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 Announces Winners of “What Rural Means to You” Image Contest

At the RTTC Virtual Launch Event last year, we hosted an image contest to celebrate the beauty and diversity of rural America.

Congratulations to Gloria Burnett of Anchorage, Alaska for taking first place!

The judges appreciated this glimpse into a traditional celebration of the Inupiaq people.  They felt the image evokes energy, joy, and the power of community when it comes together.

Congratulations also to Callie Shaffer of Rockcastle Couty, Kentucky for taking runner up!

The judges thought this painting was wonderful on it’s own but especially loved how the story behind it reminded them of what “rural” is about:  people helping each other and forming connections that extend beyond a doctor’s office.

The RTTC would like to than everyone who submitted an entry to share what “rural” means to them.  We will continue to share submissions on our social media pages and our website.

The RTTC wants to hear your rural telementoring stories!  Please share them with us at and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

HRSA announces Oral Health Workforce Activities Grants

Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities: HRSA-22-050
SOURCE: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
$ AVAILABLE: $12.8 million for 32 awards. States must match at least 40 percent of federal funds provided under this grant.
ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants include only Governor-designated, state government entities, such as the office of state’s dental director or a state-run university or dental school. In addition to the 50 states, eligible applicants include the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Private institutions are not eligible to apply.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this program is to help states develop and implement innovative programs to address the dental workforce needs of designated dental health professional shortage areas (Dental HPSAs) in a manner appropriate to each state’s individual needs.
CFDA: 93.236
For more information, go here.

Celebrate the Power of Rural!

     The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. NRHD showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future. 
     Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why approximately 57 million people – one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other, and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities are an economic engine that provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities.   
     These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.
     How can one day make an impact on rural health?  Click on the flyer below to see what the #powerofrural can do and learn more about National Rural Health Day (NRHD) by visiting
National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the “Power of Rural”.  The next celebration will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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Virtual Symposium on HIV/HCV/SUD to be held November 17, 2021

On November 17th, a free Virtual Symposium will be held from 10:00am – 3:30pm CST .  The theme is “Integrate to Innovate:  Strategies for Complex Healthcare Management.”  This free event will focus on integrated care of support complex disease management and will target an audience of HIV/Hepatitis C(HCV)/Substance Use Disorder health care workers and community members to support essential comprehensive care.  CEU’s are available for participation.

Register here

HIV/HCV/SUD Virtual Symposium Agenda


FORHP Announces New Funding Opportunity for Rural Health Networks

HRSA will be making approximately 20 awards of $100,000 each for a one-year period of performance to promote the development of integrated health care networks in order to a) achieve efficincies; b) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of basic health care services, and c) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole  Eligible applicants are domestic public and private, nonprofit and for-profit entities that can deliver services in HRSA designated rural areas, particularly for populations that have historically been underserved and have poor health outcomes.  The applicant organization must represent a network that includes at least three or more health care provider organizations.  There will be an hour long webinar on Wednesday, 11/17 at 3pm ET for those interested.  Meeting ID:  161 864 4747; Participant Code:  81822150.  A recording will be made available for those unable to attend.

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