National Rural Health Day:
"The Power of Rural is 100% Community"
As National Rural Health Day approaches on November 19, communities are encouraged to celebrate the power of rural by highlighting achievements in health care and fostering sustainable solutions for the future. Rural health care faces unique challenges and by shining a light on the obstacles providers, stakeholders, first responders, and more face, we can create plans to improve the areas they serve. The COVID-19 pandemic has especially affected rural populations and with already limited resources and access to health care, now more than ever it’s important to improve and heal as a community.
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) have toolkits available online to help communities get a head-start on organizing events and continuing education and discussion. Free flyers and social media graphics assist with outreach to local schools, churches, and businesses while PowerPoint templates and idea guides can be used for further, long-term planning. To further encourage communities to get involved, NOSORH is reposting National Rural Health Day events to help spread the word and boost turnout.
Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD., and Dominic Cappello, authors of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving, will be hosting their own event to celebrate titled Surviving & Thriving. The discussion will be held November 19 from 1:00-2:15 p.m. CST and will cover the pair’s research and experiences helping rural communities “reset” and find new solutions to familiar challenges in education, health care, and safety. According to the two, “the power of rural is 100% community.”
2021 ACA Open Enrollment
November 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020
ACA open enrollment on Missouri's Health Insurance Marketplace takes place from Sunday, November 1, 2020 through Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri is available to assist individuals and families with enrollment. Coverage begins January 2021 for those who enroll by the December 15, 2020 deadline.
Lexington, Mo.-based HCC (825 South Business Highway 13) has trained certified application counselors who help individuals and families enroll in Missouri's Health Insurance Marketplace. They will answer enrollment questions, help determine eligibility for Medicaid or other insurance options. HCC helps with enrollment during the Marketplace's special enrollment period and also has a variety of programs and resources to help individuals and families in need.
Other ways to enroll
Enroll online at or call 1.800.318.2596 which is available 24/7. (TTY: 1.855.889.4325)

For more information, contact HCC's Shelly Harden at 660.259.2790 or visit
Listen to the HCC/Live Well Podcast Featuring Midwife
Debbra Bersano
Nurse Midwife Debbra Bersano talks about her role as a midwife, ways expectant mothers can make sound birthing choices based on their needs, OBGYN and well woman services offered at Live Well, and tips for those interested in midwifery.

Please Donate to HCC or Purchase a Raffle Ticket for Fun Gift Baskets!
Your donations are welcomed and needed!
Please donate, today!
This year, the need is great due to COVID-19. Help us serve others in need. Please donate women’s personal hygiene items, toilet paper, paper towels and blankets. For every item you donate, and for every $10 cash donation, a ticket is put in a basket for a chance to win a raffle prize. Bring donated items and checks to the HCC office, 825 S. Business Highway. For questions, call 660.259.2440. On December 1, 2020, GivingTuesday, a live drawing will be held. Donate online, today!

About GivingTuesday
The humble idea for a day that encourages people to do good has resulted in GivingTuesday, a global charity movement approaching its eighth anniversary on December 1. The movement has grown significantly since its creation, inspiring millions of people to give as well as collaborate within their communities on more sustainable charity efforts.
The movement encourages individuals to donate time, money, or their voice to something bigger than themselves, be it helping a neighbor or organizing a larger community effort. The movement’s official website has ideas to help individuals get started including nonprofits to work for or donate to and ideas for small acts of kindness.
For organizations, a complete toolkit is available to support larger efforts, from hosting virtual rallies to facilitating community conversation. Social media images and press releases are free to ensure access to consistent communication across all outreach efforts – several of the resources are available in Spanish as well.
The GivingTuesday movement has led to the creation of the GivingTuesday Data Commons, with over 150 collaborators and more than 40 global data labs, to use data to explore giving patterns and behaviors and inspire more generosity globally. More than $503 million was donated online in the United States for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020.

Read more about GivingTuesday’s mission and ways to get involved here.

Prioritizing Patient Advocacy:
Staff Use Personal Experiences to
Provide Better Care
Esteban Saenz and Amber Hendrix stress the importance of advocating for better patient-provider communications in a new profile piece.

Saenz's mission work in Mexico and history working with the Texas migrant farmer community pushes him to explore overcoming language and culture barriers in health care.
Hendrix uses her recovery experience as a patient after a near-fatal car accident to be a stronger patient advocate as a provider.

Together, the two are working to provide a better patient experience at HCC and Live Well.
The CDC's 3 Actions to Protect Against Flu:
1) Get a flu vaccine as soon as possible

2) Take preventive steps such as washing hands frequently and staying home if you feel sick

3) Contact your health care provider about prompt flu treatment if experiencing symptoms
Traveling During COVID-19
Traveling for holidays will look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions are in place. The CDC strongly recommends staying home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and to wear a mask if travel is necessary.

Stay up-to-date on current travel restrictions, safety recommendations, and more and discuss risks with friends and family before making holiday plans.