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NRHA’s 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute Goes Virtual

NRHA will host their 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute February 9-11th, 2021, via NRHA’s virtual platform. Policy Institute is the largest rural advocacy event in the nation and provides attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of rural health care policy at the federal level. This year’s event will feature key policy makers and health care leaders from the Executive Branch and Congress, as well as a dedicated time to discuss addressing health disparities facing rural communities. Come join rural health care professionals from across the nation as they discuss the critical issues facing rural communities, and don’t miss out on your opportunity to share your voice with the new Administration and 117th Congress. You can register and find more information about the event by clicking here. NRHA’s 32nd Annual Rural Health Policy Institute is an event you will not want to miss!

National Rural Health Day is November 19

Join HRSA as they celebrate National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 19. HRSA Administrator Tom Engels will kick off the day with opening remarks at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a welcome from Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, Jeff Colyer.

Also featured will be a presentation by HRSA’s rural grantees discussing their resiliency and innovation during the COVID-19 public health emergency. HRSA will host a variety of events throughout the week which are open to the public.

View the agenda showcasing information and resources from across HRSA and HHS.

Registration Now Open for Rural Assembly Everywhere

Registration has officially begun for Rural Assembly Everywhere. You can be one of the first to claim your spot and join us Oct. 26 to 30 for a great lineup of speakers, breakouts and happy hours.

This includes all the keynote speakers we’ve announced so far, such as New York Times bestselling author and journalist Sarah Smarsh, Krista Tippett of The On Being Project, Harvard University political theorist Dr. Danielle Allen, and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

Register today to attend Rural Assembly Everywhere and take part in the conversation, free and from anywhere!

Rural Assembly Everywhere is a virtual festival for the curious and the critical, the listeners and the connectors. It’s geared toward rural allies, neighbors, and admirers. The goal of Rural Assembly Everywhere is to create an experience that will inform, entertain, inspire, and demonstrate how we belong to each other. Learn more and register at

Using Social Media for Back-to-School Outreach

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 pm, will present a webinar focused on the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign. This webinar will help organizations leverage social media to reach parents and other community members at the local level and amplify messages that encourage families to enroll and renew Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) health coverage. Using the back-to-school season as a key moment in time, this webinar will provide an overview of the mostly widely used social media platforms by parents, explain the differences, discuss best practices for each, and share useful resources that can help organizations incorporate these tactics to reach more families and get them to take action in the new school yearTo participate, register here.

2021 Pennsylvania Marketplace Plan Preview Webinars

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – PACHC will be hosting two webinars to preview the 2021 PA State-based Health Insurance Marketplace plans on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. These webinars will provide enrollment assisters with information on individual plan design offerings for the upcoming enrollment period which begins on Nov. 1, 2020 and ends Jan 15, 2021. Each plan presentation will be 20-25 minutes with time for questions from attendees. Assisters need to be familiar with changes in provider networks, tiering and plan benefits to aid consumers in making the best choice for their needs.

UDS Training Save the Dates

The 2020 UDS Training will be held virtually on the mornings of Dec.3, Dec. 8, and Dec. 10 (specific time is TBD).  Please mark your calendars for all dates as this will be held in a three-part series including dedicated time for Q&A.  Attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of UDS reporting requirements including the patient profile, clinical services and quality of care indicators, operational and financial tables, and other required UDS reporting forms.
  • Learn about the new measures and requirements included in 2020 reporting.
  • Learn tips for success including strategies for submission.

More information and registration will open at a later date.  For questions, please contact Amanda Tekely.

Register Today for NRHA’s RHC and CAH Virtual Conferences

Join for NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences, the association’s fastest-growing events for a reason, hosted virtually for the first time. Take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities designed for clinic and hospital professionals and board members serving rural America. If you register for both events, you can save $100 on your total registration cost. A draft agenda for both conferences can be found here.

NRHA’s September Grassroots Call

Your voices and perspectives are incredibly valuable. Each month, the NRHA team hosts a Grassroots Call to deliver an update of what is moving on Capitol Hill and learn more from NRHA grassroots advocates. This call also enables NRHA to supply in-depth explanations behind their advocacy efforts and how you can help. Their goal is to empower NRHA members with the information they need to advocate on behalf of NRHA legislative/regulatory priorities. The September Grassroots Advocacy Call will be held on Wednesday, September 30th at 2PM EST. NRHA looks forward to hearing from you! Register in advance for this meeting, and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dentistry in the Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know

Plan to attend Dentistry in the Era of COVID-19: What Dental Practitioners Need to Know on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2:00 pm. This webinar, offered by the Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education & Training Center, will describe the anxiety and vulnerability medical and dental staff experience due to COVID-19 and identify how workflow practices have changed during the pandemic. It will also discuss how social and professional connectedness has changed due to the pandemic as well as discuss what practices organizations can utilize to protect and empower their staff during COVID-19 and in the future. Click here for more details and to register. One continuing education credit will be offered.