Gov. Tom Wolf Proclaims November 12-16, 2018 Rural Health Week in Pennsylvania

University Park, Pa. – In an effort to draw attention to the wide range of issues that impact rural health, Gov. Tom Wolf has declared Nov. 12-16, 2018, as Rural Health in Pennsylvania week at the request of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) and the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association.

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Now Live! The Integrative Behavioral Health Program Website

One in four individuals will experience mental illness in their lifetime. The Integrative Behavioral Health (IBH) Program confronts behavioral health needs head-on by helping hospitals and communities coordinate behavioral health care in a way that makes sense for individual rural communities. Addressing behavioral health as part of whole person care is vital to achieving the vision for health care transformation.

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Abstracts now being accepted for the 2019 Community and Public Health Conference

The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine’s Public Health Program are offering a one-day conference, Invigorating Public Health in Pennsylvania through Community-based Initiatives which will highlight community and public health issues for diverse and underserved populations. Abstracts are now being accepted on topics that address:

• Community and public health strategies;
• Best practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations, with a special focus on migrant and immigrant farmworkers; and
• The use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health.

Click here to submit an oral or poster abstract for the conference.

Welcoming New Providers and Staff to Your RHC

Clinics often have specific protocols for on-boarding new providers and staff. As your clinic is participating in MORE Care, there is additional material to cover. Reviewing the past 6-18 months can be overwhelming. Let us help!

If your clinic has welcomed a new provider or staff member, please contact Kelly Braun at kub277@psu.edu. Not only would we like to ensure that your new team member is on our e-mail list, but we also would like to help introduce your new team member to MORE Care. Also, don’t forget that Smiles For Life offers a free, online curriculum on oral health. We recommend courses 1, 2, and 6 for new providers. Smiles for Life can be accessed here.

RHC Administrator Presents Clinic’s MORE Care Journey

Micah Gursky, Rural Health Clinic Administrator at St. Luke’s Miners, presented his clinic’s MORE Care experiences to the St. Luke’s Miners Hospital Performance Improvement (PI) Council on September 12. Micah recapped the team’s progress within the learning collaborative and discussed the health system’s plans to continue to expand on their work with oral health integration and coordination.

Fall for Smiles!

As part of their Fall for Smiles campaign, Oral Health America has released a one-page sheet that includes oral health tips for the entire family! You might find this page helpful as you review self-management goals with your patients. To access the Fall for Smiles Oral Health Tip Sheet, click here.

Welcome, Ringtown!

On September 4, 2018, St. Luke’s Miners welcomed a new RHC to their family! St. Luke’s Miners Health Center-Ringtown has joined the MORE Care family! Their staff attended Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children and MORE Care presentations in preparation for the clinic’s opening. As the health center in Ringtown begins welcoming new patients, oral health will be integrated into patient visits. Welcome, Ringtown!

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