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The Census Bureau Updates Criteria for Defining Urban Areas

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau published its final criteria for defining urban areas based on the results of the 2020 Decennial Census.  Rather than distinctions for urbanized area or an urban cluster, all areas with a population of at least 5,000 and containing at least 2,000 housing units will be designated urban areas. The notice defines rural as territory not defined as urban. Some federal and state agencies use the Census Bureau’s urban-rural classification for allocating funds, setting standards, and implementing aspects of their programs. Stakeholders should be aware that the changes to the urban area criteria also might affect the implementation of these programs.

Save the Date for the 2022 PA Data User Conference!

The PA State Data Center is excited to host our annual PA Data User Conference on May 12, 2022. The 2022 PA Data User Conference will again provide virtual presentations from U.S. Census Bureau experts on a variety of recent and upcoming Census programs and data releases. More details will be shared as the conference approaches.

To register, visit

PA Facts 2022 Brochure Available

The 2022 Pennsylvania Facts brochure is now available. Did you know that 93.7 percent of all Pennsylvanians had health insurance in 2020? Or that the median gross rent for PA was $979?

To read more, visit

Pennsylvania’s 2022 Annual Ambulance Reimbursement Conference

The Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania (AAP) Presents

Pennsylvania’s 2022 Annual Ambulance

Reimbursement Conference

May 3 – May 4, 2022

National and State reimbursement issues

Emergency and Non-Emergency Medical Services Compliance

  • Medicare and Federal Update
  • Money of the Future: Generating Revenue Through EMS Alternative Delivery Models
  • Defeat the Villians of EMS Billing
  • Increased Ambulance Reimbursements Through Medicaid Bridge Funding Programs


View the speakers and agenda here: Conference Info 

Registration/Payment and Cancellation Procedure(s):

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER ONLINE HERE (Members must be signed in to receive the members-only discount).

  • Payment must be received with your registration or a few days after (if paying by invoice). For your convenience, we now accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit card payments online.
  • Please make check payable to the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania.  If mailing a check, payment must be received by April 26, 2022.
  • Cancellations made prior to April 26, 2022, will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after April 26th.

Mail payments with a copy of your invoice to:

Ambulance Association of PennsylvaniaPO Box 60183Harrisburg, PA 17106-0183


Call 717-512-5609 or email Heather Sharar.

The Pennsylvania EMS Conference Announced

We’re back!! The PA EMS Conference is excited to announce the dates for this year’s event will be September 6-9, 2022!

For the past 45 years, PEHSC, in conjunction with the PA Department of Health, has maintained a mission of presenting high-quality, valuable EMS continuing education.  Last year, our “virtual” conference was able to reach thousands of EMS providers across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback, we’ve decided to once again keep the event “virtual”. Yes, we miss seeing everyone in-person too, but given the current state of the EMS industry, we feel that this format is far and away the best way to keep affordable, high-quality, education accessible to as many of Pennsylvania’s EMS providers as possible.

Stay tuned, we’ll have more info coming out soon!!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Click HERE to submit your session for consideration!

State Medicaid Director Set to Speak on Transforming Care Delivery


Experts from New York and Pennsylvania will come together to address how we can advance care delivery to support reentry and collaborate to transform Medicaid, in an event co-hosted by City & State PA and Unite Us. The session will look at achieving social care coordination at scale, examine the challenges around social care capacity and resources, and discuss the impact of social care data in improving health outcomes. Sally Kozak, MHA, RN, Deputy Secretary, State Medicaid Director, and Deputy Secretary, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is among those presenting. Learn more and register for the March 29, 1:00 – 3:00 pm webinar. There is no fee to register.

CDC National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine – February 22-24

Beginning Monday, February 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will hold a virtual event over three days to promote the most effective strategies for building confidence and increasing access to the vaccine nationwide.  Community health stakeholders including pharmacies, labor associations, faith-based organizations, and academic institutions are encouraged to attend and hear from leaders at every level of government and across sectors.

Black Mental Health Matters Webinar

Black Mental Health Matters is a two-part webinar Series in honor of National Black History Month and facilitated by Dr. Eunice Peterson, a board-certified Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. The webinar is an interactive presentation with a Q&A session designed to provide participants with an understanding of how racism impacts mental health. Registration is required for this free event.

Caring for Women with Opioid Use Disorder

The HRSA Office of Women’s Health is excited to announce the availability of Caring for Women with Opioid Use Disorder: A Toolkit for Organizational Leaders and Providers (PDF – 5.8 MB). Communities throughout our nation continue to be impacted by the opioid epidemic, which has been exacerbated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Women are uniquely impacted by opioid use: women who use opioids progress to dependence more quickly than men, experience more cravings, and are more likely to relapse. Because opioid use disproportionately impacts those living in medically underserved areas, HRSA-supported settings are uniquely positioned to address this health crisis.

The toolkit developed by the HRSA Office of Women’s Health, with support from the HHS Office on Women’s Health, provides resources and information to bolster care coordination services for women with opioid use disorder. A webinar introducing this toolkit and how to navigate it will be held on January 28. For questions or comments related to the toolkit, please contact

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.