Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

February 18, 2021

CDC National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine – February 22-24, 2021. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a virtual event over three days to promote the most effective strategies for building confidence and increasing access to the vaccine nationwide. Community health stakeholders including pharmacies, labor associations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions are encouraged to attend and hear from leaders at every level of government and across sectors.

Extended Public Comment Period for FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to seek public comment on the metrics that should be used to evaluate applications for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and how the FCC should treat applications filed during initial funding rounds. In January 2021, the FCC announced an additional $250 million for the program that was established in April 2020 and set a deadline of January 19 for comments. That deadline has been lifted and the FCC will continue to accept comments at any time. 

CDC: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pandemic-Related Stress.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that Hispanic adults reported a higher prevalence of symptoms of depression during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Estimates of self-reported suicidal thoughts/ideation among Hispanic persons (22.9%) were four times those among non-Hispanic Black (Black) persons (5.2%) and White persons (5.3%) and approximately twice those of multiracial and non-Hispanic persons of other races/ethnicities (8.9%).

CDC: Trends in Drug and Synthetic Opioid Overdose Deaths. In the February 12, 2021, issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report an increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, cocaine, and psychostimulants. During the period studied, 2013 – 2019, synthetic opioid deaths largely consisted of illicitly manufactured fentanyl. In 2019, a total of 70,630 drug overdose deaths occurred, an increase of 4.3 percent over deaths in 2018.

Report: Emergency Medical Services Personnel (EMS) as Vaccinators. The National Association of State EMS Officials reports on state-level policy that allows paramedics and other first-responders to administer vaccines.

NGA: Supporting a Trained Direct Care Workforce During and After the Pandemic. The National Governor’s Association (NGA) reports on waivers issued by states and by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address staffing challenges during the public health emergency. The NGA explains these, including temporary adjustments to training requirements, and presents strategies for retaining this workforce when the waivers expire.

MACPAC: Medicaid’s Role in Health Care for AI/AN. The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a nonpartisan agency in the legislative branch that analyzes policy and makes recommendations to federal and state-level policymakers. In this report, MACPAC provides an overview of the federal government’s role in providing health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), including the structure of the Indian Health Service and the special Medicaid rules and protections that apply to AI/AN beneficiaries and Indian health providers.

Preventive Medicine 2021 Conference

Dates: May 25-19, 2021

To accommodate concerns around large gatherings during a global pandemic, and make sure everyone has access to an agenda filled with world-leading experts and cutting-edge sessions, this year’s event will be a hybrid conference with sessions available both in-person in Washington, DC, and streamed live online.

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2021 Cultural Wealth Conference

Dates: February 23 & 25, 2021  11:30 AM – 4:30 PM CT

The Role of the Arts and Cultural Capital in Rural Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Cultural capital expresses the identity of a community and contributes to a community’s sustainability and resiliency by providing an anchor of self-reference and through its interaction with and influence over the other community capitals.  The comparative advantages of rural communities in the production of cultural capital and how this differs across rural geographies and with urban areas are other under researched topics.

This virtual conference will ask the research community to explore issues of rural cultural capital through basic research and through collaborations among researchers and the rural arts and culture research community.  Addressing what we do not know about rural arts and cultural capital and its importance in rural innovation and rural community resiliency and sustainability will be as critical to the future work of this research community as explaining what we do know.

Learn more about our theme in our Call for Proposals.

All attendees MUST register online through Eventbrite. Conference link will be provided upon registration. This event is free and open to the public.

 

42nd Annual Regional Medical Education Conference

Date: April 15-16, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM CT

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Purpose

The 2021 Family Medicine Update – Regional Medical Education Conference will feature presentations focusing on diagnosis, treatment, and management of illnesses and injuries that occur in all ages. You will gain up-to-date insight and knowledge that can be implemented into your practice.

 

Objectives

  • Understand and be able to apply current best practices for management of obesity, treatment of back pain, and health issues facing women.
  • Understand and begin to follow the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines.
  • Be familiar with new indications for FDA-approved drugs for diabetes, COVID vaccine implementation, recent relevant primary care literature.

Target Audience

Clinical Primary Care Providers

Accreditation

  • Physician – Activity approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
  • Nursing – University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the Ameri­can Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6

PRESENTED BY: MU School of Medicine – Department of Family and Community Medicine
MU Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning
MU Sinclair School of Nursing | MU Extension

 

NRHA Seeks Health Equity Experts, Rural Health Award Nominations

NRHA is currently seeking session proposals and original research for presentation at the association’s Health Equity Conference, which is scheduled for May 4 in New Orleans.

This event highlights research and best practices impacting the most underserved and underrepresented rural populations.

Session proposals are due by the extended deadline of Dec. 10, and research posters are due Feb. 11

Submit Proposals

Call for Presentations: 2021 Family Medicine Update

University of Missouri School of Medicine is accepting applications to speak at the 2021 virtual conference from November 20 through December 23, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2021. Accepted speaker’s registration fees will be waived. Proposals are for 40-minute virtual sessions. This year’s conference theme is “Adaptation” and will take place in two afternoon sessions: Topics are at the discretion of the speaker, but should be relevant to clinical primary care providers. In addition to general adult care topics, speakers are encouraged to consider discussion of diagnostic and therapeutic considerations in special populations (such as generic, obstetric, and pediatric populations) when appropriate. Proposals for duplicate or similar topics may be asked to resubmit.  

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NRHA’s 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute is Going Virtual

The National Rural Health Association will host its 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute February 9-11th,  2021, via NRHA’s virtual platform. Policy Institute is the largest rural advocacy event in the nation and provides NRHA members the opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of rural health care policy at the federal level. This year’s event will feature key policy makers and health care leaders from the Executive Branch and Congress, as well as a dedicated time to discuss addressing health disparities facing rural communities. Come join rural health care professionals from across the nation as we discuss the critical issues facing rural communities, and don’t miss out on your opportunity to share your voice with the new Administration and 117th Congress.

You can register and find more information about the event by clicking here.

 

Virtual CME/CE Event for Clinicians Who Serve Rural & Underserved Areas

The 2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress, a free virtual live CME/CE conference, is just one month away! This unique educational event is designed specifically for clinicians serving patients in rural and underserved communities. It will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020, in conjunction with NOSORH’s National Rural Health Day. Clinicians can earn up to 5.5 complimentary CME/CE credits by participating.