Happy National Rural Health Day!
A Big Thank You to All Rural Health Care Providers, First Responders, and Essential Workers for Your Unrelenting Service .

This GivingTuesday, Give Back to HCC!
Your donations are welcomed and needed!

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.

GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around the globe.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.

On December 1, join the global GivingTuesday movement by giving back to national and global nonprofits or by starting a giving circle in your community. Pop-up giving circles are an interactive group giving experience that is reflective and intentional in just 1-2 hours.

By the end of your pop-up, a chosen nonprofit will receive a donation from your group! Learn more and find resources in the online toolkit.
Mask Order Reinstated for Lafayette County - Begins November 19, 2020

On November 12, 2020, the Lafayette County Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reinstate a mask order for Lafayette County. A meeting was recently held to announce the order and was attended by city and county officials and the press. The mask order is very similar to the previous one issued in August. The order will now extend to school classrooms but other activities will still follow school policy. The order is set to take effect Thursday, November 19 and will be in place until further notice. For a copy of the notice, visit http://www.lafayettecountyhealth.org/.
Russ Tuttle's Stop Trafficking / BeAlert Program Assemblies Scheduled for Waverly Schools
BeAlert is the awareness and prevention strategy of The Stop Trafficking Project to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Presentations focus on the role social media plays in exploiting vulnerabilities.

BeAlert has two simple goals:
  • Move adults from awareness to action
  • Educate and empower students to be safe

WHAT TO EXPECT: This is a presentation about social media - how and why we must guard against vulnerabilities that can be exploited: loneliness, isolation, depression, suicide ideation, cyberbullying, controlling relationships, sexting, sextortion, pornography, exploitation, sexual exploitation, and DMST. 

THE GOAL: Educate and empower caring adults about why students are enamored with social media so the community understands and is aware of the problem and students gain the confidence and insight to succeed.

This presentation includes:
  • The ‘why’ of this training
  • The role of social media
  • Foundational apps to know
  • Essentials in online safety

DATE: November 30, 2020
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Santa Fe Elementary School Gym in Waverly
CONTACT: Stacey Smith at 493.2811 or Jennifer Hobbs at 674.2236.
Students will join together for 3 separate presentations on December 1 during the school day.
ACA Open Enrollment Ends December 15
Consumers may enroll in a health insurance plan using the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace until December 15, 2020. Those without an employer-based plan may visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov to shop for plans that will begin coverage on January 1, 2021.

Enroll online at HealthCare.gov 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 us online.
Thanksgiving During COVID-19
The CDC warns against traditional Thanksgiving celebrations this year and encourages people to discuss safety protocol and expectations with any guests prior to gathering.

Recommendations include:
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and those you don't live with
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently
  • Set expectations with guests ahead of time
  • Host gatherings outside and have guests bring their own food, drinks, and utensils
  • Limit travel and get a flu shot prior to traveling
  • Celebrate virtually if possible this year

Learn more about creative ways to celebrate safely.
Diabetes Awareness:
Training and Funding Opportunities
Teaching Non-Clinical & Housing Case Management Staff to Understand Diabetes Prevention & Provide Diabetes Prevention Support
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) invites health centers serving people experiencing homelessness to join a learning collaborative that begins in January 2021. Participants will explore promising practices for diabetes prevention and self-management outside of the clinic setting. Topics addressed will include nutrition, exercise, and medication management. 

Learn more and apply by midnight local time on Thursday, December 31.
Diabetes in Special & Vulnerable Populations:
A National Learning Series
14 NTTAPs are collaborating on a four-part national learning series to engage health centers, Primary Care Associations, and Health Center Controlled Networks. The goal is to increase foundational knowledge of effective strategies to prevent, treat, and manage diabetes among special and vulnerable populations.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 
announced that Medicare beneficiaries can receive coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 with no cost-sharing during the public health emergency (PHE). 

The CDC confirmed that COVID-19 cases and deaths are highest in small cities and rural communities. This trend is underscored by the ongoing rural hospital closure crisis and rural communities being ill-equipped to deal with surges.

The eCR Now COVID-19 Challenge will make up to three awards of $100,000 and three awards of $60,000 to eligible participants that accomplish production eCR for COVID-19 using the eCR Now FHIR® App.

Internet Access Support Program:
Funding for Internet Service
If COVID-19 has made it more difficult for you to afford Internet, the IASP can help you:

• Establish new service
• Pay off an old balance
• Pay for ongoing service

The IASP can pay for up to six months of service. The program is only open to families with limited income. To qualify, you need to earn less than two times the federal poverty rate.
Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. So do not wait. Apply now! Visit www.kcconnect.me or call 816.200.0599 to apply.