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Doctoral Student Grant Announcements

September 22, 2015

Surgeon General C. Everett Koop HIV /AIDS Research Grant

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR 2015‐2016 SCHOOL YEAR‐  (Deadline: November 9, 2015)
In 1986, U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD, completed a report on the growing AIDS epidemic.  He urged the federal government to expand age‐appropriate sexuality education for young people and to mount a publicity campaign about the importance of using condoms to prevent HIV transmission. Despite strong opposition, Dr. Koop moved forward with his widespread education plan.   In 1988, he prepared the pamphlet, Understanding AIDS, and sent it to nearly every household in the United States.  Those 107 million copies provided the U. S. population with plain‐spoken, non‐ judgmental, and much needed answers about AIDS transmission and prevention. This pamphlet represented the federal government’s first and only effort to reach every resident with information regarding a serious health issue.

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Missouri Rides to Wellness Get Link’d Conference

September 21, 2015



HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CUSTOMERS COULD SAY “I NEED A RIDE” AND GET TO THE MEDICAL PROVIDER?  As a front-line worker, how would that affect your work day, bring life improvements and the long-term health outcomes? Check out pilot models making a difference.

HOW MUCH INCOME COULD BE GENERATED FROM MISSED APPOINTMENTS?  If 20% of missed appointments are due to transportation-could you save $100,000 annual? Find out how.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 18, 2015

1. CDC data show the effects of prescription opioid abuse are more prominent in rural communities and rural areas had higher death rates related to prescription opioids, but help is  on the way through new grants from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  On Thursday, September 17th, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced awards for the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Program (ROOR), developed by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in response to the increase in opioid overdoses across the country.  Each of the 18 grantees will receive $100,000 for one year to develop community-level partnerships comprised of emergency local responders, schools, fire departments, police departments, and other private or public non-profit entities involved in the prevention and treatment of opioid overdoses.  The primary goals of the new pilot program are:

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HHS awards nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding

September 17, 2015

HHS awards nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to health centers to expand primary care services

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Health in Rural Missouri

September 14, 2015

Older Adults in Rural MO brief

Midwest Heart Failure Quarterly Webinar

September 14, 2015

Save the date for the November 18, 2015 webinar.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 14, 2015


1. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is now accepting proposals for a new cohort of Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BECs provide assistance to low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, helping them learn about and enroll in Medicare benefits programs for which they are eligible.  As of 2014, 18% of urban residents were enrolled in Medicare compared to 23% in rural areas where, on average, residents are older than their urban counterparts.   Rural beneficiaries are also more likely to live below the federal poverty line and be dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare than urban beneficiaries (18% of rural beneficiaries are dual eligible versus 16% of urban beneficiaries).  NCOA will award eight grants totaling $100,000 for 16 months to qualified state and community-based organizations.  Proposals are due Friday, November 13 at 5 pm ET.

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