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The Rural Monitor

August 20, 2015

In This Issue:

  1. The Rural Monitor
  2. Updated Topic Guides
  3. Models and Innovations
  4. Recent News
  5. Funding & Opportunities
  6. New Documents
  7. Websites & Tools
  8. Open Calls for Contributions
  9. Upcoming Events

Spread the Word! 2016 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Now Open!

August 19, 2015

The 2016 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!

Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their final year of a U.S. accredited school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care.

Students to Service loan repayment award recipients receive up to $120,000 (tax free) for three years of full-time service or six years of half-time service. Upon completion of residency, recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. The 2016 Students to Service application cycle closes on October 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm, ET.


Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 19, 2015


1. On Tuesday, August 11th, HHS announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding for new health center sites across the country, increasing access to primary health care services for more than 1.2 million patients. According to the press release, “what started with one clinic in rural Mississippi and another in South Boston is today a national program that supports 1,300 community-based and patient-directed health centers with 9,000 sites serving nearly 23 million people.”  Of the 266 new health centers this funding will help build, 86 will be located in rural areas.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 7, 2015


1. On Monday, August 3rd the  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $2.7 million awarded for two new rural grant programs:

  • The Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program is a pilot program awarding each of 10 grantees up to $75,000 a year for three years to increase health insurance outreach and enrollment in rural communities.  Each of the grantees will work in a consortium of health care providers and community organizations to educate rural community members on their health insurance options and educate the newly insured on benefits available to them.  This program expands on previous FORHP programs that were able to successfully enroll more than 13,000 rural Americans in the last two years.
  • The Rural Network Allied Health Training Program,  a pilot program developed as part of the Administration’s Job-Driven Training Initiative, awards each of 10 grantees up to $200,000 each a year for three years to support the recruitment, clinical training, and retention of allied health professionals.  Emphasis is on integrated rural health networks that can partner with local community colleges and other accredited educational institutions to develop formal clinical training programs.  This program builds upon the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) Program which ended in 2013 and had approximately 4,000 program participants complete their rural training.   Of these, almost half said they plan on returning to practice in a rural area and a number of them have.  Moreover, there was a significant economic impact of $19 million within rural America from FORHP’s $12 million investment through the RHWD Program.


Research Alert: Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Personnel in Rural Areas: Results from a Survey in Nine States

August 5, 2015

Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Personnel in Rural Areas: Results from a Survey in Nine States

This study uses a survey of all ground-based prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in nine states (AR, FL, KS, MA, MT, NM, OR, SC, WI) to examine supply and demand for emergency response personnel, the involvement of medical directors, and the availability of medical consultation, in rural and urban agencies. Compared with urban EMS agencies, rural agencies had lower staff skill levels, higher reliance on volunteers, higher vacancy ratios, and less access to oversight and skill maintenance through regular interaction with a medical director and online medical consultation during emergency calls. Agencies in isolated small rural areas were the most distinct from other rural and urban agencies, having the most volunteers (both EMS providers and medical directors) and paid staff vacancies.

Contact Information:

Davis Patterson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 206.543.1892

Additional Resources of Interest:

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

August 5, 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.

FORHP Award Announcement: Rural Allied Health and Benefits Counseling Awards

August 5, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce awards for two new pilot programs developed in FY 2015.

The Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling (Benefits Counseling) pilot program has awarded 10 grantees up to $75,000 each a year, for 3-years, to work with a consortium of local health care providers and organizations to increase health insurance outreach and enrollment in rural communities.  The awardees will focus their efforts on educating the eligible uninsured on insurance options and the newly insured on their health insurance benefits, including how they can start accessing primary and preventive care.  This program expands upon previous work implemented by the office around getting rural Americans educated and enrolled into the Marketplace where FORHP grantees were able to successfully enroll over 13,0000 rural Americas over the past two years.  For more information about the Benefits Counseling program, please contact Linda Kwon (