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Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses – DEADLINE EXTENDED

November 12, 2015

The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies and programs.

For example, funds may be used on:

  • Locks on doors
  • Privacy screens/partitions
  • Comfortable chair
  • Signs
  • Table or other flat surface to hold a breast pump

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  To apply, complete the attached application and submit by December 30, 2015 to  Please contact 573-522-2820 with any questions.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 9, 2015


1. A new policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Health Policy Analysis provides a state-by-state look at Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces (HIMs).  Although enrollment rates varied considerably across the U.S., overall people living in rural areas were less likely to enroll in HIMs than people in urban areas.  With the 2015 enrollment season now open, there are opportunities to help rural residents who are uninsured find coverage.  This brief can help identify places that may benefit from rural-specific outreach and enrollment, as well as places that may have implemented successful outreach and enrollment strategies already. Earlier work by RUPRI showed that on a per capita basis rural residents were more likely than urban residents to benefit from the ACA’s coverage expansion and available subsidies to purchase coverage.  See item #8 below for details on the next FORHP ACA Office Hours, free monthly webinars to share and learn best practices for rural outreach and enrollment.

Really Rural Video

November 6, 2015

In honor of National Rural Health Day, the National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) is holding a Really Rural video challenge! View the video and details HERE or on The Center’s Facebook page.

Really Rural Video Challenge (Winner chosen November 18, 2015)

Link to share:

No one knows the “Power of Rural” better than you – individuals, hospitals, networks, state offices, associations, and communities who live and work in rural America. For this year’s National Rural Health Day, we challenge you to submit a short video or photo of you, your community, your hospital, etc., showcasing how “Really Rural” you are! Showcase how health and wellness is part of your Really Rural lifestyle. The video with the most likes will be announced on National Rural Health Day, November 19th. The winner gets a $100 Visa gift card! Use it to treat your video actors to a healthy lunch. #PowerofRural #ReallyRural

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Videos must be uploaded to a Facebook page with the hashtags #PowerofRural and #ReallyRural in the description. (Make sure the video is set to public so you can share outside of your organization!)
  • In the video, you must use the statement “Really Rural” (i.e. We’re really rural!). If submitting a photo, you must have “#ReallyRural” visibly displayed.
  • Video length can range from 20 seconds to 1 minute 25 seconds.
  • You may share the link to the Facebook video in other social media (i.e. Twitter, website, etc.), but only the likes on the Facebook video will be counted for the challenge.
  • Please refrain from using politically sensitive material in your submission.
  • Keep the theme health-oriented, even if it is subtle. Wellness is all-encompassing!
  • The submission with the most likes on Facebook will be announced on The Center’s Facebook page at 10:00AM Central Time on National Rural Health Day, November 19, 2015.
  • Submission deadline is 11:59PM Central Time on November 18, 2015.
  • To find other #ReallyRural video submissions, type #ReallyRural into the Facebook search field. You can also use this method on Twitter.

Enjoy the challenge – we sure had fun with it!

FORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

November 4, 2015

FORHP is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning) funding opportunity.  This is a one-year community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network.  Health care networks can be an effective strategy to address a broad range of challenges unique to rural communities by bringing together rural health care providers and other community organizations.  For grantees, this funding provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches to adapting to a changing health care environment that may serve as a model to other rural communities to better align and coordinate local health care services.  The increasing focus on showing value in health care delivery creates incentives to develop regional systems of care that preserve local autonomy for rural communities while also ensuring access to the appropriate continuum of care for the local service population.  Previously funded projects supported efforts related to workforce retention and recruitment, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination and health information technology.

INVITATION: A Call with President Obama on ACA Open Enrollment

November 3, 2015

You are invited to join a conference call on Wednesday, November 4th at 2:25 PM ET with President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. We encourage you to circulate this invitation to all of your members, volunteers, and partners who will engage in enrollment efforts during the open enrollment period from November 1st to January 31st.

Call Details

  • Date: Wednesday, November 4th
  • Time: 2:25 PM ET, please join 5-7 minutes early to avoid connection delays
  • RSVP: To receive the dial-in information, click HERE and enter access code 373038

This call is off the record and not for press purposes. We look forward to speaking with you on Wednesday.


The White House Office of Public Engagement

Research Alert: Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces, by State

November 3, 2015

Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces, by State

In this brief, we provide comparisons between cumulative enrollment totals in Health Insurance Marketplaces in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas of each state and corresponding percentages of “potential market” participants enrolled, controlling for Medicaid expansion status. We show that in several states, non-metropolitan enrollment rates exceed metropolitan enrollment rates, a finding that is obscured in an aggregate comparison. This analysis provides some indication of how well outreach and enrollment efforts targeting rural populations are proceeding in the states.

Contact Information:

Keith J. Mueller, PhD
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Phone: 319.384.3832

Additional Resources of Interest:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 3, 2015


1. Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace started on November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. Health coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016 for consumers who sign up by December 15, 2015.  You don’t have to be a trained assister or Navigator to help spread the word.  Find key dates and action items providers and organizations can use when discussing the Marketplace and Open Enrollment in this Get Ready. Get Set. Get America Covered Toolkit.  Rural stakeholders can learn more and ask questions about outreach to consumers at the next FORHP ACA Office Hours on Thursday, November 12th at 2 pm ET.