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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

December 22, 2016

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Rural Emergency Medicine (REM) Course, Apr 19-21, 2017

December 20, 2016

Rural Emergency Medicine (REM) Course
April 19-21, 2017 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

The Rural Emergency Medicine Course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practioners to review low-frequency, high-risk emergencies and practice lifesaving procedures in a realistic, controlled teaching environment.  Our highly relevant and informative core sessions are updated each year by board-certified emergency medicine physicians.  The 2017 event will include small group skills labs using patient simulators, lightly embalmed cadavers, and standardized patients.  Procedure-based learning will include basic intubation, rescue airway devices and surgical airways, splinting, intraosseous access, chest tubes, domestic violence recognition and treatment, mega-code simulations, and EKG interpretation.  The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center of Omaha are co-providing this event with the goal to offer diverse learning opportunities related to both adult and pediatric emergencies.

Below is a link to the full website and contains a schedule of events.  We applied for accreditation and we hope to be fully accredited by the end of this week.  Enrollment fills quickly.  We suggest you sign-up at your earliest opportunity.

CMS Region 7 Update

December 16, 2016

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Show-Me ECHO 101 Webinar – Tuesday, December 20th

December 15, 2016

We are hosting our monthly Show-Me ECHO 101 Webinar on Tuesday, December 20th from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

To register contact Wendy Hough at 573.884.7958 or

2017 Oral Health Policy Conference! Registration is Now Open!

December 15, 2016

Registration for the 2017 Oral Health Policy Conference is now open!
For more information and to register

We look forward to seeing you there!   

Rural Health Information Hub

December 14, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

December 9, 2016

What’s New

Rural IMPACT – The First Year.  Last year, HHS and the White House announced 10 rural and tribal communities from across the country participating in the “Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive” (Rural IMPACT) demonstration.  Through public-private partnership and a federal effort spanning several agencies, the project tries to help communities help vulnerable families by increasing parents’ education and employment prospects and improving the health and well-being of their children.  At the one-year anniversary of the demonstration, HHS examined the work of Rural IMPACT in these 10 communities and issued a report on lessons learned.

Counties Join the Challenge.  As a way to expand the mission of Rural IMPACT, the National Association of Counties (NACo) launched its own Rural Impact County Challenge in April. Participating counties that pass a resolution to take concrete steps toward eliminating poverty receive technical assistance from multiple agencies and join a peer-to-peer network of counties sharing research-based solutions and best practices.  This week, 104 counties from 33 states have been invited to convene in Tallahassee, FL for a three-day symposium where they will discuss the future of economic, environmental and social development in rural America.

Rural America at a Glance. According to a statement from Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, “many rural communities were ill-positioned to bounce back quickly” from the economic downturn, dubbed the Great Recession, that began in 2008.  With support from the White House Rural Council and targeted investments from public and private sectors, USDA led an effort to put Rural America Back in Business.  In its annual report on economic trends in rural areas, USDA’s Economic Research Service reports that, for the first time since the Great Recession began, population loss has leveled off, poverty rates are falling, and unemployment dropped below six percent.

Roadmap For Working with Vulnerable Hospitals.  The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) released a guide that identifies the signs of a hospital in trouble, outlines the decisions communities need to make, and provides an array of resources and tools, including a planning template for developing a course of action.  NOSORH is the collective organization for the 50 SORHs that support rural providers with resources, technical assistance, news and data that helps them better serve their communities.

Veterans Affairs Awards $219 Million to Increase Access. Last month, the VA made an investment to increase access to health services for the 2.9 million Veterans living in rural areas. The funding supports efforts at the local level to bring proven solutions for veterans’ care closer to home.  The VA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) estimates these initiatives – including free transportation to or from medical appointments, physical rehabilitation at home, and support for health providers and caregivers – will impact more than 570,000 rural Veterans.  Learn more about the five categories for these initiatives and their funding amounts on page 14 of ORH’s Rural Connection Newsletter for Winter 2016.

Proposals Wanted.  The National Rural Health Association’s is seeking proposals by Thursday, December 15 for its annual Rural Quality and Clinical Conference. The theme for the 2017 meeting is “Working Together for Rural Access to Quality Care” and will be held in Nashville, TN, July 12-14.  This conference brings together rural clinicians practicing on the front lines of rural health care, quality and performance improvement organizations, and other rural stakeholders.  NRHA is looking for session proposals that highlight best practices and research, educational models, innovative approaches, and social determinants of health in topic areas such as quality management, access to care, population health, and a number of others.