NCHN e-News: September 15, 2015

The 2015 Rural Health Summit is a Wrap!
Survey Results are coming in and  not surpirsingly they're very positive! 

If you attended the summit and not yet completed the survey please do so.  You can access the survey by clicking here.
A huge SHOUTOUT to our conference planning committee!!!
Stephen Stoddard, NM, Chair; Jeff Campbell, KY; Deena Dodd, IN; Leslie Flick, OR; Heather Fuller, KS; Lisa Ladendorff, OR; Darcy Laurin, MI; Donna Newchurch, LA; Pam Norr, OR; Stacie Pace, OK; 

Also a big THANK YOU to all those who helped make it a success!!!
Presenters, Note takers, Session Facilitators, Registration Staff, A/V Support, Tour guides and Party Hosts!

A video Thank You from our keynote speaker, Brad Montgomery


2016 NCHN Annual Educational Conference
Now to start looking forward to our 2016 Conference the week of April 18th.  Exact dates and location to be determined soon!



Executive Roundtable


Executive Roundtable Call: Returning in October!

 NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - 
 Monday, September 21 @ 2:00 PM ET 
  Supporting Your Telehealth Needs: Telehealth Resource Centers   and More
  Please join Dr. Kathy Wibberly, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth  Resource Center (MATRC), for a discussion about the    services and resources available through the Telehealth Resource Centers across the nation.  TRCs are federally funded to   assist with telehealth program development and sustainability in order to increase access to quality care for rural and other   underserved populations. Dr. Wibberly is also Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia  (UVA) School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Kathy’s public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning.  Kathy received her B.A in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from VCU in Richmond, VA.  For additional information about the call please contact Tara Long at for participation details. 

Upcoming Events

  • Board of Directors Meeting: September 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call: September 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: October 20, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET

Member News

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri- MO

HCC/Live Well Community Health Center's 3rd Annual 5K run & 1 mile walk will take place Saturday, September 19th, 2015.  The race starts at 8 AM at the Live Well Community Health Center in Waverly. Cost: $25 if registered by September 8 (free t-shirt with early registration). $30 registration fee beginning September 9. Race  proceeds are going to the Shepherd’s Food Pantry. For more information regarding the race, contact Suzanne Smith at 660-229-5293.

The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri and  and Missouri Valley Community Action Agency's (MVCAA) Community Development Program would like to invite you to a free showing and panel discussion on The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation documentary at B&B Cannonball 6 Theatre in Lexington, Missouri on September 23rd. This documentary series explores the process of how our earliest environments literally shape our developing brains. The series also links the investments we make in young children and families today to how strong, prosperous, and dynamic the US will betomorrow.

The event is to begin at 5:15 p.m., and end at approximately 8:30 p.m. There are 209 seats available for this showing. Concessions will be available during the event.  Members of Lafayette and Ray Counties are encouraged to attend. The goal of this project is to educate and inform community members about issues that have an impact in our community. A tentative schedule is as follows: 

5:15 p.m.             Registration and Reception, light refreshments served
5:45 p.m.             Opening Remarks - Pam LaFrenz, ED MVCAA
6:00 p.m.             Screening of The Raising of America
7:00 p.m.             Panel Discussion
8:30 p.m.             Closing remarks, Toniann Richard, ED HCC
You can reserve your ticket in advance by going to, and browsing events for: The Raising of America. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Corporon or Cheryl Zimny at (660)-886-7476.

Funding News & Announcements

Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce awards for the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (Care Coordination Program). The pilot program awards eight grantees up to $200,000 each a year for three years, to organize care and information sharing around patients’ needs. Health organizations within each community will form and maintain networks focusing on one or more for the following chronic conditions:  1) Type 2 Diabetes, 2) Congestive heart failure, or 3) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.The Care Coordination program stemmed from the 2014 Public-Private Collaboration in Rural Health, the second annual convening of federal, association and philanthropic stakeholders in rural health. Initiated in 2011 as an activity of the White House Rural Council, the initiative has resulted in resource sharing and collaboration between public and private partners around key innovative rural health projects. 

Student Loan Repayment Program
The 2016
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!  All fourth-year medical students (both allopathic and osteopathic) planning to pursue primary care  are eligible to apply. Students may receive up to $120,000 in tax free loan repayment in return for three years of full-time service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HRSA) after residency. The application cycle closes October 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST. A technical assistance webinar will be held Thursday, September 17th from 7-8 PM EST to answer questions related to application process, program eligibility and service commitment. To access the webinar, go to this link:, and dial-in number: 1-888-566-6151, using passcode 4221465. 

GrantStation is seeking assistance in completing a survey in order to develop a report on the state of grantseeking.  To complete, click survey.
"The resulting State of Grantseekingâ„¢ reports spotlight recent developments in funding so that organizations can be strategic in their grantseeking.
This season's report will answer questions like “are you receiving your share of funding”; “what is your success rate in comparison with others in your mission focus/sector”; “are you applying to the grantmakers most likely to fund your work”; “and are your overhead costs in line with those of other organizations”?
However, these reports can only be created with the help of people like you! In return for your gracious assistance, GrantStation will:
Ÿ  Include your logo, with thanks, at the beginning of the main report.
Ÿ  Include your logo, with thanks, at the end of all the 15 or so additional reports by mission focus, budget, and more.
Ÿ  Include your logo, with thanks, at the beginning of all related webinars.
Ÿ  The 2014 State of Grantseeking reports were downloaded over 8,700 times, so you will reach a good-sized audience. I’ve attached the thank you logo pages from next week’s webinar as a sample."

Training Opportunities

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Rural Health Initiative Lecture Series is a collection of trainings for primary care professionals, designed to help them work with rural patients. View the Rural Health Initiative Lecture Series for non-VA primary care professionals. Each of these trainings are available to view on a PC or a mobile device.

Delta Regional Authority
On Thursday, September 24th, the
Delta Regional Authority will join with HRSA to host a free Federal Health Funding Opportunities Workshop in Memphis, TN.  Prospective applicants for HRSA grants in the Delta region will get detailed information on upcoming funding opportunities, how to apply, and strategies for writing a responsive application.   Attendance is free and includes breakfast and lunch.  Register online for limited seating.  For more information, contact Aprill Springfield Blanco at 202-309-6038 or Mirielle Burgoyne at  

NonProfit Quarterly
How does Widening Inequality Change the Work of Fundraising: A Conversation with Kim Klein.  September 24, 1:00-2:00pm EST  Kim Klein is one of this country’s best known trainers on grassroots fundraising and author of several books including the classic Fundraising for Social Change, now in its 6th edition.  She was the co-founder of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, now a project of GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training). She will join Ruth McCambridge, editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly in a conversation about the changing landscape of philanthropy as it is set against a polarized economy.
Aside from getting answers to your fundraising conundrums, you will be able to: 
     *Recognize potential problems before they become fatal to your fundraising campaign 
     *Evaluate your current fundraising practices and create a strategic plan
     *Make informed decisions on how to help your organization integrate fundraising into their daily work.
     *Understand the social justice perspective to fundraising  

You can send your questions to to have them answered durning the web event.  Register

Webinar: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients
This webinar on Wednesday, October 14 2015 10:00-11:30 AM PST will highlight how the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for transgender and gender non-conforming patients, best practices for navigating issues with insurance coverage and challenges that still face the community. The target audience is other HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and community advocates wanting to improve their competency in serving the needs of the transgender and gender non-conforming patients in their practices. Free registration in advance is required. For more information, please contact Valerie Gallo at 415-437-8095 or  TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO 

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National News

Critical Access Hospital Recertification
On August 21, 2015 CMS released a new exhibit for the State Operations Manual, Chapter 9: Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Recertification Checklist: Rural and Distance or Necessary Provider Verification (document attached). This document lists the necessary items that must be checked at each CAH survey to ensure that the CAH meets the rural location and distance (or necessary provider) requirements to qualify as a CAH under Medicare. The exhibit also lists the procedures that CMS Regional Offices and state survey agencies will follow to check these items.

Affordable Care Act Marketplace
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will be resuming regular Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Updates to keep you updated with resources, outreach and enrollment strategies, and research regarding the Health Insurance Marketplaces.  Please let us know how we can be helpful to you – do not hesitate to send questions, concerns, or suggestions to  Please note:  the slides from the most recent Marketplace Assister Webinar (August 28), discussing rural outreach and enrollment strategies are now available here

NEW: Guidance for Issuers on the 2016 Reenrollment Process. There are several important changes from last year’s reenrollment guidance.  
a.Eligibility for 2016 Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTC) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs) will be calculated using the most recent family income data available and updated 2016 Qualified Health Plan prices (instead of 2015 data).
b.The Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) will discontinue APTC/CSRs for enrollees who did not file a tax return and reconcile the APTC for tax year 2014. See
here for more information. 

NEW: 2016 Assister Training Available for Certified Application Counselors (CACs). CAC training will be available through Open Enrollment, however, it is recommended that CACs complete this training before the Open Enrollment Period to best assist existing enrollees through re-enrollment and re-determination in the Marketplace. Agent and broker training, as well as Navigator training, will be available in early September. CAC training can be accessed through the
CMS Enterprise Portal and additional training presentations, resources, and FAQs can be accessed through clicking this link

Federal Communications Commission to Supports Broadband Expansion in Rural Communities
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced more than
$1.5 billion to expand and support broadband in rural areas over the next six years. Through its Connect America Fund, the FCC subsidizes private investment in deploying networks into remote areas and expects to “expand broadband to nearly 7.3 million rural consumers in 45 states nationwide and one U.S. territory.”  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that “access to modern broadband is critical to life in today’s society. The financial support provided by American ratepayers through the Connect America program is an investment in the future of our rural communities that will pay dividends for all Americans for years to come.” 

Healthcare Research and Quality
On August 27th, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its latest Chartbook on Rural Health Care.  With rural populations as one of ten priorities for AHRQ research and quality measurement, the chartbook puts a rural lens on more than 250 measures – including access to health care, affordability, and leading causes of morbidity and mortality - found in the agency’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) released earlier this year.  AHRQ led an interagency effort with a workgroup that included the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the National Cancer Institute.  The chartbook data show that, compared to residents of suburbs, residents of rural areas received lower quality of care for more than a quarter of the measures tracked.  In addition, residents of rural areas experienced lower access to care for 40% of measures compared with those living in suburbs.  

Rural Assistance Center
Rural Assistance Center has just published a new guide, Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions that provides an overview of scholarship, loan, and loan repayment programs available for healthcare students who intend to practice in rural areas. It also provides information and successful models for the development of scholarship, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness programs designed to attract health professionals to rural areas.
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