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New from LHC: Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

October 9, 2014

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an exciting new resource for policymakers and community leaders in rural America. The toolkit, Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention, provides a comprehensive menu of policy options to promote healthy eating and active living in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and schools.

We believe these strategies can help improve the health of rural communities nationwide and hope you will use the toolkit and share it with your networks.

Click here to download the toolkit!

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  • Living in rural America increases your risk for obesity. Learn more in @LHCommunities #RuralObesity toolkit:
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  • 20% of rural counties are considered food deserts. Learn more in @LHCommunities #RuralObesity toolkit:

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

October 6, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have a contract with the  National Quality Forum (NQF) to convene a multi-stakeholder committee to provide recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding performance measurement issues for rural and low-volume providers, which include; critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, community health centers, and the clinicians who serve in these types of facilities. These providers often face unique issues, such as low payment volume and scarcity of resources, that make measurement difficult. The committee will consider how to mitigate these challenges in payment incentive programs for those providers; identify which measures are most appropriate for those programs; and recommend how future development resources are best directed to address particular measurement gaps areas.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) will serve as the lead for this project under CMS’s larger work with NQF.
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Rural Health Conference Registration

NEW!  Register for the 7th Annual Rural Health Conference.

FY15 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program

September 8, 2014

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce that the FY15 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program funding opportunity announcement (announcement number: HRSA-15-039) is now available. To access the application package and learn more about the funding opportunity announcement, please click on: (look under ‘application package’ tab)

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Funding Opportunity

September 5, 2014

Rural Community Development Initiative Funding Opportunity

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

September 5, 2014

Hot Off the Presses

1. The “ORHP, ACA, and You” Office Hours webinar series officially kicked off last week with a presentation featuring ORHP staff member Linda Kwon speaking about the lessons learned from the FY 13 Outreach Program ACA Outreach and Enrollment supplemental funding grantees. The next Office Hours webinar will be held September 10 from 3-4 pm Eastern Time, with Donna Cohen Ross, Director of Enrollment Initiatives at CMS speaking about ongoing outreach and enrollment strategies in Medicaid and CHIP. Information about call logistics and webinar log-in will be sent out shortly to the ORHP ACA questions listserv. To join the listserv, e-mail with subject line “Subscribe.”
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Missouri Oral Health Program’s first comprehensive burden report

September 2, 2014

The Missouri Oral Health Program’s first comprehensive burden report, Oral Health in Missouri – 2014 is now available at  This report compiles information from many different data sources to create an overview of Missouri’s oral health status in general and within certain populations specifically.  If you have any questions, please contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at