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New Approaches to Oral Health Infrastructure and Capacity

Funding Agency:
Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health / HRSA

Funding Amount:
up to $12,820

Deadline:
November 28, 2018

Description:

Funding is available to Rural Health Clinics interested in integrating oral health services into their site.  Funding allows for the purchase of dental equipment to outfit one dental operatory.  Equipment may be stationary or portable.  Please use the link below for more detailed information about this opportunity.

RHC Dental Site RFP

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Amount:
$2,200,000 for 22 anticipated awards

Deadline:
November 30, 2018

Description:

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (“Network Planning”). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. A rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. For example, a critical access hospital, a community health center, and a public health department may collaborate to form a network around a shared purpose. Other examples of health care providers could be: hospitals, public health agencies, home health providers, mental health centers, substance abuse service providers, rural health clinics, primary care providers, oral health providers, social service agencies, health profession schools, local school districts, emergency services providers, community and migrant health centers, federally-qualified health centers, tribal health programs, churches, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations that are/will be providing health care. The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers transition from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. The intent is that rural health networks will expand access to care, increase the use of health information technology, explore alternative health care delivery models, and continue to achieve quality health care across the continuum of care from prevention and wellness to acute and long-term care. The increasing focus on showing value in health care delivery creates incentives to develop regional systems of care that preserve local autonomy for rural communities while also ensuring access to the appropriate continuum of care for the local service population. It remains critical in the health care environment for rural providers to participate in efforts such as implementing population health strategies to demonstrate the quality and value they provide rural residents.

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Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant (PCTE-PA)

Funding Agency:
National Health Services Corps, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

Funding Amount:
Up to $120,000

Deadline:
December 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Description:

Up to $120K in Loan Repayment for Graduating Medical and Dental Students

Application Cycle is Now Open! The 2019 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) is now open and will close on Thursday, . Read the 2019 Application and Program Guidance (PDF-534 KB) carefully before you start your application. About the Program: Provides up to $120,000 (tax free) to medical (MD and DO) or dental (DDS or DMD) students in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full-time for at least 3 years or part-time for 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need.

  • Students applying to the program must be U.S. citizens or nationals and enrolled or accepted in an eligible medical or dental degree program at a U.S. accredited school.
  • Installments are paid to students annually in a lump sum which, when applied to qualified health professional student loans, can significantly lower the overall debt by reducing accrued loan interest amounts.
  • NHSC S2S LRP award recipients are eligible to continue service through the NHSC Loan Repayment Program, and could potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continued service at an approved NHSC site. Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in one of these application events:

 

Application Webinar November 27 3:30 – 4:30 PM ET Access Link Dial in number: 888-324-2881 Passcode: 6006549

Q & A Sessions December 13 & 18 9:00 AM – 5 PM ET Access Link Additional Resources • Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 534 KB) • Fact Sheet (PDF – 190 KB) • Search for NHSC-approved sites on the Health Workforce Connector eligible.

Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant (PCTE-PA)

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

Deadline:
January 14, 2019

Description:

NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY (HRSA-19-087)

Fiscal Year 2019 Application Due Date: January 14, 2019

Apply for this grant on Grants.gov. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Primary Care Training and Enhancement: Physician Assistant (PCTE-PA) Program. The PCTE-PA Program increases the number of primary care physician assistants serving underserved and rural populations, including increasing capacity for addressing the opioid crisis in rural areas through PA training in opioid and other substance use disorders. This includes clinical experiences treating opioid and other substance use disorders, Medication Assisted Treatment and improvement to training sites. The Program is a component of the Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Program, which functions to strengthen the primary care workforce by supporting enhanced training for future and current primary care clinicians and educators.

Eligible applicants must be academically affiliated PA training programs, accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes and tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.

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Health Information Technology (IT) to Improve Health Care Quality and Outcomes (R21)

Funding Agency:
AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Amount:
$200,000

Deadline:
Standard dates apply, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization; Expiration: July 17, 2019

Description:

The overarching objective of this FOA is to advance the use of health IT to manage population health and deliver patient-centered care. This FOA aims to support exploratory and developmental health IT projects that seek to apply data and evidence in innovative ways to facilitate population health management and patient-centered care delivery and coordination.

Exploratory projects should be designed to develop health IT solutions that enable or facilitate population health management and patient-centered care delivery within health care organizations and health systems in a way that makes the solution shareable and configurable across different health domains and levels of scale.

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Implementation and Evaluation of New Health Information Technology (IT) Strategies for Collecting and Using Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Measures (U18) – HIT Strategies for Patient-Reported Outcome Measures

Funding Agency:
AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Amount:
$400,000

Deadline:
September 26, 2019 by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Description:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites U18 cooperative agreement applications to stimulate innovative and collaborative research by utilizing new health information technology (IT) strategies for collecting and using patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in primary care and other ambulatory care settings. Under the U18 mechanism, AHRQ will have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role and will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities.

This FOA aims to support applications for innovative collaborative investigations to understand how new health IT strategies can increase the utilization of PROs in ambulatory care settings and contribute to improved patient-centered health outcomes and quality of care. There is a need to implement and evaluate new approaches to health IT-enabled collection and use of PRO measures in ambulatory practice. Since health IT is a demonstrated enabler of the use of PROs in certain care settings with certain populations and disease types, AHRQ is interested in implementing and evaluating new health IT strategies for incorporating and using PRO measures, including measures relevant to people with MCC, in primary care and other ambulatory care settings.

AHRQ Program Announcements

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Multi-Family Housing Loan Guarantees – Guaranteed Loans for Rural Rental Housing

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Deadline:
December 31, 2021, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Description:

What does this program do?


The program works with qualified private-sector lenders to provide financing to qualified borrowers to increase the supply of affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families in eligible rural areas and towns.

Who may apply for this program?


Private lenders may apply for a loan guarantee on loans made to eligible borrowers who are building or preserving affordable rural rental housing.

Eligible lenders are automatically eligible if approved and active in one of the following programs:

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae
HUD
Federal Home Loan Bank members
State or local housing finance agencies

Eligible borrowers include:

Most state and local governmental entities
Nonprofit organizations
For-profit organizations, including LLC’s
Federally-recognized Tribes

Additional requirements include:

Rent for individual units is capped at 30% of 115% area median income
Average rent for an entire project (including tenant paid utilities) cannot exceed 30% of 100% of area medium income, adjusted for family size.
Complexes must consist of at least five units
Complexes may contain units that are detached, semi-detached, row houses or multi-family structures

What is an eligible area?


Areas that may be served include:

Rural areas and towns with 35,000 or fewer people — Check eligible addresses
Federally-recognized tribal lands

How may funds be used?


Construction, improvement and purchase of multi-family rental housing for low to moderate income families and individuals is the primary objective for this program. Funding may also be available for:

Buying and improving land
Providing necessary infrastructure
For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations, 7CFR Part 3565.205

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Personalized Technical Assistance on Integration of Behavioral Health in Rural Communities

Funding Agency:
National Council for Behavioral Health, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) provides personalized technical assistance for rural healthcare providers working toward integrating behavioral health and primary care to enhance the healthcare experience for individuals living with behavioral and physical health conditions.

Primary and behavioral healthcare organizations get personalized support in the areas of:

Assessing organizational readiness for integrated care
Integrating screening for depression, anxiety, and substance use in primary care practice
Addressing burnout and compassion fatigue in the workforce
Building a culture of wellness

The CIHS website provides resources on:

Core competencies of an integrated care workforce
Developing integrated care workflows
Health disparities
Substance use
Oral health

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Community Facilities Programs

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas. Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.

Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized American Indian Tribes can use the funds to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services. Projects include fire and rescue stations, village and town halls, health care clinics, hospitals, adult and child care centers, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, public buildings, schools, libraries, and many other community based initiatives. Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment. These facilities not only improve the basic quality of life, and assist in the development and sustainability of rural America.

Rural Development Community Facilities Programs:

Community Facilities Direct Loans & Grants
Community Facilities Loan Guarantees
Community Facilities Relending Program
Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant
Economic Impact Initiative Grants
Rural Community Development Initiative Grants
Tribal College Initiative Grants

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SEARCH – Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households – Funding for Rural Water and Waste Disposal Projects

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

What does this program do?

This program helps very small, financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and waste disposal projects.

Who may apply?

Most state and local governmental entities
Nonprofits
Federally recognized tribes

What is an eligible area?

Areas to be served must be rural and financially distressed:
Rural areas with a population of 2,500 or less
Have a median household income below the poverty line or less than 80 percent of the statewide non-metropolitan median household income based on latest Census data

How may the funds be used?

To pay predevelopment planning costs, including:

Feasibility studies to support applications for funding water or waste disposal projects
Preliminary design and engineering analysis
Technical assistance for the development of an application for financial assistance

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Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

Summer Meal Programs rely on innovation and collaboration to reach children who need good nutrition when school is out of session. This toolkit gives State administrators, Program operators, and community partners creative ideas and resources to make Summer Meal planning easy, raise awareness, overcome barriers, and serve nutritious food that is appealing to children.

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Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees – Broadband Access

Funding Agency:
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

RDApply This application intake system that allows you to apply for loans and grants for Rural Utilities Services (RUS) Programs. With RDApply, you can create an application, upload attachments, sign certifications, and draw service areas, to name a few features.

The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) at the USDA provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas. Eligibility includes rurally-located non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, state and local governments, and Federally Recognized Tribes. For more information on other programs administered by RUS Telecommunications please visit: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/telecom-programs

Who may apply?


Most entities that provide telecommunications in qualified rural areas including:

State and local governmental entities
Federally Recognized Tribes
Non-profits, including Cooperatives, and limited dividend or mutual associations
For-profit businesses (must be a corporation or limited liability company)

What is an eligible area?

Rural areas and towns with a population of 5,000 or less
Areas without telecommunications facilities or areas where the applicant is the recognized telecommunications provider are eligible
Check with your local RD office to determine whether the proposed service area qualifies

How may the funds be used?


Funds may be used to finance broadband capable telecommunications service
Improvements
Expansions
Construction
Acquisitions (in certain cases)
Refinancing (in certain cases)
For additional detail see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR 1735

What kind of funding is available?

Cost-of-Money Loans are direct loans from USDA Rural Utilities Service
Loan Guarantees of up to 80% allow private lenders, including the Federal Financing Bank (FFB), to extend credit to qualified borrowers in rural areas
Hardship Loans may be used, at the sole discretion of USDA Rural Utilities Service, to assist applicants in meeting financial feasibility requirements for applications to serve underserved areas

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Foundation for Rural Service

Funding Agency:
Foundation for Rural Service

Deadline:
Ongoing

Description:

As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS provides annual grants for rural communities served by NTCA members. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

Each spring, FRS begin accepting applications for the current year’s grant process. The application window closes in mid-September and awardees are announced in early December.

Grant projects vary but are concentrated in four major areas including business, community and economic development, education, and applications of telecommunications. For more information, see below.

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Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Application for Onsite Consultation

Funding Agency:
National Rural Health Resource Center

Deadline:
The online application opens on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Description:

Recipients of SRHT onsite technical assistance (TA) may re-apply in alternating years for onsite TA other than the previously supported project and will not be selected in consecutive years. Hospitals participating in SRHT Project prior to 2017 – 2018 may submit an application and request service options that they have not received in the previous consultations. Hospitals that are supported in the 2017-2018 program year are ineligible for the 2018-2019 application period.

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