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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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


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

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.

Webinar, archive and podcast

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

National Rural Health Day Webinar Series – Looking Towards the Future of Rural Health Care

Sponsored by National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Friday November 16    1:00 pm – 2:00pm CST

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Archive of webinars

The Health Care Law and You: A Webinar Series is a collection of presentations explaining the benefits and health care gains found in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, these webinars feature representatives from the Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the community who speak about how the Affordable Care Act will increase health care access and reduce health care disparities for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Titles include:
The Health Care Law and You: How does the ACA help Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)?

The Health Care Law and You: …Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)?

The Health Care Law and You: …Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam and American Samoa)?

The Health Care Law and You: …Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin)?

The Health Care Law and You: …Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands)?

The Health Care Law and You: How does the ACA help Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders nationally?

To view the recordings –


Health Literacy Out Loud Podcast

#87: Choosing A Health Plan: Ways to Make This Experience Easier and More Consumer-Friendly

Lynn Quincy is a senior health policy analyst for Consumers Union–the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. Quincy works on a wide variety of health policy issues that often focus on consumer protections, consumers’ health insurance literacy, and health insurance reform at the federal and state levels.

In this podcast, Quincy talks with Helen Osborne about:

Choosing a health plan. Why this task is often so hard for consumers.

Ways to make this experience easier and more consumer-friendly.

Strategies to help, including: choice architecture, cognitive shortcuts, stories, visuals, and doing the math for consumers.

To access the podcast –

More Ways to Learn:

Consumers Union: Health Care. At

Choice Architecture: Design Decisions that Affect Consumers’ Health Plan Choices (July 2012). By Kleimann Communications Group, Inc., and Consumers Union. At

What’s Behind the Door: Consumers’ Difficulties Selecting Health Plans (January 2012). Health Policy Brief from Consumers Union. At

Facilitating State Health Exchange Communication Through the Use of Health Literacy Practices: Workshop Summary (2012). Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Health Literacy. At


Intercultural Cancer Fact Sheets

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Intercultural Cancer Coalition has a series of fact sheets that can be used as educational pieces, background information and awareness raising resources.

Sample fact sheets:

  • African Americans & Cancer
  • Hispanics/Latinos & Cancer
  • Rural Poor/Medically Underserved Americans & Cancer
  • Workplace & Cancer
  • Elderly & Cancer

Access these and other fact sheets: