State of Decay Report Shows Struggles, But Hope, For Oral Health Care Nationwide

Oral Health America released A State of Decay, Vol. IV earlier this month.

And while the report, which provides a state by state analysis of the oral health of older adults, revealed that half of the mainland states received a “poor” ranking, there is a glimmer of hope for states struggling with oral health outcomes.

West Virginia was one of the states that received a poor ranking, in 43rd place.

But the example of Alabama will be heartening to oral health advocates and professionals in West Virginia. A low ranking in the last analysis in 2016, when it was placed 50th, got the attention of state officials, which led to creation of a plan and commitment to goals in five key areas.

The result: in 2018 Alabama was placed 29th, a dramatic improvement and a hopefully example for other states, like West Virginia, Mississippi and New Jersey, that often do poorly in public health studies, that improvement is possible.

Through publication of A State of Decay and provision of guidelines for action, OHA continues to lead the way toward healthier mouths for older adults.

States, advocates, and public health coalitions that share OHA’s commitment can use these recommendations to push forward policies needed to positively impact the health and oral health of older adults.

Read and download the full report at astateofdecay.org.

Want Some Help To Make Your Workplace Healthier? Here It Is.

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If you and your colleagues at work want to do something simple to make your workplace a healthier and happier place, there are free resources to help you do that.

The American Diabetes Association team in West Virginia is looking for local folks interested in wellness in the workplace. Their Wellness Lives Here initiative provides valuable tools to assist in setting up a workplace wellness program, launching lunch-and-learn programs, and offering proven strategies to develop best practices around workplace wellness.

The goal is to inspire and fuel our nation’s healthful habits at work and beyond. With year-round opportunities, Wellness Lives Here helps companies, organizations and communities educate and motivate people to adopt healthful habits to reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.

For some, it means fewer sick days and higher productivity. For others, it means looking and feeling better. For everyone, the result is empowerment—Americans who are better able to control, delay or prevent Diabetes and related health problems.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Deanie Eldridge, Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association in West Virginia, at deldridge@diabetes.org or. 757-424-6662 x3281.

Deanie can help develop a complimentary custom wellness plan for your organization.

And here’s some handy online wellness tools you can use right now.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funding Opportunities

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Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP)

2018 Call for Applications

    Release Date: February 1, 2018 | Application Deadline: March 15, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET

Latest Updates

Note: There is not an informational webinar for this year’s call for applications.  Browse FAQs for answers to common questions in the Key Materials section.

Purpose

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (AMFDP) offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to increase the number of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to:

  • developing careers and achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing;
  • fostering the development of succeeding classes of physicians, dentists, and nurses from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • improving the health of underserved populations; and/or
  • working toward understanding and eliminating health disparities by achieving senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing.

    Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must be physicians, dentists, or nurses who:

    • are from historically disadvantaged backgrounds;[1]
    • are U.S. citizens, permanent residents at the time of application, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services[2] (Changes in federal policy or law may necessitate that we consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms.);
    • are completing or have completed their formal clinical training. (We will give preference to those who have recently completed their formal clinical training or—in the case of nurses—their research doctorate.); and
    • are not related by blood or marriage to any Officer[3] or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

    Federal, state, tribal and local government empoloyees who are not considered government officials[4] under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are elibile to apply.

    Physicians must be Board-eligible to apply for this program. A dental applicant must be a general dentist with a master’s degree or a PhD or have completed advanced dental education. Nurse applicants must be registered nurses with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline completed by the application deadline.

    Full eligibility criteria (including footnotes) are available in the CFA.

    Key Dates

    March 15, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of completed online applications.March 16, 2018
    Deadline for postmark of hard copies of applications.

    July 11–13, 2018
    Applicant interviews with national advisory committee members in Chicago.

    December 2018
    Notification of awards.

    Total Awards

    RWJF will fund up to 10 four-year awards of up to $420,000 each in this grant cycle. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities. As detailed on page 6 in the Call for Applications, additional awards are available through partnerships with the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Nephrology, and the American Heart Association.

Diabetes Classes Available at Boone Memorial Hospital

In addition to the Boone Memorial Hospital Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention Program led by Nurse Practitioner Kathy Hill,

Quality Insights and EDC (Everyone with Diabetes Counts) will offer a 

FREE 5-week program for diabetics at BMH starting Feb. 20th.

Spaces still available. See details below and click

HERE for more information

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program Applications are due February 28th

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) HRSA-18-034 for Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning Program). ). The purpose of this program is to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Approximately $2 million will be awarded annually for up to 20 awardees during Fiscal Year 2018 project period.  Applications are due February 23, 2018.

The intent of the Network Planning program is to allow applicants the flexibility to determine their unique community needs and focus area(s), based on historical health care context, expertise, and relevant data sources in the community. Past Network Planning projects have had an array of project focus areas including (but not limited to): Care Coordination among Network Partners; Patient Engagement; Data Analytics/Health Information Technology; Rural Hospital Closure/ Conversion; Telehealth. Furthermore, the program creates an opportunity to address the clinical priorities of mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity.

If you have any questions about the program or have opportunities for FORHP to present information regarding this funding opportunity, please contact Sara Afayee: Safayee@hrsa.gov or 301-945-4169.