APRIL 2015



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Logo for the MN Rural Health Conference
This year's conference will take place on June 29-30 in Duluth, and registration opens soon!

Stay tuned: Sign up for email updates on 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference website.


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The Hospital Safety Net Grant Program, a new program at ORHPC, provides grant funding to help defray underpayments to hospitals for high-cost services provided to Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees. Eligible applicants are licensed hospitals in Minnesota who serve EMA enrollees. Step 1 applications due April 17.

The Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant Program is accepting applications from sponsoring institutions and clinical dental training sites for projects that increase dental access for underserved populations and promote innovative clinical training of dental professionals. Applications due May 1.

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Loan Program is accepting applications to help finance the implementation or support of interoperable EHR systems. Eligible applicants include federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), community clinics, behavioral health organizations; nonprofit or local units of government hospitals, individual or small group physician practices focused on primary care, nursing facilities and local public health departments. Applications due June 1.


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MNsure released a Request for Proposals under the Navigator Outreach and Enrollment Grant Program. Public, private for-profit and nonprofit entities are eligible to apply. Applications due April 6.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) announced the release of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program), a new, one-time funding opportunity created as one of the activities of the White House Rural Council. Applications due April 6.

MDH is seeking one or more vendors for its Storytelling Engagement Project. The vendor(s) will create and implement a facilitated process to collect, produce and share stories of health integration and innovation that are aligned with the overarching goals of Minnesota’s State Innovation Model grant. Proposals are due April 17.

Employer applications are being accepted for the 2015 Summer Health Care Internship Program (SHCIP). Hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities and home care providers are encouraged to participate. The internship program allows students to explore health care careers and is also a great opportunity for health care employers to become more involved in their communities. Applications due Friday, April 17.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation seeks applicants to its Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action program. Applications due April 20.

MDH requests proposals for Round 2 of the Minnesota Accountable Health Model e-Health Grant Program. The grants will support readiness to advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model. Letters of Intent to Respond are due April 23 and proposals May 18.


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A Health Equity Leadership Institute on April 16 in St. Paul will feature keynote speaker Dr. Joseph R. Betancourt, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, on "Pursuing Value in a Time of Health Care Transformation: Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Population." Register online for the free event by April 10.

In collaboration with MN Community Measurement, ICSI will present two webinars on the 2014 Health Equity of Care Report for medical groups and clinicians.

The New Face of Health Care: Expanding Medical Professional Relationships, the 42nd Minnesota Health Care Roundtable, will be held April 23 in Minneapolis.

The Interprofessional Education Summit 2015, New Models of Care: An Interprofessional Perspective, will take place April 29 in St. Paul.

The 10th annual Many Faces of Community Health conference, which takes place October 22-23, issued a Call for Session Abstracts. Proposals are due April 16.

MDH's Maternal and Child Health Assessment Leadership Team will host a town hall and webinar to discuss the top health priorities found through a statewide assessment of Minnesota’s maternal and child health population. Register for the in-person event, which takes place April 21 in St. Paul, or register for the webinar, which takes place April 23. For more information, contact Bonika Peters at 651-201-5719 or

"Supporting the Desire to Age in Place: Important Considerations for the Aging Population," a free statewide virtual conference, will take place May 1. The webinar will feature experts from the University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University. Details and registration on the Minnesota Gerontological Society website.


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The Ely Area Community Care Teams were profiled in the Star Tribune: Minnesota's Essentia discovers that, in rural medicine, creativity is often the cure.

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) has issued a new topic guide: Education and Training of the Rural Health Care Workforce.

The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program released The 21st Century Rural Hospital: A Chart Book.

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What is the one thing from the history of rural health that we should not forget? (The Rural Monitor).
Perspectives of rural hospice directors (Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center).
Shakopee Mdewakanton to tackle Indian health disparities (Star Tribune).

Health reform
Developmental strategies and challenges for rural Accountable Care Organizations (RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis).
Doctors say data fees are blocking health reform (Politico).
CDC to recommend New Mexico's nurse call center as a national model for free health services (The Rural Blog).
White House launches 'next generation ACO' with high-touch value-based care (Forbes).
Health care systems try to cut costs by aiding the poor and troubled
(New York Times).

U of M nurse practitioner clinic aims to help fill doctor void (Star Tribune).
Facilitating care integration in Community Health Centers
(Center for Care Innovations).
Community Health Centers: A 2013 profile and prospects as ACA implementation proceeds (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation).
Amid Affordable Care Act fight, a Health Center program struggles to stay alive (New York Times).

Do current Medicare rural hospital payment systems align with cost determinants? (North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center).

Mental health
Somali-American imams fight stigma of mental illness (Star Tribune).
For young people in rural areas, suicide poses a growing threat (Minnesota Public Radio News).

Estimating the residency expansion required to avoid projected primary care physician shortages by 2035 (Annals of Family Medicine).
Intra rural and urban primary care physician findings: AAMC 2009 physician survey of primary care chartbook (North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center).
Foreign-trained doctors could soon have easier path in MN (Minnesota Public Radio News).
The complexities of physician supply and demand: Projections from 2013 to 2025 (IHS Inc. for the Association of American Medical Colleges).
Rural OB/GYN recruitment strategy emphasizes benefits (HealthLeaders Media).
Scribes in the safety net (Center for Care Innovations).

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On April 8, ORHPC welcomes Maria Rogness as its new Communications Coordinator. Maria previously served as communications coordinator for MDH's Community and Family Health Division. Contact her at 651-201-3863 or Welcome, Maria!


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The National Rural EMS Conference: Building Collaboration and Leadership for the Future takes place May 5-6 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The 11th Annual Minnesota e-Health Summit, Connecting Communities to Advance Population Health, will take place June 16-17 in St. Louis Park.

The 2015 Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Partnerships in Progress, will be held June 29-30 in Duluth.

The 2015 Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) hospital conference, Risks and Rewards in Rural Emergency Care, will be held October 9 in St. Paul.

The 10th annual Many Faces of Community Health conference, Community-Centered Care and the People We Serve, will take place October 22-23 in Minnetonka.


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