Missouri launches interactive dashboard displaying pregnancy-associated deaths

December 08, 2022

Missouri launches interactive dashboard displaying pregnancy-associated deaths

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Annually, an average of 61 Missouri women die while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy, making Missouri rank 44th in maternal mortality. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is leading the nation in launching the first statewide, interactive dashboard displaying maternal mortality data.

“The road to becoming a mother is not always easy. DHSS and the PAMR Board are looking to help ease what should be a joyful journey from becoming one of grief and loss,” said Paula Nickelson, acting director for DHSS. “Focusing on increasing awareness of new mothers’ needs and providing postpartum care are a few factors that can impact another new mother from becoming a mortality statistic. With the dashboard, DHSS is hoping to further awareness, discussions and the need to improve obtainable resources for mothers to prevent these tragic deaths.”

From a global standpoint, the United States has the highest rate of maternal mortality among 11 developed nations. Additionally, Black women are greater than three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women.

The dashboard summarizes three years (2017-2019) of data from the state Maternal Mortality Review Committee. The Committee operates using a standardized, comprehensive and evolving system to understand the context and causes surrounding a woman’s death. Accompanying visualizations of data highlight the information aiding in comprehension of the following:

  • Two leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths are mental health conditions and cardiovascular disease.
  • The majority of all maternal deaths occur in the time period between 43 days to one year postpartum.

The PAMR Board continues to review cases and provide recommendations for prevention. View the online PAMR dashboard and the latest PAMR annual report at Health.Mo.Gov/Data/Pamr. Women’s health resources supported by DHSS can be located at health.mo.gov/WomensHealth.

Register TODAY! Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Forum – A Year in Review – December 13

December 7, 2022

Register TODAY! Ending the HIV Epidemic Community Forum – A Year in Review – December 13

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services invites you to attend the upcoming quarterly Community Engagement Forum focused on Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) in Missouri. These virtual sessions are designed for YOU! The Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis wants to hear your thoughts on ending the HIV epidemic in Missouri and how best to serve those living with HIV. Registration is open and can be accessed by clicking the date: December 13. Please forward this information to others who may like to attend! Thank you for your assistance in Ending the HIV Epidemic in Missouri.

Save-the-Date for the first event in 2023, to be held Tuesday, March 14, at noon and 6 p.m.

Past events are available to view and download HERE with a copy of the presentation slide deck.

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