Fall 2017
 LORHN Newsletter
In This Issue:                                                                       
  • LORHN Awarded $1 Million Development Grant
  • Microsoft Pilot Program: Rural Airband Initiative Pushes to Bring Rural Americans Online
  • Newborns and the Opioid Epidemic: Rural Communities are Hit Harder
  • 2018 Health Marketplace: Shorter Open Enrollment This Year
  • National Health Conferences 
  • Florida Health Conferences 
  • Funding Opportunities, Hurricane Irma Grants
  • Webinars

LORHN Awarded $1 Million Development Grant 

LORHN has been awarded $1 million from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to fund the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) program from 2017-2020. The program will offer services to adults and seniors within Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and the Glades Region of Palm Beach County with any of the following: diagnosed chronic health condition(s), history of preventable hospital admissions or ER visits, risk of low health literacy, unidentified medical home, or need health, social, and/or behavioral resources. LORHN’s grant activities include:

  • Promote Community Health Worker Program Models
  • Provide Health Insurance Enrollment Services
  • Provide Prescription Assistance Program Services
  • Develop Care Coordination Panels
  • Offer Care Managment Services
  • Facilitate the Stanford Model Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
  • Conduct Free Health Literacy Workshops

Newborns and the Opioid Epidemic:
Rural Communities are Hit Harder

Medical Costs Soar for U.S. Babies Born Addicted to Opioids, June 15, 2017 by Amy Norton, Healthday Reporter 

Highlights of the article are below:

"By 2012, researchers found, neonatal abstinance syndrome (NAS) was costing the United States over $300 million in hospital care. That was up from $61 million in 2003."

"Dr. Nicole Villapiano is a pediatrician at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. In a recent study, she found that NAS is hitting rural communities especially hard.
Between 2003 and 2012, cases in rural areas rose from 1.2 per 1,000 births to 7.5 per 1,000. In contrast, the rate in U.S. cities rose from 1.4 cases for every 1,000 births to 4.8 per 1,000.

That disparity is no surprise, according to Villapiano, since rural communities are at the center of the opioid epidemic.

The new study may actually underestimate the costs of NAS, Villapiano said, because it could not account for newborns at small community hospitals who had to be transferred to urban medical centers.

That points to a bigger issue, according to Villapiano. Rural hospitals are not necessarily equipped to handle NAS, and women who live in those areas, pregnant or not, may not have access to help for opioid addiction."

National Rural Health Summits & Conferences

American Hospital Association's 31 Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference
February 4-7, 2018

Phoenix, AZ
Join top practitioners and thinkers to share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated, high performing, and sustainable rural health care system. We hope you’ll join us in Phoenix.

National Rural Health Association's Rural Hospital Innovation Summit
May 8-11, 2018

New Orleans, LA
Bringing rural hospital executives together for motivation and innovation.  This content-rich event is filled with inspiration, cutting-edge strategy and intensive, expert-led workshops. Give your hospital’s leadership team the edge with insight from the industry’s leading experts, topics that impact and improve your hospital’s profitability and efficiency, and top-notch networking opportunities.
2018 Community Health Institute & EXPO 
Orlando, FL
August 26-28, 2018 
The NACHC Com­mu­nity Health Insti­tute (CHI) and Expo is the largest annual gath­er­ing of health cen­ter clin­i­cians, exec­u­tives, con­sumer board mem­bers along with Health Cen­ter Con­trolled Net­works and State/Regional Pri­mary Care Asso­ci­a­tions. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to kick off in Orlando, FL at a time when health cen­ters are front and cen­ter in the trans­for­ma­tion of health­ care.

Conference for Agricultural Worker Health
San Antonio, TX
May 1-3, 2018
The Con­fer­ence for Agri­cul­tural Worker Health is the only con­fer­ence ded­i­cated solely to the health and well-being of America’s migra­tory and sea­sonal agri­cul­tural work­ers.

Florida Conferences

Florida Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference, Centennial Celebration
November 3-4, 2017
Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL
Contact: Tiffany Parrish
Florida Asthma Coalition
561-844-4220 ext. 1500

Funding Opportunities

The Florida State of Emergency Repsonse Team (www.FloridaDisaster.org)
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is authorized by Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (PL 93-288 as amended). It is a partnership that is designed to assist states, local governments, private non-profit organizations and Indian Tribes in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a major disaster declaration. Hurricane IRMA FEMA 4337-DR-FL

Glades Electric Charitable Trust, Inc. (FL:Glades, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee)
Almost 70 percent of Glades Electric Cooperative members participate in Operation Round Up, which helps people in GEC’s service area who have exhausted normal avenues of financial assistance. The fund is for deserving individuals and organizations. If you know of people who need and deserve assistance and live within the Glades Electric service area, encourage or help them to complete an application

Wells Fargo Corporate Giving Programs (FL: Martin County)
Funding for nonprofit organizations in the areas of community development, education, human services, arts and culture, civic responsibility, housing, and environmental consciousness.
Geographic coverage: Available in 44 States.
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of SW Florida (FL: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry Counites)
RMHC of Southwest Florida utilizes matching funds to financially assist qualified children’s charities in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Call Leanna Gonzalez at 239-437-0202 for more information.  

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration grant and award announcements.
Healthy Food Access Portal
Searchable database of funds, grants for healthy food access projects.

Posts funding opportunities by type, topic, and state.

Grants to improve and expand health care services for underserved people.

All Federal Grants Search
Government grants by key word, funding opportunity number, category, and agency.

Microsoft Wants to Bring 2 Million Rural Americans Online

Below are highlights of the article,  Microsoft Wants to Bring 2 Million Rural Americans Online by 2022,
By Hamza Shaban and Brian Fung July 11, 2017.

"Microsoft’s ambitious plan, dubbed the Rural Airband Initiative, will begin in 12 states, where the company said it will invest in broadband connectivity alongside local telecom services."

"According to Microsoft, there are 23.4 million rural Americans living without high-speed Internet access."

"Microsoft’s plan would try to bring broadband Internet to 2 million people in rural areas of the United States by July 2022."

A summary of Microsoft's White Paper describes using "TV white spaces spectrum" and reinvesting profits to expand access to more rural communities. 

2018 Health Marketplace: Shorter Open Enrollement This Year

2018 Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2017 until December 15, 2017.

FREE one- on- one enrollment assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace will be provided by our local in-person Health Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s)

Come and learn about your health insurance options and get covered in 2018!

Click here to find an Enrollment Event near you or call (888) 880-8242 to schedule an appointment with an Assister.

Health Insurance Resources

Resources and Information about health insurance options:  Enroll America
Get Covered America

Free or low-cost health insurance for children who qualify up to age 19. 
Florida KidCare

Stellar ED Solutions Suwannee River AHEC
(CE/CME Credits Available)

South Florida SE AIDS Education and Training Center
Web-based education

Community Meetings
Martin County InterAgency Coalition
2nd Wednesday of each month
0 am - 10:00 am

Children’s Services Council
101 SE Central Parkway,
Stuart, FL 34994 
Green building to the left of the Unity Church entrance. 

Indiantown InterAgency Coalition
2nd Thursday of each month
8:30 am

Seminole Inn, Indiantown, FL

Glades P.A.T.C.H.
3rd Tuesday of each month
9:00 am
Glades Initiative, Belle Glade


Public Health Implications and Occupational Exposures during Water Pipe Repair Activities
Date: Thur, Oct 5, 2017
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST
By: NEHA, NIOSH, and Purdue University
This webinar helps local, state, and county health professionals better understand public health and occupational exposures with the cured-in-place-pipe, or CIPP. Results of Purdue University's CIPP safety study will be presented along with lessons learned from a NIOSH workplace Health Hazard Evaluation.  

Meeting Webcast: The Secretary's Advisory Committee for 2030
Date: Mon, October 16, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST
The Committee will address proposed Healthy People 2030 priorities, develop criteria for selecting Healthy People 2030 objectives. Be a part of the Healthy People 2030 development process.This sixth Committee meeting will be held online via webcast and is open to the public. Registration opens October 2, 2017.

National Public Health Infomation Coalition
The audio/video library of CDC Webinars

American Public Health Association
Previously recorded webinar:

The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Webinars 1-4

1  Naming and Addressing Racism: A Primer
2  No Safety, No Health: A Conversation About Race, Place and Preventing Violence
3  Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality and Care
4. Racism: The Silent Partner in High School Dropout and Health Disparities

Board Of Directors


Jacqueline Lobban-Marsan, MPA

Vice Chair
Michael Gervasi, MD

R. D. Williams

Ellen Geake

Past Chair
Traci Owens

Sandra Chamblee
Tiffany Collins, MSA
Gregory J. Finer
Karlette Peck
Joseph Pepe, Ed.D
Diane L. Walker

Executive Director
Andrea Stephenson-Royster, MBA, MHS