Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

February 21, 2019

What’s New

Black Lung Clinics Program Turns 40.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of the program that provides funding for medical, outreach, and benefits counseling for active, inactive, and disabled coal miners throughout the country.  Last year, data reported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicated that coal miners in central Appalachia are disproportionately affected with as many as 1 in 5 having evidence of black lung.  Administered by HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the program supports nearly 60 clinic sites across 15 states, serving more than 13,000 coal miners between July 2016 and June 2017.

MCHB Announces Phase 1 Winners of Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Contest.  HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) selected ten winners from the first phase of its Remote Pregnancy Monitoring Grand Challenge.  The winning innovations are technology-based solutions that help providers remotely monitor the health of pregnant women, and empower them to make informed decisions about their own care.  Last year, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that families living in non-urban-adjacent rural counties faced increased risk of out-of-hospital birth, birth in a hospital that does not provide obstetric care, and preterm birth, after losing hospital-based obstetric services. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announement

February 22, 2019

New Federal Funding Opportunity for Small Rural Health Care Providers

On Wednesday, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a new Notice of Funding Opportunity.  The Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program will support up to 32 public or private nonprofit health care providers located in rural areas to improve patient care in their communities.  HRSA expects to invest approximately $6.4 million for this program that aims to improve the quality of rural health care through an evidence-based approach to primary care that has proven effective in rural areas.  Previously funded organizations under this program designed and carried out projects focused on coordinated care for patients, chronic disease management, integrated care delivery systems, and reduced admissions for emergency rooms and hospitals, among other issues for rural providers.  Objectives for this program, that’s competitive every three years, include improved health outcomes, better engagement of patients and their caregivers, and continuous improvement to chronic disease management.  Grantees are also encouraged to implement quality improvement activities that measure value by outcomes, establish and maintain patient-centered medical homes, and integrate behavioral health into the primary care setting.

Full details of the program and requirements for applicants are available at Grants.gov.

Applications will be accepted until April 22, 2019.