Cheap Meds!

We hope everyone enjoyed the 2015 Head for the Hills event!

We’re going to spend the next few weeks reviewing the fantastic presentations.  First up –

Guide to Inexpensive Prescription Medications MelodyProvided by Melody Counts, M.D., M.H.M., District Health Director – Cumberland Plateau Health District (and GMEC board member), the session asked;

“What good do your diagnostics and treatment do if the person can’t afford the medications?”

and proceeded to answer the question and provided an overview of various medication discount programs and guidelines as to how providers could streamline the eligibility process for those program.

Session participants learned how to identify multiple sources of inexpensive prescription medication information for patients and why providing such information is important to one’s medical practice.

Why bother?

“If someone has hypertension and can’t afford their anti-hypertensives, everything you say is worthless. Yes, there are also lifestyle issues, but if patients can’t afford their medication, you’re doing them no good.”



Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment

Are you a health professions student wondering how you are going to afford your education?  Or a rural provider trying to recruit new practitioners?

If so – we have two great guides for you!

First are the presentation slides from Head for the Hills from Justin Crow’s Getting the Most from Federal & State Loan Repayment Programs  discussion.  This provides an in-depth guide as to what programs are available and who qualifies for them.

AND – from the Rural Assistance Center – Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions

This guide includes:

  • Types of Health Education Financial Aid
  • Operating Successful Rural Health Education Financial Aid Programs
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Rural areas face a documented shortage of essential healthcare professionals, especially in primary care fields.  The rising costs of education directly impact the ability of students to pursue a healthcare degree and compound the rural health workforce shortage.  These guides help to bridge the gap.

New Session!

We’ve been able to add another session to the Head for the Hills agenda!

Justin Crow, from the Virginia Department of Health will be presenting:

Getting the Most from Federal and State Loan Repayment Programs:  Guidance for Practitioners and Practice Sites

Mr. Crow’s presentation will enable you to:

  • Describe HPSA designations and the HPSA designation process
  • Ascertain eligibility for Loan Repayment Programs
  • Select the appropriate Loan Repayment Program with goals & eligibility
  • Navigate the HPSA and LRP landscape

Justin Crow, MPA is the HPSA Designations & GIS Manager, Office of Minority Health & Health Equity, Va. Dept. of Health.  We hope you are looking forward to all of the educational sessions at this event.