DECEMBER 2016 Edition             
Open Enrollment: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Project ECHO: Boosting Rural Care Access via Telehealth Training
Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition
2016 Physician Workforce Annual Report
Office of Rural Health: Caring for Rural Veterans 
How High-Need Patients Experience Health Care in the U.S.
How Food Insecurity is Adding to our Health Care Costs
Rural Communities' Increase in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal
AND Funding/Awards, Webinars, Rural Resources, Research, Meetings
Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act begins November 1st, 2016, continuing through January 31, 2017. ' Enroll Palm Beach' of the Health Council of Southeast Florida is a collaborative of community partners coordinating Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast enrollment efforts here
Project ECHO Bill & Rural Care Access
A new federal law has been described as "another step forward for telehealth". The Senate unanimously approved the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the bill, which aims to increase access to health care in rural areas though Continuing Medical Education focused on telehealth technology, as described  here
Rural America at a Glance, 2016
The 2016 Edition states that rural unemployment continued to decline in 2015, and that, after declining for several years, rural population stabilized. Median annual earnings rose in rural areas and poverty fell in 2015, as the rise in earnings occurred across most major industry sectors. Overall, trends in poverty and median household income were similar across county economic types. Review here
2016 Physician Workforce Annual Report
The 2016 Physician Workforce Annual Report presents a summary analysis of the 2015 and 2016 Physician Workforce Surveys, completed every two years when physicians renew their license to practice. A total of 67,951 physicians renewed their medical license and responded to the 2015 and 2016 surveys. Of the total, 45,746 (67.3%) were active, licensed and practicing in Florida. Report findings  here
ORH: Caring for Rural Veterans
The Office of Rural Health (ORH) implements programs that deliver increased care and support to rural Veterans nationwide: Rural Promising Practices and Collaborative Rural Access Solutions  here This video tells the story behind the Office of Rural Health and its mission to support the health and well-being of Veterans who live in rural communities – by removing barriers to care here
High-Need Patients and Health Care
The survey found high-need patients have greater unmet behavioral health and social issues than do other adults, and require greater support to help manage their complex medical and nonmedical requirements. The study states that with better access to care and patient–provider communication, high-need patients are less likely to delay essential care and go to the emergency department for nonurgent care, and thus less likely to accrue avoidable costs  here
Food Insecurity Adds to Health Care Costs
The USDA defines food insecurity as "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year". As the United States continues to debate ways to contain health care costs and improve outcomes, these research insights indicate that failing to confront the intersection of health and hunger may undermine our best efforts to promote better heath in a cost-effective manner  here
Rural Communities: Babies & Opioid Withdrawal
The number of babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms from opioids grew substantially faster in rural communities than in cities, per a new study. Researchers found that between 2012 and 2013, rural infants accounted for over 21% of all U.S. infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome - a large spike from 2003 when rural infants made up only 13% of neonatal abstinence syndrome cases. Newborns exposed to opioids in the womb, who experience withdrawal symptoms, are more likely to have seizures, low birth weight, and breathing, sleeping and feeding problems. Review  here


If featured grant opportunities have been helpful, let us know 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
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Primary focus of hearing healthcare; considers health, human services, education, community projects. D
eadline January 15, 2017 Guidelines here
2017 Winning Grant Proposal Competition
Have you been awarded a grant in the last year? Are you looking for recognition and acknowledgment of your work? Sponsored by Grant Professional Association and Grantstation, enter proposal by January 31, 2017  here

Clinician Educator Career Development Award
Grants to strengthen primary care workforce by training and supporting physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists who plan to teach in primary care fields. Due by February 13, 2017 Guidelines  here
Mary Byron Project Celebrating Solutions
Awards pioneering programs demonstrating promise in breaking the cycle of partner violence. Roth Award recognizes additional program. Guidelines here

23rd Annual FRHA Rural Health Educational Summit
February 28 - March 1, 2017

Incorporating Findings of the Surgeon General's Report on Addiction into your Practice
January 5, 2017 3-4:30 pm ET
Easy Basics: Telehealth & Telemedicine
January 10, 2017 1:00 pm ET
Value-Based Payments 101
January 10, 2017 3:30 pm ET
SAMHSA sponsored
Data Brief
Mortality in the U.S., 2015
Medicare Value-Based Payment Models: 
Participation Challenges and

Available Assistance for Small and Rural Practices
Rural Roads Magazine
Fall 2016
National Rural Health Association
Engaging Patients & Communities in Community Health Assessments
America's Health Rankings
Annual Report 2016
United Health Foundation
CDC Winnable Battles Final 
The Rural Connection
Winter 2016 Newsletter
Progress Report
A Contemporary Look at the   U.S. Community Health Worker Field
StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online professional education.
See the Nurse Licensure Series
CE/CME credits available
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
Resources and information about health insurance options.
Digital Interest Card
South FL SE AIDS Education & Training Center
Web-based education, telehealth technologies, video conferences. 

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