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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

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:

Health News is published quarterly and provides health information in lay terminology.  Access past issues here:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:

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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:


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:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: