March 3, 2023

Webinar – Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) General Education

Stroudwater Associates, in partnership with the Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, will provide general education on topics including REH Conditions of participation, clinical services, staffing, general operations, potential community concerns, and finance/reimbursement.


Eric Shell, CPA, MBA, Chairman, Stroudwater Associates

With a dedication to improving rural communities, Eric Shell is an industry leader in supporting rural healthcare in its transition to population health. For his nearly 30 years in healthcare financial management and consulting, Eric’s passion for sustainable and accessible rural healthcare has driven him to help hundreds of rural health systems achieve improved financial and operational performance.

Carla Brock Wilber, DNP, RN, NE-BC, Senior Consultant, Stroudwater Associates

Carla Wilber, an accomplished nurse administrator with a strong background in critical care, education, Lean process improvement, and emergency services, joined Stroudwater in 2014. She has completed numerous facility assessments and process improvements in quality, care management, emergency department, and care transitions for critical access hospitals, rural and urban health systems, and provider groups.

Stroudwater will be hosting the general education webinar on three separate dates. Individuals interested in attending only need to register for one meeting. The schedule below includes the meeting date and time and the link to register for the meetings.

Friday, April 14: 1:30 – 2:30 PM CST

Monday, May 8: 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST

Thursday, June 22: 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST

Contact the Stroudwater Team:

Eric Shell, Principal:

Carla Wilber, Senior Consultant:

Lindsay Corcoran, Senior Consultant:

Megan Zook, Project Coordinator:

March 15, 2023

Update on HRSA Health Workforce Opportunities for Region 7 Partners and Stakeholders

Thursday, April 6, 11 AM CT

HRSA IEA and the Bureau of Health Workforce Division of Regional Operations invite you to a brief update on health workforce opportunities.

The session will touch on:

Register Here

March 15, 2023

HHS Region 7 Virtual Office Hours

The Office Hours will provide partners and stakeholders the networking platform to engage with HHS leadership and subject matter experts to get answers to program and resource questions, request technical assistance and training, and share critical surveillance about emergent local, state, and regional healthcare issues/trends. Agencies will provide a few program updates, followed by a Q&A session.

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March 14, 2023

COMING SOON! Funding Opportunity for Delta Hospitals

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has a new funding opportunity coming soon.

Delta Health Systems Implementation Program

This program provides funding to critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals (inpatient prospective payment system facilities with up to 100 beds) in the Mississippi Delta region that have received previous technical assistance (TA) through the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program or another similar TA program within the last five years.

Hospitals will implement projects aimed to improve health care in rural areas through projects focused on:

  • Financial and operational improvements;
  • Implementation of quality improvement initiatives;
  • Expansion of telehealth services and financial/operational systems enhancements;
  • The development of new service lines to address the needs of the community, including populations in the community that have been historically underserved.

Visit to learn more about this opportunity and to subscribe for updates. FORHP expects the notice of funding opportunity to be available by the end of March. 

Please note the application window will be shorter than typical.

 Interested applicants should start registrations in and ASAP.

 For questions, please reach out to Suzanne Snyder at


February 7, 2023

Conference – 2023 Missouri Immunization Conference

April 26 – 27, 2023, Columbia, MO

The 2023 Missouri Immunization Conference brings together bright minds to give talks that are action-oriented on a wide range of subjects related to immunizations to foster learning and inspiration, as well as provoke conversations that matter and actions that lead to increased vaccination rates for Missourians. The theme of this year’s conference is Vaccines: The Building Blocks of Better Health.

Participants will:

  • Self-report increased confidence in their ability to advocate for vaccinations against preventable diseases
  • Self-report an increase in knowledge about evidence-based strategies designed to address vaccine hesitancy, and combat misinformation
  • Self-report increased confidence in their ability to educate patients on vaccine preventable diseases
  • Self-report increased knowledge of key legislation and policies designed to improve the equitable distribution of adult vaccines

Target Audience:

  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Providers
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Hospitals & Ambulatory Care Staff
  • Long-term Care Facilities
  • Private Healthcare Providers

This program is jointly provided by the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Missouri Immunization Coalition.


March 8, 2023

Last Week to Register: DHSS Hosted Virtual Community Forum – March 14 – PrEP and Ending the HIV Epidemic

Please join the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) at an upcoming community engagement forum to discuss and inform the efforts to end the HIV epidemic by 2030. DHSS and the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) partners want to hear the barriers encountered to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV and understand how to improve services. Each event will include a presentation on the current Ending the HIV Epidemic activities and encourage candid feedback to end the epidemic together.

The Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis wants to hear your thoughts on how to end the HIV epidemic in Missouri and how best to serve those living with HIV.

Registration is open and can be accessed by clicking the event time:

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, noon and 6 p.m.

March 7, 2023

Notice of Funding Opportunity – SAMHSA T1-23-011 Rural Emergency Medical Services Training

SAMHSA has posted the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2023 Rural EMS Training grant program. Applications are due on May 1, 2023.

Please notice some important changes for this program:

  1. This NOFO will remain open for three consecutive fiscal years (FY)
  • FY 2023: Applications are due by May 1, 2023
  • FY 2024: Applications are due by May 1, 2024
  • FY 2025: Applications are due by May 1, 2025
  1. Cost Sharing and Matching Requirements:
  • Cost sharing/match is required in this program under Section 330J of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. Recipients must provide matching funds of 10% of the award from non-federal contributions (directly or through donations from public or private entities). Matching funds must meet the same test of allowability as costs charged to federal award. Sources of matching funds are state and local governmental appropriations (non-federal), foundations, and other private non-profit or for-profit organizations. In-kind contribution may include facilities, equipment, or services used in direct support of the project.
  • Non-federal contributions may be in cash or in-kind. Amounts provided by the Federal Government, or services assisted or subsidized to any significant extent by the Federal Government, may not be included in determining the amount of the non-Federal contributions. Applicants must itemize the match separately in the budget worksheet and explain the match separately in the budget justification.
  1. Award information:
  • Anticipated Total Available Funding: $10,400,000
  • Anticipated Number of Awards: 52
  • Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $200,000 per year per award
  • Length of Project: One (1) year

Eligible applicants are rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government (fire-based and non-fire based) and rural non-profit emergency medical service agencies.


March 6, 2023

Join NRHA’s 2023 CFO Certification Program Cohort

Join the exclusive group of rural hospital certified CFOs in leading their rural hospitals to success. This program was created by top performing, tenured rural executives with a passion to help current and aspiring rural hospital CFOs learn what they need to excel, thrive and LEAD!

Invest in your career this year by becoming a Certified Rural Hospital CFO!

Become the best CFO you can be by growing your confidence as a leader with rural specific leadership skills taught by rural healthcare experts. Remain current in your knowledge base, network with other rural hospital CFOs, learn best practices, and more!

This program only launches once a year and there’s still time to enroll in the March 2023 Cohort! Don’t wait until next year to start growing your knowledge, network, and confidence!

With a maximum of 24 CFOs in each cohort, benefit from:

  • Small classes
  • Individual attention
  • Exclusive networking
  • Learning from the best

What graduates have to say about the program:

  • “An excellent program, well-structured and designed. I am an experienced CFO and I learned some very valuable stuff.”
  • “I thought in general this was great. For me, someone who just got started in the medical field, this was very helpful in getting me started. It also helped with networking. These are people that I am not sure I ever would have been able to talk with if it weren’t for this program.”
  • “Great program. Great opportunity.”

Program details, payment terms, and other specifics made available upon application.

Apply Today


March 6, 2023

NRHA Webinar – Rural Emergency Hospitals and Rural Hospital Innovation Grant

2:00 pm ET

Join the Kansas State Office of Rural Health for an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) Conditions of Participation and Medicare reimbursement model and how Rural Hospital Improvement Grant funds can be used to support the costs of conversion to this new provider type.

Register Here

March 3, 2023

NRHA Webinar – How 30 Rural Providers Unlocked the Unrealized Value in their Patient Payment Plans

Thursday, March 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm CST

Join Hospital Revenue Cycle Expert Michael Berger and Revenue Cycle Director Rhonda Ridenour as they share how 30 rural healthcare facilities turned their in-house patient payment plans into immediate cash, resulting in improved financial metrics. With over 30 years of senior revenue cycle leadership in 35 states, Michael’s extensive experience was instrumental in developing and implementing the collaborative approach that prioritized patient and community satisfaction. This ongoing program also led to benefits such as reduced cost-to-collect, bad debt reduction, and increased cash-on-hand. By attending this webinar, you’ll learn how to replicate these results at your own healthcare facility while engaging patients and improving their satisfaction.

Register Here