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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit – RHIhub

Rural Mental Health Toolkit


CY 2023 Hospital OPPS and ASC Final Rule (CMS-1772-FC) at

The HHS 405(d) Program is a public-private partnership mandated by congress to deliver the HPH sector with industry tested cybersecurity best practices.  The 405(d) program offers free in-depth cybersecurity resources so that you can leverage to begin protecting your patients from cyber threats today.  Visit for access to cyber mitigations, cyber hygiene awareness, cyber journal articles, and more, all tailored to the HPH Sector! To learn more, contact

AHA Rural Health Update

White House Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage.

FDA Powdered Infant Formula Recall: What to Know.

Missouri Drug Overdose Dashboard

New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 988, begins July 16, 2022. Learn More.

Biden Announces $1.5 Billion Funding Opportunity for State Opioid Response Grant Programs.

HRSA Launches National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS. Learn More. 

Serving the Mental Health Needs of Rural Teens Means Tackling Other Obstacles as Well

Can farmers help each other navigate mental health crises? Learn more.

Rural Resource Directory – updated Dec. 2021

The gap in rural-urban mortality rates has tripled over the last 20 years: read more.

NRHA’s Legislative Tracker enables you to stay up-to-date on rural health bills the association is monitoring.

ALL IN initiative pledges to prioritize health worker well-being.

The Rural Policy Research Institute offers a catalog of programs appropriate for rural provider participation.

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 is set to increase broadband availability for underserved areas.

Children living in rural communities may experience unique challenges that impact health outcomes: check out the toolkit.

Core Competencies for Human Trafficking Response in Health Care and Behavioral Health Systems helps better serve individuals who have experienced or at risk of human trafficking.

Make your voice heard by Congress through NRHA’s rural health advocacy campaigns.

Rural health podcast series examines challenges and success stories of mental health, health equity, COVID-19, and more.

CDC reports an increase in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids.

Driving While Black examines the connection between racial issues and Black Americans’ ability to move freely. Watch the documentary on iTunes or Amazon.

Updated Poverty Guidelines determine financial eligibility for federal programs.

Minority Race/Ethnicity and Cancer Disparities in Rural Areas of the United States – Read the article.

CRS report provides an overview of federal programs designed to expand broadband in minority communities.

Learn how HRSA-funded health centers have made an impact in Ending the HIV Epidemic by serving undiagnosed people, including minority populations.

Both the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) have  lists of tools and trainings.

Funding Guide: PPE and Financial Resources for Specialized Transportation Providers

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan.

HHS Launches New Maternal Mental Health Hotline – 1.833.9.HELP4MOMS (1.833.943.5746)

A Guide to Medicare Benefits

A Blueprint for Improving Care for Patients with Mental Health Conditions and Substance Use Disorders who Present to the Emergency Department – Learn more.

Rural Health Research Gateway archived webinars

Government phases out DUNS number. Learn more.

Helpful resources from National Volunteer Transportation Center

Medical Transportation Service is a Lifesaver for Rural Missourians – The Rural Monitor

Health-Related Consequences for Not Having Transportation – RHI Hub

Access to vaccines should not be an obstacle. Free rides to COVID-19 vaccinations are now being offered in the following counties: Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Crawford, Dent, Henry, Hickory, Howell, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Phelps, St Clair, and Vernon. To schedule an appointment and ride:

  • Find and select vaccine of choice:
  • Call to set an appointment date and time. Schedule three or more working days in advance to improve ride availability. Call 573-469-9117 to schedule a ride.
  • A mobility coordinator will be available Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Leave a voice message with a name, contact number, appointment date, time, and location. A mobility manager will call immediately to confirm your trip details.
  • Rides are not guaranteed and are based on driver availability. If possible, schedule your ride five or more days in advance. If you live outside the listed counties above, find free and low-cost transportation options.
  • For more information, contact Mary Gordon at, or call 573.616.2740.
  • Learn more: 

CDC updates its framework for monitoring COVID-19 and communities. Listen to the briefing.

The CDC has updated prevention guidelines based on the risk level of your community. Learn more.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Get answers.

COVID-19 Impact Assessments examine the weaknesses in health care exposed amid the pandemic and solutions for the future. Read both papers.

Persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines now include some current and retired health care professionals and students in health care programs, among others. Learn more and volunteer.

CDC reports racial/ethnic disparities in pandemic-related stress and suicidal thoughts.


COVID-19 Resources for Individuals:

The Find a Health Center Tool identifies COVID-19 screening and testing near you.

COVID-19 vaccines are available for ages 6 months and older. Find a vaccine near you.

Check out this site and these informative FAQ tools.

The Department of Mental Health’s Show Me Hope program provides a free, confidential, multilingual helpline available 24/7 for anyone experiencing emotional difficulties due to the pandemic.  All Missourians are eligible to use it, and it connects individuals to the DMH system of care. The number is 800-985-5900.

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting isolation guidelines can increase mental health issues and thoughts of suicide, and increased substance use, especially for addicts. Find more information on treatment, services, and support here.

Addiction Resources shares how to treat substance abuse during a pandemic.


COVID-19 Resources for Providers:

Provider Bridge offers COVID-19 resources for health care professionals.

CMS offers nursing home staff training videos to provide scenario-based lessons on navigating and preventing COVID-19.

Report on health disparities by race/ethnicity during the pandemic offers recommendations for achieving health equity. best practice guide helps providers navigate telehealth policy changes.

HRSA’s claims reimbursement program helps providers with uninsured patients.

Strategies for Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines – See the interactive web summary.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Missouri Hospital Association partnered to connect business and health care professionals to information about the COVID-19 vaccination process.


Additional Resources:

One Stop Online for COVID Prevention and Treatment in Every County

Rural-Specific Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine

We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Rural Communities

Missouri Housing Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Resources

Overview of Direct Order Process for COVID-19 Therapeutics

Helpful Rural Health Resources at


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