Category Archives: Webinar
June 21, 2018
FCC Approves Expansion of Rural Broadband Funding. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to approve a 40 percent increase in annual funding for the Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), raising its cap to $571 million per year. The RHCP provides subsidies that allow rural health care providers to get telecommunications services at rates comparable to urban areas, where the cost is typically lower. In the previous two years, requests for funding superseded the $400 million annual cap.
CDC: Obesity Prevalence In Rural Areas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing a significantly higher prevalence of obesity (34 percent) among adults in rural counties compared to those in urban counties (29 percent). The CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity looked at self-reported data from 2016 in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and found that “in 24 of 47 states, obesity prevalence was significantly higher among persons in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties; only in Wyoming was obesity prevalence higher among metropolitan county residents.”
EPA Provides Support to Rural Communities. On June 14, the Environmental Protection Agency announced technical assistance for six rural communities through Healthy Places for Healthy People, a federal initiative that engages local leadership “to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods.” Experts will meet with partners in each community – located in Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina and Washington state – to identify local assets that can be used to support health and economic revitalization.
CMS Opioids Roadmap. Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a roadmap outlining the agency’s efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Lack of resources, health care infrastructure and workforce has meant a greater impact on rural communities, and CMS provides a look at how they’re monitoring the situation and using data to better understand patterns and best practices for prevention and treatment.
June 19, 2018
Strategies for Writing a Successful Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning (RCORP) Program Application
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) invites you to join us for the webinar, Strategies for Writing a Successful Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning (RCORP) Program Application, on Friday June 29th at 2:00pm ET.
The objectives for this webinar are that, at the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Summarize the RCORP funding opportunity.
- Describe the steps and strategies to write a successful application.
- Identify resources available for supporting opioid-targeted funding opportunities.
This information will build upon NOSORH’s previous webinar, Rural Opioid Resources: Preparing Your Organization for Future Funding Opportunities. You can find the recording and slides available on the NOSORH website.
NOSORH encourages all of our partners to share this information with potential applicants and other stakeholders. A recording will be made available within 24 hours following the webinar on the NOSORH website.
For more information please contact Chris Salyers, Education and Services Director at NOSORH.
June 17, 2018
Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program
Funding Opportunity Number HRSA-18-119
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Advanced Nursing Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (ANE-SANE) Program.
The purpose of the ANE-SANE funding is to increase the number of RNs, APRNs and forensic nurses who are trained and certified to conduct sexual assault nurse examinations in communities on a local, regional and/or state level. Ideal applicants will have an infrastructure to recruit eligible nurses, coordinate didactic and clinical training with identified clinical partners, monitor and track experiential learning hours and certification completion, and have demonstrated strategies to retain SANEs in the community of practice.
HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance webinar to help you understand, prepare, and submit an application for this Funding Opportunity.
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm ET
Call-In Number: 1-888-510-1797
Participant Code: 260111
Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/sane_nofo_ta/
Playback Number: 1-719-457-0820
June 15, 2018
Additional Information about the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program Deadline: July 30, 2018
What the Funding Will Do
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, located in the Health Resources and Services Administration, released today a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Community Opioid Response Planning Grant Program, to fund approximately 75 high-risk rural communities at up to $200,000 per award. These funds will support a range of activities to help rural communities develop plans and strategies to address the rural opioid epidemic in their communities. Successful awardees will partner with at least three other separately-owned entities and develop plans to implement substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions. This program is part of a multi-year, $130.0 million opioid-focused effort by HRSA. In FY 2019 and beyond, there will be additional funds available to provide continued support, including additional grants and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program awards.
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations. All services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas. See Section III – Eligibility Information in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details on eligibility and consortium specifications.
How to Apply
It’s important to know that you cannot apply for a HRSA grant until three registrations are completed:
More information about the registration process can be found on the Grants section of HRSA’s website.
FORHP will hold an hour-long webinar for applicants on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.
**NEW INFORMATION: Please reference page ii in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar.
Federal Resources for the Opioid Crisis That May Help
For questions regarding this funding opportunity, please email email@example.com.
June 14, 2018
Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America. The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its atlas of rural areas with the most recent data available from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics on a number of socio-economic factors for the people who live in small towns. The interactive map provides a pop-up window for each county with information on demographics, rural-urban classification, income, employment trends and status of veterans. The 2018 County Health Rankings makes a direct correlation between these socio-economic indicators and health outcomes.
Rural Health Research
Geographic Variation in Uncompensated Care Between Rural and Urban Hospitals. This brief just posted on the Rural Health Research Gateway reports on substantial differences in uncompensated care as a percent of operating expense between rural and urban hospitals and among regions of the country. Researchers at the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center examined 2014-2016 Medicare Cost Reports and found that median uncompensated care costs declined across hospitals and Census regions. However, the costs increased for hospitals with less than $20 million in net patient revenue. In 2016, the hospitals with the highest median uncompensated care as a percentage of operating expense were Critical Access Hospitals, other rural hospitals, and urban hospitals in the South.
Subscribe to research alerts from the Rural Health Research Gateway to be notified when new reports are available.
Policy Updates for Rural Health
Comments Requested: Rural Health Workgroup for Quality Measurement – July 2. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has been partnering with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF) on the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) Rural Health Workgroup. The group was formed by CMS in 2017 to include the perspectives of rural providers and patients as those most knowledgeable about the challenges in rural areas to measuring performance in health care delivery. The workgroup has developed recommendations and identified a core set of the best available (i.e., “rural relevant”) measures and identified rural-relevant gaps in measurement in the MAP Rural Health Draft Report 2 (pdf). Those wishing to comment on these recommendations can create an NQF account and submit online.
Comments Requested: Increasing Investment in the Healthcare Sector – July 7. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS or the Department) seeks comment from the public on an effort to increase private sector innovation and investment in health care. Specifically, the Department seeks input on the structure of a workgroup formed to increase dialogue and engagement between HHS and “those focused on innovating and investing in the healthcare industry, such as healthcare innovation-focused companies, healthcare startup incubators and accelerators, healthcare investment professionals, healthcare-focused private equity firms, healthcare-focused venture capital firms, and lenders to healthcare investors and innovators.” The request pertains only to the way such a workgroup may be convened and structured and seeks other ideas for ongoing public-private engagement. Rural stakeholders may have something to contribute to specific areas of focus and inquiry for the workgroup, including perceived barriers to innovation and competition in the healthcare industry and the effect of HHS programs and regulations on rural areas.
May 31, 2018
Awards for Rural Health Care Services Outreach. FORHP’s parent agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded $11,961,114 to 60 rural communities for the 2018 Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). This three-year, community-driven program requires collaboration between three or more local providers of health and/or social services to bridge together key elements of rural health care delivery. The incoming cohort of Outreach Program awardees have proposed projects that will strengthen the health infrastructure using evidence-based strategies that have proven effective in other rural communities. These projects will coordinate care and outreach to address health issues specific to the local population and must demonstrate improved outcomes and sustainability. New to this program that started in 1991, is the Health Improvement Special Project (HISP), a collaboration between HRSA, the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will use data to assess and track cardiovascular disease risk for a subset of individuals. Twelve of the new awardees will participate in this track. To learn more about the objectives and approach of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach program, read about the projects that were funded in the 2015-2018 cohort.
New Requirements for Federal Grantees and Applicants. In March of this year, the U.S. General Services Administration announced actions to address fraudulent activity in its System for Award Management (SAM), which manages federally-funded grants. At that time, GSA asked that all new organizations registering at SAM.gov submit an original notarized letter confirming identification of a grant recipient. This requirement now applies to both new and existing entities registered with SAM.gov. (Look for the small, red type toward the top of SAM’s home page.)
The Latest on Food Insecurity. The nonprofit Feeding America has issued its annual report on food insecurity, defined as the inability to reliably access a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Researchers looked at county-level data for a “better understanding of variations in local need to help communities develop more targeted strategies to reach people struggling with hunger.” The findings report that 79 percent of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are rural.
May 17, 2018
Seeking Participants from Every Background: All of Us Research Program. On May 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched their All of Us Research Program to advance precision medicine. Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. By participating, rural Americans can help precision medicine bring about advances in medical science and health care that work for them.
DOJ Funding for Opioid Crisis – June 7. The Department of Justice (DOJ) will make total funding of $34 million for approximately 45 grants to state and local governments to support needs of first responders, crime victims, and non-violent individuals who come into contact with the justice system as a result of opioid use. The programs for this funding fall under several categories, each with differing objectives and eligibility. See the Approaching Deadlines section below for other DOJ funding related to federal opioid response.
Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program – June 25. HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy recently announced a funding opportunity for up to 14 awards, each up to $350,000 per year, to support the use of telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral health care services in rural and frontier communities. A primary goal of this funding opportunity is to significantly contribute to the evidence base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health care services for patients, providers, and payers. A one-hour technical assistance webinar will be held for interested applicants on Thursday, May 24 at 3:00 pm ET. For more information and to get the dial-in number, write to Kerri Cornejo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC – Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) – August 15. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 32 awards of up to $900,000 each for a five year initiative to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease. The funding will support culturally tailored interventions to address preventable health behaviors of tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity, specifically for African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. Recent research shows that rural areas are becoming more diverse, and that racial and ethnic minorities fare worse in health outcomes.