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DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - May 2023

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DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - May 2023

Upcoming Events

The DRCHSD Team has many educational events in store for program participants in the upcoming months. Be on the lookout for the following events. DRCHSD Quality Improvement Webinar Series: Just Culture Description: When organizations promote the development of a just culture, they focus on transparency and growth, and promote learning from mistakes rather than penalizing team members or sweeping mistakes under the rug. This presentation introduces health care organizations to the fundamentals of a just culture, the steps for establishing an organizational just culture and the process for responding to breakdowns within a just culture. Thursday, May 18 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT Hospital and FQHC Application and Eligibility Webinar Description: This webinar will introduce the DRCHSD Program to hospitals and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) interested in participating in the next cohort (beginning in January 2024). State partners are welcome to join. Tuesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT RHC and Small Clinic Application and Eligibility Webinar Description: This webinar will introduce the DRCHSD Program to rural health clinics (RHCs) and small clinics interested in participating in the next cohort (beginning in January 2024). State partners are welcome to join. Thursday, June 29 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT

For questions regarding any of the above-mentioned educational opportunities please contact Caleb Lozinski.


The Health Resources and Services Administration’s newly developed Guide to the Virtual Care Journey Maps: Background, Tips, and Glossary for Review provides health care organizations (HCOs) with a tool to help think through health equity in the telehealth services they plan to establish or expand. The journey maps chart out the process that specific patient populations go through in order to access virtual care (for example, “Older Adults in Rural Areas Using Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies to Manage Chronic Conditions”) and provide strategies that HCOs can put into practice to address barriers to equitable care.


Earlier this month, Delta Region Community Health Systems (DRCHSD) Program staff joined representatives from the Health Resources and Service's Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the Delta Regional Authority for an on-site visit to Hill Hospital of Sumter County, a member of the program’s 2021 cohort. The visit to the York, Alabama critical access hospital allowed federal partners to learn firsthand how the DRCHSD Program and its participants impact the health and well-being of Delta communities.   

  • FORHP, DRA & Center staff in Attendance:
  • Suzanne Snyder – FORHP Project Officer
  • Rachel Moscato – HRSA Deputy Division Director
  • Michael Fallahkhair – FORHP Deputy Associate Director
  • Bethany Adams – DRCHSD Program Director
Hill Hospital of Sumter County


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication  

Description:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s inclusive communication toolkit is intended to help public health professionals ensure their communication products and strategies adapt to the specific cultural, linguistic, environmental and historical situation of each population or audience of focus. The toolkit provides principles, resources and specific suggestions to help inform an inclusive approach to public health communications. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Framework for Health Equity  

Description: CMS’s updated framework outlines the organization’s approach to advancing health equity in five priority areas: expand the collection, reporting and analysis of standardized data; access causes of disparities within CMS programs and address inequities in policies and operations to close gaps; build capacity of health care organizations and the workforce to reduce health and health care disparities; advance language access, health literacy and the provision of culturally tailored services; and increase all forms of accessibility to health care services and coverage. 

Webinar Recordings

Rural Health Workforce Resources: Delta Doctors and AmeriCorps NCCC  

Description: While no magic bullet will resolve the rural health care workforce shortage, many organizations and communities have benefited from workforce resources available through two important programs - the Delta Doctors Program and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Conservation Corps. In this webinar recording, you’ll learn about the goals, benefits, and responsibilities associated with each of these programs.  

Quality Improvement Webinar Series: Rural Health Operational and Quality Best Practices  

Description: As health care systems transition from a fee-for-service payment model to a population-based model, they’re forced to align their delivery systems, payment systems and population health strategies to ensure long-term success. This presentation provided a high-level overview of key best practices centered on strategy, finances, operations and quality that all keep the patient experience at the center of organizational strategy.  

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