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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Rural Health Information Hub

August 18, 2017

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

August 18, 2017

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

August 18, 2017

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Oral Health America Webinar Series: September 28, 2017

August 18, 2017

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Enroll in the Hep C ECHO!

August 18, 2017

Show-Me ECHO at the University of Missouri is offering an education program to improve care for patients with Hepatitis C.  The Hep C ECHO integrates medical, pharmacological and psychological considerations into the treatment of patients in rural settings.

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) uses videoconferencing to connect an interdisciplinary team of experts with primary care providers.  They collaborate in case-based learning sessions to help primary care providers develop advanced skills and best practices, which in turn increases the availability and quality of patient care.

Enrollment is occurring now for sessions that will begin September 1st.  The sessions are held the first and third Friday of the month from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  Register now and learn more by visiting http://medicine2.missouri.edu/show-me-echo/clinics/hepatitis-c/.  No cost CME for health care professionals is available.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 16, 2017

Funding Opportunities

Preparing Local Health Departments for Accreditation – August 30.  Local health departments may be eligible to receive up to $15,000 to increase their readiness to achieve accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Applicants may apply under no more than two categories of public health work, listed on page 2 of the Request for Proposal (RFP).  While the funding for accreditation prep is provided by a collaborative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, eligibility is determined by the PHAB, and categories of work for successful applicants are toward PHAB standards.  A webinar to assist applicants will be held on Thursday, August 17 at 2:00 pm ET.

Behavioral Health Integration for Native Americans – September 16. The Indian Health Service (IHS) will make 12 awards of $500,000 each to Native American tribal governments and organizations to develop coordinated systems of care between behavioral health and primary care providers.  The effort is designed to improve the physical and mental health status of people with behavioral health issues and includes activities to improve quality of life for individuals suffering from mental illness, substance use disorders, and adverse childhood experiences.

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Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Staff Announcement

August 15, 2017

Ben Harvey will be leaving DHSS and his role as Chief of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health (OPCRH) on Friday September 1, 2017, to join in the work of the University of Missouri’s Telehealth Network.

If you need anything from OPCRH or DHSS that you would normally get from Ben, please contact Lee Temmen at lee.temmen@health.mo.gov, or 573-751-6219.