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USDA Announces Webinar Schedule for the Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grant Program

January 21, 2016

On January 27th, February 2nd, and February 18th (1 – 3 pm EST) the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful grant application.  There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application.

Contact us soon to ensure you can attend the workshop that works best for your schedule!

Web Conference Information

Due to the limited amount of seats available for each session, interested parties must preregister with the RUS Loan Origination and Approval Division. Seats for each session will be reserved in the order in which the requests are received by the RUS.

To preregister, please contact Deborah Anderson or Gayle Buckner at (202) 720-0800 or email: and

The webinar information will be provided prior to the scheduled workshop sessions.


Please contact the RUS at with any questions about these events.

More information about the DLT Grant Program is available on our website at:

Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity

January 21, 2016

From last week’s Rural Health Open Door Forum, here is helpful information about the Accountable Health Communities Funding Opportunity

Rural Health Information Hub

January 21, 2016

View the updates.

New Rural Monitor feature: HealthTran

January 21, 2016

View the feature article on Rural Monitor  regarding HealthTran. See

Based on the Models and Innovations summary, HealthTran had some great testimonies of riders that we wanted to capture.  Mr. Haralson and Bowen were greatly impacted by HealthTran’s service to rural Missouri.  Feel free to pass along!

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 21, 2016

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

January 21, 2016

View the updates.

Accountable Health Communities: New Funding Opportunity

January 20, 2016

Community Prevention and Multi-Sector Stakeholder Web Forum Series

Advancing Accountable Health Communities: A New Funding Opportunity to Spur Clinical and Community Partnerships

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Wednesday, January 20
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced a new $157 million funding opportunity, the Accountable Health Community Model (AHC) to better bridge clinical care and social services. The AHC model acknowledges the critical need to address underlying social determinants of health and equity and emphasizes clinical-community partnerships. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will award up to 44 cooperative agreements in three tracks. Please join our Web Forum to learn more details about the AHC Funding Opportunity Announcement from CMMI staff as well as reflections and insights specific to emerging opportunities this new funding will provide.