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Category Archives: Health Care

New from RHIhub: Naloxone distribution project; Funding for new health centers, broadband; Reports on ACA & hospital financial performance, REC program; more

April 20, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 4.20.16 updates.

Complimentary Webinar – HIV Prevention, Testing and Management in Rural Communities

April 20, 2016

What steps can clinicians take to prevent HIV transmission and optimize HIV care in rural communities?

Southern Indiana has experienced an unprecedented outbreak of HIV infection over the past year, driven largely by an epidemic of injection drug use in rural America. Primary care clinicians, mental health professionals, and addiction specialists in this region have an essential role to play in preventing new HIV transmissions among individuals at high risk and providing HIV medical care to those who have been newly diagnosed.

Upon completion, participants should be able to describe effective elements of a comprehensive strategy to prevent HIV transmission among individuals who inject drugs and live in rural communities

HIV Prevention, Testing, and Management in Rural Communities

Date: Tuesday, May 3
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM Central Time

Cost: Free

Target Audience: Primary care clinicians (physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs), mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and other clinicians interested in preventing or managing HIV


Diane Janowicz, MD
Medical Director for MATEC-IN
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director-Infectious Diseases
Indianapolis, IN

Matthew Miles, MD
Internal Medicine Chief Resident, Safety and Quality Improvement
Indiana University Internal Medicine Residency Program
Indianapolis, IN


JOIN the Missouri Rural Health Association to meet the challenges of rural health organizations and addressing access to care

April 19, 2016

JOIN Missouri Rural Health Association

The Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) is addressing the challenges of rural Missourians and rural health care organizations. Join now and become part of the solution. We are looking for healthcare leaders to take rural health to a new level!


* An increased aging population
* Shrinking health care dollars
* Increasing demand for new skills and innovative ideas
* Overcoming health care barriers for patients with chronic and multi diagnoses


To meet these and many other challenges, MRHA is helping drive change by:

*  Gathering/sharing relevant data to help members make informed decisions and direct policy change.
*  Strengthening peer networks to increase opportunities for collaboration and shared learning.
*  Challenging public and private funding sources to invest more robustly in rural communities.
*  Serving as a voice for members on rural health issues at the state and national levels.

Rural Monitor: school-based health promotion; Funding: NHSC site applications, healthcare broadband; NACRHHS reports: child poverty, delivery system reform; more

April 18, 2016

Rural Health Information Hub

View the 4.13.16 updates.

Funding opportunity — WEBINAR: Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Grants – Rural Outreach

April 18, 2016

We would like to share the following information and encourage participants to join the webinar that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be hosting on April 21 at 2:00pm EDT. This will feature a Q&A session focused on rural applicants.

EDA plans to release the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) and begin accepting applications for the 2016 round of Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding on April 25, 2016; the application period will be open for 60 days.  In this 2016 round, a total of $15 million in Federal funding is available to create and expand cluster-focused proof-of-concept and commercialization programs and early-stage seed capital funds through the i6 Challenge and the Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant competition, respectively.

Rural communities have catalyzed economic growth in their communities and regions by supporting innovators and entrepreneurs, and RIS grants can support these efforts.  While you’re welcome to join any of the series of webinars, we encourage you to join our webinar on April 21 at 2:00pm EDT, which will feature a Q&A session focused on rural applicants.

This series of webinars aims to encourage all potential applicants to think about their strategies for developing regional opportunities, partnerships, and approaches by sharing the RIS Program’s high-level objectives.  OIE staff will provide an overview of the Program and its objectives and RIS grantees will provide real-world highlights of their RIS projects, including the problems they set out to solve and the activities, outputs, and impacts that their RIS grants have supported.  Each webinar will end with a Q&A session that will be open to all participants but that will focus on specific categories of applicants or geographies as noted below.  EDA will host the webinars at the following times:

  • April 19 at 2:00pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on HBCUs and community colleges): join this webinar;
  • April 20 at 3:30pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on smart cities): join this webinar; and
  • April 21 at 2:00pm EDT (with a Q&A focused on rural communities): join this webinar.

Additionally, EDA will host a post-launch webinar on May 5, 2016, at 2:00pm EDT.  During this webinar, EDA staff will present a detailed overview of the 2016 RIS FFO and will take questions from attendees.

In order to ensure that you are able to connect to the webinar, please click the appropriate link above 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Hochman (

CMS Region 7 Updates

April 15, 2016

View the 4.15.16 updates.

Webinar: QIN QIOs Building Diabetes Self-Management Program Capacity in Rural Communities – Monday, April 25th at 1:30pm (Eastern)

April 13, 2016

You’re invited to participate in the QIN QIOs Building Diabetes Self-Management Program Capacity in Rural Communities on Monday, April 25th at 1:30pm (Eastern).

Objectives of the webinar are:
Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the United States. According to the CDC, it affects 29.1 million people, or approximately 8.3 percent of the population. This webinar will showcase the work of two Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) in building diabetes self-management program capacity for Medicare populations in rural communities.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diabetes related work of QIN QIOs.
  • List a strategy for engaging the community in a diabetes self-management program.
  • Identify how you may partner with your local QIO to improve health outcomes in your community.

View webinar flyer

How to Register –

  1. Click here
  2. Click Register.
  3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.


This call will be recorded and the viewable recording will be available on the NOSORH website –