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Lupus Foundation of America Heartland Chapter’s Summer Jam Youth Retreat

January 16, 2018

Do you know a girl 12-19 years of age with lupus? Registration is now open for our 2018 Summer Jam Youth Retreat. Click on the link for more information or to register.…/ev…/entry/summer-jam-youth-retreat-2

This is a free camp for girls 12 – 19 years of age with lupus or mixed connective tissue diseases. This camp is very important as it helps girls 12 – 19 live better with this chronic disease.

CMS Region 7 Update

January 16, 2018

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Next AHA Town Hall Webcast Wednesday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. ET

January 16, 2018

Please join us Wednesday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. ET for our next Town Hall Webcast.

AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack will be joined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to discuss the current regulatory landscape. Together they will discuss areas of priority and challenge for hospitals and health systems, as well as for CMS, and preview new efforts to reduce regulatory burden that will be rolled out this year.

Please click here to register and log-in

Questions about the webcast or its contents? Call 1-800-424-4301. If you have any additional technical questions, please email:

REACH Foundation Releases New Care Connections RFP

January 16, 2018

The REACH Foundation today has released a new Request for Proposal (RFP) within the foundation’s Strong Safety Net outcome investment area to support projects within the strategy: “Connecting health care consumers, providers and services to reduce the gap between consumer need and health care.”

This RFP builds on two prior years of investments in safety net organizations within the REACH service area that have been utilizing care connectors and other types of navigators to assist uninsured and medically under-served consumers. Those investments have helped REACH and our grantee partners explore how care coordination, patient navigation and other connector services can facilitate improved health care access and quality for underserved populations, as well as reduce health disparities that occur due to lack of understanding of health care systems, language and cultural barriers, health literacy and trust issues and other concerns that prevent some consumers from seeking care.

The Strong Safety Net: Care Connections RFP seeks proposals from safety net organizations that are utilizing community health workers, engagement specialists, care coordinators, healthcare navigators, mental health engagement specialists, promotoras and other forms of patient support designed to connect uninsured and underinsured consumers to accessible, affordable, quality health care services.

As partners to our foundation, you are familiar with the REACH Theory of Change, which prioritizes access to quality health care for marginalized populations with additional emphasis on the health concerns of homeless, refugee, migrant and undocumented immigrant persons, and youth transitioning out of foster care. In addition to these priority populations, Care Connections RFP proposals will be considered from organizations that demonstrate expertise with, and service to, rural and urban uninsured persons and those living in remote or high-poverty communities. The foundation will award up to 10 grants within this RFP.


Review the Care Connections RFP for an explanation of the proposal requirements, eligibility criteria and the application process. Applicants are asked to describe how their organization’s care connector project will address barriers and improve outcomes as outlined in the Care Connections Theory of Change. The link to the application form can be found in the RFP. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.

After reviewing the information, if you have additional questions about the RFP and application requirements, please contact Becky Benak, Director of Grants & Operations, at

Thank you for your interest in the foundation’s mission and work.

Brenda R. Sharpe | President & CEO

REACH Healthcare Foundation
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6700 Antioch, Suite 200

Merriam, KS  66204

Rural Health Information Hub

January 13, 2018

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 10, 2018

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

January 8, 2018

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