March 2017
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2017 Minnesota Rural Health Conference

Workforce Fact Sheets
The Health Workforce Planning and Analysis Unit collects and analyzes Minnesota-specific data on nearly 20 different licensed health care professions. Our team of researchers develop reports and fact sheets for individual professions and a wide range of health care specialties, such as mental health, oral health and primary care. We also provide data tools that allow you to view and download raw data by licensed profession.

HPSA Shortage Designations
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is currently developing a new, more automated process to score Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The first National Shortage Designation Update based on the new process will occur in July 2017. ORHPC staff are continuing to provide data, local context and input to federal staff as these changes are discussed and implemented to ensure that all HPSA designations are accurate and reflect the reality of provider shortage in Minnesota. For more information about the Update, visit our HPSA and MUA/P shortage designation webpage. If you have questions on a HPSA designation in your area, please contact Keisha Shaw at 651-201-3860 or Deb Jahnke at 651-201-3845.


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Clinical Dental Education Innovations
The Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Fund supports innovative clinical training for dental professionals and programs that increase access to dental care for underserved populations through grant funding. Eligible applicants for these grants include sponsoring institutions, training sites or consortia that provide clinical education to dental professionals: dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and/or dental assistants. Applicants must be affiliated with an accredited training program. The Clinical Dental Education Innovations Fund operates on an annual funding cycle, with a Request for Proposal (RFP) posted in spring and proposals selected roughly two months later. The application is due 4 p.m. Friday, May 12. For more information, contact at 651-201-3860.

The Hospital Safety Net Grant Program
The Hospital Safety Net Grant program provides grant funding to help defray underpayments to hospitals for high-cost services provided to Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) enrollees. Up to $1,350,000 is available for Fiscal Year 2017. Eligible applicants are licensed hospitals that provided care to EMA enrollees. The Step 1 Application is due April 14 and the Step 2 Application is due May 26. For more information contact at 651-201-3860.


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OTHER GRANTS And funding

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program provides grants to city, county and state governments to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. Applications are due April 25.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants
State and local governments, American Indian Tribes and nonprofit organizations are among those eligible to apply for program funding designed to strengthen communities and solve local problems, including those found in rural and underserved areas. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks to prioritize investment of national service resources in reducing and/or preventing prescription drug and opioid abuse. In addition, the CNCS is accepting applications for AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants for community-level investment in education, economic opportunity and improving health outcomes. Letters of intent for both programs are due April 19 for an application deadline on May 10.

Next Generation ACO
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center is accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) and applications for the 2018 round of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. This shared savings ACO, which qualifies as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model under the Quality Payment Program, tests whether financial incentives can improve health outcomes and reduce Medicare expenditures with provider groups assuming higher levels of financial risk and reward than are available under the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  Rural provider groups that are eligible for this model include Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Clinics and Critical Access Hospitals.  To apply, letters of intent must be submitted by May 4.

Developing Healthy Places
Priority will be given to programs that promote: healthy housing and neighborhoods; healthy food systems that benefit low-income communities; equitable transportation and land use. Eligible applicants are US 501(c)(3) organizations that are not classified as private foundations and have audited financial statements, and government entities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Public Health Data Access Portal
Find data, charts and maps at the MN Public Health Data Access portal to help advance your public health initiatives. Information about environmental hazards and public health risks are updated and maintained by the MN Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the Minnesota Department of Health. Download your quick reference guide outlining the available topics.

NHSC Virtual Job Fair for Indian Health Facilities
The NHSC Virtual Job Fair for Indian Health Facilities will be held Tuesday, March 21, 6:45 – 10:15 pm ET. Licensed clinicians can learn about job vacancies available now at NHSC-approved sites at American Indian health facilities.  The National Health Service Corps holds virtual job fairs several times per year to allow direct interaction with site representatives about job and benefits packages, clinical environment, populations served and local community.

New CDC Series on Rural Health Topics
Throughout 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight rural healthcare issues in a special series of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Covered so far are the leading causes of death in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and health-related behaviors classified by county. Upcoming topics may include chronic diseases, healthy behaviors, reproductive health, injuries and exposures, and agriculture safety and health.


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2017 Recipients of Building Healthier Communities Award
Stratis Health announces the seven recipients of its 2017 Building Healthier Communities award, in conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week. This Stratis Health grant award program supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota. Awards ranged from $5,000 to $15,000.The seven recipients are: Appetite for Change; Aitkin/Crosby Communities; Center for Community Health; Circle in the Field; Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's; Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians; and the Minnesota Veterans Home - Minneapolis.

500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health
The 500 Cities project is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation. The purpose of the 500 Cities Project is to provide city- and census tract-level small area estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive service use for the largest 500 cities in the United States. In Minnesota, those cities are: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park and Plymouth. These small area estimates will allow cities and local health departments to better understand the burden and geographic distribution of health-related variables in their jurisdictions and assist them in planning public health interventions. Learn more about the 500 Cities Project.

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ORHPC Staff News

Flex Program Coordinator Judy Bergh attended the kick-off event for this year’s Flex sponsored Culture of Excellence group. Critical Access Hospitals in Minnesota participate in a mentor/mentee based program to develop a Culture of Excellence which contributes to high quality care. The project is facilitated by staff from Stratis Health and the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Grants Manager Lina Jau and Grants Supervisor Will Wilson attended the Leading Age Minnesota Institute conference for older adult services providers.

Grants Supervisor Will Wilson presented information about Community Health Workers at a conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

Reimbursement Fiscal Analyst Craig Baarson went to Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls to meet about Critical Access Hospital reports.


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Health Equity
Testimony: The status of health and health care disparities in the United States (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation).
Novel program provides after-hospital care for homeless (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
Emergency doc training important to improving transgender care (Fox News).
After state transfer, Mille Lacs Band will run native-focused addiction treatment center (MinnPost).
Advancing racial equity - Bloomington (City of Bloomington).
Migrant farm workers: Their health is our health (University of California Berkeley Wellness).

Rural Health
• Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor (ProPublica).
• Telemedicine gives rural children a lifeline to specialist care (mHealth Intelligence).
• Rural health care problems include lower incomes, fewer doctors (KXRA's Voice of Alexandria).

• Quelling a storm of violence in healthcare settings (Modern Healthcare).
• As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers (The Washington Post).
• Care by physicians, non-physician clinicians does not differ in community health centers (Science Daily).

State could lose $80M in public health funds under AHCA (Minneapolis Star Tribune).

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The 2017 Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care conference Quality Care: It Starts with a Conversation will be held April 2-4 in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Public Health Association annual conference Moving Health Equity Forward will be held April 19-20 in Minneapolis.

The National Rural EMS & Care conference Building Integration & Leadership for the Future will be held April 25-26 in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Minnesota e-Health Summit Connectivity. Equity. Health. will be held June 15 in Brooklyn Center.

The Minnesota Rural Health conference Shaping Sustainable Solutions will be held June 19-20 in Duluth.

The fourth annual Comprehensive Advanced Life Support on Rural Emergency Care will be held September 29 in St. Paul.


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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.