RTTC 2022 Annual Meeting

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Our Participating Programs and Sponsors

Ohio University HCOM
Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency – Swift River Rural Training Track
Colorado Family Medicine Residencies
Ohio University RUSP
Cahaba Medical Care
Spokane Teaching Health Center
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Oregon Health & Science University-Cascades East Family Medicine Residency
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
Providence Oregon Family Medicine Hood River Rural Training Program
Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency Program
Wayne County Hospital RESST Program
UND Bismarck/Center for Family Medicine-Hettinger RTT & UND Minot/Williston Medical Center-Rural Residency
Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Family Medicine Residency

Featured News Story

September 2022 Newsletter is Now Available!

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 Happy first official week of autumn, and welcome to our newsletter. Please be sure to stop by page seven for information regarding new board member applications! 

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Latest News

News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub

  • State Offices of Rural Health Help Rural Hospitals Face 'Challenge' of Extra Funding
    on October 6, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Highlights the role of State Offices of Rural Health in assisting Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and rural hospitals to access and utilize federal funding made available through the American Rescue Plan. Notes challenges for planning and implementing funding awards and tracking the use of funds, particularly for RHCs with limited resources.

  • Mental Health Crisis Teams Aren't Just for Cities Anymore
    on October 3, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Describes efforts to provide crisis mental health services in rural areas, noting mental healthcare provider shortages in rural areas and the flexibility of small police departments and sheriffs' offices to support or provide alternatives to typical law enforcement response to mental health-related calls. Discusses telehealth options to connect individuals with a counselor and highlights innovative crisis service programs in South Dakota and Iowa.

  • Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Funds to Increase the Number of School-Based Mental Health Providers in Schools Provided Through the...
    on October 3, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Announces funding available through the School-Based Mental Health Services program and the Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant program to increase access to mental health services for students and young people, funded through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and the Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations. Intended to help with recruiting, preparing, hiring, and training highly qualified school-based mental health providers, including in underserved and rural communities.

  • How Rural Hospitals Can Tackle Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks
    on September 28, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Describes cybersecurity risks and challenges facing rural hospitals, highlighting ways to reinforce security. Notes federal resources and initiatives aimed at managing risk for healthcare organizations.

  • HHS: Invitation To Become a Healthy People 2030 Champion
    on September 26, 2022 at 5:00 am

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is seeking applications to become Healthy People 2030 Champions. Selected organizations will be recognized for their work toward achieving Healthy People 2030 goals to advance the health and well-being of people in the United States. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $1.6 Billion in Funds for Communities Addressing Addiction and Overdose Crises
    on September 23, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Announces over $1.6 billion in funding to support addiction and overdose crises through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and HRSA's rural communities opioid response programs. Offers an overview of the grant programs and the scope of the investments.

  • FORHP Introduces New Center to Assist Rural Emergency Hospitals
    on September 22, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Announces the appointment of the Rural Health Redesign Center to provide technical assistance to hospitals interested in becoming an Rural Emergency Hospital (REH). Describes the new REH designation and the role of the REH Technical Assistance Center in supporting hospitals through the transition process. Notes a webinar scheduled for October 12 at 3:00 p.m. to explain the REH and the Technical Assistance Center.

  • A Rural Doctor Gave Her All. Then Her Heart Broke.
    on September 19, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Profile of a rural doctor in West Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic who experienced a stress-related heart condition that forced her to change her engagement with patients and her community. Describes the dynamics of rural healthcare that contribute to burnout among providers, including vaccine hesitancy and distrust of science, chronic disease, food access, and other health-related disparities in rural West Virginia. (May require a subscription to view the full article.)

  • Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2021
    on September 13, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Announces the release of 2021 data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage from the U.S. Census Bureau. Notes no statistically different change in real median household income and the official poverty rate from 2020 to 2021, but notes a 1.4% decrease in the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) rate and a .3% increase in the percentage of people with health insurance coverage from 91.4% to 91.7%. Offers details on other findings from the reports.

  • Biden-Harris Administration Now Accepting Applications for $1 Billion Rural High-Speed Internet Program
    on September 9, 2022 at 5:00 am

    Announces a $1 billion increase in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ReConnect Program Round 4 Funding to support rural broadband expansion. Describes the ReConnect Program and recent changes to eligibility guidelines, noting an application deadline of November 2, 2022.

Helpful Resources

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

  • Permanent Supportive Housing in Rural Areas
    on October 7, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Provides information on homelessness in rural areas, supportive housing models and strategies, and financial considerations for rural housing projects. -- Housing Assistance Council

  • Arizona Medically Underserved Areas: Biennial Report 2022
    on October 6, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Biennial report for Arizona containing a list of Primary Care Areas (PCAs) by county, maps of medically underserved areas, and a list of Arizona State Loan Repayment Program sites. Describes methodology for designating PCAs as Medically Underserved Areas (AzMUAs), including ratio of population to primary care, travel distance to a primary care physician, and health insurance status, among other factors. -- Arizona Department of Health Services

  • Emergency Department Utilization for Mental Health in American Indian Children
    on October 6, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Explores racial disparities in children aged 5-18 years who utilized emergency department (ED) services for mental health reasons between June 2011 and May 2012. Examines 1,545 pediatric ED visits for mental health concerns in American Indian and White populations. Includes patient demographic information, reason for ED mental health visit, as well as urban versus rural data related to predictors for repeat ED mental health visits.

  • An Assessment of Indiana's Maternity Care Workforce: 2022 Report
    on October 6, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Reports on the overall supply and geographic distribution of the maternity care workforce in Indiana including physicians and various types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Includes county-level data and maps of maternity care practice settings with indicators for metro and nonmetro counties. -- Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy

  • Integrating Employment Services with Substance Use Treatment and Recovery: The Experiences of Five Programs
    on October 6, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Reports on the experiences of 5 treatment and recovery programs that integrated employment services into their program structure. Presents key findings that highlight program differences, organizational partnerships, and necessary accommodations for people in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Includes case study of a community recovery program situated in rural Virginia. -- Administration for Children and Families, Building Evidence on Employment Strategies

  • Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) 2022 Resource Guide
    on October 6, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Highlights information pertaining to the behavioral health equity for children and adolescents, American Indian and Alaska Native, and LGBTQ+ populations. Discusses workforce issues and trauma-informed care. Guides' feature resource papers, presentations, websites, toolkits, and pamphlets. Provides a section of resources for rural communities. -- National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

  • 'Filling the Cracks': How a Rural Maine Community Kept its 24/7 Urgent Care Open with Paramedics
    on October 5, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Features a pilot program serving rural Maine where paramedics take shifts staffing the local health center after-hours and on weekends. -- Rural Health Information Hub

  • Suicide and Self-Harm in Youth Presenting to a US Rural Hospital During COVID-19
    on October 5, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Presents a study on rural emergency department utilization and hospital admission for suicide or self-harm in children ages 5 to 17 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analyzes hospital data from January, 2017 to May 2021. Breaks down data by demographic factors, such as race, gender, and rurality, as well as length of stay and visit type, among other measures.

  • Oklahoma Critical Access Hospitals
    on October 5, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    County map showing locations of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), CAH National Health Service Corps Sites, PC low income designation, and geographic Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Oklahoma. -- Oklahoma Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development

  • Defining Census Bureau Urban Areas
    on October 5, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    Provides an overview of how the Census Bureau defines urban and rural areas. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Show Transcript. -- U.S. Census Bureau