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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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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

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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/

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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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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Commissioner Piercey Talks COVID Testing and Vaccine

 

COVID-19 – Navigating a Global Pandemic in Tennessee

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Governor Lee Declares November 19th Rural Health Day

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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

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

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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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