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Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses

July 21, 2015

The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies and programs.

For example, funds may be used on:

  • Locks on doors
  • Privacy screens/partitions
  • Comfortable chair
  • Signs
  • Table or other flat surface to hold a breast pump

To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  To apply, complete the attached application and submit by October 1, 2015 to  Please contact 573-522-2820 with any questions.

Rural Behavioral Health Practice Conference on Oct 9

July 21, 2015

Conference Purpose:   Make quality continuing education available to behavioral health professionals about the particular practice issues involved in working with rural people and communities.  For a short summary of the conference, Click on this short video.

Rural practitioners continually adapt their work to the needs of rural people and communities, as well as to new practice models and research.  This conference will help you work with rural care’s ethical demands, rural disasters, rural indigenous people, and rural schools.  This program is designed for psychologists and other behavioral health professionals and is at the intermediate to advanced levels.

Date:  October 9, 2015 – Friday, see conference website for times in each time zone.

Locations:  Attend by individual webcast or at group webcast sites.  Origination at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

To register, get more information, or to sponsor/exhibit, click   Cost:  $110; $90 partner members; $20 FT students

Continuing Education Hours:  7.5 CEs from the Minnesota Psychological Association, an APA-approved CE sponsor*


  • Jeffrey Leichter & Jonathan Aligada, Keynote:  Navigating ethical challenges in rural integrated primary care settings: A primer for behavioral health therapists
  • Randal Quevillon, Disaster Mental Health in Rural Communities: Suggestions for Planning and Response
  • LaVerne Demientieff & Sam Demientieff, Historical Trauma, Historical Strengths: An Indigenous Perspective of Navigating Wellness Today
  • JP Jameson & Kurt Michael, Mental Health Practice in Rural Schools: The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center Model
  • Posters on cutting edge research in rural behavioral health

Please forward this conference information to your members, staff, faculty, and students and place it in any electronic newsletters and on email lists that you have available.  Attached is a flyer you can also use.  We would very much appreciate your assistance in letting professionals know about this opportunity to learn about advances in rural behavior health practice.  If you have questions about the conference, please contact Conference Coordinator Kay Slama, Ph.D., at or 320-905-6051.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

July 17, 2015


1. On July 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced their proposal to update the requirements for long-term care facilities, introducing many new rules designed to improve quality of care and quality of life at nursing homes and promote person-centered care. New requirements include programs to prevent and control infections, promote compliance and ethics, track outcome and quality data, and plan care around the goals, preferences, and needs of nursing home residents. Of note for rural providers, the proposed requirements allow broader roles for commonly employed staff, including non-physician practitioners, who may conduct in-person patient evaluations and order diagnostic tests, and social workers (now including bachelors-level gerontologists), who, along with nursing aides and food and nutrition staff, must join facilities’ interdisciplinary care teams. The proposed rule is open for public comment until September 14.

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Research Alert: Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces

July 17, 2015

Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces

This brief provides analysis of Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment outcomes for 2015 at the rating area and county levels. Enrollment rates are reported by number of firms participating and for multiple geographic categories: population density, Census region, and metropolitan status of the county. Rural rates are similar to urban rates in many places, but areas of concern exist and may benefit from additional outreach in the future.

Contact Information:

Keith J. Mueller, PhD
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Phone: 319.384.3832

Additional Resources of Interest:

DHSS Oral Health Fact Sheet

July 15, 2015

The Oral Health Program at the Missouri Department of Senior Services produces an annual Fact Sheet on visits to hospital emergency departments for non-traumatic dental complaints. The new fact sheet containing data from 2013 is now available here:

ADA Foundation Semi-annual Grants for Access to Care – Application Deadline July 31

July 14, 2015

ADA Foundation Semi-annual Grants for Access to Care: Application Deadline July 31
Apply by July 31 for the American Dental Association Foundation’s Semi-annual Grants program with a focus on access to oral health care. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with the ADA Foundation’s mission to improve the oral health of the public through access to care. Visit ADA Foundation’s website to download the grant guidelines and application. Please contact Cathy Haibach at the ADA Foundation, 312.440.2547 or if you have questions.

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Grants

July 13, 2015

The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children grants.

HSHC is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care through its grants targeting children up to age 18.

HSHC grants are one-year matching grants of up to $20,000 supporting community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a dental home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs supporting the Age-One dental visit and providing care to special needs patients.

HSHC funds may be applied to cover costs of dental care, clinic supplies and instruments, salary, education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities or other activity with clear, direct impact on child oral care and a direct link to the dental home.

Grants must be expended within 12 months of the award.

Applications are due Aug. 3. For more information and to apply, visit Healthy Smiles Healthy Children or contact Tracey Schilligo, grant and corporate relations manager at 1-312-337-2169 or via e-mail at

Since 2010, HSHC has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 70 organizations in 26 states that have helped more than 290,000 children in need. HSHC anticipates awarding over $1 million in 2016.