FEBRUARY 2017 Edition             
Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2017
Local News: Around Lake Okeechobee
Southwest Florida Community Foundation's Scholarship Process Opens
Become a BUILD Health Challenge Community
Update on the Treatment of Type 2  Diabetes Mellitus
AND Funding/Awards, Webinars, Rural Resources, Research, Meetings
Patient Safety Awareness Week
Each year, Patient Safety Awareness Week resources are available to leaders, providers and patients to increase the awareness of patient safety.  Learn what others are doing for Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017 (March 12-18), and share your ideas and activities at www.unitedforpatientsafety.org
Local News: Around Lake Okeechobee
New Bus Route for iTech Students: Students attending Immokalee Technical College are now able to ride a Good Wheels bus to their classes for as low as two dollars each way.  Find bus route and applications  here
SW FL Community Foundation Scholarships
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation Scholarship application process for the 2017-2018 school year begins with approximately $500,000 available for more than 50 scholarships for local high school students, undergraduate and graduate students from Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. Scholarship portal  here
The BUILD Health Challenge Award
The BUILD Health Challenge will award 18 grants to communities across the country. In this new round of funding and support, the Challenge will spread its upstream approach and broaden its impact to more communities. For cross-sector partnerships forging meaningful improvements in the health of your community, apply  here 
Treatment Update on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
This World Journal of Diabetes article reviews the treatments available for patients with T2DM, with an emphasis on agents introduced within the last decade. The aim of the review is to perform an update on the benefits and limitations of different drugs, both current and future, for the treatment of T2DM  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
The Kresge Foundation
Emerging Leaders in Public Health is an 18-month leadership development initiative for public health leaders to advance innovation in meeting communities' health needs. Deadline February 20, 2017. Guidelines here

Cardinal Health Foundation
Generation Rx Program supports measures to reduce opioid prescriptions while producing better patient outcomes. Due February 27, 2017. Guidelines here

Mary Byron Project 'Celebrating Solutions'
For programs demonstrating promise in breaking the cycle of violence. Due February 28, 2017. Guidelines here

Pilcrow Foundation: Rural Public Library Grant
Grants for new children’s books to rural U.S. public libraries. Next deadline March 1, 2017. Guidelines here

Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation
Children's Initiative supports U.S. direct service programs for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Stage 1 applications due March 1, 2017. Guidelines here

Save The Date

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Visioning Rural Health Without Disparities"

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration begins at 8:30am

Indian River State College
Dixon Hendry Campus
2229 NW 9th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972

Registration Fee: $25.00

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

Webinar Series
The Opioid Epidemic: What can we do differently?
February 7: Medications Used to Treat Opioid Addiction
February 21: Working Together to Address Opioid Addiction
February 28: Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives
See CEU/CME information.

Twitter Chat
Patient Safety: What Patients Want (and Need) to Know
March 14, 2017 1-2 pm ET
Use hashtag #PSAW17chat to join the conversation!
Nat'l Patient Safety Foundation
The Voice of the Patient and the Public
March 15, 2017 2-3:00 pm 
Efforts to engage the public more actively in patient safety:
StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online professional education.
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. 

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