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RHIhub This Week - November 23, 2022

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#RuralHealthChat: Addressing Health Literacy in Rural America
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Recent News

Trickle of Covid Relief Funds Helps Fill Gaps in Rural Kids' Mental Health Services
Nov 23, 2022 -- Describes how Ohio mental health service providers and facilities have utilized American Rescue Plan Act funding to address needs for youth mental health in the state. Discusses funding challenges, opportunities, and planning processes.
Source: Kaiser Health News

Cherokee Nation Receives National Indian Health Service Awards
Nov 22, 2022 -- Highlights the recognition of the Cherokee Nation with the Indian Health Service's Pandemic Heroism Award and the Director's Customer Service Award for efforts related to COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination. Describes the work of the Cherokee Nation's COVID-19 Task Force and other pandemic-related initiatives.
Source: KTUL

HHS Announces New $350 Million Initiative to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
Nov 22, 2022 -- Announces $350 million in funding for COVID-19 vaccination services in underserved communities through HRSA-supported health centers. Describes the aims of the initiative to provide mobile, drive-up, walk-up, and community-based vaccination events, as well as the role of health centers in providing access to healthcare for underserved and rural populations.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FCC Releases New National Broadband Maps
Nov 18, 2022 -- Announces the launch of a pre-production draft of its new National Broadband Map, which offers location-specific information on internet service availability across the country. Describes efforts to improve data on broadband availability and the map's features.
Source: Federal Communications Commission

Celebrating National Rural Health Day
Nov 17, 2022 -- National Rural Health Day, a day to recognize the efforts of rural community members, healthcare providers, and other rural stakeholders, was celebrated on November 17, 2022. Includes a collection of stories from around the country recognizing and celebrating National Rural Health Day.

NIFA-funded Project Brings COVID-19 Education, Vaccines to Rural Dairy Farms
Nov 17, 2022 -- Highlights the efforts of a Texas A&M University researcher to develop training resources on COVID-19 mitigation for dairy producers and workers and administer on-farm mobile vaccine clinics. Describes the development of the initiative and partnerships with the Texas Department of Public Health.
Source: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Federal Register

HRSA: Solicitation of Nominations for Membership To Serve on the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality
Nov 22, 2022 -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to serve as members of the Advisory Committee on Infant and Maternal Mortality (ACIMM). ACIMM advises the Secretary of HHS on department activities, partnerships, policies, and programs directed at reducing infant mortality; maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity; and improving the health status of infants and women before, during, and after pregnancy. Nominations are due by January 23, 2023.
Source: Federal Register

Funding & Opportunities

Reducing Disparities in Monkeypox Vaccination Project
Funding to support activities to reduce or eliminate barriers to monkeypox vaccination among disparity populations. Barriers may include, but are not limited to, location of vaccination sites, language barriers, vaccine hesitancy, and lack of access to technology.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Nov 23, 2022
Sponsors: CDC Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Public Health Policy and Strategy Innovation Hub Training
A training cohort of public health practitioners and emerging leaders to prepare for change, build capacity for strategic policy and decision making, learn adaptive leadership skills to inform decision-making approaches, and design solutions to address current and future public health issues. Trainings will be primarily focused on addressing collaboration partnerships with the healthcare, housing, and transportation sectors.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Nov 30, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Network of Public Health Institutes


Local Health Department Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Project
Funding to strengthen the capacity of local health departments for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial resistant (AR) prevention and response.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 12, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of County and City Health Officials


Increasing Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the United States
Funding to support the efforts of community-based organizations to improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions and/or awareness of poor conditions in their respective communities. Priority will be given to specific communities, including rural and tribal areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Dec 19, 2022
Sponsors: CDC Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Pilot Projects to Advance Harm Reduction and Public Safety Partnerships to Prevent Overdose
Funding, technical assistance, and training to implement evidence-based or promising strategies through collaborative partnerships with public safety agencies to reduce risk of overdose and other drug-related harms for people who use drugs and people with substance use disorders who are or may become justice-involved. Funding priorities include rural, frontier, and tribal communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 23, 2022
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Council for Mental Wellbeing


Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Areas Served with a Project Period Start Date of August 1, 2023)
Funding to provide comprehensive primary healthcare services to an underserved area or population. Areas with an August 1, 2023 project period start date are eligible to apply.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jan 17, 2023
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program
Tax incentives for investments in business and economic development projects in distressed rural and urban counties, including capital investments in healthcare facilities. Investors give to Community Development Entities who then offer low-interest financing to businesses; in return for their investment, investors receive a tax credit against their federal income tax.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 26, 2023
Sponsors: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury


Ohiyesa Premedical Program
A year-long educational program designed to engage and support Native American tribal and/or community college students interested in pursuing a healthcare career, with a program focus on the physician pathway. The program includes quarterly virtual group meetings, individual meetings with faculty sponsors and mentors, and a 3 week on-site summer program in Boston at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2023
Sponsor: Front Line Indigenous Partnership


Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR)
Funding to support applied research through analysis of existing databases and/or administrative records to improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of healthcare services and health outcomes for underserved maternal and child health populations. Underserved populations include indigenous and Native American persons, people in rural areas, persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality, among others.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 13, 2023
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Center for Domestic Preparedness Annual Tribal Nations Training Week
Domestic preparedness courses for tribal governments, conducted March 11-18, 2023 in Anniston, Alabama.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2023
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Homeland Security


Udall Scholarship
Scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students pursuing careers related to tribal public policy, native healthcare, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 2, 2023
Sponsor: Morris K Udall and Stewart L Udall Foundation


Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development


Strategic Economic and Community Development Program
A program that allows USDA to give priority for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans through several USDA Rural Development funding programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development

New Resources

2022 Uniform Data Set (UDS) Measure Crosswalk to Other Quality Reporting Programs
Chart listing National Quality Forum measures and the related 2022 measures for the Uniform Data Set (UDS), CMS eCQM (electronic clinical quality measures), National Quality Forum (NQF), CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Can be used to identify which UDS measures are being used by other programs.
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
Date: 11/2022


Assessing Effectiveness of Early Childhood Home Visiting Models Implemented with Tribal Populations
Report assesses the efficacy of early childhood home visiting models for tribal populations. Reviews and assesses home visiting literature, information, and implementation procedures to establish best-practices for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
Date: 10/2022


Bridging the Digital Divide: Advancing Telehealth Equity
Describes the rise in telehealth use in Massachusetts since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and disparities in use across populations. Summarizes the access, quality, and experience factors associated with telehealth from the perspective of patients, providers, and community leaders. Identifies barriers and factors that promoted telehealth use. Offers recommendations for health plans to advance telehealth equity by addressing the root causes of the digital divide, promoting digital inclusion, removing structural and financial barriers to telehealth access, and supporting higher quality and more inclusive care delivery.
Sponsoring organizations: Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners
Date: 11/2022


County by County Plan Year 2023 Insurer Participation in Health Insurance Exchanges
County-level map of the United States showing the projected number of health insurance carriers that will participate in the Health Insurance Exchanges during 2023.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Date: 10/2022


Evidence Brief: Safety and Effectiveness of Telehealth-Delivered Mental Health Care
Presents an overview of research evidence on the safety and effectiveness of telehealth-based mental healthcare for veterans. Discusses outcomes and studies of telehealth treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance use, and multiple mental health conditions.
Additional links: Supplemental Materials
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Date: 10/2022


FCC National Broadband Map
Map displaying internet service availability nationwide, as reported by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Searchable by address, location, and provider, with area characteristics available.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission

Fifth Evaluation Report: Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Evaluation
Reports on changes to the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (NGACO) Model in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Presents information on cumulative model-wide impacts on Medicare spending, utilization, and quality of care, as well as impacts observed in 2020, the model's fifth performance year. The appendices include data on community characteristics, including rurality.
Additional links: Technical Appendices
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago
Date: 11/2022


Fiscal Year 2022 Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Investments: Fact Sheet
Provides an overview of Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) state and community-driven grant programs in Fiscal Year 2022. Summarizes and briefly describes funding awarded to address rural behavioral health, expand the rural health workforce, respond to COVID-19, support rural hospitals, increase access to care, and support rural health research.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Date: 11/2022


Future of Population Health Efforts for Rural Health Systems
Slides presented at the Becker's Hospital Review 10th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable Conference in November 2022. Discusses approaches to understanding and addressing social determinants of health, including community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and Accountable Health Communities (AHCs), and offers links to tools and resources. Highlights needs addressed and implementation challenges faced by two rural AHCs.
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
Date: 11/2022


It's Not Easy Being a Rural Pharmacy: Services, Payments, Closures, and Deserts
Webinar recording discusses the financial pressures facing rural pharmacies and the consequences of rural pharmacy closures. Explores pharmacy deserts as a barrier to rural healthcare. Features presentations from researchers from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
Additional links: Webinar Slides, Webinar Transcript
Sponsoring organizations: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, Rural Health Research Gateway
Date: 11/2022


Marshall Browning Spotlight Video
Profiles Marshall Browning Hospital, a participant in the 2019 cohort of the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program (DRCHSD). Describes how shifting the Marshall Browning Hospital mission statement led to improvements to care coordination and transitional care services.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 11/2022


National Rural Health Day 2022 Community Stars
Collection of stories about individuals and organizations across the U.S. that have made positive differences in the health of the rural communities they serve through innovation, leadership, commitment, collaboration, education, and communication.
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Date: 11/2022


National Rural Health Day 2022: Dr. Roxie Wells Talks Hospital Resilience in the Face of Change
Conversation with Dr. Roxie Wells, president of Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital, on rural hospital resiliency. Describes the most pressing needs of the Hoke County, North Carolina, community; Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital's primary areas of action to address those needs; and the most significant threats the hospital faces to improve community health. Discusses how AHA has helped the hospital successfully confront these challenges.
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
Date: 11/2022


Rural Health Grants: State Fact Sheets
Shares information on Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) investments by state in Fiscal Year 2021 to increase healthcare access, strengthen health networks, and focus on care quality improvements for Critical Access Hospitals and small rural hospitals. Individual state fact sheets list grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional districts.
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Health Mapping Tool
An interactive mapping system to help inform rural communities' strategies around COVID-19. Includes county-level data on COVID-19 vaccination rates, cases, and hospitalizations, as well as healthcare access, health status, and sociodemographic information.
Sponsoring organization: NORC at the University of Chicago

Rural-Urban Differences in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Prior to and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from the National Survey of Children's Health
Policy brief analyzing data from a national sample of children and adolescents to examine similarities and differences between rural and urban mental health outcomes prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers considerations for policy and program development. Features demographics and statistics on incidence of anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems in 2018-2019 and 2020, with breakdowns by urban or rural areas.
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
Date: 11/2022


Rural–Urban Disparities in Mortality and Place of Death for Gastrointestinal Cancer in the United States From 2003 to 2019
A research letter that examines age-adjusted mortality rates (AAMR) from gastrointestinal cancer in large metro, medium/small metro, and rural areas. Analyzes 2,490,412 AAMR records between 2013 and 2019 utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (CDC Wonder) database. Provides breakdowns of AAMR data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, cancer type, urbanicity, and location of death, such as nursing facility, hospice facility, medical facility, or home.
Author(s): S. M. Qasim Hussaini, Amanda L. Blackford, Nivedita Arora, et al.
Location: Gastroenterology, 163(6), 1676-1678
Date: 12/2022


Sociodemographic Variation in Early Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccine and Parental Intent and Attitudes Toward Vaccination of Children Aged 6 Months–4 Years — United States, July 1–29, 2022
Reports on COVID-19 vaccination and parental intent to vaccinate children 6 months to 4 years old. Includes data by place of residence for urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 71(46), 1479-1484
Date: 11/2022


State and Local Estimates of the Uninsured Population in the U.S. Using the Census Bureau's 2021 American Community Survey
Uses data from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) to present state, county, and local estimates of the number of U.S. residents without health insurance and their demographic characteristics. Analyzes the population of uninsured individuals ages 0-64 by family income levels.
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Date: 11/2022


State Flex Program Staff Sustainability Guide and Toolkit
A guide for state Flex Programs to help recruit good Flex Program staff, train them successfully, retain staff longer, and plan an orderly process of finding and training new staff before the outgoing staff leave. Presents a Staff Sustainability Cycle, a process for improving the retention of high-performing Flex Program staff, and outlines specific strategies and practical tools for addressing each component of the cycle.
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
Date: 08/2022


State Medicaid Telehealth Policies Before and During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: 2022 Update
Examines state Medicaid telehealth coverage, policies, and utilization before and after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Describes the types of Medicaid services that were allowed to be delivered by telehealth and the types of telehealth modality covered before the PHE, in May 2020, and in January 2022. Outlines the status of state Medicaid telehealth flexibilities based on state executive orders and Medicaid agency guidance. Builds on a July 2021 analysis of state Medicaid telehealth coverage, policies, and utilization before and after the COVID-19 PHE.
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Date: 11/2022

Open Calls for Contributions

Call for Presentations: 2023 Annual EMS World Expo Conference
Deadline: Dec 2, 2022
EMS World, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
Event Dates: Sep 18 - 22, 2023
New Orleans, LA
Conference Website

Call for Abstracts: 2023 Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference
Deadline: Jan 6, 2023
Association of American Medical Colleges
Event Dates: May 3 - 5, 2023
Washington, DC
Conference Website

Upcoming Events

Nov
29
Harnessing Our Strengths: Exploring the Mental Health of Native American Communities
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Mental Health America
Nov
29
Native Strengths: Improving Maternal and Child Health Through Native Foodways Twitter Chat
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Center for Indigenous Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Nov
30
Biomedical Research in Rural America: Much Accomplished, Much To Do
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
National Institutes of Health
Nov
30
Emerging Fairer & Stronger from COVID-19: Health System Imperatives
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern
National Academy of Medicine
Dec
7
RHC Regulatory Updates and Good Faith Estimate Policy
Time: 3:00 p.m. Eastern
National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Dec
8
Rape Prevention and Education Program Tribal Listening Session
Time: 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dec
8-9
Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Rural Health Workgroup: MUC Review Meeting
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern
National Quality Forum MAP Rural Health Advisory Workgroup

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