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Lupus Foundation of America-Heartland Chapter Lupus Awareness Campaign

October 19, 2017

Be Fierce. Take Control. to Raise Awareness of Lupus

While many people have heard of lupus, few know anything about the disease beyond its name. Lupus is a lifelong autoimmune disease that is most common in young women. It can cause inflammation and damage to any part of the body, causing symptoms like joint pain, fatigue, and skin rashes. Because these symptoms are also common for many other medical conditions— and symptoms show up differently for everyone who has lupus—it can take years to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin proper care. During that time, lupus continues to cause irreversible damage to the body.

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) wanted to change that and minimize the impact of lupus on the lives of young women. They’ve teamed up to launch the Be Fierce. Take Control.™ campaign to raise awareness of lupus, its symptoms, and how to take the next step if they are experiencing symptoms. The campaign encourages African American and Latino women, who are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus, to take control of their health, the way they run the other important areas of their lives, and not ignore it if they haven’t been feeling their best.

The campaign website,, houses a number of resources to help women take control of their health:

  • Resources about lupus, its symptoms, and frequently asked questions
  • Could it be Lupus?” interactive questionnaire that willhelp women figure out what to do about their symptoms
  • Symptom tracker for keeping track of symptoms over time
  • Guide for preparing for a health care provider visit

You can help spread the word about Be Fierce. Take Control.™ by sharing the website and using #BeFierceTakeControl on social media. By sharing, you are becoming a vital partner in driving further awareness about this mysterious disease to those who need it most.

FredNEWS: Immigration Newsletter – October 2017 Vol. 2

October 18, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

October 18, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Application Deadline Extended for Students to Service Program!

October 19, 2017

Students to Service Application Deadline Extended

It’s not too late!

Complete and submit your application before the extended deadline of October 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. ET

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) provides up to $120,000 to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school. In return, you will provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

Technical Assistance

Recorded Webinar
NHSC S2S Program Application Webinar Recording

If you have questions or would like additional assistance, please contact the Customer Care Center at 1-800-221-9393, Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET (except federal holidays).
National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program

RHIhub Webinar: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment

October 16, 2017

The Rural Health Information Hub will be hosting a free webinar.

Title: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Mountain, 12:00 pm Central, 1:00 pm Eastern

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will present the Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit designed to help rural communities plan, implement, and sustain rural HIV/AIDS programs. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), the toolkit identifies model programs and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. This webinar will feature examples of successful programs, including lessons learned.

Register Now!

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

October 13, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Fiscal Year 2018 Funds Now Available

October 13, 2017

Fiscal Year 2018 Funds Now Available

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding for Rural Development’s Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program is now available.  The funding is authorized by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-56, H.R. 601).

Requests that received Form RD 3555-18E, “Conditional Commitment for Single Family Housing Loan Guarantee” (aka Conditional Commitment), contingent upon the availability of an appropriation, will be obligated in the Agency’s financial system over the next 2-3 business days.  An updated Conditional Commitment will be electronically generated by the Agency to remove the “contingent upon” language.  Lender receipt of the updated Conditional Commitment will signal the request has been successfully obligated by the Agency.  NOTE: Closing transactions are not eligible for submission to USDA until a loan is successfully obligated.

Once the loan has closed (including loans that were closed prior to the obligation of funds by the Agency) the lender may submit their request for Loan Note Guarantee along with a closing package.  For manually submitted packages, ensure the lender certification on the Conditional Commitment is signed and dated after the Agency’s obligation date (the issuance date on the updated Conditional Commitment).  Lenders using the Agency’s automated Lender Loan Closing (LLC) system will complete the lender certification electronically (i.e. no manual signature/date required).

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Division at (202) 720-1452.