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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

November 28, 2017

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Rural Health Information Hub

November 27, 2017

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Grant Writing Training with Rural Health Focus

November 27, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2018 NOSORH Grant Writing Institute (GWI). GWI features a series of nine online learning sessions covering every aspect of grant writing with a unique rural health focus. The series is intended for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning proposals from various agencies.  Participants will also learn how to form a consortium, develop collaborative proposals, and replicate evidence based models in their communities.

Class size is limited, so click here to REGISTER NOW!

Click here for a flyer with detailed information on each session.

Please share this information with anyone interested in pursuing grant writing.

If you have any additional questions, contact Kassie Clarke at

Don’t miss out on this customized training opportunity!

Kassie Clarke
Technical Assistance Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 27, 2017

What’s New

The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis.  In a new report out this week, the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) says that previous cost estimates focused mainly on healthcare costs and underestimated losses from overdose fatalities.  The CEA reports that a recent study found opioid-related deaths in 2014 were 24% higher than officially reported and cost more than $431 billion in fatality costs.  In a separate and unrelated report, the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services named curbing the opioid epidemic the third Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing HHS.  Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report showing that rural areas experience a higher rate of death from drug overdose.

Funding Opportunities

Training Nurses for Primary Care – January 29.  This four-year training program from HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) will prepare nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice in community-based primary care teams, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control and including mental health and substance use conditions.  Eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities such as Critical Access Hospitals, or a school-facility partnership.  Recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals is particularly challenging in rural areas, but training in a rural area makes staying there more likely. BHW will hold a webinar for applicants on Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 pm ET.  See link for more information.

Training and Enhancement – Primary Care Physicians and PAs – January 30.  Public or nonprofit hospitals, community-based and tribal organizations join schools of medicine and physician-assistant training programs in eligibility for fellowship in Primary Care Training and Enhancement programs for community-based primary care physicians and/or physician assistants.  This opportunity encourages applicants to work with National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites and would allow graduates of the program to receive priority status for the NHSC Loan Repayment Program.  HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce will hold a webinar for applicants on Tuesday, November 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm ET.  See link for more information.

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

November 20, 2017

The latest edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series looks at racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for people living in rural areas.

According to data collected from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, racial and ethnic minorities fare worse than non-Hispanic whites in rural areas across many indicators of health, and each population faces specific challenges, for example:

  • American Indian/Alaskan Natives reported higher rates of depression;
  • Asians and Pacific Islanders experienced challenges in access to health care;
  • Non-Hispanic blacks have higher rates of overweight and severe obesity.

The study reports that “unhealthy behaviors and social circumstances contribute proportionately more to premature death than does inadequate health care” and also reveals difficulties among non-Hispanic whites in these areas. But few studies have examined racial/ethnic disparities within rural communities and the report concludes that more research is needed to understand the interaction between race/ethnicity and geography in affecting health outcomes.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health took the lead on this report, and they point to the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, known as CLAS, as a resource to help improve the quality of services provided to all individuals, reduce disparities, and achieve health equity.

CMS also launched a new website on rural health and health equity initiatives.  And you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for A-Z Health Topics Impacting Rural Americans.

View the full report:  Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults – United States, 2012-2015

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

November 20, 2017

View the Research Alert.

4th Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit

November 17, 2017

The Fourth Annual Missouri Telehealth Summit will take place January 31 & February 1, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As always, this summit brings together providers, payers, and policy-makers. Our keynote speaker is Yulun Wang, the founder and CIO of InTouch Health.  We are highlighting rural hospital telehealth financial barriers and incentives and how telehealth improves access and capacity for care.  We will have a legislative and regulatory panel and an evidence panel.  We are asking for poster submissions to display during the summit.  And we are asking for volunteers to provide a 3-5 minute description of your ‘cool’ telehealth project!

Also, new this year, we will have an exhibit hall so that you can interact with telehealth vendors and a Pre-Summit Workshop, Telehealth 101, on January 31, 2018.

Link to Missouri Telehealth Summit Web Page for registration:

Poster submissions please e-mail to:
Rachel Mutrux,;
Deepika Gupta,;
Mirna Becevic,

Cool telehealth projects please e-mail to:
Rachel Mutrux,;
Lindsey Beckmann,

Rachel Mutrux
Sr. Program Director, Missouri Telehealth Network
Director, Show-Me ECHO
State Director, Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
ph: 573-884-8814