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RHIhub This Week - March 25, 2020

Upcoming Webinar

Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 pm Central we are hosting a webinar to discuss an October 2019 Rural Monitor article with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Join Kay Miller Temple, Michael Kurilla, and Laura James as they describe their efforts to tackle rural health disparities by including rural Americans in clinical research.

ICYMI: The recording for the Opportunities for Rural Organizations to Become Host Sites for the Public Health Associates Program webinar is now available!

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Recent News

News about COVID-19

HHS Announces Grants to Provide Meals for Older Adults
Mar 24, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $250 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help communities provide meals for older adults. This additional funding will bolster nutritional service programs that provide home-delivered meals and other services to help protect older Americans during the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response
Mar 24, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. The funding will support HRSA-funded health centers with their emergency planning and response efforts, including screening and testing needs, the acquisition of medical supplies, and telehealth capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS Provides $100 Million to Help U.S. Healthcare Systems Prepare for COVID-19 Patients
Mar 24, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS ASPR) announced it will award $100 million in funding to the U.S. healthcare systems preparing for a surge in COVID-19 patients. The funds will directly support the National Special Pathogen System and provide healthcare workers with necessary training and resources.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Research Update: Why Coronavirus Could Hit Rural Areas Harder
Mar 24, 2020 -- Analyzes the risks that rural areas of the country face if exposed to coronavirus, including health and economic consequences. Includes statistics on the prevalence of chronic disease, test kit availability, and percentage of recreation dependent counties in rural versus urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Coronavirus: Counties Move to Protect Elderly, Vulnerable Residents
Mar 23, 2020 -- Highlights actions several counties across the country have taken to mitigate the spread of coronavirus among their elderly and vulnerable residents. Strategies include utilizing teachers and volunteers to deliver necessary supplies and call seniors' homes.
Source: National Association of Counties

CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19
Mar 22, 2020 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is granting exceptions from reporting requirements and extensions for clinicians and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs. Includes information and submission deadlines for provider programs, hospital programs, and post-acute care programs.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Coronavirus Threatens the Lives of Rural Hospitals Already Stretched to Breaking Point
Mar 21, 2020 -- Hospitals are canceling elective procedures to free up resources for coronavirus patients, but many rural hospitals rely on the revenue from those procedures to continue operations. Discusses how the coronavirus outbreak will hurt rural hospitals that are already in the red and stretched for resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News

As Coronavirus Spreads Widely, Millions of Older Americans Live in Counties with No ICU Beds
Mar 20, 2020 -- Summarizes an analysis which found over half of counties in America have no intensive care beds, posing a risk for older residents who are more susceptible to serious illness due to COVID-19. Describes how hospitals in urban and rural areas may have to decide how to ration scarce resources.
Source: Kaiser Health News

As Coronavirus Spreads, Rural Washington Prepares for the Worst
Mar 20, 2020 -- Rural hospitals across Washington state are preparing for the spread of coronavirus by rationing personal protective equipment, setting up triage tents, and popping up COVID-19 clinics. Describes how Critical Access Hospitals are also having to extensively track finances, resources, and staff to continue operations.
Source: Crosscut

HHS Announces Upcoming Action to Provide Funding to Tribes for COVID-19 Response
Mar 20, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human (HHS) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide $80 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations to support response to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Additional funding is also made available by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Colorado Is Banking on Telehealth to Slow Coronavirus. But Many Rural Hospitals Lack Necessary Resources.
Mar 19, 2020 -- Recent regulatory changes have made it easier for patients to utilize telehealth, but rural hospitals in Colorado face many barriers to implement the necessary virtual systems. Analyzes how rural hospitals and clinics are handling the coronavirus outbreak with limited resources.
Source: The Colorado Sun

Congress and White House Pass Second COVID-19 Legislative Package, Looks to a Third
Mar 19, 2020 -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a second coronavirus aid package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The five main provisions of the act include free coronavirus testing, food assistance, an increase in the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) rate, unemployment aid, and paid sick and medical leave.
Source: National Association of Counties

Rural Areas May Be the Most Vulnerable During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Mar 19, 2020 -- Analyzes flu death rates across the country as a model for the coronavirus outbreak, identifying rural areas as having higher flu death rates than metropolitan areas. Researchers attribute the disparity to limited access to healthcare and fewer resources in rural areas.
Source: The Washington Post

Tribal Programs That Prepare for Public Health Crises Readying for Coronavirus
Mar 19, 2020 -- Features the Shoalwater Bay Reservation in Washington State who is preparing for the arrival of the novel coronavirus. Discusses the challenges Indian Health Service facilities face when addressing public health crises, such as lack of funding and high rates of chronic disease.
Source: NPR

CMS Releases Recommendations on Adult Elective Surgeries, Non-Essential Medical, Surgical, and Dental Procedures During COVID-19 Response
Mar 18, 2020 -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced all elective, non-essential surgeries and procedures to be delayed during the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These recommendations are to help healthcare providers ensure the availability of beds, equipment, personnel, and resources to care for patients who are most in need.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

FCC Waives Rural Health Care and E-rate Program Gift Rules to Promote Connectivity for Hospitals and Students During Coronavirus Pandemic
Mar 18, 2020 -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced changes to the Rural Health Care (RHC) and E-Rate programs to make it easier for broadband providers to support telehealth and remote learning during the coronavirus outbreak. Changes include temporarily waiving the gift rules so broadband providers can offer RHC and E-Rate program participants better internet access and equipment.
Source: Federal Communications Commission

News about other topics

A Brief But Spectacular Take on Being a Rural Area's Only Doctor
Mar 19, 2020 -- Video interview featuring the only physician in Fort Gaines, Georgia, a rural town where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line. Describes how she works with limited resources and handles being the only doctor in her town.
Source: PBS

Call for Submissions: Special Supplement to Medical Care - Expanding VA Care through VA-Purchased Care in the Community
Mar 19, 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting methods papers and research findings focused on the data systems, preliminary analyses, policy, and program evaluation regarding VA's expansion of its Community Care programs. All submissions are due by June 1, 2020.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Funding & Opportunities

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Scholarships for nursing students in exchange for a 2-year, full-time service commitment (or part-time equivalent), at an eligible healthcare facility with a critical shortage of nurses.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration


Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP)
Grants to tribal colleges and universities for research projects that address concerns and needs of tribal and reservation communities, including projects that focus on health, environment, and agricultural production needs of remote reservation communities through research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Rural Housing Preservation Grants (Section 533)
Grants to organizations that work to rehabilitate and preserve affordable housing for rural, low-income homeowners and renters. Priority will be given to projects designed to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with substance use disorder (including opioid misuse) in high-risk rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2020
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Housing Service


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Funding for states, tribes, and local governments to plan, implement, or expand a criminal justice and mental health collaboration program. The program supports officer and public safety and violence reduction through social service and other partnerships that will enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 18, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice


Supporting Primary Care to Advance Cardiovascular Health in States with High Prevalence of Preventable CVD Events (U18)
Funding to develop a network of primary care practices, disseminate research findings on heart health, and increase the capacity of primary care practices to implement research evidence. Primary care may include non-traditional sources of primary care services such as public health clinics, rural hospitals, work-based clinics, and migrant clinics.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Apr 10, 2020
Application Deadline: May 22, 2020
Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Social and Economic Development Strategies Program (SEDS)
Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development. The program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsors: Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

New Resources

COVID-19 resources

AMA Quick Guide to Telemedicine in Practice
Presents information to aide physicians and practices implementing telemedicine amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes an overview of telemedicine policies and payment guidelines. Outlines key considerations regarding vendor selection, workflow, and patient care.
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
Date: 03/2020


American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
Date: 03/2020


ASHP: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources to help pharmacists respond to COVID-19. Includes information on treatment options, including off-label treatment considerations.
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Date: 03/2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit
Provides resources from federal government agencies regarding COVID-19. Includes infographics, regulatory guidance, podcast and webinar recordings, and other sources of information for the general public, Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and providers.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19 and Telehealth Resources
Contains links to resources addressing telehealth services and COVID-19 such as current guidance, reimbursement policies, and provider toolkits. Includes resources from National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, the Center for Connected Health Policy, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Federation of State Medical Boards, among other stakeholders.
Sponsoring organization: Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for State Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
Highlights recommendations by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for state Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information regarding the use of telehealth by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Information
Resources to help hospitals and health systems mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 response.
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19 Safety Training
Health and safety resources for workers who may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Training resources will continue to be updated as the situation evolves.
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
Provides an overview of how telehealth can be used to respond to COVID-19. Identifies policy and payment issues, examples of how telehealth has been used in the past to address epidemics, training, and other resources.
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
Date: 03/2020


COVID-19: Primary Care Strategies to Support Alternative Care Delivery Methods
Recording of a March 20, 2020 webinar discussing best practices for managing patients with varying levels of risk for the COVID-19 virus, billing and coding practices for population health services, and delivery of virtual or at-home health services.
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
Date: 03/2020


DEA COVID-19 Information Page
Guidance for DEA-registered telehealth practitioners to issue prescriptions for controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation, for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Sponsoring organizations: Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 03/2020


The Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program Toolkits
A list of evidence-based resources and tools created for public health and healthcare professionals to use in their planning and response efforts. Includes sections on healthcare preparedness, preparedness evaluation, models for planning and training, emergency risk communication, and long-term care facilities. Includes toolkits relevant to the COVID-19 response.
Sponsoring organization: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Date: 03/2020


EMS.gov Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel appropriately and safely serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses EMS workforce protection, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
Date: 03/2020


FDA: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Information and guidance from the FDA related to COVID-19. Includes information on diagnostics, personal protective equipment, and therapeutics. Also covers FDA monitoring of products with fraudulent COVID-19 claims.
Sponsoring organization: Food and Drug Administration
Date: 03/2020


FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Information and resources on how FEMA is assisting state, local, tribal, and territorial governments related to the Nationwide Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. Includes best practices section where communities can share their experiences and learn from others.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Date: 03/2020


Funding for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides an overview of philanthropic activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes a list of funding related to COVID-19, an analysis of who is providing and receiving grants, and news regarding funding for the COVID-19 response.
Sponsoring organization: Foundation Directory Online by Candid
Date: 03/2020


General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit
Provides a list of resources on telehealth and telemedicine services for providers interested in establishing a telemedicine program in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration. Includes links to resources on the 1135 waiver, general federal and state guidance, implementation, and technical assistance.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 03/2020


HRSA Health Center Program: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions
Information for health centers regarding how to prepare for and respond to an outbreak of COVID-19. Includes resources available to help with preparedness and information to help health centers meeting the needs of their patients, including special populations they serve.
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
Date: 03/2020


IHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information on the federal response to COVID-19 in Indian Country. Addresses testing, access to personal protective equipment, funding, emergency planning, and service delivery.
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
Date: 03/2020


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for Community Health Centers
Updates, resources, and information to help community health centers respond to COVID-19. Lists webinars, provider resources, regulatory guidance, and more.
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers

Novel Coronavirus Resources
Collection of COVID-19-related websites and documents prepared by the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), including technical assistance responses, infectious disease resources, and topic collections.
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Date: 03/2020


Occupancy Rates in Rural and Urban Hospitals: Value and Limitations in Use as a Measure of Surge Capacity
Compares the acute care and intensive care unit occupancy rates between rural and urban hospitals. Presents state-by-state and national data. Explores the challenges of using this data to identify surge capacity in preparation of an increase in patient volume due to COVID-19.
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 03/2020


Project N95: The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse
Clearinghouse to help healthcare providers and facilities request needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical masks, isolation gowns, and ventilators. A request form is available, and the expectation is that PPE will be available in the coming weeks and will be distributed where it is most urgently needed.
Date: 03/2020

Rural Health COVID-19 "Call First" Communication Toolkit
COVID-19 communication toolkit for rural hospitals and clinics. Focused on helping facilities demonstrate leadership in protecting the community, while taking steps to ensure that facilities are not overburdened. Includes customizable print and digital ads, radio scripts, social media posts, and other materials. Free, registration required.
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare Marketing, National Rural Health Association
Date: 03/2020


SAMHSA: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance and resources to help providers respond to COVID-19 while providing care and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Includes guidance specific to opioid treatment programs.
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date: 03/2020


States Waiving Licensure Requirements/Renewals in Response to COVID-19
State-by-state list with brief descriptions of changes in licensure policy for healthcare professionals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes links to relevant official declarations and press releases.
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
Date: 03/2020


Telehealth and COVID-19
Recording of a March 19, 2020 webinar that explores uses and benefits of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses patient and provider safety and access to treatment. Presents overviews of telehealth technology and public policy.
Sponsoring organizations: Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
Date: 03/2020


U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19
Resource to help government agencies request assistance with digital projects in response to COVID-19. A request form is available to ask for assistance from qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design, and operations.
Date: 03/2020

Using Telehealth to Care for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
An overview of resources and tools to help providers use telehealth to care for patients while keeping staff safe. Includes resources to help quickly set up telehealth, as well as information on payment, legal issues, Medicare services, and more.
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
Date: 03/2020


Other resources

2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)
Highlights data from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health pertaining specifically to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Compares AI/AN rates of drug use and mental illness, as well as co-occurring disorders, to rates for the U.S. as a whole.
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Date: 01/2020


2020 Census Resources for Rural Health Stakeholders
Features ideas and resources shared during a February 27, 2020, Twitter Chat for rural stakeholders interested in ensuring a complete 2020 Census count for hard-to-count populations. Explains the importance of an accurate Census count to census-guided funding.
Sponsoring organizations: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, Rural Health Information Hub
Date: 03/2020


CDC High Obesity Program Collection
Special publication featuring articles from the Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Included articles highlight programs that address the high rates of obesity in rural communities across the U.S. Each study evaluates the methods and efficacy of the interventions, and discusses their implications on public health more broadly.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 03/2020


Consumer Survey Focused on Parents' Experiences Accessing Oral Health Services for Their Children
Highlights oral health access barriers for children, especially those in rural and underserved areas, minorities, and those with special healthcare needs. Features statistics including socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of 1,881 survey parents or guardians, with breakdowns by urban, suburban, or rural residence.
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
Date: 02/2020


Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2017–2018
Examines drug overdose deaths involving all opioids, prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids other than methadone. Includes data by county urbanization level for metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(11), 290-297
Date: 03/2020


Exploring State Data Sources to Monitor Rural Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement
Examines potential sources of data that State Flex Programs (SFPs) could utilize to analyze and improve rural emergency medical services (EMS). Discusses challenges facing rural EMS systems and the assessment of these systems by SFPs. Explores how SFPs can support rural EMS data collection initiatives.
Sponsoring organizations: Flex Monitoring Team, Maine Rural Health Research Center
Date: 03/2020


The High Obesity Program: A Collaboration Between Public Health and Cooperative Extension Services to Address Obesity
Describes the activities of Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas, known as High Obesity Program (HOP), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with land grant universities and local Cooperative Extension Offices. HOP was designed to implement evidence-based strategies to improve physical activity and nutrition in mostly rural communities with high rates of obesity to reduce obesity, and prevent or control diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Author(s): Sahra A. Kahin, Ashleigh L. Murriel, Anu Pejavara, Terrence O'Toole, Ruth Petersen
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 03/2020


Rapid Health Impact Assessment on USDA Proposed Changes to School Nutrition Standards
Highlights a study on the health implications of proposed changes to the United States Department of Agriculture's nutrition guidelines for school lunches. Compares changes to current guidelines and highlights the impact the changes would have for students of color and students in rural communities.
Sponsoring organizations: Healthy Eating Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Date: 03/2020


U.S. Hospital List (2019)
Excel file providing a comprehensive list of urban and rural U.S. hospitals that were reported open as of January 1, 2019. Includes 4,663 acute care hospitals and 1,381 specialty hospitals.
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 2020


University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
Works to support and build evidence-based practices for addiction treatment and prevention for substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in rural communities throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Offers education and outreach, examples of best practices, training, access to a clinician advisory board, and epidemiologic and evaluation services to identify existing and future addiction treatment needs and barriers.
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Abstracts: 2020 National Conference on EMS
Deadline: Apr 30, 2020
New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services
Event Dates: Nov 12 - 14, 2020
Atlantic City, NJ
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Events

Mar
26
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 800.857.5577
Passcode: 6703929
Participant Passcode: ihs123
Indian Health Service
Mar
26
Coronavirus: Can Artificial Intelligence Make A Difference?
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
eHealth Initiative
Mar
26
COVID-19: The Telehealth Imperative
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Caravan Health
Mar
26
Responding to Pandemics: Legal and Clinical Issues
Time: 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. Central
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Mar
26
Transit Manager Peer Roundtable - COVID-19 Focus
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 872.240.3212
Access code: 394.001.757
Also available by webinar
National Rural Transit Assistance Program
Mar
26
Using Telehealth to Combat COVID-19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
National Association of ACOs
Mar
27
CDC: Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mar
27
COVID-19: Fiscal and Economic Issues
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
National Conference of State Legislatures
laura.tobler@ncsl.org
Mar
27
Facilitating HIPAA Compliance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Mar
27
Managing Communication and Employee Issues During a Pandemic
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Central
Iowa Hospital Association
iharegistration@ihaonline.org
Mar
27
Starting a Telemedicine Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
info@umtrc.org
Mar
30
COVID-19 ECHO
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Telehealth Network
573.884.3847
monsonb@health.missouri.edu
Mar
30
Medical-Legal Partnerships COVID-19 Town Hall
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Mar
31
Rapidly Deployed Remote Monitoring for COVID-19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
eHealth Initiative
Apr
1
Weitzman ECHO Series on COVID-19
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Weitzman Institute
Apr
2
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 800.857.5577
Passcode: 6703929
Participant Passcode: ihs123
Indian Health Service
Apr
3
COVID-19: Education, Child Care and Nutrition
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
National Conference of State Legislatures
molly.ramsdell@ncsl.org
Apr
6
COVID-19 ECHO
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Telehealth Network
573.884.3847
monsonb@health.missouri.edu
Apr
8
Weitzman ECHO Series on COVID-19
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Weitzman Institute
Apr
9
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 800.857.5577
Passcode: 6703929
Participant Passcode: ihs123
Indian Health Service
Apr
13
COVID-19 ECHO
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Telehealth Network
573.884.3847
monsonb@health.missouri.edu
Apr
14
Risk Communication in Environmental Health: Back to Basics - POSTPONED as of April 1, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Apr
15
Primary Care's Role in Responding to COVID-19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Apr
16
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update to Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 800.857.5577
Passcode: 6703929
Participant Passcode: ihs123
Indian Health Service
Apr
20
COVID-19 ECHO
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Telehealth Network
573.884.3847
monsonb@health.missouri.edu
Apr
27
COVID-19 ECHO
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Telehealth Network
573.884.3847
monsonb@health.missouri.edu

Other Events

Mar
26
Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center: Virtual Office Hours - Grant Writing Tips
Time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
Mar
31
Addressing the Needs of Medically Underserved Populations
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Heartland Regional Genetics Network, National Genetics Education and Family Support Center (Family Center)
Mar
31
Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central
Rural Health Information Hub
webinars@ruralhealthinfo.org
Apr
1
Second Public Session of the Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. Eastern
Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Apr
2
Ground Ambulance Organizations: Data Collection for Medicare Providers Call
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Apr
2
Infection Control: Effective and Efficient Prevention
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Central
Iowa Hospital Association
iharegistration@ihaonline.org
Apr
16
A Population Health Strategy to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Health Resources and Services Administration
Apr
16
UDS Mapper Special Topics: Using the UDS Mapper to Understand Social Determinants of Health Issues for Health Center Patients
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
American Academy of Family Physicians, Health Resources and Services Administration
udsmapper-support@udsmapper.org
Apr
17
Native Connections: An Introduction to Applying to the Health Professions
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University
May
12
Faculty Recruiting and Development: Building the Core of Your Program
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
North Carolina Area Health Education Center Program
May
19
Health Network: A Care Coordination Program for Mobile Patients Including Those with Hypertension
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Migrant Clinicians Network
May
19
Today with Macrae: Health Center Program Updates, with Special Guests
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in: 888.989.9785
Passcode: 1417986
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May
19
UDS Mapper Advanced Topics: Assessing Your Community Using the UDS Mapper
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Central
American Academy of Family Physicians, Health Resources and Services Administration
udsmapper-support@udsmapper.org

Tell Us How RHIhub Has Impacted You

The Rural Health Information Hub is seeking your comments on how our services have helped you in your efforts to improve healthcare and population health in rural communities. Have the RHIhub services helped you to stay informed, get a grant, find the proper federal agency contact or other expert, or otherwise changed your life?

Please send an email telling how RHIhub has impacted you to kristine@ruralhealthinfo.org. Your stories may be used in testimony, budget documents and presentations concerning the Rural Health Information Hub.