SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER
EVENTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
2022 Health Literacy ECHO Webinars
The Rural Health Partnership has partnered with the Florida Rural Health Association and Suwannee River AHEC to offer a webinar series that prepares providers and community educators for evaluating the health literacy needs of different audiences, choosing instructional strategies and evaluating success. Participation is TOTALLY FREE.

Each webinar will be 50-60 minutes long and sessions start at noon. Following a short lecture, each session will include an interactive case study, problem-from-the-field, Q&A session, and opportunity to communicate with health literacy experts. Sessions use the Zoom application for videoconferencing.

Upcoming Topics: 
  • March 2 - Adults, Learning Disabilities and Health Literacy
  • March 16 - Working with Immigrant Communities: Cultural Considerations
  • March 30 - Adding Health Literacy to Your Community Health Assessment (CHA)
  • April 13 - Research into Practice: Making Research Participation Relevant for Patients
  • April 27 - Building Health Literate Interprofessional Teams
  • May 11 - Building Health Literacy Into Your Community Programs
  • May 2 - Health Literate LGBTQ+ Care
  • June 8 - Communicating with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons
  • June 22 - Designing Accessible Educational Materials
Florida Alliance Annual Meeting
Learn about the important work the Florida Alliance is doing to improve the value of healthcare in Florida. The annual Healthcare Hero Award will be presented and the following speakers will be featured:
  • Karen van Caulil, PhD, President & CEO, Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value
  • Ann-Marie Sharpe, Director of Risk Management, City of Miami
  • Alan Balch, PhD,CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation, National Patient Advocate Foundation
There is no cost associated with registering for this webinar and it is open to members, non-members, and the public alike!
From the Florida Policy Institute: Leveraging American Rescue Plan Act to Fund Mobile Response Teams

In a recent analysis, Florida Public Policy (FPI) noted that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) establishes a new option for states to cover mobile response team (MRT) services through their Medicaid programs for a five-year period beginning April 2022. It also provides an enhanced federal match, covering 85 percent of the cost of these services for the first three years. 

MRTs provide 24/7, on-demand behavioral crisis intervention services in homes, schools, emergency departments, and other settings. The enhanced Medicaid match rate for MRTs will be particularly important as a new national 9-8-8 hotline for behavioral health crises and suicide prevention will be activated by July 16, 2022, and Florida callers will be routed to local centers for help. Florida must have a robust behavioral health crisis infrastructure in place to meet the anticipated spike in requests for crisis services.

FPI is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies and budgets that improve the economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians.

From NACCHO: Funding Opportunity for Building Workforce Capacity of Rural and Frontier Local Health Departments to Respond to COVID-19

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will be offering funding for consultants to help build Local Health Department workforce capacity to respond to COVID-19.

Applicants may apply for funding awards of up to $450,000 (Technical Assistance Consultant) or $300,000 (Training Consultant) to support COVID-19 response and recovery activities related to: administrative preparedness, emergency preparedness and response, communications, workforce mental health and well-being, health equity and emerging issues. Application deadline is Friday, March 25, 2022.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
WellFlorida Council is hiring! WellFlorida is the state designated local health council for 16 counties in North Central Florida and the organizational partner of Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida. WellFlorida manages local, state and federally funded programs, special projects and nonprofits throughout the region that support our mission and the causes we believe in—maternal and infant health, HIV/AIDS care, children’s safety and improving access to healthcare, especially in rural communities. We currently have a number of opportunities at WellFlorida, including:

Chief Financial Officer
Data Entry Clerk
Senior Planner
Associate Planner
HIV High Impact Prevention Associate
Ryan White Medical Case Manager
Connect Representative
NewboRN Home Visiting Program Weekend Family Partner
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