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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 21, 2016

What’s New

New Recommendations from Rural Health CommitteeThe National Advisory Committee on Rural Health (NACRHHS) has released two new policy briefs with recommendations to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on ways to address pressing issues.  The first, Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care, examines alternatives for provision of emergency care and ancillary services in the light of the recent surge in rural hospital closures. The Committee is concerned with how rural communities can maintain timely access to emergency and other core healthcare services in communities too small to support a full-service hospital but which need more services than offered by a typical primary care clinic.  Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse discusses opioid use disorder in rural areas, which face great challenges given their limited health and social service infrastructure. Fatal opioid overdoses in rural areas have increased at unprecedented rates from 2012-2014 and now are as high as or higher than rates in all metro areas. The Committee issued several recommendations on how the Department can respond to this crisis.  Save the date and watch this space for details about a webinar on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the Committee’s findings.  The NACRHHS is a Federal advisory committee with 21 members appointed by the HHS Secretary. Each year, the Committee produces a series of briefs on key rural health and human service topics with recommendations for the Secretary. More information about the Committee is available at

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Rural Health Information Hub

September 21, 2016

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Women’s Health Care Symposium

September 22, 2016

Save the Date

Pre-Conference: April 5, 2017
Conference: April 6-7, 2017
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
What can you expect in 2017?

  1. Earn efficient, convenient continuing education contact hours in ALL NCC categories
  2. Obtain best practice recommendations in women’s health speciality and primary care areas
  3. Take home clinical pearls that improve your practice, increase your billing potential & enhance patient satisfaction
  4. Participate in knowledge exchange discussions with national experts
  5. Expand clinical skills and pharmacology knowledge during pre-conference sessions

More information to come! Spread the word by forwarding this to your colleagues below or sign-up for email alerts by clicking here.

REGISTER NOW – Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Workshop

September 22, 2016

View information for the Second Victim Train-the-Trainer Workshop.

MU/SRUC Webinars – Recording from September 2016 presentation on Workforce Pipeline

September 21, 2016

Here is the recording to our September webinar on the Workforce Pipeline.

Please join us on November 9th (9:00 am CT/3:00pm Edinburgh) when our friends at Scotland’s Rural College will present.  The link for the webinar will be:

Additional information will be sent out closer to the date.

FY 2017 Nurse Faculty Loan Program Open!

September 19, 2016

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

HRSA-17-066 Now Open on Grants.Gov!

Apply for the HRSA-17-066 Nurse Faculty Loan Program – we’re accepting applications through November 14, 2016.

The purpose of NFLP is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty to facilitate education of the nurses needed to address the nursing workforce shortage. The NFLP seeks to achieve this purpose by providing funding to schools of nursing to support the establishment and operation of a NFLP loan fund.

Participating schools of nursing make loans from the fund to assist registered nurses in completing their graduate education to become qualified nurse faculty. The program offers partial loan forgiveness for borrowers that graduate and serve as full-time nursing faculty for the prescribed period of time. The loan recipients may cancel 85 percent of the loan over four years in return for serving full time as faculty in any accredited school of nursing.

Eligible entities are accredited collegiate schools of nursing and other qualified academic programs offering eligible advanced master’s and/or doctoral degree nursing education programs that will prepare students to teach.

NFLP funds are awarded to institutions.

Join our Technical Assistance Webinar
September 21, 2016 from 1-3 p.m. ET

Link to webinar:
Call-in: 800-779-1324
Passcode: 3062656

REGISTER NOW for Rural Health Works Workshop in Reno, Nevada, October 18, 2016

September 15, 2016

The National Center for Rural Health Works is presenting a Workshop on the Rural Health Works tools on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, in Sacramento, California. The  Nevada Office of Rural Health (University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine), Nevada Primary Care Association, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, and Center for Economic Development (University of Nevada, Reno) are hosting the workshop!

The workshop will present rural health tools in the following areas:

  • Financial Feasibility or Needs Assessment of a NEW or EXPANDED Rural Health Service
  • CHNA Assessment Toolkit
  • Economic Impact
  • Mapping Tools

Come to Reno, Nevada, on October 18, 2016, to learn more about these rural health tools and templates!! MORE DETAILS BELOW AND ATTACHED!!

For more detailed information, see:

If you are interested in any of the above topics or need to develop these tools/templates in your state or organization, be sure to download the attached workshop flyer and register online. There is a $50 registration fee and you must pre-register since space is limited! You will be responsible for your own travel expenses. All materials will be provided and presented by the National Center for Rural Health Works.

The workshop is being held from 8 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 and will be held at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel at 1790 East Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89502. The National Center for Rural Health Works is supported through a grant from the USDHHS, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.