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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 29, 2018

What’s New

Health Equity Report for 2017.  This report from HRSA’s Office of Health Equity addresses disparities in three priority areas:  mental health, opioid use and childhood obesity.  It reports on trends in health equity and health disparities in the U.S., providing statistics and information on multiple program areas, including: maternal and child health, primary care, access, quality, HIV/AIDS, mental and behavioral health, chronic disease, health promotion, health workforce, rural versus urban, and geographic disparities.

Fraudulent Activity in Federal Grants Management System.  The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is supporting an active investigation by the GSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) into alleged, third party fraudulent activity in its System for Award Management (SAM), which manages federally-funded grants.  It has been confirmed that none of the HHS accounts were impacted.  However, effective immediately, all new organizations that want to register at, must follow specific procedures.   These include requiring an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized entity administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number before a new entity registration will be activated.

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MO Mid-West Regional Rural Health Bootcamp

March 28, 2018

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MDA Foundation Grants Available

March 27, 2018

From the MDA Foundation

MDA Foundation Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Started in 2012 and growing in funding each year, this essential grant program offers financial support to efforts that create better oral health for Missourians through educational programs, access-to-care initiatives and community collaborations. To date 22 grants totaling $24,307 have been awarded across Missouri.

The MDA Foundation invites member dentists, or organizations you are involved with, to consider submitting a grant application for funding to support community oral health programs and initiatives.

The application period for the 2018 grant program is now ​OPEN. We welcome your interest. Please read the grant guidelines before accessing the grant application. The 2018 grant application period will close on July 15, 2018. For questions, contact Paul Roberts at 573-634-3436 or

Get more information on the MDA Foundation Grant Program here.

Save the Date! Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series: Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training

March 23, 2018

Save the Date!
Workforce Grand Rounds Webinar Series:
Provider Well-Being: Moving from Triple to Quadruple Aim in Clinical Training

April 24, 2018
1:30-3:00pm EST

To provide resources and successful implementation examples of Provider Wellness programs within health workforce training programs.


  1. Provide current wellness resources by subject matter experts at the National Academy of Medicine
  2. Highlight successful training examples of resident programs to improve wellness and reduce burnout among the health workforce
  3. Explore promising approaches to promoting provider well-being through innovations in health workforce education

The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) programs provide financial support to institutions and individuals to enhance training programs and support practice in underserved communities.

The Workforce Grand Rounds webinar series’ goal is to improve health professions training with the intention to increase the number of high-quality health professionals, particularly in rural and underserved communities.

Health Conversion Foundations Well Positioned to Create Change

March 23, 2018

Doug Easterling’s and Laura McDuffee’s work around health conversion foundations and their effectiveness and ability to address social determinants of health.

Groundbreaking work from my friends Doug Easterling and Laura McDuffee at Wake Forest that provides an in-depth examination of the transformative work being undertaken by many health conversion foundations across the social determinants of health. With the health conversion movement in the middle of Wave Three of formation, this is a particularly timely body of work for established and newer funders alike. Thankfully, many of the funders with a strong rural commitment are recognized and profiled.

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Telehealth news from the Kansas, Missouri & Oklahoma

March 23, 2018

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CMS Region 7 Update

March 23, 2018

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