Maine Rural Health Research Center

Gale receives NRHA Volunteer of the Year award

John Gale, Senior Research Associate with the Maine Rural Health Research Center, was presented with the 2015 National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Volunteer of the Year Award at NRHA's 38th Annual Rural Health Conference April 16 in Philadelphia. To view the video go to :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xowct9wOYME&list=PLrLzXxrhUwSf-FTs0Erkcj4E8i_3AMAFe&index=10.
photo: John Gale at national Rural Health Association

Webinar: Veterans Choice Program

Join us on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST) for a discussion of the new Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program is a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that expands access to healthcare to veterans by allowing them to receive care from non-VA healthcare providers. Link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/vcp_webinar/ Call-in:1-888-831-8965 Passcode: 5914375

Webinar: Veterans Choice Program

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
Webinar link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/vcp_webinar/
Contact Name: 
Karen Pearson
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4553
Contact Email: 
karenp@usm.maine.edu

Join the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) for the Veterans Choice Program Webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (EST). The Veterans Choice Program is a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that expands access to health care to thousands of veterans by allowing them to receive care from non-VA healthcare providers.  This program provides an opportunity for rural healthcare providers to partner with the VA in providing services to rural veterans.

Access Info:

Link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/vcp_webinar/

Call-in: 1-888-831-8965 Passcode: 5904375

Note: Registration is not required for this webinar

An audio recording and written transcript will be made available to participants approximately one week following the webinar.

Presenters:

Gina Capra, Director, U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Office of Rural Health;

Lelia Jackson, Acting Director, VHA, Office of Community Engagement TriWest and Health Net Representatives

Webinar on Integrating Behavioral Health in Rural Primary Care

John Gale of the Maine Rural Health Research Center, USM Muskie School, will be co-presenting a webinar on rural behavioral health and primary care integration issues on 2/26/15 from 2-3:30 pm ET. Join this webinar to get an overview of integration models used in rural settings, planning best practices, financing considerations, and implementation strategies for primary care and behavioral health providers to collaborate and better meet the behavioral health needs of their communities.

Rural and Remote Food Environments and Obesity

Abstract: 

Researchers at the Maine Rural Health Research Center Rural have published a review in the January 2015 issue of Current Obesity Reports describing the rural community, home, and individual food environments and what is known about their roles in healthy eating.

Abstract: Rural residents are more likely to be obese and overweight compared to their urban counterparts. Studies of specific rural communities have found that the limited availability of healthy foods in the community and home as well as individual characteristics and preferences contribute to poor diet and overweight. The rural food environment is varied and may be affected by climate, regional and cultural preferences, transportation access, and remoteness among other factors. Given this diversity and the vulnerabilities of rural residents, who are more likely to have low-income, substandard housing or low educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts, policy and programmatic interventions should target specific needs and communities.

Suggested Citation: Lenardson, J. D., Hansen, A. Y., & Hartley, D. (2015). Rural and remote food environments and obesity. Current Obesity Reports. doi: 10.1007/s13679-014-0136-5

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
January 30, 2015
URL: 
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13679-014-0136-5#page-1

Rural Health Clinic Readiness for PCMH Recognition

Abstract: 

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model reaffirms traditional primary care values including continuity of care, connection with an identified personal clinician, provision of same day- and after-hours access, and positions providers to participate in accountable care and other financing and delivery system models. However, little is known about the readiness of the over 4,000 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to meet the PCMH Recognition standards established by the National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Researchers at the Maine Rural Health Research Center (University of Southern Maine) present findings from a survey of RHCs that examined their capacity to meet the NCQA PCMH requirements, and discuss the implications of the findings for efforts to support RHC capacity development.

Key Findings

  • Based on their performance on the “must pass” elements and related key factors, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are likely to have difficulties gaining National Center for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.
  • RHCs perform best on standards related to recording demographic information and managing clinical activities, particularly for those using an electronic health record.
  • RHCs perform less well on improving access to and continuity of services, supporting patient self-management skills and shared decision-making, implementing continuous quality improvement systems, and building practice teams.
  • RHCs are likely to need substantial technical assistance targeting clinical and operational performance to gain NCQA PCMH Recognition.

For more information on this study, please contact John Gale.

Suggested Citations:

(Working Paper) Gale JA, Croll Z, Hartley D. Rural Health Clinic Readiness for Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Marketplace. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; January, 2015. Working Paper No. 57.

(Policy Brief) Gale J, Croll Z, Hartley D.Rural Health Clinic Readiness for Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition: Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Marketplace. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center; January, 2015. Research & Policy Brief PB-57.

 

Publication Type: 
Working Paper
Publish Date: 
January 30, 2015
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/rural/RHC-Readiness-for-PCMH-Recognition-Working-Paper

Research staff book chapter contributions win award

Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models, published by Springer Publishing Company, wins second place in the 2014 American Journal of Nursing Awards. Research staff at the Maine Rural Health Research Center contributed chapters to this book. Congratulations to John Gale, David Hartley, David Lambert, Jennifer Lenardson, Karen Pearson, and Erika Ziller!
Book Cover: Rural Public Health

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