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October 7, 2015

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Workforce Connections – October 2015

October 7, 2015

October 2015

News & Information

Corps Community Month

During the month of October, the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is celebrating its annual Corps Community Month. Now in its fifth year, Corps Community Month increases awareness of primary care careers and highlights NHSC’s role in bringing primary health care providers and services to communities that need them the most.  To celebrate this year’s theme — “Training. Access. Delivery. Health.” — NHSC sites, scholars, providers, Ambassadors and alumni; national and state partners; and health professions schools are encouraged to host or support events throughout the month. For more information, or to find an event near you, visit the Corps Community Month website.

S2S application cycle now open

Are you an MD/DO medical student in your final year of school? Have you heard about the NHSC’s Students to Service (S2S) program and want to know what it’s like to work in an underserved community?  Applications for the Students to Service program are being accepted through Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).  Learn more about the Students to Service program, and for a quick glance at what S2S offers, take a look at this infographic.

Application and Grants Bulletins

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) recently released its 2016 Application Bulletin and 2016 Grants Bulletin, which provide a snapshot of the bureau’s funding opportunities in 2016 by program, eligibility and discipline. The bulletins also include estimated open/release dates for each opportunity.

NCHWA releases 2014-15 AHRF

The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis (NCHWA) has released the 2014-2015 version of the Area Health Resources File (AHRF). AHRF is a no-cost, comprehensive source of healthcare workforce data that includes national, state, and county-specific health and health-related resources data.  Data categories covered in AHRF include health care professions, health care facilities, hospitals and population health.  For more information, visit the AHRF website.

BHW Advisory Council Operations

Below are the upcoming meeting dates for advisory councils BHW supports. You can find information about each council on the BHW Advisory Committee website:

CDC releases 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines, which include several key changes for health care professionals working with patients suspected of, or diagnosed with, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  The CDC also offers the 2015 STD Treatment (Tx) Guide app which includes information from the STD Treatment Guidelines, as well as Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) updates.

Did You Know?

Since its establishment in May 2014, BHW has improved the health of underserved and vulnerable populations by strengthening the health workforce and connecting skilled professionals to communities in need.

  • In Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, BHW awarded over $1.02 billion to more than 8,500 organizations and individuals through the administration of more than 40 programs.
  • Nearly half (47 percent) of FY 2014 funding supported medicine, and more than a quarter (26 percent) supported nursing.
  • Nearly one‐fifth of all funding supported either mental and behavioral health (10 percent) or oral health (7 percent) disciplines.

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Please note: Dates and times are subject to change. All times are Eastern Time (ET) zone.


Workforce Calendar

Oct. 6 — Job seeker registration opens for the Oct. 20 Corps Community Month Virtual Job Fair.

Oct. 6, 8-9 p.m. — Corps Community Month NHSC Facebook Chat: “Finding a Primary Care Job at an NHSC site.”

Oct. 20, 6:45 to 10 p.m. — Virtual Job Fair, Celebrating Corps Community Month: “Training. Access. Delivery. Health.” Learn about job vacancies available at NHSC-approved sites, and talk with site representatives about the job and benefits package, clinical environment, populations served, and local community. A typical NHSC Virtual Job Fair has representatives from 30 to 40 sites, with as many as 190 job openings in primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health disciplines.

Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. — Deadline to submit applications for the Students to Service program.

Oct. 29, 8 to 9 p.m. — Corps Community Month NHSC Facebook Chat: “Mental and Behavioral Health: Training. Access. Delivery. Health.”

Nov. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — HRSA/CDC Preventive Medicine and Public Health webinar — National Center for Integrative Primary Healthcare: Cultivating an Integrative Interprofessional Approach to Primary Care. The call-in number for audio is 1-888-469-2091. Use passcode 6130745.

Nov. 16 — Application closing date for Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD) funding opportunity.

Nov. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. — NHSC Ambassador 101 call.

Nov. 20 – Application closing date for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) funding opportunity.

Nov. 30 — Application closing date for Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funding opportunity.

Dec. 1 — Application closing date for National Research Service Awards (NRSA) funding opportunity.

Dec. 10, noon to 1 p.m. — NHSC Ambassador 101 call.

In the Spotlight

Lucy Lopez

NHSC Loan Repayment Program
Downtown Health Plaza
Winston-Salem, N.C.

In this Spotlight video, meet Lucy Lopez, a physician assistant at the Downtown Health Plaza Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic in Winston-Salem, N.C., and an NHSC Loan Repayment recipient. Lucy explains how she feels about the important work she is doing, and how NHSC helped improve her life, both professionally and personally.

Presbyterian Medical Services

Cuba, N.M.

In this Spotlight video, see how Presbyterian Medical Services health care sites in New Mexico recruit and retain highly qualified providers with a calling to serve the underserved, thanks in part to the National Health Service Corps. Dedicated clinicians with “heart” make a real difference in Cuba, N.M., and other towns served by Presbyterian Medical Services.

Knowledge Now

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

One in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. The good news is many women can survive breast cancer if it is detected and treated early. Help us spread the word about the importance of mammograms (the screening test for breast cancer), and encourage your community to get involved. A great place to start looking for information, tips, and ideas is the October 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Toolkit.

November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, and if you’re looking for helpful information, we’ve got you covered. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. People who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower that risk by more than half just by making simple lifestyle changes, including eating healthy, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. For more information, visit the American Diabetes Association’s website,

Research Alert: Post-discharge Rehabilitation Care Delivery for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Stroke

October 7, 2015

Post-discharge Rehabilitation Care Delivery for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Stroke

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States (U.S.). Post-discharge care has been shown to be vital in preventing long-term morbidity and improving functionality and quality of life for stroke patients. The most appropriate post-discharge rehabilitation care (PDRC) setting for stroke patients depends on several factors including the patient’s clinical profile, patient preferences, provider recommendations, and proximity to available resources. Limited evidence suggests geographic as well as racial and ethnic disparities in receipt of PDRC. We sought to examine the following research questions:


Research Alert: Webinar: Impact of the CMS Value-Based Purchasing and Readmission Reduction Programs on Rural Hospitals

October 7, 2015

Webinar: Impact of the CMS Value-Based Purchasing and Readmission Reduction Programs on Rural Hospitals

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 10:00am Pacific, 11:00am Mountain, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Dr. Ira Moscovice and Michelle Casey, MS with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center will discuss the impact of the CMS value-based purchasing and readmission reduction programs on rural hospitals.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 6, 2015


1. We are excited about a new showcase of FORHP grantees now featured on the Rural Assistance Center’s Rural Community Health Gateway. The 2012-2015 cohort of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, collectively improved the lives of around 289,000 rural Americans through projects tailored to community needs. Maximizing their value, this cohort has demonstrated through an economic impact analysis that each federal dollar generated $1.57 within the community, equaling a total of $48 million generated through the $30 million investment. Finally, 100% of the cohort will sustain all or parts of their project.  Currently, 17 Outreach projects are featured in the Models and Innovations section of the site (browse by Source) and 22 more will be added in the future.  FORHP is excited to share the impact that this program has made in rural communities and we encourage you all to visit the Community Health Gateway to learn more about these innovative projects.


USDA and HHS to Announce Ten Demonstration Sites for Rural IMPACT Initiative

September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 – ON FRIDAY, Sept. 25, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce 10 sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

Through the White House Rural Council’s Rural IMPACT demonstration, the Obama Administration aims to build upon the progress already made in reducing rural poverty using a two-generation approach that leverages technology, forges sustainable partnerships, and explores new models of program delivery to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to succeed.

The Demonstration will be administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be implemented in collaboration with a broad range of Federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and private partners including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Community Action Partnership (CAP).

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015
11 A.M. EDT

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield will announce ten sites to participate in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) technical assistance demonstration.

DIAL-IN: 800-857-9832
Passcode: RURAL (Given Verbally)
Trouble number: 202-720-8560
To join the Q&A portion of the meeting, reporters are instructed to press *1

PQRS/Value-Based Payment Modifier

September 22, 2015

REMINDER: “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 by the Philadelphia Regional Office.  A link to the video can be found here:

Please feel free to share this link with your partners.  Thank you.