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FREE Evidence-Based Decision Making Training

August 20, 2015

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis will be offering an Evidence-Based Decision Making course on August 26-28, 2015, at the Saint Louis University Salus Center.  We realize this is short notice, but the course has several available seats.  We want to make sure all of our contacts throughout the state and especially those in the St. Louis region are aware of this free training opportunity.

To register for the course, please complete the form at the following website before close of business on Friday, August 21, 2015.  If you are interested in registering after that time, please contact the course coordinator directly.  Her contact information is included at the end of this e-mail.

The material covered in the course applies to all public health stakeholders who are seeking to use resources effectively and efficiently.  The course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of evidence-based principles and to increase the utilization of systematic approaches in day-to-day public health practice.

The course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28.   A flier with additional information is attached.   For more information, please contact Linda Dix, Evidence-Based Public Health Course Coordinator, at 314-935-0121 or

The Rural Monitor

August 20, 2015

In This Issue:

  1. The Rural Monitor
  2. Updated Topic Guides
  3. Models and Innovations
  4. Recent News
  5. Funding & Opportunities
  6. New Documents
  7. Websites & Tools
  8. Open Calls for Contributions
  9. Upcoming Events

Spread the Word! 2016 NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Application Cycle is Now Open!

August 19, 2015

The 2016 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!

Eligibility is open to medical students (allopathic or osteopathic) in their final year of a U.S. accredited school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care, and are committed to working in underserved communities with limited access to care.

Students to Service loan repayment award recipients receive up to $120,000 (tax free) for three years of full-time service or six years of half-time service. Upon completion of residency, recipients serve as primary care providers in an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need. The 2016 Students to Service application cycle closes on October 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm, ET.


Annoucements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 19, 2015


1. On Tuesday, August 11th, HHS announced $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding for new health center sites across the country, increasing access to primary health care services for more than 1.2 million patients. According to the press release, “what started with one clinic in rural Mississippi and another in South Boston is today a national program that supports 1,300 community-based and patient-directed health centers with 9,000 sites serving nearly 23 million people.”  Of the 266 new health centers this funding will help build, 86 will be located in rural areas.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 7, 2015


1. On Monday, August 3rd the  Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $2.7 million awarded for two new rural grant programs:

  • The Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Program is a pilot program awarding each of 10 grantees up to $75,000 a year for three years to increase health insurance outreach and enrollment in rural communities.  Each of the grantees will work in a consortium of health care providers and community organizations to educate rural community members on their health insurance options and educate the newly insured on benefits available to them.  This program expands on previous FORHP programs that were able to successfully enroll more than 13,000 rural Americans in the last two years.
  • The Rural Network Allied Health Training Program,  a pilot program developed as part of the Administration’s Job-Driven Training Initiative, awards each of 10 grantees up to $200,000 each a year for three years to support the recruitment, clinical training, and retention of allied health professionals.  Emphasis is on integrated rural health networks that can partner with local community colleges and other accredited educational institutions to develop formal clinical training programs.  This program builds upon the Rural Health Workforce Development (RHWD) Program which ended in 2013 and had approximately 4,000 program participants complete their rural training.   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 through the RHWD Program.


Research Alert: Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Personnel in Rural Areas: Results from a Survey in Nine States

August 5, 2015

Prehospital Emergency Medical Services Personnel in Rural Areas: Results from a Survey in Nine States

This study uses a survey of all ground-based prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in nine states (AR, FL, KS, MA, MT, NM, OR, SC, WI) to examine supply and demand for emergency response personnel, the involvement of medical directors, and the availability of medical consultation, in rural and urban agencies. Compared with urban EMS agencies, rural agencies had lower staff skill levels, higher reliance on volunteers, higher vacancy ratios, and less access to oversight and skill maintenance through regular interaction with a medical director and online medical consultation during emergency calls. Agencies in isolated small rural areas were the most distinct from other rural and urban agencies, having the most volunteers (both EMS providers and medical directors) and paid staff vacancies.

Contact Information:

Davis Patterson, PhD
WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 206.543.1892

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Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

August 5, 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.