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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

REACH Grant Schedules

July 10, 2014

REACH Announces 2015 Grant Application Schedules.  Click here to view the grant timelines.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 1, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. The Veterans Health Administration recently posted a solicitation for vendors to provide contracted primary/ambulatory care for veterans in the geographic region known as VISN 18, the “Southwest Health Care Network” (“Veterans Integrated Service Network”). Rural providers in the Southwest may be interested in viewing the contract opportunity as well as the geographic region comprising several market or service areas in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The solicitation provides greater detail on the ability to apply for a specific market area, services required, and closing date (July 15th, 2014). You can find it at FedBizOpps.gov or www.fbo.gov Solicitation # VA79114R0072.
  2. Nemours, a foundation that operates an integrated children’s health system, prepared a Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit for Rural Communities. The toolkit provides a range of strategies and success stories to assist practitioners in child-serving sectors, including: early care and education, schools, out-of-school time, community initiatives and healthcare. The profiled communities were able to leverage their unique rural resources and benefited from close community bonds to improve children’s health. The toolkit also includes policy recommendations and an overview of the evaluation process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Daniella Gratale, Senior Manager of Advocacy at Nemours, at daniella.gratale@nemours.org.
  3. Health centers provide a range of health care services in rural communities, with a particular focus on providing care in underserved areas. HRSA solicits applications for the Health Center Program’s Service Area Competition (SAC). Applications are due July 30th, 2014. For more information, please see the following FOAs:

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Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Conference

July 1, 2014

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support. I am attaching the flyer for the conference scheduled for August 1st, in Columbia.

This is a one day conference for anyone who provides services or comes in contact with pregnant and post partum mothers.  The purpose is to increase the awareness and the recognition of post partum depression (and other disorders) and to begin a discussion about how to address the issue of health and support services for these mothers in our local communities.

The attached flyer lists the registration cost ($30) and provides the link to the March of Dimes website for registering online.

For your convenience the link to registration is:   http://www.eventbrite.com/e/perinatal-mood-anxiety-disorders-building-a-community-based-system-of-support-registration-11700036123?aff=rss

Conference info:
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Building a Community Based System of Support
Friday, August 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn — Columbia, Missouri

Veterans Health Information

June 25, 2014

View the attached file:  Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Veterans toolkit

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 23, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

  1. Local Foods, Local Places is a program supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. From June 9 to July 15, 2014,communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, which will provide direct technical support to selected communities to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities that are in the early stages of developing or restoring local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Selected communities in Appalachia and the Delta region will be eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement those plans.Local Foods, Local Places builds on the ARC-EPA-USDA Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership, which works to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food in Appalachian towns and rural communities. Communities anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. Visit the website for more eligibility information and details on how to apply.
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Rural Health Innovation Services Award

June 18, 2014

This opportunity just out! Click here to view Rural Health Innovation Services Award details