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With COVID-19 cases surging in our state, the AzCRH is urging all Arizonans to wear masks to stay safe and help prevent virus transmission!


Funding released to Arizona’s small rural hospitals to help with COVID-19 response

This month, AzCRH staff worked to administer funding to 16 small rural hospitals, which will receive $71,670 each in advanced funds to support their response to COVID-19. “This funding is a much-needed source of good news for these rural hospitals,” said Leila Barraza JD, MPH, and Principal Investigator for the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program. “These rural facilities continue to serve Arizonans traveling long distances for primary, preventive, emergency, and inpatient care.” » Click map for more information

Congratulations to AzCHOW, the Arizona Community Health Workers Association, Inc., of Douglas AZ, on their award from the Rural Health Network Development Program

As a statewide association, AzCHOW partners with other rurally based entities to develop the capacity of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in AZ to be more involved in care coordination as a part of health care transformation and value-based savings, with a focus on both chronic disease and behavioral health integration into primary care. Since July 2019, AzCHOW has been successfully implementing a Network Development Planning grant. The Network Development program opportunity is an excellent next step to continue the momentum to build a diverse, sustainable Network; build CHW capacity; build health system capacity; and build CHW financing.

FORHP Awards Rural Health Network Development Program

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is recently announced that 44 rural health networks were awarded approximately $13 million for the new competitive funding cycle of the Rural Health Network Development (RHND) Program.  The RHND Program is a three-year grant program designed to provide support to integrated health care networks who address the health care needs of their rural communities. Recipients are expected to achieve efficiencies, expand access to and improve the quality of essential health care services, and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Awarded applications range in a variety of focus areas including care coordination, value based care, chronic disease management, and behavioral health services.

Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center Takes Aim at Opioid Epidemic

A new University of Arizona Health Sciences center (CPAC) led by Todd Vanderah, PhD, assembles a team of experts to tackle substance misuse, chronic pain and addiction. Several AzCRH staff and faculty, including Ben Brady, DrPHAlyssa Padilla, MPH, and Dan Derksen, MD, collaborate on these efforts. The Arizona Telemedicine Program and AzCRH provide in person and telemedicine naloxone training for continuing medical education credits and plans to expand programs through the new center.
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Jul 01, 2020  :  How rural hospitals are managing the COVID-19 pandemic
Jun 26, 2020  :  Arizona Senate candidate makes health care pledge that contradicts past votes, policy positions
Jun 22, 2020  :  Dr. Derksen Weighs in on Rural Issues at Weekly Briefing on Campus Reentry
Jun 18, 2020  :  Arizona counties, cities and towns empowered to adopt policies requiring face masks in public with new executive order
Jun 17, 2020  :  Fast Work: Creating an Antibody Testing Program from Scratch
Jun 10, 2020  :  Hospitals adapt to keep beds available as surge in COVID-19 cases tests system
May 27, 2020  :  College of Medicine-Tucson Convocation - Remarks by Dan Derksen, M.D. 
May 19, 2020  :  Free COVID-19 antibody tests offered to health care workers, first responders in Arizona

Jul 25 2020 : Bear Down. Beat COVID. Donation Drive for AZ Native Nations
Jul 29 2020 : AHCCCS Virtual Focus Group
Jul 30 2020 : 47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference (POSTPONED)
Aug 6 2020 : Medication Assisted Treatment ECHO Training
Sep 12 2020 : 2020 16th Annual Mobile Health Clinics Forum
Oct 15 2020 : 13th Annual National Harm Reduction Conference
Oct 26 2020 : 2020 NARHC Fall Institute

IHS Tribal Management Grant Program – August 24. The Indian Health Service (IHS) will make 16 awards of up $150,000 each to improve Tribal health management capabilities through four project types: 1) feasibility study, 2) planning, 3) evaluation study, and 4) health management structure. 

NRHA Rural Health Fellows Program – September 3.  The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) will select 10 to 15 participants to meet in person for three intensive session for leadership and advocacy training. Eligible applicants are members of the NRHA who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving rural health.

ACL Innovation Challenge: Technology for Social Isolation – September 8.  The Administration for Community Living (ACL) will award prizes at varying amounts up to $550,000 for solutions that assess social isolation and match individuals with technology tools and social engagement programming.  The winning solution will become part of a campaign to reach up to 10 million socially isolated older adults, people with disabilities, racial and minority populations, and veterans.

NIH Digital Interventions to COVID-19 Secondary Effects – December 30.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support research into the role and impact of digital health interventions to address access, delivery, and effectiveness of health assessments and interventions for secondary effects during and following the pandemic, particularly in populations who experience health disparities and vulnerable populations.

E-learning Program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. A five-hour, on-demand e-learning program to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the program is accredited for contact hours for many behavioral health professionals.

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