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Training for Healthcare Providers

August 11, 2014

Please join us for a free, evidence-based, 3-hour training for healthcare providers (nurses, physicians, social workers) on how to screen patients for intimate partner violence, respond helpfully, and connect them with resources. Students are welcome and so are domestic violence advocates! The same training is being offered on two separate evenings in Columbia; participants can choose whichever date works for them (8/28/14 or 9/8/14). Dinner provided; CEUS/CMEs available. This training has been funded by the Verizon Foundation.

More info/registration forms: http://missourihcadv.wordpress.com/.
Questions: bloomt@missouri.edu

ORHP Grants Workshop-Register to Attend

August 11, 2014

Please see the attached flyer regarding an upcoming HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) Grants Workshop that will be September 4th, 2014 at the Clark County Cooperative Extension Office just off I-64 in Winchester, Kentucky. Only a short drive to Lexington, Winchester is located where the Eastern Appalachians kiss the Bluegrass!

I would encourage anyone interested in applying for Office of Rural Health Policy Grants to attend. Learn more about ORHP and their various grant programs at: http://www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/

The registration fee is $25, lunch will be provided. The deadline to register is August 28th. Please contact Kayla Combs at kayla.combs2@uky.edu or 606-439-3557 with any questions you may have.

It’s Nat’l Farmers Market Week

August 11, 2014

 See FMC’s Contest Winners, Farmers Market Stamps & More

Funding Opportunity

August 11, 2014

The AMA Foundation and AmeriCares have both released Requests for Proposals for two separate grant programs supporting free and charitable clinics. Both grant programs will provide two-year grants of $10,000 to clinics to implement the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

Pre-diabetes is a preventable health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Estimates show that 79 million people in the United States have prediabetes, but less than ten percent are aware of their condition. The goal of these programs is to increase the identification of prediabetes among free clinic patients and improve their health-related outcomes.

Please note that while these programs are similar, they have separate application processes, implementation requirements and eligibility guidelines:

• AmeriCares Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative grant application
• AMA Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant application
• Chart comparison of both grant programs

Interested clinics should carefully review both organizations’ programs to determine which opportunity is the best fit for them. Clinics will only be accepted into one of these two programs. The deadline for submitting your application to both programs is September 22, 2014.

Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses

August 11, 2014

The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses that provide their employees with breastfeeding support services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers interested in creating or improving lactation support policies and programs at their worksite.

For example, funds may be used on:

  • Locks on doors
  • Privacy screens/partitions
  • Comfortable chair
  • Signs
  • Table or other flat surface to hold a breast pump

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  To apply, complete the attached application and budget, and submit by October 1, 2014 to karla.voss@health.mo.gov.

Please contact Karla Voss by email or 573-751-6197 with any questions or a sample policy.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 22, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in 7 states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.  The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies and Veterans Service Organizations operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. If you want to reach out to a grantee in your area, the list of grantees is as follows:
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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 14, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. A set of three new resources is now available from the Rural Assistance Center to help you locate and use statistics and data related to rural health:
  • Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health
    This RAC topic guide addresses how to locate and fairly and accurately use statistics and data in order to understand and communicate rural health needs.
  • Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health
    A collection of data sources focused on healthcare services, health status, demographics, and social determinants of health. For each source, it identifies the topics covered, ease of use, geographic level of data, and update frequency.
  • Selecting Rural Data in American Factfinder
    This step-by-step Slideshare presentation shows 2 methods for selecting rural data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Factfinder tool, which provides access to a wide range of statistics describing the U.S. population. Learn how to use the Geographic Comparison Tables and direct selection of locations to easily identify data for use in rural health grant applications, community health needs assessments, and more. Read more