Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation

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Successful RCORP-Implementation award recipients will receive up to $1 million for a three-year period of performance to enhance and expand substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), service delivery in high-risk rural communities. Award recipients will implement a set of core SUD/OUD prevention, treatment, and recovery activities that align with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Five-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis (PDF – 76 KB). Award recipients are encouraged to leverage workforce recruiting mechanisms like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Find out how to become a NHSC site.

All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, will be eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). Applicants do not need to be current or former RCORP-Planning award recipients to apply for this funding opportunity.

The applicant organization must be part of an established network or consortium that includes at least three other separately-owned (i.e., different Employment Identification Numbers) entities. At least two of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.

RCORP is a multi-year initiative by HRSA aimed at supporting treatment for and prevention of SUD/OUD. In FY18, HRSA awarded 95 grants to rural communities under the RCORP-Planning initiative and funded a technical assistance center to support RCORP award recipients. In FY19, in addition to the RCORP-Implementation awards, HRSA anticipates awarding a new round of RCORP-Planning grants and launching a pilot grant program aimed at expanding the number of small rural hospitals and clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment.

HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants to rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.


Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) Funding Opportunity


Application Due Date: March 4, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency (ANE-NPR) funding opportunity. The application cycle closes on March 4, 2019.

The purpose of this new program is to prepare and increase the number of new nurse practitioners (NPs) in primary care practice in community-based settings through clinical and academic focused 12-month nurse practitioner residency (NPR) programs. Preference will be considered for projects that benefit rural or underserved populations.

For this program, specialties that have a primary care focus may include Family, Adult Family, Adult-Gerontology, Pediatric, Women’s Health Care, Nurse Midwife, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Family.

Applicants are required to address their use and adoption of telehealth and other health care technology, as applicable, which increase readiness to practice and prepare advanced NPs in primary care to expand access to high quality care where it’s most needed. 

A total of $20 million will be available to fund approximately 20 awards. Applicants can apply for up to $500,000 in year one and up to $1,000,000 in years 2, 3 and 4.

Technical Assistance

Date:Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm ET
Call-In: 888-917-8043
Pass-code: 2778084
Web link:

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Gazette-Mail/WVPB: Southern WV Residents Wary of Water’s Health Effects

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By Caity Coyne, Charleston Gazette-Mail, and Molly Born, W.Va. Public Broadcasting

Dr. Joanna Bailey remembers crowding around the kitchen table with her family, carefully sticking stamps on the corners of her neighbors’ monthly water bills. Her dad managed water service in Glover, an old coal town along the Guyandotte River in Wyoming County.

When someone didn’t pay the bill, Bailey’s father would quietly let it slide, knowing that, without a shut-off valve, the water would keep flowing anyway.

One day, a woman mailed in a check for a dollar and some cents, along with a letter explaining that she’d deducted everything that she had to buy that month because she couldn’t use the discolored water that came out of her tap.

“Part of what she included on the list of things that she had to buy, and I quote — that I remember from 6 years old — ‘a Mountain Dew, to brush my teeth,’” Bailey said.

Bailey now works as a family doctor in two Southern West Virginia counties. More than 25 years later, she still sees distrust of the water as a near-daily part of her practice…

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New Videos Demonstrate Benefits of Community Paramedicine in West Virginia

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Community Paramedicine. You’ve heard of it, right?

But do you know exactly what it is, and how it works?

Community Paramedicine is increasingly being recognized as a powerful approach to providing healthcare in rural communities, and a new set of videos released in West Virginia this month aims to explain the benefit of community paramedicine to both patients and healthcare providers.

This form of expanded care – often referred to as mobile integrated healthcare services – is delivered by nationally-registered paramedics who have received additional training. It’s been shown to help lessen unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department visits while enhancing access to quality care for patients.

The videos were produced by the health system improvement organization Quality Insights, in partnership with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), the Partners in Health Network and Jan Care.

You can watch them now at

“Community paramedicine is filling a gap of needs within our communities,” says Monica Mason, Director of Community Paramedicine at KCEAA. “Once patients are discharged from the hospital, our paramedics go out into the home and visit them to ensure that the plan of care from the hospital is continued to the home until they get back to their doctor’s office for follow-up and further recommendations.”

Mason is one of a growing number of health professionals that believes community paramedicine can have a positive effect on decreasing overall healthcare costs by treating patients before they need to call 9-1-1.

A community paramedic can address both medical and social needs. Community paramedics can provide home safety assessments, triage and referral services, chronic disease management education, support for family caregivers, medication compliance support, vaccinations and more.

Learn more about Quality Insights Community Paramedicine initiative at

The Eyes of the World Are On West Virginia. Will You Step Up at the 2018 Rural Health Conference?

As we struggle in the grip of an unprecedented public health emergency that threatens the future of our state and its people, the eyes of the world are trained on West Virginia.

Now, we must respond.

The onus is on West Virginia’s health professionals, students, educators, community advocates and leaders to generate the ideas and solutions that will lead to real and lasting community change.

Are we up to the challenge? Are the transformative ideas out there that can have a real and immediate impact in improving health outcomes in West Virginia’s rural communities?

That remains to be seen.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association will dedicate its annual rural health conference this year to unearthing and supporting the bold, brave ideas that are needed if we are able to reverse the deadly trends that are crippling the state.

If you are a working on health programs and solutions for West Virginia, we invite you to present a session at this year’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

To be held at Pipestem Resort State Park, October 17 – 19, the theme of this year’s event is Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Healthy West Virginia.

The deadline for presentation applications is March 30.


Submit your presentation proposal – deadline March 30.

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  • Future of Health Care/Innovation
    Topics could include technology, health care transformation, creative health solutions, and others.


Big ideas needed.