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Improving The Health Of Rural Tennesseans Through Advocacy, Communication, & Service
Please join us in welcoming Allica Austin and Dorshonda Evans to the Rural Health Association of Tennessee!

Allica will lead the implementation of our Apprenticeship Program, primarily funded by Delta Regional Authority with support from Amerigroup Foundation.

Dorshonda will lead our online programming and annual events, primarily funded by Tennessee Department of Health and with support from our generous sponsors.

Both will be a great resource to our members!
Read bios at www.rhat.org/blog
Tennessee Representatives
take stand for 340B drug discount program
Rural Health Association of Tennessee would like to thank the 6 Tennessee Representatives who supported the 340B Drug Discount program by signing a letter to Acting Secretary Cochran of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Save the Date: Appalachian Communities Opioid Response Summit - May 19, 8-3pm CST
State Rural Health Associations from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are hosting a regional summit to discuss the most pressing topics related to opioid use disorder in the Appalachian region. Small planning grants announced at summit.
RHA of TN Events
Virtual "Days on the Hill" Events
Rural Health Association of Tennessee is hosting a two-part meeting in lieu of our annual "Day on the Hill."

March 23th 10am - 12pm Central (Public) A webinar format meeting where we will discuss this year's legislative priorities and the importance of grassroots engagement. RHA of TN members in good standing will receive support for meeting with state Representatives and Senators through the following week.

April 2nd 10am - 12pm Central (Members Only) A members-only meeting via zoom for members to discuss how the meetings went and if any follow-ups are needed.

Overcoming Burnout
Dr. Bill Auxier, CEO of Dynamic Leadership Academy and program director for NRHA's Rural Hospital CEO Certification program will share his insights on leading self and other through burnout.

Leadership Academy
RHA of TN is partnering with Dr. Bill Auxier of the Dynamic Leadership Academy to offer a 10-week Rural Health Leadership certificate program for 6-8 people committed to becoming stronger leaders.

Partner Events

  • Leveraging Telemedicine to Fully Staff Rural Hospitals and Deliver Quality Care - Hosted by Tennessee Hospital Association March 25th 12-1:00pm Central. Register.

  • Leading with Hope - Dr. Auxier discusses "Leading with Hope" with Rural Health Association of Tennessee members. View Recording.

  • Vaccines in a Pandemic World of Misinformation - Dr. Shelly Fiscus discusses the history of vaccine misinformation. View Recording.

Grants & Resources
  • RHA of TN Job Board - New Posts! Volunteer Behavioral Health and Tennessee Hospital Association have posted new jobs - check them out!

  • The Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) are partnering to offer $300,000 in new funding to help people with disabilities and their families during the pandemic through the Family Support program administered by DIDD. Read More.

  • The Division of Whole Child Supports is offering an exciting opportunity to apply to become a model trauma-informed school. This opportunity is limited to a select number of schools based on a competitive application process. Applicants must be willing to commit to a two-year development cycle with the department. Read More.

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program has new resources for health care providers to share messages and resources for patients with pre-diabetes. Read More.

  • Provider Bridge: Mobilizing Health Care Professionals During COVID-19 - Connecting volunteer health professionals with hospitals and other entities to help patients in need. Read More.

  • Rural Community Development Initiative Grants via USDA. Read More.

  • Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program via Delta Regional Authority. Read More.

  • Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities via Department of Health and Human Services. Read More.

  • Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives via CDC. Read More.

  • The Healing Trust Operational Grants - for Middle TN communities. Read More.

  • Rural Hospital Insurance of America for cost sharing benefits program. Read More.
Rural Health in the News
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors
for making these events and our annual conference possible
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PO Box 656,
Decaturville, TN 38329