National Community Care Corps Local Models Program

Date: June 15, 2022

National Community Care Corps Local Models Program

The National Community Care Corps Local Models Program will provide funding for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers, older adults, and adults with disabilities to help individuals maintain their independence and age in place. The program intends to fund local models that represent a diverse cross section of the United States in terms of geography; urban, rural, frontier, and tribal communities; and underserved and limited English-speaking populations.

Volunteer services should address an unmet need, be delivered in non-institutional settings, and provide non-medical services. Applicants are encouraged to consider health equity and social determinants of health.

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Applicant webinar recording

Rural Primary Care Institute

Date: June 15, 2022

Rural Primary Care Institute

The Rural Primary Care Institute is a 9-part webinar series designed to help State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, and stakeholders build their capacity to provide technical assistance to rural primary care providers.

The course will run from July 13 – September 7, 2022. Live webinars will be on Wednesdays from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern:

  1. July 13, 2022 – What Is Primary Care and Why Do We Do What We Do?
  2. July 20, 2022 – What Is Primary Care in Rural America and What Makes it Unique?
  3. July 28, 2022 – How Do Designations Fit Into Rural Primary Care?
  4. August 3, 2022 – How Does “Compliance” Fit Into Rural Primary Care?
  5. August 10, 2022 – How to Support and Engage Rural Primary Care Practices
  6. August 17, 2022 – How to Provide Technical Assistance to Rural Primary Care Practices
  7. August 24, 2022 – Who Is Involved in Rural Primary Care?
  8. August 31, 2022 – Where Do Communities Find Assistance with Developing and Supporting Rural Primary Care?
  9. September 7, 2022 – What Are Rural Primary Care Policy Efforts and How to Move the Power of Rural Forward

Additional information about each session is provided in the Institute flyer.

Heat and humidity can be a dangerous combination

Date: June 14, 2022

Heat and humidity can be a dangerous combination

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) urges Missourians of all ages to take precautions as heat and humidity rise to dangerous levels.

Heat-related illnesses often affect the very young, the elderly and the chronically ill, but summer temperatures can also take a toll on healthy young and middle-aged adults.

In 2021, 18 people died from heat exposure in Missouri, ranging in age from 35-105 years. Half of the deaths occurred among those between the ages of 35-64.  

During prolonged periods of high temperatures, using air conditioning – either at home or by seeking shelter in a local cooling center — is the best preventive measure.

“Heat and humidity can place a lot of stress on the body,” said DHSS Acting Director Paula Nickelson. “Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly, with little warning, and lead to heatstroke which becomes a very dangerous situation.”

During excessive heat, Nickelson urges Missourians to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly and chronically ill. To report a senior citizen or an adult with disabilities who is in need of assistance due to the heat, call the state’s toll-free abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-392-0210, or make a report online.

Medications can impair a body’s response to heat, making them more vulnerable to the heat.

There are a number of steps individuals can take to stay cool including:

  • Wear appropriate clothing—wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay cool indoors—stay in air-conditioned places as much as possible. Find a local cooling center.
  • Stay hydrated—drink plenty of fluids regardless of your activity level, and do not wait to until you are thirsty. Avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages; these actually cause you to lose body fluids.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully—try to plan outdoor activity for morning or evening hours when the temperature is coolest.
  • Pace yourself—reduce exercise or physical activity during the hottest part of the day, and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned place.
  • Wear sunscreen—sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated.
  • Prepare your home—change air conditioner filters, cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes or shades, and make sure you have portable fans if necessary.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of heat related illness and how treat them is also important. Signs of heat exhaustion may include muscle cramps; heavy sweating; cold, pale and clammy skin; dizziness; headache; nausea or vomiting; and fainting or passing out. If you think you or a loved one are experiencing heat exhaustion, you should stop physical activity, move to a cool place—preferably air-conditioned, loosen clothing, and sip cool water. Seek medical attention immediately if you are throwing up, your symptoms get worse or symptoms last longer than one hour.

Signs of heat stroke may include high body temperature (103°F or higher); hot, red, dry or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; or loss of consciousness. If you think you or a loved one are experiencing heat stroke you should call 911 immediately. Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cool place—preferably air-conditioned. Help lower the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath until medical personnel arrive. Do not give the person anything to drink.

For more information regarding heat-related illness and prevention, visit the websites of DHSS or the CDC.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Medication-Assisted Treatment Access

Date: June 13, 2022

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Medication-Assisted Treatment Access

Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 10 awards of up to $1,000,000 per year (3-year period of performance) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access. The goal of this program is to improve health care in rural areas by establishing new MAT access points and increasing the capacity for sustainable MAT service provision in rural areas.

FORHP will host a webinar for interested applicants on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET, via Zoom. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. You can also join the webinar via phone: Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864; Participant Code: 160 096 3647.

Note:  Registration is not required for this webinar.

Applicants can be any domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit, entity, but the proposed MAT access points must be located in HRSA-designated rural areas and cannot currently provide MAT as a clinical service. 

* Please note: HRSA requires that applicants partner with at least two other entities to implement project activities, and has a particular interest in projects that propose to include correctional facilities and/or emergency departments to enhance discharge coordination. Award recipients will also be expected to participate in a Learning Collaborative, to facilitate peer-to-peer mentorship, and to sustain services after the period of performance ends.

To learn more about the program – and to apply – please visit the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Anna Swanson: or 301.443.2398.

Community Health Worker Training Program

Date: June 14, 2022

Community Health Worker Training Program

The deadline to submit your application is TONIGHT, June 14, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET.

The Community Health Worker Training Program is focused on expanding the public health workforce by training 13,000 community health workers (CHW), as well as building their knowledge and skills. The funding opportunity will provide education and on-the-job training to build the pipeline of CHWs. 

Approximately 75 grantees will receive a total of $226.5 million over a period of three years.

Visit the CHW webpage for more information:   

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Technical Assistance Webinar Recording  

Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Date: June 14, 2022

Maternal Mental Health Hotline

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Maternal Mental Health Hotline is a confidential, toll-free hotline for expecting and new moms experiencing mental health challenges.* Access counselors by phone or text at 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746). TTY users can use a preferred relay service or dial 711 and then 1-833-943-5746. Counselors offer support in English and Spanish, and interpreter services are available in 60 additional languages.

Thank you to HRSA-funded health centers for participating in the pilot phase of the hotline. You are encouraged to share the toll-free hotline materials with everyone you serve, your colleagues, and your networks. These promotional materials (in English and Spanish) make that easy and include social media graphics, printable wallet cards, and newsletter copy.

If health center staff have questions about the hotline, HRSA’s website includes an FAQ page. If you still have questions, you can also contact This email address should NOT be distributed to help-seekers. It is for informational questions only.

*The Maternal Mental Health Hotline is not intended as an emergency response line. Individuals in suicidal crisis or emotional distress should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Partner Education

Date: June 13, 2022

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Continuous Enrollment Unwinding Partner Education

Thank you to everyone who was able to join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding: What to Know and How to Prepare partner education webinar on May 25th. A recording, transcript, and the slide deck from the webinar can be accessed on our National Stakeholder Calls webpage.

This is a monthly webinar series that CMS and HHS will hold each month, covering different topics related to Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding each month. The next webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM ET. Topics discussed during this month’s webinar will include:

  • Strategies to engage states and local stakeholders
  • Actions states can take to keep people connected to health insurance coverage
  • Strategies and best practices on how states and stakeholders are working to prepare for the Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding

You can register for the series of Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding partner education webinars here.

Upcoming Webinar Dates:

  • Wednesday, June 22nd @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, July 27th @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, August 24 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, September 28 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, October 26 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, December 7 @ 12:00 PM ET

Resources Shared During May 25th Partner Education Webinar

A series of resources were shared during the partner education webinar on May 25th. CMS and HHS encourage partners to review and utilize these resources when preparing for Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrollment Unwinding.

  • Unwinding Homepage: The centralized location where states and stakeholders can learn more about Unwinding and access resources to help them plan and prepare.
  • Medicaid and CHIP Beneficiary Resource Page: A webpage designed for people enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP to help them prepare to renew their coverage when states restart eligibility renewals after the end of the Public Health Emergency.
  • Unwinding Communications Toolkit: The Unwinding Communications Toolkit provides key messages and materials for states and stakeholders to use when communicating with their networks about Medicaid and CHIP Continuous Enrolment Unwinding. The toolkit is available in both English and Spanish.

Early Bird Extended – 6th Annual National Opioid Crisis Management Congress

Date: June 2, 2022

Early Bird Extended – 6th Annual National Opioid Crisis Management Congress

Date: July 18-19, 2022

Place: Westin Boston Seaport, Boston, MA

Opioid use disorder is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Each year, drug use disorders cause millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5 percent from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, there are still significant unmet needs for those fighting opioid use disorder, which is currently the number one cause of death in Americans under 50. For those battling addiction, social distancing and quarantining have resulted in disruptions in recovery services and treatment and limited access to mental health services that patients so desperately need. Opioid use disorder affects almost every community.

This conference will bring together some of the leading national experts responding to this ever-increasing public health crisis. Gain expert insight on the current landscape of opioid therapies from top thought leaders in opioid management who will share their latest research and real-world knowledge. In addition, experts at the state and federal levels providing leadership on the opioid public health crisis will explore the challenges of using opioids to manage pain safely and effectively, new use disorder deterrents, medication-assisted treatment, federal and state regulations, and practical solutions aimed at improving patient outcomes and reducing risk, and mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on the opioid epidemic.

Click to view agenda and register.


Webinar: How Vaccines Affect Populations

Date: June 13, 2022

How Vaccines Affect Populations

Webinar Date: June 16, 2022

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Register Here


The purpose of this webinar is to update health care workers’ knowledge regarding immunization practices and vaccine recommendations based on national guidelines and the latest evidence guiding practice. The target audience is all health care providers, immunization providers, clinic staff and health care students wishing to learn more about immunizations.


  • Learners will self-report an increase in knowledge of evidence behind the current recommendations regarding immunization best practices.
  • Learners will self-report an increase in confidence when discussing current recommendations and best practices regarding immunizations.


George Turabelidze, MD, PhD

Dr. Turabelidze is a Medical Epidemiologist and Missouri State Epidemiologist at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. He has over 20 years of experience as a Public Health practitioner. He is also a practicing Board Certified Pediatrician. Dr. Turabelidze serves as an external faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine and St Louis University School of Public Health. Dr. Turabelidze has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Accreditation Information:

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

Up to 1.0 contact hours will be awarded


The University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

The University of Missouri – Columba School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Pharmacy has reviewed and approved an application for the 2022 Immunizations Webinar Series

Program Number: 2022-01-05

Approved Dates: February 17, 2022 – June 16, 2022

Approved Contact Hours: One Hour(s) (1) CE(s) per session

Presented By: 

MU Sinclair School of Nursing | MU School of Medicine
MU Continuing Education for Health Professions | MU Extension
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services