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Office of Rural Health Jessica Thomas, Hospital Program Manager

Objectives: 

Objectives Overview of ISDH’s Office of Rural Health The Office of Rural Health strives to strengthen relationships with Indiana’s Critical Access Hospitals

Overview of ISHD’s Office of Rural Health: 

Overview of ISHD’s Office of Rural Health

Overview of Office of Rural Health: 

Overview of Office of Rural Health Vision: “To enhance the growth of public health services, funding sources, and educational opportunities in every rural Hoosier community.”

Overview of Office of Rural Health: 

Overview of Office of Rural Health Administer 3 HRSA grants State Office of Rural Health Grant Sustains ISDH’s Office of Rural Health Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Provides assistance to small rural hospitals for quality improvement and HIPAA compliance Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Improves access to healthcare in rural Indiana

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP) Update: 

Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP) Update 2006 – 2007 Fiscal Year - All Critical Access Hospitals may apply for this non-competitive funding 27 Critical Access Hospitals applied $8487 per hospital Examples of fund use: Software Upgrades Ongoing HIPAA Training Balanced Scorecard Software and Training Implementation of Bar Coding Technology

Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) Update: 

Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX) Update Currently Funded Projects Telemedicine Pilot IRHA “Get With the Guidelines” Heart Failure Pilot IRHA Conference and Regional Meetings Statewide EMS Assessment Richard G. Lugar Center for Rural Health Breaking New Ground, Purdue University

Summer ’06 Listening Tour: 

Summer ’06 Listening Tour ISDH’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Office Primary Goal: To bring rural health service providers together to discuss current and future partnerships Secondary Goal: Introduce attendees to ISDH’s goals for current grants

Summer ’06 Listening Tour Summary: 

Summer ’06 Listening Tour Summary Invitees Included: Hospital Administrators, Community Health Centers, Maternal and Child Health Clinics, Mental Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, EMS Providers, and Local Health Departments

Summer ’06 Listening Tour: 

Summer ’06 Listening Tour Total of 65 Attendees Represented: 26 CAHs 5 Mental Health Centers 4 EMS Providers 1 Rural Health Clinic 1 Rural Hospital IN Department of Homeland Security

Summer ’06 Listening Tour: 

Summer ’06 Listening Tour What was accomplished? Face-to-face introduction to ISDH staff Clarified misunderstandings with grants Rural providers able to voice concerns and relay information on successful projects within their communities ISDH staff able to learn from rural providers

Strengthen Relationships with CAHs: 

Strengthen Relationships with CAHs

Strive to Strengthen Relationships with CAHs: 

Strive to Strengthen Relationships with CAHs In order for the Office of Rural Health to strengthen it’s relationship with CAHs, the Hospital Program Manager will: Make site visits to each CAH Engage in regular dialogue with each SHIP recipient about progress with spending funds

Site Visits: 

Site Visits It is the Hospital Program Manager’s hope to meet with each hospital individually to: Tour the hospital See how SHIP funds have been used Answer any contract/grant-related questions Put a face with a name!  Evaluate what type of health education is needed for hospital staff or patients Link hospitals together who can mentor each other or provide support

SHIP Progress Dialogue: 

SHIP Progress Dialogue Regular dialogue with each CAH regarding SHIP spending is meant to be helpful and not a burden. Due to high rates of turnover, it is difficult for hospitals to ensure that all grant funds are spent by the contract end date. The Office of Rural Health provides assistance in this area.

One More SHIP Item…: 

One More SHIP Item… SHIP Consortium: “To help maximize purchasing power through economies of scale, eligible hospitals not already in an existing system or network are encouraged to organize themselves into consortiums and pool their grant funds for the purchase of these services.” US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program Guidance 11/10/2005

Thank You!: 

Thank You! Jessica Thomas, MPH, CHES Hospital Program Manager Office of Rural Health Indiana State Department of Health 2 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 Office: (317) 233-7830 jgranger@isdh.in.gov

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