ORHPC News Update 2022 - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care



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April 2022

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MDH report highlights need for retaining and recruiting health care workforce

Health Care professionalThe Minnesota Department of Health's recent press release confirms health care worker burnout and shows workforce shortage trends are affecting a wide range of health care professionals.

Minnesota's Health Care Workforce: Pandemic-Provoked Workforce Exits, Burnout, and Shortages (PDF), is the first report of its kind covering the effects of the pandemic on most of the licensed health care workforce in Minnesota. 

In nearly every profession, more providers than in prior years reported that they planned to leave their profession within the next five years, and a much higher share of these exits is due to burnout. The report identifies potential solutions and highlights current legislative proposals aimed at revitalizing our health care workforce.

Our MDH offices have opened

MDH reopens its offices today, Friday, April 22. Many staff members will continue to operate in a hybrid working environment; if you need to meet with a particular staff member, you may wish to connect with them ahead of time before coming in person.

Governor Walz: National Public Health Week video

National Public Health week is observed nationwide during the first full week of April. Take a moment to watch Governor Walz's National Public Health Week 2022 video on YouTube.

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Grants and other funding

Open: IMG Residency Preparation Program - BRIIDGE

The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health, will again offer a residency preparatory program for international medical graduates (IMGs). This nine–month program, known as BRIIDGE, will consist of inpatient and outpatient training opportunities as well as community and classroom based components to prepare participants to match into and succeed in residency programs. Participants will be selected through a competitive application; and will be based on meeting the eligibility requirements as well as readiness for residency, personal initiative, ambitions, and motivations for desiring to complete residency, previous clinical experience, and future goals as a practicing professionals.

Applications are due on 4:00 pm, May 6.

If you have any questions, please email: yende.anderson@state.mn.us

Open: Mental Health Cultural Community Continuing Education (MHCCCE) - Individuals

The Mental Health Cultural Community Continuing Education (MHCCCE) - Individuals grant is soliciting grant proposals from mental health professionals from communities of color or underrepresented communities to become qualified to serve as supervisors for mental health practitioners pursuing licensure (‘Licensing Supervisor’). MHCCCE was established for the purpose of assisting mental health professionals to pursue a course of study, through post–secondary training or continuing education, that is expected to lead to recognition as a board–approved Licensing Supervisor.

The next set of applications are due on 11:59 pm, Monday, August 1.

If you have any questions, please email: health.orhpc.workforcegrants@state.mn.us

Open: National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training. Read an overview of the program and access the application which is due May 5.

Open: Nurse Corps Scholarship Program

Eligible nursing students can apply to the Nurse Corps Scholarship Program (Nurse Corps SP). The application submission deadline is May 5.

Open: Public Health Scholarship Program

A new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been released. This program will provide funds to award recipients who will in turn provide scholarships to individuals receiving training in professional, graduate and /or certificate programs in public health. Applications are due June 1.

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Best practice guides for telehealth available

telemedicineWhether you are an administrator, hospitalist, or private practitioner — learn how others in your field are using telehealth to connect with patients. Get practical recommendations on billing, strategy, and more to help understand if telehealth is right for you.

Available best practice guides include:

  • Telehealth for behavioral health care
  • Telehealth for direct-to-consumer care
  • Telehealth for maternal health services
  • Telehealth for chronic conditions

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Read this

2021 Minnesota Health Access Survey

The Health Economics Program (HEP) of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) released key findings from the 2021 Minnesota Health Access Survey (MNHA). The MNHA is a biennial state–based population survey that collects information on how many people in Minnesota have health insurance and how easy it is for them to get health care. Initial findings as well as an interactive data tool can be found online.

State recruits and trains 1,300 new nursing assistants

Governor Walz's recent press release reviews achieving the goal made to recruit and train 1,000 new certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Governor Walz also announced that he is proposing continued investment in free nursing assistant training as part of his supplemental budget recommendation. An additional 3,000 Minnesotans would receive free training every year under this proposal.

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Save the date

The virtual National Telehealth Conference, May 16–17. Experts and leaders in the field will examine the evolution of telehealth, discuss its place in an integrated health care delivery model, and review the lessons learned during the COVID–19 pandemic to inform the future of telehealth.

The virtual Many Faces of Community Health Conference is August 18–19.

This year's National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 17.


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