Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vote on Rural Lens photo contest

Voting for this year's Rural Lens photo contest continues this week for NRHA Facebook fans by clicking “like” on your favorite photos from the contest’s landscape category.
The community category winner is: <> “Little town of Blue Grass, Virginia” by Doug Puffenbarger

The photo will move on to the grand prize round and be published in Rural Roads magazine.
Voting for a new category will begin each week ending with the grand prize iPad winner decided after NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute.

National Rural Accountable Care Organization (NRACO)

The vision of the NRACO is to be the national leader of the transformation of rural healthcare systems from fee-based to value-based care by creating an affordable, replicable framework that results in the best possible health for rural communities, at the lowest possible cost, and strengthens and preserves the rural health safety net.

Their focus is to help small, rural communities, who cannot meet rigorous requirements to become Accountable Care Organizations alone. Applications from interested organizations are currently being accepted. Informational webinar on Jan. 31.

To learn more go to:  

STAR courses are offered FREE to the first 250 registrants working or living in Virginia – a $225 value.

VTN is proud to introduce STAR Telehealth Training

Southside Telehealth Training Academy and Resource Center (STAR) in Martinsville, VA, offers statewide training for health care providers to become certified as telehealth presenters or coordinators.
Join-The-TeamSTAR training provides an overview of the videoconferencing technology and medical peripherals used in the clinical setting, remote patient monitoring equipment in the home setting, and the responsibilities of telehealth staff.
Graduates of the clinical track will acquire the skills to correctly present patients during virtual encounters with physicians and other specialists. Telehealth coordination track graduates will be able to operate telehealth equipment and manage components of a telehealth program.

Students in health care programs are eligible to register for STAR. Education is delivered through convenient, self-paced on-line training modules, combined with hands-on experience using telemedicine and remote patient monitoring technologies.
STAR's goal is to reinforce best practices in telehealth to achieve improvements in healthcare delivery and outcomes for rural communities and medically underserved populations.

STAR courses are offered FREE to the first 250 registrants working or living in Virginia – a $225 value.

Hands-on laboratories are scheduled for February 22nd in Martinsville, and on April 1st and 2nd in Fredericksburg (after MATRC Summit). On-site labs for groups of 25 may be arranged by contacting the STAR Program Coordinator.
Visit to learn more now. Feel free to forward this to a friend or colleague.

Strengthening Immigrants Health Access: Current Opportunities

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not expand access to health insurance for undocumented immigrants, it may pave the way to health care coverage for as many as six million legal immigrants who have had trouble obtaining insurance, and may begin to close the coverage gap between immigrants and native-born adults. First, legal immigrants who do not have health insurance will be able to sign up for coverage through the new on-line exchanges, and may also qualify for federal tax credits that will make a health plan more affordable. In addition, many lawfully present immigrants will also become eligible for Medicaid under the ACA reforms.
Dr.  Leighton Ku, author of the policy brief  “Strengthening Immigrants’ Health Access: Current Opportunities,” will outline both  the opportunities and  obligations that federal health reform law will bring to lawfully present immigrants, who have obtained green cards or visas allowing them to work, study  and live in the United States.  Dr. Ku is Professor, Dept. of Health Policy and Director, Center for Health Policy Research in the School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University.  State-specific experience and commentary on immigrant insurance coverage and health care access will be provided by Elizabeth Swain, President & Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Care Association of New York State, and Bobbi Ryder President & CEO,  National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Professor, Dept. of Health Policy
Director, Center for Health Policy Research
School of Public Health and Health Services
George Washington University
Bobbi Ryder
President & Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc.
Elizabeth H. Swain, MA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community Health Care Association of New York State
Thursday, Feb 6, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm EST  

or visit this link

Call For Application: Training Course In Maternal And Child Health Epidemiology

Chicago, IL
Hyatt Regency - Chicago
May 19 – 23, 2014

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are offering a Training Course in MCH Epidemiology as part of their ongoing effort to enhance the analytic capacity of state and local health agencies.

Who Should Apply?
This national program is aimed primarily at professionals in state and local health agencies who have significant responsibility for collecting, processing, analyzing, and reporting maternal and child health data. This year, the course is geared to individuals with intermediate to advanced skills in statistical and epidemiologic methods, preferably in MCH or a related field.  Content for this year’s course will be organized in the following four domains:

  • Needs Assessment (e.g., prioritization methods, impact estimates)
  • Multivariable Regression Modeling (e.g., model building, linear and log models)
  • Program and Policy Evaluation (e.g., design and analytic methods)
  • Economic Evaluation (e.g., cost-benefit, return on investment)
  • The course will begin mid-day Monday, May 19 and conclude Friday, May 23.
  • Hotel lodging will be covered.
  • A limited number of scholarships for airfare are available.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by 5 pm PST, Friday, February 28, 2014.

Job Opportunities

Federal Government
  • HHS/Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services is recruiting for a full-time Public Health Advisor (AI/AN) (GS-0685-14) position in Rockville, MD. Deadline is February 6, 2014.Apply
  • HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is recruiting for an Operations Research Analyst (GS-1515-13) position in Washington, DC. Deadline is February 6, 2014. Apply
State / Local Government
  • Washington State Department of Health/Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics, Center for Health Statistics is recruiting for an Epidemiologist 2 (DOH2222) position in Tumwater, WA. Deadline is January 31, 2014. Apply.
  • Washington State Department of Health/Division of Prevention and Community Health, Office of Healthy Communities – Access, Systems, and Coordination Section is recruiting for a Health Services Consultant 4 – Adolescent Health Program Manager (DOH2232) position in Tumwater, WA. Deadline is January 31, 2014. Apply
  • Washington State Department of Health/Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics, Center for Health Statistics is recruiting for two (2) Health Services Consultant 4 – Supervisor positions in Tumwater, WA. Deadline is February 5, 2014. Apply
Community-Based Organizations/Non-Profits
  • Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) is recruiting for a full-time Community Engagement Manager to expand HSC’s Parents United for Healthy Schools program into Chicago’s African American communities, and engage parents and local schools in efforts to make schools healthier places for all students. Position is located in Chicago, IL. Applications will be accepted until the position is filledApply.

Scholarships, Internships, Fellowships, Federal and Non-Federal Grant Funding Resources

Federal Grants 
  • HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) (U54) Grant. The NRMN will be a nationwide consortium to enhance the training and career development of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers. Deadline for letters of intent is February 18, 2014. Learn more
  • HHS/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program. Eligible applicants must be licensed registered nurses or nursing faculty, have completed their training, and be employed full time at an eligible critical shortage facility. Deadline is February 27, 2014, 7:30 pm ET. Learn more
Non-Federal Grants - Organizations
  • The Colorado Trust: Health Equity Advocacy – Phase I Grant. To be eligible, applicants must be Colorado-based nonprofit organizations. Deadline is February 19, 2014. Learn more.   
Non-Federal Grants - Individual
  • The Landon Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR): Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Research in Tumor Microenvironment. AACR membership is required. Non-members interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership. Grant application deadline is February 10, 2014, 12:00 pm ET. Learn more
  • Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN): Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award. The award is available to full-time, independent investigators affiliated with a nonprofit academic, medical, or research institution in the United States or Canada. Deadline for letters of intent is February 12, 2014. Learn more
  • NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Internship. Application deadline is February 15, 2014. Learn more
Scholarships / Fellowships
  • Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR): Health Disparities Summer Research Program. This 10-week Health Disparities summer immersion engages students in health disparities research practice. Deadline is February 4, 2014. Learn more