Health and Human Services Office of Intergovenmental and External Affairs (HHS IEA) mpox Briefing

January 31, 2023

Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHS IEA) mpox Briefing

Please join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, the White House National mpox Response team, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for a mpox briefing Thursday 2/2 at 2:00 PM ET.

Date: Thursday, February 2
Time: 2:00 PM
Please register using this link

Swing Bed Learning Action Network

January 31, 2023

Swing Bed Learning Action Network

Stroudwater Associates, in partnership with the Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, will be hosting monthly Swing Bed Learning Action Network (LAN) meetings for all Critical Access Hospitals participating in the Missouri Flex Quality Improvement Program. Each meeting will focus on a different Swing Bed topic. While participation in all LAN meetings is encouraged, individuals can register for the meeting topics most valuable to them. We encourage you to share this information with individuals within your organization who may be interested in participating.

The schedule below includes the meeting date and time, the link to register for each meeting, the meeting topic, and a brief description.

February 24th | 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed 101                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This education provides an overview of the “why” swing bed utilization is important; general Medicare eligibility requirements and rules and regulations to meet the Conditions of Participation for CAHs with Swing Beds. Register here.

 March 24th | 1-2pm CT: Understanding the Five Categories of Skilled Services for Swing Bed Admissions                                                                                                                                 This education provides a review of the categories and criteria necessary for daily inpatient skilled nursing, rehabilitation, or a combination of services. Register here.

April 28th | 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed Documentation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This education will provide a review of required CMS documentation for Swing Bed patients and documentation improvement opportunities. Register here.

May 26th | 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed Quality Improvement and Portal Demo                                                                                                                                                                                          This education will provide an introduction to Swing Bed data, using data and best practices to measure and improve quality and patient outcomes impacting the growth of your program. Register here.

June 23rd | 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed Strategy, Growth, and Optimization                                                                                                                                                                                                      This education will provide useful strategies for design, marketing, active patient pursuit, and the economic benefits of Swing Bed growth. Register here.

July 28th | 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed Discharge Planning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This education will provide foundational best practice discharge planning processes necessary to support a successful patient discharge thereby, reducing readmissions and unnecessary emergency department visits. Register here.

August 25th 12-1pm CT: Swing Bed Care Spectrum Development                                                                                                                                                                                                              This education will provide interdisciplinary steps to assist your Swing Bed team in formally determining what type of patients are appropriate for your swing bed program, decreasing variability in decision-making, improving efficiency, and growing your program. Register here.

Contact the Stroudwater Team:

Carla Wilber, Senior Consultant:

Lindsay Corcoran, Senior Consultant:

Christie Bishop, Consultant:

Megan Zook, Project Coordinator:


Spread the Word! Virtual Health Care Career Day – February 24, 2023

January 30, 2023

Spread the Word! Virtual Health Care Career Day – February 24, 2023

Missouri Hospital Association, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are hosting the 2nd Annual Health Care Career Day on February 24.

This statewide, virtual event will take students inside Missouri hospitals to learn about the hottest careers in health care and engage in real-world learning.




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2023 Nurse Advocacy Day

January 30, 2023

2023 Nurse Advocacy Day – Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO

Deadline for registration: February 3, 2023

Missouri Nurse Advocacy Day is intended to increase awareness of the political process for all nurses and nursing students. The event expands participants’ understanding of the legislative process and provides them with effective techniques for advocating for their patients and practice.

This event will focus on why legislative advocacy is important, identifying the Missouri Nurses Association’s key legislative priorities, as well as sharing what is needed from each nurse in the state to be successful at the Capitol. The day includes a trip to the Capitol to observe the legislative process in action and visit with legislators. Joining us this year is Rebecca Patton, DNP, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Lucy Jo Atkinson Professorship in Perioperative Nursing for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and Past-President of the American Nurses Association.

For the 2023 program, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with nursing students, fellow classmates, and other nurses from a variety of practice settings through the educational sessions and during the luncheon;
  • Travel to the Capitol to experience the legislative process firsthand;
  • Network with exhibitors/vendors participating


Registration Fees

  • $45.00: Students
  • $65.00: MONA Members
  • $90.00: Non-Members (faculty register as either Members or Non-Members of MONA)

Registration Process

Two ways to register – 1) as an individual and 2) as a group or school.

The deadline to register is February 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Individual Registration

Individuals seeking to participate and register on their own, not with a school or group, may register online.

Group & School Registration

Schools of nursing and specialty groups seeking to participate in the event together as a group (i.e., seating) have two registration options. Groups of 20 people or less may register online. Groups of 20 or more must register using the Group/School Registration List and corresponding Group/School Payment Form below. Online registration is not an option. See instructions below:

Smaller Groups of 20 or less

Smaller groups may register online by clicking the Register Now button, or complete and submit the Group/School Registration List and corresponding Group/School Payment Form (forms below) to our office for processing. Register groups of 20 or less online at:

Larger Groups of 20 or more

Please complete the Group/School Registration List and corresponding Group/School Payment Form below. Both forms are required. The Group/School Payment Form will ask you to identify the total number of students versus faculty participating along with payment information, and the Group/School Registration List will ask you to identify each individual in your group by first and last name, address, email address, type of registrant (MONA Member, Non-Member, or Student). Please submit both forms to our office for processing. We will communicate details about registration and the event to the individual identified as the faculty/group liaison on the forms.

Group/School Registration List        Group/School Payment Form

NOTE: It is important that payment be in the form of ONE check (no individual student payments please), money order, or ONE credit card covering all attendees from the group/school.

Student/Faculty/Group Guide – optional activities before, during and after the event to enhance your experience


The Missouri Nurses Association would like to invite you to participate as an exhibitor at our Missouri Nurse Advocacy Day. Missouri Nurse Advocacy Day will provide an excellent opportunity to network with nurses and nursing students and faculty. On behalf of Missouri Nurses, we appreciate your consideration and would be honored to receive your support through participation as a vendor!

Exhibitor Information

  • Exhibit Fees – $500.00

Exhibitor display fees include one, six-foot clothed and skirted table, two chairs and one lunch ticket

Register Online Now   Exhibitor Application    Exhibitor Invitation Letter

The deadline to register is February 1, 2023. Exhibit space is limited, so please notify us of your intent to exhibit as soon as possible so we may reserve a table for you.


Sleeping rooms have been blocked for the Missouri Nurses Association at the Capitol Plaza Hotel for February 28 at a rate of $103.00 plus taxes, lodging fees, and a $10 per night facility fee for single or double occupancy.

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at 573-635-1234 or 800-338-8088 identifying yourself with the Missouri Nurses Association, or clicking here to make your room reservation online. Reservations must be made on or before January 30, 2023.


5.0 contact hours will be awarded to those participants who meet the successful completion requirements.

The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Please contact Sara Fry at (573) 636-4623 x102 or with any questions.

HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program

January 27, 2023

HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part C Capacity Development Program

Part C applications due February 17, 2023

HRSA will make 50 awards for Part C of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Eligible organizations – including those in rural areas – are independent school districts, state, local, and tribal governments, tribal organizations, non- and for-profit organizations, and special district governments. Over one year of performance, award recipients will complete one short-term activity that will help increase access to high-quality HIV primary healthcare services for low-income and underserved people with HIV.

New Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement: Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP) – HRSA-23-090

January 26, 2023

New Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement: Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP) – HRSA-23-090

Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP) HRSA-23-090

Applications accepted until Thursday, March 23, 2023 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to expand the number of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers (including individuals completing clinical training requirements for licensure) trained to provide mental health and substance use disorder services in underserved community-based settings that integrate primary care, mental health, and substance use disorder services, including such settings that serve pediatric populations.

Individuals completing clinical training requirements for licensure refers to individuals who have completed their academic degree, but require a period of supervised training to obtain full licensure. 

Eligible Applicants Include:

(a) Teaching health centers;

(b) Federally qualified health centers; community mental health centers, rural health clinics, Health centers operated by Indian Health Services, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations; or

(c) Urban Indian organizations.

View the grant opportunity for complete eligibility information.

Awards: HRSA anticipates awarding approximately $9 million to approximately 17 recipients over a period of five years through this funding opportunity.

Have questions? Join the Technical Assistance Webinar 

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

A Redesigned

January 26, 2023

A Redesigned

Introducing the new – the online home of the National Rural Health Resource Center, the leading technical assistance and knowledge center focused on rural health.

Following a more than six-month-long design and development process, they are officially launching the new site. Once you visit the revamped and begin exploring, you’ll find a layout and design that’s fresh, modern, and inviting, a site that provides an improved user experience for visitors.

You Spoke. They Listened.

Even before they officially surveyed website users and key stakeholders this past year, they heard your comments. “It’s too text heavy.” “Sometimes it’s difficult to find the things I’m looking for.” Those comments have played a vital role in the redesign process. Thank you for your willingness to speak up and share your feedback.

New Look. Same High-Quality Resources.

The “look” of the site has certainly changed: There’s less text. More images and videos. More color. A more streamlined navigation. But the resources and events that you’ve come to expect — reporting templates, toolkits, webinars, podcasts, and so much more — are all still here. They’re just easier to find, download, and use.

You’ll also Notice

In addition to a website redesign, The Center’s brand has been refreshed. The new look features abstract icons that depict a landscape with a crossroads in the foreground and a rising sun in the horizon. The new graphical elements in the logo help to communicate much of what The Center is about: The pathways crossing signify togetherness and collaboration; the sun conveys positivity and possibilities.

What Do You Think?

What do you think of the new site? Are you able to navigate it easily? Can you find the guides and toolkits that you’re looking for? And what about the new brand logo? What’s your gut feeling? If you’re willing to share your thoughts about the site and logo, please email

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – Upcoming INSPIRE Webinars

January 26, 2023

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – Upcoming INSPIRE Webinars

Throughout the month of February, the ARC will be hosting several events focusing on the INSPIRE Initiative for communities to learn more about the program. Mark your calendars now to join us on the following dates:

*More information on the in-person application workshops will be forthcoming. Please visit ARC’s website for workshop updates.

USDA shares funding opportunity from the Appalachian Regional Commission

January 26, 2023

USDA shares funding opportunity from the Appalachian Regional Commission

USDA is pleased to share this funding announcement from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Recovery Ecosystem Grant Funding Announcement

On January 17, 2023 the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its Investments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) initiative. The grant program addresses the region’s substance use disorder (SUD) crisis with investments up to $13 million for the creation and expansion of a SUD recovery ecosystem that helps facilitate entry and re-entry.

Awards issued through the INSPIRE Initiative will support a wide variety of projects on the post-treatment to employment continuum including:

  • Investments in healthcare networks to better meet the needs of SUD recovery professionals
  • Recovery-focused job and workforce training programs
  • Expanded recovery support networks
  • Training and certification of recovery specialists

Letters of Intent (LOI) for implementation grants up to $500,000 and planning grants up to $50,000 under INSPIRE are due February 21, 2023. The deadline for final applications is March 17, 2023. Award announcements are anticipated to be made in September 2023.

For more information on this initiative and how to apply, please visit the ARC’s website.

Culturally and Competency Training for Staff/First Responders in Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

January 26, 2023

Culturally and Competency Training for Staff/First Responders in Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) – Offered by Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN)

Research shows that cultural minority groups suffer disproportionately during every phase of a disaster. This e-learning program from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to best serve all individuals, regardless of cultural or linguistic background.

Why Use Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Throughout a Disaster?

Have you experienced a time when you did not know how to best serve individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds before, after, or during a disaster? Did you know that racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer worse outcomes than the general population during every phase of a disaster?

This set of courses is designed to help you deliver culturally and linguistically competent services in disaster situations. Cultural and linguistic competency is the capacity for individuals and organizations to work and communicate effectively in cross-cultural situations. Cultural and linguistic competency can help improve the quality of the care you deliver to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

This free e-learning program from the HHS Office of Minority Health is accredited for up to 9 continuing education credits, at no cost, for emergency medical personnel/first responders, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, and up to 12 hours for dentists. After completing the required Course 1, you may take the remaining courses in any order you like.

This e-learning program is grounded in the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. These standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health disparities. The National CLAS Standards provide you with a blueprint for increasing your cultural and linguistic competency.

Take the Course HERE