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Free COVID-19 Informative Webinar

Join RHA of TN on October 27th at 10am CST for a free webinar "Making Sense of Strategy: Protecting Our Communities Amidst COVID-19"

in partnership with Tennessee Department of Health Epidemiologist Ashley Keese, MPH.

Learn proactive strategies for mitigating COVID-19 during this upcoming holiday season and more. Register and find out more about this event here.

Virtual Meeting for RHCS

Join RHA of TN on October 28th from 9am-11am CST for a Virtual Meeting for Rural Health Clinics.


The presenters for this event will include Drew Staniewski, Deputy Director of TennCare; Zane Seals, Chief Financial Officer of TennCare; Jacy Warrell, Executive Director of RHA of TN; and Nathan Baugh, Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.


Our speakers will share information on Rural Health Clinic policies, advocacy issues, and RHA of TN's efforts to support Rural Health Clinics statewide. Register and find out more about this event here.

28th Annual Conference 

The Rural Health Association of Tennessee's 28th Annual Conference, "Collective Impact: A Call to Action," will be held November 16-18, 2022 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. There is still time to register here.

The draft agenda has been posted! Find out who you will be able to hear from this year at conference here. Learn more about the FREE RHC Meet and Greet at conference here.

Also, don't forget the virtual research poster competition! Find out more about contest divisions, rules, and submission instruction here.

Thank you to our Gold Conference Sponsors!


  • The State of Maternal Health in Tennessee: A Call to Action Join RHA of TN, the March of Dimes, and UTHSC College of Nursing for an free, online webinar on "The State of Maternal Health in Tennessee: A Call to Action" on October 12th at 11:00am CST with guest speakers Dr. Kate Fouquier and Kebera Leach. This presentation will provide the overall landscape of maternal health in Tennessee, barriers leading to disparities, and roles of maternal health professionals. Register here..

  • Public Health AmeriCorps Programs Do you know an organization seeking capacity to address a public health issue? AmeriCorps recently announced a new round of funding for Public Health AmeriCorps. The 2023 funding opportunity will support COVID-19 recovery, health equity, local public health, and will help create a pipeline of public health leaders. This webinar will provide an overview of Public Health AmeriCorps (PHA) — a new national service program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and how to apply for funding. Register for this October 26th webinar here

  • COVID-19 Updates Join RHA of TN and TDH's epidemiologist Ashley Keese, MPH, as she leads a conversation on the current landscape of COVID-19 and strategies for protecting our communities on October 27th at 10am CST. Find out more and register here.

  • CMS Rural Health Update The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Atlanta Regional Office, would like to invite you to their next Virtual Rural Health Town Hall. All rural health stakeholders are welcome to join them on October 27th at 10am CST to have an opportunity to learn about CMS priorities and the most current rural health updates. To register, click here

  •  More Power to Recruit, Retain, and Reward Webinar Finding good people to come to work - either full-time, part-time, or voluntary - is tougher than ever. Any advantage you can gain helps. That’s why we are hosting an educational Zoom Conference entitled "More Power to Recruit, Retain, and Reward". We will touch on the factors at play in the battle for labor and the need for a more healthy, present, engaged, and loyal workforce. Join Mike Lerman with Call a Dr. Plus on November 9th at 11am CST. Register for this RHA sponsored educational webinar here.

  • Dare to Lead: School Health Leadership Academy Join us on February 8-10, 2023 for RHA of TN's first school health specific leadership academy. Spots are limited so make sure to sign up soon. Find out more information here.
  • New Job Postings! TSPN Executive Director job position is open. Find out more on our job board here.

  • Traumatic Brain Injury Toolkit Brain Links has designed two new TBI toolkits for you, your family, friends, caregivers, educators, service professionals, and medical professionals. The online design allows you to view and download a resource, a section, or the entire toolkit as needed. Visit the new TBI Toolkits webpage here.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month TDH East Region will be collecting hats and scarves at the local health departments for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the month of October, the HDs will be taking up a collection of new scarves and hats to deliver to a local chemo center or breast cancer support group. Since many women lose their hair during cancer treatment, a bright scarf or hat can make their day. East HDs includes Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union. If you have questions, please reach out to Paula Lowe at

  • Dementia Risk Reduction Rack Cards As part of the BOLD grant, the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Patient Advocacy ordered dementia risk reduction educational cards for distribution. The team will deliver and mail the educational materials to partners who desire to have them. To request an order, click here

  • Measure Up: A Call to Action This report highlights six principles for measuring rural development progress to open and deepen conversations about better ways for funders and investors to design programs that consider lower-capacity communities’ realities, needs, and goals. It also contains recommendations for government, philanthropy, and rural practitioners to better measure what matters for rural. Read more here.

  • MD Clinical Solutions & Mercy Chronic Care As traditional fee-for-service reimbursements shift to value-based models, MD Clinical Solutions & Mercy Chronic Care have joined a new grassroots movement to help meet the challenges of this new paradigm. As nurse-owned and led companies, they work with clinics, hospitals, RHCs and FQHCs to implement and sustain high quality team-based care coordination programs for Medicare beneficiaries throughout Tennessee. With the recent historic increases in reimbursement rates for the programs they implement, combined with their affordable pricing, there’s never been a better time or a better way to get started. Contact information: &  

  • TennCare has launched a website to share resources and keep the public updated on the unwinding of the federal public health emergency. Find that information here.

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Prevention Lifeline Beginning July 16th, 988 will become the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline will provide compassionate, accessible care and support via phone, text, or online chat to anyone experiencing mental health-related distress. Anyone can use 988 if they have thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crises, or any other kind of emotional distress. Find out more about the new lifeline here.

  • COVID-19 Updates On September 12, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced that people with public, private, or no insurance coverage can get COVID-19 vaccines at no cost, for as long as the federal government continues purchasing and distributing them. To find nearby locations for vaccines, masks, testing, and treatment, visit

Funding Opportunities
The below grants have been hand picked to offer new funding opportunities to our members.

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!

Lenoir City Schools CSH

Grundy Co. CSH

86Borders, LLC

Dobbins Government Relations

MD Clinical Solutions

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