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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 18, 2015

Hot off the Presses

1. As we head into the final stretch of this Marketplace Open Enrollment period, the staff of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy wants to thank you for all the work you have been doing to enroll rural Americans. As of January 16, over 1.3 million rural Americans have enrolled in 2015 Marketplace plans, 18 percent of those individuals enrolling in coverage in the 37 states using the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.  Please continue to encourage your patients and community to visit gov or contact the Marketplace call center to learn about their options and the financial help that is available. If you need ideas for ways to reach individuals and families in your community, our office has compiled a guide of Best Practices in Rural Outreach and Enrollment based on feedback from grantees during the last Outreach and Enrollment period. Again, February 15th is the final deadline to enroll before Open Enrollment ends. This is an opportunity for all of us to help as many rural Americans as possible secure affordable, quality health insurance and access health care services.  From all of us here in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, thank you for your contribution to improving the health of individuals and families across the country.


Looking for a telemedicine service provider?

February 17, 2015

Telehealth Service Provider Directory is a new resource to help you find your perfect telehealth partner!   Check out this new online directory!

Addressing HIV/AIDS in Rural Communities

February 6, 2015

The SCRHRC is pleased to highlight the current issue of the Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter, which focuses on HIV/AIDS in rural communities. The work of two SCRHRC investigators, Dr. Saundra Glover and Dr. Medha Iyer, is featured in this much needed examination of HIV prevalence, barriers to treatment, and opportunities for moving forward in rural communities.

ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program

February 6, 2015

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program), a new, one-time funding opportunity created as one of the activities of the White House Rural Council.

Key attributes of the Care Coordination program:

  • Partnership: This grant program, which encourages new public-private partnerships in rural, will allow communities to have more support as they develop and implement their program.  In addition to this FORHP funding opportunity announcement, 11 foundations have expressed interest in considering providing additional funding for care coordination activities by applicants in this program who are in their service areas.  To find out further information on this opportunity, please visit:
  • Focus on Care Coordination: The main goal of care coordination is to meet patients’ needs and preferences in the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care.  Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care.
  • Attention to Chronic Illnesses: Grantees of the Care Coordination Program will focus on activities related to one or more for the following chronic conditions:  1) Type 2 Diabetes; 2) Congestive heart failure (CHF); and 3) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The prevalence of these chronic diseases is increasing across the U.S. and is particularly problematic in rural areas. Applicants shall develop creative and innovative approaches to improve outcomes in one or more of the three pre-specified disease states and will track a minimum set of process and outcome measures.
  • Building the Evidence-base:  A priority for FORHP grant programs is the identification of rural evidence-based, which puts the focus on project outcomes and allows FORHP to showcase model programs through the Rural Community Health Gateway, located on The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) website (  The Rural Community Health Gateway includes a variety of resources, including success program models and evidence-based toolkits, which can provide guidance and ideas to communities planning on developing similar programs.  The information gathered through the Care Coordination program will help populate the Gateway.

Funding availability:
Applicants can request up to $200,000/year for three years. To download an application for the  Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (HRSA-15-123) please visit  The deadline to apply is April 6th, 2015.

Program contact:
The program contact is Sara Afayee ( or 301-945-4169).

Thank you for your continued interest and dedication to rural health!

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

February 6, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy.  View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 6, 2015

Hot Off the Presses

1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.  The purpose of the three-year pilot program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per award each year.  The deadline to apply is March 30th.  FORHP will hold a technical assistance webinar on Thursday, February 5th at 1 PM Eastern to assist applicants in preparing their applications. The technical assistance webinar is open to the general public. The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 800-619-7597, and the passcode is 7509059. The Adobe Connect webinar URL is  For further information, please contact: Linda Kwon at or (301) 594-4205.

ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program

January 30, 2015

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.

The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments of the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) pilot program, which ended in 2013.  As a result of the RHWD Program, approximately 4,000 program participants completed their rural training/rotation, and of these, almost half said they plan on returning to practice in a rural area and a number of them have.  Moreover, there was a significant economic impact of $19 million within rural America from FORHP’s $12 million investment via the RHWD Program.