New England Rural Health Association
June Newsletter
Organization News

Hello NERHA Members & Friends, 

I can’t even say how excited I am as we begin ramping up for our Fall Conference - Rural Resiliency: Innovation and the Journey Forward on November 3rd and 4th at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. I spent last Friday making the beautiful drive up to the venue, refamiliarizing myself with the grounds, and checking out all the improvements. I’m hoping we have some mild weather this November so we can take advantage of the new outdoor gathering and game space. I might even challenge you to a game of cornhole. 

We truly want this to be a time of celebration - for making it through a challenging year, for getting back together with old friends and colleagues, making new ones, and sharing the successes of rural over the past year. I know some of you will be familiar faces for me but many others I have yet to get the opportunity to meet in person. Please consider submitting your project or initiative for a breakout session. We know some are still unsure if their organizations will allow travel or if they feel comfortable so we have also added the option to attend virtually - with all of our keynote speakers, federal panel, and breakout sessions streamed live. Don’t forget to renew or sign up for your NERHA membership to receive a $50 member discount to the event. 

National Rural Health Day 2021 is scheduled for Thursday, November 18, and nominations for Community Stars opens on June 14. Please consider the individuals/organizations in your state who make a difference in rural health and nominate them to be a 2021 Community Star. Our virtual Community Stars awards night was such a hit we have added this recognition event to our evening schedule of events at the conference. Stay tuned for more information!


NOSORH is excited to launch a new and improved website

Thank you,

Ann Marie Day
Executive Director

President's Corner

My very best,


Member Spotlight

If you’d like to be considered for a member spotlight, please let us know!
Save The Date!

Join us for our final Virtual Event of the year - Using Technology for Connection & Well-being

Join us for a panel presentation to learn about innovative approaches to connecting older adults to technology. Our speakers from across the region will share how to develop collaborative partnerships and programs addressing digital inclusion, literacy, education, and providing devices to rural older adults. Find out how technology can be leveraged to improve financial stability, health, social isolation, communication, access to information, and increased civic participation.

Panelists Include: 

Susan Corbett, Director of the National Digital Equity Center

Timothy M. Hesselton, Research Project Manager at the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging

Arlene Lugo, ATP, Program Director for the CT Tech Act Project & Assistive Technology Consultant for the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Patricia Richardson, Statewide Aging and Disability Resource Coordinator for the Department of Aging and Disability Services, State Unit on Aging

Remember that these events are open and free to all, be sure to register soon as registration for this event will end 06/28/2021.

Click Here to Register
Thank you again to all our amazing sponsors who made this year’s series possible!

Find out more on our website HERE 

Make sure you submit your Presentation Proposals for a breakout session. Deadline Extended: Proposals are due June 30th, 2021 Submit Here

Sponsorship Opportunities

We want to welcome you back (or for the first time) to the premiere interdisciplinary networking and educational event in the region. It has been a long year for all of us and we cannot wait to bring everyone back to the table. We know our members and attendees are as excited as we are to get back together in person at Sunday River. We hope you will join us and take advantage of exposure to our attendees and partners from across the six states of New England and beyond. Learn more here

An overview of rural health work in Connecticut. Includes a discussion of response to COVID-19 and the opioid use disorder crisis, and work in the area of health equity.

The First Three Months: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

This publication evaluates health centers' challenges with administering the vaccine in the first three months of vaccine deployment.

Access the publication here.

COVID-10 Vaccination Upon Discharge from Hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released these guidelines, prioritizing facilities located in counties with a high Social Vulnerability Index ranking.

Rural Resource Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccines

Identifies messaging principles to communicate about COVID-19 vaccination to rural residents. Includes customizable public service announcements, graphics, and other media for sharing facts about vaccination. Part of the It's Up to You public education campaign.

Recent News

Integrated Primary Care in Rural America Is Urgently Needed

Living in rural America means you may not get the services you desperately need. - Check out this article in Psychology Today with author Jeff Brown, our very own Maine Rural Health Action Network mebmer. This article discusses the study of health disparities in Washington County, Maine.


HRSA: Notice of Supplemental Award to the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Center

May 17, 2021 - The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) announces a supplemental award for a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement with the University of Southern Maine Rural Health Research Center. The supplement will fund a comprehensive, region-wide assessment of health issues to improve health care in rural areas of the Northern Border Region (NBR) of the U.S., which includes Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.



Rural Health Clinics Receive Support for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation.

Last week, the Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $424 million to increase COVID-19 testing and mitigation in rural areas. Each immediately eligible Rural Health Clinic (RHC) received $100,000 in funding. This new effort builds on the May 2020 RHC COVID-19 Testing Program, helping more than 4200 RHCs slow the virus in ways tailored to their communities. Read more about support for Rural Health Clinics during the public health emergency under COVID-19 Resources.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an additional payment amount for administering in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to Medicare beneficiaries who have difficulty leaving their homes or are otherwise hard-to-reach.  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates approximately 1.6 million adults aged 65 or older who may have trouble accessing vaccinations because they have difficulty leaving home. 
Advocate and Take Action

NERHA Policy Issue Request Form 

The New England Rural Health Association utilizes our Policy Committee to take action around emerging issues affecting rural health. Do you have policy issues you’d like to share with us? Check out our Policy Issue Request Form, which allows our members to share policy items with us that we can help support. This form outlines the key information that the Policy Committee needs in order to consider a policy issue for action. By completing this form you will be identified as the 'Champion' of the issue and will need to participate in the discussions and action items related to the issue. Thank you for partnering with the NERHA to protect rural health.

Interested in Policy? - Join our “Health Policy Happy Hour” committee meetings the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5-6pm. Please email to get added to the invite.
Funding & Opportunities

Maine Community Responsive Grants

Grants for planning or implementation projects to improve access to care and health outcomes among communities and populations in Maine that experience health inequities, including rural areas.

Geographic coverage: Maine

Letter of Intent (Required): Jul 13, 2021

Application Deadline: Sep 14, 2021

Sponsor: Maine Health Access Foundation


NASHP Policy Academy on Rural Mental Health Crisis Services

A one-year learning opportunity for teams of state leaders to develop and strengthen policies and strategies that support the development, coordination, and delivery of mental health crisis services in rural areas.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Application Deadline: Jul 9, 2021

Sponsor: National Academy for State Health Policy

Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program Now Open for Applicants

Applications are now open for the 2021-2022 cohort of the Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program (VRHAP). The Center for Optimizing Rural Health (CORH) works with up to 30 hospitals per year through the year-long VRHAP program. Selected hospitals receive free technical assistance – guidance, resources, and recommendations – from a team of rural hospital experts, interactive sessions with peer hospitals, and learning opportunities tailored to topics that can benefit their hospital. Read More


Federal Funding for Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators – July 6. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will invest $80 million to support Navigators, who assist individuals and small businesses seeking health insurance in states with a Federally-Facilitated Marketplace. CMS expects to make 120 cooperative agreements with eligible applicants that include individuals, nonprofit organizations, Federally recognized tribal governments, and small businesses.  To view the Frequently Asked Questions on the grant process, visit:

HRSA Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) – July 22.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will provide up to $250,000 in loan repayment to eligible health professionals in exchange for a six-year, full-time service commitment in rural and underserved areas.   The program expands access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment by adding several new disciplines such as bachelor’s-level SUD counselors, behavioral health paraprofessionals and clinical support staff.

AmeriCorps State and National Tribal Grants – July 23. 

AmeriCorps will award an unspecified number of grants to eligible applicants that include governments, nonprofit organizations, school districts, and institutions of higher education to engage AmeriCorps members in evidence-based interventions to strengthen communities.  Priorities for FY 2021 include programs to help recovery from the pandemic and advancing racial equality.

Upcoming Events

Join CMS for our We Can Do This COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit Webinars

The HHS We Can Do This campaign is a national initiative working hand in hand with trusted leaders and community organizations to continue to build confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and get more people vaccinated. This campaign offers tailored resources and toolkits for stakeholders to use to provide COVID-19 vaccine information to at-risk populations. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is partnering with the campaign to offer several webinars to walk through each toolkit and its resources and train community organizations, local voices and trusted leaders to use the campaign tools for vaccine outreach efforts to diverse communities.


Webinar dates and registration links are below:

  • Tuesday, June 15th, 1:00-1:30 pm ET: General Populations Toolkit - Register here
  • Thursday, June 17th, 1:00-1:30 pm ET: Rural Toolkit - Register here


Healthcentric Advisors Webinar - Nursing Home Naloxone Best Practices

June 17, 12:30-1:30PM EDT - Register 

Vaccine Reluctance Among Older Adults with a History of Trauma: Diverse Concerns, Trauma-Informed Strategies, and Lessons for the Future

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:30-3:45 PM ET

Register for the webinar

SDOH Screening at Health Centers: Insights for Training and Technical Assistance Providers (Part 2)

Tuesday, June 29 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET



NEAETC - HIV and Oral Health Update

June 30, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET - Register Today, Space is Limited!



Webinar Series: Establishing PACE Sites Through Health Centers

Thursdays | July 22, 2021 | 2: 00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Don't miss the third webinar in NACHC's and the National PACE Association's Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) sites webinar series for health centers

Serving LGBTQ Older Adults: Innovative Approaches to Help LGBTQ Older Adults Engage

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 3:00-4:00 PM ET




Custom Learning Solutions - Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: How to Retain COVID Fatigued and Pre-PTSD Employees   

June 22 at 2pm ET - Invitation

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Strengthening the Public Health System

Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Bipartisan Policy Center


The ABC's of Resilience - An Interactive Workshop to Learn and Practice Resilience Building Skills

July 13, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central

Center for Optimizing Rural Health


The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center team is beyond excited to return to an in-person format for our 2021 event; This years' event will be hosted in Manchester, NH on September 23-24, 2021 at the DoubleTree Downtown!

Our call of abstracts for breakout sessions during the event is now open, The proposal deadline is Friday, June 25th and Notifications will be made by Friday, July 9th.

Link to Abstract Submission Form:


Radically Rural - September 22-23, 2021

Meet up in a small town like your own. Connect with rural leaders like yourself. Take away ideas you can use.

Join us in Keene, NH or remotely from wherever you are on September 22 & 23 – we promise you will meet new and interesting people, immerse yourself in engaging and memorable sessions, and enjoy great local food and entertainment -- all wrapped up in an amazing small New England town experience. Autumn in New England is our most colorful and vibrant time! We know you will leave Radically Rural overflowing with great ideas, new friends, and filled with inspiration to make a difference in your community.

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