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Rural Health Information Hub

October 11, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

FY18 Outreach Program NOFO announcement

October 10, 2017

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) HRSA-18-030 for the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). The fundamental goal of the program is to support the expansion of health care service delivery to rural populations by encouraging consortia of health providers to innovatively address their community’s health concerns. Approximately $5 million will be awarded annually for up to 25 awardees during the 2018 – 2021 project period.  Applications are due December 6, 2017.

The Outreach Program’s all-encompassing nature allows communities to determine their most pressing health need and, accordingly, the best approach for addressing their identified barriers to health. During this competitive cycle, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for one of two tracks: (1) through the regular Outreach Program track in which the applicant will address any specified health need or focus area, or (2) through a newly created track within the Outreach Program called the Health Improvement Special Project (HISP) which focuses on cardiovascular disease risk. HISP applicants will be required to meet certain requisites as outlined in the NOFO and, if awarded, will utilize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Heart Age Calculator in order to assess cardiovascular disease risk among their community members by tracking the same subset of individuals throughout the 3-year project period.

Historically, awardees have used funding to establish telehealth services, combat substance abuse, address shortages of mental health services, and prevent lapses in care through care coordination efforts. You can read more about the work of previous awardees on the Rural Health Innovation Hub  or by using the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Data Warehouse. You can also learn more about the pioneering work of our current awardees.

For additional information regarding the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, please join us for a technical assistance webinar on November 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET.  Additional information about this webinar can be found in the NOFO available through Grants.gov.

If you have any questions about the program or have opportunities for FORHP to present information regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Meriam Mikre: MMikre@hrsa.gov or 301-945-3110.

MoCAP Funding Opportunity: HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program

October 10, 2017

The Missouri Foundation for Health’s MoCAP program is an effort to provide technical assistance and consultation to organizations applying for grant funding—federal and nationally competed private funding.  The MoCAP FAQ page provides an overview of the program and its intent.

Your organization may be interested in these funding opportunities. Or please forward it to a potentially interested colleague.

Title: Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
Funder: HRSA
Application Deadline: December 6, 2017
Award Amount: $200,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 25
Matching Requirement: N/A
Letter of Intent: N/A

Program Scope/Description: The program is designed to promote rural health care services through the enhancement and integration of healthcare delivery within rural communities.  Projects will focus on increasing access, developing adaptive strategies within a rapidly changing environment, and enrichment of community health.  Key areas of concern include: mental illness, childhood obesity, and substance abuse.

Eligibility: The applicant organization must be a rural nonprofit or rural public entity representing a consortium/network of three or more healthcare providers.  Additionally, the organization must be located in a non-metropolitan county or within a rural census tract of a metropolitan county.

Previously Funded Organizations: Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc., Ozarks Medical Center, and Washington County Memorial Hospital

Link to Full Program Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295218

After reviewing the links, consider:

  1. Is your organization ready to apply for federal funding? (The process is complicated.)
  2. Do you have an existing program or a developed concept for a new activity that would fit within the guidelines?

If your answer to both questions is yes, consider asking MFH for MoCAP assistance with this or other funding applications that would secure new funds for Missouri (federal or private). Send an email to mocap@mffh.org. Include all your contact information and ideally a draft concept paper or project outline in your correspondence.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

October 10, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Section 502 Direct Certified Loan Application Packaging Process Updates

October 6, 2017

As part of the certified packaging process, Rural Development (RD) partners with the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), NeighborWorks America, and the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to provide Section 502 direct loan application packaging training.  The training is open to individuals working for housing nonprofits and public agencies who have at least one year of affordable housing loan origination and/or affordable housing counseling experience and are interested in packaging Rural Housing Service direct loan applications.

The following certified loan application packaging courses will be offered this calendar year:

These courses and other upcoming trainings are listed under the “Forms and Resources” for Single Family Housing Direct Home Loans.

Completion of a three-day course is required for a loan application packaging certification and provides:

  • A review of the Section 502 direct loan program and the regulations/laws that govern the program.
  • A detailed discussion of the program’s application process and borrower/property eligibility requirements.
  • An examination of the Agency’s loan underwriting process, which includes the use of payment subsidies, and the roles and responsibilities of a certified loan application packager, their qualified employer, an intermediary (as determined necessary by a RD State Director), and the Agency staff.  Course participants should take the corresponding test within 30 days of completing the course.  Additional information regarding the certified packaging process and course requirements, can be found in Handbook-1-3550, Chapter 3 “Application Processing”, Attachment 3-A.

Webinar Invitation: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability – 10/10/17 at 1:30 p.m. ET

October 6, 2017

Please join NORC for the following webinar and share with the stakeholders in your state.

Webinar: Connecting Health Insurance and Agricultural Viability—Helping farmers and ranchers address health-related risks.

Day: October 10, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:30 ET
Free. Register online: https://www.hirednag.net/webinars

Health, access to care and health insurance affect the vitality of agricultural enterprises and farm and ranch families, according to results from a national research project funded by the USDA. Designed for Extension, tax, loan, health and other agricultural advisors, this webinar will provide an overview of the research findings and introduce some practical tools educators and advisors can use to help farmers and ranchers make informed decisions for their businesses and households.

Participants will leave the webinar with:

  • An understanding of the intersection of health and agricultural business viability, grounded in 2016-2017 national research findings;
  • Tools they can use in their work farmers, including worksheets, videos and other informational resources.
  • Questions to ask farmers and ranchers to help incorporate health costs into farm enterprise planning.

Hosted by Scott Loveridge (North Central Regional Center for Rural Development); the webinar will include presentations from Shoshanah Inwood (The Ohio State University), Bonnie Braun (University of Maryland Extension), Adam Kantrovich (Clemson University), Maria Peppidas (University of Delaware Extension) and Bob Parsons and Jake Jacobs (University of Vermont Extension).

For more information, please email Katlyn.Morris@uvm.edu

The project was supported by the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2015-2014-05623

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 5, 2017

Suicide Rates for Rural Counties Consistently Higher Than Urban Counties

In the latest edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined suicide trends between 2001 – 2015.  Suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, and suicide occurs at a much higher rate in rural areas than urban.  While this is a documented rural-urban disparity, the new CDC report examines the annual changes in the rates of suicide by a number of additional variables including sex, race/ethnicity, age group, and mechanism of death.

A few key findings across all urbanization levels during the study time period include:

  • Suicide rates for males were four to five times higher than for females
  • Non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Natives had the highest suicide rates
  • Higher suicide rates were observed among persons aged 35-64 years
  • Firearms were the most often used mechanism of death, with rates in rural counties almost double those in large and medium/small metropolitan counties

“The trends in suicide rates by sex, race, ethnicity, age, and mechanism that we see in the general population are magnified in rural areas,” said James A. Mercy, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention.  “This report underscores the need for suicide prevention strategies that are tailored specifically for these communities.”

CDC recently released a technical package of strategies representing the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence.  The package includes examples of programs that can be customized to fit the cultural needs of different communities.

Additional forthcoming work on disparities in suicide rates in rural areas includes:

  • The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has identified suicide as an important rural disparity to address, and will be issuing a policy brief with recommendations to the Secretary of HHS later this year;
  • A HRSA commentary on suicide trends in rural America will be authored in the coming weeks;
  • CDC findings on suicide and other injury-related topics will be highlighted during National Rural Health Day activities the week of November 13th.