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



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January 2023

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 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

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.  Applications are due Friday, January 6. For more information, please email Health.HCBSgrant@state.mn.us

REMINDER: 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). Applications are due 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday, January 6. For more information, please contact: yende.anderson@state.mn.us

REMINDER: MN Health Care Loan Forgiveness Program

ORHPC awards loan forgiveness to various health care professionals serving in high-need areas. Please view the MN Health Care Loan Forgiveness Programs webpage for more information. 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.

REMINDER: Rural Hospital Capital Improvement Grant (RHCI)

The Rural Hospital Capital Improvement program (RHCI) awards grants to eligible rural hospitals for modernization projects. The application is due 11:59 p.m. CT, Friday, January 27. For more information, please contact: Health.RuralHospitalGrants@state.mn.us

REMINDER: 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. Applications are due 11:59 p.m. CT, Tuesday, January 31. For more information, please contact: health.orhpc.workforcegrants@state.mn.us.

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2022 Minnesota Student Survey results released

From the MDH News Release, December 22: Minnesota students reported healthier behaviors around commercial tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and sexual activity in 2022, while at the same time experiencing an unprecedented amount of long-term mental health, behavioral or emotional problems, according to the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey. 

Survey data is available on the Minnesota Department of Education’s Minnesota Student Survey webpages. Summaries of elements of the survey are also available from the MDH Minnesota Student Survey website.

Since 1989, the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) has been administered every three years to students in regular public elementary and secondary schools, charter schools, and tribal schools. All public school districts in Minnesota are invited to participate in the survey.  The MSS includes questions about a wide variety of youth behaviors, including risk behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence and sexual activity, as well as positive behaviors and connection to family, school and community. 

Rural Health Leadership Radio Podcasts 

Rural Health Leadership Radio™ (RHLR) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals who work in rural health (C-level executives, directors, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals) with conversations about rural healthcare: what’s working, what’s not working, lessons learned, definitions of leadership and more. Many of these conversations take place to create an episode for the Rural Health Leadership Radio™ podcast. These conversations are pre-recorded, published weekly and available for listening at no cost.

Webinar: Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Rural LGBTQ Adults

During this one-hour webinar, researchers from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center will describe rural/urban differences in health and access to health care, including differences in self-rated health, chronic conditions, and mental health outcomes. Participants will be able to describe differences between rural and urban LGBTQ adults in health and access to care and to identify opportunities to improve rural LGBTQ health through policy and programming.

The one-hour webinar will be held 1:00 am Pacific, 12:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern. Registration is free and required. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to access the recording, archived on the Gateway website.

Whole-of-government effort to build resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the disparities in health, well-being, and economic opportunity in communities nationwide. In response, civil servants from more than 35 federal agencies came together to develop the Federal Plan for Equitable Long-Term Recovery and Resilience. The plan lays out an approach to increase resilience and help all people and communities thrive. It includes 78 recommendations to advance the Seven Vital Conditions for Health and Well-Being. The plan’s success depends on collaboration with non-governmental partners.

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Read/listen to this

Characteristics of Rural Hospitals Eligible for Conversion to Rural Emergency Hospitals and Three Rural Hospitals Considering Conversion, December 2022, North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

ORHPC Spotlight: Telehealth in Minnesota, December 2022, Minnesota Department of Health. 

Removing barriers to advanced practice nursing opens doors to better healthcare for all, January, Modern Healthcare.

 Short on community health workers, a county trains teens as youth ambassadors, January, National Public Radio. 

The evolution of hospital designations and payment in the U.S.: Implications for rural hospitals, December 2022, Rural Policy Research Institute.

The Exec: MarinHealth CEO on remaining resilient and independent, December 2022, HealthLeaders. 

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Save the date

The Minnesota Rural Health Conference will be held June 12-13 in Duluth.

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

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