Osteopathic Health Policy Internship DEADLINE FEB. 11

Apply Now: AACOM 2022 Osteopathic Health Policy Internship
Kaitlyn Thomas, AACOM’s most recent OHPI, discusses the impact the internship will have on her career and the reasons why all osteopathic medical students should consider applying. Click to watch video of her discussing the opportunity’s impact.
AACOM Government Relations (GR) is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 Osteopathic Health Policy Internship (OHPI) Program, a unique eight-week virtual internship for osteopathic medical students. Interns will strengthen AACOM GR’s federal advocacy efforts and develop knowledge of federal healthcare and higher education policy. Each OHPI will gain first-hand experience working virtually at the national level where they will be immersed in policy development, analysis and implementation. Applications are due Friday, February 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. Learn more.


Expanded Eligibility Allows More Rural Clinicians to Qualify for Loan Repayment

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Time: 11:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Mountain, 1:00pm Central, 2:00pm Eastern
Duration: approximately 60 minutes

Tom MorrisTom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health, Health Resources and Services Administration
Mike ShimmensMike Shimmens, Executive Director, 3RNET

Are you a rural clinician that needs help paying off your student loans? There’s help. For qualified healthcare clinicians you could receive student loan repayment in return for serving at National Health Services Corps (NHSC) approved sites. Successful NHSC applicants can either receive loan repayment funding while working at a HPSA site, or receive funding while in school in exchange for service in a HPSA after their graduation, depending on the NHSC program. In FY 2020, approximately 14,000 primary, dental, and mental healthcare providers served in National Health Service Corps programs, receiving federal funding in exchange for providing care in a health professional shortage area.

Learn more about each of the three loan repayment programs

  • NHSC Loan Repayment Programawards up to $50,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment to provide primary medical, dental or mental/behavioral healthcare at approved sites in high-need, underserved areas. HRSA has removed the two-tier scoring, allowing all applicants to receive up to $50,000 in awards regardless of HPSA score. NHSC LRP recipients are eligible to extend their service and potentially pay off all of their educational debt with continuation contracts.
  • NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Programprovides up to $75,000 in exchange for a three-year commitment to healthcare professionals who provide substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services at NHSC-approved SUD treatment facilities. Clinicians with DATA 2000 Waivers can receive award preference.
  • NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program – Providers in rural communities may apply to the NHSC Rural Community LRP, which awards up to $100,000 for three years of service. You are eligible for preference if you work at an NHSC-approved Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) Consortium member facility.

For help with your application, attend one of the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Q&A Sessions or watch the NHSC LRP Webinar recording.

Additional Resources

NHSC Basics

Program Specific Information


This webinar is free. High-speed internet is required to participate. A recording will be available on our website after the live event. Connection details will be emailed to you immediately upon registration.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact RHIhub Webinars at webinars@ruralhealthinfo.org.

Videos from Head for the Hills 2021

Now a pleasant memory, Head for the Hills 2021 provided several resources for best practice:

Drs. Paul Jett and Joseph Frye discuss opioid prescription guidelines

Audio quality prevented uploading a full video, but here are the slides from Dr. Tina Gustin’s presentation on Telehealth. Feel free to contact her for further information.

Dr. Paul Jett with Dr. Joseph Frye discuss “long haul” COVID care

Julie Powers, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, discusses LGBTQ+ issues with patient encounters and diagnoses

Dr. Lee Learman, Dean of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, outlines ways to correct “Race and Gender Bias in SWVA Medicine”

Joshua Bradley’s Talk in Mental and Behavioral Health for Primary Care Providers is available by clicking here.

Beth O’Connor from the Virginia Rural Health Association explains differences between FQHCs, RHCs, and CHCs

Nutrition and Medicine

The Graduate Medical Education Consortium is delighted to partner with the Feeding Southwest Virginia Mobile Market. GMEC has a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture to work with nutrition needs in fixed income communities. The presence of the truck is part of these outreach efforts.

Doctors often tell patients to make better food choices. Given limited access to fresh produce with transportation, and with rising costs of fresh fruits and vegetables, this can be frustrating for both provider and patient. The Consortium is working with several innovations along these lines, and welcomes suggestions from the community.

EVERYONE is welcome to use the mobile market during its visit this coming Tuesday, per the flyer below. There are no requirements for participation and no registration is needed. We will see you at the church parking lot Tuesday.

Head For the Hills Update

Due to the rise of COVID cases following the Delta Variant and in light of vaccine rates not yet sufficient to create a safe environment for face to face interaction among our very needed medical professionals, the conference has moved online. Deadline for registration is October. Please register by clicking the link below. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EMAIL YOU SEND THIS INFORMATION FROM WILL BE THE EMAIL THAT RECEIVES THE ZOOM LINK.

Rural Population on the Decline

Between 2000 and 2010, the nonmetropolitan areas in the US gained more than 1 million residents, but in the last decade, the population fell by 260,000 residents. The decrease from 2010 to 2020 was slight — about half a percentage point, but what is interesting about this change is that it was fueled by increased domestic migration — movement of people from nonmetropolitan counties to metropolitan ones — not by the number deaths and births.

Check out the link below to learn more.

Declining Volunteers in EmeRgency SErvices Threaten Rural Community Health

In rural America, it’s increasingly difficult for ambulance services to respond to emergencies. One factor is that emergency medical services are struggling to find young volunteers to replace retiring EMTs. Another is a growing financial crisis among rural volunteer EMS agencies: A third of them are at risk because they can’t cover their operating costs. For more information, click the link below!

Digital Navigators: A Telehealth Game Changer

With the introduction and abrupt shift to telehealth over the past year, the technology required to support telehealth visits is only the first hurdle that needs to be overcome. The user interaction and experience is perhaps the more important hurdle that we must turn our attention to. Over 4 million rural homes have no access to the Internet, and basic computer skills are often lagging behind. Another million technically has broadband – but it may not be strong enough to power telehealth. The introduction of Digital Navigators will help to solve for both of these problems! To learn more, check out the link below.

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