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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.

Thank You for Supporting 340B Drug Discount Program!

Rural Health Association of Tennessee would like to thank the below Tennessee Representatives for supporting the 340B Drug Discount program by signing a letter to Acting Secretary Cochran of the Department of Health and Human Services. This bi-partisan effort asks HHS to take immediate action to ensure that drug manufacturers are prohibited from imposing unilateral changes to the program in direct conflict with congressional intent and decades of written guidance. Read the full letter here.

  • Representative Tim Burchett
  • Representative Steve Cohen
  • Representative Jim Cooper
  • Representative Chuck Fleischmann
  • Representative Diana Harshbarger
  • Representative David Kustoff

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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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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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

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.

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/

Leading Through Crisis – Lessons from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

 

Leading Through Crisis – Lessons from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight CenterJohnny Stephenson, BSE, Director, Office of Strategic Analysis & Communications, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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Governor Lee Declares November 19th Rural Health Day

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Commissioner Schwinn COVID and Education

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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