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Rural Hospital Difficulties

Monday, March 14th, 2016

More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units by Michelle Andrews

From KIOS and Kaiser Health News

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

USDA Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The USDA Rural Development opened applications for Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants, These grants can be used to purchase eligible capital assets, such as equipment or instructional programming, that aide in connecting teachers and medical service providers serving rural communities to other teachers, medical professionals, and experts too far to access otherwise.

An informational webinar about grants the will be held on February 18. View this flyer for instructions on how to register for the webinar:

Online Program for Veteran Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health offers a pilot program,, to help rural, veteran mothers experiencing postpartum depression cope with the depression. An online intervention tool, MomMoodBooster, provides a variety of mood management resources and connects the mothers with phone coaches to help encourage the participants and track results:

Tick Bites: Resources for Disease Prevention

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Although small, ticks can cause serious conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control have resources for consumers and health care providers on avoiding and recognizing tick-borne illnesses.

It’s Open Season on Ticks (CDC):

Tick Bites (MedlinePlus):

Ticks (CDC):

Rural Care Coordination

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has a new topic guide: Rural Care Coordination.  Care coordination has great potential to improve rural health access and quality, as well as health outcomes. This new guide looks at opportunities, barriers, and models related to coordinating care in rural settings. Topics covered include Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, the role of HIT in care coordination, and more:

Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide is now available from the National Rural Health Resource Center: This guide was developed to provicde best practices to rural hospitals and to assist State Offices of Rural Health to develop educational training. Get the guide at:

Affordable Care Act: Guide for Agricultural Workers

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The National Center for Farmworker Health has created a guide for agricultural workers that describes benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The guide is in English and is available for sharing.

ACA fact sheet: