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Rural Mental Health Materials

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) – Links to brochures, fact sheets, articles, research and organizations addressing mental health issues across rural America.

Rural America makes up 90% of the United States landmass and is home to approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Despite these proportions, rural issues often are misunderstood, minimized, and not considered in forming national mental health policy.1

Stigma is particularly intense in rural communities, where anonymity is difficult to maintain.2 The negative attitudes attached to having a mental disorder in a rural area can lead to under-diagnosis and under-treatment of mental disorders among rural residents. Additionally, finding a mental health provider and accessing care is more difficult in rural areas than urban areas, with persons with mental illnesses sometimes spending more time traveling to see a provider than at actual appointments.

Information on mental health issues in rural areas, including how to increase social inclusion and reduce discrimination, can be found in the materials available here: http://1.usa.gov/18ycQsj

Webinar on Rural Oral Health Toolkit

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Please join the Rural Assistance Center for a free webinar featuring the newly released Rural Oral Health Toolkit. http://bit.ly/1aEU3Ar

Webinar Title: Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Time: 1:00pm Central (11:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Mountain, 2:00pm Eastern)

Description: The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis recently released a Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), the toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by ORHP, including lessons learned.

Featured Speakers:

  • Alycia Bayne, MPA, Senior Research Scientist from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce the Rural Oral Health Toolkit.
  • Linda Mantessino, RN, MPH, FACHE, Grant Director for the Oral Health Outreach Grant Program awarded to Innis Community Health Center, will present on the Building Tomorrow’s Smiles Program, which focuses on enhancing oral health for toddlers and children through primary care clinics and a school based health center in rural Louisiana.
  • Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Executive Director of the Thumb Rural Health Network in Harbor Beach, Michigan, will present on the Partnering for Health Program, which strives to increase the number of low income uninsured individuals that have an ongoing source of care or medical home, including access to free or low cost oral health services.

Registration: Visit http://bit.ly/IruwaY to register. Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at cathy.westerhausen@med.und.edu or 701.777.0584.

Bilingual resource on Patient Centered Health Home

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The National Center for Bilingual Health has created a Health News issue on Patient-Centered Health Homes.  The issue is in English and Spanish: http://bit.ly/12ymfzB

Health News is published quarterly and provides health information in lay terminology.  Access past issues here: http://bit.ly/13h1HHf

Rural Oral Health Toolkit

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Rural Assistance Center has created a new toolkit for rural oral health.  The toolkit provides resources in the planning, implementing and evaluating of rural oral health programs.  The toolkit provides examples of successful programs.  Access the toolkit: http://bit.ly/1aEU3Ar

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