MRHA's Get Link'd Conference Returns


The Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Primary Care Association, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Office of Rural Health and Primary Care), as collaborating partners, invite you to showcase your business at our joint 20201 Conference. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your organization or business and begin making connections in your community.

We are also looking for presenters. Share your expertise and support our mission to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. Check out conference details.

Exhibitor Registration
Attendee Registration

When: August 17-19

Where: The Lodge

678 Old Kinderhook Drive, Camdenton, MO



Add code before entering dates. Call 573.317.4314 with questions.

Who: Hospitals, clinicians, physicians, health departments, frontline workers, community & social agencies, FQHC's, health law attorneys, among others

Price: Varies per attendee/vendor. Extra fees for guest tickets and/or meals may apply.

Conference Details
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COVID-19 Updates

Pfizer Vaccines Authorized for Children Ages 12 to 15

Robert Knodell, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Dr. George Turabelidze, State Epidemiologist, signed the standing order for PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine administration for individuals 12 to 15 years in the state of Missouri. This is following the decision by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the Pfizer vaccine is made available to administer to children ages 12-15 years. The vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19. Prior to this decision, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for individuals age 16 and above.

In Missouri, this expanded authorization creates vaccine eligibility for approximately 313,000 additional individuals. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, at least three weeks apart, for all eligible individuals. It is important to receive the second dose for maximum protection against COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccinations for those 12 years and older are available from any provider offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. DHSS continues to enroll pediatricians into State's COVID-19 vaccine program so they can order COVID-19 vaccines and administer them to their patients. Additionally, schools may consider partnering with a local public health agency or another provider to set up vaccination clinics for students.

The Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be available to individuals age 18 and older. Those seeking vaccination should visit to find vaccination sites and events. State-supported events and vaccination sites can be found at this site. Individuals can also register in Missouri Vaccine Navigator and find appointment options in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and French. Some local providers also accept walk-ins. 

In most situations, a parent or guardian must be present for an individual under the age of 18 to receive the vaccine. In some settings, written consent from a parent or guardian may also be permissible. 

In clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was found to be 100% effective in preventing COVID-19 among participants ages 12-15. The side effects in adolescents were similar to those reported in clinical trial participants 16 years of age and older and included pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, chills, muscle, and joint pain, and fever.

Read the FDA Press Release


This is the first COVD-19 vaccine to be authorized for children under 16 years.

5 Reasons to Participate in Caregiver Program

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The Customized Caregiver Training & Relief Program offers caregivers assistance navigating the difficulties of caring for someone with dementia.

1. Receive a customized blueprint of your upcoming caregiving journey

2. Receive financial reimbursement for qualified respite-related expenses

3. Make home-safety improvements

4. Get regular care assessments throughout your caregiving journey

5. Learn tools to reduce stress and navigate emotional changes

Learn More and Enroll Today!

Missouri Adds Five Additional Language Options to Vaccine Navigator

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has launched the Missouri Vaccine Navigator in five additional languages for non-English speaking individuals. Already available in English and Spanish, Vaccine Navigator now also allows individuals to register and find vaccination appointments throughout Missouri in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese and Russian.

All individuals over the age of 12 are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri, regardless of their citizenship. (Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for those ages 12-17). 

Approximately 775,000 individuals are currently registered in Missouri Vaccine Navigator, which is powered by Qualtrics. The system allows individuals to register and schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine by viewing vaccination events throughout the state.


In addition to helping individuals register for a vaccine, the Missouri Vaccine Navigator will remind registrants when it is time to schedule their second dose. Two of the vaccines currently authorized for use (Pfizer and Moderna) require two doses, and the second dose is critical to ensure individual and community protection.

The Missouri Vaccine Navigator also integrates with ShowMeVax, the state’s immunization database for providers. Vaccination events using the Missouri Vaccine Navigator for scheduling enables coordinators to quickly load vaccination administration data into the system and avoid cumbersome data entry.

Once an individual is registered with Missouri Vaccine Navigator, the scheduling platform becomes available and can be accessed as often as needed or until vaccination is achieved.

Those with online accessibility issues are encouraged to call the COVID-19 hotline at 877.435.8411 for registration assistance. Language translation and other services are available to callers.

COVID-19 vaccines are completely free for everyone in the U.S. Get the facts at

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Maternal Health Webinar Series Continues


The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations (ORO) in Regions 5, 6, and 7 invite you to a webinar on Substance Use Disorder and Pregnancy as part of their Maternal Health Webinar Series. The series' goal is to highlight innovations and promising practices as well as resources to promote and further maternal health and well-being across the lifespan.

Webinar discussion topics include:

  • HRSA's Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Maternal & fetal effects of substance use during pregnancy
  • Treatments for substance use during pregnancy
  • Referrals for pregnant women with substance use issues

The next webinar will be Tuesday, June 22, 11 am - 12 pm CT.

Register Here

Friday, May 21, 2021

Digital Day of Action:

A Message from Captain Conner

This Friday, HHS along with other government and community partners is hosting a national vaccine day of action online, and we're inviting you to join.

Today, 90% of Americans have a vaccine site within 5 miles of their home. Vaccines are accessible and they're our best tool in beating Covid-19. As a trusted leader in your community, your voice is important. On May 21, we're asking you to reach out to your networks and let them know about how to find a vaccine appointment using We're also asking you to share why getting vaccinated is important to you while using the hashtag #WeCanDoThis.

Captain (CAPT) Scott Conner

Executive Officer and Acting Regional Director

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE)

Office of Intergovernmental & External Affairs

Click on the buttons below to access tools and messaging samples for Digital Day of Action this Friday, May 21.

Digital Day of Action Overview
Digital Day of Action Sample Email


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Make the best decisions to protect you, your family, and your community. Talk with your health care provider to get the facts about COVID-19 vaccines. Find a vaccine location near you: 🔍 Search 💬 Text your ZIP code to 438829 📞 Call 1-800-232-0233 #WeCanDoThis 

Digital Day of Action Social Media Toolkit
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More Resources


American Stroke Month


Learn more here.

Arthritis Awareness Month

Physical Activity Guidelines

Learn more here.

National Women's Health Week

Improve Your Physical & Mental Health

Learn more here.

World No Tobacco Day

Smokefree Women

Learn more here.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities


Native American Agriculture Fund Grants

Apply by June 1

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Rural Maternity Obstetrics Management Strategies Program (RMOMS)

Apply by June 4

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Grants for Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Apply by June 4


Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, & Substance Abuse Site-Based Program

Apply by June 7


USDA Summer Food Service Program

Apply by June 15


Expanding Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Services

Apply by June 15

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Rural Health News

May is Mental Health Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

For 2021’s Mental Health Awareness Month NAMI will continue to amplify the message of “You Are Not Alone.” We will use this time to focus on the healing value of connecting in safe ways, prioritizing mental health and acknowledging that it’s okay to not be okay through NAMI’s blog, personal stories, videos, digital toolkits, social media engagements and national events.

Together, we can realize our shared vision of a nation where anyone affected by mental illness can get the appropriate support and quality of care to live healthy, fulfilling lives — a nation where no one feels alone in their struggle.

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Learn More & Get Involved


Rural Health Podcast

SAMHSA Assistance During COVID-19

Overcoming Mental Health Stigma in Rural Communities

Strategies to Support Children Exposed to Violence

Research for Mental Health Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care Settings


Presenters Needed & Important Downloads


Get Link'd 2021

Attendee Packet

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Get Link'd 2021 Exhibitor /Sponsorship Form

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AV Equipment Vendor Order Form

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Vendor Shipping and Handling Form

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Why should your organization present at this year’s conference? Because you’ll have a captive audience to: share your successful programs addressing health disparities; share best practices and innovative pilots addressing access to health care; be identified as an industry expert.

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