More Rural Health Updates and Events

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News At-A-Glance


Advancing Population Health in Rural Places: Key Lessons and Policy Opportunities. Read the paper.

HHS Invests Nearly $60 Million to Address Workforce Shortages and Increase Access to Health Care in Rural Communities.
Learn more and see a complete list of recipients.

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

The Rural Health Information Hub provides a collection of Rural-Specific Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine.

Mobilizing Health Care Workforce via Telehealth features up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing by state as well as a provider portal to connect volunteer health care professionals to state agencies and health care entities.

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

CMS Releases Maternity Care Action Plan to Implement Biden-Harris Maternal Health Blueprint; Launches Industry Call to Action. Learn more here.

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health announces $8.5 million in funding to address rural maternal health and mortality disparities and maternal health disparities for Black and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women by increasing access to postpartum care. 

House members ask HHS to clarify enforcement plans for 96-hour rule by September 9, 2020.

The Census Bureau has not yet released numbers for older U.S. residents from the 2020 count, but a report from 2019 showed that 17.5 percent of the rural population was 65 years and older compared to 13.8 percent in urban areas.  Overall, the Census estimated that the nation’s 65-and-older population had grown by a third since 2010, and that the working-age population is not keeping pace with the growth of older Americans.
Read the update on 2020 Census Count: Age Variations by County.

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

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

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 National Infection Control Strengthening Initiative, funded through the CDC, provides biweekly webinars on varied topics, all working towards improving practices in infection control. Webinars occur every other Tuesday at 12 p.m. CST via Zoom. See a schedule of upcoming webinars here.

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.

Check out this site and these informative FAQ tools:

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

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. Check them out here.

Government phases out DUNS number. Learn more.

Helpful Resources from National Volunteer Transportation Center

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)

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

Health-Related Consequences for Not Having Transportation – RHI Hub


Upcoming Events


Caring for an Aging Population Webinar Series, Hosted by the National Center for Equitable Care for Elders, a HRSA-funded NTTAP.
Wednesday, August 24
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, August 31
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET


In partnership with the Center for Dissemination and Implementation at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Columbia, we invite you to join us for this year’s D&I Rural Health Symposium: E-Connecting for Healthy Eating and Exercising in Rural Communities Webinar.

Friday, Oct 14 at the Innsbrook Resort in Innsbrook, Missouri.

Increasing Prevention Efforts and Self-Management through Community Outreach and Partnerships Hosted by the National Center for Farmworker Health, a HRSA-funded NTTAP

Tuesday, August 30
2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Tobacco Cessation for Persons of Reproductive Age, Including Pregnant Persons 

Wednesday, August 31
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

SDOH and Cultural Humility Webinar

Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

Join us as we discuss findings and lessons learned from the implementation year of the RMOMS program: Rural Maternal Health Networks: Evaluation Findings from the First Implementation Year of the RMOMS 2019 Cohort.

Monday, August 1, 2022
12:00 p.m. ET