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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Network Allied Health Training Program

January 30, 2015

In response to the White House Job-Driven Training initiative, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Network Allied Health Training Program (Allied Health Training), a new one-time funding opportunity.

The Allied Health Training Program supports the President’s Rural Health Care Initiative by focusing on rural recruitment and retention activities and builds upon the accomplishments of the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) pilot program, which ended in 2013.  As a result of the RHWD Program, approximately 4,000 program participants completed their rural training/rotation, and 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 via the RHWD Program.

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ORHP Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling

January 30, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program (Benefits Counseling), a new one-time funding opportunity.

FORHP is committed to increasing health insurance coverage for all of rural Americans and is providing funding for this new community-based pilot program. The Benefits Counseling Program is targeted to improve outreach and service delivery in local and regional rural communities. The purpose of the three-year program is to expand health insurance outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured and newly insured individuals and families in rural communities. FORHP plans to award up to 10 new awards for $75,000 per year.

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Becker’s Hospital Review- 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know

January 29, 2015

The Becker’s Hospital Review just released their 2015 edition of its list of “50 rural hospital CEOs to know” (http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/50-rural-hospitals-ceos-to-know-2015.html) and it is our honor to congratulate ‘three’ State of Missouri Presidents and CEOs who were named on their list.

These three CEOs are dedicated to advancing healthcare in their communities and go above and beyond tackling the challenges of providing healthcare in their rural or small towns with vigor.

  • Thomas Keim. CEO of Ste. Genevieve (Mo.) County Memorial Hospital
  • Ron Ott. President and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital (Marshall, Mo.)
  • Paul Taylor, JD. CEO of Ozark Community Hospital (Springfield, Mo.)

Please congratulate and recognize them for this wonderful honor!!

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge

January 29, 2015

Last Friday, ONC held and Million Hearts held the ONC EHR Innovations for Hypertension Control (aka “protocols) Challenge phase 2 kickoff. The video recording and slide set are attached. On the video the two phase 1 challenge winners discuss their progress incorporating hypertension protocols into their EHRs and into their delivery systems. The next phase of the challenge will be to spread the tools described by the winners on the video.

Webinar recording: http://bit.ly/18q5jBx

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge website: http://challenge.sites.usa.gov/challenge/ehr-innovations-for-improving-hypertension-challenge

View the EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge Webinar document.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

January 28, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center will be hosting a two part webinar series from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Part one in the series will focus on the policy briefs the committee has issued on rural healthcare. Part two in the series will cover the briefs issued on rural human services. Please join RAC for these free webinars.

Featured Speakers:
Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove, along with several other NACRHHS members

Part One of Two

Title: Health Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern
Register Now

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has issued several recent Policy Briefs on rural healthcare. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Committee has focused much of its work on how the ACA would be implemented in rural America. The webinar will address two briefs that cover enrollment in and pricing of insurance plans and premiums for rural populations on the 2014 Health Insurance Marketplaces. The third brief discusses the provision of hospice benefits to the rural population.

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Part Two of Two

Title: Human Services Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural and Human Services
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 11:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern

Register Now

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will discuss its recent Policy Briefs on Rural Humans Services. In its first Policy Brief, the Committee examined the intersection of federal human services programs and rural poverty and included two case studies about two different types of anchor organizations to coordinate rural Human Services. In the other Policy Brief they discuss the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America.

 About the Rural Assistance Center

The Rural Assistance Center is a free, federally funded resource that provides information to help build quality health and human services in rural America. RAC is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Connecting to the Webinar
Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at cathyw@raconline.org or 701.777.0584.

Registration Open – National Rural EMS Conference

January 26, 2015

National Rural EMS Conference: Building Integration & Leadership for the Future

WHEN: May 5-6, 2015

WHERE: Cheyenne, Wyoming

COST: $200 (includes meals)

WHO’S INVITED: Rural EMS Directors, State EMS Officials, State Offices of Rural Health, Flex Program Managers, hospital administrators, elected officials, medical directors & other interested EMS partners.

LEARN ABOUT: The future of rural EMS, community paramedicine, systems of care, performance improvement, ambulance service sustainability, rural EMS education, simulation in motion, and more.

DRAFT AGENDA: Click here.

REGISTRATION: https://www.regonline.com/EMS15

LODGING:

Little America Hotel, 2800 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
For reservations phone: 800.445.6945
Group rates from $99 – $129, depending upon your needs and room availability.
Room block name: Rural EMS Conference

HOST: Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care

  • National Association of State EMS Officials
  • National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
  • National Rural Health Resource Center
  • National Rural Health Association

CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://nosorh.org/calendar-events/national-rural-ems-conference/

TRAVEL TO CHEYENNE: There are a number of options for getting to Cheyenne.

  1. Air: Great Lakes Airlines – offers connections to United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
  2. Rental Car:  Cheyenne is 100 miles or 90 minutes from Denver.
  3. Shuttle: GreenRide – 888.472.6656 or http://greenrideco.com/.

VENDOR OPPORTUNITIES: Click here.

QUESTIONS: Contact Stephanie Hansen at 208.375.0407

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

January 21, 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.