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Rural Health Research & Policy Center

August 8, 2018

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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

August 9, 2018

What’s New

MCHB Grand Challenges.  HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is holding four competitions that will award a total of $1.5 million for low-cost, scalable, innovative solutions that improve the health of mothers and children.  The first of these challenges launched in late July and supports the promotion of healthy eating practices to prevent childhood obesity.  Subsequent challenges will launch in the fall and address children with special health care needs, remote pregnancy monitoring, and preventing opioid misuse in pregnant women and new moms.  MCHB just released state fact sheets for one its well-known programs, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV). Of the 888 U.S. counties served by the MIECHV program in 2017, fifty percent were rural.

Seeking Nominations for Rural Health Champions in WV – September 3.  West Virginia Rural Health Awards will be awarded to individuals or organizations deserving of recognition for their rural health efforts in West Virginia.  The awards will be presented at the 26th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference on October 17-19, 2018 in Pipestem, WV. The conference provides best practices in rural health, innovation, leadership, and clinical techniques. To promote rural health immersion, health students and community members are encouraged to apply for a conference scholarship. Students and faculty will present their rural health research during a poster and oral presentation. Continuing education has been approved for physicians, attorneys, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, social workers, gerontologists, and community health educators. (more…)

Missouri Telehealth Network & Show-Me ECHO – Hepatitis C ECHO

August 8, 2018

Hepatitis (Hep) C ECHO Begins New Sessions this Fall

 Please join us this fall as the Hep C ECHO kicks off on September 7th with new topics that were inspired by the participants!  Some of these include:

  • “Roadmap to Screening, Testing, Diagnosis, Treatment, Surveillance, and Follow-Up”
  • “Chronic Hepatitis C: Pearls of Diagnosis”
  • “Hepatitis C Updates – Are There Any New Drugs Coming?”

For a complete list of didactic topics, please go to

The Hep C ECHO meets the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  To register you may go to the Show-Me ECHO website at






Webinar Invitation: Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

HRSA Office of Regional Operations (ORO) – Region VII – Kansas City (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)

Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

 Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018  –   Time: 2pm – 3 pm ET / 1pm – 2pm CT

 The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) is hosting a free webinar featuring experts from the University of Kansas Medical Center that have developed treatment recommendations for pediatric obesity. During this webinar, you will hear about the prevalence of pediatric obesity and the use of telehealth for the treatment of pediatric obesity. Registration is available here. For more information, contact Carlos Mena at or Nancy Rios at

This webinar is part of HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.


HealthTran: “How to Implement the Program” – Register Now

August 6, 2018

The Missouri Rural Health Association is proud to share that HealthTran has received national attention in the Grant Watch, Health Affairs blog post written by John Feather:

At MRHA, the HealthTran team have been working on a community approach to addressing access to care and they have LAUNCHED in St. Joseph with their member, Northwest Health Services! 

They are ready to expand across Missouri and want to share their story.  Please join them at the Missouri Rural Health Conference, August 21-23 at Old Kinderhook Lodge in Camdenton.  You can register on line from our websites at:, or www.morha.orgIf you are interested in learning how to implement the program, a special four-hour session will be held Tuesday, August 21.  Register on-line today!  After August 10th, the registration fee will be $175.   

More great information can be found in the Mobility & Aging in Rural America, The Role for Innovation report, read more at:



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

August 1, 2018

Special Open Door Forum:  

       “Sharing Federal Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic”

        Wednesday, August 15, 2018

         1:30 -3:00 pm Eastern Time

         Conference Call Only

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) for opioid prescribers to educate them on federal resources and strategies to combat the opioid epidemic.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.  This SODF brings together representatives from various federal agencies to discuss strategies and resources for safe prescribing as well as other opioid-related topics.

You will hear information from the following federal agencies:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human ServicesSpecial Open Door Participation Instructions:Conference ID #: 7785347A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted to the Podcast and Transcripts website at for downloading.Thank you for your interest in CMS Open Door Forums.
  • For automatic emails of Open Door Forum schedule updates (E-Mailing list subscriptions) and to view Frequently Asked Questions please visit our website at .
  • Note: TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.
  • Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-857-1738
  • We look forward to your participation.

Rural Health Research & Policy Center

August 1, 2018

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