intervention presentations. Abstracts focusing on grain handling, grain safety, agricultural confined spaces, and Research to Practice (r2p) activities are highly encouraged.

The deadline for abstract submission is July 16, 2012. 

Information regarding the conference can be found or by contacting Aaron Kline at or 319-335-4065.

Rural Surgeons’ Course Announcement

The American College of Surgeons’ Nora Institute for Surgical Patient Safety is holding its second annual skills course for rural surgeons.
“Advanced Skills Training for Rural Surgeons: Complex Wound Care and Specialized Diagnostic Techniques”

Saturday, September 29, 2012
98th Annual Clinical Congress Chicago, IL
8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

This course is designed to address the scope of practice unique to the rural surgeon. The pre-course didactic portion will cover basic concepts of wound management, including facial and hand injuries and the basic principles of using skin flaps for wound closure. There will also be didactic material on the basic principles of ultrasound. The on-site portion of the course will utilize immersive simulation and hands-on mentored practice to present modules managing difficult wounds, including lacerations of the hand and face. The ultrasound module will include the use of ultrasound for diagnosis and treatment of breast lesions and central line insertion.

Invitation to HHS Affordable Care Act Listening Session

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Affordable Care Act Regional Listening Session
Missouri Foundation for Health and St. Louis Regional Health Commission
invite regional safety net providers and consumers to
discuss the impact and implementation of the Affordable Care Act with
HHS Assistant Secretary Ned Holland, Jr., and Regional Director Judy Baker.

A small panel will briefly discuss key issues and
then event participants will be asked to share their experiences.
The event will conclude with remarks by
Assistant Secretary Holland and Regional Director Baker.
An informal reception will follow.
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2011
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Forest Park Visitor’s Center Trolley Room
5595 Grand Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63112

View Event Summary & Tentative Agenda

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MO HIT Assistance Center Advisory: Privacy & Security Webinar/Audio Conference October 12th

Columbia, MO—If you have an EHR or plan to implement one soon, the privacy and security of those electronic health records should be at the top of your checklist.  Although you may turn to EHR and IT vendors to help you establish the basic mechanisms to safeguard this data, the on-going security and privacy of this information largely rests on the individuals who input and access this data each day, people like you.

 According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), carelessness, not computer hacking, is the number one threat to health record security in our country.  So your thoughtful and careful handling and use of electronic health records, computers, and electronic devices can greatly impact the safety of this information and reduce the risk of a breach in your practice. 

On Wednesday, October 12, Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center will present “EHR Privacy and Security” a Webinar and audio conference to help providers build a basic understanding on this issue.  Rebecca Thurmond Fowler, a system security analyst-principal for the Division of Information Technology, the central IT department at the University of Missouri – Columbia will cover a document created for the MO HIT Assistance Center to help organizations identify and correct weaknesses in the area of information security. Fowler will discuss the use of checklists and how your organization’s answers can reveal holes in your security program.  This type of assessment can help administrators ensure that their organization is in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.  The free presentation will begin at 11:30 am and will include a short discussion about risk assessment methodology and will include examples from the University of Missouri.

The Webinar and audio conference does not require preregistration, but space is limited.  To view the Webinar online go to: and enter the following:

  1. Conference Dial In Number 1-800-775-6608
  2. Conference Code 42898225
  3. Name “Your name”

To connect to the audio presentation by phone:

  1. At the specified time, dial the Access Number 1-800-775-6608
  2. When prompted, enter your Participant Code followed by #.
  3. Your Participant Code is 42898225#

Participant Star Commands
*4-Volume – Pressing *4 will increase/decrease the volume.
*6-Mute – Participants can mute/unmute their own lines by pressing *6

For information on the Medicaid and Medicare EHR incentive programs, EHR adoption, or how the MO HIT Assistance Center helps health care providers adopt and achieve meaningful use of certified EHRs, please visit the Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Web site, E-mail us, or call us toll-free 1-877-882-9933.

Information on Joining Missouri's Health Information Exchange

Missouri’s Strategic Implementation Process (“MOSNIP”) invites providers to register for attendance at the July 13 meeting in Columbia to hear the latest about Missouri’s Health Information Exchange, ICD-10, and 5010. Membership in MOSNIP provides the benefit of membership in the national Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange – Strategic National Implementation Process (“WEDI SNIP”), and access to all the many resources offered by WEDI SNIP. Click here for registration information.

Iowa Offers Agricultural Medicine Training

Nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, veterinarians, and other interested health care professionals are invited to attend the University of Iowa Building Capacity Program.

The program will provide basic information and skills to enable the health care professional to function in the anticipation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of occupational illnesses and injuries in the farm community. Successful completion of this course allows participants to join AgriSafe® as a Provider Member. AgriSafe® Provider benefits include clinical resources, technical assistance, continuing education, and use of the trademarked name AgriSafe® in promoting agricultural health services.

To get details about dates and locations, click here.

Registration for Rural Hospital Conference Open

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) is pleased to announce the Rural Hospital Conference will be held on June 2, 2011, at the Inn at Grand Glaze, 5142 Highway 54, Osage Beach.  This conference is open to all rural hospitals’ leadership.  Information about the hotel may be viewed here.

Two tracks are available for attendees to select from.  Track one will focus on using data for performance improvement.  Track two is on effective grant writing. 

Registration forms are due by May 13, 2011.  Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail.  If you do not receive confirmation, please contact me (Barbara Brendel) by phone at 573-526-9687.  There is a maximum number of attendees for this conference.  Should we reach the maximum, registrants will be notified they are being placed on a waiting list.  Therefore, please let me know as soon as possible if your attendance status changes.

OPCRH will pay for lodging the night of June 1 for up to two attendees (separate rooms) per facility.  Your lodging will be made by OPCRH based on your registration form.  An e-mail with lodging confirmation will be sent closer to the conference date.  Reimbursement for mileage is also available for up to two attendees per facility, if they both drive.  OPCRH will not reimburse attendees for meal expenses incurred with this conference.  Lunch will be provided during the conference.  However, breakfast will not be provided this year.  To expedite reimbursement, please mark on the registration form if you will request reimbursement.  Forms will be available at the conference for those requesting reimbursement. 

We will go green for the conference.  All presentations will be uploaded to this website:  Please check the website prior to the conference to print information you would like for the conference.  

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

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