Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program

Additional Information

Deadline: July 30, 2018

What the Funding Will Do

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, located in the Health Resources and Services Administration, released today a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Community Opioid Response Planning Grant Program, to fund approximately 75 high-risk rural communities at up to $200,000 per award.  These funds will support a range of activities to help rural communities develop plans and strategies to address the rural opioid epidemic in their communities.  Successful awardees will partner with at least three other separately-owned entities and develop plans to implement substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery interventions.  This program is part of a multi-year, $130.0 million opioid-focused effort by HRSA.  In FY 2019 and beyond, there will be additional funds available to provide continued support, including additional grants and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program awards.

Read HRSA’s Press Release


Eligible applicants include domestic public or private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations.  All services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas. See Section III – Eligibility Information in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more details on eligibility and consortium specifications.

How To Apply

The Notice of Funding Opportunity is available on

It’s important to know that you cannot apply for a HRSA grant until three registrations are completed:

  1. DUNS Number (What is DUNS?)
  2. System for Awards Management (What is SAM?)

More information about the registration process can be found on the Grants section of HRSA’s website.  

FORHP will hold an hour-long webinar for applicants on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  

**NEW INFORMATION: Please reference page ii in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar.***

Federal Resources for the Opioid Crisis That May Help

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

U.S. Department of Agriculture

For questions regarding this funding opportunity, please email


Meningococcal B: Epidemiology and Successful Vaccination Strategies

Upcoming Webinar:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Meningococcal disease, specifically serotype B (MenB), is an ongoing problem in this country, particularly in university outbreaks. Meningococcal disease is a serious illness that can develop from initial symptoms to death within 24 hours. It often occurs without warning – even among people who are otherwise healthy. Presenters in this webinar will discuss the disease burden of the meningococcal disease, specifically meningococcal B, the ACIP recommendation for MenB vaccination and the meaning of Category B recommendation, as well as strategies for improving MenB vaccination rates in your clinic.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to (or better able to):

1. Discuss the current epidemiology of meningococcal B in the United States and the profiles of patients at greatest risk for this vaccine-preventable disease.

2. Describe MenB vaccine recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the rationale behind a category B classification.

3. Recognize best practices in counseling patients and their parents/caregivers on the importance of administering the MenB vaccine

4. Discuss practice considerations for administering the MenB vaccine such as documentation, billing, and screening for additional immunizations.


1. Jeff Neccuzi, Director, Division of Immunization Services, West Virginia Bureau for Public Health

2. Angela Gray, BSN, RN, Nurse Director, RWJF Public Health Nurse Leader, Berkeley County Health Department


The West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative Project

Photo: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services

The Children’s Health Collaborative Project’s first challenge is to develop a comprehensive statewide picture of what is already happening in schools and communities in West Virginia. Through surveys of diverse school, health care, and community stakeholders, followed by phone interviews, focus groups, and site visits, we will create a list of programs, key players, community leaders, and successful models to share across the state. Your participation is vital to the success of this worthwhile project!

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Background: The West Virginia Children’s Health Collaborative Project, a program of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, is an innovative partnership between children’s health policy experts, health providers, educators, parents, and community leaders who share the common goal to see every West Virginia child insured, linked to a doctor’s office or primary care provider, and receiving coordinated and continuous needed health and social services. We will build on successful models across our state, support the good work that has already been done, and work to make even more progress.

Even though West Virginia is a national leader in reducing the rate of uninsured children and has more school-based health centers per person than any other state, we still see children’s overall health and well-being ranked close to the bottom in national surveys. Today a growing number of West Virginia’s children are in disrupted families and in transition, which creates new barriers to enrollment. And even with an insurance card in-hand, it is difficult to link these children to a medical home and coordinated, continuous care

The Children’s Health Collaborative Project’s first challenge is to develop a comprehensive statewide picture of what is already happening in schools and communities so we can then:

1) Assist families of children who do not have private health insurance enroll into West Virginia Medicaid and our Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP);

2) Connect children and families to a medical home that can coordinate health and social services; and

3) Plan for continuity of services when school is out of session.

Through surveys of diverse school, health care, and community stakeholders, followed by phone interviews, focus groups, and site visits, we will create a list of programs, key players, community leaders, and successful models to share across the state.

Following the statewide assessment, in August we will share what we learned from our surveys and plan how to both replicate great programs and advance policy changes that can help strengthen the children’s wheel of services – both hub and spokes. We will also have the foundation to create a network of local children’s health experts and community champions who are dedicated to informing policymakers and taking action to improve children’s health and wellbeing at the community, state, and federal levels.

Until now, there’s been no uniform effort to compile a comprehensive, statewide picture of how we’re addressing health care in our schools. But The Children’s Health Collaborative Project is not just another research project. It is an initiative to catalyze new voices to speak out and bring positive change supported by a foundation of knowledge and an understanding of what really works to get our children the health care and social service supports that empowers them to succeed.

How to Help?

We are looking for anyone who has a stake in our children’s lives. If you would like to help – in a large or small role – or learn more – please contact West Virginians for Affordable Health Care at or call 304.444.5917.

Children’s Health Collaborative Project Presentation

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Save The Date: June 8th, Caring for Babies Who are Drug Affected from Hospital to Home

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June 8th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Leo Carsner Auditorium Camden Clark Hospital Parkersburg, WV.  Lunch will be provided, CME’s and CEU’s available as well.


Healthcare Providers including:

  •  OB-GYN’s
  • Pediatricians
  • Family Practice Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Providers Nurses
  • Social Workers

Community Providers Caring for Infants Affected by Substance use, including:

  • Home Visitors
  • Daycare Providers
  • Foster Care Families

For more information please contact:; 304-485-0650

2018 Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Apply today for the 2018 Faculty Loan Repayment Program!

Accepting applications through Thursday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides individuals who have an interest in eligible health profession careers with the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as faculty members at accredited and eligible health professions schools.

Participants will receive up to $40,000 for two (2) years of service to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. Applicants must obtain all qualifying educational loans prior to the application deadline of June 28, 2018.

Before You Apply

Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract.


To be eligible, all applicants must:

  1. Come from a disadvantaged background, based on environmental and/or economic factors, 
  2. Have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and 
  3. Have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two years.

Application Help

Join our Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Call. 

Thursday, June 7
3-4:30 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 1-888-889-4957
Passcode: 9769247


Register now for the 2018 WV Immunization Summit!

In Partnership with the KidStrong Conference

The Annual West Virginia Immunization Summit is an action-oriented event targeted toward public and private sector organizations with an interest in improving immunization rates in West Virginia. Various sessions at the Summit will be targeted toward healthcare and public health professionals, educators, students, business leaders, and others interested in reducing vaccine-preventable diseases in West Virginia.

Immunization Summit Details:

When and Where? 

Day 1: Thursday, June 21st, 10:30 am – 5:15 pm Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Dr. Charleston, WV WIN Annual Awards Luncheon, Thursday, June 21st, from 11:45am to 1:00pm Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Dr. Charleston, WV. Click here for more information about the Awards Event.

Day 2: Friday, June 22nd, 8:30 am – 2:15 pm Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Dr. Charleston, WV

Continuing Education: Physician, Pharmacy, Nursing, Counseling, and Social Work CEUs have been applied for for this conference.


  • Advance Registration (until June 15th): $50 for one day; $90 for two days (includes ticket to WIN Awards Luncheon).
  • Late Registration: $60 for one day; $110 for two days (includes ticket to WIN Awards Luncheon).
  • Student Rates: $25 for one day; $45 for two days (includes ticket to WIN Awards Luncheon).
  • Awards Luncheon Ticket (for those not registering for the Immunization Summit or KidStrong Conference and for additional guests): $25

Scholarships: We have a limited number of scholarships to cover 50% of the registration fee for those who need it at this time. If you would like to request one of these scholarships, please email the WIN Program Manager stating the number of scholarships requested and the reason for requesting this scholarship