June 21-25, 2021


Missouri Immunization Coalition Conference 2021

There is no better time to talk immunizations!

Join daily for virtual educational sessions, dynamic speakers, and networking opportunities from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CDT.

Earn CE, CME, and MOC credits for your attendance.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration
  • Dr. Andrew Kroger, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Officer, National Center for Immunization Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Center for Optimizing Rural Health’s (CORH) application portal for the HRSA-funded Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP) is now open. The portal will remain open until July 31, 2021. CORH offers technical assistance to 30 rural hospitals each year to help address economic challenges, understand community needs and resources, and identify ways to ensure hospitals and communities can maintain local health care access.

This program is funded by HRSA, so all resources are FREE to participating hospitals.

The application is open to all rural and CAH hospitals in the United States. Selected hospitals will be notified in August 2021, with the technical assistance year beginning September 1, 2021.

If you would like to apply for technical assistance or learn more about the program, please check out these links:

Application Portal

Application FAQs

What to Expect from CORH

Now Available! June MBQIP Monthly

MBQIP Monthly is an e-newsletter that highlights current information about the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) and provides critical access hospitals (CAHs) information and support for quality reporting and improvement. MBQIP Monthly is produced through the Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance program by Stratis Health.

Current Issue:  MBQIP Monthly June 2021

    • CAHs Can! Quality Time: Sharing PIE (performance improvement experience) Conversations
    • Data: CAHs Measure Up: When You Shouldn’t use EHR Data for Quality Improvement
    • Tips: Robyn Quips – Abstracting for Accuracy
    • Tools and Resources – Helping CAHs succeed in quality reporting & improvement

June 4, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2021 Navigator Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which will make $80 million in grant funding available to Navigators in states with a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) for the 2022 plan year. This is the largest funding allocation CMS has made available for Navigator grants to date.

About Navigator’s Mission:
A Navigator’s mission is to increase awareness among the uninsured about affordable health care coverage options available and assist consumers through and beyond the Marketplace enrollment process.

Who Should Apply?
With the additional funding, CMS encourages current and past Navigators to apply, especially those that focus on education, outreach and enrollment efforts to underserved and diverse communities. The increased grant funding is available to applicants seeking to serve as Navigators in states with an FFM. The application details the eligibility requirements, required duties and the available funding amount to applicants for this Navigator grant cycle.

What is different about the 2021 Navigator NOFO Applications?
Also, as part of the application, 2021 Navigator NOFO applicants will be asked to outline their outreach and enrollment efforts to the underserved or vulnerable population they plan to target, while still being prepared to assist any consumer seeking assistance.

Other Information
State Marketplaces that leverage the federal eligibility and enrollment platform are responsible for facilitating their own Navigator funding and awards to ensure consumers in their states have access to the assistance they need when enrolling in Marketplace coverage through HealthCare.gov.

How can I find out more about applying?
CMS will hold two sessions designed to provide technical assistance for potential applicants. These sessions will provide applicants with an overview of this project, relay budget guidance, and review the instructions for applying outlined in this Funding Opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of each session to Navigatorgrants@cms.hhs.gov.

Technical Assistance Session #1
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time


Technical Assistance Session #2
Monday, June 28, 2021 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time


For More Information
To view the Notice of Funding Opportunity, visit: https://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.332.  To view the Frequently Asked Questions on the grant process, visit: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/assistance.

Applicants are encouraged to submit questions in advance of each session to Navigatorgrants@cms.hhs.gov.


May 25, 2021

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing that it is dedicating $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. This funding will allow the program to continue reimbursing health care providers for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19. As of May 19, 2021, the program has issued nearly $4 billion in testing reimbursements to providers.

Read the release.


University of Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program has created a new ECHO that will educate and train health care professionals in multidisciplinary approaches to evidence-based HIV care and prevention. This new HIV ECHO’s expert team will offer collaborative and interactive online learning sessions the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Apply evidence-based recommendations for the
    treatment and prevention of HIV infection.
  • Implement the CDC recommended screening and
    treatment guidelines for the most common sexually
    transmitted infections in persons with HIV.
  • Identify and address barriers to improve therapy
    adherence, as well as retention and re-engagement
    in care.

Ready to join? Visit showmeecho.org.

Date: June 3, 2021

Time: 2:30- 4:00 PM CST

Click here to Register!

The Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations Region 7, invites you to Part 2 of our COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence webinar series. During this session, you will learn about COVID variants and the potential impact they may have on COVID vaccine response. You will hear updates on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines in adults and children, and on the association of some of the vaccines with development of blood clots. Approaches to address vaccine hesitancy will be discussed, including latest CDC guidelines on what a fully vaccinated individual can safely do. The session will also include a discussion about messaging and best practices in reaching vulnerable and medically underserved communities including racial and ethnic minority groups and individuals living in areas of high social vulnerability.

Recommended Audience:
• Clinical providers
• Community health workers
• Administrative and leadership staff
• Service coordinators and housing providers
• Social services providers
• Community-based and faith-based organization staff

Please reach out to HCAN’s Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Jenna Thomsen, with questions at JLT@hcanebraska.org


June 1, 2021

Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence Program:

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making grant awards to all eligible RHCs that apply and have a complete and acceptable application through the Rural Health Clinic Vaccine Confidence (RHCVC) Program to expand the response to COVID-19 in rural communities. RHCs may use this grant funding to increase vaccine confidence, improve health care in rural areas, and reinforce key messages about prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Interested RHCs should review the Notice of Funding Opportunity and start the process to register to apply for a HRSA grant.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on the following days:

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 am ET. Zoom Link: https://hrsa-gov.zoomgov.com/j/1604108840 Dial-in: 833 568 8864 Webinar ID: 160 410 8840

A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.

For questions about the program, email RHCVaxConfidence@hrsa.gov.

View on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333783

Telehealth Technology- Enable Learning Program:

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a new Notice of Funding Opportunity. The Telehealth Technology-Enabled Learning Program (TTELP) will support up to 9 public or private, non-profit or for-profit, entities to connect specialists at academic medical centers with primary care providers in rural areas to improve patient care in their communities. More specifically, address unmet needs for their target population which could include populations who have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes, health disparities and other inequities. HRSA expects to invest approximately $4.275 million for this program that aims to improve the quality of rural health care through an evidence-based approach to primary care that has proven effective in rural areas. Objectives for this five-year program include improved health outcomes, better engagement of patients and their caregivers, and continuous improvement to focus areas such as infectious diseases, or HIV/AIDs, behavioral health, substance use disorder (including opioid use disorder), prenatal care, maternal care, and those recovering from COVID-19 and facing longer-term health care challenges. Recipients are also encouraged to implement quality improvement activities that measure value by outcomes.

View on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333185