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



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July 2022

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2022 MN Rural Health Awards OPEN for nominations

MN Rural Health Awards 2022Rural Health Awards are given annually to individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to improving rural health in Minnesota.

Nominees may have contributed to rural health in any capacity - in a volunteer or paid position, as a health care provider or not, and/or through policy or practice.

Applications are due August 31. Please email your completed Rural Health Hero, Team and Lifetime nomination form to: health.orhpc@state.mn.us. Feel free to include up to two additional 8 ½ x 11 pages (such as letters of support and/or news articles).

Please email the completed Rural Health Emerging Leader nomination form to: mark@mnruralhealth.org by August 31. Feel free to include up to two additional 8 ½ x 11 pages (such as letters of support and/or news articles).

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Grants and other funding

New: Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

USDA is making available up to $4 million in cooperative agreement funds under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help provide planning support, technical assistance and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities. Qualified entities can use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces. Applications are due August 15.

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

The next round of Mental Health Cultural Community Continuing Education (MHCCCE) - Individuals grant applications is due August 1.

Reminder: C2DREAM

The NIMHD–funded Center for Chronic Disease Reduction and Equity Promotion Across Minnesota (C2DREAM) is inviting applications for the mentored research project Pilot Grant Program for post–doctoral fellows and early–stage investigators to address chronic disease health disparities in Minnesota communities. The Request for Applications for Cycle 2 has been released. The deadline to apply is November 1.

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National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1–833–9–HELP4MOMS. Available 24/7, the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides free, confidential support, resources, and referrals from professional counselors to pregnant and postpartum individuals facing mental health challenges. Counselors offer support in English and Spanish and interpreter services are available in 60 additional languages.

Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention–Registered Nurse Training Program: HRSA-22-168

To enhance the nursing workforce to meet the needs of the nation’s diverse communities, the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention-–Registered Nurse Training Program (NEPQR - RNTP) aims to increase the number of nursing students trained in acute care settings to address and manage social determinant of health factors and improve health equity among underserved populations. Application deadline is Friday, August 19. There is a technical assistance webinar to learn about this funding opportunity on Friday, July 29, 1:00–3:00 p.m. ET. 

New Health Center Stories available

The federal (Health Resources and Services Administration) HRSA–funded health centers across the nation have distinguished themselves in promoting public health and providing primary care services in underserved areas. A new stories webpage has been created to feature stories of the exemplary work health centers have accomplished across the country. Stories highlight the strides HRSA–supported health centers have made to promote public health in underserved areas, particularly throughout the COVID–19 pandemic.

HHS Action Plan to Strengthen Primary Health Care: Request for Information

The U.S. Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is coordinating development of an initial HHS Action Plan to Strengthen Primary Health Care. OASH seeks input from members of the public about what the federal government could do to strengthen primary health care in the U.S. In particular, they are interested in innovations, models, solutions to barriers, and possible HHS actions that may promote health equity, reduce health disparities, and improve health care access and health outcomes. See the Federal Register Notice to share your input by August 1.

HUD Funding to Address Unsheltered Homelessness and Homeless Encampments

The first–of–its–kind package of resources to address unsheltered homelessness and homeless encampments, including funds set aside specifically to address homelessness in rural communities. The $365 million package includes grant funds along with additional vouchers that will enhance communities’ capacity to humanely and effectively address unsheltered homelessness by connecting vulnerable individuals and families to housing, health care, and supportive services. The Initiative for Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness is being made available by HUD and strongly promotes partnerships with health care organizations, public housing authorities and mainstream housing providers, and people with lived experience and expertise of homelessness.

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News from our Partners

Optimizing Health Center use of health information tools

The Neighborhood Health Care Network, St. Paul, is one of the 49 Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) that has been awarded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds to improve care quality, reduce health disparities, and engage in value–based care delivery through the use of health technologies. Health information technology has become essential in enabling the delivery of high–quality, culturally competent, equitable, and comprehensive primary health care, which has increased the need for health centers to expand their use of digital health tools.

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Read this

American Medical Association pushes 'recovery plan' for physicians, Healthleaders Media, June 2022. 

Health Centers Are addressing America’s mental health crisis, NHCAC, April 2022.

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Save the date

Americans with Disabilities Act Day–July 26

Governor Walz has proclaimed Tuesday, July 26 as Americans with Disabilities Act Day in the State of Minnesota.

The virtual Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held August 18–19. Registration is now open.

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

2022 National Rural Health Day


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