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Community Health Worker ECHO Starts November 7th

October 3, 2017

Community Health Worker ECHO

Join Community Health Workers to increase your ability to effectively and efficiently empower individuals to manage their health.  Get expert Community Health Worker (CHW) knowledge in a virtual learning network with University of Missouri and Community Health Worker leaders and specialists throughout the state.

Learn about best practices and evidence-based care, including:

  • Working with diverse populations
  • Knowledge of community-based services and resources
  • Patient navigation
  • Building strong rapport with clients
  • Communicating effectively with clients and healthcare providers

Why Community Health Worker ECHO?

Project ECHO is a guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education and increases workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. Community Health Workers work in a variety of areas of practice to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This Community Health Worker ECHO creates space for CHWs to share their experiences with one another in order to better prepare them for the challenges they face while supporting their communities’ ever-changing needs.

When will the Community Health Worker ECHO be held?

It will begin on November 7th and will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. for the next 8 months.

Registration is now open!  To register visit the link below:
http://medicine2.missouri.edu/show-me-echo/register/

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 27, 2017

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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What’s New

Roadmap to Behavioral Health.  A consumer guide that connects individuals to resources for disaster distress, suicide prevention, veterans crisis and recovery from substance use disorder was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The guide provides simple explanations of feelings and behaviors that may need attention, a check list for getting help and treatment, and tips for managing long-term behavioral health care.  According to SAMSHA data from 2015, more than 18% of residents in non-metropolitan counties had some sort of mental illness in the previous year, which amounts to more than 6 million people.

CMS Reveals New Medicare Cards. CMS redesigned Medicare cards to include a unique, randomly assigned number in place of one’s Social Security number. Medicare beneficiaries can expect to receive their new card in the mail beginning in April 2018 and all cards must be replaced by April 2019. CMS will provide 21 months for health care providers and Medicare beneficiaries to transition to the new cards during which they can use either their current SSN-based Medicare number or their new Medicare number. Congress required new Medicare cards to prevent fraud and combat identity theft in the elder population. Rural hospitals can help by protecting facilities against malicious software attacks.

Effective Post-ER Suicide Prevention. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. and varies by geography. Rural communities have higher rates of suicide than urban areas and the disparity has widened over time. Recent research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that sending caring postcards or letters each month to at-risk patients following an emergency visit reduced suicide attempts and deaths and slightly reduced health care costs. Universal screening of ER patients for suicide risk could substantially increase the public health benefits of the post-ER postcard intervention and other prevention efforts. Additional resources on suicide prevention can help rural hospitals and other providers improve mental health care in their communities.

Funding Opportunities

For CAHs: Pediatric Readiness Quality Improvement – October 13.  The Emergency Medical Services for Children Program at HRSA requests applications from Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to participate in this initiative.  Participating hospitals will receive mentoring from the Pediatric Readiness Quality Collaborative (PRQC); physicians can earn Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit and nurses can receive Continuing Nursing Education credit. The PRQC will focus on pediatric patient safety, patient assessments, inter-facility transfer guidelines, and disaster preparedness. Using a train-the-trainer model, teams will be supported through targeted quality improvement education, the provision of tools and resources to support local efforts, and sharing of best practices.  The deadline to submit a letter of interest has been extended to October 13, 2017. More information about the Pediatric Readiness Quality Improvement Collaborative is at https://emscimprovement.center/collaboratives/PRQuality-collaborative/  Additional questions can be directed to qeca@texaschildrens.org.

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 25, 2017

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The Telemedicine Experience

September 25, 2017

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