NOVEMBER 2016 Edition             
Open Enrollment: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The State Offices of Rural Health: Celebrating 25 Years of Service
Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress
Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration: 1st Year Report
Effects of Home-BasedTelemental Health vs. In-Person 
Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool
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
State Offices of Rural Health: 25 Years of Service
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was formed in 1995 as a national membership organization of the State Offices of Rural Health. NOSORH designs programs and initiatives that boost efforts of the 50 state offices, whose role is to coordinate, disseminate information, and provide technical assistance. NOSORH facilitates collaboration among State offices, and shares resources and best practices from state to state. Happy 25th  here
Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR)
On a single night in 2016, 549,928 people experienced homelessness, according to the recently released U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report. This marks a 2.6% decrease from last year, largely due to increases in permanent housing options, rather than temporary placements. Progress on the Federal Strategic Plan  to Prevent and End Homelessness reviewed  here
Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration
In 2015, the federal government initiated a demonstration,  Rural Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive, or Rural IMPACT. In seeking to address rural poverty through the development of coordinated two-generation supports, this report reviews the demonstration sites’ activities, accomplishments, and challenges during the initiative's first year here
Study: Home-BasedTelemental Health
According to results of a clinical trial led by the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, home based videoconferencing (with standard telephone line, no internet connection required) for persons with symptoms of depression was as 'well received' as in-person visits. By overcoming barriers to treatment, e.g. transportation, mobility, missed work, fear of stigma, proponents indicate teleconferencing may improve access to care here
Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool
The mapping tool was developed to assess community child and adolescent health, identify areas of need, and examine characteristics of public schools and school-based health centers (SBHCs). The tool has  Child Health and Education Indicators, with county-level data on population health, education, and socioeconomic status and  SBHCs and School Characteristics, with locations of SBHCs and public schools mapped here
21st Century Cures Bill Released
House and Senate Health Committee leaders released the final '21st Century Cures' Bill, a $6.3 billion landmark medical innovation package to "accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures and treatments, and provide new funding for the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration". The Bill includes legislation that updates major mental health programs, for the first time in a decade, and the new funding includes $1 billion in state grants to fight opioid abuse. Track 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
Cardinal Health Foundation
Foundation’s E3 (Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Excellence in Healthcare) grant supports U.S. nonprofit health care projects to implement best practices in patient care. Grants up to $35,000 awarded; due December 9. Guidelines  here

2017 Youth Garden Grant
Any U.S. nonprofit organization, public/private school, or youth program with new/expanded garden program serving youth (3-18 yrs.) eligible for $750 awards. Due December 15Guidelines here
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care 
Matching grants to support community-based initiatives for dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. Deadline December 15. Guidelines  here
Stronger Hearts™ Best Practices Award
All programs and initiatives supporting patients with heart failure are eligible. Two winners awarded $1,000 each and an opportunity to present at a major cardiovascular health meeting. 
Due December 16 5:00 EST. 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
Jacksonville, FL
Creating a Health-Equitable Organization at Navicent Health
December 5, 2–3:00 pm EST

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence
What Works for Health: Strategies to Improve Rural Health
December 6, 3 pm EST

Cty. Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Measuring Physical and Behavioral Health Integration in the Context of Value-Based Purchasing
December 7, 3-4:00 pm EST

Nat'l. Academy State Hlth. Policy
Managing Rural Specific Risks At Your Facility
December 8, 3-4 pm EST
Strategy to prevent burnout.
How Do We know if a Program Made a Difference: A Brief Helicopter Tour of Methods for Estimating Program Impact
December 15, 10-11 am EST
Measure Evaluation
Rural Resource
Rural Health Leadership Radio
Conversations wth Rural Health Leaders
listen here
Rural Policy Brief
Spread of Accountable Care Organizations in Rural America
Trends in rural ACO activity.
Ctr. for Rural Hlth. Policy Analysis
Progress Report
Understanding Scope & Competencies: A Contemporary Look at the   U. S. Community Health Worker Field, July 2016
Building national consensus on CHW roles, skills, qualities.
StellarEd Solutions
Suwannee River AHEC
Online portal for 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
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