Interview: Marketplace 11-13-20

In some isolated rural areas, COVID-19 is hitting hard

https://www.marketplace.org/2020/11/13/some-isolated-rural-areas-covid-19-is-hitting-hard/ 

Deputy Commissioner Smith talks COVID and Medicaid

Tennessee State Loan Repayment Program (TSLRP)

Tennessee State Loan Repayment Program (TSLRP)

TSLRP provides educational loan repayment to qualified primary care practitioners in exchange for an initial 2-year service obligation to practice full-time or part-time at an ambulatory public, non-profit or private non-profit primary care site located in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or a facility designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC).  

Regional,  Local & Metro Health Departments must be a primary care entity located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)  or designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)  in order to qualify.

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Commissioner Schwinn COVID and Education

Deputy Commissioner Yancey talks Mental Health, COVID, and Rural Tennessee

Rural Health Day Coloring Book

Interview: Rural Broadband Today podcast

Rural Broadband Today is a new podcast focused on one of the most important issues facing Rural America. It tells the stories of those working to bring broadband internet access within reach of every citizen. This interview-style show presents conversations with elected officials, industry experts and business leaders at the forefront of America’s efforts to solve the rural broadband challenge.

Jacy Warrell, Executive Director of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee, joins the show to discuss a few of the interesting and informative sessions at the upcoming RHAT Annual Conference. She also describes how broadband internet access may impact the overall health of a person and community.

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March of Dimes: Blanket Change

The U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for a woman to give birth, even more so for moms and babies of color. This is a health crisis that has only intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

That is why Rural Health Association of Tennessee has signed on to the #BlanketChange campaign. The campaign outlines key commitments that policymakers, organizations and community leaders can take to improve the health of all moms and babies across the U.S. By supporting #BlanketChange, organizations are calling for eliminating health and racial disparities, driving equity, improving access to care and addressing preventable health conditions.

Organizations that sign up at marchofdimes.org/BlanketChangeSignUp will have the organization’s name featured on the campaign webpage. Please review the attached document and log on to www.blanketchange.org to learn more about this year’s campaign. On the webpage, you will find a social media toolkit that you can utilize to help spread the #BlanketChange message with your contacts and help to amplify this critical work.

Lens on Security

Audience: schools, health care providers, hospitals, clinics, FQHCs

Learning Objectives:
- To learn more about the foundational steps healthcare organizations can take to build and deploy an effective, multi-layered cybersecurity strategy. 
- Gain a big picture view of the cybersecurity landscape and attain more insight into your organization’s own cybersecurity posture. 
- How to best leverage trusted partners to augment and scale your organization’s cybersecurity efforts.

Letter to Commissioner Smith RE: Cover Rx

With 46 other organizations across Tennessee, Rural Health Association of Tennessee sent a letter to Commissioner Smith with Department of TennCare to request smoking quit aids be added to the CoverRx formulary.  

The full letter may be read here.

2020 Photo Contest

Submit your original photography of rural Tennessee subjects 


2019 color photo contest winner: Amy New

Download Rules (or review below)

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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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COVID-19: Sharing Facts and Debunking Fiction

Tennessee Department of Health Epidemiologists will share COVID-19 Facts vs. Fiction.

Learning Objectives:
- Recent Tennessee COVID-19 epidemiology and disease surveillance data
- Evidence base for mask recommendations
- Fact and fiction on masks

Productivity and Workforce Optimization during Unstable Times

RHA of TN's premier partner, Intalere, is offering this workshop free to RHA of TN members and guests.

Learning Objectives:
• To communication the purpose of productivity and staffing targets in today’s environment
• To identify the appropriate people within your organization to manage the process of change
• To understand Key Performance Indicators for Workforce Optimization
• To establish your rules for success during the process and identify clear goals
• To articulate strategies and best practices for improvement to support your organization and department




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TN Department of Health Provider Webinars

To support providers keep up with the fast pace of information related to COVID, Tennessee Department of Health is hosting provider webinars

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/covid-19-webinars.html 

Letter in Support of the CDC

Rural Health Association of Tennessee signed on to a letter with 346 other organizations to support the work of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in their efforts to fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may read the full letter here.

COVIDTaskforce

Rural Health Association of Tennessee's President, Elaine Jackson, was selected to join Tennessee Department of Education's COVID-19 Wellbeing Task Force.

Governor Bill Lee charged Commissioner Schwinn to convene the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force in response to the pandemic’s long-term effects on Tennessee’s school districts and students.  The goal of the Task Force is to help communities come together to check on our kids.

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