Register TODAY! Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Forum – A Year in Review – December 13

December 7, 2022

Register TODAY! Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Forum – A Year in Review – December 13

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services invites you to attend the upcoming quarterly Community Engagement Forum focused on Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) in Missouri. These virtual sessions are designed for YOU! The Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis wants to hear your thoughts on ending the HIV epidemic in Missouri and how best to serve those living with HIV. Registration is open and can be accessed by clicking the date: December 13. Please forward this information to others who may like to attend! Thank you for your assistance in Ending the HIV Epidemic in Missouri.

Save-the-Date for the first event in 2023, to be held Tuesday, March 14, at noon and 6 p.m.

Past events are available to view and download HERE with a copy of the presentation slide deck.

2023 NRHA Rural Health Award nominations now open!

December 2, 2022

2023 NRHA Rural Health Award nominations now open!

Nominations are now open for NRHA’s 2023 Rural Health Awards. Each year NRHA honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. Previous Rural Health Award recipients have stretched the boundaries of possibility by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate. Nominate your favorite rural health individual, organization, program, or student for these prestigious awards soon for consideration. Winners will be honored during a special ceremony during NRHA’s Annual Rural Health Conference in San Diego next spring.

National Center for Healthy Housing – Survey Request

November 30, 2022

National Center for Healthy Housing – Survey Request

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) invite you to take the Identifying Needs of Rural Healthy Housing Organizations questionnaire.  This questionnaire is meant for any organization serving rural communities on issues related to health, housing, and/or healthy housing. Please note that the host organizations are not using any formal definition of “rural.” For the purposes of this questionnaire, respondents may be any organization that considers itself to serve rural areas or rural populations.  


This questionnaire will give organizations the opportunity to capture both the unique challenges and opportunities of serving residents in rural service areas. This questionnaire will also assist the host organizations to develop relevant resources and tools over the next year. It should take 12 minutes or less to complete as the host organizations are interested in your initial reactions without needing to prepare or collect additional information. Take the questionnaire here:

For Questions Please Contact: Anna Plankey

Missouri Immunization Coalition Survey: Due December 9, 2022

November 29, 2022

Missouri Immunization Coalition

The Missouri Immunization Coalition (MIC) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit existing to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization education, advocacy, promotion, and statewide collaborative partnerships. We also seek to coordinate with partners across the state that share our vision of better health for all, including our public health and healthcare workforce.

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal itself. The purpose of this 5–10 minute survey is to understand the financial realities Missouri healthcare institutions and organizations have faced responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your answers will allow MIC to serve as a voice in reporting your experiences navigating pandemic aid programs, managing aid dollars, and adapting programmatic priorities due to increased funding demands of the COVID-19 pandemic to local, state, and federal-level policy and funding allocation decision makers. Your responses are greatly appreciated!

Please submit this survey by December 9, 2022.  

For questions please contact Nicole Williams

Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is accepting applications for Equity Changemakers Institute: Applications Due December 7, 2022

November 29, 2022

Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is accepting applications for Equity Changemakers Institute, which is a 10-month leadership development program beginning in February 2023. To learn more and apply, public sector leaders can download the Request for Applications. An optional informational call will take place on November 30, 2022. The dial-in information can be found in the Request for Applications. Applications are due December 7, 2022, 5 pm ET.

Point of Contact(s): Lauren Moran, Email: & Tiffany Enos, Email:

Home Rehab Network: Online Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

November 26, 2022

Home Rehab Network: Online Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Having difficulty breathing?

Shortness of breath with minimal exertion?

Have Cardiac or Lung disease?

Is cardiopulmonary rehab too far or too difficult to get to?

Solution: The Home Rehab Network


Rehab with results!  Featuring Board-Certified Pulmonologists and Respiratory Therapists.

Exclusively online, right from your home or anywhere.

Full range of rehab without shortcuts; 98% Patient Satisfaction.

Most major insurances taken.

No computer experience required.

We can even give you an electronic device to use.

Alternatively, you can access our video library with hundreds   of videos and useful tips at

Take your life back!

The above program information is being forwarded by the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) as a service of this office.  ORHPC does not endorse or recommend any vendor or service. Please review for the appropriate use within your organization.

HHS Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

November 26, 2022

HRSA Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
November 22, 2022
Phone: 301-443-3376

HRSA will distribute funding to health centers to support community-based vaccination events and outreach focused on underserved populations

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced a new $350 million initiative for HRSA-supported health centers to increase COVID-19 vaccines in their communities, with a specific focus on underserved populations. This funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up, or community-based vaccination events, including working with community-based organizations, and other efforts to increase the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

“Community health centers save lives,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We will continue to reach, vaccinate, and protect our most vulnerable people across the country working together with community health centers and community-based organizations. We have seen COVID infections increase in prior winters, and it does not have to be that way this year. We now have updated COVID-19 vaccines to protect communities against the Omicron strain. Our message is simple: Don’t wait. Get an updated COVID-19 vaccine this fall. It’s safe and effective.”

“As community-based organizations that have built deep relationships with their patients and neighborhoods, health centers are uniquely positioned to increase COVID-19 vaccinations,” said HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson. “These funds will ensure that people who live in underserved communities have access to updated COVID-19 vaccines this winter through community-based vaccination events hosted by health care providers and organizations they trust.”

The Expanding COVID-19 Vaccination initiative will provide resources directly to health centers throughout the country to increase COVID-19 vaccinations this winter by addressing the unique access barriers experienced by the underserved populations that health centers serve. HRSA anticipates these efforts will also increase flu and childhood vaccinations through combined vaccination events. All HRSA-funded health centers, as well as health center look-alikes that received American Rescue Plan funding, will be eligible. These funds build on the previous investments made to HRSA-funded health centers to combat COVID-19 and will help even more Americans have access to updated COVID-19 vaccines. To date, health centers have administered more than 22 million vaccines in underserved communities across the country, of which 70 percent to patients of racial and ethnic minorities.

To facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccination, the initiative will foster new and strengthened coordination, with community-based organizations that provide childcare, early childhood development, housing, food, employment, education, older adult, or behavioral health services. Health centers will be encouraged to support mobile, drive-up, walk-up, or community-based vaccination events; extend operating hours, outreach, and off-site vaccination locations to expand opportunities for COVID-19 vaccination; and support  access to COVID-19 vaccination by expanding transportation, translation, education, and interpretation services.

The nearly 1,400 HRSA-funded community health centers serve as a national source of primary care in underserved communities, providing services through more than 14,000 sites across the country. They are community-based and patient-directed organizations that deliver affordable, accessible, and high-quality medical, dental, and behavioral health services to more than 30 million patients each year, with specific initiatives intended to reach people experiencing homelessness, agricultural workers, and residents of public housing.

In 2021, HRSA-funded health centers provided care for one-in-five residents in rural areas and one-in-eleven people nationwide. One-in-three health center patients are living in poverty, and nearly two-thirds are racial/ethnic minorities.

Learn more about the Health Center Program:

Read the White House FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Announces Six-Week Campaign to Get More Americans their Updated COVID-⁠19 Vaccine Before End of the Year.


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Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program: HRSA-23-015

November 23, 2022

Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program


The Teaching Health Center Planning and Development Program is a unique opportunity to establish new primary care medical and dental residency programs in community-based ambulatory patient care centers in underserved and rural communities. Recent research has demonstrated that residents with rural exposure during residency training are associated with a 5 to 6-fold likelihood of practicing in rural. However, unlike hospital-based residency programs that rely primarily on Medicare funding, many teaching health centers receive federal funding through HRSA’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

This two-year grant will award 47 grants, up to $500,000 each to eligible applicants, including Rural Health Clinics (RHC) or health centers operated by a tribal organization. Community-based ambulatory patient care centers (e.g., RHC) may also apply under a GME consortium model forming partnerships with stakeholders, such as Critical Access Hospital or medical schools to serve as an institutional sponsor for the residency program. Applications are due on on December 12, 2022.

If you have further questions, please contact or read the FAQs here.

NRHA Executive Training and Certification

November 21, 2022

National Rural Health Association

Empower your hospitals with current state and rural specific foundational modules and the leadership skill to manage even the toughest stations. 

How to make the best possible decisions in the most complex scenarios.

Guide and motivate forward-thinking executives to learn from a cutting-edge curriculum that reflects current industry trends as well as longstanding leadership methods. 

Give your leaders the support they need to keep their rural hospitals open and thriving:

  • Nation wide network of rural hospital executives
  • Learning from rural focused subject matter experts
  • Share best practices and boost confidence

Keep rural hospitals open by investing in their leaders – support them in their journey to becoming the best leaders they can be!

Now enrolling for the Spring 2023 CEO, CNO, and CFO Cohorts!