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NIPDD Rural Scholarship for 2021-2022

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Deadllne for application: Midnight June 6, 2021

The RTT Collaborative Board and the cooperative of rural programs it represents is happy to offer up to three scholarships for the National Institute for Program Director Development fellowship program in academic year 2021-2022. Any director, site director, or faculty of a currently accredited or developing rural program is encouraged to apply.[1]The NIPDD program is described further at, including this coming year’s schedule of the three in-person sessions that are a part of the program.

This RTT Collaborative scholarship includes the full cost of fellowship registration only ($5,500 in 2019-2020). Recipients are ...
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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

  • Largest CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Study in Health Workers Shows mRNA Vaccines 94% Effective
    on May 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Highlights a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found mRNA vaccines reduced the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 by 94 percent among fully vaccinated healthcare personnel. The data for the assessment came from a network covering 500,000 healthcare personnel across 33 sites in 25 U.S. states.

  • The Cherokee Nation to Produce Its Own PPE
    on May 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    After struggling to source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation used a portion of its CARES Act funding to create its own facilities to manufacture PPE. Discusses how the facilities will create jobs for members of the Cherokee communities and help to fill the shortage of PPE across the country.

  • The Additional Risks and Challenges for Pregnant Women in Rural and Underserved Communities
    on May 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Blog post provides overview of a report that found maternal mortality in the U.S. increased from 2000-2015 and identified additional risks and challenges for rural and underserved women. Includes maternal mortality data by rurality, discusses disparities among women of color, and highlights federal efforts to improve maternal health outcomes.

  • USDA-NIFA, CDC and Cooperative Extension Team Up for Vaccine Education in Rural America
    on May 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) with $9.95 million to support rural COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Funding will be used by Land-grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System in delivering immunizations and education to the communities they serve.

  • HHS Coordinates New Effort to Vaccinate Migratory and Seasonal Workers in the Food and Agriculture Sectors
    on May 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers including workers in the food sector. Actions include using a data-driven approach to target key regions, utilization of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program, and partnering with jurisdictions to reach migratory and seasonal agricultural workers.

  • Riding Herd on Mental Health in Colorado Ranching Country
    on May 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of farmers and ranchers in rural Colorado and identifies challenges to mental healthcare, such as stigma and lack of services. Highlights efforts and legislation to improve mental health services offered to rural residents and destigmatize mental health needs and resources.

  • New Coronavirus Infections and Deaths Drop in Rural Counties
    on May 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between May 2-8, 2021, finding a 12 percent decrease of infections and 14 percent decrease in deaths in rural counties. Includes an interactive map of COVID infection rates by U.S. county, charts detailing weekly rates of infections and deaths since June, and additional findings.

  • CMS: Medicare Program; Modification of Limitations on Redesignation by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB)
    on May 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Notice of interim final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amending regulations to allow hospitals with a rural redesignation under the Social Security Act to reclassify through the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) using the rural reclassified area as the geographic area in which the hospital is located. These changes align CMS policy with the decision in Bates County Memorial Hospital v. Azar, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2023. This interim final rule is effective May 10, 2021. Comments are due by June 28, 2021.

  • CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective...
    on May 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals for fiscal year 2022. Contains details of changes impacting Critical Access Hospital (CAH); Medicare graduate medical education for teaching hospitals, including how to distribute additional slots for rural residency training programs; inpatient hospital services provided by long-term care hospitals; quality reporting programs; and changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, among other things. Comments are due by June 28, 2021.

  • Health Care Providers Try Novel Ways to Get Shots in Arms of Rural Residents
    on May 6, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Discusses the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement (EXCITE), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program that provides extension agencies with grants to promote COVID-19 vaccination information in rural areas. Highlights the Purdue Extension office in Indiana which focuses on providing vaccine information to its Latino community, and the Primary Health Network in Pennsylvania which focuses on addressing vaccine hesitancy and building trust.

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

  • Changing the COVID Conversation
    on May 17, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Shares findings from a series of polls and focus groups that addressed the messaging and language most likely to build support for COVID-19 public health measures and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. -- de Beaumont Foundation

  • Rapid Community Assessment Guide
    on May 17, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Guide to help healthcare providers and other organizations understand the concerns of their communities related to COVID-19 vaccination and identify strategies to increase vaccination confidence. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries — United States, 2001-2018
    on May 13, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Examines prevalence of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis among U.S. people aged 67 or more who were enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and were not enrolled in a health maintenance organization plan. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Urban and Rural Districts Showed a Strong Divide During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Results from the Second American School District Panel...
    on May 13, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Report highlights the differences between rural and urban school districts in the ways the adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the different approaches to addressing the physical and mental health and safety for students and staff and makes recommendations for school districts. -- RAND Corporation

  • Characteristics of US Adults Delaying Dental Care Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
    on May 13, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Highlights a study on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on oral healthcare utilization and the factors contributing to people's decision to delay care. Bases findings on a cross-sectional national survey of adults from late May to early June of 2020. Breaks down demographic indicators of participants by age, race, and rurality, among other factors. -- RAND Corporation

  • Tribal Transit Study: Demographic Needs Indicators, Funding Needs and Livability
    on May 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Explores the demographic characteristics that correlate with transportation needs among American Indian and discusses the transit options available in several reservations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington. Breaks down data by demographics such as senior citizen status, disability status, and income, among other factors. -- Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

  • Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating: Overview for Flex Programs and Rural Stakeholders
    on May 13, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Provides an overview of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Overall Hospital Star Ratings posted on the CMS Care Compare website. Describes the methodology for the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, including information on measure selection, measure grouping, measure group scores and hospital scoring, and peer grouping and star rating assignment. Discusses the implications these ratings have on Critical Access Hospitals and other small rural hospitals. -- Stratis Health

  • We Can Do This: American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Leaders Toolkit
    on May 13, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Resources tribal communities can use to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence and promote preventive measures. -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • We Can Do This: Rural Community Toolkit
    on May 13, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Resources community partners can use to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence and promote preventive measures in rural communities. -- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Indiana Medically Underserved Areas and Populations
    on May 12, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Shows Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) in Indiana. -- Indiana Primary Health Care Association