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2021 Federal Advocacy Agenda

February 9-11th, 2021 a delegation of 19 Rural Health Association of Tennessee Members and affiliates attended National Rural Health Association's Policy Institute. We welcome you to contact your federal legislators to share your experience and insight explaining the need to fund rural programs, providers, and facilities. See below for resources. If you would like to participate in upcoming state advocacy events, please email [email protected] 

National Rural Health Association 2021 Policy Document

Click here to send a message and/or call your congress persons. Below is a simple guide for how to talk to your Representative and Senators on some of the key points in the above document.

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Interview: Rural Health Leadership Radio

Executive Director, Jacy Warrell, talks with Dr. Bill Auxier, host of Rural Health Leadership Radio. Subscribe to Rural Health Leadership Radio at https://rhlradio.com

Rural Tennessee starting to receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Interview with Executive Director, Jacy Warrell, 12/17/20

Interview: Nashville Public Television 11-22-20

COVID-19, Beyond Numbers | NPT Reports

Executive Director, Jacy Warrell, speaks with Nashville Public Television on COVID and rural health disparities.

https://video.wnpt.org/video/covid-19-beyond-numbers-npt-reports-a4lols/

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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Commissioner Piercey Talks COVID Testing and Vaccine

 

COVID-19 – Navigating a Global Pandemic in Tennessee

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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

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

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.

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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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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