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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 19, 2017

What’s New

CDC Rural Health Series Webinar – Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm ET.  There will be a free webinar on the CDC’s report examining factors impacting mental and behavioral health for rural children. Mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) begin in early childhood and often affect lifelong health and well-being. Persons who live in rural areas report more health-related disparities than those in urban areas, including poorer health, more health risk behaviors, and less access to health resources. The webinar will begin with researchers examining the factors impacting mental and behavioral health for rural children. This will be followed up with a discussion about the experience of one community’s response to this growing issue. Time will be available for a Q&A with the presenters. Connection details will be emailed to you immediately upon registration. A recording will be available after the event.

April is National Minority Health Month. The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub) features a number programs underway in rural communities to support minority health in their library of Rural Health Models & Innovations. RHIHub also lists 36 funding programs and other opportunities currently accepting applications to address topics relevant to rural minority health.  Last month, the CMS Office of Minority Health joined with FORHP to launched a campaign to improve chronic disease management, a health disparity impacting minority and rural populations disproportionately.

Economic Data in the Appalachian Region.   The Appalachian Regional Commission uses data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to provide state and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. The report includes breakdowns by five levels of urban to rural county types.

2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge. Are you a clinician, practice, or health system with exceptional rates of hypertension control? If so, you could be recognized as Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions! According to the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 42.6% of heart disease deaths in rural were potentially premature deaths compared to 27.8% in urban areas.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing the 2017 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge to improve understanding of successful implementation strategies by motivating clinical practices to strengthen their high blood pressure control efforts.

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Rural Health Information Hub

April 19, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

April 19, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

April 19, 2017

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Child Psych ECHO

April 17, 2017

We are looking for MDs, DOs, PAs and NPs who are interested in participating in our Child Psych ECHO!  There are a few spots still available for the first 6 month cohort.  Below is a description of the Child Psych ECHO as well as how to register.

Child Psych ECHO

The University of Missouri and Show Me ECHO are offering a free opportunity for primary care providers to get expert behavioral health specialist knowledge, in accordance with American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry guidelines. An expert team, led by Dr. Laine Young Walker, Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will provide guidance and support to busy primary care providers in a virtual learning network.

In twice-monthly videoconferences taking place from noon to 1 PM on the second and fourth Friday of each month, interested providers can learn about best practices and evidence-based care for children with behavioral health concerns.

Topics for Case-based Learning and Discussion include:
• Oppositional Defiant Disorder
• Aggression
• Attachment
• Depression
• Anxiety
• ADSD
• PTSD/Trauma
• Eating Disorders

The Child Psych ECHO is planned for launch on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Participants may register at http://medicine.missouri.edu/show-me-echo/register/

Email: showmeecho@health.missouri.edu
Phone: 573-884-7958
Toll Free: 877-882-9933

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

April 14, 2017

View the Research Alert.

CMS SPECIAL SESSION: Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) 12th Scope of Work (SoW)

April 14, 2017

CMS SPECIAL SESSION: Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)  12th Scope of Work (SoW)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a special session to gather information from all stakeholders, including the public, to inform the priorities and aims of the next phase of the QIO Program. The QIO Program is the largest federal program dedicated to improving health and healthcare quality at the local level for  Medicare beneficiaries.
Please join us and share your insights!
DATE: Thursday April 20, 2017
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: CMS headquarters in Baltimore, MD and virtually
Register at https://register.mitre.org/CMS_Special_Session/

If you have questions about the event, please contact Monique Ndenecho at Monique.Ndenecho@cms.hhs.gov