Webinar: NHSC Scholarship Program Q&A Session

Date: May 6, 2021

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST

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Note: The date has been changed from April 27 to May 6.

Have a question about the NHSC Scholarship Program? NHSC staff will be answering your questions May 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET. Drop in anytime and have your question answered right away. 

Reminder: The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

MU Extension offers free 1-hour QPR suicide prevention class

Dates and times (CST):

  • Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 4, 12-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 6, 12-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 6, 6-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 11, 12-1 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 13, 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, 6-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, 12-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 25, 6-7 p.m.

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University of Missouri Extension will offer free one-hour suicide prevention training sessions online in April and May.

QPR Gatekeeper Training helps participants “question, persuade and refer” someone who may be suicidal, says MU Extension health and safety specialist Karen Funkenbusch. QPR was created in 1995 by clinical psychologist Paul Quinnett as an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons.

The free sessions, presented via Zoom, will help anyone who wants to know the warning signs of suicide, how to offer help and how to get help to save a life, Funkenbusch says. Participants learn to be “gatekeepers” who can recognize when a person might be in a suicide crisis and knows how to respond.

“A gatekeeper can be anyone,” Funkenbusch says. “We can all save lives. Signs of crisis are all around us. The QPR hourlong training empowers people to recognize those signs and make a positive difference.”

At the end of the training, attendees receive two-year certification.

The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant through Award # 2019-70028-30436 will fund the QPR Gatekeeper training.

Register today: USDA Distance Learning and Telehealth Grant – Program Workshop

Date: April 28, 2021

Time: 11:00 – 12:30 PM CST

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The Broadband & USDA State Offices for Illinois & Missouri are co-hosting an upcoming webinar on the USDA Distance Learning and Telehealth Grant Program (DLT), on April 28, 2021, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CST, which is currently accepting applications. USDA plans to make $44.5 million available in fiscal year 2021 for this program. Of this amount, $10.2 million is intended for projects that provide substance use disorder treatment services in rural areas. Eligible applicants for the program include local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses.

The DLT program helps fund distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas. This will increase access to education, training, and health care resources that are otherwise limited or unavailable.

The USDA Telecommunications General Field Representative for Missouri & Illinois will present on the current open grant cycle for the DLT Grant Program. Attendees will receive a general overview of the program, application highlights, and helpful suggestions in navigating the application process. The workshop will also provide updates on upcoming initiatives from the USDA Rural Development offices.

This event will be recorded and made available for those who are unable to attend.

Now Available: April MBQIP Monthly

April 21, 2021

Click here to view the Current Issue:  MBQIP Monthly April 2021

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:

    • CAHs Can! Quality Time: Sharing PIE Mentors Answer Your Burning Questions
    • Data: CAHs Measure Up: MBQIP Hospital Data Reports
    • Tips: Robyn Quips – Submitting OP-22
    • Tools and Resources – Helping CAHs succeed in quality reporting & improvement

VA Free Training Opportunities

April 21, 2021

Community providers who treat Veterans are invited to take a variety of self-paced, accredited online courses, offered 24/7 through VHA TRAIN MISSION Act (MA) Curriculum, to help meet MISSION Act 131 and 133 competency standards. Sections 131 and 133 require VA to ensure that all community providers treating Veterans meet certain requirements regarding opioid prescribing practices and meet certain competency standards. These courses available on VHA TRAIN MA provide training and resources in the areas of military culture, suicide prevention and other Veteran-related topics, equipping community providers with general knowledge about mental and physical health diagnoses commonly found in the Veteran population. Click here for a flyer that can be used to locally promote these courses.

Click on any of following courses to learn more and register:

  • Community Care Provider Opioid Safety InitiativeThis course was designed to build a collaborative effort between the VA and non-VA care providers promoting evidence-based management of Veterans with chronic pain, improve patient outcomes, and decrease incidence of complications in regard to opioid prescribing. No accreditation offered.
  • Community Care Provider: A Perspective for Veteran Care – This course offers an introduction for community providers about Veterans and diagnoses that are deemed more common in Veteran patients. Accreditation offered: AAPA, ACCME, ACCME-NP, APA, ANCC, ASWB, NYSED SW and JA IPCE
  • MISSION Act Section 133: PTSD CourseThis course gives community providers basic information on the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD. Accreditation offered: ACCME, ACCME-NP, APA, ANCC, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED SW and JA IPCE

Community providers must be registered in VHA TRAIN MA Curriculum with a National Provider Identifier (NPI number). Registration only takes a few minutes of your time and the benefits offered are immeasurable. A VHA TRAIN MA Curriculum account offers 24/7 access to hundreds of accredited courses on numerous subject matters in order to meet the learning needs of community providers caring for the Nation’s Veterans. In addition, registered users have access to over 5,000 accredited courses in VA’s main VHA TRAIN site. Click here to access a catalog of VHA TRAIN MA courses available and here for VHA TRAIN courses.

For help with course subjects or competencies, please contact the VHA TRAIN help desk at VHATRAIN@va.gov. For further information about the MISSION Act courses above, please contact support@missionact.org.

Webinar: Look-Alike Funding Announced

Date: April 22, 2021

Time: 11:30 – 12:30 PM CST

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If you prefer to join by phone: 833-568-8864
When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID: 161 822 7248

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Announces Nearly $150 Million from American Rescue Plan to Support COVID-19 Response
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, HHS announced the availability of nearly $150 million to community-based health care providers to aid their response to COVID-19. These funds will support approximately 100 Health Center Program look-alikes (LALs) to respond to and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, support vaccination efforts, and enhance health care services and infrastructure in communities across the country. Read the press release.

Visit the American Rescue Plan funding for LALs technical assistance (TA) webpage for a complete list of eligible LALs, application instructions, deadlines, and other resources. Applications are due in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 14.

Webinar: Reimagining HealthCare Engagement

The Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is pleased to be a sponsor this FREE OPPORTUNITY for the upcoming Healthcare Service Excellence Pre-Conference Live Stream Summit™ on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.  This FREE interactive live stream event will provide expertise, motivation, and practical skills to strengthen your role as an influencer and advocate in the healthcare field.

Theme:   Reimagining HealthCare Engagement

Mission:  Refreshing the Workplace Through Resilience, Agility and Kindness

Registration: FREE

As part of the sponsorship, the registration fee is covered to attend the June 8, 2021 Healthcare Service Excellence Pre-Conference Live Stream Summit™. There is unlimited access to the event, which means anyone from your facility who wants to attend the conference may do so FREE of charge.

Details are provided in the Missouri brochure.  The 3-page brochure includes detailed information & links about the upcoming event such as:

  • Event agenda
  • Speaker sessions
  • Nominate and celebrate a Caregiver Hero (Deadline is May 14, 2021)
  • Download an event poster you can customize
  • Learn to be a Watch Party Facilitator! Register with Brian Lee prior to the event on either June 1, 2021 or June 2, 2021

Registration information: Just click to access the conference registration page, select the Healthcare Service Excellence Pre-Conference Live Stream Summit™ event, and insert your Promo Code, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Promo Code: 68MDHSS21, where requested to register for FREE.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $510,424 with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources through a contract between Custom Learning Systems Group, Ltd. and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (DHSS ORHPC). The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, the U.S. Government, Custom Learning Systems Group, Ltd., or DHSS ORHPC.

Funding for this program was made possible by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) funding opportunity HRSA-19-024.

Webinar: HIV and Hepatitis C in Rural Areas: Prevalence, Service Availability, and Challenges

Date: April 21, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM CST

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In this webinar, speakers will highlight findings from recent work on estimating HIV prevalence and maternal Hepatitis C prevalence in rural areas across the U.S. Speakers will also discuss findings from a qualitative study on the challenges and promising practices in addressing HIV and Hepatitis C outbreaks in rural areas. Presenters for this webinar include Katherine Ahrens and Amanda Burgess from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.

The webinar is free, no registration is required, but participation is limited to the first 500 to log-on that day. 

Webinar: HIV Epidemic Virtual Community Listening Session

Date: May 6, 2021

Time 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CST

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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) wants to hear from you.

HRSA is excited to invite you to a virtual listening session on the barriers and facilitators to achieving the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative in the Midwest region (Region 5 & 7), including Missouri. People with HIV, public health leaders, stakeholders from organizations currently implementing HIV prevention and care programs and other community-based organizations, and staff from Federally Qualified Health Centers in the region are invited to participate.

Changes in Provision of Selected Services by Rural and Urban Hospitals Between 2009 and 2017

April 19, 2021

During the past decade, access to healthcare services provided by rural hospitals has changed in two major ways. First, there has been a substantial increase in the number of rural hospitals that have closed or converted (provide some healthcare services but not inpatient care). Secondly, and less understood, many rural hospitals have reduced or terminated services historically considered to be essential hospital services. This brief describes and compares the changes in service provision for rural and urban hospitals between 2009 and 2017.

  • The percentage of rural hospitals that provided skilled nursing, obstetrics, labor and delivery, and home health services declined between 2009 and 2017.
  • The percentage of rural hospitals that provided orthopedic services, oncology services, hospital-based outpatient services, emergency psychiatric services, and chemotherapy services increased between 2009 and 2017.
  • Substantial differences in trends were observed between rural and urban hospitals. Across all selected services, there were no declines in the percentage of urban hospitals providing a service, with most services expanding in urban hospitals.

Click HERE to view the full brief.

Contact Information:

George H. Pink, PhD
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Phone: 919.843.2728