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Join us on May 17th from 9:00am-2:00pm ET at Bishop Hall at East Tennessee State University as we partner with ETSU Rural and Community Programs and Coordinated School Health to bring you our Regional Event: "Rural Resilience: Strengthening Restoration through Partnerships and Collaboration."

The agenda for this event can be viewed here. Lunch will be provided thanks to sponsorship from Rural and Community Programs in Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Four hours of nursing CEUS will be available at this event.

Find out more and register for this free event on our blog. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, view our pre-recorded webinar featuring Lauren Pearcy, the Executive Director with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, in a webinar titled, "Disability Resources for Healthcare Providers and Patients." Find the webinar on our LMS here.
Member Spotlight

The Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (TNAFP) is the medical specialty association with a membership of 2,500 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students throughout Tennessee. The family physician provides comprehensive, coordinated and continuing care to all members of the family and serves as the patient’s advocate in the changing health care system. In addition to providing continuing and comprehensive care, family physicians provide health maintenance and preventive services to each member of the family, regardless of sex, age or type of problem, be it biological, behavioral or social. 
TNAFP exists to support and advocate for Tennessee family physicians as leaders and providers of quality, comprehensive, patient-centered medical care. Find out more about TNAFP here.

  • Fentanyl Training: Understanding the Danger Because fentanyl is so strong, people who make illicit drugs use fentanyl to make their drugs cheaper and more powerful. The result is huge increases in overdoses, and sadly, more Tennesseans than ever dying. These deaths are preventable with knowledge and tools. This event is on April 27th. Register here.

  • Office of Autism Research Coordination for its 9th annual Autism Awareness Month special event, Animating the Future for Exceptional Minds, on April 27, 2022. The event will feature Exceptional Minds, a non-profit organization that prepares young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in the digital arts and entertainment industry. Learn more about this event.

  • Using Innovative Data Science Approaches to Identify Individuals, Populations, and Communities at High Risk for Suicide The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders will host a 3-part public webinar series beginning April 28th. Register here.

  • Dr. Matthew Walker, Sr. Legacy Breakfast The breakfast will take place online via Zoom and will feature a keynote address by James E.K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., President and CEO of Meharry Medical College and member of President Biden's COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Register here for the April 28th Event.

  • Improving Youth Behavioral Health Through School Based Strategies The COVID-19 pandemic has caused toxic stress impacting the mental and emotional health and well-being of youth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that 37.1% of high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic. COVID-19 stress could lead to future risk behaviors and adverse health outcomes requiring state government support. This webinar will be accompanied by the release of a national report outlining effective strategies for addressing youth behavioral health in school settings on April 28th, Register here.

  • National Prescription Drug Takeback is on Saturday, April 30. Find a community event to safely dispose of unused/unwanted prescription medications to make your home safer. Locations will be posted soon on

  • Learn to Develop a Competitive Grant Application from SAMHSA's Office of Financial Resources on how to develop competitive gran applications on May 3. Find out more here.

  • Are You Awake? Join educators to learn about the crimes of Human Trafficking and Drug Endangered Children and how you can impact change on May 5-6. Find more about the event and register here.

  • HRSA to Host First National Telehealth Conference Over the course of two days (May 16-17), public and private sector leaders will discuss best practices and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include the role of telehealth in underserved communities, achieving health equity through improved broadband connectivity, and telehealth as a model for integrating behavioral health care during the pandemic and beyond. 

  • AIMHITN Join AIMHITN for the 3rd Annual "Our Way of Being: The Power of Belonging" Conference; where professionals across the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) workforce in Tennessee can gather to hear our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Keisha Siriboe, while learning more about how our way of being impacts our work with the infant/young child and their families. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, or other professionals in the field, one thing is for sure: a child's first and early relationships are important. Join virtually on June 14-15. Register here.
  • Look Back on Black Maternal Health Week Each year in the United States, about 700 people die during pregnancy or in the year after. Another 50,000 people each year have unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery with serious short- or long-term health consequences. Recognizing urgent maternal warning signs and providing timely treatment and quality care can prevent many pregnancy-related deaths. Find more information here.

  • Spread the Word About Vaccine Boosters The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provides resources – posters, flyers, videos, and talking points – to help promote the extra protection from COVID-19 boosters

  • 2022 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) New Site Application is now open for sites that: have never been approved for NHSC, including sites that have applied and had their application denied or cancelled; are currently an inactive NHSC site due to expiration or past compliance issues; or are new or satellite sites that are not yet affiliated with NHSC. Apply here through May 10th.

  • Health Equity in Action Health equity is achieved when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. During the COVID-19 response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continued to focus its health equity efforts on populations placed at higher risk for COVID-19 and other severe outcomes. To learn more about the CDC’s work with funded partners to help reduce health disparities related to COVID-19, click here.

  • Sliding Fee Scale Guide for CAHs and RHCs In this guide, the HRSA-supported National Rural Health Resource Center presents an overview of how to develop a Sliding Fee Scale Discount Program for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). It also provides information on how sliding fee scale discount programs relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) compliance and participation in the National Health Service Corps.

  • HHS Distributing $1.75 Billion in Provider Relief Fund Payments The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced payments, distributed through HRSA, to 3,680 providers across the country. Since November 2021, HRSA has distributed approximately $13.5 billion from the fund to offset costs related to COVID-19. 

  • Chartis Rural Hospital Data Each year at NRHA’s Policy Institute, the Chartis Center for Rural Health releases data about rural providers across the country. This map has links to this year’s state-specific reports on the impact federal policies have on rural health care providers and their patients. The Chartis data sets show the annual revenue loss, potential job loss, and potential GDP loss, for each provider based on each policy. Find that data here.

  • As Eating Disorders Spike During Pandemic, Rural Treatment Options Lag Highlights the challenges of accessing care for eating disorders in rural areas, with a focus on treatment access in Montana. Describes the barriers to opening treatment facilities in the state, including licensure and insurance issues. Notes the potential for telehealth to improve access to treatment for rural populations, but that cost and reimbursement issues also create barriers to care. 

  • Dental Colleges Welcome Teledentistry as the Next Step in Expanding Health Care Access Describes advances in teledentistry and training programs to increase access to dental care in rural areas, noting that teledentistry can allow rural dentists to see more patients. Discusses a teledentistry simulation training program, a provider-to-provider teledentistry service, and a teledentistry student group at different dental colleges, demonstrating that telemedicine is a critical component of the future of dentistry. 

  • America After 3PM Interactive Data Dashboard Provides information on afterschool programs such as demand, health benefits, and opportunities they offer to participants, based on data from the America After 3PM 2020 survey. Also provides a special report on afterschool and summer program demand in rural areas.

  • National Academy for State Health Policy Hospital Cost Tool Interactive tool providing information on how much hospitals spend on patient care services, how costs relate to the hospital charges, and actual prices paid by health plans. Presents data on a range of measures for hospital revenue, costs, profitability, and break-even points for over 4,600 hospitals nationwide between 2011 and 2019. Includes the ability to view and compare hospital financial metrics at the hospital, state, and health system levels

  • Job Board New jobs have been added to the RHA of TN job board. Those can be found here.

  • Call for Proposals We are accepting conference presentation proposals. Proposals should highlight replicable programs, research, and/or collaborative efforts aimed at improving health and access to care in rural TN. Deadline is June 30th. Find out more here.

  • Award Nominations Each year, RHA of TN presents awards to influential programs and people who are improving rural health in Tennessee. Find the award categories here. If there is someone you would like to nominate, please find the nomination form here. Send completed form to [email protected]. Deadline for submissions are August 15th.
Funding Opportunities
The below grants have been hand picked to offer new funding opportunities to our members.
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