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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 13, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The program’s purpose is to reduce opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices, which are used to rapidly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, and the training of licensed healthcare providers and emergency responders on the use of these devices.  FORHP plans to award one-year funding to no more than 18 rural partnerships for up to $100,000.  The deadline to apply is June 8, 2015.  A technical assistance webinar will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time to assist applicants in preparing their applications.  The toll-free call-in number (for audio) is 877-917-1550, and the passcode is The URL (for the web) is: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/raedgp_ta/.  For further information, please contact:  Michele Gibson, mpray@hrsa.gov or 301-443-7320.

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Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR)

April 9, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The one year program will fund efforts that will focus on preventing opioid overdose in rural areas.

Opioid overdoses are an increasing problem throughout the United States.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every day in the United States 120 people die as a result of drug overdose and 51.8 percent of those overdoses are related to pharmaceuticals.  Of that 51.8 percent, 71.3 percent involved opioid pain relievers.  People in rural communities are especially vulnerable and more likely to overdose on prescription painkillers than people in cities, according to the CDC.  In response to the nation-wide problem, on June 19, 2014, the Office of National Drug Control Policy convened the White House Summit on the Opioid Epidemic and Congress appropriated funds to the existing Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) program line to specifically focus on opioid overdose.
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Children’s Dental Health Grant Program

April 7, 2015

ADA Foundation now accepting applications for its Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program

Application Deadline: April 10
The ADA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Samuel Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program. The deadline is Friday, April 10. Non-profit organizations and agencies that sponsor education programs for new parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries are eligible to apply. This year, approximately 23 competitive grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded solely for prenatal and postnatal oral health instruction for parents and caregivers. The ADAF Harris Grant Guidelines and Application template is posted at www.adafoundation.org. Questions? Please contact Cathy Haibach, haibachc@ada.org, or the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2544.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 6, 2015

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  1. The 2015 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series seeks to provide resources, information, and technical assistance through the use of innovative approaches to address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health.  These approaches are embedded in a public health approach that acknowledges the role that social, economic, and geographic elements play in the lives of individuals and how it impacts behavioral health and well-being.  Based on the needs of rural communities, direct attention has been placed on providing communities with information and resources on how to create and sustain services and supports so that rural communities are able to reduce the impact of behavioral health problems and promote a good quality of life for the entire community, including those with behavioral health challenges.

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Available Funding

April 6, 2015

Funding for respite and supportive services for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available now through June 2015.

For more information about how to apply, please contact Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at: 1-800-272-3900, or visit: www.alz.org.

Rural Assistance Center Health & Human Services Update

April 2, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 31, 2015

Hot off the Presses

  1. On March 20th, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Meaningful Use Stage 3, which is the final stage in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To review the 301 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.In addition, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced the proposed 2015 Edition Certification Criteria for health IT products. To review the 431 page NPRM before March 30th, click here.

    These NPRMs are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on March 30 and will be available online at this link for the Stage 3 NPRM and this link for the 2015 Edition Certification Criteria NPRM. A fact sheet for both proposed rules can be found here.

     

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