Funding Opportunity Webinar: TA for Rural Hospitals in the Delta

DRCHSD Program Introduction and Application Process

Thursday, October 22 from 2:00 – 3:00pm ET via Zoom

Register for the live session by clicking here (webinar will be recorded and made available online)

The DRCHSD program is a collaboration between FORHP, DRA and the National Rural Health Resource Center and has served 22 hospitals and communities since 2017. The program is open to critical access hospitals, small rural hospitals, rural health clinics, and other rural healthcare organizations and offers nearly $250,000 per year in technical assistance around quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, telehealth, community care coordination, workforce/leadership development, emergency medical services, and population health. In addition to TA, the program also provides financial support to facilities for the development and implementation of telehealth services, which includes funding for equipment, hardware, software, and training.

A list of eligible counties in Missouri is available below for reference.

DRA designated counties in Missouri:

Bollinger Madison* Scott
Butler Mississippi Shannon
Carter New Madrid Ste. Genevieve*
Cape Girardeau Oregon St. Francois
Crawford Ozark Stoddard
Dent Pemiscot* Texas
Douglas Perry Washington
Dunklin Phelps Wayne
Howell Reynolds Wright
Iron* Ripley

*Missouri hospitals currently participating: Iron County Medical Center, Pemiscot Memorial Health System, Madison Medical Center, Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital

Conference: 2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress

Date: November 21, 2020

Time: 8:00 AM Central

Click HERE to register and to view additional information.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • Advances in Management of Difficult-to-Treat Asthma
  • HCV Screening and Treatment in Primary Care
  • Current Recommendations for Adolescent & Adult Immunizations
  • Teledermatology Implementation and Adoption
  • And more – detailed agenda coming soon!

Webinar Recording: Advance Care Planning 101 – Process and Product: Our duties to know, honor and protect.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) helps ensure your patients’ health care and end-of-life wishes are known to you and their other health care providers, their caregivers and loved ones before a serious illness or health crisis. This session discussed methods for normalizing and engaging in the ACP process and how to complete ACP documents, like a living will. Attendees also learned about the role of the patient and those appointed to act on the patient’s behalf, as well as how the ACP process is reflected in Kansas and Missouri law.

We appreciate our guest presenters for sharing this excellent information with us:

  • John G. Carney, Med, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Practical Bioethics
  • Maria Fox, DNP, MSN, BSN, APRN-CNS, ACPHN, CCRN, Clinical Ethics Affiliate, Center for Practical Bioethics

The recording of KHC’s September 23 virtual event is now available. For your convenience, the handouts for this session also are provided.

Visit our KHC Education Archive anytime to access this recording or for additional learning resources. Feel free to write or call anytime we may be of assistance.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

September 24, 2020

Tool for Rural Grant Eligibility Updated. The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer tool has been updated to include the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised delineations for metropolitan, micropolitan, and combined statistical areas.

Comments Requested:  Modifications to the Definition of Rural for FORHP Grants – October 23.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) proposed modifications to the definition of ‘rural’ used to designate areas to be eligible for its rural health grants. The proposed definitions are based on a data-driven methodology that will allow community organizations serving rural populations within metro areas to be able to apply for grants as well as allow more of the rural populations within metro areas to access services provided using grant funds.

CDC: Urban-Rural Differences in Suicide Rates, 2000-2018. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used data from the National Vital Statistics System to find that suicide rates increased overall for urban and rural areas for the years studied, with the pace of increase greater for rural suicide rates. The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has released their findings from a survey on Mental Health Treatment Among Adults in 2019. Results show that overall, as the level of urbanization decreased, the percentage of adults who had taken medication for their mental health increased, and the percentage who had received counseling or therapy decreased. 

SAMHSA: National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In its annual report, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presents data on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as trends in mental health and access to treatment. Statistics cover a range of demographic and geographic characteristics, including comparison of urban and rural. 

Census Report on Income and Poverty in the United States, 2019. The report from the U.S. Census Bureau presents data based on information collected every month in the Current Population Survey (CPS). Findings show a median household income of $68,703 in 2019, with a 1.3 percent decline in the official poverty rate. 

New Report on Post-Acute Care in Rural America.  The National Rural Health Resource Center released findings from their May 2020 Virtual Summit, which focused on the issues, challenges, and strategies related to the integration of acute and post-acute care in rural areas. The report covers the current state of rural post-acute care, including the impact of COVID-19, and explores strategies and tactics to address key issues, such as payment, workforce, and community care coordination.

Webinar Series: State of the Healthcare Industry: Market Updates for Rural Strategy


NOSORH, in partnership with Stroudwater Associates, announces and invites you to participate in a series of quarterly market updates for rural healthcare stakeholders to stay current on the changes in the healthcare marketplace in order to strategize responses to ensure vital services for rural communities.

By the end of these sessions, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the current market dynamics of the healthcare industry
  • Evaluate the effects of these trends on rural providers
  • Apply this understanding to their own organization


State Offices of Rural Health, rural hospitals, primary care practices, non-profit organizations, rural philanthropy organizations, policymakers, government agencies, and other rural health stakeholders will gain from the insight and discussion provided during these unique quarterly updates.


Quarterly at 2:00 pm ET

  • July 15, 2020
  • Oct 27, 2020
  • Jan 26, 2021
  • April 27, 2021
  • July 27, 2021


Eric K. Shell

Director and Chairman

Stroudwater Associates