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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 https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/rural_outreachfoa/.  For further information, please contact: Linda Kwon at lkwon@hrsa.gov or (301) 594-4205.
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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.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

January 30, 2015

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.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year 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 year.

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Becker’s Hospital Review- 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know

January 29, 2015

The Becker’s Hospital Review just released their 2015 edition of its list of “50 rural hospital CEOs to know” (http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/50-rural-hospitals-ceos-to-know-2015.html) and it is our honor to congratulate ‘three’ State of Missouri Presidents and CEOs who were named on their list.

These three CEOs are dedicated to advancing healthcare in their communities and go above and beyond tackling the challenges of providing healthcare in their rural or small towns with vigor.

  • Thomas Keim. CEO of Ste. Genevieve (Mo.) County Memorial Hospital
  • Ron Ott. President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital (Marshall, Mo.)
  • Paul Taylor, JD. CEO of Ozark Community Hospital (Springfield, Mo.)

Please congratulate and recognize them for this wonderful honor!!

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge

January 29, 2015

Last Friday, ONC held and Million Hearts held the ONC EHR Innovations for Hypertension Control (aka “protocols) Challenge phase 2 kickoff. The video recording and slide set are attached. On the video the two phase 1 challenge winners discuss their progress incorporating hypertension protocols into their EHRs and into their delivery systems. The next phase of the challenge will be to spread the tools described by the winners on the video.

Webinar recording: http://bit.ly/18q5jBx

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge website: http://challenge.sites.usa.gov/challenge/ehr-innovations-for-improving-hypertension-challenge

View the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge Webinar document.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

January 21, 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.

2015 NHSC Loan Repayment Program

January 21, 2015

The 2015 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on March 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST.

This Program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time service options.

The 2015 application cycle is expected to be competitive. On average, it can take up to three weeks to complete an application so applicants are encouraged to apply early. This year the process may improve for applicants, now that some loan information can be automatically populated by the National Student Loan Data System.

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