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New RHA of TN Staff!

Director of Membership - West Tennessee

Allica Austin achieved an MBA from Liberty University and BS from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She was recruited from her undergraduate internship to help launch employee health initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she moved into roles focused on prevention and reducing chronic diseases. She has articles published focusing on implementing clinical care algorithms and research involving exercise physiology and reduction of long-term cancer side-effects. After hurricane Harvey she returned back to Tennessee to assist in the care if her father and continues to pursue her desire to assist in the reduction of disease in her home state of Tennessee.  Allica will be the project director for the Delta Apprenticeship grant and will support members in West Tennessee.

Events and Education Manager

Dorshonda has a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree from Kaplan University and is a graduate of TCAT Jackson's Licensed Practical Nurse program. She has a professional background in nursing and teaching on the collegiate level. Her most recent experience includes working as a nurse at West Tennessee Healthcare, Jackson Madison County School System and a professor at Jackson State Community College. Dorshonda will be lead staff for RHA of TNs online events, regional meetings, and annual conference.

TennCare EHR Incentive News

With the arrival of March, now only one month remains for providers to attest for Program Year 2020. This issue again includes guidance providers can use to attest for Program Year 2020 and look ahead to attesting for 2021 later this year. Read here.

Should you have questions about what you read in this newsletter, or have suggestions for the newsletter, please write to us at [email protected].

Customizable Communications Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics

The National Rural Health Resource Center has release a toolkit full of temples to educate your patients, build trust and confidence in your rural hospital and clinic and communicate services. Need help? Contact [email protected]

NRHRC Toolkit Users Guide

Explore NRHRCs Online Resources

Press Release: Rural Health Association of Tennessee Announces New Board Members

Rural Health Association of Tennessee announced the election results for two new additions to the board of directors: Alicia Calloway, Chief Operating Officer of OPYS Physician Services and Barry Cooper, Executive Director of JACOA.

“Rural Health Association of Tennessee is honored to welcome both Ms. Calloway and Mr. Cooper to our board,” says RHA of TN Executive Director Jacy Warrell. “Their expertise will help guide our work in a continuously changing environment.”

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Volunteer Tennessee New Tools

Volunteer Tennessee, the state commission on national and community service, has established the Tennessee Serves Network to engage more Tennesseans in volunteer service. The network is a statewide collaboration of volunteer centers dedicated to bringing people and community together through an online volunteer portal.

And, now your organization can engage potential volunteers through this statewide system for free! Please click here for more information and learn how to register for an account. You can also contact Shannon Duke, Volunteerism & Training Manager at 615-253-8585 or [email protected] for more information.

Handout: Tennessee Serves for Agencies

2020 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted and voted on photos at our annual conference last November! Below are the winners of the Color and Black & White photo categories, as well as the 1st and 2nd runner up.

Black & White Photo Winner
"Linville Gorge" by Heather Newman, ETSU Rural Primary Care Track

Color Photo Winner
"Cy Bend" by Kelsey Minix, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

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Interview: Reach Radio

Executive Director, Jacy Warrell, has a conversation with Fran Ayalasomayajula of Reach Radio. Jacy discusses RHA's services to the community, challenges especially in education about COVID, developing community trust with key stakeholders, dealing with cultural differences and different demographics, coping styles for counties with no rural hospitals, and many more.

Workforce Development, Health Equity, and Rural Tennessee

Assistant Commissioner Kenyatta Lovett, PhD, Workforce Services, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Workforce Development, Health, and Rural Tennessee

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2020 Poster Contest Winners

View video announcing poster contest winners.

Overall Winners:

  • Overall Winner: Poster P-3:  Incorporating Point of Care Ultrasound Curriculum in a New Internal Medicine Residency Program  Tuong Vi Do, DO, Shyam Ganti, MD, Jayaramakrishna Depa, MD.   Appalachian Regional Healthcare Internal Medicine Residency Program, Harlan and Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Overall Runner Up:  Poster U-1:  Correctional Career Pathways Replication Program:   New Perspectives in the COVID-19 Era.  Joshua Fortmann, MPH Candidate, ETSU College of Public Health.  Ginny Kidwell, Executive Director, Tennessee Institute of Public Health  
  • 3rd Overall:  Poster P-2:  Adherence to Chronic Opioid Guidelines: A CDC Opioid Collaboration Project  ETSU  Angela Harless, DNP, FNP-C  Patti Vanhook, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAAN 

  • 4th Overall (Tie):   Poster F-1:  Determining the Area of Highest Risk Environment for Opioid Overdose In Washington County, Tn. A Novel Methodology as a Proof of Concept    Sam Pettyjohn, DrPH, MPH (1,2,3) Hadii Mamudu, PhD. (1) Joel Hillhouse, PhD. (1) Rob Pack PhD. (1,3). East Tennessee State University, College of Public Health; 2. ETSU Center for Rural Health Research; 3. ETSU Addiction Science Center.   
  • 4th Overall (Tie):   Poster D-11:  Follow-Up: Provision of Buprenorphine to Pregnant Women by For-Profit Clinics in an Appalachian City Hannah D Holt, Dr. Martin E Olsen MD, ETSU QCOM Obstetrics and Gynecology Department


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Commissioner Schwinn COVID and Education

Rural Health Day Coloring Book

2020 Poster Contest

The virtual research poster competition is an easy way for students, residents, and faculty to share their research without the costs of producing a “hard-copy” poster.  

Division winners and the overall winner will receive a modest monetary award.

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