November 29, 2018
USDA Report on Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices. The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture used detailed household data to analyze three basic telehealth activities as practiced by consumers age 15 or older: 1) online health research; 2) online health maintenance (communication with health providers, including communicating with medical practitioners, maintaining records, and paying bills); and 3) online health monitoring via devices that exchange data remotely with medical personnel. The research found that rural residents were less likely than urban to engage in these telehealth activities, and the report breaks down the findings by income, education and other demographic factors.
Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is a federally-supported organization working to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. This November 2018 report from the SPRC summarizes their findings on suicide prevention research, in an effort “to better understand how American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities can gather information about suicide—in ways that are feasible and culturally appropriate.” The report acknowledges the difficulty of collecting data around the sensitive topic of suicide, and also that “each tribe is different and has its own unique culture, so what works in one community might not work in another.” Their findings and recommended strategies are meant to form a foundation for suicide surveillance in tribal communities, but the report stresses that local adaptation is critical to success. Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued research indicating that an estimated 70 percent of AI/AN who died by suicide lived in rural areas and more than a third of suicide deaths occurred among young people, ages 10-24 years. See the Funding Opportunities section below for notices related to this topic. (more…)
|December 5, 2018
Rural Residency Planning and Development Grant Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program via Grants.gov. The purpose of this grant program is to develop new rural residency programs or Rural Training Tracks (RTT) in family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry to support expansion of the physician workforce in rural areas. The new rural residency programs or RTTs are intended to be sustainable through separate public or private funding beyond the three-year RRPD grant period of performance. Up to 28 awardees also will receive technical assistance from the Rural Residency Planning and Development – Technical Assistance Center, which was awarded via cooperative agreement in September 2018, for the duration of the project period. Hospitals, medical schools and community-based ambulatory settings that have a rural designation along with consortia of urban and rural partnerships are eligible to apply for a grant award. Applications are due March, 9, 2019.
HRSA has scheduled a technical assistance webinar to help you understand, prepare, and submit an application for this NOFO for Monday, December 17, 2018 from 2 – 3:30 pm ET. The webinar will provide an overview of pertinent information in the NOFO and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Questions about this grant opportunity can be directed to Tracey Smith (email@example.com) and Jemima Drake (firstname.lastname@example.org).
November 15, 2018
HRSA/FORHP is pleased to announce a second round of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Planning). The purpose of this program is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities. In FY 18, HRSA made 95 awards and in FY 19, HRSA anticipates making approximately 120 awards. The current Planning awardees can be found on the HRSA website. Any domestic organization forming a consortium of four or more members in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding. More information on eligibility and requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Interested applicants may attend a live technical assistance webinar on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.
For further details on how to access this webinar, please see page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.
Applications are due on January 15, 2019, with a program start date of June 1, 2019. Please contact email@example.com with additional questions.
November 8, 2018
Federal Resource Guide for Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities. This comprehensive guide was created specifically for rural communities facing substance use disorder and opioid misuse. It organizes federal grant programs and resources by 26 categories that include prevention, treatment and recovery, but also include social services, employment, economic development, transportation and justice. The guide was created by the Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group to help address the opioid crisis by improving coordination of and reducing potential overlap among the Federal responses in the nation’s rural communities. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued data showing that the rate of drug overdose deaths in rural areas surpassed the rate in urban areas. (more…)
November 1, 2018
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins November 1. The six-week period during which consumers may enroll in the Federal Health Insurance Exchange begins today and ends on Saturday, December 15. Those without an employer-based plan may visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov to shop for plans that will begin coverage on January 1, 2019. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have their own state-based websites for enrollment in individual/family or small business health coverage, or both. Some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover more people. Choose your state and household size to learn if your state has expanded and if you may qualify.
Updated State Fact Sheets from the USDA Economic Research Service. The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts research to inform public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources and rural development. The ERS State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports. Data are available for all States, and for metro/nonmetro breakouts within States. Links to county-level data are provided where available. This release provides the latest available (2017) U.S. and State-level agricultural exports and poverty estimates. (more…)
November 1, 2018
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The purpose of this program is to support innovative academic-practice to educate primary care Nurse Practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse midwives (NM) prepared for the unique challenges practicing in rural and underserved communities.
HRSA expects approximately $37,250,000 to fund approximately 53 recipients. You may apply for up to $700,000 per year, of which $350,000 may be used for student traineeships. In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must request both traineeships and academic-practice program infrastructure funds.
Dates: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/anew_oct/
October 18, 2018
Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Community Health and Prosperity. Rural stakeholders have until Monday, November 5th to offer comment on the Surgeon General’s efforts focusing on how local investments have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities. This opportunity for public comment provides a way to ensure that the broader national effort includes a specific focus on rural issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with the Surgeon General’s Office on this effort and the goal is to use the information from the public to help guide this effort. Rural stakeholders are encouraged to submit written views, recommendations, and data about how investing in communities can improve health and prosperity and unique characteristics of rural communities that need to be taken into account in the larger effort by the Surgeon General.
New Report: Life in Rural America. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) published a report this week with findings from a survey of rural adults “to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.” Respondents were optimistic overall, citing positive job prospects and connection with their communities. Of the challenges in rural areas, more than 25 percent of those surveyed cited drug abuse as the biggest problem facing their local community. The second largest concern, at 21 percent, was economic, including poverty and the availability of jobs. The report challenges the idea that all rural Americans are the same and examines major differences between young and old, those with and without a college degree, and between White residents and minorities. Earlier this year, RWJF issued its annual County Health Rankings. That report included an explicit call to action for community leaders to examine local data and learn more about the social and economic factors in each community that impact health outcomes. (more…)