AUGUST 2016 LORHN Edition             
High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who Are They & How Do They Use Health Care?
Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance 
Prescription Drug-Death Rate Grows Fastest in Rural
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize
Education Attainment Linked to Health throughout Lifespan
Mapping Broadband Health in America
Rural Impact Community Challenge
AND Funding/Awards, Webinars, Rural Resources, Research, Meetings
High-Need & Cost Patients' Use of Health Care
Per the report High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who Are They and How Do They Use Health Care?, twelve million people in the U.S. have at least three chronic illnesses and functional limitations that affect basic daily tasks. The report states it is important to consider the unique needs of this subpopulation when identifying patients for care models. See Report here
How healthy is your state?
The Scorecard on State Health System Performance reports on all 50 states and D.C. on 42 indicators grouped into five domains: access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives, and equity. Individual indicators measure rates of uninsured, hospital patients' receipt of home recovery information, specific hospital admits for children, cancer-related deaths. Review here  Brief Quiz  here
Prescription Drug Rural Death Rate Growth
The death rate from prescription drugs climbed three times faster in rural areas than it did in the urban cores of large cities from 1999-2014. Opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone represented the majority of the increase. Geographic mapping of opioid prescriptions here  Review article  here
RWJF Culture of Health Prize
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a "priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well". Up to ten $25,000 prizes to be awarded. Review criteria here
Education linked to health throughout lifespan
Social determinants of health are the social, economic and physical environment factors that impact well-being, such as housing, access to health care, etc. However, length and quality of education is reported as crosscutting, predicting employment and income, which influences where one lives and health care affordability. Review  here
Mapping Broadband Health in America
Tool for mapping broadband access, demographics and health data at the national, state and county levels. Health measures include percent re: obesity, diabetes, smoking, excessive drinking, physical inactivity, and housing. Includes a rural filter based on the percent of the population that is rural. Access  here
Rural Impact Community Challenge
The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the White House Rural Council formed an initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce numbers of rural children and families living in poverty. The Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC) called on county officials to pass a resolution committing to an actionable plan, and participant counties have opportunities to engage with federal agencies and learn about grants, technical assistance and resources. Access related webinars here

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 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
Safer® School Garden Grant
One $500 school garden grant will be awarded to a U.S. located school. Opportunity open Sept.1 to Dec.1. See Guidelines and how to start a school garden  here
Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's
Caregiving Legacy Awards, administered by Family Caregiver Alliance, promote innovation in addressing needs of Alzheimer’s caregivers for programs implemented 2015 &/or 2016, with demonstrated success. Due September 16. Guidelines  here
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant supports public education. Fall cycle deadline Sept. 26. Guidelines here
Kids in Need Foundation
Supports Pre-K-12 classroom projects for supplies ($100-$500) for special classroom learning experiences, through eight unique grant programs. Deadline September 30. See Guidelines  here
Ibis Charities Foundation
Supports Palm Beach County non-profit organizations providing family and social services, health and wellness services, educational programs, arts and culture, and environmental concerns. Deadline September 30. See Guidelines here
Allegany Franciscan Ministries Grants
Allegany Franciscan Ministries opened their 2016 Major and Tau Grants processes in specific regions, to positively impact health within its communities, and improve access to health care and information for vulnerable, marginalized, underserved persons. See Grant Programs  here
DentaQuest Community Response Fund
Small, one-time grants supporting oral healthcare programs, activities that respond to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care, provide short term access to needed care for the underserved, or sustain organizations through short term challenge. See Guidelines 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.

Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities
August 31, 1-2:30 pm, ET
Join Skype Meeting
Ctrs. for Disease Control & Prevention
Before You Say Ahhhh...Integrating Oral Health and Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings
September 7, 1-2 pm, ET
Promoting Healthy Food Choices & Physical Activity in a Rural American Indian Community
September 13, 3 pm ET
How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation
September 13 & 15, 10-11 am, ET

Improving Health Outcomes            for Seniors in Rural                           Comunities                  
September 19, 2-3 pm, ET
Using the Rankings Data: On beyond your county snapshot!

September 20, 3-4 pm, ET
Integrating Primary Care Into Community Mental Health Centers
Impact on Utilization and Costs of Health Care
Diagnosed & Undiagnosed Diabetes Prevalence by U.S. County 
Rural Roads Magazine
Fall, 2016
Rural Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit
Strategies for Rural Hospitals Transitioning to Value-Based Purchasing and Population Health
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
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
South FL SE AIDS Education & Training Center
Web-based education, telehealth technologies, video conferences on current topics.

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, Okeechobee
Family Services Network Meeting
1st Wednesdays bimonthly, 8:30 am,  HOPE Connections, 475  E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle
Hendry Glades Community Resource Meeting
3rd Tuesdays bimonthly, Noon, HRMC, 524 W Sagamore Ave, Clewiston
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