2023 NRHA Rural Health Award nominations now open!

December 2, 2022

2023 NRHA Rural Health Award nominations now open!

Nominations are now open for NRHA’s 2023 Rural Health Awards. Each year NRHA honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. Previous Rural Health Award recipients have stretched the boundaries of possibility by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate. Nominate your favorite rural health individual, organization, program, or student for these prestigious awards soon for consideration. Winners will be honored during a special ceremony during NRHA’s Annual Rural Health Conference in San Diego next spring.

National Center for Healthy Housing – Survey Request

November 30, 2022

National Center for Healthy Housing – Survey Request

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) invite you to take the Identifying Needs of Rural Healthy Housing Organizations questionnaire.  This questionnaire is meant for any organization serving rural communities on issues related to health, housing, and/or healthy housing. Please note that the host organizations are not using any formal definition of “rural.” For the purposes of this questionnaire, respondents may be any organization that considers itself to serve rural areas or rural populations.  


This questionnaire will give organizations the opportunity to capture both the unique challenges and opportunities of serving residents in rural service areas. This questionnaire will also assist the host organizations to develop relevant resources and tools over the next year. It should take 12 minutes or less to complete as the host organizations are interested in your initial reactions without needing to prepare or collect additional information. Take the questionnaire here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQLG7MZ.

For Questions Please Contact: Anna Plankey

Missouri Immunization Coalition Survey: Due December 9, 2022

November 29, 2022

Missouri Immunization Coalition

The Missouri Immunization Coalition (MIC) is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit existing to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization education, advocacy, promotion, and statewide collaborative partnerships. We also seek to coordinate with partners across the state that share our vision of better health for all, including our public health and healthcare workforce.

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reveal itself. The purpose of this 5–10 minute survey is to understand the financial realities Missouri healthcare institutions and organizations have faced responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your answers will allow MIC to serve as a voice in reporting your experiences navigating pandemic aid programs, managing aid dollars, and adapting programmatic priorities due to increased funding demands of the COVID-19 pandemic to local, state, and federal-level policy and funding allocation decision makers. Your responses are greatly appreciated!

Please submit this survey by December 9, 2022.  

For questions please contact Nicole Williams

National Rural Health Association today

November 10, 2022

How one college is tackling the rural nursing shortage

The nursing program at Eastern Maine Community College partners with rural hospitals to provide education close to home for students who would rather not travel to the city – and helps tackle the nursing shortage at a time when the profession is in great demand. Travel nurses are caught between staffing firms that are cutting their rates and hospitals that have demanded rate cuts after COVID relief funds dried up. Additionally, Florida Atlantic University’s Christie E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a grant for a nurse-led mobile health unit to serve rural and medically underserved regions. Rural health needs those who go above and beyond. That’s why NRHA’s Career Center is your resource for qualified health care professionals and fulfilling careers.

Veterans Mental Health Resources

November 07, 2022

Veterans Mental Health Resources

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Rural Veterans Tool Kit  has newly added 30 Military Veterans Addiction & Mental Health Resources. 

This new resource provides such information as:

  • Veteran Addiction Statistics
  • Why Veterans Need Addition and Mental Health Support
  • Addition and Mental Health Resources for Veterans
  • Military Veterans Organizations & Foundations
  • Military Veterans Online Resources
  • Military Veterans Treatment Directories
  • Military Veterans Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lines
  • Find a Rehab Center

The below program information is being forwarded by the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC) as a service of this office.  ORHPC does not endorse or recommend any vendor or service. Please review for the appropriate use within your organization.

Rural Health Clinical Congress Fall 2022 Conference

November 3, 2022

Rural Health Clinical Congress Fall 2022 Conference

Register Today & Mark Your Calendar!

There’s still time to register for Rural Health Clinical Congress Fall 2022, taking place on Saturday, November 19! This FREE virtual live CME/CE conference is designed for clinicians who serve patients in rural and underserved communities.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • Optimizing Outcomes of Moderate-to-Severe Asthma
  • Addressing the Burden of Chronic Rhinosinusitis With Nasal Polyps
  • Liver Cancer Screening and Management in Primary Care
  • Overcoming Disparities in Women’s Reproductive Health
  • Menopause and Mental Health: Strategies for Overcoming Barriers and Advancing Health Equity

Earn up to 5.0 complimentary CME/CE credits by participating. Don’t miss out – sign up today to save your spot!

Re-imagining a Safe and Healthy Future for Agriculture at the 2022 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference

October 13, 2022

Re-imagining a Safe and Healthy Future for Agriculture at the 2022 Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) Conference

Hybrid conference asks: what does the future hold regarding the health and safety of all farm workers?

Contact: Gayle Olson, gayle-olson@uiowa.edu

Publish date: 10/06/2022

This year, MRASH focuses on the future as farmers emerge into a changing world affected by supply chain and worker shortages, and ongoing changes in the climate, the economy, and technology. The hybrid conference, featuring a keynote presentation by Matt Russell, State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency, will take place at the Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids, November 16 -17. Participants can attend either in person or virtually.  Farmers, students, frontline healthcare workers and vocational ag teachers qualify for a greatly discounted registration fee.  A free pre-conference “train-the-trainer” workshop dedicated to respiratory fit testing will also take place on November 15 from 2:30-5:00 PM. Find more details and register for the event at the MRASH conference website.

Russell’s presentation will explore the changing trends affecting the future of agriculture. Ahna Kruzic, Association Director of the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, located in Minneapolis, will lead the discussion panel focusing on the important health and safety implications of these trends.

Day Two of the conference features over 20 presenters describing their research and outreach projects on a wide variety of agricultural safety and health topics.  The conference will close with an awards luncheon and capstone discussion session.

New conference features include tours of Kirkwood Community College’s agriculture, health and industrial tech programs; a walk-through of SIM-IA, a mobile clinical training unit; a “Taster Session” of flash talks, posters, demos, and more from students and experts highlighting important health and safety concepts, and a breakfast for those interested in pairing with a mentor throughout the conference.

MRASH is sponsored by I-CASH, CS-CASH and GPCAH.  For MRASH updates: follow GPCAH on Facebook and Twitter  (#MRASH2022) and join the MRASH Facebook group.

October MBQIP Monthly

October 11, 2022

Now Available! October MBQIP Monthly

MBQIP Monthly is an e-newsletter that highlights current information about the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) and provides critical access hospitals (CAHs) information and support for quality reporting and improvement. MBQIP Monthly is produced through the Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance program by Stratis Health.

Current Issue:  MBQIP Monthly October 2022

  • CAHs Can! Use Healthcare Quality Week to Show That Quality Matters Every Day
  • Data: CAHs Measure Up – Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel
  • Tips: Robyn Quips – CMS Quality program Emails
  • Tools and Resources – Helping CAHs succeed in Quality Reporting & Improvement

HRSA Funding Opportunities

Date: August 25, 2022

Rural Health Network Development Program (Application Due Date: November 22, 2022) – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) will be making approximately 44 awards of up to $300,000 each for the 2023 Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program. This four-year program will support integrated health care networks who collaborate to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services and associated health outcomes; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. HRSA intends for the RHND Program to address gaps in service, enhance systems of care, and expand capacity of the local rural health care system.

Eligible organizations must be located in a domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit entities, including faith-based, community-based, tribes and tribal organizations. The applicant organization may be located in a rural or urban area, but must have demonstrated experience serving, or the capacity to serve, rural underserved populations. The applicant organization must represent a network that includes at least three or more health care provider organizations and, at least 66% (or two-thirds) of network members must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Wednesday September 7, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST / 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST. Log-in information is below:

Review the NOFO at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=hrsa-23-030.

Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) – Applications are due October 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. The purpose of the program is to support community-based partnerships and collaborations aimed at promoting access to health care for under-resourced and underserved children, youth, and their families nationwide, through the implementation and evaluation of new or enhanced community-based projects and models of care. Recipients will implement community-based projects incorporating evidence-informed or evidence-based strategies or innovations to increase access to health care and preventive health services in rural and other underserved populations. An application webinar was held on Friday, July 29, 2022. To view the recording, go here.

AmeriCorps Grants Will Focus on Evidence-Based InterventionsNonprofit organizations, tribes, and local governments are eligible for the next round of grants from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for community service and volunteerism. The funding for 2023 will prioritize evidence-based interventions proven to work in communities with concentrated poverty and/or historically underrepresented and underserved individuals. The programs present a unique opportunity for organizations who work in rural to help support public and community health and create potential career pathways while also addressing longstanding workforce capacity challenges. The deadline to apply for federal grants is January 4, 2023. Single-state applicant deadlines to State Commissions may be significantly earlier.

American Heart Association Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator – Ongoing. The three-year initiative is designed to eliminate health disparities with learning collaboratives and professional education for hospitals and clinicians. The national nonprofit will support up to 700 rural hospitals at no cost.