April 2018


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Minnesota Rural Health Conference

Registration is open!

Conference registration has opened! Early bird rates are available until May 4.

The theme for the 2018 Minnesota Rural Health Conference – Community: The heart of health – is dedicated to our rural community citizens, advocates, organizations and rural health systems. The theme is inspired by rural communities working together to ensure healthy communities. This year's conference will be held June 25–26 in Duluth.

Make sure you sign up for email conference updates when you register so that you receive continual information about the conference.

The conference is hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Rural Health Association and the National Rural Health Resource Center.

The MDH Rural Health Awards

It's time to nominate an individual or a group of people you feel deserves to be honored for their work in rural health. The Minnesota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care bestows three rural health awards annually: the Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award, the Rural Health Team Award, and the Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Awards is distinguished from the other two awards in terms of length of service and breadth of impact. It is meant for individuals who, over the span of their career, have made a lasting or significant contribution to improving rural health. Nominees for all the awards will have made positive or innovative contributions in the areas of rural health policy, education, legislation, patient care, services, or health care systems within their communities or at a state level. Nominations are due May 1. All the awards recognize outstanding contributions to rural health in our state. They will be presented during the 2018 Minnesota Rural Health Conference Awards Breakfast on June 26 in Duluth.

MRHA Emerging Rural Health Leader Award

This award, bestowed by the Minnesota Rural Health Association, recognizes a health profession student who demonstrates outstanding desire and effort in rural health leadership (i.e., a student willing to "lead the charge" for improving rural health and health care on a regional and/or statewide basis; seen as an emerging leader on rural health issues). The MRHA Emerging Rural Health Leader Award Nomination is due May 1.This award will be presented during the 2018 Minnesota Rural Health Conference Awards Breakfast on June 26 in Duluth.

Yende Anderson Bush Fellow

IMG Coordinator Yende Anderson named 2018 Bush Foundation Fellow

Yende Anderson was among those named Bush Foundation Fellows for 2018. Applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota compete for the awards that will help them educate themselves and further their research.

Yende's vision is to address the shortage of primary care physicians in the region and the lack of diversity in the profession. In her work to integrate international medical graduates into the health workforce, she is aware of the under–utilization of highly skilled immigrants and the systemic barriers they face. Yende will work to create alternative pathways for physicians in the U.S.

For more information on her project, contact Yende Anderson at (651) 201-5988.

Immigrant and Refugee Physician Community Forum

Join leaders from the health care, foundation, government and nonprofit sectors for the Immigrant and Refugee Physician Community Forum held May 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.  Learn about the group of immigrant physicians living in Minnesota who are uniquely qualified to improve the health of Minnesotans and the public/private partnership supporting this effort. The forum will provide an overview on the potential for immigrant physicians to meet these needs, a review of the barriers they face in meeting those needs, and Minnesota’s unique response to this issue. The forum is free but you must register. Lunch will be provided. For more information contact immigrantphysicianforum@gmail.com.

MDH tobacco profiles for each Minnesota county

The Minnesota Department of Health has released county tobacco profiles for each of Minnesota's counties. These profiles show commercial tobacco's toll in each county in one year. They also include local and statewide data on products stores sell, youth tobacco use, and tobacco use during pregnancy. These profiles are an excellent tool for public health professionals to talk about the burden of tobacco use to stakeholders in the community. Contact: Parker Smith at (651) 201–5496 or parker.smith@state.mn.us.

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MDH and ORHPC grants and loans

Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant RFP FY2019

The Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant supports innovative clinical training for dental professionals and programs that increase access to dental care for underserved populations through grant funding. The Commissioner of Health awards the grants on a competitive basis to qualified applicants. The application deadline is May 18. Contact Keisha Shaw at (651) 201–3860.

Hospital Safety Net Grant

The purpose of the Hospital Safety Net Grant Program is to provide 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 in Fiscal Year 2018. Funds will be awarded proportionally among all eligible hospitals that apply, based on the total dollar amount of qualifying EMA claims of over $50,000 between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The Step 1 application is due April 20. Step 2 of the application is due May 18. Contact Keisha Shaw at (651) 201–3860 for more information.

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Other grants and funding

CDC funding for opioid overdose prevention research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make awards of up to $750,000 each to public and/or private organizations, including tribal governments and entities, to find interventions that will work to prevent opioid overdose. The research grant for Primary or Secondary Prevention of Opioid Overdose is intended to encourage collaboration of scientists from a spectrum of disciplines including public health, epidemiology, law enforcement, social work, economics and criminal justice. Interventions can be strategies, programs, or policies. Because the opioid epidemic continues to pose a high burden on rural communities and providers, a challenge exacerbated by lack of prevention and treatment resources, it is important to ensure that this research includes and will have a focus on rural communities. Letters of Intent are due April 12.

Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant

Federally–recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply for the Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant for implementation of traffic safety programs and projects designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries and property damage within these populations. In mostly rural tribal communities, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintentional injury and death. Applications are due May 1.

Health Careers Opportunity Program

The federal Bureau of Health Workforce is seeking applicants for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). This pipeline program focuses on getting students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds into health professions training. Given the higher rates of health professional shortages in rural areas, this funding can help rural communities “grow their own” projects to develop future doctors, nurses, dentists and other health clinicians. Accredited schools of public health and medicine, including dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health and other areas, are eligible to apply for the program. Total program funding is $12.8 million for an expected 20 awards. Applications are due May 29.

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Virtual job fair for behavioral health

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a virtual job fair for behavioral health professionals on April 11, 6:45 – 10:15 pm ET. Clinicians in behavioral health, including nurses and physician assistants specializing in psychiatry and mental health, can register for a 3.5 hour online job fair to connect with employers from all over the United States. According to HRSA’s Data Warehouse, there are nearly 2,500 mental health professional shortage areas designated in rural counties of the country. Register now to participate as a behavioral health trainee or clinician seeking employment.

Minnesota PIPELINE program

The Minnesota PIPELINE (Private Investment, Public Education, Labor and Industry Experience) Program is an innovative approach to address current and future workforce needs. The program targets four high-growth industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services and information technology. The PIPELINE Program is assisting employers to change the question from "How do we get workers with the skills we need?" to "How do we give workers the skills we need?" Dual training, like apprenticeship, is an earn–as–you–learn approach where the employer invests in its employee by building a training infrastructure, developing career pathways and investing in the employee’s education. The Dual–Training Grant program can be used to pay for the costs of an employee’s education and related instruction with a maximum annual award amount of $150,000. The next round of grant application opens April 16. For specific questions about PIPELINE Dual–Training grants, contact Jacquelynn Mol Sletten at the MN Office of Higher Education.

National Rural Health Association webinars

Every month, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Partnership Program hosts free webinars. You must register for them.

  • Post-acute transitional care utilizing the swing bed program: Understanding the quality and financial impact to your Critical Access Hospital. Thursday, April 12, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CDT.
  • Six ways rural hospitals can stop competing and start begin collaborating. Tuesday, April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CDT.

Understanding the people of Somalia seminar

The Center for Somalia History Studies will be holding the seminar Understanding the People of Somalia on April 30 at the New Brighton Community Center. The seminar explores the colonial history of Somalia, independence in 1960, the Siad Barre regime, Black Hawk Down, civil war and the rise of the Islamic courts.  It includes a detailed presentation of Somali culture and the lives of the Somali people in America as well.

StarPower training

For those attending Minnesota Public Health Association's (MPHA) annual conference May 17–18 in St. Cloud, consider attending the pre–conference simulation planned by the MPHA Health Equity Committee. "An Introduction to Power/Inequity/Structural Racism: 'StarPower' Training" will be held Thursday morning, May 17. Facilitated by national consultant Dave Nakashima, the simulation can help participants develop new perspectives on understanding equity. StarPower is a learning opportunity to explore individual feelings and behaviors as well as group dynamics regarding power and privilege. StarPower will deepen participants understanding of self and the exploration of individual insight/reflection in the context of group learning.

#!AmHHS: Nursing at the IHS hospital where she was born

In this #!AmHHS video, Candace Lee, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Ambulatory Care at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, talks about what it means to work somewhere where she can celebrate her heritage and be part of a community. Ms. Lee says that her job is not just about taking care of a patient, it’s about taking care of their family and the whole community.

2018 Tribal Public Health Summit

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is hosting the 9th annual Tribal Public Health Summit (TPHS) for public health professionals, elected leaders, advocates and researchers May 22–24 in Prior Lake. The conference theme Balance, Harmony, Culture, Health will feature solutions for Indian Country. Topics include:

  • health promotion and disease prevention
  • public health policy, infrastructure, and capacity
  • substance misuse and behavioral health
  • climate change and environmental health
  • cancer prevention and treatment

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News of our partners

State refugee coordinator elected to national board

Minnesota Department of Human Services State Refugee Coordinator Rachele King has been elected as secretary to the executive board of a national refugee resettlement organization. The State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement leads the network of state coordinators and advises the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Members recently elected King as secretary.

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Health equity

2017 Health Equity Report (U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration).
Bipartisan plan to protect the health and safety of seniors and vulnerable adults in Minnesota (Office of Governor Mark Dayton).
Infectious disease deaths decline, but U.S. sees wide disparity in outcomes (Modern Healthcare).

Health care

Paying hospitals to keep people out of hospitals? It works in Maryland (Kaiser Health News).
Changing the restaurant food environment to improve cardiovascular health in a rural community: Implementation and evaluation of the Heart of New Ulm restaurant program (Public Health Nutrition).
Reinventing the rural health care system (Marketplace/NPR).
A primer on home health care services (New York Law Journal).
As death toll from HIV/AIDS wanes, new models for primary care emerge from decades of HIV experience (Desert Sun).

Rural health

Residential settings and healthcare use of the rural "oldest–old" Medicare population (Maine Rural Health Research Center).
Urban–rural differences in COPD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Rural hospital shutdowns force communities to take care of their own (CNBC).
Diabetes–related hospital mortality in rural America: A significant cause for concern (Southwest Rural Health Research Center).
Geographic variation in the 2016 profitability of urban and rural hospitals (North Carolina Rural Health Research Program).
Bitter pill: Rural towns struggle to keep drugstores (Next Avenue).


The candidates don´t exist (Leaders for Today).
Accessibility, inclusion and action in medical education: Lived experiences of learners and physicians with disabilities (Association of Medical Colleges).
UTRGV School of Medicine opens first student–run clinic (Valley Morning Star).


Telehealth in Medicaid: MACPAC pegs 5 common themes (Health Leaders Media).
Leveraging telebehavioral health services for rural veterans (Rural Health Voices).
Tele-monitoring can reduce medical appointments for low–risk pregnancies (Kaiser Health News).
Why rural hospitals should start operating more like a medical clinic to survive (Healthcare Finance).
Governor Dayton proposes $30 million investment to expand access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet in Greater Minnesota (Office of Governor Mark Dayton).

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Save the date

The 4th annual National Rural EMS and Care Conference will be April 24-25 in Tucson, Arizona.

The 2018 Readmissions Action Learning Day Working Together to Make Readmissions Rare will be held April 30 in Bloomington.

The annual National Rural Health Association's Rural Health Conference will be held May 8-11 in New Orleans, LA.

The 20th annual Minnesota Rural Health Conference Community: The heart of health will be held June 25-26 in Duluth.

The annual Many Faces of Community Health Conference will be held October 25-26 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

Comments? Contact maria.rogness@state.mn.us or call 651-201-3863.


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Updated Tuesday, 21-Aug-2018 09:42:51 CDT