Lara and Brian – lots of emphasis on rural healthcare in this issue.
Publications, Tools, Learning, Funding
Federal Agencies Roll Out Funds for Domestic, International Broadband Efforts
Earlier this week during a keynote address at the United Nations, a U.S. Department of State official unveiled an initiative to bring 1.5 billion people around the world online by 2020. Global Connect, the new initiative, will be a cross-agency effort to make Internet access a top priority in foreign policy. The State Department announcement explicitly states that Internet access is being made a priority because of its role in entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge flows and market creation. On the domestic front, the White House recently packaged a number of new and existing investments as part of the Smart Cities initiative to build on the country’s broadband infrastructure to leverage the power of big data and become a leader in the emerging “Internet of Things” market. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/14/fact-sheet-administration-announces-new-smart-cities-initiative-help
Federal Reserve: Workforce Crisis Demands Large-Scale Transformation of U.S. Initiatives
Researchers from the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Atlanta, along with the John J Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, recently published a comprehensive examination of the state of contemporary workforce initiatives. Editors Carl Van Horn, Tammy Edwards and Todd Green have assembled chapters and case studies from more than 70 authors that depict challenges, long-term structural changes and policy opportunities in national, state and local workforce efforts in the current economy. Of particular interest to the TBED community are King and Prince’s article on scaling sectoral and career pathway programs, an examination of the success of the Wired65 initiative in Kentucky and Indiana, and several articles on building data-driven intelligent workforce systems.
Download Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century at: https://www.kansascityfed.org/~/media/files/publicat/community/workforce/transformingworkforcedevelopment/book/transformingworkforcedevelopmentpolicies.pdf
New Studies Awarded $23.5 Million to Tackle Health Disparities Related to Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
Sep 28, 2015 -- Announces $23.5 million in two research awards to reduce health disparities related to uncontrolled high blood pressure among minorities, low-income populations, and individuals living in rural areas. The studies will compare ways to improve blood pressure control and to close health outcome gaps experienced by these at-risk populations.
Surviving the Rural Hospital Closing Challenge
Sep 23, 2015 -- Provides a brief history of the rural hospital closure crisis, as well as insight into how a hospital closure affects the surrounding community. Highlights a proposed bill, the Save Rural Hospitals Act, as a potential solution that would stabilize rural hospitals and create a new Community Outpatient Hospital classification that would consist of a 24-hour emergency room, outpatient services, and primary care.
Creating Opportunity and Prosperity Through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
Highlights examples in which regional development organizations can benefit from linking rural regions with urban centers. Includes information on broadband development and its implication for improving access to healthcare services.
Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
A summary of research, observations, policy statements, and lessons learned from rural active living interventions identifying factors within the rural environment that may contribute to higher rates of obesity in rural children and adults.
Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 2
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top rural health priorities ranked 11 through 20 identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 1 discussed the top 10 priorities.) Topics addressed include: cancer, health education, oral health, quality of life and well-being, immunizations and infectious disease, public health infrastructure, sexual health and family planning, injury and violence prevention, and social determinants of health. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
The State of Obesity 2015: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Reports on obesity-related rates and trends. Identifies federal nutrition, physical activity, and obesity-related policies and programs, including programs targeted to rural areas. Includes an obesity prevention case study from a rural Wisconsin school district.
The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America is seeking applications for its 2016 Safety Grants Program.
The purpose of the annual program is to encourage and provide financial support for interventions at the local and/or regional level in order to facilitate timely application of evidence-based safety and health strategies to protect agricultural workers. Visit the ASHCA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Health Impact Project: Catalyzing Healthier Communities in Southern and Appalachian States
Grants to fund training, technical assistance, and peer learning for a health impact assessment that will inform decisions on a proposed policy, program, plan, or project.
Centers for Agricultural Health and Safety (U54)
Funding to operate a Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, which will conduct research and help translate scientific discoveries focused on improving worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 2, 2015
Application Deadline: Dec 17, 2015
Sponsor: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Provides discounts to rural health care providers to obtain internet and telecommunications access.
Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions
Provides an overview of scholarship, loan, and loan repayment programs available for healthcare students who intend to practice in rural areas. Visit the guide to find information and successful models for the development of programs designed to attract health professionals to rural areas. The guide was developed by Becca Cruger, RAC's funding specialist, with guidance from Erin Tindell, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Debra Jahnke, Brenda Flattum, and Paia Vang, Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.
Giles County Health Network (G-NET)
A community-based health network to create accessible and equitable healthcare access for low-income and uninsured residents in Rural Appalachia.
Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County’s Heath Information Technology Workgroup
A healthcare network's approach to addressing the technological needs, such as electronic medical records (EMR) and telemedicine, for local healthcare facilities, schools, prisons, and community organization.
Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) was created to meet the needs of rural caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease across rural North Carolina.
Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
Improves adolescent health and wellness by enhancing health services in schools, developing youth leaders, and supporting adolescent-serving organizations.
Webinar: Heart & Soul for Planners: Discover a New Way to Better Planning
Community Heart & Soul™ had its genesis in one planning commissioner’s frustration with business-as-usual planning. Orton Family Foundation founder Lyman Orton saw flaws in a development review system that left decisions that affected the entire community in the hands of a few. Community Heart & Soul shifts the paradigm by starting with deep community engagement that results in clear priorities based on what matters most to all residents. Learn more about how this barn-raising approach to community development can benefit your town. Alece Montez Greigo, Orton director of programs, is joined by Rick Muriby, planning manager, Golden, Colorado, and Jane Lafleur, executive director, Friends of Midcoast Maine.
Registration Link: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/heart-soul-for-planners-discover-a-new-way-to-better-planning-registration-16977509187?aff=OrtonEventemail
Webinar: Spotlighting Two Communities that are Successfully Coordinating Healthcare and Housing Resources to End Veteran Homelessness - October 6, 2015
Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness set the goal to end homelessness among military veterans in 2015. Ensuring that veterans get and stay successfully housed requires strong bridges to mainstream resources and benefits, especially healthcare services such as targeted case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment. This peer-to-peer webinar will support CoC and ESG grantees and other stakeholders with accomplishing the Opening Doors goal by exploring two examples of communities that have made great progress in ending veteran homelessness. Originally planned for Tuesday, September 29th, this webinar has been rescheduled to October 6th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM EDT. Please register here to attend.
Webinar: Introduction to Cooperative Development
Join Margaret Bau, Cooperative Development Specialist, as she hosts a webinar that teaches the basics about what exactly a Co-op is, and the collective benefits Co-ops generate for diverse communities all around the world. October 7th from 3:00 to 4:00pm, EDT. No preregistration neccissary. Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/x0c1beqian8i&eom
Participants are encouraged to use computer’s audio and the “Chat” feature, however, a regular conference line has been set as a backup: (866) 525-2577, ID#: 46262925
Webinar: Local Government Strategies for Digital Government Technology Planning
October 15, 2015 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Presented by Dr. Jon Gant
All governments face growth in demand for services while confronting a strained economy, coupled with the belief that it is appropriate to explore new opportunities where technology innovation is essential. These challenges and opportunities are fueled by heightened expectations from constituents and the business community to interact and conduct business with governmental entities utilizing modern technology and web-based capabilities that enhance information, communication, and transactions in a variety of formats, and enable further transparency in government. The supporting infrastructure foundation is designed to ensure the integrity of transactions, data, and optimum system performance. Strategic planning, governance, and program management ensures inclusion in decision making and implementation of solid products, and effective solution delivery at a fully leverage cost. This webinar is part of the Illinois Digital Innovation Leadership Program and is funded through the Office of the Provost and College of ACES Illinois Extension and Outreach Initiative.
Newsletters and email from which we gather this information include:
v Foundation Center RFP Service - To subscribe visit: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/
v To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.
v Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship News. To subscribe, http://team.energizingentrepreneurs.org/news2/public_html/lists/?p=subscribe
v Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter: http://www.kansascityfed.org/alert/’
v Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful. http://www.blueavocado.org/
v Rural LISC e-newsletter - http://www.lisc.org/rural
v National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) – www.nado.org
v ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Updates/
v Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up - http://www.orton.org/sign_up