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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub launched a new evidence-based Rural Telehealth Toolkit. Developed in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit is designed to help rural organizations that are looking to start a telehealth program to address health issues in their communities.

The webinar Introducing the Telehealth Toolkit will be held on June 5th. Tune in to learn more about the toolkit and hear from some successful programs about their lessons learned. Featured speakers include:

  • Luciana Rocha, MPH, Principal Research Analyst at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
  • Susan Maley, MPH, PhD, managed the Rural Veterans Health Access Program from 2014 to 2018
  • David Scott, MPH, PhD, RPh, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, NDSU College of Health Professions
  • Danielle Louder, Program Director for the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC)

The Rural Monitor featured three new articles:

There are three new Models and Innovations now available:

  • Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline – The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is a free, confidential helpline available 24/7 for farmers and farm families to connect with counselors, help with daily living (like childcare or food assistance), and financial/legal advice.
  • Health Advocacy Summit – HAS provides free one-day conferences for young adults with chronic or rare conditions to access health and educational resources and build a community of peers and advocates.
  • My Virtual Clinic School-based Telehealth Program – An Indiana rural health association, four Rural Health Clinics, and several rural school districts collaborate to expand healthcare access to schools.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath. With a high prevalence rate in rural America, it is also considered a preventable cause of death. Learn more about COPD and the efforts needed to impact the disease in our new video, The Challenges of Chronic Disease in Rural Areas: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Finally, on May 21st, RHIhub hosted a webinar with the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services on improving oral health care services in rural America. Speakers highlighted some of the current barriers to oral health care and reviewed the recommendations from the committee to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The recording, slides, and transcript are available on the website.


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RHIhub Spotlight

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RHIhub has published two new Rural Monitor stories highlighting the great things that are happening in rural communities across the nation:

  • Making Informed Decisions about Rural EMS – Discusses the EMS Informed Self-Determination Process developed by Kevin McGinnis and highlights the success of St. George, Maine, had in implementing the process. RHIhub learned about this process at a Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC) meeting.
  • Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America – Features rural communities and healthcare organizations that are a using trauma-informed care approach to help people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACES), sexual assault, and other traumatic experiences.

RHIhub has published several new Models & Innovations:

Three topic guides have been updated:

Save the date for an upcoming webinar on the soon to be released Rural Telehealth Toolkit! Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 12pm Central

Did you know? If you’re hosting a rural health event, you can request promotional materials from RHIhub!


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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub recently published a new program model in our Models and Innovations. The School-based Drug Misuse Prevention Program was implemented in an Appalachian Ohio school system, grades K-12. Following implementation, the community experienced no new school-aged overdose deaths.

We’ve also recently updated several of our Topic Guides:

Speaking of grants, we’ve also updated the section of our website where we provide assistance in using our funding resources and services. This includes guidance on finding opportunities, determining a location’s rural eligibility, and finding data, research, and resources to support program development and grant applications.

We also have two new articles in the Rural Monitor:

In case you missed it, we have archived versions of recent webinars and a recent Twitter chat:

Did you know?

In addition to RHIhub Models and Innovations, we also feature a wide range of case studies from other organizations. Check them out!  


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RHIhub Spotlight

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RHIhub has a new Evidence-based Toolkit on Mental Health in Rural Communities. Developed in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, this toolkit is designed to help rural organizations create and maintain sustainable mental health programs.

Join the upcoming RHIhub webinar, Addressing the Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Rural America, in partnership with the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, on March 14th. Featured speakers include:

  • Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove, JD, Committee Chair for the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
  • Antonello (Tony) Punturieri, MD, PhD, Program Director, Division of Lung Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Kathleen Dalton, PhD, Retired Research Faculty, Department of Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health
  • Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, MA, JD, President, Dorney-Koppel Foundation

RHIhub is hosting a Twitter Chat on Rural Health Workforce Education and Training on March 18th, where they will be joined by expert co-hosts:

  • Steve Hirsh, Program Analyst, Policy Research Division, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • Tracey Smith, Public Health Analyst, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce
  • Davis Patterson, PhD, Director, Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) and Research Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington
  • Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH, Director, Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care

Everyone is welcome to participate in the chat. Questions are posted online, so you can prepare in advance!

There are two new articles in the Rural Monitor:

There are also two new Models and Innovations:

  • Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities – The Hogg Foundation has awarded grants to support five rural Texas communities in developing mental health collaboratives that best fit each community’s needs.
  • New Horizons Geriatric Counseling Program – Motivated by the suicide deaths of 5 local senior men over a 2-year period, Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, Texas, created an outpatient behavioral health program coordinating the efforts of the CAH staff, medical staff, and community residents in order to deliver local treatment.

Finally, if you missed the Rural Philanthropy webinar from this past week, a recording is available online. This webinar includes strategies for rural communities to build partnerships with philanthropies, explores the new Rural Philanthropy toolkit and how it can assist in these efforts. It also features insights from Alycia Bayne, from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and from two rural organizations discussing their experience with building philanthropy partnerships.


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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has a new Evidence-based Toolkit on Rural Philanthropy. Developed in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit is designed to help rural organizations create and maintain partnerships with philanthropies. Includes guidance on conducting outreach, model programs, emerging strategies, and a wealth of resources.

RHIhub is hosting a webinar related to Rural Philanthropy on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm Eastern. This webinar will feature two rural organizations discussing their experiences with building relationships with foundations and will delve into some of the strategies outlined in the toolkit.

Two new articles are featured in the Rural Monitor:

The toolkit on Rural Care Coordination has been updated, created and maintained in partnership with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Substantial revisions have been made to the Implementation module, which delves into considerations for workforce and staffing, different populations, quality improvement, and adopting a whole-person mindset, among other things.

Several of Topic Guides have also been updated:

Did you know?

The RHIhub features conferences with open calls for presentations each week in the RHIhub This Week newsletter, but you can also see the full list here: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/events/calls


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RHIhub Spotlight

i Jan 14th No Comments by

The RHIhub ended the year with a recap of the Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2018, featuring stories on young rural healthcare leaders, rural EMS recruitment and retention, social determinants of health, death certificates as important public health documents, rural general surgeons, and more.

Other new articles in the Rural Monitor include:

RHIhub has several other new Models and Innovations:

The topic guide on Rural Long-Term Care Facilities has been updated with new information throughout. Also, two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on quality initiatives and oral healthcare were added.


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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub recently hosted a #RuralHealthChat with NOSORH for National Rural Health Day on Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities to celebrate the #PowerofRural. Read the tweets in order and catch up on what you missed! Kristine Sande, RHIhub Director, also spoke with Rural Health Leadership Radio about National Rural Health Day, the RHIhub, rural health challenges and strengths, and more!

What’s New on RHIhub?
The RHIhub updated its topic guide on Rural Tribal Health with new Frequently Asked Questions related to social determinants of health, community health representatives, and more. It also includes updated information throughout.

Join the RHIhub’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday, December 12 at 2:00 pm ET: Insights on Rural Health Insurance Market Challenges from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Featured speakers include Paul Moore and Normandy Brangan from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Mary K. Rolf from Home Care of Central New York, and Abigail Barker from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Two new articles were published in the Rural Monitor:

Below are three new Models and Innovations:


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At your Fingertips RHIhub Data Visualzations and Custon Alert Makenzie Atherton

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At your Fingertips RHIhub Data Visualzations and Custon Alert Makenzie Atherton

At Your Fingertips – RHIhub Data Visualizations and Custom Alerts – Dorothea Nelson

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At Your Fingertips – RHIhub Data Visualizations and Custom Alerts – Dorothea Nelson

RHIhub Spotlight

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RHIhub is excited to be co-hosting a Twitter chat with NOSORH for National Rural Health Day on Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities on November 15, 2018 at 12 pm Eastern. Please join us on Twitter for this important discussion. Also, watch RHIhub’s social media feeds for our countdown to National Rural Health Day, featuring successful rural programs around the country.

What’s New on RHIhub?
The RHIhub updated its topic guide on Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), which provides an overview of RHCs and includes information on certification, considerations for becoming an RHC, staffing requirements, reimbursement, resources related to maintaining the primary care workforce, and more.

Two new articles have been published in the Rural Monitor:

RHIhub recently held two webinars. If you missed them, check out the recordings online:

New in Models and Innovations:

  • Brazos Valley Care Coordination Program – Brazos Valley Care Coordination Program in Texas helps patients who frequently use the ER access follow-up care and connect with a primary care provider.
  • Healthy Places for Healthy People in Monett – CoxHealth addressed social determinants of health in rural Monett, Missouri by revitalizing their downtown, creating sidewalks and bike paths, farmers markets, and engaging the Hispanic population.
  • Local Foods, Local Places in Williamson – The Williamson Health & Wellness Center uses funds from Local Foods, Local Places to connect their community with local, fresh foods.
  • Family Wellness Warriors Initiative – Using evidence-based engagement methods and a trauma-informed care approach, Southcentral Foundation’s Family Wellness Warriors Initiative has a goal of ending domestic violence with this generation.
  • The Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program – In rural Louisiana, the Adolescent Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program is helping to prevent the onset of prediabetes in high school students and staff. Through screenings, education, and follow-up, participants have improved their BMI, A1C levels, and weight.

RHIhub is hiring!
Please help spread the word that the RHIhub is looking for a dedicated and passionate person who wants to help rural communities across the country. Interested candidates can apply online by November 9, 2018 to join a team of Web Writers contributing to the Rural Monitor and Models and Innovations.


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