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Save the Date! Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series: Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training

March 23, 2018

Save the Date!
Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series:
Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training

April 24, 2018
1:30-3:00pm EST

To provide resources and successful implementation examples of Provider Wellness programs within health workforce training programs.


  1. Provide current wellness resources by subject matter experts at the National Academy of Medicine
  2. Highlight successful training examples of resident programs to improve wellness and reduce burnout among the health workforce
  3. Explore promising approaches to promoting provider well-being through innovations in health workforce education

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) programs provide financial support to institutions and individuals to enhance training programs and support practice in underserved communities.

The Workforce Grand Rounds webinar series’ goal is to improve health professions training with the intention to increase the number of high-quality health professionals, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

USDA Offers Webinars in Regards to the Community Connect Grant Program (FY2018)

March 19, 2018

April 5th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT
April 10th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host webinars focused on the Community Connect Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application.

On March 15th, the Community Connect Grant Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register.  A copy can be found here.

You can register for the April 5th session here and the April 10th session here. We recommend you do this registration early and run a system check to ensure quick access on the day of the webinar.

If the above registration link does not work, please copy & paste into your browser for the April 5th session or for the April 10th session.

Questions? Please contact the RUS at or or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.

Further details can be found in the attached flyer.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Rural Health Information Hub

March 14, 2018

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 8, 2018

What’s New

Interoperability, Patient Choice at HIMSS.  On Tuesday, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, “to empower patients by giving them control of their healthcare data, and allowing it to follow them through their healthcare journey.” Speaking to attendees at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in Las Vegas, Verma said that CMS plans to overhaul requirements for the agency’s meaningful use program and MACRA’s Quality Payment Program to increase the focus on interoperability and reduce barriers to compliance – both areas presenting a challenge to rural providers.  The HIMSS Conference runs through the end of the week.  Those in attendance can find our FORHP colleagues at HRSA Booth #10219 in the Federal Health IT Pavilion.

Updated Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America.  The rural atlas, maintained and updated by the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides statistics on three broad categories of socioeconomic factors:  demographics, including migration and immigration, education, and characteristics of veteran population;  jobs, with employment trends, industrial composition and household income; and county classifications that include the rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty and other characteristics.


Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 28, 2018

What’s New

HRSA Recognizes Rural Health Champions.  Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced seven rural community-based organizations for outstanding work through their grant programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  Visit to learn more about how these Rural Health Champions adopted sustainable, best-practice models for increasing access to health care.

CDC: Rural-Urban Differences in COPD.  In the most recent edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 2015 data for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and found that prevalence, Medicare hospitalizations, and deaths were significantly higher among persons living in rural areas than among those living in micropolitan or metropolitan areas.  Higher burdens of COPD among rural residents highlight the need for continued tobacco cessation programs, policies to prevent COPD among smokers, improved access for adults with COPD to treatment strategies, and comprehensive chronic disease self-management programs.  Read the COPD National Action Plan developed by the National Institutes of Health to learn more about the strategy to reduce the burden of one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Overdose Death Data Visualization Tool.  The CDC updated 12-month counts for overdose deaths in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia.  The interactive tool provides the number of deaths for the 12-month period ending July of 2017 and graphs the percent change from the previous 12-months for each jurisdiction.  The National Vital Statistics Survey reported 66,972 deaths in the U.S. overall, up 14 percent from the previous year.  States with the highest increase in deaths include Pennsylvania with 43 percent more deaths, and Florida and Ohio each with a 39 percent increase.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a new website for rural communities hit hard by the opioid epidemic, with grant programs and models for their use to help address the crisis.


Rural Health Information Hub

February 28, 2018

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates

New Medicare Card Webinar with Updated Material

February 26, 2018

New Medicare Card Webinar with Updated Material  (Rescheduled from February 21, 2018) February 28, 2018  2:00 PM CST – 3:00 PM CST  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to attend a New Medicare Card Webinar. Recent legislation requires CMS to remove Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to address the current risk of beneficiary medical identity theft, and to replace the cards with a unique number for each Medicare beneficiary. This webinar will address the new card design, the timeframe of the mailings and scenarios, what Medicare beneficiaries should do to ensure they receive their new card, and partner resources to help with education.

The goal of this free webinar is to educate those who serve people with Medicare and their caregivers so they can be a valuable resource on this initiative. Please share this invite with your partners.

CMS will host separate webinars and informational sessions for people with Medicare and their caregivers.

You can register for the webinar at

You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after completing your registration which will include the login information for the webinar.  If you don’t receive the confirmation email or have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact