Save the Date – 2019 Missouri Rural Health Conference

March 26, 2019

The Department of Health & Senior Services (State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care) in collaboration with Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Hospital Association and the Missouri Primary Care Association, are currently planning to host the “2019 Missouri Rural Health Conference” on August 20 – 22, 2019, at the Lodge at the Old Kinderhook, Camdenton, MO.

Please see the SavetheDate card and Call4PresentationBooklet which you can share with your staff or contacts. The deadline for Presenter Applications is March 30, 2019.

As the plans are finalized, more detailed information will be posted on our website at:  http://health.mo.gov/living/families/ruralhealth/index.php, and on the MRHA website at: WWW.MORHA.ORG.

If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact Mary Gordon at: mary@cabllc.com, or Pam Buschjost at: pam@cabllc.com at MRHA.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

March 14, 2019

What’s New

Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer.  March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, an observance that encourages regular screenings and healthy lifestyle changes to prevent colorectal cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is most often found in people who are 50 years old or older and affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic populations.  In its series of studies on rural health, the CDC found that nonmetropolitan counties had higher rates of incidence and death from cancers that can be prevented by screening.  Learn more about CDC’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign that raises awareness about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests for men and women aged 50 years and older.

Funding Opportunities

DOJ Training and Technical Assistance for Violence Against Women – April 11.  The Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice (DOJ) will provide grants and direct technical assistance to build and enhance the capacity of local response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Several of the 39 purpose areas for the program (beginning on page two of the program guidance and application instructions) specifically address challenges in rural areas, while others concern culturally-competent outreach in minority communities.  A separate funding opportunity provides Grants to Tribal Governments for Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Solicitation – April 11. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

Deadline: May 6, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) today for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation).  HRSA will award approximately 75 grants to networks and/or consortia to enhance substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities.

Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive up to $1 million for a three-year period of performance and implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis.  Award recipients are strongly encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).

View the funding opportunity here:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=hrsa-19-082. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

March 7, 2019

What’s New

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation)  – May 6.  The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 75 awards of up to $1 million each to rural communities to enhance service delivery for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. Over the course of a three-year period of performance, grant recipients will implement a set of core prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis.  Award recipients are strongly encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs such as the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).  All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer).  The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned entities.  At least two of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.  FORHP will hold a 90-minute webinar for applicants on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 pm ET.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  For the webinar dial-in and playback information,  please reference page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.  (Click “Preview” on the Package tab, and then “Download Instructions”.)  Contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with questions. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

February 28, 2019

What’s New

New Data Show Growth in Rural Population.  The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports an uptick in population for the first time in nearly a decade.  In 2016-17, the rural population increased by 0.1 percent, adding 33,000 people. This annual report from the ERS also includes geographic variations in population trends and a breakdown by race and ethnicity.

Funding Opportunities

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program – March 28.  Eligible nurses working full time in a Critical Shortage Facility may receive 60% repayment of their unpaid nursing education debt in exchange for a two-year commitment to stay and practice in rural and other underserved areas. Participants may be eligible to work a third year and receive an additional 25% of the qualifying loan balance.   Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

Burnout Prevention for Healthcare Leaders Workshop

March 7, 2019

The Missouri Primary Care Association is holding a one-day Workshop titled:  “Burnout Prevention for Healthcare Leaders” on April 16, 2019, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO.

***Click for Course &  Registration Information (Group Rates Available). 

The presenter Dr. Dike Drummond, MD, is the Founder of TheHappyMD.com and is recognized as a The Leading Coach, trainer, and consultant on prevention of burnout.  Dr. Drummond is also nationally known and is widely recognized among healthcare leaders.

Target audience is staff who are involved with your organization’s “wellness and “success

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

February 14, 2019

What’s New

White House Launches High Speed Broadband Initiative.  On Wednesday, the White House announced a new effort to increase broadband access, particularly in rural areas where coverage and speeds are insufficient to accommodate needs for health care, education and commerce.  With input from a range of federal agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services and Interior as well the Federal Communications Commission, the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report offers recommendations grouped into three categories: streamlining federal permitting processes to speed broadband deployment, leveraging federal assets to lower the cost of broadband build-outs, and maximizing the impact of federal funding.  See the Funding Opportunities section below for announcements related to broadband access and telecommunications specific to rural areas.

Advancing Tobacco Prevention and Control in Rural America. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), in conjunction with the Maine Public Health Institute and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), announced the release of a new report highlighting the significant toll tobacco has on rural communities.  The report – which includes 15 recommendations for advancing rural tobacco control initiatives and suggestions for future research – explores rates and patterns of commercial tobacco use across rural, aspects of the rural context that may affect tobacco control efforts, and current rural tobacco control activities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking disproportionately affects the health of people with lower socioeconomic status, with people living in deprived, rural areas experiencing rates of lung cancer that are 18-20 percent higher than people living in urban areas. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

February 7, 2019

What’s New

New Report on HIV Burden in the Deep South.  Produced by the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, the report covers six states – Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina – and indicates that 29 percent of persons living with HIV (PLWH) there live in rural areas and smaller cities.  In some cases the rural HIV burden is heavier, such as in Alabama and Mississippi, where more than 60 percent of PLWH live outside a large urban area.

Funding Opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Implementation – Coming Soon.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a future funding opportunity for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP), part of a multi-year initiative supporting treatment for and prevention of opioid use disorder.  Grantees of the RCORP-Implementation funding will receive up to $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”