NCHN e-News: May 3, 2016

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Welcome NCHN's newest Board Director
Leslie Flick was elected to the Board on April 19, 2016. at the NCHN Annual Membership Meeting.  She is the Executive Director of Health Future, LLC in Oregon.  This network has been an NCHN member since at least 2006 and is one of the older health networks in the country. Health Future, Inc. was founded in 1979. .  Please help us welcome Leslie to the Board.

Annual Awards
Winners of this year's NCHN awards were announced at the Awards Luncheon on April 19, 2016 in Oklahoma City.  Please congratulate this year's recipients!
2016 NCHN Outstanding Health Network: Northland Health Alliance - ND
2016 NCHN Outstanding Network Leader: Lisa Ladendorff - OR
2016 Outstanding Emerging Network Leader: Donna Newchurch - LA
2016 Friend of NCHN: the National Rural Health Resource Center - MN

2016 Membership Dues Assessment
The 2016 NCHN Membership Renewal and Dues Assessment form for your 2016-2017 NCHN membership has been emailed.  If you have not yet received this form from Rebecca please contact her at The Dues Assessment form is due May 31, 2016.
2017 NCHN Conference Registration Fee Winner !

Congratulations to Tara Dilley (TX) whose number was drawn at the conference closing and won a certificate for next year's NCHN conference registration fee.  Congrats Tara!!

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   

May 26, 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST. The topic will be announced in a few days. You will receive a ReadyTalk invitation to register.  If you do not get one, please contact Tara Long at These calls are a great way to learn from your peers during facilitated dialogue by Dr. Mary Kay Chess!  It's a member benefit well worth your time.
If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

NCHN's fiscal year began May 1st.  The Board of Directors and Executive Director are working to finalize this FY's calendar.  Check the next eNews for dates.  The NCHN website calendar will be updated as soon as dates/events are determined.


Member News

Rural Health Network of Oklahoma - OK
Remote Area Medical® (RAM) to Hold Free Medical Clinic at Southeastern Oklahoma State University May 14-15, 2016
The initiative is a part of the Remote Area Medical® (RAM) Oklahoma program, in conjunction with the Rural Health Network (RHN) of Oklahoma. The two organizations have a common goal of increasing access to quality health care for many underserved Oklahomans. Stacie Pace, RHN's Executive Director, worked collaboratively with the RAM organization to bring this program back to Oklahoma with help from local providers. 
Press release.

Funding News & Announcements

On April 26, 2016 HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $5 million in funding to 20 health centers in Puerto Rico to further combat the Zika virus disease. Health centers will use this funding to expand voluntary family planning services, including contraceptive services, outreach and education, and to hire more staff.  Read the complete announcement.

Mental Health Programs Created by Medical Students Funded
American Psychiatric Association Foundation: Helping Hands Grant Program
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is dedicated to advancing public understanding of mental illnesses. The Foundation’s Helping Hands Grant Program was established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness, and to build medical students’ interest in psychiatry and working in underserved communities. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. Funded projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. The application deadline is June 10, 2016. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website.

Support for Youth Bereavement Programs

National Alliance for Grieving Children: Grief Reach
The goal of Grief Reach, administered by the National Alliance for Grieving Children with funding from the New York Life Foundation, is to provide support for children's bereavement programs in order to expand their reach to underserved youth populations. In 2016, Grief Reach will provide support through the following two programs: Community Expansion Grants, ranging from $15,000 to $100,000, fund program expansion to include bereaved children and teens not currently served by existing services. Capacity Building Grants of $10,000 help nonprofit organizations to secure the professional assistance necessary to enhance organizational capacity and address issues of organizational development and effectiveness. The application cycle will open on May 16 and close on July 11, 2016. Visit the link above for more information.

Children's Health Programs Planned by Pediatricians Supported

American Academy of Pediatrics: Community Access to Child Health Program
The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program, a national initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is designed to improve access to healthcare by supporting pediatricians who are involved in community-based efforts to enhance the health of children. CATCH Planning and Implementation Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded to pediatricians and fellowship trainees to plan innovative community-based child health initiatives that will ensure all children have medical homes, are properly immunized, and have access to healthcare services not otherwise available in their community. Outreach must be to the community at large, not to practice or clinic patients only. (Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to pediatric residents addressing the same issues.) The application period will open on May 2 and close on July 29, 2016. Visit the link above for more information.

Support for Healthcare Initiatives in Arkansas

Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas: Regular Grants Program
The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas is dedicated to creating a state where citizens have access to useful information and needed healthcare services that enable them to lead healthier lives. Through the Regular Grants Program, the Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations and government agencies that positively affect the health of Arkansans. Particular emphasis is given to projects affecting healthcare delivery, policy, and economics. Funded projects must demonstrate strong community, regional, or statewide support, such as co-funding by other organizations or groups. Grants generally range from $5,000 to $150,000. The deadline for submitting online applications is July 15, 2016. (The Foundation also offers a $1,000 mini-grant program from January to March each year.) Visit the link above to review the grant guidelines.


Training Opportunities

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle
Are you new to grant writing? This webinar will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grant requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions? Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation, has been teaching grant writing workshops for over 20 years, and presents a webinar full of "how to's" and "examples" for the novice grant writer. Participants will receive several handouts/worksheets before the webinar to help guide their success. This presentation will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET. Click the link above to register.

Writing Federal Grants
The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she'll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. This presentation is for intermediate participants and will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET. Click the link above to register.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

 Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your application? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

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NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program 
NCHN members interested in marketing products and/or services they have developed may apply for participation in the NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program (MMBPP). Participation is available to any dues paying NCHN member desiring to share their products or services with other NCHN members. Qualifications to participate in the MMBPP:
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National News and Other Information

Administration takes first step to implement legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality
The Department of Health and Human Services today issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds of thousands of doctors and other clinicians. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a first step in implementing certain provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This legislation – supported by a bipartisan majority and stakeholders such as patient groups and medical associations – ended more than a decade of last-minute fixes and potential payment cliffs for Medicare doctors and clinicians, while making numerous improvements to America’s health care system. Read the April 27, 2016
press release.

New Medicaid guidance improves access to health care for justice-involved Americans reentering their communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) strengthened access to health care for individuals transitioning from incarceration back to their communities. New Medicaid guidance released today updates decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution. It also extends coverage to Medicaid-eligible individuals living in community halfway houses where they have freedom of movement, improving access to care for as many as 96,000 individuals in Medicaid expansion states over the course of the year.  Read the April 28, 2016
press release.
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