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CMS Region 7 Update

May 21, 2018

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Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

May 21, 2018

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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 17, 2018

What’s New

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.

Funding Opportunities

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

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.

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Share Your Picture of Rural Health

May 18, 2018

Help Us Increase Power of Rural Exposure!

A picture really is worth a thousand words and nothing says Power of Rural like an image of a person or place where the practice of good health is happening.

To help promote 2018 National Rural Health Day (NRHD), we’re asking rural health collaborators, communicators, innovators, educators, providers, and community stakeholders to share their pictures of rural health!

We want to showcase happy faces and great places where healthy is happening in rural communities across the country.

All submitted photos will be evaluated for use in our 2018 NRHD promotional campaign, including on the website and toolkits (posters, flyers, display advertisements, etc.) developed to celebrate the Power of Rural!

Share your picture of rural health

Rural Health Information Hub

May 16, 2018

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CMS Region 7 Update

May 16, 2018

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Telebehavioral Health Strategies for Rural Hospitals & Clinics

May 14, 2018

You’re Invited to Our Next Webinar

May 17th, 2018
9:00am HST, 10:00am AKST, 11:00am PST, 12:00pm MST, 1:00pm CST, 2:00pm EST

Jonathan Neufeld, PhD, gpTRAC Program Director

Register here

Telebehavioral Health Strategies for Rural Hospitals & Clinics
This session will outline the basic conceptual and regulatory framework surrounding the provision of behavioral health services via live interactive video, and will present several models for integrating telebehavioral health into primary care and hospital services. These models include both clinical and sustainability aspects. Major points of value, as well as common challenges faced by organizations in implementing these programs, will be addressed.