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June 8, 2017

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)
Offers loan repayment to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute
A 3-part webinar training series that introduces EMS agencies to grant writing basics, how to connect with potential funders and partners, and where to find funding.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Sponsor: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes
Grants to provide services through transitional living programs or maternity group homes for runaway and homeless youth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2017
Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Housing Preservation Grants (Section 533)
Grants to organizations that work to assist rural low-income homeowners and renters to repair and rehabilitate their homes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Housing and Community Facilities Programs

First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement
Grants to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)
Provides funds for state agencies to expand or enhance access to medication assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder in states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita.
Geographic coverage: 17 states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative
Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program
Funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees
A loan guarantee program that helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 6, 2017

What’s New

New Medicare Cards. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched a fraud prevention initiative removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.  The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used.   Beneficiaries will begin receiving the new cards in April 2018.  More information about the Social Security Number Removal Initiative can be found on the CMS website.  In April, the SSNRI was the topic of a webinar in the Rural Health Clinical Technical Assistance Series.

COPD National Action Plan.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with a higher prevalence of the disease in rural communities.  At the end of May, the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with representatives from across the COPD community, released the first ever COPD National Action Plan providing a unified framework for reducing the burden of the disease.  To get involved, read more about the plan’s goals and download resources for outreach on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website.

SAHIE Data.  The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2015 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program report, describing trends in health insurance status by state and county.  The report includes an interactive mapping tool with data on health insurance coverage by five income-to-poverty ratio categories, income, age, race, ethnicity and sex, which could be useful in grant writing.

Shortage Designation Project.  The Health Resources and Services Administration provides this update on the effort to modernize the process for designating Health Professional Shortage Areas, also known as HPSAs. The designation is one of several used by federal programs to determine need of primary, mental and dental health providers and services in underserved areas, particularly rural communities.  The project that began in 2013 does not involve any changes to the criteria or methodology for designating HPSAs, but one component is an update of existing geographic, population and facility information with data provided by State Primary Care Offices.

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

June 2, 2017

Application cycle is open

The 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Read the Fiscal Year 2017 Application & Program Guidance (PDF – 400 KB) carefully before you start your 2017 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:

Date/Time: June 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 888-790-3359
Passcode: 4694412

Instant Replay:
Available one hour after call
Phone: 888-566-0507
Expires: June14, 2018 10:59 PM (CT)

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides individuals who have an interest in eligible health profession careers with the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as faculty members at accredited and eligible health professions schools.

Benefits

Participants will receive up to $40,000 for two (2) years of service to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. Applicants must obtain all qualifying educational loans prior to the application deadline of June 29, 2017.

Apply Now

Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 400 KB)
Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)

Questions?
1-800-221-9393
(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)
Weekdays (except Federal holidays), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST

USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities

May 31, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants to support the development of essential community facilities in rural areas.

The grants will be provided through USDA’s Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Congress authorized this new program in the 2014 Farm Bill to help rural communities develop their applications for USDA Community Facilities loans and grants, which help under-served rural communities develop essential services that in turn help attract investments, create and retain jobs and businesses, and help residents remain in their communities.

Technical assistance providers can use the grants to assist communities with identifying and planning for long-term community facilities needs, to identify resources to finance community facilities, to conduct feasibility studies, to prepare applications for financial assistance, to hire or expand the services of specialized personnel, and, to a limited extent, to retain consultants. Public bodies, nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply. The maximum grant amount available is $150,000.

Applications for USDA Community Facilities loans and grants often require financial and environmental analyses, which can be difficult for small communities to prepare when they do not have access to professional staff specialized in the development of these reports and surveys. The technical assistance available through this program will help more rural communities qualify for loans and grants that will support their essential facilities and services.

The deadline to apply is July 24, 2017. Applications in Missouri should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Community Programs
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Parkade Center Suite 235
Columbia, MO 65203

Additional information about this program and how to apply can be found on page 23525 of the May 23, 2017, Federal Register.

For more information…

Questions related to USDA Community Programs in Missouri may be directed to a local Community Programs Specialist.

For projects outside of Missouri…

Those with project proposals outside of Missouri should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state

USDA Seeks Applications for Community Development Grants

May 31, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative grant to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

The grant will be provided through USDA’s Community Facilities Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program.  Congress first authorized this program in 1999 to develop the capacity and ability of private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American Tribes.

Qualified intermediary organizations will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.  The Intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per Intermediary is $50,000.00 and $250,000.00. The Recipient and Beneficiary, but not the Intermediary, must be located in a city or town that has a population of 50,000 or less inhabitants.

The deadline to apply is July 25, 2017. Applications in Missouri should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Community Programs
601 Business Loop, 70 West
Parkade Center Suite 235
Columbia, MO 65203

Additional information about this program and how to apply can be found on page 24281 of the May 26, 2017, Federal Register.

For more information…

Questions related to USDA Community Programs in Missouri may be directed to a local Community Programs Specialist.

For projects outside of Missouri…

Those with project proposals outside of Missouri should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 24, 2017

What’s New

Food Insecurity by County. The hunger-relief organization Feeding America has created an interactive map of county level food-insecurity rates in the United States. Food security, as defined and measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, means “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Overall, more than 42 million people, or 13.4% of the population, were considered food-insecure in the year 2015, the last year for which data are available.  The highest rate was in Mississippi, where 21.5% are food insecure. Rates of food insecurity are generally higher in rural households than urban.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Health and Safety Education – June 30.  Land-grant colleges and universities, established to focus on agricultural and mechanical science and research, are eligible to compete for grants of up to $350,000 to implement this program supporting health education in rural communities.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will invest a total of $2.8 million in rural health and safety education “to promote and enhance rural health, strengthen economic vitality and, in the long run, mitigate the effects of rural poverty.”  More information about the program is available on the NIFA website.

USDA Rural Telemedicine Development – July 17. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) seeks applicants for the 2017 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, providing up to $500,000 to support access to education, training, and health care resources for rural residents through telecommunications technologies. This year, RUS will prioritize $1.6 million for communication upgrades between ambulances, emergency transportation vehicles, and medical facilities. Applicants should be aware that DLT grants require a minimum 15% match, which cannot be from another federal source.

Suicide Prevention – July 18.  Health agencies with mental and behavioral health functions may apply for awards up to $700,000 to implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems.  In cooperative agreements with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), successful applicants will raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes and work to improve care and outcomes for adults 25 and older who are at risk for suicide.  SAMHSA will hold a pre-application webinar on Friday, June 2 at 2:00 pm ET.  For more information, contact James.Wright@samhsa.hhs.gov.  Earlier this year, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified data showing higher risk and rates of suicide in rural communities.

Funding for Children Affected by Substance Abuse – August 9. Nonprofit organizations, state and local governments and Native American tribal governments are among those eligible to form regional networks and compete for 11 awards up to $600,000 from the Administration for Children and Families to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse.  Applicants must have in place a collaborative network within or across state lines that include varying entities of health, child welfare, law enforcement and other entities related to child and family services.  Six awards up to $600,000 will also be made for regional partnerships supporting children affected by substance abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 7, 2017

What’s New

2017 County Health Rankings.  This year’s assessment of health in every country in the U.S. concludes that more Americans are dying prematurely across rural and urban communities and racial/ethnic groups.  For the years studied, premature death increased most among those ages 15-44.  Drug overdose was by far the single leading cause of premature death by injury in 2015 but, for those aged 15-24, more deaths due to motor vehicle crashes and firearm fatalities also played a role in the accelerated rise.  A new measurement this year, disconnected youth, looks at young adults aged 16-24 who are not in school and not working and finds the issue more prevalent in rural counties than urban counties.  An interactive map on the County Health Rankings site breaks down the data by county and state.

CDC and Rural Health.  To promote their ongoing work around rural health issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a website that provides an overview of the significant gap in health between rural and urban Americans, links to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report rural health series, and resources on key health topics impacting rural Americans.  The site also shares The Community Guide, a collection of findings – on topics such as diabetes, mental health, nutrition, obesity and oral health – to help resource-limited communities identify the best evidence-based interventions for improved health and disease prevention.  To learn more about the FORHP and CDC collaboration around rural health topics, please see the RHIhub resource page on the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series and check back frequently for details about upcoming webinars on specific topics.

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