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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: hhttp://bit.ly/23vzKAI

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at: http://bit.ly/1oYGuEb

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health – A Self-Guided Learning Module for Rural Health Care Teams is designed with two goals in mind: To help people who work in rural health learn more about the concept of social determinants of health; and to enable rural health teams to improve outcomes in their communities by addressing factors that contribute to the social determinants of health. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/20CvwCk

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.

Am I Rural? tool gets an update

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Adapted from RHIhub, http://bit.ly/1qjNZai 

Use Am I Rural? to determine whether specific locations are considered rural based on various definitions the term, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs such as Rural Health Clinics and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant programs. It also states whether that address is in a Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas/Populations.

The tutorial on YouTube shows how to use the tool and what information it provides. http://bit.ly/1SxZsMn

Rural Services Integration Toolkit

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

This new toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub offers strategies for rural communities seeking to integrate health and human services to increase care coordination, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. The toolkit provides information, considerations for implementation, evidence-based models, and resources: http://bit.ly/1pyZdXM

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Adapted from HRSA

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program enables students accepted or enrolled in a diploma, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate nursing programs, including RN to BSN, RN to MSN-NP, Direct Entry MSN-NP program to receive funding for tuition, fees and other educational costs in exchange for working at an eligible NURSE Corps site upon graduation for at least two years, earning the same competitive salary and benefits as any new hire.

Application and technical assistance information is posted on http://1.usa.gov/1Lt58ry 

Rural Hospital Difficulties

Monday, March 14th, 2016

More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units by Michelle Andrews

From KIOS and Kaiser Health News

http://bit.ly/1Lmpt1C

Michelle Andrews discusses difficulties hospitals face in keeping maternity units open and how closures of the units impact expecting mothers.


Hospital Closures Rattle Small Towns by Sarah Varney

From Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour

http://bit.ly/1QRYj1J

Sarah Varney shares the difficulties small towns in Georgia face after the closing of their hospitals.

Rural Hospitals in America: Report Documents Health and Hospital Disparities

Friday, February 19th, 2016

A report from iVantage, Rural Relevance – Vulnerability to Value, documents the fiscally challenging environment for rural hospitals in America. There are at least 673 facilities at-risk of closure in rural areas, which cover nearly 12 million patient encounters, 99,000 healthcare jobs, an additional 137,000 community jobs lost, and a $277 billion loss to the U.S. GDP over 10 years. Read more about the findings: bit.ly/1oPq2qs

Addressing Disparities Research Grants

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Addressing Disparities Research Grants from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)

Letter of Intent Deadline: March 2, 2016

To read a summary, visit http://bit.ly/1PHwmH8

From RHI Hub:

Addressing Disparities Research Grants offers funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Studies should focus on overcoming barriers that may disproportionately affect the outcomes of specific groups of patients or should identify best practices for reducing disparities.

Priority areas of interest include research that:

  • Compares evidence-based interventions to reduce or eliminate disparities in patient-centered outcomes (PCOs), including health, healthcare, and patient-reported outcomes
  • Compares benefits and risks of treatment, diagnostic, prevention, or service options with attention to eliminating disparities
  • Compares and identifies best practices for tailoring evidence-based interventions to patient populations at risk for disparities
  • Focuses on one or more of the following target populations:
    • Residents of rural areas
    • Racial/ethnic groups
    • Individuals with low socioeconomic status
    • Individuals with limited English proficiency
    • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)
    • Individuals with disabilities

Upcoming Telehealth webinars and grant

Friday, February 12th, 2016

HIMSS Connected Health Community Member Webinar: Telehealth 2.0

February 18, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Central Time

No cost. For more information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/1ox7E5G

Adapted from HIMSS:

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s (UMMC) Center for Telehealth is addressing the need in rural communities which face barriers to accessing adequate healthcare. The presenters will demonstrate the need for telehealth services in rural communities, the value of being connected to an Academic Medical Center, the cost-effective benefits of a comprehensive program that allows individuals to remain at home and in their communities, and how engagement with policymakers has improved overall access to their sustainable model for telehealth services.


Teleneurology: Why It Works for Rural Hospitals Webinar

February 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MT

No cost. For more information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/1V8O226

From Idaho AHEC:
The webinar will focus on the benefits of teleneurology to rural hospitals. Attendees will learn how teleneurology can accelerate diagnosis and treatment of stroke and other acute neurology patients, and can prevent rural hospitals from having to transfer those patients to facilities in metropolitan areas to get the care they need.


Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP)

Deadline: Apr 8, 2016

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1XnJjee

Adapted from Rural Health Information Hub:

Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP) networks are used to:

  • Expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of health care services
  • Improve and expand the training of health care providers
  • Expand and improve the quality of health information available to health care providers, and patients and their families, for decisionmaking

Applications are especially encouraged from networks that will demonstrate how telehealth can expand access to, coordinate and improve the quality of health care services through School-Based Health Centers, especially those which may also serve the broader community beyond normal school hours. Eligible applicants include rural or urban nonprofit entities that will provide services to rural communities through a telehealth network.

The Telehealth Network shall include at least two of the following entities (at least one of which shall be a community-based health care provider):

  • School-based health centers
  • Community health centers or other federally qualified health centers
  • Health care providers, including pharmacists, in private practice
  • Entities operating clinics, including rural health clinics
  • Local health departments
  • Nonprofit hospitals, including community (critical) access hospitals
  • Other publicly funded health or social service agencies
  • Long-term care providers
  • Providers of health care services in the home
  • Providers of outpatient mental health services and entities operating outpatient mental health facilities
  • Local or regional emergency health care providers
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Entities operating dental clinics