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2015 Broadband Progress Report
Reports on broadband deployment in the United States, with information specific to broadband access in rural and tribal communities. Discusses the role of broadband in healthcare. Provides maps showing rural broadband deployment and includes state and county-level broadband access data. Organization: Federal Communications Commission. Date: 02 / 2015

Developing a Culturally Competent, Sustainable Rural Model for Diabetes Prevention
Assesses a community- and family-based approach to diabetes prevention and management in eleven Appalachian counties across three states. Highlights the benefits of utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to diabetes education and awareness when engaging rural communities. Date: 02 / 2015. Journal: Rural and Remote Health


Roadmap to Develop Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Initiatives
A guidebook to help local and county governments learn how they might share public health services regionally for more effective and efficient operations. The guide is based on a national public health learning community that includes rural public health organizations. Organization: Center for Sharing Public Health Services


WEBINAR: Persistent & Emerging Issues In Rural Education: Insights from Recent Economics of Education Research, March 9, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - Eastern Time

This presentation provides an overview of some persisting issues in rural education as well as a discussion of emerging topics, with particular attention on teacher labor markets and education finance. Recent research on some persisting issues, such as teacher pay and recruitment and the political economy of school financing will be discussed. The presenter will also distill the implications that emerging trends in teacher performance measurement, teacher compensation reform (e.g. Federal and State support for Pay-for-Performance contracts), recruitment/retention policy (e.g. challenges to seniority based retention) and alternative licensing pathways have for rural school success.

About the Speakers:  Elton Mykerezi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Extension Economist with the Center for Community Vitality at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He Holds a PhD in Economics from Virginia Tech. Mykerezi's research focuses on the study of human capital and labor markets; economics of poverty, food insecurity and poor nutrition; rural business and labor market development. His Extension and outreach efforts aim to improve economic opportunities for vulnerable populations, by focusing primarily on access to healthy foods, a quality education and opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment. He also teaches a graduate Regional Economics course. 


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join the webinar go to http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.  To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.

The webinar will be recorded and archived at http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/chronological_archive.


Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship Program Accepting Applicants - DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

Six fellowships of $4,500 will be awarded to health professional students to conduct summer research projects focused on transforming healthcare delivery systems for vulnerable populations....


Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies - Application deadline: Mar 30, 2015
Will fund one entity that is able to assist rural communities with conducting rapid data analyses and short term issue-specific rural research studies to understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

American Psychiatric Foundation Seeks Applications for Typical or Troubled? Mental Health Grant Program - DEADLINE: March 31, 2015

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support the Typical or Troubled? program in middle schools and high schools nationwide....

American Academy of Nursing Invites Applications for IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence Award - DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

A grant of $90,000 will be awarded to a nurse scholar or health policy expert as part of a year-long leadership-in-health-policy residency in Washington, D.C....


Amphion Foundation Accepting Applications From Performing Musical Ensembles - DEADLINE: April 1, 2015

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to nonprofit performing ensembles, presenters, and music service organizations for general operating support or support for special projects....

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Artists Fellowships - DEADLINE: April 6, 2015

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded in recognition of the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have had a significant impact on their discipline....


Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program - Application deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Grants to states to assist Critical Access Hospitals with quality and performance activities, including: stabilizing rural hospital finance; integrating emergency medical services (EMS) into their health care systems; incorporating population health; and fostering innovative models of health care. Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program - Application deadline: Apr 6, 2015
Supports the development of formal rural health networks that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Public Health Nurse Leaders - Application deadline: Apr 17, 2015
A two-year leadership development program designed to enhance the strengths of senior-level Public Health Nurses, and to help them to develop a culture of health within their communities and states.
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Endangered Language Fund Invites Applications - DEADLINE: April 20, 2015

Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support language maintenance initiatives and linguistic fieldwork related to languages in danger of disappearing within a generation or two....


National Environmental Education Foundation Invites Applications for Capacity-Building Grants - DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to protect, improve, and support responsible use of public land and water sites in the United States....


Mary Kay Foundation Accepting Applications for Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program - DEADLINE: April 30, 2015

The foundation will award a grant to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state....


Patient Safety Learning Laboratories: Innovative Design and Development to Improve Healthcare Delivery Systems (P30) - Application deadline: Apr 27, 2015
Awards funding to establish Patient Learning Laboratories, which will work to develop, design, and test interventions that can help to transform healthcare delivery and improve patient safety and healthcare quality.
Sponsor: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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