JUNE 2016
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2016 Minnesota Rural Health Conference is almost here!
Remember to register online by June 8. Onsite registration fees will be $25 higher than the regular registration rates. Subscribe to receive conference emails.

Somali Mental Health Project
All Minnesota communities have concerns and opportunities with regard to mental health, and those conversations take place within each community's unique mix of culture and circumstance. The Minnesota Department of Health recently posted a summary of an exciting project focusing on mental health and the Somali community. The work was done in partnership with the Somali American Parent Association (SAPA), with a key point coming last fall when SAPA and MDH collaborated to offer the first East African Mental Health Conference.

Minnesota's Quality Incentive Payment System
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is proposing its sixth update to the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System since the initial framework was published in January 2010. In addition to general comments, MDH is also requesting feedback to specific framework questions, which can be found on our website. Please visit Health Care Quality Measures - Quality Incentive Payment System webpage for the proposed framework, questions, and information on submitting comments to MDH. Comments are due by June 17.


Minnesota psychologists

57% of Minnesota psychologists are age 66 or older. 7% of MN psychologists are under 34 years; 17% are between 35 and 44; 19% are between 45 and 54; 32% are between 55 and 64; and 25% are 65 and above.


Psychology in Minnesota is an aging profession. According to data from the Minnesota Board of Psychology, 57% of Minnesota psychologists are age 55 or older. Most of those are still practicing; in fact, approximately half of all psychologists over the age of 65 are still working full-time.

Source: Health Workforce Analysis, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, 2016


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IMG Clinical Preparation Grant Program
Minnesota Statutes Section 144.1911 authorizes the Commissioner of Health to award grants to support clinical preparation for Minnesota immigrant international medical graduates (IIMGs). A Minnesota IIMG is defined as an international medical graduate who:

  • was born outside the United States,
  • now resides permanently in the United States as a citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident,
  • has resided in Minnesota for at least 2 years, and
  • did not enter the United States on a J-1 or similar nonimmigrant visa following acceptance into a United States medical residency or fellowship program.

The grant program supports clinical preparation for Minnesota IIMGs who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and who agree to practice post residency in rural or underserved areas of the state. Funds will be awarded after a competitive review process. Eligible applicants are programs and sponsors of clinical medical education or healthcare providers that fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Are located in Minnesota,
  • Have a history of providing clinical medical education or clinical preparation, and
  • Are willing to provide clinical preparation in primary care, including exposure to ambulatory and inpatient medicine in one or more of the following specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry and rural medicine.

Download the Clinical Preparation Grant Program Application Guidelines (PDF). Applications are due June 24. For more information and assistance, contact IMG Grant Coordinator Yende Anderson at 651-201-5988.

Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Grant Program
The Minnesota Department of Health released $58.1 million from the Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) grant program to sponsoring institutions in April 2016. The sponsoring institutions have 60 days to forward these funds to their qualifying 2013 and 2014 clinical training facilities throughout Minnesota. The purpose of MERC is to fund a portion of the clinical training cost at facilities that train specific professions in Minnesota. Funding comes from several sources, including the general fund, cigarette tax revenue, federal Medicaid matching funds and a carve out of medical education funds from the Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP). For more information contact Diane Reger at 651-201-3566.


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OTHER GRANTS And funding

2016 - 2017 Miscarriage Care Initiative
The Miscarriage Care Initiative (MCI) is an effort by the Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) to expand access to evidence-based, patient-centered miscarriage care in primary care settings. Please visit the RHAP website for a full description of the Miscarriage Care Initiative and to access the application. Please email the MCI Manager Laura Riker if you have any questions. Applications will be accepted through June 17.

Faculty Loan Program
The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years. The 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

USDA funding in support of rural economic development
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced funding in support of rural economic development projects in central Minnesota. Funds are to improve housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Read more about the Rural Community Development Initiative. Applications are due July 22.


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Advance Care Planning Training
Honoring Choices Minnesota's goal is to spur conversations about future health care preferences and to assist health care organizations and community partners with the installation of a comprehensive advance care planning program. Honoring Choices Minnesota offers First Steps™ Facilitator Training at its Minneapolis site, and offers First Steps Instructor Certification Training and First Steps Design and Implementation Training periodically when there is a demonstrated need. Each class consists of online modules and an 8-hour classroom day. Up to 13.25 CEUs may be earned. The next training is October 7.

EMS Grant Writing 101 Virtual Conference
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is offering a 3-part grant writing conference in June. Rural Emergency Medical Services agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. The three sessions will be held 3 - 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 15, June 22, and June 29. The fee is $95 and you may register online. For more information contact Donna Pfaendtner at 586-336-4627.

Smiles@Schools Summit: Inter-connecting children’s oral health and learning
The Minnesota Oral Health Coalition designed this summit for people who are committed to children’s health from schools, government, health clinics, dental clinics, sealant programs, public health, health plans, community organizations, and all other interested stakeholders. Local and national experts will address:
•   Supporting children’s oral health and relating oral health to overall health and academic success
•   Policies and practices for incorporating or expanding oral health and dental sealant programs

The summit will be held August 4. Registration is required by July 22. The cost is $30.

Using Telehealth to deliver diabetes self-management education
A Webinar for "Clinicians & Administrators Interested in Managing People with Diabetes in Rural and Frontier Areas" is being presented by the Montana & Florida Diabetes Programs and HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations on June 21, from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT (12:00-1:30 CDT). Continuing Education Credits are available from the American Association of Diabetes Educators for nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, and certified diabetic educators. This webinar is free, but registration is required. Email if you have questions.

Webinar on the state of adolescent sexual health in Minnesota
In this workshop, participants will review the most current statistics on the sexual health of Minnesota youth, including pregnancy, birth and STI statistics, trends in adolescent pregnancy and sexual behaviors, and how Minnesota measures up regionally and nationally. Each participant will gain a basic understanding of current data and statistics and how to use this information in your work to support the sexual health of Minnesota adolescents. The free webinar will be held June 29, 10—11:30 am. Please register for the event. For more information contact Jill Farris at 612-626-7952.


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Hennepin County expands chemical health crisis services on Chicago Avenue
Hennepin County has approved a new mental health crisis stabilization program and is doubling the number of their crisis beds. Their existing detox building in south Minneapolis will be renovated to include additional support services to help people stabilize their lives and return to the community safely and with a better support system.

iVantage Health Analytics
The Hospital Mayo Clinic Health System - St James and the Pipestone County Medical Center were both named in iVantage's Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals for 2016. Lake Region Healthcare was named in the Top 100 Rural and Community Health facilities.

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ORHPC Staff News

Senior Research Analyst,Teri Fritsma, presented newly gathered psychology workforce data at the 2016 Minnesota Board of Psychology’s Continuing Education Conference: Examining the Mental Health Workforce Plan for Minnesota.

Shortage Area Designation Coordinator, Lee Schutz, retired after 33 years of public service. We had a 15-pie salute in her honor and wish her all the best!

Keisha Shaw will be joining ORHPC as our new Shortage Designation Coordinator. In addition to shortage designation work, she will also be managing a suite of grant programs. Welcome Keisha!


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Health Equity
We need a new model for defining health in older adults, experts say (MinnPost).

Health Reform
Hennepin County Medical Center partnering with Humana on value-based care initiative (Business Wire).
Breaking down the basics of the patient-centered medical home (Health IT Analytics).
The Sioux Falls community gets a medical checkup (KELO-AM).
CMMI's new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus: Its promise and missed opportunities (Brookings).
CMS Continues Progress toward a safer health care system through integrated efforts to improve patient safety and reduce hospital readmissions (The CMS Blog).

Primary Care
Point of health care entry for youth with concussion within a large pediatric care network (JAMA Pediatrics).
The floating hospital, treating homeless and others in need, celebrates 150 years (Hospitals & Health Networks).
Temple's dental school opens new medical suite (The Philadelphia Tribune).
Osteopathic medical college begins $5M primary care investment fund (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Primary care pay grows faster than specialties: 6 findings (Becker's Hospital Review).
Primary care, public health need unity on population health (American Academy of Family Practitioners).
CMS offers no-risk risk contracts in primary-care initiative (Modern Healthcare).

Rural Health
Rural hospitals face daunting but manageable challenges, says rural health expert (KCUR Kansas Public Radio).
ACMC links up with Benson Hospital to meet rural health needs (Willmar Radio).

Health Technology
How texting is saving the lives of teens in crisis (The Daily Dot).
Minnesota tech company, Player's Health, takes top prize at Google competition (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
Bringing broadband to rural Minnesota (Center for Rural Policy and Development).

Gaylord medical school close to meeting rotation requirements (Mankato Free Press).
Update public policies to recognize the value of nurses (Morning Consult).
Rural women family physicians: Strategies for successful work-life balance (Annals of Family Medicine).
State variations in the rural obstetric workforce (University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center).

Mosaic to hire opioid abuse treatment providers: Federal grant dedicates funding to substance abuse (The Bulletin).
Baby Boomers will become sicker seniors than earlier generations (MPR News).
Association of hospital critical access status with surgical outcomes and expenditures among Medicare beneficiaries (The Journal of the American Medical Association).
Adverse childhood experiences in rural and urban contexts (Maine Rural Health Research Center).

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The Minnesota Rural Health Conference Cultivating Resilient Communities will be held June 20-21 in Duluth.


The 2016 MN Community Measurement Annual Seminar will be held September 15 in Minneapolis.

The Annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held November 3-4 in Bloomington.


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Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
P. O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Phone 651-201-3838
Toll free in Minnesota 800-366-5424
Fax: 651-201-3830

Our mission
To promote access to quality health care for all Minnesotans. We work as partners with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities to ensure a continuum of core health services throughout the state.