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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: www.vaccines.gov/search/
  • 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 Mary@morha.org, or call 573.616.2740.
  • Learn more: https://accesshealthnews.net/free-rides-to-covid-19-vaccination-appointments/ 

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 405d.hhs.gov for access to cyber mitigations, cyber hygiene awareness, cyber journal articles, and more, all tailored to the HPH Sector! To learn more, contact cisa405d@hhs.gov.

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

Immunizations, Marketplace, Medicare Open Enrollment Resources and Links

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.

MRHA, partnered with West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, helps bring HealthTran to the city of Nevada in Vernon County, Mo. to assist with transportation to health and wellness appointments. Watch the video.

CDC and USDA Team Up for Vaccine Education Effort

ATTC Network COVID-19 Resources for Addictions Treatment

American Rescue Plan invests $6 billion in Community Health Centers in underserved and rural areas.

NARHC Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional Course

Resource Guide for Health Centers: Community Health Workers and COVID-19 Vaccine

USDOT Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (R.O.U.T.E.S)

The Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program offers relief and support for caregivers helping loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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.

Report shows ethnic disparities in rural education attainment.

Study identifies states at risk for an HIV or Hepatitis C outbreak.

HRSA awards $99 million to end the HIV epidemic.

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

Telehealth.HHS.gov has added a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care.

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.

2021 immunization schedules for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger 

2021 adult immunization schedule 

HHS recently shared a new best practice guide on telehealth for behavioral health care.

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.

Two policy briefs evaluate critical access hospitals and alternatives to hospital closures.

Free continuing education credits are available for nurses, physicians, social workers, and marriage/family therapists who complete an online program on providing trauma-informed care.

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

CMS released the annual Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. Read the full release here.

Making It Work: Models of Success in Rural Maternity Care case series describes key factors that underlie three successful models of rural maternity care. Download the publication here.

The USDA is investing $3 million to construct a healthcare clinic in Willard, MO. Read the release here.

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

New report identifies behavioral health crisis in agriculture in Missouri and high incidence of suicides among farmers and ranchers.

How will Medicaid Block Grants impact Missouri? Find out.

Your Community Cares Rural Health Coalition recently released the ‘Not My Child’ PSA: Watch here.

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

In Missouri, the top 10 counties for heart disease mortality are rural counties. Read more.

FCC launches $20 billion digital fund. Learn more.

Government phases out DUNS number. Learn more.

Rural Health Discussion on The Randy Tobler Show – Listen here and learn more.

Helpful resources from National Volunteer Transportation Center

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Selects New CEO

Opioids & The Workforce Conference – Watch video.

Re-Imagine Rural Health 2020 — Gov. Mike Parson Delivers Video Address

Medicaid Expansion – Kaiser Health News (KHN)

Why Doctors Should Consider Giving Patients a Ride – Politico Magazine

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

Health-Related Consequences for Not Having Transportation – RHI Hub

Cox Barton County Hospital in Lamar, Missouri was recognized among 20 highest-ranked critical access hospitals in the US

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. Click here for more information.

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.

Three vaccines have been authorized for use in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about which vaccine is right for you.

The FDA expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include individuals 12 and older. A lower dose of the Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use in children five through 11 years of age. Learn more about vaccines for children and teens here.

Booster doses help strengthen protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron and Delta variants. Learn more about booster doses, vaccine dose schedules, and new EUA amendments regarding Pfizer boosters for teens and additional pediatric doses for immunocompromised children.

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

Omicron and Delta are two Variants of Concern affecting COVID-19 cases in the U.S. Learn more.

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

Rural hospitals have higher percentages of patients with COVID-19.

NIH is recruiting participants to contribute to COVID-19 research. The eligibility questionnaire takes two minutes to complete — take it now!

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.

CMS proposes to enhance the medical workforce in rural and underserved communities to support COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

COVID-19 cases and deaths are highest in small cities and rural communities, a trend underscored by the ongoing rural hospital closure crisis and rural communities being ill-equipped to deal with surges. Read more.

Rural residents appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. American Heart Association issued this Rural Health Advisory/Call-to-Action.

Rapid COVID-19 State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report addresses the announcement of a booster dose program of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for adults and potential surrounding misinformation.

Analysis on prevalence of COVID-19 and local employment rates.

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.

Find a vaccine near you.

V-safe uses texts and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is urging nursing home staff, residents and visitors to follow established guidelines for visitation and adherence to the core principles of infection prevention. Read the press release.

 

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.

Telehealth.HHS.gov best practice guide helps providers navigate telehealth policy changes.

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

FCC will continue to accept comments on COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

An Emergency Declaration amendment allows additional categories of health care professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

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

CMS COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Billing

We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign

COVID-19 and the Experiences of Populations at Greater Risk

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Rural Communities

Missouri Housing Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Forum

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Resources

Overview of Direct Order Process for COVID-19 Therapeutics

Helpful Rural Health Resources at CMS.gov