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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

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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.

Faith Community Nursing

The West Virginia University School of Nursing offers a Faith Community Nursing course for those individuals interested in helping to address the unique needs of faith-based organizations. The professional practice of faith community nursing focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

The program is a nationally recognized faith community nursing course which is the first step in the nurse’s ability to apply for national certification in faith community nursing through American Nursing Credentialing Center. Registered Nurses (RNs) can complete the course to gain national recognition as a trained faith community nurse.

The course also is open to individuals who work as chaplains, pastors, social workers and others. However, only RNs who complete the course can use the title Faith Community Nurse.

School of Nursing faculty members Angel Smothers, DNP, APRN-BC, and Lois Harder, PhD, RN, will oversee and facilitate the courses.

Application for 32 contact hours has been made to the West Virginia University School of Nursing, Charleston Division. WVUSON-Charleston Division is an approved provider of continuing education for Registered Professional Nurses by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBRN registration number: WV1997-0187RN).

About the Course

The course is offered online and provides students to attend a face-to-face educational session (optional) with School of Nursing faculty in Morgantown. The faith community nursing program is offered in four units of study with 28 total learning modules, including

  • Spirituality
  • Professionalism
  • Holistic health
  • Community

Students can complete the program in as little as two months.

SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE

The cost for the certificate course is $400. WVU School of Nursing faculty and School of Nursing preceptors receive a 50% discount ($200).

Registration

To register for the course, please complete the appropriate registration form and make your payment using the WVU Continuing & Professional Education website.

  1. Go to http://continuinged.wvu.edu.
  2. Either select the search button to go to the class directly by typing the name or partial keywords, or click on Courses & Registration orange button then Health & Wellness under Career & Professional.
  3. Add the course to your cart and complete payment.

For more information about the course, please contact Angel Smothers, 304-293-6599.

MINNIE HAMILTON HEALTH CARE CENTER SRHT PROJECT WELL UNDER

Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center (MHHCC) is an 18-bed, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital (CAH), providing acute care, emergency medicine, rehabilitation therapies, imaging and related outpatient ancillary services to the residents Grantsville, West Virginia and surrounding communities. In addition, MHHCC operates a rural health clinic (RHC) in Grantsville and an FQHC in Glenville, WV along with various community programs including dental services, and 24-bed long-term-care facility. MHHCC is one of two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in the United States that operate a CAH. Their mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care on an as-needed or preventative basis. They proudly state, “We have created a practice that we believe in and choose for our own family members.” Carla Brock Wilber, Senior Consultant, with Stroudwater Associates, worked with MHHCC in 2017, through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project, on a Quality of Care and Transition of Care Project. Center staff spoke with Stephen Whited, CEO; Sandra Ellis, Director of QI, Risk and Patient Safety; and Brittany Frymier, Administrative Assistant, just six months after the implementation of the consultant recommendations to discuss their progress.

Q: What are some of the recommendations that you’ve implemented in these first six months and what are your next steps?
A: Regarding the Emergency Department (ED), MHHCC closely tracked time on “Decision to admit to time of ED departure.” They educated ED providers concerning details of the measure and they provide the data monthly to providers and nursing staff so they can see each individual patient times and provider and nurse information. This has decreased from pre-project measure of 122 minutes to a recently low of 57 minutes. Currently they are at 74 minutes, very close to the goal of 70.
Previously, daily huddles to discuss discharge planning were held three days a week and they now conduct them five days a week and strongly encourage providers to participate. In preparation for this change, administration shared ideas with their providers about with this topic. Participation is tied to incentives. The huddles also include representatives from pharmacy, physical therapy and other disciplines relevant to individual cases. Recently the discharge planner implemented LACE tool. This is a new strategy for MHHCC and they are closely evaluating patients for risk for readmit in 30 days. This has been very important since it’s been difficult to identify readmissions to other facilities. Internally, their readmission rates are very good (0 for 12 months) but they are most interested in preventing external readmissions. Another strategy to reduce readmissions has been to enhance their swing bed program. They developed brochures for this program and communicate this service to patients before they are transferred from the ED. They plan to increase marketing to other hospitals for referral back to MHHCC and track transfers so that the discharge planner can follow up with the receiving hospital to discuss a referral back.
MHHCC believes their biggest accomplishment on the SRHT project is the improved education of providers and staff on data. The board quality committee is very involved and HCAHPS training is conducted for all supervisors. Each supervisor receives a monthly dashboard of current data to post in their departments.

Q: What has been the impact of this project so far on MHHCC?
A: The measurable outcomes will be reported in six months. Non-measurable impact has already been clear and includes:
• Improved information and data sharing with supervisors and then driving information down to staff
• The addition of quality as a topic to staff meeting agendas
• More transparency as they create a culture of quality and safety
• A desire to continue to improve even though they are doing well in comparison to peers

Q: Lastly, how do you believe this project has helped you move forward in the newly emerging system of health care delivery and payment?
A: “Things are working; we are getting there. Ready to have conversations about raising the bar without settling. All the documentation and quality impacts reimbursement and we have a better understanding of this now. Understanding better how to meet patient needs and prevent readmission while impacting wellness.”

West Virginia Cancer Burden Report

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The 2017 West Virginia Cancer Burden Report reflects a collaborative effort between the office of Cancer Prevention
and Control at the WVU Cancer Institute and the West Virginia Cancer Registry. We continue to partner together to
better serve our state, maximize resources, build on the inherent strengths of staff, and generate a user-friendly
document. Inside this edition, you will find the usual updates on incidence and mortality, but you will also discover
highlighted cancers – breast, cervical, lung, colorectal (also known as colon and rectum) and a new section on HPV associated cancers. There are summaries, one page info-graphics, and WV resource pages to address these cancers. We
also included a Frequently Asked Questions section that defines confusing terms and showcases Mountains of Hope,
our statewide Cancer Coalition. We encourage everyone to consider joining this organization and assisting in the
implementation of the WV Cancer Plan.  This report provides updated statewide, age-adjusted incidence rates and counts for cancers diagnosed among West Virginia residents from 2010 to 2014. The purpose of the report is to provide WV cancer data to cancer prevention and control partners, researchers, policy makers, and the public

We acknowledge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Program of Cancer Registries for its support of the West Virginia Cancer Registry staff. This report was also supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, under PHHSBG #NB01OT009134-01-01.
The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This report is made possible thanks to the efforts of the WVCR staff, personnel at reporting facilities that see cancer patients throughout West Virginia, and the employees at other state central cancer registries who provided incidence data for this report.

www.cancerregistry.wv.gov
www.wvucancer.org/cancer-prevention-control/

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.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses substantial financial assistance in exchange for full-time service either at a Critical Shortage Facility or an eligible school of nursing.

NURSE Corps LRP awards are subject to the availability of funds.  This notice is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed and funds awarded in a timely manner. Applicants should note that this Guidance may be cancelled prior to award recommendations in the absence of funding.

Read the 2018 Application and Program Guidance

Apply for the 2018 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program – we’re accepting applications through March 8, 2018

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