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Join our next AzCRH Webinar on May 21 at Noon AZ Time

SUD/OUD Treatment in Primary Care: The Rural Health Center Experience with presenters, Andrew Lewandowski, Da-Nell Pedersen, and J. Jonathan Benitez.

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Register Now for the 47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference July 30-31, 2020!

AzCRH will convene its 47th Annual Rural Health Conference virtually and if possible on site at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, AZ.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Help

PPEArizona is working to help counties redistribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to sites in most need during the COVID-19 "coronavirus" pandemic. If you have extra PPE, please donate to your local county health department or hospitals. Click on your county link below for directions. Thank you for helping our shared community.

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Community Health Worker/Representative Opioid Overdose & Naloxone Use Training

Many in our communities are struggling with accidental opioid overdoses. Opioids are heroin, prescription drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone, and other drugs with fentanyl (a strong and potentially lethal opioid). 

The Arizona Center for Rural Health offers in-person training to learn about opioid use and how to use Naloxone to save a life. Find out how you can support friends and family members who are at-risk for overdose and how to connect them to resources. 

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May 12, 2020  :  UArizona Health Sciences awarded $1.35M in COVID-19 relief funds for rural hospitals in Arizona
May 11, 2020  :  Lawmakers press Congress for more relief cash for rural America
May 5, 2020  :  Navajo Nation Is Behind Only New York and New Jersey in Rates of COVID-19 Infection. What Happened?
April 30, 2020  :  UArizona Partnership with State of Arizona Begins Providing COVID-19 Antibody Tests
April 27, 2020  :  University of Arizona to start antibody testing this week
Apr 27, 2020  :  PBS Video: Why Navajo Nation is especially vulnerable to COVID-19
Apr 25, 2020  :  Rural Matters — Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Apr 20, 2020  :  COVID-19 Support Grants available to qualifying organizations across Arizona
Apr 17, 2020  :  ‘The worst is yet to come.’ How COVID-19 could wipe out many rural hospitals
Apr 15, 2020  :  Hospitals near ‘financial extinction’ from limits to prep for COVID-19
Apr 15, 2020  :  Almost 40% of Arizonans live in ‘health care shortage’ areas
Apr 14, 2020  :  Governor Ducey Announces Partnership with UArizona for Antibody Tests For Health Professionals, First Responders

NOTE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events have been cancelled, modified or postponed. 
May 15 2020
 : Strategies to Reopen Tribal Casinos 100% Smoke-Free” webinar
May 20 2020 : COVID-19 and the Impact on Communities of Color: Our Nation's Inequities Exposed
May 20 2020 : Sheltering In Place, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Healthcare Response Webinar 
May 21 2020 : AzCRH Webinar: SUD/OUD Treatment in Primary Care: The Rural Health Center Experience
May 26 2020 : Tech Talk Tuesdays: Managing Vulnerable Rural Populations and COVID-19 
Jun 3 2020 : 2020 Region D SORH Regional Partnership Meeting
Jun 9 2020 : 18th Annual Western Regional Flex Conference (Postponed)
Jun 11 2020 : 2020 20th Annual EMS Odyssey Conference (cancelled) 
Jun 23 2020 : Abstraction Workshop
Jul 30 2020 : 47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Aug 20 2020 : 5th Annual Rural Women’s Health Symposium (new date)
Aug 27 2020 : 2020 2nd Annual Native American and Rural Emergency Medicine Conference (Postponed)

Health Center Facility Loan Guarantee Program 
Facilitates access to capital funding and reduces financing costs for health centers by guaranteeing up to 80% of financing needed to support capital infrastructure projects.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Summer Food Service Program 
Funding to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program 
Grants and technical assistance to help individuals and communities recover from natural and human-caused disasters through community outreach and access to mental health services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency, SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

PCORI COVID-19 Targeted Funding 
Funding to support innovative studies in patient-engaged and patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research and the impact of COVID-19.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Establishment of HRSA Tribal Advisory Council and Request for Tribal Delegate Member Nominations - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 6, 2020
HRSA is soliciting comments and recommendations regarding its intent to establish the HRSA Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) and is seeking nominations of qualified tribal officials as candidates for consideration for appointment as voluntary delegate members of the HRSA TAC.
The HRSA TAC will engage in regular and meaningful collaboration and consultation with tribal officials on policies that have tribal implications and a substantial direct effect on Indian tribes. The HRSA TAC will be the vehicle for acquiring a broad range of tribal views, determining the impact of HRSA programs on the American Indian/Alaska Native health systems and population, developing innovative approaches to deliver health care and assisting with effective tribal consultations. HRSA is also seeking nominations of qualified candidates to fill up to 12 positions on the HRSA TAC; one authorized tribal representative (and one designated alternate) from each of the 12 Indian Health Service geographic areas.
For more information, visit the Federal Register Notice here. The Federal Register Notice extending the nomination deadline to July 6, 2020 can be found here.

HHS Begins Distribution of Payments to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions, Rural Providers. On May 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is processing payments from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals with large numbers of COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10, 2020, and to rural providers in support of the national response to COVID-19. Recipients of the $10 billion rural distribution will include, rural acute care general hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas.

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy FAQs for COVID-19.  A set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from our grantees and stakeholders, updated regularly. 
Next Stimulus Needs to Help Us, Small Cities and Counties Say
Ninety-five percent of the nation’s counties got left out of the March stimulus package. Cities and counties are organizing to make sure they fare better with the next proposal.

Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019.  The Rural Health Information Hub has created a guide to help you learn about activities underway to address COVID-19.

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