August 18-20, 2020

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The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Rural Medicine Program seeks emergency volunteers for Indian Health Service sites within the Great Plains Area. MGH anticipates that travel expenses will be eligible for reimbursement. Direct questions to

Giving Tuesday is December 1: get involved with volunteer ideas for individuals and organizing toolkits for communities.

ACA open enrollment takes place from Sunday, November 1, 2020 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Enroll online or call 1.800.318.2596. For more information, contact Shelly Harden at 660.259.2790 or visit

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.

A new CMS final rule will give state Medicaid agencies greater flexibility to tailor their managed care programs to fit their specific populations. Read more.

The CDC confirmed that 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.

CMS removes administrative barriers to eliminate potential delays to patient access to a lifesaving vaccine. Read more about the rule here.

Making It Work: Models of Success in Rural Maternity Care. The goal of this case series is to describe key factors that underlie three successful models of rural maternity care and to inform communities, clinicians, and hospitals that wish to keep obstetric services available locally. Download the publication here.

The Trump administration finalized a rule requiring health insurers to disclose price and cost-sharing information. Read a CMS fact sheet on the final rule.

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

New telehealth platform mobilizes health care during COVID-19.

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

Funding Guide: PPE and Financial Resources for Specialized Transportation Providers (PDF)

Missouri Nurses Foundation’s Early Career Nurse Innovator Award nominations now open. Learn more.

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

COVID-19 Resources & Helpful Links

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

Check out this site and these informative FAQ tools:

American Heart Association issues this Rural Health Advisory/Call-to-Action:

Addiction Resources shares how to treat substance abuse during a pandemic: Learn more

A Guide to Medicare Benefits –

New Report Identifies Behavioral Health Crisis In Agriculture in Missouri – High Incidence of Suicides Among Farmers and Ranchers. Read report.

How Will Medicaid Block Grants Impact Missouri? Find out.

Your Community Cares Rural Health Coalition Recently released ‘Not My Child’ PSA: Watch

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. Check them out here.

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 (Your Community Cares Rural Health Coalition) – watch video

ReImagine Rural Health 2020Gov. 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


Upcoming Events & Funding Opportunities

ONGOING: The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is a certified Community Development Financial Institution providing ongoing short-term loans to local nonprofits, for-profits, and government entities that are working to develop affordable housing for low-income, rural communities. Learn more and submit a loan inquiry here.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). Learn more.

NIH Research to Improve Health Disparities encourages innovative health services research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities at the health care system-level as well as within clinical settings. Learn more and apply.

Rural Maternal and Obstetric Management Strategies (RMOMS) will run until August 2023 to improve maternal care in rural communities. Learn more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will make 58 awards with total funding of more than $341 million to increase testing, reporting, and treatment of viral hepatitis at the local level. Apply by December 1.

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults within a Dental Setting: A Practical Integrated Care Approach — Tuesday, December 1 at 12:00-1:00 pm ET. Hosted by The National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a HRSA-funded NTTAP. Register here.

Rural Missouri Maternal Health and Infant Mortality Summit — Dec. 1, 2020 – Dec. 2, 2020. Learn more.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) seek solutions that reduce the transmission of coronavirus among people living with kidney disease. Learn more and apply by December 4.

Indian Health Service (IHS) offers a grant to address the opioid crisis in American Indian / Alaska Native communities by developing and expanding community education and awareness of prevention, treatment and/or recovery activities for opioid misuse and opioid use disorder. Apply by December 15.

The NBCC Foundation has several scholarships and fellowships available for mental health and addiction counselors. Learn more and apply by December 15.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) seeks input to inform its strategic plan. Read more and submit feedback to by December 18.

The National Environmental Health Association provides credentials, training, and resources for professionals in the field that promotes a healthful environment. The organization also seeks public health departments to serve as host sites. The application deadline for both internship and site hosting is January 22.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will invest $500 million in up to 125 grants for local-level preparation projects that lessen the impact of future natural disasters.  Funding of $20 million is specifically set aside for resilient infrastructure projects for Tribal communities. Apply by January 29.

 The American Psychiatric Association (APA) offers a one-month clinical shadowing program to minority medical students who have an interest in substance abuse treatment and prevention services. Learn more and apply by January 31.

The National Rural Health Association’s 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute will be held February 9-11th, 2021, via NRHA’s virtual platform. Register and find more information about the event here.

Save the Date! Rural Health Workforce Conference – April 22-24, 2021. Courtyard Marriott, Columbia MO. Registration not yet open.

MRHA Get Link’d Conference Returns Summer 2021.

MRHA Partners with Avera eCARE® to Help Rural Hospitals Implement — RFP to be Issued. Five Hospitals to be Selected.


The Nonprofit Relief and Recovery Grant supports Missouri nonprofit organizations in meeting critical and emergent needs resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency and in building organizational capacity for recovery from the current emergency. Learn more.

MU Extension Continuing Medical Education and Physician Lifelong Learning Events. Learn more and register.