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2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion Nominations!

November 5, 2013

Stop Sign Stop and Send in your nominations for the 2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion!  We want to hear your neighborhood/community/school Rural Health Champion success stories!  In 250-500 words describe the following:


Who your nominee is (Name)
What your nominee has done to be a Rural Health Champion (short  excerpt explaining accomplishment(s))
Where your nominee is located (Town or Community/County where they work and live)
When your nominee became Rural Health Champion (Time frame in day(s)/months/years)
How your nominee is uniquely qualified for this award (the qualities they exhibit)
Why your nominee is the best person(s) for the Rural Health Champion Award

Nominations will close on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.  Top nominees will have their nomination letters posted so all may read and vote from November 14-20.  Winner will be announced on National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2013.  Winner to be proclaimed the 2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion and receive plaque and honors commemorating their accomplishments!!!

HRSA-14-044 (Rural Network Development) New Deadline and TA Call Information

October 23, 2013

Due to the government shutdown, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has made the following changes to the Rural Health Network Development Federal Opportunity Announcement, HRSA-14-044:  

  •  The due date for applications under this funding opportunity announcement is now on:  December 6, 2013 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time
  • The technical assistance conference call/ webinar originally scheduled for October 10th has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The Adobe Connect webinar and call-in information is as follows:

Meeting Name: Rural Health Network Development Program
To join the meeting as a guest:

Toll-free call in number: 888-946-3811
Participant Passcode for call in number: Network

For your reference, the Technical Assistance call will be recorded and available for playback within one hour of the end of the call and will be available until December 1, 2013. The phone number to hear the recorded call is 866-463-4105, Passcode, 5246.

The Technical Assistance call is open to the general public. The purpose of the call is to go over the grant guidance, and to provide any additional or clarifying information that may be necessary regarding the application process. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the call to answer any questions. While the call is not required, it is highly recommended that anyone who is interested in applying for the Rural Health Network Development Program plan to listen to the call. It is most useful to the applicants when the grant guidance is easily accessible during the call and if questions are written down ahead of time for easy reference.

This information will be updated in the funding opportunity announcement on, and an email notification will go out with these changes to everyone who has downloaded the application on

If you have any questions, please contact Leticia Manning, or 301-443-8335.

Thank you for your continued support of ORHP!

Respite Funds Available for Missouri Families

October 7, 2013

The Alzheimer’s Association is currently accepting applications for the Respite Assistance Program. Missouri Alzheimer’s Service grants allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide help to Missouri residents who provide care in their home to a loved one with Alzheimer’s (or a related disorder).

The Alzheimer’s Association Respite Assistance Program can provide reimbursement, up to $500, to help with the cost of respite care services or the cost of products (incontinent products, nutritional supplements, safety products, etc.).

More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia caregivers rate their emotional stress of caregiving as high or very high; more than one-third report symptoms of depression. The Alzheimer’s Association can help identify the need for time off, and help pay for the care of a loved one while the caregiver receives some much needed rest.

For information on how to apply for the Respite Assistance Program or additional resources available in your community, call 800.272.3900.

Materials Targeting Communities

Overview: August 19-23 is Communities of Color Week.  This serves as a good reminder of the materials available on to educate various communities about the Affordable Care Act and new health insurance options available to them beginning on October 1,2013.  Each fact sheet listed below provides information about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on a particular community of color. Several infographics are available for distribution as well. 

Fact Sheets:


Rural health saved from fiscal cliff

View the NRHA today article on “Rural Fiscal Cliff Averted”.

Resources for Disaster Distress

Below is an email that went out from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to behavioral health providers. This is related to the drought and provides resources for providers and communities on important mental health resources. Please forward this information on to providers and communities in your state.

Dear Disaster Behavioral Health Partner,

We are writing to you today regarding the drought and extreme heat that is currently impacting so many communities across the United States.  We are especially concerned about those in rural communities experiencing economic stress due to the financial threat to their livelihoods. As communities across the nation find ways to cope with the impact of this extreme weather, I wanted to send you some information about the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline, as well as to share other SAMHSA resources that we thought might be helpful for the local response.

A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline is the first nationwide hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll free Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate crisis counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the effects of the extreme heat and subsequent droughts occurring across the country. This free, confidential and multilingual, crisis support service is available via telephone (800-985-5990) and SMS (Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746) to residents who are experiencing emotional distress as a result of natural or human caused disasters. Callers are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network.  The Helpline staff provides confidential crisis counseling, referrals and other needed support services. The Helpline is a 24 hour-a-day, seven day a week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy. The Helpline complements HHS, FEMA and other disaster response capacity, and is available immediately anywhere within the United States.

HRSA Introduces New Quality Improvement Website

In late June, HRSA’s Office of Health IT and Quality and Office of Communications launched the redesigned HRSA’s Quality Improvement (QI) website. This new website aggregates HRSA’s Bureau and Office’s QI resources, as well as QI information from HRSA’s Federal and non-Federal partners.

Some of the site features include:

HRSA Quality Improvement Grantee Spotlight
This month, HRSA’s Quality Improvement Program is highlighting the Primary Care Systems of West Virginia’s (PCSWV) quality improvement work and the success of their health center’s pain management program. PCSWV has instituted a strategic and effective approach for reducing prescription drug abuse among their patient population. This quality improvement initiative allowed PCSWV to create a safe and accountable environment for clinical staff to legitimately identify and treat patients with both acute and chronic pain.

HRSA Health IT Grantee Spotlight
This month HRSA highlights the William F. Ryan Community Health Network on their use of health information technology for integrated HIV testing. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidelines for all healthcare providers on integrated HIV/AIDS testing. The Ryan Network uses workflow analysis to streamline and evaluate the new changes in how clinical and non-clinical staff provides patient care, and while meeting the CDC’s new guidelines. In addition, The Ryan Network’s workflow analysis has allowed them to create a HIV Lab Template for electronically entering information into the patient’s electronic health record, which provides the staff a multitude of clinical and administrative benefits.

Meaningful Use Roundup
 This webpage provides safety net providers a technical assistance resource for helping them understand how to qualify for CMS’s EHR Incentive Program in this area.

HRSA Quality Improvement News Items

HRSA Health IT News Items
Turning the Patient-Centered Medical Home From Concept to Reality
HHS: HHS Announces Initiative to Stimulate Adoption of EHRs in Minority Communities 
CMS: CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Issues New FAQs for Tribal Clinics and FQHCs