Free Program Reduces Care Costs for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers

A grant by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) targets Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia, with the goal to postpone institutionalized care for dementia-related conditions for individuals 60 years and older. The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program (CCTRP), launched in 2007, offers caregivers free care consultations, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home safety improvements, and cost reimbursements up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. 

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Eligibility for the Caregiver Relief Program:

  • The care receiver must reside in Missouri and live at home with the primary caregiver. Persons residing in long-term care communities are ineligible.
  • Participants must start using funds within 45 days of enrollment and must use all available funds before May 31, 2021.

Click here to learn more and Enroll.

Funding Opportunity: Lactation Support Mini-Grants

The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a statewide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies.

For example, funds may be used for:

  • Locks on doors
  • Privacy screens/partitions
  • Table to hold a breast pump
  • Comfortable chair
  • Signs

To apply, complete an application and submit by May 1, 2021 to Please call Karla Voss at 573-522-2820 with any questions

Mini grant postcard

Funding Opportunity: Health Center Program Service Expansion – School-Based Service Sites (SBSS, HRSA-21-093)

HRSA released a first-of-its-kind Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Health Center Program Service Expansion – School-Based Service Sites (SBSS, HRSA-21-093). SBSS funding will increase the number of patients receiving services through new and expanded school-based service sites. For this funding opportunity, service expansion is defined as new or expanded general primary medical care, behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder), oral health, vision, and/or enabling services provided to health center patients at school-based service sites provided face-to-face or virtually.

Technical assistance (TA) resources, including a webinar overview of the NOFO, are available on the SBSS TA webpage.

FY 2021 SBSS applications are due in:

  • Monday, March 22 (11:59 p.m. ET).
  • HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks: Tuesday, April 20 (5:00 p.m. ET).

HRSA will host a question and answer session for applicants:

Tuesday, March 2
2:30-3:30 PM CST
Join the day of the session

Funding Opportunity: MFH Opportunity Fund Focused on Partnerships and Testing Ideas That Tackle Systems-Level Challenges

ST. LOUIS, MO (February 18, 2021) – In 2017, Missouri Foundation for Health created the Opportunity Fund, a unique concept of changemaking designed to capture the best ideas from local communities, with hopes of creating long-term solutions to address our state’s most pressing health concerns. This community-centered approach is aimed at testing and supporting systems-level work designed to reduce health inequities.

After taking in the learnings from participants in the initial Opportunity Fund cycles, the Foundation recently relaunched the fund with a more mission-aligned process in place, strengthening efforts toward eliminating the underlying causes of health inequities, transforming systems, and enabling individuals and communities to thrive. Using various strategies, Opportunity Fund projects have addressed a broad array of issues to improve conditions that contribute to poor health. Previous concepts have included collaborating with a public-private partnership to build an agriculture park that increased access to healthy foods with space to enjoy the outdoors and joining a funder collaborative that invests in development strategies led by Black, Indigenous, people of color, and low-income communities.

“Through Opportunity Fund, we’re working with organizations on health problems, prioritized by the communities they serve, in ways that lead to greater understanding of the context, barriers, and solutions needed to move closer toward achieving health equity,” said Ryan Barker, MFH Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. “The results of the early cohorts have increased our knowledge and provided us a new perspective on certain topics.”

The Foundation is proud to announce that in 2020, there was a total of 38 projects, ranging from leading multi-sector collaboration efforts to challenging antiquated thinking, bringing forth some of the most innovative ideas to date.

The following list highlights just a few Opportunity Fund projects supported in 2020:

  • The T STL and University of Missouri — St. Louis: This community-driven project centers the voices of Black men to examine the root causes of racial inequities in substance use outcomes, establish shared priorities, mobilize community champions, and create nontraditional access points to treatment and harm reduction services to reduce overdose deaths among Black men in North St. Louis. 
  • PedNet Coalition: PedNet will lead a campaign, initially starting in Columbia, that prioritizes people walking, biking, and riding transit. Using multi-tiered advocacy strategies, PedNet will collaborate with underrepresented residents to develop the details of a street design policy in alignment with community needs, with the goal of replicating the effort throughout the state.
  • Second Judicial Court of Missouri: Through systems-wide collaboration with schools, behavioral health agencies, and the justice system, this project will support intentional and comprehensive prevention, treatment, and capacity-building efforts to build positive, safe environments for youth. This connected systems model aims to address juvenile violence and trauma and prevent youth from entering the justice system in rural northeast Missouri.
  • Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA):Working in partnership with six Missouri food banks throughout the state, PHA will conduct a one-year planning project to design a multi-year implementation effort to transform the charitable food system across rural and urban communities to ensure consistent, long-term access to healthier foods. PHA will help support this project through building organizational capacity, convening cross-sector partners, identifying policy opportunities, creating learning networks, and engaging local communities facing food insecurity.

On February 25, the Foundation will open the next round of request for concept papers for Opportunity Fund. This year, the Foundation is requesting ideas that focus on immigrants and refugees, older adults, and environmental justice.

To learn more about Opportunity Fund, please visit the website.


Missouri Foundation for Health is building a more equitable future through collaboration, convening, knowledge sharing, and strategic investment. Working in partnership with communities and nonprofits, MFH is transforming systems to eliminate inequities within all aspects of health and addressing the social and economic factors that shape health outcomes. To learn more please visit

Webinar: Let’s Talk about CHART – Financial Model

Date: February 4, 2021

Time: 1:00 PM CT


In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) released the notice of funding opportunity for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Community Transformation Track.

CMMI states that the “CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale.”

This fourth session in the Rural Health Value team’s Let’s talk about CHART! series will help you plan and prepare for a CHART Community Transformation Track application.

The session’s focus will be on the financial model for hospitals that participate in CHART:

  • Summary of the key components of the participant hospital financial model in the CHART Community Transformation Track
  • Identify key considerations for Lead Organizations and potential participating hospitals while evaluating the financial model’s potential impact

Join the discussion with the Rural Health Value team and guest experts Jane Jerzak, CPA, RN, Partner, Wipfli LLP; and Eric K. Shell, CPA, MBA, Director, Stroudwater Associates.

HHS Awards $90 Million to Support Health Centers in Addressing Hypertension Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities

January 19, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $90 million in funding to 496 health centers across 48 states, the District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. HRSA-funded health centers will use these funds to increase the number of patients diagnosed with hypertension who have controlled blood pressure.

The funds will support HRSA-funded health centers that could benefit the most from assistance to improve blood pressure control. The three-year project will include the use of self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) technology to increase the number of adult patients with controlled hypertension. SMBP, also known as home blood pressure monitoring, can improve access and quality of care for patients with hypertension while making blood pressure monitoring more convenient.

Read the release.

Funding: BHW Releases New Grants

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Community Prevention and Maternal Health (PCTE-CPMH)  – The PCTE-CPMH program will increase the number of primary care physicians trained to provide maternal and obstetrical healthcare. Grantees will train physicians to improve maternal health outcomes in rural and underserved areas. Approximately $15.8 million will be available in FY 2021 to fund 26 grantees.
Application deadline: 2/22/2021.

Integrated Substance Use Disorder Training Program (ISTP) – The ISTP program will integrate mental health and substance use treatment services in primary care settings. Grantees will train practicing professionals to provide addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services in underserved communities. Practicing professionals include the following disciplines: nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, and social workers. Approximately $6.5 million will be available in FY 2021 to fund two grantees. Application deadline: 2/24/2021.

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) – The BHWET Program for Paraprofessionals will increase the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals in high need areas. Grantees will train students to work with children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. Approximately $16.3 million will be available in FY 2021 to fund 43 grantees.
Application deadline: 4/12/2021.

HHS Invests $8 Million to Address Gaps in Rural Telehealth through the Telehealth Broadband Pilot Program

January 11, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $8 million to fund the Telehealth Broadband Pilot (TBP) program. The TBP program assesses the broadband capacity available to rural health care providers and patient communities to improve their access to telehealth services.

“HHS has made it a priority to transform rural healthcare, including through innovations like telehealth, where we’ve seen many years’ worth of progress in just the past year,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan. “As someone who hails from rural America, supporting delivery of care in the most remote parts of America, like Alaska, is a personal passion of mine, and telehealth is a crucial part of that work. This telehealth pilot program is part of the Rural Action Plan that HHS launched this past year, which lays out a path forward to coordinate agency efforts to transform and improve rural health care in tangible ways.”

Through the new program, $6.5 million was awarded to the National Telehealth Technology Assessment Resource Center (TTAC), based out of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The TTAC works in the area of technology assessment and selecting appropriate technologies for a variety of telehealth services. TTAC will implement the TBP in four state community locations, including Alaska, Michigan, Texas and West Virginia. TTAC will also work with the Rural Telehealth Initiative’s federal partners to improve rural communities’ access to broadband and telehealth services through existing funding opportunities and grant programs.

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) also awarded the Telehealth-Focused Rural Health Research Center through the University of Arkansas $1.5 million to evaluate the TBP program across all participating communities and to serve as a resource on telehealth for rural communities around the nation.

“We are excited to collaborate on this pilot program that will identify rural communities’ access to broadband to improve their ability to use telehealth services,” said HRSA Administrator Tom Engels. “HRSA remains dedicated to helping rural communities build the capabilities to improve access to quality health care.”

The TBP program is a three-year pilot and the result of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed on September 1, 2020 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The memorandum also created the Rural Telehealth Initiative, a cross cutting, multi-department initiative that coordinates programs to expand broadband capacity and increase telehealth access to improve health care in rural America.

For more information about telehealth, visit HHS’s Telehealth Website, HRSA’s Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, and Telehealth Resource Centers pages.