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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 21, 2015

Rural Research Highlights 

1.  A Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics

This policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis reports the newly developed taxonomy of rural places based on relevant population and health-resource characteristics. The brief discusses how this classification tool can be utilized by policy makers and rural communities. Rural communities can use the taxonomy to assess the community’s own profile, identify similar communities, and develop strategies for improving health and health care using a comparative framework. As noted in previous announcements, rural communities may also want to use the Community Health Status Indicators tool from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess their community health status, identify disparities, and compare themselves to other similar communities.

More recent rural research can be found on http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/.

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 20, 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

April 13, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The program’s purpose is to reduce opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices, which are used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, and the training of licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders on the use of these devices.  FORHP plans to award one-year funding to no more than 18 rural partnerships for up to $100,000.  The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015.  A technical assistance webinar will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 877-917-1550, and the passcode is The URL (for the web) is: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/raedgp_ta/.  For further information, please contact:  Michele Gibson, mpray@hrsa.gov or 301-443-7320.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 6, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The 2015 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide resources, information, and technical assistance through the use of innovative approaches to address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health.  These approaches are embedded in a public health approach that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how it impacts behavioral health and well-being.  Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing communities with information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges.

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 2, 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

March 23, 2015

Hot off the Presses

 

  1. A new funding opportunity from HRSA can help rural communities address challenges in growing their own health care provides.  The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) focuses on developing pipeline programs to get disadvantaged students interested in health care careers.  HCOP aims to increase the diversity of the health care workforce through the recruitment and training of educationally or economically disadvantage backgrounds. One key milestone of the program is high school graduation of potential health care professionals.Applications are open to health schools and training programs, and the due date is May 15th by 11:59 PM Eastern. This grant program has changed from previous years, and rural applicants are encouraged to apply. More information on HCOP, including two Technical Assistance Webinars, can be found here.

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REGISTER NOW: CMS 2015 PQRS & Value Modifier Webinar: March 31, 2015

March 23, 2015

The Philadelphia Regional Office of CMS will be hosting a new webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 Noon EDT to provide an overview of the requirements of the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the Value-based Payment Modifier (VM).  The link to register for this call can be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-pqrs-and-value-based-payment-modifier-programs-registration-16185617618

This call is intended for eligible professionals, practice managers, office staff, and all other interested parties who deal with the PQRS and VM programs.  The dial in number and link to the webinar will be given upon registration.  If we maximize attendance on this call, there may be additional calls scheduled soon. Please share this meeting invitation with partners, members, and colleagues who would benefit from this information.  Thank you.