Webinar: Ask National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) Any RHC and/or COVID-19 Related Question!

Date: November 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 CT


Join National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) as they tackle all the most common (and some less common) questions pertaining to RHCs and COVID-19. Topics anticipated include:

  • Provider Relief Fund 
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • RHC COVID-19 Testing Fund Program
  • RHCcovidreporting.com
  • Telehealth Policy
  • Public Health Emergency Policy
  • Cost Reporting Issues

The webinar will be moderated by Nathan Baugh, the Director of Government Affairs for NARHC, and feature two extremely knowledgeable individuals on Rural Health Clinic issues:

  • Shannon Chambers, the Director of Provider Solutions for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health and a Consultant for NOSORH’s Connections for Community Care Project; and
  • Charles James Jr, the President of NARHC and the President/CEO of North American Healthcare Management Services.

This webinar is being provided free of charge. However, you must register in advance. If you have issues registering and are using Internet Explorer, try using another browser. If you continue to have issues, please contact us and we will assist you, 866.306.1961.  

For this webinar there will be no phone number to call into. You will need to join via your computer or log into the GoToWebinar app on your mobile device. When the webinar begins you will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers.

A copy of the slides and a recording will be available within a few days after the webinar is complete at https://www.narhc.org/narhc/<!– –>TA_Webinars1.asp

If you have any questions about registering please email us at asst@narhc.org.


Make sure you continue to report data on RHCcovidreporting.com! Remember the deadline to get your October information into the portal is November 30th!

Virtual Healthcare Roundtable

Presented by the Missouri Job Center & the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce

November 17, 2020

8:30 – 9:30 AM Central

All healthcare organizations encouraged to participate!

All area healthcare organizations are invited to a Zoom conference call as we discuss the state of healthcare in the midst of the pandemic. This group discussion will be moderated by Danny Perches from the Chamber.

To receive a Zoom link, please email Jennifer Biri at jbiri@springfieldmo.gov.

Deadline to register is November 16!

Healthcare Roundtable Flyer 11-17-20

Webinar: Let’s Talk about CHART…for Lead Organizations!

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 12:20 PM Central

In September 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) released the notice of funding opportunity for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Community Transformation Track.

CMMI states that the “CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale.”

This second session in the Rural Health Value team’s Let’s talk about CHART! series will help you plan and prepare for a CHART Community Transformation Track application. The session’s focus will be on CHART Lead Organizations, although all interested stakeholders are welcome to participate. Join the discussion with the Rural Health Value team and guest experts who have led or participated in other rural global payment programs to understand:

  • What it takes to serve as a Lead Organization
  • What the key planning and readiness activities are which should be underway now as part of the pre-application process
  • What partners Lead Organizations will need and want to engage
  • And more

The target audience includes rural hospitals, state offices of rural health, state-based payers, health systems, rural health networks, and others interested in potentially pursuing participation in the Model.

  1. Visit the registration page.
  2. Enter the information as prompted.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email.
    Note: This confirmation email may go to your spam or junk folder.

Contact Karla Weng

Rural Health Value is a national initiative funded by a cooperative agreement from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) with the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis (RUPRI Center) and StratisHealth. The Rural Health Value team analyzes rural implications of changes in the organization, finance, and delivery of health care services and assists rural communities and providers transition to a high-performance rural health system.

Webinar: Navigating the Opioid Crisis Amidst a Pandemic

Date: November 13, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Central


Drug overdose deaths are at epidemic levels in the United States. As communities work to combat this complex issue, coalitions are often expected to lead the way. This issue can take coalitions into areas beyond prevention, to address harm reduction, overdose prevention, naloxone distribution
and more.

During this first session of a two-part series, we will take a deep look at the Opioid Continuum of Care (e.g., prevention, intervention, treatment and aftercare) and discuss the unique characteristics of each stage, plus COVID-19’s impact on the crisis. Participants will examine the role of their coalitions in the opioid crisis and ways they can engage community partners and members during the pandemic.

ASTHO: Population Health and Prevention Post

November 9, 2020

Join ASTHO for the final webinar in our Insight and Inspiration series on Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. ET. Marissa Levine (alumni – VA) will draw on her 16 years of state government service to share the important role of mindset, self-care, and resilience for public health professionals leading during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for modernized public health data infrastructure. ASTHO’s new column in the  explains why we must begin investing in better data systems today.

Population Health and Prevention News

  • As part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Oct. 25 – Oct. 31), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs  development of a toolkit on state strategies to reduce maternal and child lead exposure, to be released in November.
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Data Across Sectors for Health, and the Center for Health Care Strategies  an RFP to help five community-based organizations improve state partnerships on policy and systems change.
  • ASTHO’s health improvement team  an RFP for the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Learning Collaborative. Four states will be funded to support innovative and sustainable heart disease and stroke prevention projects that focus on improving hypertension through equitable change.
  • ASTHO published a  covering the strategies states are using in collaboration with the education sector to mitigate the effects of trauma and toxic stress children experience due to COVID-19.

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Rural Health Clinics Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing

As COVID-19 swept across America, Congress and the Trump Administration quickly recognized that Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) would be an important source of testing for the new virus. In early May, Congress approved a $225 Million RHC COVID-19 Testing Program so all RHCs could assist with a national effort to increase COVID-19 testing.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) was charged with organizing the distribution of this money to RHCs. Through an unprecedented level of collaboration between FORHP, the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), this money began flowing to virtually every RHC in the country in a matter of weeks.

Join the leaders of NARHC, NOSORH and FORHP as they discuss both the triumphs of RHCs during COVID-19 and the challenges ahead as we head into a winter resurgence in cases. After brief remarks from each of the rural health leaders, the lines will be opened for you to ask questions and share your experiences with the panelists and attendees. They want to hear about your success as well as what challenges you continue to face in meeting the healthcare needs of your communities in these challenging times.

This Town Hall will also serve as a kick-off to a week-long celebration of the Power of Rural culminating in National Rural Health Day on November 19th! 

Date of Webinar: Monday, November 16th, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM Central

Hosted by the leaders of NARHC, NOSORH, and FORHP


  • Tom Morris, MPA, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, HRS, HHS
  • Lindsey Nienstedt, MPH, MSW, Public Health Analyst, FORHP, HHS
  • Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director of NARHC
  • Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director of NOSORH

This webinar is being provided free of charge. However, you must register in advance. If you have issues registering and are using Internet Explorer, try using another browser. If you continue to have issues, please contact us and we will assist you, 866.306.1961.  

To register, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/546882101207560208 or http://bit.ly/RHCs_Increase_COVID_Testing

When the webinar begins you will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers.

A copy of the slides and a recording will be available within a few days after the webinar is complete at: https://www.narhc.org/narhc/TA_Webinars1.asp

If you have any questions about registering please email us at asst@narhc.org.

Webinare: PRAPARE Screening Tool & Diabetes Prevention

Date: November 16, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM Central


The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) are pleased to bring you the next webinar in our Learning Collaborative to Address Diabetes Prevention, PRAPARE Screening Tool & Diabetes Prevention. 

Identifying the socioeconomic and structural drivers of poor health outcomes and higher healthcare costs is increasingly important when caring for complex patients. By collecting standardized data on the social determinants of health (SDoH) using the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks and Experiences (PRAPARE) tool, community health centers can better understand the complexity of their patient populations and use that information for a variety of purposes including providing more appropriate care, better allocating limited resources, targeting interdisciplinary teams, and providing needed social services—either in-house or through community partnerships. 

The PRAPARE is a standardized SDOH screening tool developed by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, and the Oregon Primary Care Association to help community health centers engage patients and inform care and payment transformation.

This webinar will feature speakers Yuriko De la Cruz, Manager, SDoH, and Sarah Halpin, Program Associate from NACHC.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the social determinants of health and the impact on patient health outcomes and population health
  2. Understand what PRAPARE is and the use of it to collect social risk data of patients
  3. Explore how social risk data collection can inform diabetes prevention efforts  


IFC-4 and COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkits Listening Session Invitation

On October 28, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an Interim Final Rule with Comment Period (IFC) that removes administrative barriers to eliminate potential delays to patient access to a lifesaving vaccine. In addition, the rule:

  • Creates flexibilities for states maintaining Medicaid enrollment during the COVID19 PHE;
  • Establishes enhanced Medicare payments for new COVID-19 treatments;
  • Takes steps to ensure price transparency for COVID-19 tests, and
  • Provides an extension of Performance Year 5 for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model; and
  • Creates flexibilities in the public notice requirements and post-award public participation requirements for a State Innovation Waiver under Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during the COVID-19 PHE.

The CMS Kansas City office is hosting two 1-hours conversations with sessions CMS staff regarding IFC-4 and the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkits. They will provide a brief overview of IFC-4 and look at the resources available in the COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkits. Following the overview, the lines will open up to answer questions and listen to feedback.  Information presented will be the same at both sessions; however, the listening portion will be unique to each session.

To register for the November 9 session from 10:00 – 11:00 AM CST, please click on the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/registration-cms-kc-ifc-4-covid-19-vaccine-toolkits-listening-session-tickets-127913156695

To register for the November 10 session from 4:00 – 5:00 pm CST, please click on the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/registration-cms-kc-ifc-4-covid-19-vaccine-toolkits-listening-session-tickets-127927874717

Register for the session that works best for you or both if you are interested in hearing questions and feedback during both sessions. After you register, you will be provided a link to access your session(s). It is strongly encouraged to review the IFC and toolkit prior to the conversation. The IFC can be found at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/covid-vax-ifc-4.pdf and the toolkits can be found at https://www.cms.gov/covidvax.