August 2015




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Milestone Achievement Award
During the July ImageTrend Connect Conference in St. Paul, the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Trauma System received a Milestone Achievement Award for leadership in trauma system management.

State Innovation Model (SIM) Update
The Minnesota Department of Health has contracted with vendors to develop toolkits for employers interested in hiring Community Health Workers and Community Paramedics.

Health Workforce Snapshot


Minnesota's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2011-2012

Twenty-sex percent of Minnesota-based licensed practical nurses are less than 35 years of age; nineteen percent are 35-44 years of age; twenty-three percent are 45-54 years of age; twenty-five percent oare 55-64 years old; seven percent of them are 65 years of age or older

Source: MDH Fact Sheet: Minnesota's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce, 2011-2012

Thirty–two percent of Minnesota-based LPNs are 55 years of age or older. While 26 percent are under 35 years of age, the survey revealed that a large segment of this age group was working toward becoming registered nurses and not likely to remain LPNs long enough to offset older LPNs leaving the workforce.



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Community Health Worker Hypertension and Diabetes Grant Request for Proposal
The MDH requests proposals for the Minnesota Community Health Worker (CHW) Hypertension and Diabetes Grant (PDF) with the goal of integrating CHWs into the clinic workforce to support managing patients with hypertension and diabetes. The grant program will fund up to three Minnesota-based primary care clinics with a maximum award of $30,000 to hire, train and integrate a full-time CHW into their clinic's diabetes and/or hypertension care team. The project period is nine months. A 1- to-5 match is required for sustainability. Contact with "Application Documents" as the subject line if you have any questions. Applications are due Friday, August 14, 2015, by 4:00 p.m. CST.


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Eide Bailly Resourcefulness Awards
The Eide Bailly Resourcefulness Awards are open to 501(c)(3) organizations. These awards provide recognition and support to nonprofits that have undertaken sustainable, creative and impactful revenue generation initiatives. Select organizations in each state will be recognized with grand prize ($10,000), runner–up ($3,000) and honorable mention ($2,000) recipients. To learn more about the awards go to: or contact Katie Cloyd at Application deadline for the awards is Wednesday, August 12 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

The Foundation for Rural Service
The Foundation for Rural Service provides grants for programs in rural communities served by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. Grants are awarded in the areas of business development, community development, education and telecommunications. The deadline is Thursday, October 1. The application and more information are available on their website.


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The National Council for Behavioral Health was recently awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health through the State Innovation Model (SIM) funded by the Center for Medicare Medicaid Innovation. The National Council for Behavioral Health received this grant to provide practice facilitation services to community health centers (FQHCs, FQHC look-alikes, rural health centers) and community mental health centers from November 2015 to November 2016. Recruitment for eligible organizations is currently taking place.


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Harbor Light Center
Hennepin County Medical Center has embedded two Hennepin Health-funded community paramedics at Harbor Light Center, an adult outreach facility in the Twin Cities. This project represents a new way of working for community paramedics.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Clinic
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Clinic is piloting a project that is intended to address the state´s shortage of psychiatrists. A part–time psychiatrist consults with primary care physicians and a psychiatric nurse about starting, stopping, decreasing or increasing a patient´s medications.

Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project (MN-CROHP)
A new five–year program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and led by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry aims to expand access to dental care in three underserved rural regions of Minnesota. MN-CROHP will target three rural regions in Minnesota.

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ORHPC Staff News

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Visit
Megan Meacham, public health analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in Bethesda, MD, came to Minnesota this month to discuss the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex) activities in Minnesota and get to know staff who work with these two programs. She joined ORHPC staff to visit two critical access hospitals (CAH): Mayo Clinic Health System–New Prague and RC Hospital in Olivia.

Montana Flex Program Director Visit
Gina Bruner, flex program director from the State of Montana, met with Judy Bergh, flex program coordinator to learn about the Minnesota Flex Program and to discuss the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation for critical access hospitals.


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Health Care Facilities
Stories from the field: One doctor's reflections on 30 years at community health centers (National Association of Community Health Centers).
An Introductory Analysis of Potentially Preventable Health Care Events in Minnesota (Health Economics, Minnesota Department of Health).
Expanding, not shrinking, saves small rural hospital (MPRnews).
Rural mortality rate increases as hospitals continue to close (High Plains Public Radio).

Health Reform
Health care systems try to cut costs by aiding the poor and troubled (The New York Times).
Minnesota public health care bidding saves taxpayers $450 million (St. Paul Pioneer Press).
Rural health gets a hearing; Is Congress listening? (HealthLeaders Media).
Care coordination in rural communities: Supporting the high performance rural health system (Rural Policy Research Institute Health Panel).

Health Technology
Telemedicine can widen access to depression therapy for seniors (Reuters).
New St. Jude device treats chronic pain using an iPod (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
Using IT to impact population health in rural communities, video blog (Hospitals & Health Networks).
Partnerships use technology to expand rural behavioral health care (Rural Roads).

Recruitment of non-U.S. citizen physicians to rural and underserved areas through Conrad State 30 J-1 visa waiver programs (The Rural Health Research & Policy Center).
Primary Care, Psychiatry Top Recruiter's List (HealthLeaders Media).
Mental Health Services are A Critical Rural Need (Catholic Health Association of the United States).

Obama marks 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid (USA Today).
Oral health program targets Willmar region (West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN).
Rural Transit Fact Book 2015 (Small Urban and Rural Transit Center - SURTC).

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The Using Embedded Case Managers to Reduce Readmissions and Streamline Care webcast, will take place Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET.

The 2015 National Rural Assembly, Building an Inclusive Nation, will be held September 8-10 in Washington, DC.

The Commons Health conference, The Creating Accountable Communities for Health: Advancing Integrative Approaches to Community, Health and Well-being, will be held September 9-10 in Duluth, MN.

The 14th Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences will be September 29 – October 2 in Kansas City, MO.

Minnesota's 2015 Community Health Conference: Everyone, Every Day, Everywhere! will be held October 7-9 in Brainerd, MN.

The 3rd annual Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Hospital Conference, Risks and Rewards in Rural Emergency Care, will be held October 9 in St. Paul, MN.


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