APRIL 2016 LORHN              
2016 County Health Rankings Report
Now in its 7th year, the County Health Rankings continues to offer data and key findings re: how health varies across rural and urban counties, how health gaps among counties differ by state, and measures of each county's health. The  2016 Key Findings report documents worsening premature death rates in rural counties, while urban rates improve. As well, state averages for factors that influence health mask significant gaps in health that exist between the counties, within each state.  Key Findings  here Find out your county's health here
Rural Teens and Alcohol Use Disorder
Researchers note, as national studies document higher rates of alcohol use among rural youth, that identifying problem drinking is of particular importance for primary care providers in rural settings. They conclude a single-question alcohol use frequency screen, with diagnostic evaluation for those who screen positive, would be 'a simple, brief...cost-effective clinical assessment procedure'. Study  here
Mental Health Tops List of Hunger’s Health Costs
The burden of hunger does not ease with age, and food-insecure seniors are 60% more likely to experience depression than their food-secure counterparts, according to a study by Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. The most expensive hunger-induced health problems are those surrounding mental health. Read more here
The Nonprofit Grocery Store in Food Deserts
In the U.S., 2.3 million people live in 'food deserts', without access to grocery stores offering fresh fruits and vegetables, at reasonable prices. As large chains serving rural and low-income areas often struggle and leave, methods of maintaining stores in rural neighborhoods, including connecting to other nonprofit or business services, are explored  here
The CDC's Test for Prediabetes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers its 7-question test for prediabetes, ranking risk and offering suggestions for further intervention, as indicated. See 'Could You Have Prediabetes?'  here
America's Health Rankings: Obesity Tops 30%
The prevalence of obesity among adults in the U.S. exceeded 30% for this first time ever last year, according to new numbers from the CDC. The 30.4% figure (95% CI 29.49-31.26), is up from 29.8% (95% CI 28.98-30.52) in 2014, with obesity defined as a body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or more. See the Early Release of the National Health Interview Survey  here 
Am I Rural? An Interactive Tool
Determine if your specific location is considered rural based on various definitions of rural, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs. Use RHIhub's Am I Rural? Tool  here
500 Cities Project: Local Data, Better Health
The CDC Foundation is partnering with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to release a first-of-its-kind data analysis for the 500 largest American cities, and the census tracts within cities, to identify, analyze and report data for a select number of chronic disease measures. For 'small areas within cities', health data will also be determined, to identify emerging health problems, and establish and track health objectives. Review here
America’s Health Rankings®: Prevention
This America’s Health Rankings® Spotlight: Prevention, released in partnership with the American College of Preventive Medicine, takes an in-depth look at the status of clinical disease prevention across the country and the inequities within subpopulations. The aim is to drive awareness about the roles of key clinical preventive services and interventions-Access to Health Care, Immunizations, and Chronic Disease Prevention-in improving the health of individuals and our communities. Download your State's Spotlight here
American Public Health Association Awards
Ahead of its 2016 Annual Meeting, the American Public Health Association is seeking nominations for a series of awards for those who have made 'extraordinary contributions to public health'. Nominations due May 6th, with awards presented at APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo. Nominate here
 Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant and award announcements  here
'Available Funding'
Searchable database of funds, grants for healthy food access projects here
RHI Hub-formerly Rural Assistance Center 
Posts funding opportunities by type, topic, state here
HRSA All Open Opportunities Grants to improve and expand health care services for underserved people  here
All Federal Grants Search Government grants by key word, funding opportunity number, category, agency  here
National Academy for State Health Policy

If featured opportunities have been helpful, let us know here...!

Bank of America Charitable Foundation
The Foundation responds to fundamental issues by addressing immediate needs, and long-term solutions, for economic self-sufficiency. Community Development open application period is April 19-May 6; Basic Needs open application period is July 18-August 5. Guidelines  here
Lowe's Charitable Educational Foundation
Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities in high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds and safety improvements, technology upgrades. Typical grant range is $10,000-$25,000. Next deadline May 23. Guidelines here
The Brookdale Foundation Group
The National Group Respite Program supports community-based efforts to develop new social model group respite and early memory loss programs. Selected nonprofits and/or public agencies will receive grants of $10,000 in year one. Deadline July 7Guidelines here 

Retirement Research Foundation
Advocacy, training and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S. Florida is one of seven states where proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered. Next deadline is August 1. Guidelines  here

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)
MSSP allows Medicare fee-for-service doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to become Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and share in savings earned from providing high value, high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries. MSSP has provisions unique to rural providers. If providers new to MSSP are interested in applying, or current ACOs want to renew, an Intent to Apply must be submitted between by May 31. Information  here
Rural Scholarships Obstetrical Simulation Course
Courses at Ctr. for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, to develop an understanding of high risk, low frequency obstetrical emergencies. Scholarships available to Family Practice/Family Medicine physicians, Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Licensed Midwives serving rural populations in southeast U.S. Announcement  here

Let's Get Grant-Ready!
Invite LORHN to your grant-writing 'table' to:
• locate and match potential funding sources, fiscal agents, partners • research best-practices & predictive models tailored to local need • develop results-based strategies, program activities, and outcomes/impacts.

The 5-2-1-0 for Teens
Florida's data:
■14.7% adolescents overweight (≥ 85th & < 95th percentiles for BMI by age/sex, based on reference data)
■11.6% adolescents obese (≥95th percentile BMI by age/sex, based on reference data)
■39.2% students grades 9-12 ate fruit or drank 100% fruit juices less than 1 time daily
■42.8% students grades 9-12 consumed vegetables less than 1 time daily
■74.2% adolescents drank soda or pop (not including diet soda or diet pop, during 7 days before survey)
■75.8% adolescents did not attend daily physical education classes all 5 days in an average school week 
■74.7% adolescents were not physically active at least 60 minutes per day all 7 days before survey
■18.7% of adolescents did not participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 1 day during 7 days before survey
■31.2% of adolescents watched television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day

Nat'l. Ctr. for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, FL 2015/Overweight & Obesity
Exploring a Community's Innovative Social Service Model
May 3, 2016 3:00 pm ET
 Innovative approach for social service integration.
Putting County Health Rankings into Action/RWJF
The View is Worth the Climb: Health-Sector Leadership Strategies to Address Social Determinants
May 11, 2016 2:30 pm ET
Health care organizations joining communities re: social determinants of health.

Online Course
Primary Care Providers Working in Mental Health Settings
Acquaints primary care providers with behavioral health settings, to improve health of persons living with mental illnesses.
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) & Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network
StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online portal for professional education.
CE/CME credits available
click to view
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
CME/CE activities & presentations from patient centered outcomes research. 
click to view
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative:
Practice Transformation

info here

Population Health Portal
For CAHs, hospitals, Flex Coordinators & rural health networks.

Fed. Office Rural Health Policy

Winnable Battles-Related
Healthy People 2020 Objectives
Public Health Foundation
Strengthening quality of public health practice.
On support for walking,
bicycling and active kids
and communities.
FL Community Health Worker Coalition
is on Facebook!

Florida Kidcare
Kids Oughta be Covered!
Applications accepted year round for ALL qualified Florida children.
click to apply!
Enroll America/Get Covered America
Connects to resources and information about health insurance options.
Digital Interest Card
Community Meetings 
Martin County InterAgency Coalition
2nd Wednesdays, 8:30 am
CSC/Martin Cty., Stuart 
Indiantown InterAgency Coalition 
2nd Thursdays, 8:30 am
Seminole Inn, Indiantown
Glades P.A.T.C.H.

3rd Tuesdays, 9:00 am
Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Glades Interagency Network
3rd Tuesdays, 11:00 am
West Tech, Belle Glade 
Shared Services Network of Okeechobee

4th Tuesdays, 10:00 am
School Board Office, Okeechobee
Hendry Glades Community Resource
3rd Tuesdays bimonthly, Noon,  Hendry Regional M edical Center, Clewiston
Family Services Network Meeting
1st Wednesdays bimonthly, 8:30 am,  RCMA Krome Center, 551 W. Cowboy Way, LaBelle
LORHN Board of Directors
Jacqueline Lobban-Marsan
Vice Chair
Dr. Michael Gervasi
R. D. Williams
Ellen Geake
Past Chair
Traci Owens
Sandra Chamblee
Tiffany Collins
Darcy Davis
Gregory J. Finer
Karlette Peck
Dr. Joseph Pepe
Diane L. Walker
Executive Director
Andrea Stephenson