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Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention public education program that teaches the public how to assist someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis.  MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to individuals who may be experiencing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder.  First Aid is administered to help individuals connect with appropriate care.  The training is especially useful in rural communities where access to mental health services may be limited.  Rural MHFA is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use concerns early and for rural residents to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that do exist.  MHRA is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about emntal health and substance abuse and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these disorders.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that teaches participants about:

  • Risk factors and warning signs for mental health issues
  • Prevalence of various mental health disorders
  • The need to reduce stigma
  • A 5-step action plan to assess a situation, identify appropriate interventions, and help those in need access mental health services
  • Resources available to help people experiencing a mental health issue or problem

More information is available from the Rural Assistance Center online: http://bit.ly/136YxNd

Webinar: Medical-Legal Partnerships for Farmworker Health and Legal Service Organizations

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

When: Thursday, May 2, 2013
When: 11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time

Join Health Outreach Partners and Farmworker Justice for the “Medical-Legal Partnerships for Farmworker Health and Legal Service Organizations” webinar.  The purpose of this webinar is to highlight medical-legal partnerships for farmworker serving organizations.  Farmworker patients often experience the negative health impacts of the social determinants of health such as poor housing, employment issues, violence, and not being eligible for health and social programs.  Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) are increasingly working to address the social determinants of health by addressing both the health and legal needs of patients.  Topics will include an overview of medical-legal partnerships, initiatives and strategies, challenges, and recommendations.  Representatives from health centers and legal agencies serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers will serve as panelists and participants will have the opportunity to pose real-time questions relevant to the topic.

Reserve your webinar seat at: http://bit.ly/15GXQcV

Rural Federal Funding Database

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Rural Information Center – Database for identifying funding assistance programs offered by the federal government that rural areas can apply for.  http://1.usa.gov/17M1zp4

Health Information Exchange Kit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Leaders of critical-access hospitals and other rural hospitals and healthcare clinics now have access to a tool kit containing five online guides to help them participate in health information exchange (HIE).  The kit, developed by the not-for-profit National Rural Health Resource Center, includes an assessment guide detailing what to consider before forming or joining a health information exchange; a spreadsheet to calculate an organization’s return-on-investment from HIE; a guide to understanding the federal developed Direct Protocol for basic peer-to-peer records exchange; a primer on health information exchange policies; and an overview of privacy and security issues under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 2009.

Access the tool kit here: http://bit.ly/15Rk1L2

Funding Opportunity: National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle.  The program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2013

More information about the Loan Repayment Program can be found online here: http://1.usa.gov/XeACVx

New Resource From The American Hospital Association: Community Connections

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Access case studies spotlighting hospitals and health systems (some are in rural areas) that have successfully collaborated with local community organizations to promote care coordination, wellness, and prevention. Website also includes tools and resources to help health care facilities be accountable and transparent to their communities and deliver quality care.

Access Community Connections on the web here:  http://bit.ly/13locju

Funding Opportunities Roundup

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  - Funding to implement health programs in schools designed to educate and provide health services for students, advocate for policy change, and collect research related to HIV/STD prevention.

Deadline: April 26, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/V1yosC

 

Grants to Enhance Culturally Specific Services for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Office on Violence Against Women  - Funding for culturally-specific, community-based organizations to address the needs of women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Deadline: March 27, 2013

For more Information: http://bit.ly/UFJmXl

 

AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – Funding for large research projects that can be used by policymakers and health system and community leaders to reduce unnecessary health care costs while maintaining or improving health care quality.

Deadline: June 5, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/VGHHLO

 

AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Health Resources and Services Administration  - Funding to establish nurse practitioner and physician assistant HIV/AIDS primary care education programs.

Deadline: March 22, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/X9QxoD

 

Tribal Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program – Long Term Technical Assistance

Community Transportation Association of America  - Provides technical assistance to help Native American tribes enhance economic growth and development by improving transportation services.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/122EdWt

 

Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program – Long Term Technical Assistance

Community Transportation Association of America  - Provides transit planning assistance for facility and service development and expansion.

Deadline: February 28, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/11sIhoo

 

Schools and Libraries Program Universal Service Fund

Universal Service Administrative Company  - Provides discounts to help schools and libraries obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

Deadline: March 14, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/X9Rk9a

 

Targeted Capacity Expansion-Peer-to-Peer

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  - Grants to deliver peer-to-peer recovery support services that help prevent relapse and promote sustained recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/YdlBko

 

New Access Point Grants

Bureau of Primary Health Care  - Grants to support the establishment of new health service delivery sites for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Deadline: February 27, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/14Vv2f0

 

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP)

Office of Rural Health Policy – Provides funding to small rural hospitals to help them do any or all of the following: pay for costs related to the implementation of PPS, comply with provisions of HIPAA, and reduce medical errors and support quality improvement.

Deadline: March 15, 2013

For more information: http://bit.ly/WDBZfH

Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Breast Cancer (Mammography) Screening

IHS: Webinar will be discussing breast cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving mammography screening rates.

Friday January 25, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/XDe3XP

 

Two-Spirit Learning Community Webinar.

SAMHSA’s Native American Center for Excellence Two Spirit Learning Community

Tuesday January 29, 2013     12:00 pm- 1:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/Tt4uzb

 

Introduction to the Obesity Prevention Evidence-Based Toolkit

Sponsored by National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Tuesday January 29, 2013     2:00pm – 3:30pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/WXmLQe

 

National Provider Call: CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Sponsored by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Thursday January 31, 2013     12:30 – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://go.cms.gov/WRHBC8

 

Rural Community Collaborations and Veteran Outreach

Sponsored by Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health

Thursday January 31, 2013     1:00pm – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/14eP1nt

 

Let’s Move Faith and Communities: Transform your Food Pantry into a Source of Health and Wellness!

Sponsored by The Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Thursday, January 31st, 2013     1:00pm  – 2:00pm CST

Learn more: http://bit.ly/S9VJZb

 

Cervical Cancer (Pap) Screening.

IHS: Webinar will be discussing cervical cancer rates, current screening guidelines, as well as strategies for improving pap screening rates.

Friday February 1, 2013     12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/XDe3XP

Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

From the Rural Assistance Center: Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit.  It contains eight modules which concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Modules also include resources to use in developing a program for your area.  Also provides best practices developed by successful obesity prevention programs that have been implemented in clinical, school, and community settings.

Go to: http://bit.ly/SJrBCW

Rural Emergency Medicine Resources

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Rural Emergency Medicine

American College of Emergency Physicians  – Faced with unique challenges of providing appropriate and adequate medical care in rural areas, members of the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine develop and share information related to issues such as pre-hospital, initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospital care of rural emergency patients. The section serves not only as a communications vehicle, but also as a database of relevant literature, education, and research.

Visit the website at http://bit.ly/UsrOH1

 

SIM – SD: Simulation in Motion – South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Health  – A mobile education program that brings technologically advanced training of emergency patient care to rural South Dakota’s pre-hospital and hospital emergency care providers. Uses human-like, computerized mannequins.

Visit the website at http://1.usa.gov/SYpOaf

This mobile education program is focused on South Dakota, but this is a great opportunity to learn more about this simulation program and how you might implement something similar in your own community.