JUNE 2016 LORHN Edition             
Rural vs Urban Area in Access to Health Care
2016 Rankings: Mapping Life Expectancy
Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act 2016
Health Insurance Coverage in Rural Areas
Rural–Urban Differences in Opioid Abuse
Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities?
Signs of Progress: Childhood Obesity
Summer Nutrition Status Report
AND Funding/Awards, Webinars, Rural Resources and Research
Rural vs Urban Area in Access to Health Care
In examining whether living in a rural vs. urban area differentially exposes populations to social conditions associated with disparities in access to health care, the outcome was that rural status confers additional disadvantage for most of the health care use measures, independent of poverty and health care supply. Review  here
2016 Rankings: Mapping Life Expectancy
Recently released life expectancy maps show that babies born a few miles apart face vastly different chances of living a long, healthy life. No single factor explains differences in life expectancy, but data from the 2016 County Health Rankings indicate geographically close counties can vary re: how well and how long people live. More than about health care, it is also related to unemployment, poverty, physical inactivity, etc. Maps  here
Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act 2016
U.S. House passed (voice vote) legislation to 'ease payment restrictions for some outpatient services at hospitals and adjust 30-day readmissions penalties to account for socioeconomic disparities'. Among other provisions, the bill extends the Rural Community Hospital Demonstration Program, through which Medicare pays certain rural hospitals on reasonable incurred costs vs. standard prospective payment. Track H.R. 5273  here
Health Insurance Coverage in Rural Areas
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an analysis of how the Affordable Care Act has benefited rural America. Findings show health coverage in rural counties increased by 8.0 percentage points between late 2013 and early 2015, and the share of rural Americans unable to afford needed care dropped by almost six percentage points. Review  here
Rural–Urban Differences in Opioid Abuse
The crisis of nonmedical use of prescription opioids is an important public health priority, and the greatest threat remains concentrated in rural, low-income areas of the United States. This study summarizes hypotheses regarding the 'drivers' of increased prescription opioid misuse in rural areas. Research  here
Can Hospitals Heal America's Communities?
With 'all in for mission', health care’s role in creating healthy communities, through increasing access to quality care, research and grantmaking, is complemented by a higher impact approach. Hospitals and integrated health systems are increasingly stepping outside of their walls to address social, economic and environmental conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, shorter lives, higher costs. Access report here
Signs of Progress: Childhood Obesity
Per the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in recent years, some cities, counties and states have started to see their childhood obesity rates go down. Places that are taking a comprehensive approach are making progress. Explore by state  here
Summer Nutrition Status Report
The report measures success of Summer Nutrition Programs at national and state levels, in absolute numbers and by comparing the number of children receiving summer meals to the number of low-income children receiving school lunch during the regular school year. By that measure, fewer than one in six children who needed summer nutrition received it in 2015. See report  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...!

Quality Improvement Technical Assistance
Funding to provide training and technical assistance to small practices, specifically those serving rural, Health Professional Shortage and Medically Underserved Areas. Assistance intended to ensure successful transitions re: payment models. LOI due July 6. Guidelines  here
The Brookdale Foundation Group
National Group Respite Program supports community based efforts to develop group respite and early memory loss programs. Selected nonprofits and public agencies may receive year-one grants of $10,000. Deadline July 7Guidelines here 
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Grief Reach will 
provide support for children's bereavement programs to expand their reach to underserved youth through Community Expansion Grants ($15,000-$100,000) and Capacity Building Grants ($10,000) Deadline July 11. Guidelines  here
Connect 4 Mental Health Awards
Connect 4 Mental Health (C4MH) Community Innovation Awards ($10,000) recognize organizations implementing innovative approaches to support individuals living with serious mental illness and their families, re: early intervention, creative use of technology, continuity of care, or service integration.Deadline July 22. Guidelines  here
Rural Community Development Initiative
Provides support to enhance the capacity of housing and community development organizations, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities or community and economic development in rural areas. Deadline July 22. Guidelines  here
Retirement Research Foundation
Advocacy, training and research projects, with national relevance, accepted from organizations located across the U.S. Florida proposals considered for direct service projects with local focus. Deadline August 1. Guidelines  here
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Foundation's 2016 RFP addresses immediate needs, and long-term solutions for economic self-sufficiency. Basic needs application July 18-August 5. 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.

Grading the Walking Movement: the 2016 State Report Cards
July 12, 1-2:00 pm ET
State support of physical activity for children.
Health as a Second Language: Connecting Health Insurance Literacy to Outreach and Coverage to Care Efforts
July 13, 2-3:00 pm ET
Reaching hard-to-reach.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Primary Care: Bridging Gaps in Access
July 18, 3-4:30 pm ET
Primary care on front lines of behavioral health, including suicide assessment.
NIHCM Foundation
Research & Policy
Are Rural Older Adults Benefiting from Increased
State Spending on Medicaid Home and CommunityBased
Trends in Obesity Among U.S. Adults 2005-2014
What were the significant trends?
Journal American Medical Assc.
Policy Brief
Quality Measures and Sociodemographic Risk Factors: The Rural Context
Quality outcomes impacted by sociodemographics.
Medicaid Payment and Delivery System
Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for
Rural Health Systems
Importance of Medicaid to rural health systems and communities.
Social Determinants: Know What Affects Health
Where we live, learn, work & play affects health risks & outcomes.

Engaging Your Board & Community: Value-Based Care Conversations
Value-based care, strategic

Rural Roads Online
Summer 2016
Publication of the National Rural Health Association.

TAMARACK Institute
Collective Impact ...          here

National Rural Health Resource Center
Technical assistance center in rural health, on five core areas. 
NYS Health Foundation
Resources and Reports

Membership Organization of State Offices of Rural 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
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.

           NO JULY MEETING           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
Family Services Network Meeting
    NO JULY, AUGUST Mtg.       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