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Monthly Lunch & Learn Webinar

Join us next week on August 22nd at 11am CDT to learn more about MAT/MOUD and Stigma. Our presenter is Dr. Erica Schlesinger Hurst, Pharm.D., Assistant Chief Pharmacist, TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

Learn about changes in brain function during active opioid use, be able to identify medications used to treat opioid use disorder, and understand the stigma affecting the treatment of opioid use disorder. Click here to register.

Award Nominations Closing Soon!

Every year, RHA of TN bestows awards upon impactful initiatives and individuals who are enhancing healthcare in rural Tennessee during our yearly conference. Details about the award classifications can be located here. If you have someone in mind whom you wish to propose for recognition, the nomination form can be found here. Send completed forms to Deadline for submissions is this Friday, August 18th. Register for conference here.

Academic Poster Contest

The virtual research poster competition offers an affordable avenue for students, residents, and faculty to present their research, eliminating the expenses associated with creating a traditional printed poster. Winners in each category will be granted a modest cash award. Deadline to submit is Monday, October 16th. Winners will be announced November 16th at the Annual Conference luncheon (Winners do not have to be present to win). Find out more about the contest here.

Need Assistance with Health Insurance Coverage? Come See Us!

Our Health Enrollment team is in the community to assist with TennCare redetermination, enrollment, and finding low-cost and affordable healthcare options! Come see us at one of these locations. Language translation services provided!

  1. St. Louise Family Medical Center, 1020 N Highland Ave A, Murfreesboro, TN Day/Time: Every Friday, 9am-1pm CDT
  2. Hometown Health Clinic, 205 Hospital Dr Suite A, McKenzie, TN 38201 Days/Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9am-5pm CDT

Can't make it? Call us: 866-675-7092, email us: or schedule an appointment online.


  • National Telehealth Conference Join health care professionals, policymakers, and industry stakeholders from around the country on September 12th at HRSA's virtual telehealth conference. Learn about the latest telehealth best practices, health equity, broadband, and more here.

  • Tennessee Public Health Association Annual Conference TPHA Annual Conference: Healthy Environments, Healthy Communities is September 20th-22nd in Murfreesboro. The Conference is an opportunity for public health professionals and partners to learn about the unique public health issues Tennesseans face and the best practices to address them. Register here.

  • TAADAS Annual Recovery Month Dinner & Awards This September 21st event includes dinner and an award ceremony honoring several leaders in the field of addiction treatment and recovery, including the naming of a public official as Recovery Advocate of the Year. Purchase tickets here.

  • TSPN Suicide Prevention Conference "Until Zero", a Suicide Prevention Conference, will be September 25th and 26th in Nashville. The conference will include testimony, research, networking, and inspiration and will feature keynote speaker, Thomas Joiner, Ph.D., one of America’s leading authorities on suicide prevention. Find out more and register here.


  • Survey: Advocacy Priorities for 2024 RHA wants to hear what you think our top advocacy priorities for 2024 should be! RHA members will be receiving the survey via email, or you can login to your member profile, and it will be available to take on your member landing page. If you have any trouble accessing the survey, please reach out to

  • NRHA's Rural Health Fellows Program Each year, NRHA selects 10 to 15 highly motivated individuals who have proven their dedication to improving the health of rural Americans through their educational or professional experience. The goal of the fellows program is to educate and develop a network of diverse rural leaders. Apply here.

  • National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of routine vaccination for people of all ages. To help promote and educate the importance of vaccinations, use online tool to help individuals know what vaccines they may need here.

  • Advancing Racial Equity in Rural Communities ChangeLab Solutions has created a suite of resources to support local and state policymakers, community organizations, and changemakers in advancing racial equity and rural prosperity across the United States. Find the guide here.

  • Federal Funding in Tennessee School Districts The Sycamore Institute completed research on how much federal education funding passes through state government to each local school district. Find the new brief and interactive map showing the distribution of money and which districts rely on it most here.

  • New Federal Office Will Focus on Long COVID U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new office that will lead the federal response to Long COVID. The implications for rural communities are tied to higher rates of infection, lagging vaccination uptake, and lower rates of health insurance. Find out more about the new office here.

  • In the News Find out more about the Rural Access to Interventions in School Environments project, or Project RAISE, and how they will use the federally provided funds over five years to increase school-based mental health personnel in 40 Tennessee school districts, identified as rural and underserved. Read more here.

  • Vaccine Decision Parents often have questions about the vaccines recommended for their children. Your child’s doctor can answer any questions you might have. Learn more about how routine vaccinations protect your children. Learn more here.

  • Disaster Preparedness Resources While you cannot prepare for every scenario, the more you try to anticipate every potential threat and identify solutions in advance, the better prepared you will be. Find resources here.

  • Rural Health Information Hub The RHIhub is a great first stop when looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health. Access the RHIhub here.

Funding Opportunities

The below grants have been hand picked to offer new funding opportunities.

Welcome to Our New and Returning Members!

The below organizations have recently joined or renewed their memberships. Members can search our member directory to connect with other members when logging into the RHA of TN's website. While you're searching, update your profile!

Fletcher Group, Inc

Free Medical Clinic

Tennessee Public Health Association

Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System

Western Governors University

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Decaturville, TN 38329

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