Skip to main content

RHIhub This Week - January 12, 2022

Upcoming Webinars

Expanded Eligibility Allows More Rural Clinicians to Qualify for Loan Repayment
Join us on this Thursday January 13, 2022 at 1:00P.M. Central for an RHIhub Webinar on loan repayment programs that eligible clinicians can apply for. Don't forget to register!

The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH), a New Hospital Type
RHIhub will be hosting a Webinar on Rural Emergency Hospitals on January 19, 2022 at 1:00P.M. Central. This webinar will include helpful information and recommendations from NACRHHS. Register to participate today!

Join Our Team!

Join our team We are looking for an experienced and talented writer to share stories about rural health issues. This position contributes to the Rural Monitor and Rural Health Models and Innovations collection, which are featured in this newsletter! Apply online by January 21, 2022.

 New in Our Online Library
 Information from around the web

Recent News

Research Results: Rural Patients Less Likely to Survive Lung-Cancer Surgery
Jan 12, 2022 -- Interview with researchers who study rural disparities in deaths following lung cancer surgeries. Discusses correlation between risk of death and distance to the patients' treatment hospitals, healthcare access issues, and recommendations to support the specialty physician workforce in rural areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Kids Who Lost Parents to COVID Deserve Help, Advocates Say
Jan 10, 2022 -- Discusses the hardships facing youth who have lost parents to COVID-19, particularly the impacts on underserved and rural communities. Addresses the need for mental health and economic support for youth who have lost parents, and legislative efforts at the state level to support mental healthcare access.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts

Open for Comment: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication Panel's Draft Report
Jan 7, 2022 -- Announces a comment period for a draft report on provider-to-provider communication through telehealth to support rural health, with comments accepted through Friday, February 4. Provides details on the report and contact information.
Source: National Institutes of Health

Rural-Urban Geographic Health Disparities Open for Home Health Quality
Jan 7, 2022 -- Describes a study of rural-urban disparities in home health quality, finding that rural-based home health providers outperformed in the timely initiation of care, while urban providers performed better in preventing hospitalization and emergency department visits. Discusses benefits of home health in rural areas and challenges facing home healthcare providers.
Source: Patient Engagement HIT

U.S. Hospitals Struggle to Match Walmart Pay as Staff Flees Omicron
Jan 7, 2022 -- Describes labor market challenges impacting hospitals, particularly rural hospitals that are already facing workforce issues, focusing on wages and the rate of openings and resignations. Notes that workforce shortages precede COVID-19 but have grown more severe during the pandemic and that the aging rural workforce will lead to even greater strain on hospitals.
Source: Bloomberg

With Sexually Transmitted Infections Off the Charts, California Pushes At-Home Tests
Jan 5, 2022 -- Discusses policy efforts to increase access to at-home tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, hepatitis C, herpes, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, in response to an STI epidemic in California. Addresses the decrease in public health capacity to address STI outbreaks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for STI screening in rural areas.
Source: Kaiser Health News

Federal Register

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Jan 11, 2022 -- Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on an information collection request regarding the distribution of additional Medicare-funded medical residency positions in rural and underserved areas in accordance with Section 126 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. Information collected will provide CMS with the information necessary to process and score applications in compliance with policies finalized in the upcoming final rule. Comments are due by February 10, 2022.
Source: Federal Register

HHS: Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request
Jan 11, 2022 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking comments on the HHS Teletracking COVID-19 Portal (U.S. Healthcare COVID-19 Portal). The data elements within this information collection are being revised to best meet the needs of the current response to COVID-19, including the addition of data elements collecting more detailed information on pediatric hospitalizations. The data gathered through daily reporting by hospitals informs the Federal Government's understanding of disease patterns and furthers the development of policies for COVID-19 prevention and control. Comments are due by February 10, 2022.
Source: Federal Register

GAO: Request for Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Nominations
Jan 10, 2022 -- The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is accepting nominations for appointment to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by February 11, 2022. Appointments are effective May 2022.
Source: Federal Register

HHS: Extension of the Deadline for Nomination of Delegates; Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee; Solicitation of Nominations for Delegates
Jan 10, 2022 -- Notice from the Department of Health and Human Services extending the deadline for the submission of nominations for the Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity Tribal Advisory Committee (CIIHE TAC). CIIHE TAC will support research, education, service, and policy development advancing Indigenous solutions that ultimately address health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. Nominations are now due by March 11, 2022.
Source: Federal Register

Funding & Opportunities

Indian Health Service Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Funding for tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to support the development and/or expansion of a domestic violence prevention programs by incorporating prevention efforts addressing social, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of victims through the integration of culturally appropriate practices and trauma-informed services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 2, 2022
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation Grant
Funding for innovative projects designed to increase access to oral healthcare.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Feb 11, 2022
Sponsor: Dental Trade Alliance Foundation

National Association of Community Health Centers New Board Chair Leadership Program
A 5-part virtual leadership training program for new health center board chairs or those about to step into the board chair role. Training addresses the role of the board chair, board chair-CEO partnership, board meeting facilitation, navigating conflict, and board chair succession planning.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 2, 2022
Sponsor: National Association of Community Health Centers

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program
Funding designed to improve access to oral healthcare services for low income people with HIV, and to train dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental residents to deliver dental care to people with HIV.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 11, 2022
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program
Grants to support research and extension activities that increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas who will pursue and complete a postsecondary degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The target audience is K-14 students, meaning kindergarten through twelfth grade plus two years of post-secondary schooling, such as vocational technical institutions and community/junior colleges. Projects should focus on challenges facing agriculture and rural communities, such as increasing global demand for food production in the face of limited natural resources; improving health and reducing obesity; and increasing economic opportunities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2022
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

American Rescue Plan Act - Pediatric Mental Health Care Access - New Area Expansion
Funding for the expansion of state and/or regional networks of pediatric mental healthcare teams into new states and geographic areas. Teams will provide tele-consultation, training, technical assistance, and care coordination for pediatric primary care providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with behavioral health conditions. Projects should focus on achieving health equity related to racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in access to care, especially in rural and other underserved areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2022
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (RMOMS)
Funding to improve access to, and continuity of, maternal and obstetrics care in rural communities through regional aggregated care, coordination of a continuum of care, use of telehealth, and the implementation of financial sustainability strategies.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 5, 2022
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FEMA Public Assistance Program: COVID-19 Response
Provides reimbursement to eligible state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities, and certain nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures in response to COVID-19 National Emergency Declarations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Federal Emergency Management Agency

New Resources

Children in the Fields: The Struggles You Should Know
Report examining the challenges and inequities affecting migrant farmworker children based on interviews with 37 children from the West, East, and Mid-Central regions. Addresses health struggles including bodily pain and injury, heat stress, COVID-19, pesticide exposure, and mental health. Also covers education and financial struggles and human trafficking vulnerabilities.
Sponsoring organizations: Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Children in the Fields Campaign
Date: 01/2022

Community Oncologists' Perceptions and Utilization of Large-Panel Genomic Tumor Testing
Examines perceptions of large-panel genomic tumor testing (GTT) among 58 predominantly rural community oncology physicians in Maine. Reports clinicians' confidence in GTT, attitudes toward GTT, and perceived barriers to implementation.
Author(s): Eric C. Anderson, Alexandra C. Hinton, Christine W. Lary, et al.
Location: BMC Cancer, 21, 1273
Date: 11/2021

An Enhanced Method for Identifying Hospital-Based Obstetric Unit Status
Results of a study using data from American Hospital Association annual surveys from 2010-2018 to conduct single- and multi-year assessments of obstetric unit status and to identify closures of obstetric units. Compares results obtained through the enhanced method with results of a survey sample of rural hospitals with obstetric units open at the time of the assessment and those with recently closed units.
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Date: 01/2022

High-Performing Rural Health System
Update to the September 2011 RUPRI Health Panel document "The High Performance Rural Health Care System of the Future." Describes affordable and accessible healthcare for all rural residents through a sustainable system delivering high quality, high value services. Defines pillars of accessibility, affordability, community health, and quality.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
Date: 01/2022

National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication (Draft)
Examines the barriers and facilitators of rural provider-to-provider collaboration through telehealth based on a systematic review of rural provider-to-provider telehealth and the results of a workshop of rural health experts. Discusses uptake of different types of telehealth, effectiveness of provider-to-provider telehealth for rural patients, effective strategies, and limitations of studies examining rural telehealth. Comments on the draft report are due by Friday, February 4, 2021. See more information on the NIH Office of Disease Prevention's Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshops website.
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
Date: 01/2022

Planning a Reentry Program: A Toolkit for Tribal Communities
Toolkit provides information and guidance for developing a reentry program for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are transitioning from the criminal justice system to civilian life. Highlights evidence-based practices for reentry programs, including partnerships to connect returning citizens to housing, job training and placement, and medical, mental health, and/or substance use treatment, among other services.
Sponsoring organizations: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Center for Court Innovation, Community Justice & Safety For All, U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 12/2021

Rural Health: State Investment in Healthcare Infrastructure
Discusses challenges in rural healthcare and legislative trends for 2022, including loan repayment support for medical providers, expanding behavioral health access in rural areas, increasing telehealth options, and supporting rural broadband infrastructure.
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Date: 01/2022

Rural Hospitals that Closed between 2017‐20: Profitability and Liquidity in the Year Before Closure
Examines the pre-closure profitability and liquidity performance of 56 rural hospitals that closed between January 2017 and August 2020. Compares this data to the median performance of rural hospitals that remained open each year.
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
Date: 01/2022

Successful Implementation of the Healthy Diné Nation Act in Stores on the Navajo Nation
Highlights a study evaluating the implementation of the Healthy Diné Nation Act (HDNA), which adds a 2% tax on unhealthy foods and a 5% tax waiver for healthy foods in the grocery stores, training posts, and convenience stores across the Navajo Nation. Breaks down a timeline of the implementation process and the results from Navajo Nation stores.
Author(s): Carmen George, Carolyn Bancroft, Shine Salt, et al.
Location: Preventive Medicine Reports, 24, 101573
Date: 12/2021

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2015–2019
Provides data on suicidal thoughts, suicide plans, and suicide attempts among adults 18 years and older. Also reports on the number and percentage who attempted suicide requiring medical attention or hospitalization. Includes data for large metropolitan, small metropolitan, and nonmetro counties.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 71(1), 1-19
Date: 01/2022

Trends in Racial, Ethnic, Sex, and Rural-Urban Inequities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage: 2009-2018
Presents an analysis of historical trends in inequities by race and ethnicity, sex, and rural-urban residence among Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans nationwide. Uses patient experience and clinical care measures to examine how inequities in healthcare have changed between 2009 and 2018, how scores for each beneficiary group have changed over time, and which inequities remained in 2018.
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RAND Corporation
Date: 12/2021

What Can We Do When the Smoke Rolls In? An Exploratory Qualitative Analysis of the Impacts of Rural Wildfire Smoke on Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Opportunities for Adaptation
Study examining the mental health and wellbeing impacts of wildfire smoke events based on community focus group sessions and key informant interviews with healthcare and social service providers in Okanogan County, Washington. Describes wildfire smoke exposure effects on anxiety, depressive symptoms, isolation, and physical health, and explores opportunities for healthcare and community interventions.
Author(s): Anna Humphreys, Elizabeth G. Walker, Gregory N. Bratman, Nicole A. Errett
Location: BMC Public Health, 22, 41
Date: 01/2022

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Abstract: 2022 Annual NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit
Deadline: Feb 14, 2022
National Indian Health Board
Event Dates: May 10 - 12, 2022
Anchorage, AK
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

Roundtable Discussion on "Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities Through Infrastructure Investment"
Time: 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
What Clinicians Need to Know About the New Oral Antiviral Medications for COVID-19
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Expanded Eligibility Allows More Rural Clinicians to Qualify for Loan Repayment
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
3RNET, Bureau of Health Workforce, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Rural Health Information Hub
Updates to CDC's COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines in Healthcare and Non-healthcare Settings
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On-the-Spot: Telehealth for Treatment and Recovery Services
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mountain
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Mountain Plains ATTC
Taking Ourselves Back, Our Battle at Home: Trauma Responses and Victim Reprogramming
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Central
National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH), a New Hospital Type
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, Rural Health Information Hub
Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (HRSA-22-115) TA Webinar
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Call-In Number: 833.568.8864
Participant Code: 06048296
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Agricultural Community QPR for Farmers and Farm Families
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Central
AgriSafe Network
Webinar: Agricultural Organic Dust Exposure and COVID19 Infection
AgriSafe Network
2022 35th Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference
American Hospital Association
Phoenix, AZ
2022 33rd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute
National Rural Health Association
816.756.3140 Ext.12
On-the-Spot: Telehealth for Treatment and Recovery Services
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mountain
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Mountain Plains ATTC
Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation 2022: Part 5 of 5 (W2007)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Georgia Hospital Association
ICAHN Physician Leadership Development Program
In-person session held February 22
Virtual sessions held March 1 - April 15
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Springfield, IL
2022 Alaska Maternal Child Health & Immunization Conference
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Division of Public Health, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
2022 33rd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

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 Your stories may be used in testimony, budget documents and presentations concerning the Rural Health Information Hub.