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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…)

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 1, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Veterans Health Administration recently posted a solicitation for vendors to provide contracted primary/ambulatory care for veterans in the geographic region known as VISN 18, the “Southwest Health Care Network” (“Veterans Integrated Service Network”). Rural providers in the Southwest may be interested in viewing the contract opportunity as well as the geographic region comprising several market or service areas in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The solicitation provides greater detail on the ability to apply for a specific market area, services required, and closing date (July 15th, 2014). You can find it at FedBizOpps.gov or www.fbo.gov Solicitation # VA79114R0072.
  2. Nemours, a foundation that operates an integrated children’s health system, prepared a Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities. The toolkit provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives and healthcare. The profiled communities were able to leverage their unique rural resources and benefited from close community bonds to improve children’s health. The toolkit also includes policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Daniella Gratale, Senior Manager of Advocacy at Nemours, at daniella.gratale@nemours.org.
  3. Health centers provide a range of health care services in rural communities, with a particular focus on providing care in underserved areas. HRSA solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). Applications are due July 30th, 2014. For more information, please see the following FOAs:

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 12, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (more…)

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 5, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) will hold a webinar on June 9th at 2 PM EDT for 340B stakeholders. As a result of the ACA’s 340B expansion, many rural hospitals are now eligible for this program and can take advantage of reduced pricing for outpatient drugs.  The objectives of the webinar are to update hospitals on the registration process and outline the upcoming changes to the registration database.  Please see webinar details below:

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USDA for HIT

June 3, 2014

The Missouri Health Information Technology Center is sponsoring a “Missouri Marketplace” seminar to discuss the application process for eligible hospitals, rural health clinics and health providers seeking low-cost loans and grants for health information technology available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The center has partnered with the Missouri State Office of the USDA, MHA, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and the Delta Regional Authority to present this program.

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ORHP Award Announcement: Rural Health Network Planning Program

May 19, 2014

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of 14 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning) awards in FY 2014.  The purpose of the Network Planning program is to support the planning and development of rural integrated healthcare networks.

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Women Veterans Health Care – Girls’ Night Out

May 12, 2014

As you know, women Veterans live in every community in our country, with many of them returning home to rural areas after their military service. Many are unaware of the resources available to them through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: benefits they have earned through their service to our Nation and what is available within the community.
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