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RHA of TN has developed a free toolkit full of graphics and tips on how to address vaccine hesitancy in rural areas. Materials are unbranded so local providers and organizations can share and personalize as they see fit.

Also, don't forget our 4-part webinar series on addressing vaccine hesitancy starting April 27th

Maternal Health in Rural Tennessee - Panel Discussions
Join us June 2nd, 8:30am - 12:00pm Central for discussions with leaders about maternal health and access to care in rural Tennessee.

Joining us will be representatives from Tennessee Department of Health, March of Dimes, Tennessee Justice Center, and rural providers.
Integrated Health Webinar
May 4th 11am-12 Central
Elizabeth Ball, LCSW with Integrative Health Centers and Mike Coleman, CEO of McKenzie Medical Center will discuss access to care challenges in behavioral health, how patients benefit from provider coordination, and how they've successfully implemented integrated models in rural Tennessee.
Course CEU eligible for social workers.

  • April 27th - Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Communities. Consultants Sarah Bounse and Robyn Seamon will facilitate a series of sessions to educate on the history and causes of vaccine hesitancy and strategies to address in rural communities. Series is free, open to public, and will come with a toolkit of sample posts and graphics for local providers and community based organizations to share. Register here. April 27th, 29th, May 4th, May 6th 5-6pm.

  • May 5th - Bike to School Day. Bike to School Day allows participants to celebrate the joy of active commuting while building a sense of community and school spirit. The event also brings attention to the importance of creating safe routes to school. For planning resources and to register, click here.

  • May 19th - Appalachian Communities Opioid Response (ACOR) Summit. 9am - 5pm Eastern Time. Registration is $15. Mini-grants will be announced for prevention planning activities in East Tennessee. For details visit:

  • May 13th - July - Communicating with Confidence Training Series: Strategies to Create Effective Communications for Diverse Communities The FDA’s Office of Minority Health & Health Equity invites you to an interactive training to learn strategies to improve accessibility of culturally competent health education materials, programs, and resources for consumers to ensure we are meeting the agency’s priorities of empowering consumers to make better and more informed decisions about their health. Note: All trainings are from 9-4pm, virtually: Thursday, May 13, 2021; Thursday, June 10, 2021; Thursday, July 15, 2021. Register here. 
Announcements & Grants
  • Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Communities Toolkit - Free toolkit of unbranded graphics to be shared in local newsletters and social posts. Sign the pledge to receive all the resources.

  • Job Board - New jobs from the National Health Resource Center, Centerstone, and Volunteer Behavioral Health. View jobs.

  • Survey for MD, DO, PA, NP - Participate in a study on barriers to repeat pregnancies in rural communities. Click here to participate. (5-10 minutes)

*Members applying for grants may ask for technical assistance and/or letters of support via this form.
Rural Health News

  • CDC Launches New Website on Racism and Health. On April 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new Racism and Health website that will be a hub for CDC's activities on disparities and the factors that cause them.

  • Facts About COVID Care for the Uninsured. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) helps uninsured individuals find no-cost COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines. The HRSA Uninsured Program provides claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing, treating, and administering vaccines to uninsured individuals, including undocumented immigrants. There are at-a-glance fact sheets for providers and for patients in English and Spanish.  

Special Request from a Member
Dear Invitee,
My name is Vanessa Iheanachor and I am a doctoral candidate at Walden University. I am conducting my dissertation research on Providers’ Perspectives on Barriers Associated with Repeat Pregnancies in Rural Southeastern U.S. There are many studies that have explored such barriers that impact reproductive health-care services from an adolescent’s perspective. To date, limited research has explored these barriers from a health care provider’s perspective. Findings from this research will inform the development of targeted teen pregnancy prevention programs, which will influence equitable health outcomes for all adolescents.

In order to participate in this study, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Currently certified and licensed to practice as a health care provider in one of these target states: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida
  • Has credentialed licensing as one of the following: Physician (M.D. or D.O.), Physician Assistant (PA), Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Provides patient care in one of the target states
  • Works at least part time (i.e. 20 hours a week)
  • Routinely sees adolescent patients during their day to day

To gain a better understanding of these perceived barriers, I invite you to participate in this online survey. You would be asked a series of 14 multiple-choice questions and the survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. If you are interested in participating in this research, please click here to go directly to the survey. The first page includes information about the study and is where you will consent to participate. Then, you may proceed to the first question.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Vanessa Iheanachor
Doctoral Candidate
Walden University
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