Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 29, 2017

Funding Opportunities

Youth Farm Safety Education – May 10.  Land Grant colleges and universities are eligible to apply for total program funding of $300,000 that will support education of young agricultural workers in rural communities.  USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture administers programs linking research and education to farms and communities and supports youth training as a way to strengthen economic vitality in agriculture.

Improving rural economies – May 26. The USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. A robust economy can help support and sustain rural health care services and improve residents’ quality of life. RCDG provides up to $200,000 for nonprofit organizations or colleges and universities to assist in the startup, expansion, or improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses that sell products and services such as telecommunications, credit and financial services, housing, and food.

Relatives As Parents Program – June 15. As the nation continues to grapple with the toll of the opioid abuse epidemic, particularly in rural areas, more grandparents are raising their children.  The Brookdale Foundation group has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for its Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP).  Brookdale will select up to 15 programs to receive a seed grant of $15,000 and ongoing technical assistance to create or expand support services to grandparents and other relatives raising children.  Any not-for-profit organization can apply for the program, including aging service providers, county agencies, and health care providers.  For additional information, contact Melinda Perez-Porter, RAPP Director, at

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MTN & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference

March 27, 2017

Missouri Telehealth Network Training Conference

The Missouri Telehealth Network and Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference in April.  Please join us for MTN’s 20th Telehealth Training Conference!  MTN has been hosting telehealth trainings since 2003 and has trained nearly 600 people.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about telehealth and Show-Me ECHO!    Please go to to register and for more information.

When:  April 18 & 19, 2017
Where:  Assessment Resource Center, 2800 Maguire Boulevard, Columbia, MO

If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Schneider at or contact our office at 573.884.7958.

Invitation: Medicare Basics Webinar

March 27, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Kansas City Regional Office invites you to Medicare Basics Webinar for Partners.  The webinar will provide high level information and resources, and will be beneficial to partners who are new to working with Medicare beneficiaries and those who would like a refresher.

Topics to be covered are:

  • Medicare Part A
  • Medicare Part B
  • Medicare Part C
  • Medicare Part D
  • Medicare Supplements/Medigap
  • Extra Help
  • Q&A

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00PM –2:00PM Central Time


You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite after completing your registration, which will include the login information for the webinar.

We look forward to your participation.  If you have any questions or have difficulty registering, please contact Elissa Balch at

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

March 22, 2017

Funding Opportunities

Summer Food Service Program – Ongoing.  Schools, local governments and public or nonprofit camps are among the organizations eligible to sponsor a site in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), providing meals to low-income children aged 18 and younger while school is not in session.  Sponsors must be organizations fully capable of managing a food service program as they must locate sites, hire and supervise staff and volunteers, and arrange for meals to be prepared or delivered.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; interested organizations should contact the SFSP agency in their state.

NHSC Scholarships – April 27.  The National Health Service Corps is accepting applications for scholarships paying tuition, fees, and a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.  Eligible applicants are students accepted and enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:  physician (MD or DO), dentist, nurse practitioner (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus), certified nurse-midwife, physician assistant.

Chronic Disease Management for Older Adults – May 12.  State and local governments, higher education institutions and Native American tribal governments are among those eligible to apply for up to $900,000 each for evidence-based programs that empower older adults and adults with disabilities to better manage their chronic conditions.

Primary/Behavioral Health Care Integration – May 17. State health agencies are eligible to apply for 11 awards of up to $2 million each from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support integrated care models for primary and behavioral health.  Successful applicants will select qualified community programs or community health centers to offer services to adults with serious mental illness and/or children with a serious emotional disturbance and co-occurring physical health conditions or chronic diseases.

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