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New tool: Guide to Selecting Population Health Management Technologies for Rural Care Delivery – supports high performance rural health systems

June 14, 2017

New from Rural Health Value:

The Rural Health Value team has released a new tool for rural clinics and care systems to determine what technology can best help them manage the preventive and chronic care of their patient populations.

Guide to Selecting Population Health Management Technologies for Rural Care Delivery – This guide is a six-step process to plan for and implement technology to manage the health of existing patient populations. A key resource within the guide is Population Health Software Capabilities which helps organizations understand and prioritize the capabilities of population health software.

Link:  https://cph.uiowa.edu/ruralhealthvalue/TnR/phmt/phmt.php

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Understanding the Social Determinants of Health: A Self-Guided Learning Module for Rural Health Care Teams – Developed to help rural health care organizations learn more about the concept of social determinants of health, and encourage rural leaders and care teams to support activities that help address these issues and improve health in their communities. No time? Try the Brief Overview and Discussion Guide

Register Today For Our Upcoming CHILD Training On The Social Determinants of Health (June 19)

June 13, 2017

Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE) is pleased to invite you to register for the Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development (CHILD) online training, “Understanding How the Social Determinants of Health Impact Health Outcomes” on Monday, June 19, 2017, 12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. ET.

The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, play and age exercise a powerful influence on the health of individuals and communities. This training will critically examine the role of neighborhood conditions, education, income/wealth, and the socio-political climate in shaping health outcomes for diverse populations.

This training will be led by Dr. Trinidad Tellez, a Family Physician, Health Equity Researcher, Community Participatory Methodologies Specialist, and Public Health Administrator. She previously served as Associate Director at the CDC-funded REACH New England Latino Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Telllez currently directs the New Hampshire Office of Health Equity.

Visit our website and sign-up for the training today!

Registration Open for EMS Grant Writing 101 Training

June 13, 2017

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

June 9, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

June 8, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Grant opportunities

June 8, 2017

Funding & Opportunities

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Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP)
Offers loan repayment to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who agree to serve as faculty at eligible health professions schools for a minimum of 2 years.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

EMS Grant Writing 101 Institute
A 3-part webinar training series that introduces EMS agencies to grant writing basics, how to connect with potential funders and partners, and where to find funding.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Sponsor: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes
Grants to provide services through transitional living programs or maternity group homes for runaway and homeless youth.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 14, 2017
Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Housing Preservation Grants (Section 533)
Grants to organizations that work to assist rural low-income homeowners and renters to repair and rehabilitate their homes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 17, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Housing and Community Facilities Programs

First Responders – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act Cooperative Agreement
Grants to allow first responders and members of other key community sectors to administer a drug or device approved or cleared under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment – Prescription Drug and Opioid Addiction (MAT-PDOA)
Provides funds for state agencies to expand or enhance access to medication assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder in states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita.
Geographic coverage: 17 states with the highest rates of treatment admissions for heroin and opioids per capita
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2017
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative
Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program
Funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Water and Waste Disposal Loan Guarantees
A loan guarantee program that helps private lenders provide affordable financing to qualified borrowers to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

June 6, 2017

What’s New

New Medicare Cards. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have launched a fraud prevention initiative removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.  The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number currently used.   Beneficiaries will begin receiving the new cards in April 2018.  More information about the Social Security Number Removal Initiative can be found on the CMS website.  In April, the SSNRI was the topic of a webinar in the Rural Health Clinical Technical Assistance Series.

COPD National Action Plan.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with a higher prevalence of the disease in rural communities.  At the end of May, the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with representatives from across the COPD community, released the first ever COPD National Action Plan providing a unified framework for reducing the burden of the disease.  To get involved, read more about the plan’s goals and download resources for outreach on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute website.

SAHIE Data.  The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the 2015 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) program report, describing trends in health insurance status by state and county.  The report includes an interactive mapping tool with data on health insurance coverage by five income-to-poverty ratio categories, income, age, race, ethnicity and sex, which could be useful in grant writing.

Shortage Designation Project.  The Health Resources and Services Administration provides this update on the effort to modernize the process for designating Health Professional Shortage Areas, also known as HPSAs. The designation is one of several used by federal programs to determine need of primary, mental and dental health providers and services in underserved areas, particularly rural communities.  The project that began in 2013 does not involve any changes to the criteria or methodology for designating HPSAs, but one component is an update of existing geographic, population and facility information with data provided by State Primary Care Offices.

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