Health Care Quality Measures proposed rule 30-day comment period ends October 7.
Baskets of Care Operational and Administrative challenges Phase 2 Work Group draft report open for comment until October 8.
Health Care Home application process for certification has begun.
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Minnesota’s Hispanic/Latina and American Indian teen birth rates six times higher than white adolescents in 2007 (PDF: 71KB/3pgs).
Minnesota Office of Health Information Technology established to incorporate the work of the Center for Health Informatics, the Minnesota e-Health Initiative and other projects that support the use of HIT as a means to improve clinical and public health practice. Updates on e-Health federal stimulus opportunities.
Statewide Trauma System
Tonight during Children's Dental Services' 90th anniversary celebration, Doug Benson will accept an award on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Health-Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. Also this month Doug attended the dedication of the University of Minnesota hospital-based dental clinic at the Riverside Campus.
Judy Bergh represented the Minnesota Flex Program at the Rural Health Policy Grantee Partnership meeting in Washington, D.C., and spoke about Minnesota's Statewide Trauma System on a national EMS panel. She also conducted a mock survey at Saint Elizabeth's and joined Angie Sechler and Kristen Tharaldson to participate in Saint Elizabeth's Health Center open house celebrating the newly expanded Surgery Department.
Kristine Gjerde and Kristen Tharaldson met with Veterans Administration staff regarding telemental health services being used in Minnesota.
Anne Schloegel and Judy Bergh toured Appleton Area Health Services, Johnson Memorial Health Services, Madison Hospital and Lutheran Home, Sanford Tracy Medical Center, Sanford Westbrook Medical Center and Sibley Medical Center.
Mark Schoenbaum and Judy Bergh visited Critical Access Hospitals: Cannon Falls Medical Center, Lake City Medical Center and Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center, Moose Lake. Mark attended the Minnesota Rural Health Association board meeting in St. Cloud and the Rural Health Resource Center board meeting in Duluth.
Amy Vallery joined Judy and Mark at Lake City Hospital to share loan forgiveness information. The hospital still employs two physicians who participated in the Rural Physician Loan Forgiveness Program: one in 1993 and one in 2003.
Karen Welle attended the National Rural HIT Workforce Summit in Washington, D.C. She joined Maureen Ideker, R.N., Rice Memorial Hospital (Willmar) and John Saaristo, SISU Medical Systems, in Duluth for a presentation to Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs directors. The presentation outlined broadband funding opportunities under the Greater Minnesota Telehealth and e-Health Broadband Initiative, Minnesota's FCC Rural Health Care Pilot project.
Regional Trauma Advisory Committee Planning/Implementation Grant
Minnesota Loan Forgiveness Programs for health professionals
Community Health Leadership Award Program Letter of Intent due October 15.
Partners Investing in Nursing's Future applications due October 29.
Assisted Living Conversion Program applications due November 5.
Health Policy Fellow applications due November 13.
Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education proposals due November 24.
New Careers in Nursing scholarship applications due December 15.
Minority Nurse Scholarship Program applications due February 1.
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice through health care advocacy applications due February 5.
ORHPC needs Rural Hospital Planning and Transition Grant reviewers October 21.Contact Doug Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 201-3842 or Cindy LaMere at email@example.com or (651) 201-3852.
Openings on state councils and boards posted in September:
Minnesota e-Health Initiative Workgroups are recruiting participants.
College of Saint Benedict and College of Saint Scholastica received Scholarships for Disadvantage Students funding and the University of Minnesota received Public Health Traineeship funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to train health professionals.
Children's Dental Services, Delta Dental of Minnesota and Greater Twin Cities United Way teamed with ECHO TV to present a special aimed at improving the dental health of Minnesota children. The half-hour programs will broadcast in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese and English.
Newly relocated Brainerd Community-Based Outpatient Veterans Administration Clinic opened.
Fergus Falls Veterans Home 21-bed special care unit broke ground July 29.
Rep. Steve Gottwalt, St. Cloud, member of the Rural Health Advisory Committee, received Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians 2009 Legislative Achievement Award.
A study comparing the cost and quality of care at retail clinics used HealthPartners data.
Denise White joined Stratis Health as a program manager, working on health plan and hospital quality improvement.
North Country Regional Hospital of Bemidji received a federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Health Outreach Grant. North Country is partnering with Cass Lake and Red Lake Indian Health Services to coordinate patient care to improve access to secondary services at North Country and decrease readmission rates at all facilities for the same condition.
Modern Healthcare presented:
West Central Initiative (WCI) received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build faculty capacity in geriatric nursing for central Minnesota. WCI is collaborating with Central Minnesota Academic Health Education Center and the University of Minnesota School Nursing's Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence to design and implement the program.
Mayo Clinic offers perspective on health care reform in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Open Wide: Oral health training for professionals working in community settings (e.g., Head Start and WIC staff).
Baby Boom Migration Tilts Toward Rural America (PDF: 627KB/6pgs).
Healthy Communities-Healthy People: A series examining care in rural America (PDF: 155KB/7pgs).
Shortage of Health Care Workforce Hits Rural America Hard in September Center for Rural Affairs newsletter.
Suicide Prevention online, one-to-one "chat service" for veterans. The veterans tab is on the left-hand side of the site.
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Financial management workshops through Nonprofits Assistance Fund.
Sign up to receive Minnesota e-Health Update emails about Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) update calls third Thursday of every month at 4 p.m.
"I'm Back Home but the War Isn't Over" military reintegration conference (PDF:1MB/2pgs) is October 1 in Duluth and October 2 in Hibbing, offered by the Northeast Region Behavioral Health Emergency Response Team.
Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conference is October 6-9 in Portland, Oregon.
Bridge to Benefits Conference is October 20 in Chaska.
Riding the Wave of Health Care Reform: What are the implications for Minnesota's Safety Net is this year's Many Faces of Community Health Conference in St. Louis Park, October 22-23.
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Training for rural providers is November 2-3 in New Ulm.
The Minnesota Cancer Alliance Summit 2009 is November 17 in Bloomington. This is a working meeting for health care professionals, community outreach workers, advocates and survivors.
View online all previous issues of the Office of Rural Health and Primary Care publications.
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