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Research Alert: Colonoscopy Access and Utilization – Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001-2010

July 26, 2016

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

What’s New

Awards to Expand Training for Health Professions.  On July 20th, the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $149 million in grants to increase the number of clinicians practicing across the country. The funds will support training programs in primary care, nursing, and psychology with emphasis on rural and underserved communities. In the most recent reporting year, BHW training programs provided clinical experience in more than 11,000 training sites in rural areas and supported more than 180,000 students from rural areas.

$36 Million for Health Information Technology.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced new awards for Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), which use technology to coordinate care for patients and achieve cost efficiencies.  Five of the 41 awards went to rural areas and will help the HCCNs participate in the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Telehealth to Treat Opioid Abuse in Rural Areas.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced a $9 million dollar investment to help primary care practices in rural areas provide treatment for people with opioid addiction.  The initiative will bring Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), an approach that uses both medication and behavioral therapy, to more than 20,000 patients.  Using a telehealth program called Project ECHO, remote practitioners will get expert training and consultation from specialists at academic hubs.  AHRQ’s plan is to build a blueprint for how other rural communities can overcome the barriers of ensuring access to treatment.


Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010

July 25, 2016

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of a findings brief “Vulnerable Rural Counties:The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010″  The brief and fact sheet are on our website or can be accessed  through the links below.

Brief Link:

Fact Sheet Link:

This brief illustrates the distribution of rural vulnerable populations and the challenges they face. Understanding the demography of rural America is vital to understanding what programs, interventions and policy initiatives are needed to improve health care access, delivery and outcomes.

Questions pertaining to this brief should be directed to:
Kevin J. Bennett, PhD
Phone: 803-251-6317

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

July 25, 2016

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Rural Health Information Hub

July 25, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference – Nov. 9 & 10, 2016

July 25, 2016

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference

You are invited to attend the Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference! We hope you will join us and learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO.

Registration is now open! For the registration form, agenda and other information, please go to

When: November 9 & 10, 2016
Where: Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

SAVE THE DATE: Federal Health Funding Opportunities Workshop

July 22, 2016

Federal Health Funding Opportunities Workshop

Spotlight on: Rural Health Funding Opportunities

Co-Hosted by:
Delta Regional Authority
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

August 17, 2016 – Cape Girardeau, MO
Southeast Missouri (SEMO) State University
University Center Program Lounge
388 Henderson Street

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Registration begins at 9 am

Cost: Attendance is free for participants.  A morning coffee and a lunch will be provided.
Space is limited.  RSVP at: 

A classroom-style workshop for potential HRSA applicants in the Delta region, including public and non-profit community-based organizations, hospitals, health centers, community colleges and public health officials.

Program includes:

  • Detailed information on HRSA’s funding opportunities, how to apply and strategies for writing a responsive application.
  • Overview of HRSA rural health funding opportunities, with an emphasis on upcoming opportunities.
  • Resources for rural health and healthcare initiatives.
  • Tips on how to develop a great program and write an effective application.

Directions to SEMO Location and Parking:

  • From I-55: Exit I-55 Business Loop (Kingshighway) Turn onto Broadway at stoplight Turn left onto Henderson Parking to your left From Illinois: Turn right onto Sprigg at stoplight. Turn left onto Normal. Turn left onto Henderson. Parking to your righ.t
  • Parking: August 17th is move-in day for Southeast resident students. There will likely be a lot of activity around the University Center. There is a large parking lot down the street from the UC, and street parking nearby. Please be on the lookout for a parking update.

For more information, contact Aprill Springfield Blanco at 202-309-6038.