Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcement

November 15, 2018

FY 19 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning

HRSA/FORHP is pleased to announce a second round of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (Planning). The purpose of this program is to support treatment for and prevention of substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural communities.  In FY 18, HRSA made 95 awards and in FY 19, HRSA anticipates making approximately 120 awards.  The current Planning awardees can be found on the HRSA website.  Any domestic organization forming a consortium of four or more members in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding.  More information on eligibility and requirements can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Interested applicants may attend a live technical assistance webinar on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST.

For further details on how to access this webinar, please see page (ii) in the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov.

Applications are due on January 15, 2019, with a program start date of June 1, 2019. Please contact ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov with additional questions.

National Rural Health Day Webinars from CMS, CDC & FORHP

November 13, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined forces with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to ‘Celebrate Rural’ and innovative practices by hosting the below webinars.


Tuesday, November 13

Five Ways Pharmacists can be Antibiotics Aware 

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

This educational activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is designed to review updated information on common antibiotic use problems encountered by general clinical pharmacists. Discussion of case-based scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to identify and prioritize antibiotic-related problems and explain examples of employing effective stewardship strategies in the acute care setting. The presenters will use a variety of active techniques to communicate information and facilitate discussion of the clinical scenarios. The webinar will be receiving pharmacy continuing education credits but other healthcare professionals such MDs and nurses are welcome to participate.

Thursday, November 15

CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Efforts in Rural Health 

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar to highlight examples of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) projects that address access to care and harm reduction in critical access and rural hospitals.

More events will be posted as they are finalized, so check out the HRSA website regularly: https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/about-us/rural-healthday.html


National Rural Health Day Webinars – Next Week

November 09, 2018

Celebrate the ‘Power of Rural’ with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, who will be hosting 3 live, 30-minute webinars happening on  November 15, 2018!   


NRHD Webinar: Policy and the Power of Rural

  • Start: November 15, 2018 11:00 am
  • End: November 15, 2018 11:30 am Eastern

This conversation will focus on the current and future work of rural health policy, how rural citizens can communicate with policymakers and their communities to make an impact on rural health, and the impact of a changing Congress.

Register Now

Andrew Coats
Shareholder, Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman


NRHD Webinar: Rural Networks: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic

  • Start: November 15, 2018 3:00 pm
  • End: November 15, 2018 3:30 pm Eastern

During this 30 minute conversation, participants will learn how small rural networks are collaborating and innovating with their communities to address the opioid crisis in rural New York.

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Facilitated by Karen Madden: New York Office of Rural Health

Rebecca Evansky – Project Manager, Adirondack Health Institute                                                                 Charlotte Crawford – Chief Executive Officer, Lakes Plains Community Care Network


NRHD Webinar: A Conversation on Rural EMS

  • Start: November 15, 2018 4:00 pm
  • End: November 15, 2018 4:30 pm Eastern

This conversation will focus on the current state of rural EMS and how leaders are educating and bringing innovation to their states.

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Facilitated by Teryl Eisinger: NOSORH Executive Director

Andy Gienapp
Manager, Office of Emergency Medical Services, Wyoming Department of Health


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

November 1, 2018

What’s New

Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins November 1.  The six-week period during which consumers may enroll in the Federal Health Insurance Exchange begins today and ends on Saturday, December 15.   Those without an employer-based plan may visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov to shop for plans that will begin coverage on January 1, 2019.  Eleven states and the District of Columbia have their own state-based websites for enrollment in individual/family or small business health coverage, or both.  Some states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover more people. Choose your state and household size to learn if your state has expanded and if you may qualify.

Updated State Fact Sheets from the USDA Economic Research Service.  The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts research to inform public and private decision-making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources and rural development.  The ERS State Fact Sheets provide information on population, income, poverty, food security, education, employment, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and agricultural exports. Data are available for all States, and for metro/nonmetro breakouts within States. Links to county-level data are provided where available. This release provides the latest available (2017) U.S. and State-level agricultural exports and poverty estimates. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

HRSA Available Funding Opportunity

November 1, 2018

Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program (ANEW)

Fiscal Year 2019 Application Due Date: January 8, 2019

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The purpose of this program is to support innovative academic-practice to educate primary care Nurse Practitioners (NP), clinical nurse specialists (CNS) and nurse midwives (NM) prepared for the unique challenges practicing in rural and underserved communities.

HRSA expects approximately $37,250,000 to fund approximately 53 recipients. You may apply for up to $700,000 per year, of which $350,000 may be used for student traineeships. In order to be eligible for an award, applicants must request both traineeships and academic-practice program infrastructure funds.

Technical Assistance

Dates: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Time:  2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Call-In:  888-989-4349
Passcode: 1359928
Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/anew_oct/

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

October 18, 2018

Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Community Health and Prosperity. Rural stakeholders have until Monday, November 5th to offer comment on the Surgeon General’s efforts focusing on how local investments have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities.  This opportunity for public comment provides a way to ensure that the broader national effort includes a specific focus on rural issues.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with the Surgeon General’s Office on this effort and the goal is to use the information from the public to help guide this effort.  Rural stakeholders are encouraged to submit written views, recommendations, and data about how investing in communities can improve health and prosperity and unique characteristics of rural communities that need to be taken into account in the larger effort by the Surgeon General.

What’s New

New Report: Life in Rural America.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) published a report this week with findings from a survey of rural adults “to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.”  Respondents were optimistic overall, citing positive job prospects and connection with their communities.  Of the challenges in rural areas, more than 25 percent of those surveyed cited drug abuse as the biggest problem facing their local community.  The second largest concern, at 21 percent, was economic, including poverty and the availability of jobs.  The report challenges the idea that all rural Americans are the same and examines major differences between young and old, those with and without a college degree, and between White residents and minorities.  Earlier this year, RWJF issued its annual County Health Rankings. That report included an explicit call to action for community leaders to examine local data and learn more about the social and economic factors in each community that impact health outcomes. Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements

August 30, 2018

Funding Opportunities

SAMHSA Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants – September 20.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make 15 awards with total funding of $8.25 million to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for opioid use disorder efforts in rural communities.  Successful applicants will be current USDA Cooperative Extensions grantees with a focus on opioids that will provide research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agriculture enterprises.

Johns Hopkins American Indian Scholars Program – November 1.  American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities can apply for financial support to attend training at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The scholarship covers travel to and from Baltimore, hotel accommodation in a room shared with another student, course materials including books, and full academic credit tuition for one 5-day course.  A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a minimum GPA of 2.75.  The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health works in partnership with tribal communities, which are mostly rural, to design culturally-appropriate public health programs.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program – November 30.  Public or private nonprofit organizations forming a consortium of three or more health providers in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The purpose of the Network Planning program (a one-year planning grant) is to strengthen the rural health care system through community-level networks that can align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers.   Continue reading “Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Announcements”

HRSA – Office of Regional Operations – Region VII

August 29, 2018

FY19 Federal Funding Opportunities Webinar 

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations-Kansas City, will host the FY19 Federal Funding Opportunities Webinar. The goal of this webinar is to provide participants with an overview of HRSA’s core programs and current funding opportunities.  We will also share information on websites to assist organizations in obtaining data and how to request technical assistance to support their grant application efforts.  In addition, representatives from HUD, OASH, USDA, ACL, SAMSHA, and the DOJ will provide grants and resource information from their respective agencies.

Date: October 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am CST

Register Here

Webinar Invitation: Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

HRSA Office of Regional Operations (ORO) – Region VII – Kansas City (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)

Working Together to Eradicate Pediatric Obesity

 Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018  –   Time: 2pm – 3 pm ET / 1pm – 2pm CT

 The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) is hosting a free webinar featuring experts from the University of Kansas Medical Center that have developed treatment recommendations for pediatric obesity. During this webinar, you will hear about the prevalence of pediatric obesity and the use of telehealth for the treatment of pediatric obesity. Registration is available here. For more information, contact Carlos Mena at cmena@hrsa.gov or Nancy Rios at nrios@hrsa.gov.

This webinar is part of HRSA’s Telehealth Learning Webinar Series. The series’ goal is to highlight successful projects/best practices as well as resources to promote and further the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services.