August 8, 2019

What’s New

HRSA awards over $111 million to 96 organizations to combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities. Today, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy awarded over $111 million to 96 rural organizations across 37 states as part of its multi-year Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative.  These funds, which also include support for an evaluation of the initiative, will strengthen rural communities’ capacity to provide needed substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery services and build the evidence base for interventions that are effective in rural settings.

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August 1, 2019

What’s New

New Rural Quality Grants Awarded.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce over $6.3M has been awarded to 32 rural community healthcare organizations for the new competitive funding cycle of the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement (Rural Quality) Program.  The Rural Quality Program is a three-year grant program designed to provide support to rural primary care providers for the implementation of activities that address improvements to the quality and delivery of rural health care services in the primary care setting using evidence-based models.  Quality improvement activities that address the integration of behavioral health into the primary care setting, value-based care, and patient centered medical homes are also encouraged by the program.  Additional program objectives include:  improved health outcomes for patients; enhanced chronic disease management; and better engagement with patients and their caregivers.

Improving the Health of Rural Communities Through Collaboration – Thursday, August 15 at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar introduces a new resource, A Guide for Rural Healthcare Collaboration and Coordination. Hear how rural hospitals, community health centers, local public health departments and other rural stakeholders work together to assess and address their rural communities’ health needs. Two innovative rural health organizations will be highlighted that have developed strategies to meet population health goals, address social determinants of health, and improve health outcomes. Solutions to support rural health organizations’ financial viability and lessons learned will also be shared.  The guide was created by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Health Centers program at the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Funding Opportunities

Pew/RWJF Community Opioid Response and Evaluation (CORE) Project – August 30.  The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will provide grants and technical assistance to support community-research collaboratives that evaluate programs that address opioid use disorder (OUD).  The objective of the CORE Project is to identify a diverse array of community-level programs, understand their impact, and create an evidence base for other communities.  Preference will be given to tax-exempt 501(c)3 public and nonprofit entities for six awards of up to $500,000 each. Each selected community-research collaborative must include both a lead organization and a local evaluation partner.  To apply, register with Pew Charitable Trusts to receive an email invitation with a link to their online grant system. Submit a letter of interest by August 30, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Read more »

July 25, 2019

 

 What’s New

Awards to Support Rural Veterans.  The Rural Veterans Health Access Program funds three states to improve the access to needed health care services and improve the coordination of care for veterans living in rural areas. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded grants of up to $300,000 per year for three years to the state offices of rural health in Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah, that will work with providers and other partners. HRSA collaborates with the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) and their Veterans Rural Health Resource Programs to ensure coordination between these community organizations and the VHA programs.

Funding Opportunities

Connecting Kids to Coverage: Outreach to AI/AN Children – Letters of Intent August 19.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will make 8-10 awards of up to $750,000 each to increase the enrollment and retention of eligible American Indian and Alaska Native children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Eligible entities include tribes and tribal organizations operating a health program under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and Indian Health Service providers. To find full application instructions on the link above: 1) click on the package tab, 2) select preview the opportunity package, and 3) click on the button that says download instructions.   A letter of intent, required for all applicants, is due on August 19.  The deadline for applications is September 16.

Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts Request for Proposals – Letters of Intent August 25.  The Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts (FORE), founded in 2018, is a non-profit organization solely focused on the opioid epidemic.  FORE is interested in projects from underserved communities that address barriers to treatment for certain populations, including rural, and increase access to care.  Proposals from state or local governments and 501(c)(3) charitable organizations must present the scope of specific projects that may include, for example, expanding the use of telehealth in rural settings or working with the criminal justice system for incarcerated or post-release individuals. Read more »