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The RTT Collaborative March Newsletter is now available!
This newsletter includes announcements regarding the RTT Collaborative’s Annual Meeting, the Rural Rookie Doc, new board member, new board member representatives, and the new section on our website dedicated to consultative services and technical assistance.
Some newsletter highlights include:
- RTT Collaborative’s 2021 Annual Meeting Announcements
- Photo Contest Winners (spoiler: there are llama’s!)
- New Board Member Q&A with Dr. Keri Bergeson
- New Resident Board Representative Q&A with Kaily Baer, MD
- New Student Board Representative Q&A with Araminta Ray
- A participating medical program highlight in Fort Worth, TX
- A participating residency program highlight in Pittsburg, TX
- RRPD Updates and Webinars
- Rural PREP’s New ...
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News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- HRSA Awards over $12.7 Million to Programs Enhancing Health Care Delivery to Rural Underserved Populationson April 20, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $12.7 million in funding to 61 recipients serving rural communities across 35 states as part of its community-based Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Outreach Program). Funding will support the Healthy Rural Hometown Initiative (HRHI) to address rural health disparities related to heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke.
- Snag a Vaccine Appointment, Then Face the Next Hurdle: How to Get There?on April 19, 2021 at 5:00 am
Discusses challenges that both urban and rural residents face getting to COVID-19 vaccination appointments, such as lack of public transportation or local vaccine availability. Highlights efforts in Colorado, Ohio, and Texas to help accommodate those who need transportation for their appointments.
- HHS Announces Nearly $150 Million from American Rescue Plan to Support Community-Based Health Care Providers with COVID-19 Responseon April 19, 2021 at 5:00 am
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of nearly $150 million to 100 Health Center Program Look-Alikes (LALs) to aid in the mitigation of COVID-19, strengthen vaccination efforts, and enhance healthcare services and infrastructure. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan to support LALs that serve underserved populations. Applications are due May 14, 2021.
- USDA to Host Listening Session to Help Expand Broadband Access in Tribal Communities Under the ReConnect Programon April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a listening session on April 20, 2021 to gather ideas on how the Reconnect program can expand access to broadband in tribal communities. USDA invites comments that address a recently published final rule regarding paperwork requirements, funding restrictions, eligibility requirements, and scoring criteria.
- National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic...on April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) is accepting applications for grants to state and territorial health departments to support the reduction of health disparities related to COVID-19. The funding will also support increased testing and contact tracing among high risk populations and to increase health department capacity to prevent and control COVID-19 infection. Applications are due May 3, 2021.
- RHC Grandfathering Fix Signed into Lawon April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
Summarizes the impact of H.R. 1868 on Rural Health Clinics. Includes a link to the full text of the legislation which was signed by President Biden on April 14, 2021.
- FCC Announces Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Portal Will Open on April 29on April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau announced they will accept applications for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program between April 29-May 6, 2021. Round two includes almost $250 million to support the utilization of telehealth services during the pandemic.
- IHS Awards $16 Million in Grants to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Indian Countryon April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Indian Health Service announced the award of $16 million to tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations to combat the opioid epidemic as part of the 2021 Community Opioid Intervention Pilot Project. Thirty-five grants were awarded to support innovative approaches and culturally relevant services addressing opioid use disorder in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
- Rural-Urban Divide Compounds Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Deaths, Study Findson April 15, 2021 at 5:00 am
Provides an overview of research that found rural ethnic minority groups have higher rates of COVID-19 deaths than their white and urban counterparts. Includes recommendations to address these disparities, including the allocation of additional resources to disproportionately affected rural minority communities.
- New COVID Cases Increase 10% in Rural Countieson April 14, 2021 at 5:00 am
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between April 4-10, 2021, finding an increase in both new infections and COVID-related deaths in rural counties. Discusses how surges in Michigan and northwest Texas contributed to the increase in cases. Includes an interactive county map of new infections and graphs detailing weekly infection and death rates dating back to June 2020.
Rural resources via the Rural Health Information Hub Resources, reports, and other documents on rural health topics from a variety of sources, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Policies Report, Spring 2021on April 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm
Bi-annual summary report on telehealth policies as of February 2021. Covers Medicaid reimbursement, private payer laws, and professional regulation. -- Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
- Critical Access Hospital Response to COVID-19on April 21, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Webinar recording summarizing results of a survey of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) executives in eight states regarding the hospitals' ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic from February-August 2020. Covers survey findings related to CAH finance, federal waivers and regulatory flexibilities, capacity for treatment, workforce, and partnerships. Discusses opportunities for future research on COVID-19 response and preparedness for future disasters and public health emergencies. -- Flex Monitoring Team
- Telemedicine Increases Access to Buprenorphine Initiation During the COVID-19 Pandemicon April 20, 2021 at 7:41 pm
Discusses the expanded access to buprenorphine prescription through telemedicine during COVID-19, comparing the experiences of two harm reduction primary care programs in a rural and urban region of New York. Discusses reduced barriers to treatment, particularly delays due to in-person evaluation requirements before to the pandemic, and innovations to opioid use disorder treatment made possible through telehealth.
- Escalating Alcohol-Involved Death Rates: Trends and Variation across the Nation and in the States from 2006 to 2019on April 20, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Examines alcohol-involved deaths by state and at the national level, discussing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vital statistics data. Explores death rate changes, trends, and variation, comparing state rates to U.S. rates and comparing rates across demographic and age groups, by sex, and by urban/rural location. Offers a map with links to infographics for each state. -- State Health Access Data Assistance Center
- Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act & Related Legislation and Administrative Action Impacting Rural Healthon April 19, 2021 at 6:06 pm
Provides an overview of legislation passed by Congress regarding COVID-19. Identifies provisions relevant to rural healthcare providers, including the Paycheck Protection Program, funding for public health and rural workforce programs, telehealth flexibilities, and more. -- National Rural Health Association
- Texas Rural Hospital Funding Resource Guideon April 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm
Offers information on funding opportunities available to rural health facilities in Texas, including COVID-19, economic development, and telehealth funding. Lists federal and state funding programs, national foundations, and private foundations. Organizes Texas funders into 6 service regions, and provides a map of Critical Access Hospitals and Prospective Payment System Hospitals in each region. -- Texas State Office of Rural Health
- Changes in Provision of Selected Services by Rural and Urban Hospitals between 2009 and 2017on April 19, 2021 at 2:07 pm
Examines the increase in number of rural hospitals that have closed or converted to a model eliminating inpatient care, as well as rural hospitals that have reduced or terminated historically essential services including obstetrics, surgery, long-term care, home health, and oncology. Features statistics on the number of hospitals offering various types of healthcare services in 2009 and in 2017, with breakdowns by urban and rural location. -- North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
- Oversight Hearing "Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Health Systems One Year Later"on April 16, 2021 at 10:13 pm
Recording of an oversight hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs evaluates the response of native healthcare systems to the COVID-19 one year into the pandemic. Features testimonies by representatives of the Indian Health Service, the National Indian Health Board, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the Papa Ola Lōkahi organization, and the Alaska Native Medical Center. -- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
- Strategies for Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccineson April 16, 2021 at 7:20 pm
Offers examples and promising practices for states, municipalities, community-based organizations, and others working to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities can receive COVID-19 vaccines. Discusses outreach and education, facilitating vaccine appointments, vaccine site accessibility and accommodations, and mobile vaccination programs. -- Administration for Community Living
- How ACL's Disability and Aging Network is Advancing Vaccination Effortson April 16, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Provides an overview of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) grant programs for people with disabilities and older adults. Describes examples of vaccine-related activities for each program that can support COVID-19 vaccine access. -- Administration for Community Living