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



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July 2023

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SURVEY: Help inform future Minnesota Flex and Primary Care grant cycles

The Minnesota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program) and State Primary Care Office are planning for new grant cycles. These programs are looking for your input on challenges and opportunities that are impacting rural health. Please respond by filling out this short, five-question survey. The information collected from this survey will help guide the Minnesota Flex Program and the Primary Care Office when creating their workplans for the next grant cycle.

2023 National Health Center Week: August 6 - 12

2023 National Health Center Week

Please join us in celebrating National Health Center Week, August 6-12. 

Community health centers are nonprofit, patient-governed organizations that provide primary health care to America’s medically underserved communities. They serve patients regardless of income or insurance and are at the core of our country's safety-net health care system. Health centers provide high-quality care, improve health outcomes, and narrow health disparities in their communities. Visit the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers to find the closest health center to you

ORHPC is Minnesota's federally designated State Primary Care Office with the responsibility of administering specific state and federal resources to develop and preserve access to health care. Funding the safety net of community health centers, local health departments and public hospitals helps provide health care access to medically underserved populations. 

2022 America's Health Centers Infographic (PDF)

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Grants and other funding

Health Professional Training Scholarship Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Health will award grants to eligible health professional training programs to administer scholarships to students enrolled during the 2023-24 school year who plan to practice in a rural area. Grantees will provide both academic and professional counseling, and prioritize rural clinical placements for all scholarship recipients. Students selected for scholarships a commit to practicing in rural areas of Minnesota. Scholarships will be in the amount of $25,000 per student and must be awarded prior to March 31, 2024. 

Eligible, accredited training programs must be located in Minnesota and must train students enrolled in at least one of the following programs: advanced practice nursing, dental therapy, mental health professional programs, or physician assistant programs. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, August 18.

Community Health Worker scholarship and apprenticeship programs

The Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance (MNCHWA), in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), is offering 90 scholarships to individuals from diverse communities across Minnesota to complete the Community Health Worker (CHW) Certificate program. Scholarships may be used to pay for CHW Certificate programs and education related costs that start in or after August 2023. Students must be accepted to a college offering the CHW Certificate program to receive a scholarship.

MNCHWA and MDH are also looking for employers interested in the registered apprenticeship program for Community Health Workers. The apprenticeship program is a career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and CHWs can obtain paid work experience combined with on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. 

Partnering with Academic Institutions to Develop Service Learning ProgramsPartnering with Academic Institutions to Develop Service Learning Programs

Partnerships between academic institutions and health centers can be a useful strategy to enhance the recruitment and retention of oral health professionals. This publication, developed by the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), includes strategies, recommendations, and promising practices from health centers across the country.

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Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP)

The Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project (RHPTP) is supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) with technical assistance provided by the National Rural Health Resource Center. RHPTP is designed to help strengthen the key elements of value-based care, including but not limited to: efficiency, quality, patient experience, and safety of care. The goal is to guide, prepare, and position rural hospitals and clinics to be an effective participant in a health system focused on value. Small Rural Hospitals and Certified Rural Health Clinics may apply for one year of virtual/onsite technical assistance.

C-Suite toolkit: Health professions education and training for recruitment and retention

Health Professions Education and Training (HP-ET) programs provide the opportunity for health centers to recruit, develop, and retain their workforce by exposing health and allied health professions students, trainees, and residents to education and training programs at health centers.

The C-Suite toolkit is designed as a resource to help health centers acquire knowledge about workforce strategies they can use to develop, support, and strengthen HP-ET initiatives as part of their overall workforce retention and recruitment planning.

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News of our partners

Caryn Bommersbach

CAHs Can! QI mentor stories – building a quality warehouse

This MBQIP Monthly series features a podcast with Caryn Bommersbach from CentraCare - (Carris Redwood). Bommersbach was one of the individuals selected to be part of the National Rural Virtual Quality Improvement Mentor Program.

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Now read / view this

Ambulance deserts: Geographic disparities in the provision of ambulance services, Rural Health Research Gateway, June 2023. 

Health center stories, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA-funded health centers across the nation have distinguished themselves in promoting public health and providing primary care services in underserved areas. These health center stories provide a snapshot of the exemplary work health centers have carried out across the country.

Accommodation and acceptability of health care by non-metropolitan / metropolitan and race/ethnicity status, Rural and Minority Health Research Center, July 23.

Nursing school pass rates across the US are plummeting, MSN, July 2023.

Need nurses? Grow your own, says rural nurse educator, HealthLeaders, July 2023.

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Save the date

Minnesota Farmfest will be held August 1-3, in Redwood County.

2023 National Health Center Week will be held August 6-12.

The 2023 Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held August 10-11, in Bloomington.

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