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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

New CDC Series on Rural Health Topics

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Throughout 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight rural healthcare issues in a special series of the  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Covered so far are the leading causes of death in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and health-related behaviors classified by county. Upcoming topics may include chronic diseases, healthy behaviors, reproductive health, injuries and exposures, and agriculture safety and health. See the MMWR Rural Health Series here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/h2du

Rural Health Workforce

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Maintaining the healthcare workforce is fundamental to providing healthcare quality and access in rural areas. Recently updated by the Rural Health Information Hub, this “Rural Healthcare workforce” topic guide covers a wide range of issues related to the healthcare workforce in rural areas, including supply and demand, workforce distribution, characteristics of the rural healthcare workforce, strategies to meet workforce needs, and more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/pdfc

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Rural Health Information Hub has created a new toolkit: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment. Like other evidence-based toolkits on the site, the Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit provides models for programs, evaluation tools and sustainability resources.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/a07s

Rural Development Programs for American Indians/Alaska Natives

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Programs for Tribal Families, Children, and Communities highlights the major USDA Rural Development programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Topics include food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Also included are program specific details and contact information for the RD office in each state. Access the resource here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/f5nz

Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The intent of this toolkit is to provide rural communities with the information, strategies, resources, and other important materials that could be helpful in implementing a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. This toolkit consists of seven modules. Each module contains specific information that communities can use to develop a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. There are also links within each module to connect to resources and materials that can help in creating your program.

Access the toolkit at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/uehj

Also, check the health topic guide, Rural People with Disabilities at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/v8fi

Innovations for Healthy Living grant for small business concerns

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) RFA-MD-17-001 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health in one or more NIH-defined health disparity population group(s). Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. Open date is January 22, 2017 and applications are due February 22, 2017.

Health Guides in Multiple Languages

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Hesperian is a non-profit that creates and distributes plain language health guides in multiple languages. Although they sell print books, pdf versions of their books, including Where there is no doctor, and many fact sheets are available for no-cost download.

Hesperian Health Guides: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zgrr

Rankings in Action: Schools as a Hub for Health webinar

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Dec 13, 2016 3:00pm EST

Register at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/t9ym 

Join County Health Rankings and Roadmaps as they explore the intersection between health and education with guest presenter, Miranda Kridler, County Planner, who will share how the Athens County Health Coalition is effectively partnering with five school districts in rural Athens County, Ohio. Participants will learn how the coalition is focusing on what is important, building on what is working, and moving into implementation of sustainable, evidence informed strategies.

Text adapted from County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The HHS HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has opened applications for the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (“Network Planning”). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically for entities that do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. The program will support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and focusing member efforts to address important regional or local community health needs.

Application due January 3, 2017.

Technical Assistance webinar: December 13, 2016 2 to 3pm EST

For more information and pdf of the full Funding Opportunity Announcement, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/xmfb.

Rural Health IT Workforce Training Programs for Community Colleges

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

A collection of curriculum resources which educators can adapt to create rural health IT workforce training programs is now available from the Rural Health Information Hub. Developed by the Rural Health IT Workforce Program grantees, the training resources were designed to ensure that others could build on their curricula, helping to seed additional health IT training programs at rural serving community colleges: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/bbkb