2024 Missouri Immunization Conference – Call for Presentations

October 31, 2023

2024 Missouri Immunization Conference – Call for Presentations

The Missouri Immunization Coalition (MIC) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2024 Missouri Immunization Conference: Building Immunity in Missouri Communities, April 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, MO.

The Missouri Immunization Conference brings together bright minds to give talks that are action-oriented on a wide range of subjects related to immunizations to foster learning and inspiration and provoke conversations that matter and actions leading to increased vaccination rates for Missourians. The aim is to empower the public health workforce by offering a stage of stakeholders to share innovative ideas, equitable solutions, and their personal experiences promoting immunizations.

Presentations are being sought that have a statewide appeal to the multi-disciplinary group of professionals working across the immunization landscape in Missouri. Applications should be submitted by Friday, December, 2023.

The 2024 Missouri Immunization Conference planning committee will review all proposals.

Topics must:

  • Address conference theme, target audience, and challenge attendees to think creatively
  • Be clear, well-organized, interactive, and actionable
  • Feature speaker(s) with significant experience on presentation topic

Deadline for submissions: Friday, December 1, 2023

Selected Presenters will be notified by Friday, December 15, 2023

Learn more and submit application

Optimizing Missouri’s Managed Care Plan Benefits for Maternal & Infant Health

October 31, 2023

Optimizing Missouri’s Managed Care Plan Benefits for Maternal & Infant Health

Please join the MO HealthMet Division (MHD) and meet the MHD Managed Care Health Plan Representatives. This is a unique networking opportunity to showcase valuable benefits, incentives, and resources available to perinatal patients and families including individualized Gestational Care Management for eligible patients.

When: November 13, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Where: Governor’s Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Conference Room 450

Note – Parking is available at the Governor’s Office Building, across the street. You may use cash, debit or credit:

  • $0.50/hr for first 2 hours
  • 1:00/hr thereafter
  • $6.00 max per day

There are also meters available.

Each attendee should register individually, for this meeting. All registered persons will receive a confirmation email prior to the meeting.

Providers and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are encouraged to join the in-person networking opportunity.


Register Here

Funding Opportunity – Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health – HRSA-24-033

October 17, 2023

Funding Opportunity – Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health – HRSA-24-033

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Healthy Start or HS) Program. The purpose of HS is to improve health outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy and reduce the well-documented racial/ethnic differences in rates of infant death and adverse perinatal outcomes. HS is intended to support projects in communities and populations experiencing the greatest disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

HS has two focus areas:

1) providing direct and enabling services (for example, screening and referrals, case management and care coordination, health and parenting education, and linkage to clinical care) to enrolled HS participants; and

2) convening Community Consortia (formerly known as Community Action Networks or “CANs”) comprised of diverse, multi-sector partners to advise and inform HS activities as well as to develop and implement plans to improve perinatal outcomes within the selected project area.

HS continues to have an increased emphasis on addressing social determinants of health, such as:

  • access to adequate food
  • housing and
  • transportation

to improve disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes.

Based on stakeholder feedback, this FY 2024 HS competition also provides recipients with increased flexibility to tailor interventions to the unique needs of their community and/or target population.

The goals of HS are to:

1) Continue reducing infant mortality rates in the United States, and

2) Decrease disparities in infant mortality and poor perinatal health outcomes in  areas where those rates are high.

You can apply if your organization is in the United States and is:

  • Public or private Community-based Tribal (governments, organizations)

Additional Notes:

  • If you are a recipient of the Healthy Start Initiative – Enhanced (HRSA-23-130) (HSE) you are still eligible to apply for this grant if you are proposing a new project area, that is, an area not currently served by your or an existing HSE award. HSE grant project areas have been settled and it is not HRSA’s intent to alter or reset existing HSE project areas. Therefore, if you propose to serve a project area that fully overlaps with your own award or another HSE award, your application will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.
  • Please see Appendix H for a list of Healthy Start Initiative – Enhanced project areas.

Still have questions? Please contact Mia Morrison: MCHBHealthyStart@HRSA.gov

Applications due by December 15, 2023

View Grant Opportunity

Apply Here

CDC’s State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report: Vaccination in Rural America Special Report

October 6, 2023

CDC’s State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report: Vaccination in Rural America Special Report

This report examines vaccine confidence and uptake among rural populations in the United States, between 2017 and 2023, with a focus on COVID-19 vaccination. The report also covers differences in vaccine uptake among rural, suburban, and rural populations, including discussions around concerns about vaccination and identifies strategies for successful outreach to rural areas.

Read Report

Upcoming Webinar – First Rural Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Compensation Survey Results

September 15, 2023

Upcoming Webinar – First Rural Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Compensation Survey Results

Earlier this year, Stroudwater partnered with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to develop a physician and advanced practice provider compensation survey for rural organizations. This survey provided much-needed insight into provider compensation by state and region.

During this webinar, Stroudwater in partnership with NRHA will share:

  • The results of the first rural-focused compensation survey
  • How being a part of a health system impacts compensation
  • How compensation competitiveness is impacted by state practice environments

The results of this survey will allow rural hospitals to use data to make more informed decisions when considering provider compensation and additional benefits.

Register Here

New Resource – Building a rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center

August 30, 2023

New Resource – Building a rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Check out this podcast episode, Building a Rural Nursing Workforce with Fisher-Titus Medical Center, featuring a discussion with clinical leaders from Fisher-Titus Medical Center in rural Ohio. Hear discussions on recruitment and retention strategies with a concentrated effort on recruiting international nurses, to ensure patient care in the community.

Listen to Podcast

Related Resources:

Retaining a Rural Nursing Workforce: It Takes a Village

Advocating for Rural Health Providers

AHA Health Care Workforce Scan

Leadership Dialogue Series: Peggy Abbott from Ouachita County Medical Center

Surging Input Costs Create Many Challenges for Hospitals and Health Systems

HQIN Office Hours on Reducing Readmissions

August 10, 2023

HQIN Office Hours on Reducing Readmissions

This session, Hear From Your Peers: What Works to Reduce Readmissions, will feature speakers from Health Quality Innovators’ (HQI) network of hospitals, including critical access, rural and acute care hospital settings. Each speaker will share their hospitals experience with readmission reduction strategies, key implementation tips, and results. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and network with other peers seeking ideas on what is working to reduce readmissions.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Examine new options for reducing readmissions
  • Connect with peers for assistance on operationalizing new interventions
  • Feel empowered to apply new strategies to strengthen your readmission reduction portfolio

This session will have something applicable for each hospital within the HQI network.

Date & Time: You can choose to attend one or more of the following session:

  • August 10, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • September 14, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • October 12, 2023 11:00 a.m.
  • November 9, 2023 11:00 a.m.

Register Here


Seeking Public Comment – Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)

July 17, 2023

Seeking Public Comment – Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the procedures and standards that guide the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) systematic review. ACF is committed to a rigorous and transparent review process. The proposed revisions include procedures related to virtual home visiting research. They also include updates to clarify HomVEE’s definition of subgroups, limit the eligibility of certain findings for review, and strengthen standards for validity.

View proposed changes to HomVEE Handbook of Procedures and Standards (Version 2.2)

Comments are due by July 28, 2023, 5:00 PM – Please submit comments via email to HomVEE@dcf.hhs.gov.


Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Language and Disability Access (PCTE-LDA) (HRSA-23-123) Top 5 FAQs

June 23,2023

Primary Care Training and Enhancement-Language and Disability Access (PCTE-LDA) (HRSA-23-123) 

Top 5 FAQs

Q1: If an applicant intends to apply for both focus areas (LEP and IDD), will the trainees need to be trained in both focus areas?

       A: No. Trainees do not have to be trained in both tracks. However, if the trainee elects to do so, they are required to complete the clinical rotation in each                focus area.

The required clinical rotation for the LEP and the physical/IDD track is:

    • Two months for physician assistant students and medical residents
    • Two weeks for medical students

Q2: Do trainees have to participate for two consecutive months/weeks or can the rotation be spread throughout their period of training?

         A: No. The clinical rotation may be spread throughout their training.

Q3: Can I apply for more than one training level, such as physician assistant students, medical students, and primary care residency programs, or should I submit a separate application for each?

         A: Yes. You may submit an application that includes one or more eligible training programs from the same applicant organization. You must submit the                   accreditation documentation for all training programs included in your application.

Q4: If I submit one application for each focus area, will approval only be granted for one of the focus areas?

         A: Multiple applications from an institution are allowable. However, only one application from an organization with the same Unique Entity Identifier                     will be funded.

Q5: Are medical students required to do a two-month clinical rotation?

        A: No. Medical students are required to do a two-week clinical rotation for the Language Assistance for Individuals with Limited English                             Proficiency (LEP) focus area or a two-week clinical rotation for Care for Individuals with Physical Disabilities and/or Intellectual and Developmental      Disabilities (IDD) focus area. If medical students train in both focus areas, they are required to complete a two-week clinical rotation in each focus area.

More questions? 

Check out the full list of FAQs and Technical Assistance Webinar recording.

Applications accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3, 2023.

National Rural Health Day -Rural Health Champion Nominations – Due 08/01/2023

June 6, 2023

National Rural Health Day – Rural Health Champion Nominations


The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is seeking nominations for 2023 Missouri Rural Health Champions.  Awards will be presented on November 16, 2023, during the Missouri Rural Health Day Celebration.  This award is designed to honor a minimum of one individual and one group, depending on the number and type of nominations received. The person or group honored should demonstrate how their contributions are making a difference in Missouri rural health care through collaboration, education, innovation and communication. Check out the Missouri Rural Health Day celebration of 2022!

The nomination deadline is August 1, 2023.

Please take a moment to nominate an individual or group through the Rural Health Champion Award Link HERE


Contact: ORHPCinfo@heath.mo.gov / 573-751-6445