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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 5, 2015

Hot off the Presses

1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the 60 new awardees for the 2015 Rural Health Care Services Outreach (Outreach) grant program. Each grantee will receive up to $200,000 a year to implement three-year projects, which will help create innovative solutions to benefit the community and address its needs. These grantees will be working with a consortium of local health care providers to expand and enhance the rural health care service delivery system so that it is more coordinated and integrated. Because these grantees have adopted or adapted an evidence-based or promising practice model, they will maximize their time providing services to help improve population health and demonstrate outcomes, as well as implementing strategies to sustain their projects.  These funded organizations are helping to change how health care is being delivered in rural communities. Please watch this short video that will provide a glimpse into the new 2015 cohort.

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2015 Stroke Bootcamp – May 29, 2015

April 29, 2015

Reminder of the St Louis Stroke Boot Camp coming soon.  Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.

2015 Stroke Coordinator Boot Camp
Friday, May 29, 2015
Hilton Frontenac Hotel
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63131

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 29, 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

April 21, 2015

Rural Research Highlights 

1.  A Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics

This policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis reports the newly developed taxonomy of rural places based on relevant population and health-resource characteristics. The brief discusses how this classification tool can be utilized by policy makers and rural communities. Rural communities can use the taxonomy to assess the community’s own profile, identify similar communities, and develop strategies for improving health and health care using a comparative framework. As noted in previous announcements, rural communities may also want to use the Community Health Status Indicators tool from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess their community health status, identify disparities, and compare themselves to other similar communities.

More recent rural research can be found on http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/.

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 20, 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

April 13, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The program’s purpose is to reduce opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices, which are used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, and the training of licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders on the use of these devices.  FORHP plans to award one-year funding to no more than 18 rural partnerships for up to $100,000.  The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015.  A technical assistance webinar will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 877-917-1550, and the passcode is The URL (for the web) is: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/raedgp_ta/.  For further information, please contact:  Michele Gibson, mpray@hrsa.gov or 301-443-7320.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 6, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The 2015 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide resources, information, and technical assistance through the use of innovative approaches to address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health.  These approaches are embedded in a public health approach that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how it impacts behavioral health and well-being.  Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing communities with information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges.

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