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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 5, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. The “ORHP, ACA, and You” Office Hours webinar series officially kicked off last week with a presentation featuring ORHP staff member Linda Kwon speaking about the lessons learned from the FY 13 Outreach Program ACA Outreach and Enrollment supplemental funding grantees. The next Office Hours webinar will be held September 10 from 3-4 pm Eastern Time, with Donna Cohen Ross, Director of Enrollment Initiatives at CMS speaking about ongoing outreach and enrollment strategies in Medicaid and CHIP. Information about call logistics and webinar log-in will be sent out shortly to the ORHP ACA questions listserv. To join the listserv, e-mail orhp-acaquestions@hrsa.gov with subject line “Subscribe.”
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Missouri Oral Health Program’s first comprehensive burden report

September 2, 2014

The Missouri Oral Health Program’s first comprehensive burden report, Oral Health in Missouri – 2014 is now available at http://health.mo.gov/living/families/oralhealth/oralhealthsurv.php.  This report compiles information from many different data sources to create an overview of Missouri’s oral health status in general and within certain populations specifically.  If you have any questions, please contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at oralhealth@health.mo.gov.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 18, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. On Friday, September 19th, 2014 from 2-3 PM ET, Mark Holmes, PhD and George H. Pink, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center will host a webinar entitled “Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement.” Information and registration for the webinar is available at: http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/webinars/critical-access-hospitals. The webinar will focus on the financial distress of Critical Access Hospitals, and will present summaries of three recent reports:

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It’s Nat’l Farmers Market Week

August 11, 2014

 See FMC’s Contest Winners, Farmers Market Stamps & More

Funding Opportunity

August 11, 2014

The AMA Foundation and AmeriCares have both released Requests for Proposals for two separate grant programs supporting free and charitable clinics. Both grant programs will provide two-year grants of $10,000 to clinics to implement the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Pre-diabetes is a preventable health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Estimates show that 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes, but less than ten percent are aware of their condition. The goal of these programs is to increase the identification of prediabetes among free clinic patients and improve their health-related outcomes.

Please note that while these programs are similar, they have separate application processes, implementation requirements and eligibility guidelines:

• AmeriCares Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative grant application
• AMA Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant application
• Chart comparison of both grant programs

Interested clinics should carefully review both organizations’ programs to determine which opportunity is the best fit for them. Clinics will only be accepted into one of these two programs. The deadline for submitting your application to both programs is September 22, 2014.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 22, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If you want to reach out to a grantee in your area, the list of grantees is as follows:
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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 14, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. A set of three new resources is now available from the Rural Assistance Center to help you locate and use statistics and data related to rural health:
  • Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health
    This RAC topic guide addresses how to locate and fairly and accurately use statistics and data in order to understand and communicate rural health needs.
  • Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health
    A collection of data sources focused on healthcare services, health status, demographics, and social determinants of health. For each source, it identifies the topics covered, ease of use, geographic level of data, and update frequency.
  • Selecting Rural Data in American Factfinder
    This step-by-step Slideshare presentation shows 2 methods for selecting rural data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder tool, which provides access to a wide range of statistics describing the U.S. population. Learn how to use the Geographic Comparison Tables and direct selection of locations to easily identify data for use in rural health grant applications, community health needs assessments, and more. (more…)