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The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants

July 13, 2015

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children grants.

HSHC is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care through its grants targeting children up to age 18.

HSHC grants are one-year matching grants of up to $20,000 supporting community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a dental home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs supporting the Age-One dental visit and providing care to special needs patients.

HSHC funds may be applied to cover costs of dental care, clinic supplies and instruments, salary, education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities or other activity with clear, direct impact on child oral care and a direct link to the dental home.

Grants must be expended within 12 months of the award.

Applications are due Aug. 3. For more information and to apply, visit Healthy Smiles Healthy Children or contact Tracey Schilligo, grant and corporate relations manager at 1-312-337-2169 or via e-mail at

Since 2010, HSHC has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 70 organizations in 26 states that have helped more than 290,000 children in need. HSHC anticipates awarding over $1 million in 2016.


July 10, 2015

Are you aware that more and more hospitals are going through a community health needs assessment process, even though it is not a requirement?

How does your local hospital benefit from a community health needs assessment?

How do you provide a community health needs assessment process at a low cost to the community?

How important is it to your community to maintain and sustain primary care health services locally?

Do you know that a community health needs assessment will increase the local community’s awareness of the importance of sustaining local health care services?

Would you like to see the benefit of having better communication, coordination, and collaboration amongst the health care providers, local businesses, industries and organizations, and local residents?

Through a training session on RURAL HEALTH TOOLS/TEMPLATES, participants will be able to answer these questions.

The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) will provide a session on community health needs assessment process (CHNA) and how CHNA will benefit the local community; i.e., local residents, local health care providers, local economy, local businesses/industries. Sessions will also be presented on economic impact analysis to support local hospital and health services and on health feasibility/specific health service needs assessments. Ann Peton, Director of the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), will demonstrate how to use mapping and spatial data analysis to further support the outcomes of RHW.


ASTDD, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Council of State and Territorial Dental Directors Joint Webcast

July 8, 2015

ASTDD, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists are pleased to announce a joint webcast focusing on oral health among older adults. It will be held on July 15, from 2:00-3:00 Eastern. Presenters will include:

  • Kimberlie Yineman, RDH, BA, ASTDD President
  • Kathy Phipps, DrPH, ASTDD Data and Surveillance Coordinator
  • Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, MPA, ASTHO President and Connecticut Health Department State Health Official
  • Linda J. Ferraro, RDH, BS, Connecticut Oral Health Director

Please pre-register for the webinar using this link:

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

July 8, 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

July 6, 2015


1. The 2016 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule is on display for public inspection in the Federal Register.  One of the provisions includes an Emergency Department Transfer Communication quality improvement measure developed by Stratis Health.  The measure allows  for voluntary reporting by rural and Critical Access H The proposal also includes an update to the Two-Midnight rule, additional requirements for chronic care management billing, and a new payment code for Comprehensive Observation Services.  Official publication is scheduled for July 8th, but it’s now open for comment and will remain so until August 31st.


Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification is NOW AVAILABLE!

July 1, 2015

Today is July 1, 2015 and this means that applications are now being accepted for the joint American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) certification program!  Please do let your hospitals that are candidates for this NEW certification know that they can now apply!  If sites have any questions about the application process, let them know to contact their TJC Account Executive for more information.

A press release and communications campaign around the program launch will occur in mid-July.

The Acute Stroke Ready Hospital certification program is geared towards TJC accredited community and critical access hospitals that do not have the extensive resources provided by Primary Stroke Centers or Comprehensive Stroke Centers. The goal of the program is to recognize those hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a stroke center that can provide a higher level of care.  Sites can access the Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification Quick Guide, Prepublication standards – Requirements for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Advanced Certification, and other resources from TJC here:

Sites can learn more about Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification and find links to fantastic resources on here:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 29, 2015


1. Population in rural areas continues to decline, according to new analysis from USDA’s Economic Research Service.  Movement in and out of non-metro counties resulted in a net loss of about 100,000 people since 2010.

2. A new paper from the RUPRI Center examines care coordination programs that provide support for rural communities beyond medical care.  The report looks at “how different  programs and approaches are working, who benefits, and makes policy recommendations” for integrating health care and social support services in rural areas.

Visit the Rural Health Research Gateway to search past reports and learn about current projects.