2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report 

RHA is delighted to share a summary of our member events and  programs for 2022. Thank you to our members, staff, funders, and many community partners for your support the past year!

Click here to view the online report
Click here to download a PDF of the report

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RHA Spring Regional Events

Join us this spring!

Regional events are an opportunity to learn more about health issues affecting your community, such as substance use disorder, maternal health, and more. Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.

A Town Hall, moderated by Jacy Warrell, RHA's CEO, will be available from 2:00-3:00pm via Teams. More information and an agenda will be posted at a later date.

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Membership Orientation

Members and Friends of Rural Health,                                    

You are invited to learn more about RHA's mission, programs, and volunteer opportunities. Agenda topics include: 

—     RHA’s History, Mission, Vision, Values
 —     Benefits of Membership
 —     RHA Staff and Programs
 —     RHA Volunteer Committees
 —     RHA Board of Directors, Roles and Responsibilities
 —     Annual Conference and Member Meeting




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Community Health Worker Training Program

Community Health Worker Training Program The Tennessee Community Health Worker Training program (CSWTPT) will train individuals across the state to work in clinics, schools, social services agencies and other community organizations.

Attend the session if:
  • You are currently a CHW who wants to get more training
  • You want to learn more about becoming a CHW
  • Your organization hires or intends to hire CHW's

Join session presenters: Tonya Elkins, Nikayla Boyd, and Beth Keylon on January 19th 10 a.m.-12 p.m. CST.

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Certified Men's Health Educator Training

The Certified Men's Health Educator training course is aimed at professionals who are passionate about helping boys, men, and their families achieve true health and wellness.
 
The Certified Men’s Health Educator program is currently being offered free of charge to a limited number of healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals interested in improving the health of those living in their community, and who live or work in designated rural counties in Tennessee. Training for these professionals is provided by Men’s Health Network, in association with the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those who successfully complete the course will earn the “Certified Men’s Health Educator” designation.

The CMHE program is also available, on a fee basis, to interested individuals and organizations. For information on how to enroll, please email [email protected] healthymen.org

Find out more and register for the training here.
Enter RHA2022 for a 100% Discount Code

 

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2022 Rural Health Awards Winners

Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHA) celebrated National Rural Health Day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on November 17, 2022, to honor those who work every day to help keep Tennessee healthy. 

The celebration was part of a three-day event bringing rural health providers, school health, and others together to deepen understanding of rural health issues and celebrate rural leaders leading the way for a healthy tomorrow throughout rural Tennessee. The below individuals were recognized for their outstanding service to rural health. 

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Medical Coding Grant press release post

                                                                  Jackson State Community College | Jackson State Community College

Medical Coding Program to receive $1.2M grant for West Tennessee students

Grant aims to fill critical healthcare positions, paying for training

The Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Delta Region Rural Health Workforce Training Program awarded The Jackson State Community College (JSCC) Medical Coding Program a $1.2 million grant for supplying training, scholarships, and support to students in West Tennessee. The HRSA training program grant focuses on improving healthcare delivery in rural areas by training future and current healthcare professionals for high-quality, good-paying jobs in rural counties. The grant outlines critical needs for administrative support professions in areas such as medical coding and billing, insurance claims processing, and health information management. And as a strategic community partner, the Rural Health Association of Tennessee will aid students in recruitment, formal training, social needs, and job placement. This grant will run from September 1st, 2022, through August 30th, 2026. 

If you are interested in applying to the Medical Coding Program, please contact Chrystal Taylor at [email protected]
For more information on the Medical Coding Program, go to www.jscc.edu/mc
 
 
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,204,591 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

Culturally Meaningful Storytelling as a Strategy for Building Trust & Promoting COVID-19 Vaccination & Mitigation Efforts

Join us Wednesday, December 7th for our free COVID-19 webinar! Vaccines and boosters are our best defense against serious illness from COVID-19. Currently, many people across the country remain unvaccinated or have not received booster shots for COVID-19.
 

In rural Appalachia, high numbers of chronic disease, along with an aging population contribute to the unvaccinated or insufficiently vaccinated having a higher risk of severe complications or death from a COVID-19 infection.

Click here to register for this event.

TN-RHC Network Planning Activities

Tennessee Rural Health Clinic (TN-RHC) Network Updates

July 1, 2022, Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHA) received a HRSA Planning Grant (P10RH45771‐01‐01)  to build capacity to support the state's more than 200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). With an Advisory Committee of independent and provider-based RHCs and others the group conducted site visits, surveys, and focus groups to explore how RHA can support integrating RHCs into the larger healthcare system. Here's what we've been up to! Activities have been made possible thanks to the generous support of National Rural Health Association, Center's for Disease Control (CDC), and Health and Human Resources Services Agency (HRSA).

September 20th-22nd, RHA sent TN-RHC Advisory Member Candance Garrett with Ascension/Saint Thomas to National Rural Health  Association's RHC conference in Kansas City, MO for the latest in RHC policy and updates. Also pictured, Alicia Calloway, RHA's Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Burnett, THA's VP Rural Hospitals, and Jacy Warrell, RHA's CEO.

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Call A Doctor Plus & Advocacy Webinar

Join us on this webinar with Mike Lerman on November 29th at 11am CST. 
We will discuss practical ideas aimed at achieving: 
  • A healthier, happier, more present workforce who have free, instant access to healthcare for their entire household (regardless of relationship or other medical coverage).
  •  An alternative, low-cost benefit for those that opt-out, are ineligible (part-time, volunteer, contract labor), or who can't afford full family health plans.
  • A no-barrier, no-stigma avenue for everyone in your employees 
  • An employee assistance plan where family members can get emotional, mental, financial, and legal help in time of need through a 24/7 crisis hotline and counseling.
  • Telehealth appointments with Mental Health, Dermatology, Nutrition, and Dental professionals – all with unlimited use and zero copay.  
  • All plans costs employers less than a 12 cent-an-hour raise.

To register for this RHA of TN-sponsored educational webinar, simply: CLICK HERE.  

 


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Virtual Meeting for RHCs

If you missed hearing from the Tennessee Division of TennCare you can view the recording of the webinar by clicking the link below.

Our guest speakers included: Drew Staniewski, Deputy Director of TennCare; Zane Seals, Chief Financial Officer TennCare; Jacy Warrell, Executive Director of RHA of TN; and Nathan Baugh, Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics


*This event is sponsored by Midwest Health Care, Inc. 

TennCare Tri-Star Campaign

TennCare is beginning a Tri Star Campaign to test the member addresses they  have on file. THIS WILL NOT AFFECT ANYONE’S COVERAGE. As they continue to prepare for the public health emergency unwinding (HHS Secretary Beccera renewed the PHE on 10/13/22), they want to make sure the addresses that TennCare has are accurate. Over the next two months, TennCare will send out a letter to each household. They will be asking people to be on the lookout for the letter and to notify us if they don’t receive a letter in the next two months. Additionally, TennCare will be conducting research on mail that is returned without a forwarding address.

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Annual Conference Photo Contest

Want to See Your Rural Photos featured in RHA of TN's Conference and/or Newsletters?

RHA of TN's 28th Annual Conference is fast approaching. The conference committee would like to invite members and guests planning to attend the annual conference to submit a few of their favorite rural photos for a chance to be featured during the annual conference and/or in RHA of TN's e-communications.

Click here to submit your photos today!

Calling all RHCs!

 

We are hosting a RHC Meet & Greet to provide a space to connect with Rural Health Clinics. As a member led organization, we want to hear from you!

 This FREE event will be held 11/16/2022 at 10am EST during our annual conference at the Music Road Resort Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. 

Register here to attend this event sponsored by Charles James Jr., President & CEO of North American HMS.

Partnership and Leadership award

    TPHA Executive Director Kim Harrell; TPHA President Christian Williams, DrPH, MPH;
 

Rural Health Association of Tennessee has been awarded the Partnership and Leadership Award from the Tennessee Public Health Association 


"This award is presented to a non-public health professional, group, or organization that has made a significant contribution on behalf of public health, which is extraordinary and would set an example for others. By proactively involving its members, partner organizations, and policymakers, RHA identifies rural health concerns and works to resolve those issues through service, education, and advocacy" - The Tennessee Public Health Association
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RHA is proud to accept the Partnership and Leadership Award from the Tennessee Public Health Association. 
 
 

Congratulations to New Certified Phlebotomists

Congratulations to Jalynn Burress, Calandra Traylor, Errion Bells, and Adrienne Williams, who became Certified Licensed Phlebotomist in the month of September. They attended the phlebotomy course at Professional Allied Health, LLC in Memphis. The participants were referred by Kimberly Burse, Staff Development Coordinator, at Pine Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Bolivar, TN. They have been working with Maddy Rymer and Patty Lane, workforce development staff at the Rural Health Association of TN. 

Delta Regional Authority grant funding made it possible for the RHA workforce team to provide supportive services and case management support for the past six months.  Employees are encouraged to gain additional certifications and credentials along their healthcare journey.

RHA of TN Congratulates Ann Cranford!

RHA of TN would like to congratulate Ann Cranford the Director of the Recruitment and Retention Program in the State Office of Rural Health.

Ann has been a member of RHA of TN for several years. Recently, at the 3RNet Annual Conference she received the Fred Moskol Award. This award recognizes a person who possesses outstanding leadership abilities, supports the mission of 3RNET, responds compassionately to the healthcare needs of rural and underserved populations and does so with a collaborative and compassionate spirit. 

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RHA to receive grant to address Substance Use Disorder

Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHA) has been awarded a $1million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to combat Substance Use Disorder (SUD) in rural Tennessee over the next three years.

The announcement comes during National Recovery Month – an observance to bring public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. Tennessee, via the Behavioral Health Safety Network, prevention coalitions, and other change agents, have achieved many successes toward reducing Substance Use Disorder in the state. Most notably, opioid prescriptions have decreased statewide, resulting in fewer deaths involving opioids obtained through a prescription. Targeted prevention, treatment, and recovery programs do work.

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School Health Leadership Academy

School Health Leadership Academy: Dare to Lead
About the Leadership Academy:
Dare to Lead™ centers on four skill sets — objectives that are teachable, learnable, observable and — importantly — measurable.
1. Rumbling with Vulnerability: We’ll learn how leaders must resist the urge to "armor up" with behaviors that get in the way of daring leadership. We’ll build a robust toolkit of practical, usable skills to "replace the armor".
2. Living Into Our Values: We’ll identify the two values that both best define us and serve to guide our decisions in life and leadership. We will learn how to operationalize these values, learning to lead fully aligned with values.
3. BRAVING Trust: We’ll employ the BRAVING system to build trust not by going through the motions with rote team building activities, but with actions that address the areas within our organizations where trust needs a boost.
4. The Rising Strong Process: The most daring leaders know how to get back up — because inevitably, all leaders stumble. The Rising Strong Process identifies an actionable 3-step process for leaders to use to help pick themselves back up when they have dared and fallen.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Allie Haynes Appointed to Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Allie Haynes will represent Rural Health Association of Tennessee on Tennessee Council on Developmental  Disabilities.  The Council, established by the federal Developmental Disabilities Act (Spanish language version of the Developmental Disabilities Act.) and by Tennessee Executive Order 50 exists to:

  • Build bridges between the experiences of real people with disabilities and the policies and service systems that affect their lives.
  • See the big picture across government programs to help connect dots and fill gaps to meet real needs.. 
  • Use these connections to make change toward greater inclusion, independence, and self-determination for people with disabilities in Tennessee.

To learn more about the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, visit their website.

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