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Join us Today for Epi Grand Rounds – Health in Rural Missouri

March 24, 2014

Epi Grand Rounds: Health in Rural Missouri

Learn about key findings from the 2012-2013 Health in Rural Missouri Biennial Report, including why rural Missourians tend to be less healthy than urban Missourians and recommendations for addressing these challenges.

Monday, March 24 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Birch Conference Room, 930 Wildwood, Jefferson City or via webinar format

Presented by:
Andrew Hunter, Chief, Bureau of Health Care Analysis and Data Dissemination
Becca Mickels, Research Analyst IV, Bureau of Health Care Analysis and Data Dissemination
Melissa VanDyne, Rural Health Manager, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health

To participate via webinar format (click the below link, and register as guest):

No registration required!

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

December 5, 2013

Funding Opportunities 

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the fiscal year 2014 Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program.  The purpose of this program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network.  Applications must be submitted into by January 16, 2014.  

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 20, 2013

Funding Opportunities 

  1. Due to the government shutdown, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has made changes to the Rural Health Network Development funding opportunity, pushing back the due date for all applications to December 6, 2013.  For more information on this funding announcement please visit 


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: