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AzFlex Program Receives $3.5 million grant from HRSA

The Arizona Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (AzFlex) at AzCRH has received a $3.5 million, five-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue its vital efforts in medically underserved areas of the state. “Arizona’s critical access hospitals and rural health clinics play crucial roles in assuring access to quality health care, improving population health outcomes and contributing to a community’s overall economic health and development,”  
Dan Derksen, MD– Daniel Derksen, MD, Principal Investigator, associate vice president for health equity, outreach and interprofessional activities at the UA Health Sciences and director of the AzCRH, which administers the program.

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AzCRH Releases New PCP Workforce Report

AzCRH is pleased to release the Arizona Primary Care Physician Workforce Report.

Access to timely and high-quality primary care services is an essential component of a robust public health and health delivery system. Arizona lags behind other states in the ratio of Primary Care Physicians (PCP) per population with only 74.8 PCPs per 100,000 compared to the national ratio of 91.7 per 100,000. Physician practice location continues to be concentrated in the metropolitan population centers for both PCPs and specialty physicians. Relatively fewer PCPs and other physicians in rural areas of Arizona is of growing concern.
» Check out the related post from Heather Carter: Cutting Red Tape: Streamlined Licensing Process for Arizona Physicians, just published on AzCRH PA’RRIBA Blogs & Briefs.

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Upcoming AzCRH Webinar

Krista CardenasOctober 17, 2019 - 12:00pm: Bridging Academia, Advocacy and Policy with Telemedicine: Case Study S.B. 1089 with presenter, Krista R. Cardenas, MPH.  

Learning Objectives: Summarize the legislative process and prioritize important dates during the legislative cycle; identify health messaging tactics to create common ground when relating to health policy; translate academic research into actionable policy initiatives.

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Third Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium - Oct. 30

Opioid Misuse Prevention SymposiumAzCRH invites you to join the 3rd Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium on Oct. 30 in Tucson. The focus will be on the Systematic Decriminalization of Trauma - systematic changes to address trauma and prevent, intervene, and treat related substance use disorders. Vendors, sponsors, and attendees register here!

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What is National Rural Health Day?
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face, and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges. #powerofrural

Oct 10, 2019  :  AzFlex Program Receives $3.5 million grant from HRSA
Oct 02, 2019  :  Bike Ajo Program is Model for Rural Communities
Sep 18, 2019  :  Rural counties seek state, federal help to prepare for apocalypse
Sep 17, 2019  :  Something Special Is Happening in Rural America
Sep 04, 2019  :  Rural Arizona towns wrestle with serious doctor shortage
Aug 22, 2019  :  Students Spend Transformative Summer on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Aug 22, 2019  :  More States Adopt Laws to Boost Oral Health Care Workforces
Aug 09, 2019  :  Mobile Telehealth Units and Care Coordinators Improve Emergency Care Services for Rural Arizona Patients

Oct 17 2019 : AzCRH Webinar: Bridging Academia, Advocacy and Policy with Telemedicine: Case Study S.B. 1089
Oct 18 2019 : Silver Diamine Fluoride, SMART and Hall Techniques Training 
Oct 22 2019 : MAT Waiver Training - Tucson
Oct 24 2019 : Way Out West EMS Conference
Oct 24 2019 : Arizona Base Hospital Workshop
Oct 24 2019 : Request for Information (RFI) From Non-Federal Stakeholders: Developing the 2020 National Vaccine Plan
Oct 25 2019 : Trauma Managers Group Quarterly meeting
Oct 25 2019 : Webinar: Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking in Health Center Settings
Oct 29 2019 : 2019 91st Annual Arizona Public Health Association Fall Conference & Meeting
Oct 30 2019 : 3rd Annual Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium
Oct 31 2019 : Domestic Violence Awareness Month Webinar
Nov 3 2019 : Arizona Statewide Tribal Veterans Symposium
Nov 8 2019 : Telemedicine Training in Show Low - Building Innovative and Successful Telehealth Programs: Improving Access and Enhancing Care 
Nov 13 2019 : 2019 Health Current Summit & Trade Show
Nov 16 2019 : Equipped Addiction Medicine Conference

MAT-LINK: Researching Outcomes for Maternal OUD – November 15.  Funding preference may be given to applicants that can show geographic and population diversity for this project supported by the Public Health Informatics Institute.  The MATernaL and Infant NetworK to Understand Outcomes Associated with Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder during Pregnancy (MAT-LINK) seeks proposals from clinical sites that have the ability to integrate or link maternal and newborn data and the authority to access and share these data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
This new toolkit, created in partnership with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, compiles evidence-based models and resources to support organizations employing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain suicide prevention programs in your community.


HRSA Virtual Job Fair – Wednesday, October 16 at 6:45 pm ET.  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a three-hour virtual job fair to connect job-seeking medical, nursing, dental, and mental/behavioral health clinicians and trainees with hundreds of opportunities at health care facilities, most in medically-underserved areas of the country.  Interested job seekers register here.


The Effects of Overexposure to Stories of Trauma – Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar from the Migrant Clinicians Network provides an overview of stress and injury affecting the behavioral health of those who witness trauma. Kaethe Weingarten, PhD will discuss the role of clinicians, social workers, and other witnesses and helpers, describing coping strategies for both providers and clients.
NIHCM: Population Shifts Impacting Rural Health. As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. New infographics from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation depict the population shifts driving these changes, the corresponding health care challenges, and promising tools to improve rural health. In rural areas, 18.4 percent of the population is over 65 years of age compared to 14.5 percent in urban areas, and rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking are higher.  


NEW TOOLKIT:
Toolkit: State Strategies to Support Older Adults Aging in Place in Rural Areas.  This toolkit from the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights state initiatives to help older rural adults age in place by increasing services that help people remain in their homes, expanding and professionalizing the caregiver workforce, and making delivery system reforms within Medicaid programs.  According to research referenced in the toolkit, more than 85 percent of older adults prefer to remain in their own homes and communities, and serving older adults in their homes is usually less expensive than housing people in facilities. This resource was funded by the Geriatrics Program in the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration. 


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  In 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched its Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence, with targets and projects that involve each of the agency’s bureaus and offices.  This month, HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health released the first progress report for that initiative, describing its achievements between 2017 and 2018.  Victims in rural areas may be reluctant to report intimate partner violent abuse, and unaddressed abuse has an impact that goes beyond the individual and into communities. 

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