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Category Archives: Health Care

ORHP Award Announcement: Rural Health Network Planning Program

May 19, 2014

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of 14 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning) awards in FY 2014.  The purpose of the Network Planning program is to support the planning and development of rural integrated healthcare networks.


Delta Health Care Services Grant Program

May 19, 2014


Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.874


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USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service


Jun 13, 2014


Natalie Melton
Phone: 202.690.1374

Women Veterans Health Care – Girls’ Night Out

May 12, 2014

As you know, women Veterans live in every community in our country, with many of them returning home to rural areas after their military service. Many are unaware of the resources available to them through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: benefits they have earned through their service to our Nation and what is available within the community.

May 1, 2014

Missouri’s Nursing Workforce – 2014

2014 NHSC New Site Application Cycle is Now Open!

April 15, 2014

The 2014 NHSC New Site Application cycle is now open to those sites that have never been approved as an NHSC site. All completed applications must be submitted by June 16, 2014, at 11:59 pm, ET to be considered for an award. Please refer to the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide for all of the program requirements. (more…)

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 10, 2014

Rural Research Highlights

  1. Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in Life Expectancy, U.S., 1969–2009
    This study by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau examines the trends in life expectancy disparities between rural and urban areas in the United States between 1969 and 2009. The article finds that the disparity has increased since 1990, because life expectancy has grown more rapidly in urban than in rural areas. The disparity in life expectancy of urban over rural areas stood at 2.4 years during 2005-2009. Furthermore, the study’s findings indicate that mortality from cardiovascular diseases, injuries, lung cancer, and COPD is much higher in rural than in urban areas.
  2. Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of HealthThis special report explores the intersecting goals of increased workforce diversity, fair and equal access to quality health care and health care resources, elimination of health disparities, and achieving health equity. In August 2012, HRSA hosted a summit titled, “Nursing in 3D: Workforce Diversity, Health Disparities, and Social Determinants of Health.” This resulting special supplement includes 11 articles authored by 3D Summit speakers who are content experts in the fields of nursing workforce diversity, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. 

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 4, 2014

Hot Off the Presses 

  1. The following notice of extension has been posted by the Veteran’s Administration, and may be of interest to family physicians in highly rural areas for their U.S. veteran patients. The Veteran’s Administration announced today that it is extending the application deadline to midnight eastern standard time on May 27, 2014, to allow applicants additional time to apply for funds available under the Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas program. For more information, please review the posted Notice of Funds Availability at