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Less Than Two Weeks Away! S2S Opens August 16

August 4, 2016

Dental Students Eligible! S2S Loan Repayment Program

Opens August 16!
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program opens August 16, 2016.

Students to Service loan repayment award recipients receive up to $120,000 (tax free) for at least three years of full-time service at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. Upon completion of residency for medical students (dental residency is encouraged but not required), recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a HPSA of greatest need.

Plan Ahead
The program is expected to be competitive. Please note that applicants who have federally-serviced loans will need to create a FSA ID before beginning the application process.

Rural Health Information Hub

August 3, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

What works to improve rural health? Find out here!

August 2, 2016

What works to improve rural health?

This year the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found that rural areas are lagging behind urban places. While rates of premature death are improving in urban areas, they are getting worse for rural populations. So what can rural areas do to reverse this trend? Our new report outlines evidence-informed and innovative strategies to improve health for rural populations. With more than 65 policy, systems, and environmental changes that can be made in rural areas, “What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health” can help rural communities take action to address their local challenges. The report comes from our researchers at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and is now available on our website.
Read and Download

Find out about the next round of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Learn about applying for the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize with this webinar. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.

2017 Prize Call for Applications Informational Webinar
Thursday, Sept. 22, 3pm EST
Register Now

Center for Patient Safety’s July 2016 Safety Snapshot

August 2, 2016

View the Safety Snapshot.

CMS Region 7 Updates

August 2, 2016

View the updates.

CIHQ – August 26 WEBINAR – Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals

August 2, 2016

The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality Presents:

Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals


Please join us for CIHQ’s August Webinar:

Title: Proposed Changes to CMS Conditions of Participation for Hospitals
Date: Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 2PM (ET)
Time: 1PM (CT)
Time: 12N (MT)
Time: 11AM (PT)

In June of 2016, CMS published proposed changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (COP) for acute care hospitals. If approved, these changes represent one of the most significant revisions to the COP’ in several years.

Join us for this informative webinar as we systematically review the proposed changes and discuss their impact on hospitals across the United States.


Can’t make the Webinar? Click here to ORDER A CD



If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Benson at 805-934-8500

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 1, 2016

What’s New

County Health Rankings: What Works for Rural Health.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issued a follow-up to their 2016 County Health Rankings, outlining specific policies and programs rural communities can implement to improve health and wellbeing.   Within the report, you’ll find details about finding and choosing the right solution for your community; what’s working to prepare and strengthen local workforces, improve diet and exercise, and reduce injuries; and a discussion of the many factors that influence health. Strategies that have been studied and deployed in rural communities are emphasized throughout the report.