HSC Newsroom: New app to focus on telementoring to improve rural health care

The RTTC’s Program Director Dr. Waridibo Allison spoke about the new Rural Telementoring Quality Measure Toolkit Mobile App in an interview by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Newsroom. This new app offers convenient way for teams to evaluate the quality of their telementoring programs.

The RTTC is hosting a series of virtual events to celebrate the launch of the toolkit and mobile app from May 20-June 2, 2023.

To learn more about the event and the mobile app, visit here. 

TAKE on HIV for Health Professions Programs

RTTC program director, Dr. Wari Allison was recently awarded a HRSA grant to address the growing shortage of health care workers who care for people with HIV. This project presents a tremendous opportunity to improve HIV care and treatment access through telementoring and engagement of the health professions workforce.

Read more here.

HHS’s Best Practice Guide on Telehealth Training and Workforce Development

We are excited to share that RTTC was cited on Health and Human Services (HHS)’s best practice guide on Telehealth Training and Workforce Development. The guide includes resources and tips on how to best incorporate telehealth into practice and use telementoring to support the staff and better serve patients.

Click here for more information.

“Talking Health in the 406” on media


Congratulations to our partner, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) team, whose podcast “Talking Health in the 406” was featured in a press release and by 3 KRTV Great Falls. It has been a pleasure working with this team to develop their podcast to deliver information on common health issues such as Diabetes faced by Montanans. The podcast is available on all platforms including ITunes.

Check out the interview on KRTV Great Falls here.

Check out their press release here.

If you are interested in designing, launching, or evaluating a telementoring program, we want to help! Get in touch with our Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) team to get started by submitting TTA Request Form.

New podcast released by Montana DPHHS

Tune into Talking Health in the 406, new podcast released by our partner, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS).

We have loved working with this team to design their telementoring program for raising awareness of health issues that impact the daily lives of Montanans.

If you are interested in learning more about how RTTC supports organizations in designing, launching, and evaluating telementoring programs for rural health, connect with us here.

HRSA/ FORHP Announces Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced a Rural Public Health Workforce Training Network Technical Assistance Program with about $50 million in available funds. The program will provide technical assistance to rural health care networks to strengthen training and certification programs in the following support roles for health care in rural areas:

  • Community Health Support;
  • Health IT and/or Telehealth Technical Support;
  • Community Para-Medicine; and
  • Case Management Staff and/or Respiratory Therapists

Program Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-22-157

Due Date for Applications: June 8, 2022

Estimated Number and Type of Award: One (1) cooperative agreement

Estimated Annual Award Amount: Up to $500,000 per year for 3 years

Eligible applicants: Domestic public or private, non-profit and for-profit, entities.

See here for more detailed information regarding this funding announcement.


Come join our team!

The RTTC is hiring for a community outreach coordinator. This position will work closely with our communications and outreach team to engage rural stakeholders, share resources, and build awareness of telementoring as a tool for improving community health.

To apply, click here.

RTTC featured on Rural Health Leadership Radio

Tune in to Rural Health Leadership Radio where RTTC Evaluation Lead, Trisha Melhado MPH and Training and Technical Assistance Staff Lead, Suyen Schneegans MA address challenging questions about leadership, the future of rural health, and the role telementoring has to play in shaping that future.

Thank you to Dr. Bill Auxier, the host of Rural Health Leadership Radio, for the great conversation.

Listen here

Opinion Piece by Dr. Wari Allison

An opinion piece by RTTC Program Director, Dr. Wari Allison on “An AIDS vaccine is coming. We must act now to prevent the misinformation we saw with COVID” is now out on Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

She discusses strategies to end HIV epidemic and how telementoring can transform health in rural and underserved communities by task shifting and supporting healthcare workers in delivering high quality care.

Click here to access the article.

RTTC at 2021 Virtual Health Datapalooza & National Health Policy Conference

RTTC Program Director, Waridibo Allison, MD, PhD, FACP, presented two posters at the National Health Policy Conference on February 16-18, 2021, a three-day virtual event with boundary-breaking discussions about health policy issues and the data that will drive innovation in healthcare.  The posters highlighted the work being done by the RTTC to enhance nationwide access to 6 training modalities for all healthcare workers.

Poster titles:

  • “Addressing Health Inequities through a National Rural Telementoring Training Center”
  • “Telementoring to improve rural health inequities and rural health care access”