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RHIhub This Week - September 4, 2019

Webinar Archive

Urban-Rural Differences in Injury and Drug Overdose Death Rates: Data from the National Vital Statistics System
ICYMI: A recording of the webinar held August, 29, 2019 is now available on our website.

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Recent News

Emergency Department Openings and Closures Impact Resources for Heart Attack Patients
Sep 4, 2019 -- A National Institutes of Health-funded study highlights the impact of hospital emergency department closures and new openings on health outcomes for heart attack patients, including for those living in rural areas.
Source: National Institute of Health

Low-Income Households Buy More Fruits, Vegetables Thanks to Financial Incentives
Sep 3, 2019 -- A recent study published in Health Affairs examined whether offering discounts on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables increased buyer behavior for rural low-income populations in Maine.
Source: HealthLeaders Media

NIHB is Seeking Indigenous Knowledge through Key Informant Interviews
Sep 3, 2019 -- The National Indian Health Board and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working together to increase the capacity of Tribal communities to identify and address elevated blood lead levels in children. Interviews with Tribal Health Directors and other program staff will be conducted to gain insight into their programs and plans for blood lead level testing and their current knowledge of risk factors for lead exposure. Responses will inform a final report that the CDC will use to identify gaps and barriers to blood lead level testing. Tribes interested in participating in this initiative should contact Stephen Valliere by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on September 13th.
Source: National Indian Health Board

Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services
Sep 3, 2019 -- Interview with Andy Gienapp, Wyoming's State EMS Manager, discussing the high cost of operating ambulance services in rural areas and the need for research on how to best overhaul the way emergency services operate in rural communities.
Source: The Takeaway, New York Public Radio

HRSA's Shortage Designation Modernization Project Auto-HPSA National Update
Aug 30, 2019 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration has updated all automatically designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (Auto-HPSAs) scores and provided instructions for the submission of facility-specific and supplemental data to be rescored.
Source: Bureau of Health Workforce

People in the Most Rural Areas More Likely to Die from Colon Cancer Though They're Less Likely to Get It in the First Place
Aug 30, 2019 -- Highlights a study recently published in The Journal of Rural Health that examined the connection between patient demographic information, like geographic location and poverty, and diagnosis of late-stage colorectal cancer.
Source: The Rural Blog

'It's Ruining Everybody We Know.' One Kentucky Town's Battle with Meth's Resurgence.
Aug 28, 2019 -- While much of the attention in Kentucky and across the country has been on the opioid epidemic, meth has made a comeback in the rural community of Pikeville. According to the Kentucky State Police, in 2018 meth accounted for more arrests in the state than all other drugs, aside from fentanyl.
Source: Lexington Herald Leader

Funding & Opportunities

Addressing Disparities Research Grants
Funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Research that focuses on residents of rural areas is listed as a funding priority.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 14, 2020
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants
Support for research that studies the comparative clinical effectiveness of alternative features of healthcare systems that are intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and efficiency of patient care and that have the greatest potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems. Studies that examine effects on certain populations, including low-income and rural populations, will receive priority.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 14, 2020
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute


Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program
Grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation


Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Grants for new organizations to assist veterans in highly rural areas through innovative transportation services to travel to VA medical centers and to otherwise assist in providing transportation services in connection with the provision of VA medical care to these veterans.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2019
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Native American Congressional Internship
A summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation


Udall Scholarship
Scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, self-governance, native health, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 5, 2020
Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation

New Resources

Characteristics of Inpatient Hospital Stays Involving Sickle Cell Disease, 2000–2016
Examines inpatient stays among patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), with trends by patient age from 2000-2016. Also reports on characteristics of inpatient stays in 2016, including data on the location of patient residence for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas. Includes data by patient location for black patients with SCD-related stays compared to black U.S. residents as a whole. Also reports on SCD-related stays by hospital location for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas.
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Date: 09/2019


The Evolving Policy Landscape of Telehealth Services Delivered in the Home and Other Nonclinical Settings
Issue brief identifying key findings for state officials considering adopting new policies for home-based telehealth services. Describes Medicaid and Medicare coverage for telehealth services, including those provided in rural and Health Professional Shortage Areas, Critical Access Hospitals, and Rural Health Clinics.
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
Date: 08/2019


Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities
Highlights the issues affecting access to healthcare for women in rural communities before, during, and after pregnancy. Demonstrates the need for national, state, and community organizations to work together to develop a plan to improve access to care and the outcomes for rural women and their babies.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 09/2019


Improving Physical Activity and Outdoor Recreation in Rural Alabama Through Community Coalitions
Describes a community-based obesity reduction and prevention initiative which used community coalitions to implement research-based interventions. Interventions focused on improving opportunities for physical activity in 14 Alabama counties with high rates of obesity. Reports on the types of interventions implemented and their potential reach.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019


MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the CY 2020 Home Health PPS Update and Home Infusion Therapy
Comments on a July 18, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule related to Medicare payment policies for home health agencies. Includes comments addressing the proposed rural add-on payments for calendar years 2019 through 2022.
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Date: 08/2019


Multilevel Faith-Based Public Health Initiative in Rural Alabama, 2017
Examines the impact of Live Well Faith Communities, a 9-week, faith-based health promotion initiative undertaken in 14 faith communities in rural Alabama. Describes faith community policy and environmental changes related to promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Also discusses participant lifestyle changes.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 08/2019


Organizational Challenges to Improving Quality of Care in Indian Health Service Hospitals
Identifies organizational issues hindering the Indian Health Service (IHS) from improving the management of IHS hospitals. Discusses concerns related to formal structure, policies and roles; awareness of hospital performance and problems; and IHS officials' confidence in the agency's ability to make sustained improvements. Recommends strategies for improvement.
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
Date: 08/2019


Palliative Care Policy Paper
Policy position paper focused on rural palliative care. Discusses the value of palliative care and identifies rural considerations. Includes policy recommendations.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
Date: 07/2019


The Role of Tribal Epidemiology Centers: Podcast with Vanesscia Cresci, MSW, MPA, and Rosalina James, PhD
Podcast discusses the role of tribal epidemiology centers in studying and mitigating health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Details some of the ways tribal epidemiology centers are able to serve their communities more effectively than outside entities.
Author(s): Camelia Singletary
Location: JPHMP Direct
Date: 08/2019


Rural Hospital Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit Findings and Guide
Materials related to the 2019 Rural Care Coordination and Population Health Management Summit, which focused on the role community care coordination plays in helping healthcare leaders prepare for population health management. Includes a short video of panelist interviews as well as a findings report from the summit and a care management best practices guide.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 08/2019


Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide: A Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management: 2019 Update
A guide for rural hospital leadership that identifies best practices in care management. Addresses care management roles and staffing needs and covers utilization review and discharge planning. Helps identify opportunities for process improvement. Also discusses competencies needed to transition to a value-based reimbursement environment focused on population health.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 08/2019

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Presentations: 2020 35th Annual Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
Event Dates: Jun 3 - 5, 2020
Grand Forks, ND
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

Sep
5
2019 AZ Legislative Wrap-up
Time: 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Arizona Center for Rural Health, Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
520.626.2254
petersjs@email.arizona.edu
Sep
9
Household Food Security in the United States in 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
U.S. Department of Agriculture
202.694.5456
acjensen@ers.usda.gov
Sep
9-11
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Meeting
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Washington, DC
301.443.7322
shirsch@hrsa.gov
Sep
10
Ask the Expert! Live Q&A Session with Experts on Hospital Marketing, Hospital Finance & Community Engagement for Rural Hospitals
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Center for Optimizing Rural Health
cavila@tamhsc.edu
Sep
12
Rural Health and the Law, Part I - Health Disparities Are Calling: Is Telemedicine the Answer?
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
American Health Lawyers Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
dl@healthlawyers.org
Sep
13
MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment) Symposium: Evidence-Based Treatments for Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Arizona State University - Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, Yavapai County Medication-Assisted Change Team
Prescott Valley, AZ
Sep
16
Ergonomic Safety for Farm Women
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
16
Understanding the Tractor Factor
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
17
A Research Update from the Agricultural Health Study: Recent Findings, Current Work, and Future Plans
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
17
Opioids: What's an "Outlier Prescriber"? Listening Session
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
mlnevents@thebizzellgroup.com
Sep
17
Safety Sensitivity of Opioid Use in High Hazardous Industries Such as Agriculture
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
17-18
2019 18th Annual NRHA Rural Health Clinic Conference
National Rural Health Association
Kansas City, MO
816.756.3140 x12
siress@NRHArural.org
Sep
18
2019 MPCA Recruitment and Retention Conference
Michigan Primary Care Association
Lansing, MI
517.827.0876
cbell@mpca.net
Sep
18
Exploring the Invest In Your Health Trainer Exchange
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
18
Safeguarding Children Who Live, Work, and Play on Farms and Ranches
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
18-20
2019 18th Annual NRHA Critical Access Hospital Conference
National Rural Health Association
Kansas City, MO
816.756.3140 x12
siress@NRHArural.org
Sep
19
Hazard Communications Standards
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
19
Superbugs are Taking Over....Here's How Telehealth Can Stop Them
Time: 12:00 p.m. Pacific
Arizona Center for Rural Health, Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
520.626.2254
petersjs@email.arizona.edu
Sep
20
Reducing the Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Perinatal Illness for Female Agricultural Producers
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
nroy@agrisafe.org
Sep
27
Rural Behavioral Health Practice Series Webinar #1: Establishing an Ethical Prime Directive - A Proactive and Informed Approach to Navigating Rural Ethical Dilemmas
Minnesota Psychological Association
MPArural@mnpsych.org
Oct
7-9
2019 NARHC Fall Institute
National Association of Rural Health Clinics
St. Louis, MO
866.306.1961 Ext. 2
asst@narhc.org
Oct
8
2019 Recruiting for Retention Academy - Six-part Webinar Series
National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
800.787.2512
info@3rnet.org
Oct
9-11
2019 27th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference
West Virginia Rural Health Association
Huntington, WV
debrinwvrha@gmail.com
Oct
10
Rural Health and the Law, Part II: Integrating Legal Services into Recovery Efforts: Can Medical-Legal Partnerships Help?
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
American Health Lawyers Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
dl@healthlawyers.org
Oct
10-12
2019 Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Summit: Bridging the Economic Divide
National Association of Counties
Lake Placid, NY
202.942.4230
ascott@naco.org
Oct
12-15
2019 16th WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) World Rural Health Conference
National Rural Health Association, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, World Organization of Family Doctors
Albuquerque, NM
Wonca2019@salud.unm.edu
Kristine from RHIhub will be presenting
Oct
16
Health Resources & Services Administration Virtual Job Fair
Time: 6:45 - 10:15 p.m. Eastern
Health Resources and Services Administration
hrsavirtualjobfairs@hrsa.gov
Oct
16-17
2019 Annual NOSORH Meeting
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Albuquerque, NM
734.881.9551
chris.salyers@nosorh.org
Kristine from RHIhub will be exhibiting

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