ORHPC News Update February 2023 - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care



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February 2023

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MDH news

 Call for grant evaluators

The MDH Office of Rural Health and Primary Care is seeking evaluators for several grant programs this February and March. MDH is committed to transparency in its processes. We are seeking to ensure diverse review committees – made up of community leaders, State staff, and agency partners who reflect the content areas and communities served by grants – to take part in a community review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. MDH will review all committee recommendations and is responsible for award decisions. Grant areas include: 

  • Health Care Loan Forgiveness 
  • Home and Community Based Services 
  • Mental Health 
  • Rural Hospital Funding 
  • Workforce Development

Evaluator commitment includes 1) reviewing applications in an online grant management platform at the evaluator’s own pace (2-3 weeks to do so), 2) scoring applications based on the request for proposal (scoring guidelines are provided), and 3) participation in an online group meeting with other evaluators who reviewed the same grants. Typically, evaluators will review between 10 and 20 grants and commit to a half day of group discussion. This does vary by program and Grant Program Administrators can discuss specific programs to those who are interested. To express your interest in evaluating grants and gain more information please contact health.orhpc@state.mn.us

2023 MN Rural Health Conference

Remember to check the MNRHAC website for updates on the conference. You may also want to subscribe to the conference e-mail list.

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Grants and other funding

NEW: American Psychiatric Association Foundation invites applications for minority mental health programs

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation invites applications for its Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health. Through the program, grants of $5,000, a plaque, and recognition will be awarded to mental health and wellness organizations in support of minority mental health programs. The application deadline is Monday, February 6. For more information, please visit the American Psychiatric Association Foundation website.

NEW: Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) program

The Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) program aims to expand access to anesthesia services, especially to rural, urban, and tribal underserved communities nationwide. Grant award recipients are accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support. Check out the full list of FAQs and watch the NAT Technical Assistance Webinar. The application deadline is Friday, February 10. Please contact Santhana B. Webb at NAT@hrsa.gov or call 301-443-3524 with your questions.

NEW: Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency positions available

Hospitals interested in residency slots that will be supported by Medicare in Fiscal Year 2024 must apply through the Medicare Electronic Application Request Information (MEARIS™) by March 31. Rural hospitals are among the facility types eligible to establish new programs or expand existing residency programs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will prioritize training sites located in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), and Tribal facilities located outside of a HPSA. For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions and the application submission process guide.

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NOSORH Rural Health Grant Writing Institute

NOSORH's Grant Writing Institute is now open for enrollment. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to write better grant proposals, turn rurality to your advantage, learn to connect with funders, and more. This series is perfect for beginners seeking to gain the skills to research and draft winning program proposals from various funders. The Institute runs from February 27-May 8, with weekly virtual learning sessions taking place each Monday from 3:00-4:30 pm ET. Visit the Institute's web page to learn more and register by February 17.

Project REACH is recruiting participants for 2023-2024 Cohort

Project REACH (Rural Experts Advancing Community Health) provides diverse community leaders in rural Minnesota with health policy and leadership training that will help them build skills to successfully advocate to improve health in their rural communities. Project REACH is an initiative of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program. Online interest forms for participation in the 2023-2024 cohort will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., Monday February 20. Questions about the program and application process can be directed to Katie Rydberg at reedx472@umn.edu.

HRSA Integrated Substance Use Disorder training program

The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA’s) Bureau of Health Workforce aims to increase the number of clinicians providing mental health and substance use disorder treatment in underserved primary care settings.  Eligible applicants to the Integrated Substance Use Disorder training program are health care facilities, including Rural Health Clinics, with a demonstrated record of success in providing training for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, health service psychologists, counselors, nurses, and/or social workers. Applications are due March 21.

HHS/DoD National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network

A joint program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the National Emergency Tele-Critical Care Network is available at no cost to hospitals caring for COVID-19 patients. Teams of critical care clinicians - critical care physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialized clinical experts – are available to deliver virtual care through telemedicine platforms, such as an app on a mobile device. Email matthew.t.quinn3.civ@mail.mil, to learn more and sign up.

Native Americans into Medicine (NAM)

The University of Minnesota provides a seven-week summer enrichment program, Native Americans into Medicine (NAM), for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in pursuing health careers.  Accepted students earn a stipend for living expenses, and campus housing is available. Applications are ongoing.

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Read/listen to this

Duluth Med School leader remembered for rural health care legacy, January 17, 2023, MPR News.

Rural seniors benefit from pandemic-driven remote fitness boom, January 2023, The Daily Yonder. 

ORHPC Spotlight on healthy aging in rural areas, 2019, Minnesota Department of Health.

'Untapped opportunity' as Mayo Clinic expands at-home care with paramedic program, December 2022, Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Changes in service offerings post-system affiliation in rural hospitals, January 2023, RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.

The state of rural 2023, January 2023, Center for Rural Policy and Development. 

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

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Save the date

The Great Plain Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center (gpTRAC) will hold a Telehealth Policy Update and Overview - Minnesota webinar on March 1, at 11:00 a.m. CT, for one hour. Registration is free

Minnesota Rural Health Conference

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

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