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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Rural Obesity Prevention Webinars

May 20, 2015

Obesity Prevention in Rural Communities: Stories from the Field

The Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and ChangeLab Solutions present a two-part webinar series featuring leaders from five rural communities or regions.

May 21, 11 AM – Noon PT / 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Invited Speakers:

  • Sarah Tennyson, Mountainwise (Western North Carolina) – Improving access to healthy foods in rural stores
  • Ray Sharp, Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department (Michigan) – Making rural streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Kathleen Hein, Crawford County (Wisconsin) – Creating a culture of wellness in rural schools


PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015

May 20, 2015

“PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ Video Presentation Posted to YouTube

A video recording of the “PQRS/Value-Based Provider Modifier: What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015″ presentation has been posted to the CMS MLN Connects® page on YouTube.  This presentation is the same as the webinars that were delivered on March 31, 2015 and April 7, 2015.  A link to the video can be found here:

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ICD-10 Regional Office Toolkit

May 19, 2015

View the ICD-10 Regional Office Toolkit

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 18, 2015


 1. This week, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy joined with the National Rural Health Association and Grantmakers In Health to host more than 20 foundations and trusts in the third annual meeting of Public-Private Collaborations in Rural Health. This year’s charge for the forum of philanthropic stakeholders was to determine an issue for collaboration over the next 12-24 months. After successive roundtable discussions and panel presentations, the group decided to address health equity and social determinants of health, with a specific focus on rural community leadership development.  For more information, visit the Grantmakers in Health website.


Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

May 14, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 5, 2015

Hot off the Presses

1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the 60 new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Care Services Outreach (Outreach) grant program. Each grantee will receive up to $200,000 a year to implement three-year projects, which will help create innovative solutions to benefit the community and address its needs. These grantees will be working with a consortium of local health care providers to expand and enhance the rural health care service delivery system so that it is more coordinated and integrated. Because these grantees have adopted or adapted an evidence-based or promising practice model, they will maximize their time providing services to help improve population health and demonstrate outcomes, as well as implementing strategies to sustain their projects.  These funded organizations are helping to change how health care is being delivered in rural communities. Please watch this short video that will provide a glimpse into the new 2015 cohort.


2015 Stroke Bootcamp – May 29, 2015

April 29, 2015

Reminder of the St Louis Stroke Boot Camp coming soon.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

2015 Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp
Friday, May 29, 2015
Hilton Frontenac Hotel
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63131