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Save the date for MRHA’s Get Link’d Conference is August 17 – 19 2021!  Get complete details. Download conference agenda.

The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for health coverage through the Marketplace has been extended until August 15 due to the COVID-19 emergency. CMS released new guidance for Marketplace stakeholders regarding the 2021 Special Enrollment Period.

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.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS provides comprehensive care and support for low-income, uninsured people with HIV. Several opportunities are available.

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)

HRSA Early Intervention Services for HIV/AIDS – June 21

NIH Research to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes Through HIT – July 17

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.

Complete the 2021 Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS).

Agenda for Indian Health lists issue areas affecting health equity for American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes.

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. 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.

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


The FDA expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for use again following a pause. People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Patients with other clinical questions should contact their health care provider or call the COVID-19 hotline at 877.435.8411. | COVID-19 Janssen Vaccine Updates in Missouri

Access to vaccines should not be an obstacle. Three vaccines tools include: 1) visit (English) or (Spanish) to find a vaccine near you; 2) text GETVAX (438829) for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three local vaccine sites; 3) call the National COIVD-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1.800.232.0233.

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

We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a national effort to help community partners promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence.  The campaign includes educational materials targeted to specific audiences and seeks volunteers for the COVID-19 Community Corps. New: Recently added toolkits provide outreach materials for tribal communities and essential workers in agriculture

RAND/RWJF Report: COVID-19 and the Experiences of Populations at Greater Risk. The RAND Corporation joined with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to examine the way people view health issues. Researchers asked people in the United States about their experiences related to the pandemic, and their views on issues such as freedom, racism, and the role of government.

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Rural Communities

Missouri Housing Resources

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccine: Tips from Your Community Health Worker is a webinar aiming to build vaccine confidence among migratory and seasonal agricultural workers and their families. Learn more.

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.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Forum

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Resources

Overview of Direct Order Process for COVID-19 Therapeutics

Report on health disparities by race/ethnicity during the pandemic offers recommendations for achieving health equity.

Analysis on prevalence of COVID-19 and local employment rates. best practice guide helps providers navigate telehealth policy changes.

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

CMS issued new guidance removing barriers to COVID-19 vaccinations and more.

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package heads to the Senate after House approval.

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

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

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

Rural residents appear to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.

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.

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

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

Rural-Specific Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine.

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

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

Helpful Rural Health Resources at

Check out this site and these informative FAQ tools.

American Heart Association issued this Rural Health Advisory/Call-to-Action.

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

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.

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 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.

The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 16 years of age and older caused by SARS-CoV-2. Read the FDA’s press release here. Read the Fact Sheet here.