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RHIhub This Week - July 21, 2021

Models and Innovations

Farm Dinner Theater
Farm Dinner Theater is an event, available nationwide, in which farmers and their families watch three 10-minute plays covering health and safety topics and then discuss solutions to the issues addressed in each.
StrongPeople™ Program
StrongPeople programs promote healthy living for older adults in rural areas.

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Recent News

Rural America's Population Loss Stems from Outmigration, Not Deaths
Jul 21, 2021 -- Analyzes population changes in nonmetropolitan counties, identifying domestic migration as the reason for a decrease in rural population between 2010-2020. Discusses how most of the population growth since 2000 took place in metropolitan areas. Includes data for all 50 states with a breakdown of the natural, international, and domestic components of population change.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Utah Leads Nation in Increase in Rural Vaccinations; Mississippi Moves up Slightly in Rankings
Jul 20, 2021 -- Compares rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates to the national adjusted rate as of July 15, 2021. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' vaccination rates. Finds the rural vaccination rate increased to 35.5%, with Utah leading the nation in the highest percentage-point increase in rural vaccinations.
Source: The Daily Yonder

CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Price Transparency, Access to Care, Safety & Health Equity
Jul 19, 2021 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule to address the health equity gap, including actions to promote price transparency, improve access to emergency care in rural areas, increase Medicare beneficiary safety, and use lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to improve patient experiences and outcomes.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As Appalachian Hospitals Disappear, Rural Americans Grapple with Limited Care
Jul 14, 2021 -- Features rural communities in central Appalachia whose hospitals have shut down. Discusses the impacts of these closures on residents' well-being and the local economy and highlights initiatives that are working to address social determinants of health and gaps in healthcare in rural Appalachian communities. (May require a free account to view full article).
Source: National Geographic

Parents in Shickley, Nebraska Desperately Needed Child Care. The Public School Stepped Up
Jul 14, 2021 -- Explores two small towns in Nebraska and their solutions to the lack of affordable child care in rural communities. Features a public school that cares for children from 6-weeks-old through age 2, with a pre-K program for ages 3-4, and offers financial aid for families in need. Highlights a statewide initiative called Communities for Kids that helps small towns develop solutions to address their unique child care needs.
Source: PBS

Federal Register

GAO: Request for Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) Nominations
Jul 19, 2021 -- The Government Accountability Office is requesting nominations for the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC), which provides recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure. Nominations are due by August 24, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 60-Day Public Comment Request
Jul 19, 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on an information collection regarding efforts to evaluate the COVID-19 Public Education Campaign, including the COVID-19 Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (CABS) and the Monthly Outcome Survey (MOS). Information collected will be used to determine whether the campaign is having the intended impact on target audiences' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and adherence to preventative behaviors. Comments are due by September 17, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

Funding & Opportunities

2021 Equity and Accessibility Transportation Planning Grant
Planning grants that address transportation equity, inclusion, and accessibility for diverse older adults and people with disabilities. Another focus area is social isolation caused by COVID-19. Consideration will be given to geographic diversity, which will be achieved by awarding in different states and ensuring a mix of urban, suburban, rural, frontier, and tribal grants.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Aug 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Sponsor: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center


The Heart Truth Community Subcontract Program for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Funding for communities to implement and assess one-year community health worker pilot programs to address heart disease education within American Indians and Alaska Native communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 21, 2021
Application Deadline: Aug 9, 2021
Sponsors: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health


Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program
Funding to plan, develop, operate, and/or participate in health professions and nursing training activities using evidence-based strategies designed to reduce and address burnout, suicide, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders and promote resiliency among healthcare professionals in rural and medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2021
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce
Grant to healthcare organizations to establish, enhance, or expand evidence-based or evidence-informed programs or protocols to promote resilience, mental health, and wellness among their health professional workforce, including in rural and medically underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2021
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency Service Coordinator Program
Grants to fund service coordinators to assist residents of public and Indian housing in making progress towards economic self-sufficiency, including the provision of job training, employment, adult education, housing, and health resources.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 17, 2021
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award
Monetary awards to recognize extraordinary volunteer service in areas with 25,000 people or less, with a goal of raising awareness of the need for citizens to fill critical civic roles including local government boards and councils, volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and advisory committees that support other key local government functions in small localities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2021
Sponsors: Main Street America, National Association of Counties, National Association of Towns and Townships, National Volunteer Fire Council, Points of Light


Community Facility Loans
Loans to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 western states and the Pacific Islands. See program website for details.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

New Resources

2020 Transportation Trends
Identifies trends and issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural areas to address transportation needs.
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Date: 07/2021


COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?
Report exploring policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering recommendations to support telehealth, mental healthcare, and access to care for children and youth with special healthcare needs (CYSHCN), including rural populations. Identifies policy flexibilities and the policy mechanisms and legislation that allowed for those flexibilities.
Sponsoring organizations: Health Management Associates, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
Date: 06/2021


COVID-19: Continued Attention Needed to Enhance Federal Preparedness, Response, Service Delivery, and Program Integrity
Discusses the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides an overview of federal actions on healthcare and economic policy areas through mid-June 2021, including data on vaccine administration and COVID-19 relief spending. Offers 15 new recommendations to federal agencies regarding public health, the economy, and program integrity that would improve the federal response.
Additional links: Full Report
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
Date: 07/2021


Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Examines how flood risk varies based on rural or urban location and socioeconomic or demographic composition, using data from the 48 lower U.S. states. Features statistics on average percentage of properties at risk of flooding, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas. Offers recommendations for preparing evacuation and resource distribution materials and creating partnerships with local service agencies, especially in areas with large populations of older adults.
Sponsoring organizations: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Penn State Population Research Institute
Date: 07/2021


Grantee Sourcebook: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, 2020
Detailed descriptions of 20 Rural Health Network Development Planning Program grant projects funded in fiscal year 2020. Reports on each grantee's network infrastructure development, plans for sustaining the network after the grant, and program activities addressing topics such as integrated service delivery, creating efficiencies, integrating health services, chronic disease management, and care coordination. Grantee profiles identify the geographic areas served, network partners, and primary contact person.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Date: 07/2021


Leveraging Quality Measurement to Improve Rural Health, Telehealth, and Healthcare System Readiness: Final Environmental Scan Report
Presents the results of an environmental scan of literature related to barriers and facilitators of rural telehealth for healthcare system readiness, as well as a scan of quality measures relevant to rural telehealth during emergencies. Summarizes policies and practices related to telehealth and the healthcare system, with a focus on federal policy changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
Date: 07/2021


MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2021
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural and urban beneficiaries and providers throughout. Chart 6-2 addresses rural hospital closures.
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Date: 07/2021


Motivational Interviewing for COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
Video providing guidance from a psychologist on how to use an evidence-based approach to have productive conversations about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Sponsoring organizations: Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network, New England MHTTC
Date: 06/2021


Opioid Treatment Programs: A Key Treatment System Component
Issue brief examining state and federal-level policies related to opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Offers policy recommendations to increase access to opioid treatment in rural communities and other hard-to-reach settings.
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
Date: 07/2021


State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Examines state Medicaid telehealth coverage, policies, and utilization before and after the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses issues and opportunities for optimizing telehealth, including equity considerations for rural and lower-income communities.
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Date: 07/2021


Unintentional Drowning Deaths Among Children Aged 0-17 Years: United States, 1999-2019
Reports on accidental drowning deaths using National Vital Statistics System data, including rates of drowning by gender, age, race/ethnicity, and rural and urban location.
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
Date: 07/2021


United States Prosperity Index 2021
Assesses the economic, institutional, and social aspects of prosperity across the United States over the past decade. Features state-by-state breakdowns of prosperity increases and decreases. Examines 11 pillars of prosperity, made up of 48 different elements, measured by over 200 state-level indicators. Includes a county-level index for 12 selected states.
Sponsoring organization: Legatum Institute
Date: 07/2021

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Abstracts: SEARCH 2021 National Telehealth Research Symposium
Deadline: Aug 2, 2021
Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH)
Event Dates: Nov 8 - 10, 2021
Conference Website

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations: 2021 Annual Kansas Public Health Association Conference
Deadline: Aug 6, 2021
Kansas Public Health Association
Event Dates: Sep 21 - 23, 2021
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

Jul
22
2021 Data Summit Series: Early Childhood - Census Bureau Data Sources
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
U.S. Census Bureau
Jul
22
Building Back Stronger: A Post-Pandemic Public Health Workforce Webinar
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
National Association of Counties
202.661.8804
LMiller@naco.org
Jul
22
HHS Regional Tribal Consultation – Region 5
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sam.Gabuzzi@hhs.gov
Jul
22
NIHB Webinar: Screening and Patient Placement Training for Tribal Frontline Staff
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
National Indian Health Board
csanders@nihb.org
Jul
26
APPLETREE COVID-19 Supplemental Project Presentations: Part 1
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Jul
26
EMS Provider Well Being and Mental Health Summit
North Dakota EMS Association
Bismarck, ND
701.221.0567
ndemsa.office@ndemsa.org
Jul
27
Which Rurality Definition?: The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-urban Disparities
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis
Jul
28
Cultural Connections for Better Health: Webinar for Rural Health Care Providers
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central
Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
785.296.5751
ashley.wallace@ks.gov
Jul
28
Healthy People 2030 Champions Informational Webinar
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jul
28
Staffing Shortages in Tribal Facilities: Past, Present, and Future
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jul
29
Tools & Training to Aid in Selection of PPE in Agriculture
Time: 12:00 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
Aug
4
NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 5a
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
4-5
22nd Biannual CDC/ATSDR Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug
5
NTIA Grant Program: Broadband Infrastructure Webinar, Session 5b
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
11
NTIA Grant Program: Tribal Broadband Connectivity Webinar, Session 5a
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
11-12
2021 32nd Annual Illinois Rural Health Association Educational Conference
Illinois Rural Health Association
Champaign, IL
217.280.0206
mvaughn@springnet1.com
Aug
11-12
2021 Kentucky Harm Reduction Summit
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH), Kentucky Income Reinvestment Program (KIRP), Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), UK HealthCare CECentral
502.892.8022
kyndall.raburn@ky.gov
Aug
11-25
Patient Experience for Rural Hospitals - Two Part Series
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
217.223.0452
kfauble@icahn.org
Aug
12
Kentucky Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program I
Kentucky Rural Health Association
KRHA@twc.com
Aug
12
Maternal Health Webinar Series: Focus on Racial Equity
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Health Resources and Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration, Regions 5, 6, and 7 Offices
Aug
12
NTIA Grant Program: Tribal Broadband Connectivity Webinar, Session 5b
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
17
Rural Infrastructure Intersections: Healthcare and Broadband
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Central
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
608.644.3230
mbarry@RWHC.com
Aug
18
NTIA Grant Program: Connecting Minority Communities Webinar, Session 5a
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
19
NTIA Grant Program: Connecting Minority Communities Webinar, Session 5b
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Central
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Aug
22-24
2021 Annual NACHC Community Health Institute & Expo
National Association of Community Health Centers
Orlando, FL
301.347.0400
keppsteiner@nachc.org
Aug
24
2021 Healthy Grants Workshop
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Health Resources and Services Administration
HRSAGrantsWorkshop@hrsa.gov
Aug
24
Building Our Community, One Conversation At a Time
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Kentucky Primary Care Association
juliaericherson@gmail.com
Aug
24
Community Health Workers' Role in Advancing Equity
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Aug
24
Overcoming Rural Transport Challenges: Recovery Mobile Clinic Webinar
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance
Aug
24
Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Technical Assistance for Providers in Native American Communities
Time: 11:00 a.m. Central
National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center
319.471.2947
cindy-sagoe@uiowa.edu
Aug
24
Using Telehealth to Support Value-Based Care
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
National Rural Health Resource Center
rhptp@ruralcenter.org
Aug
25
Telehealth: A Flash in the Pan(demic) or Here for the Long Haul?
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
National Conference of State Legislatures
Aug
25-27
2021 Public Health in the Rockies Conference
Colorado Public Health Association
Keystone, CO
info@publichealthintherockies.org
Aug
26
2021 Annual Arizona Public Health Association Conference
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arizona Public Health Association
Phoenix, AZ
willhumble@azpha.org
Aug
26
2021 Annual GPHA Meeting & Conference
Georgia Public Health Association
patrina@gapha.org
Aug
26
Identifying Equitable Solutions with What Works for Health
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Aug
26-27
2021 Annual California Telehealth Resource Center Telehealth Summit
California Telehealth Resource Center
Aug
27
Telehealth 101: Intro and Q&A
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
South Central Telehealth Resource Center

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