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



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December 2022

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Announcing Brooke Cunningham as Commissioner of Health

Dr. Brooke Cunningham has been chosen by Governor Walz as our new Commissioner of Health. "As the leader of the Minnesota Department of Health’s equity work, Dr. Brooke Cunningham has demonstrated her skill as a leader and commitment to advancing the health and wellbeing of people across the state,” said Governor Walz. “She shares our vision of public health, and we are glad to have her leadership and expertise in our Administration."

"Dr. Brooke Cunningham’s passion and expertise for health equity will help us build a more affordable, equitable health care system that serves all Minnesotans,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “With her leadership, we will continue to address the health inequities underlying our state and work to ensure Minnesota remains one of the healthiest states in the nation.”

“I am thrilled to be appointed to lead the Department of Health at this critical time in the agency’s history,” said Brooke Cunningham. “As the agency transitions out of a pandemic response, its leaders and staff have a unique opportunity to reinvest in the foundational capabilities of public health. I aim to prioritize equity in our science, operations, and community partnerships, so that we can more effectively protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans.” 

Call for proposals - MN Rural Health Conference

Minnesota Rural Health Conference

The Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, the Minnesota Rural Health Association, and the National Rural Health Resource Center invite proposals for presentations to be delivered at the 2023 Minnesota Rural Health Conference (June 12-13 in Duluth). Proposals are submitted online. The deadline to submit a proposal is 4 p.m. CT, Thursday, January 19.

Conference updates can be found online at the conference website. You may also want to subscribe to the conference e-mail list.

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Grants and other funding

OPEN: International Medical Graduates (IMG) Primary Care Residency (PCR) Grant

The IMG Primary Care Residency program awards grants to eligible grantees to support residency positions for Minnesota immigrant international medical graduates (IIMGs). An IIMG is an international medical graduate who was born outside the United States, now resides permanently in the United States, and who did not enter the United States on a J1 or similar nonimmigrant visa following acceptance into United States medical residency or fellowship program. Applications are due 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday, January 6. For more information, please contact: yende.anderson@state.mn.us

OPEN: Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant (RHCI)

The Rural Hospital Capital Improvement program (RHCI) awards grants to eligible rural hospitals for modernization projects to update, remodel or replace aging hospital facilities and equipment necessary to maintain the operations of a hospital. The application is due 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday, January 27. For more information, please contact: Health.RuralHospitalGrants@state.mn.us

OPEN: Mental Health Grants for Health Care Professionals 

The Mental Health Grants for Health Care Professionals program was established for the purpose of improving the mental health of health care professionals through establishment or expansion of programs that are evidenced-based or evidenced-informed and are focused on addressing the mental health of health care professionals. Applications are due 11:59 p.m. CT, Tuesday, January 31. For more information, please contact: health.orhpc.workforcegrants@state.mn.us.

OPEN: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program 

A new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) was posted on grants.gov. RCORP-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) will fund approximately 40 awards of $500,000 per year to reduce the impact and incidence of NAS in rural communities.  The application due date is Wednesday, March 8 and there will be a technical assistance webinar for applicants 2-3 p.m. ET, Wednesday, January 4 (no registration required; details on pg. iii of the NOFO).  All domestic public or private entities are eligible to apply, but all services must be exclusively provided in HRSA-designated rural areas.  Please direct any applicant questions to ruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov  

REMINDER: Summer Health Care Internship Program

The Summer Health Care Internship program was created to expose interested secondary and postsecondary pupils to various careers within the health care professions. MDH selects one statewide nonprofit organization to award grants to hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities and home care providers to establish summer health care internship programs for secondary and postsecondary students. Eligible organizations must be nonprofit organizations representing facilities throughout Minnesota where students will complete their internships. The application is due 11:59 p.m. CST, December 31. For more information, please contact health.orhpc.workforcegrants@state.mn.us

REMINDER: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Employee Scholarship Grant

The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) employee scholarship grant program was established for the purpose of assisting qualified HCBS providers fund employee scholarships for education and training in nursing and other health care fields. Grant funds must be used to cover costs related to a course of study that is expected to lead to career advancement with the provider or in the HCBS field. Applications are due Friday, January 6. For more information, please email Health.HCBSgrant@state.mn.us

REMINDER: MN Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program

ORHPC awards loan forgiveness to various health care professionals serving in high-need areas. View the MN Health Care Loan Forgiveness Programs webpage for a listing of eligible professions as well as program information specific to each including eligibility, award amounts, service obligation, timelines, etc. Applications are due 11:59 p.m., Friday, January 6. For more information, please contact: health.loanforgiveness@state.mn.us.

REMINDER: Minnesota Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Minnesota's Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is for primary care providers practicing in rural and urban Health Professional Shortage Areas in Minnesota. Applications are due Friday, January 13. For more information, please contact: brenda.flattum@state.mn.us, 651-201-3870.

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2023 National Rural EMS & Care Conference

The Call for Proposals is currently open. Submit a proposal(s) to present rural innovations, research findings, model programs, resources, and projects to help EMS stakeholder attendees address the needs of rural communities to prepare for the future. All proposals are due by Friday, January 27. 

Webinar: Data, Social Determinants of Health, and Migration

Health Centers collect essential data elements necessary to determine social determinants of health (SDOH) that are considered basic needs for the health and safety of populations in their community. This webinar from the Migrant Clinicians Network highlights the data as a framework for making decisions that can affect equity among the special and vulnerable populations in your community, especially agricultural workers. Each person’s experience is unique, and equity to address individual vulnerabilities may take many forms. Register for the Data, Social Determinants of Health, and Migration webinar to be held 12 p.m. CTTuesday, January 17.

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News of our partners

Top Performing Rural Hospitals

The Chartis Leadership Awards have been announced for 2022. This award program, which is based on the results of the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, recognizes top quartile performance (i.e., 75th percentile or above) in Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective. Visit the Chartis Group website and view a list of Minnesota rural hospitals among this year's 2022 Award Winners. 

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Save the date

The virtual NOSORH 2023 National Rural EMS & Care Conference will be held April 18-20. 

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