Tuesday, December 9, 2014  l  10:00 am - 11:00 am
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(November 20, 2014—Parker, Arizona) Today, on National Rural Health Day, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that LaPaz Regional Hospital has received a Telemedicine Grant for $316,800 through the USDA Rural Development’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

La Paz Regional Hospital plans to use the funding to serve their main hospital in Parker, Arizona and four clinical outreach sites in Quartzsite, Salome, Bouse and Parker. The hospital is the only public access hospital in the county—a county with over 4,000 square miles…and yet only 25,000 residents. The grant funds will be used to expand videoconferencing connections to this large, sparsely populated area to provide more direct contact with physicians in the participating communities.

The project is located in the Colorado River Indian Tribe’s jurisdictional area and will benefit this underserved tribal area.

The Secretary also highlighted initiatives created by the Affordable Care Act that specifically address critical health needs in rural communities.

“Delivering these programs to rural communities that often do not have access to quality, affordable medical services has tremendous economic and social benefits,” Vilsack said. “They also mean that people who live and work in rural areas will not have to travel long distances for specialized health care services.”

In addition to today’s announcements, Secretary Vilsack encouraged rural Americans to take advantage of the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act and discussed the health care reform law’s specific benefits for rural communities.

“Rural residents have higher rates of chronic conditions. This can be exacerbated by a lack of doctors or clinics in rural communities,” Secretary Vilsack continued. “The Affordable Care Act is improving the health of rural communities and giving all families the security they deserve. No one should go without healthcare because of where they live, or be forced to leave the communities they love to get the coverage they need.”

Rural Americans suffer from higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The Affordable Care Act has taken steps to address the unique challenges rural communities face when it comes to getting the health care they need.

One in five uninsured Americans lives in a rural area, and yet on average only 10 percent of the nation’s physicians practice in these communities. The Affordable Care Act has significantly increased the size of the National Health Service Corps, which offers scholarships and loan repayment to health practitioners in return for practicing in rural communities and other underserved areas. More than 3,500 Corps members now serve in rural areas, and an average of 86 percent of them will remain in their communities even after completing their service.

The Affordable Care Act also invests significantly in expanding services at community health centers, where 7.5 million rural Americans get access to primary and preventive care. That comes on top of the more than $3 billion USDA has invested since 2009 to strengthen health infrastructure in rural areas, building rural hospitals and health clinics and expanding access to health care in remote rural areas through telemedicine.

Not only can a lack of health insurance coverage help lead to high rates of chronic conditions, it threatens rural families’ economic health as well. Before the Affordable Care Act passed, the average rural family paid nearly 50% of all health costs out of pocket. One in five farmers is in debt because of medical bills. Uninsured individuals living in rural areas are able to use the Marketplaces to compare qualified health plan insurance options based on price, benefits, quality, and other factors with a clear picture of premiums and cost-sharing amounts to help them choose the qualified health insurance plan that best fits their needs.

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Those who have plans can continue them without re-enrolling. However, consumers are encouraged to visit to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when receiving services. In order to have coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2015, consumers must enroll or update their coverage by December 15.

Consumers can find local help at: or call the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Translation services are available. The call is free.

To preview plans in your area, visit:

For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit:

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Presented by: Brooke Galloway, Global Saftey Net Program Director for the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC) and the Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad (SASHAA) Program, and Paula Lucas, surivior, author, speaker and the Founder/Executive Director of AODVC and SASHAA.

Each year, the number of Americans traveling and living overseas is growing exponentially – and every year, an increasing number flee back home for safety. This webinar explores the challenges that American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault face abroad, focusing on the barriers as well as best practices for serving this population. The session includes an overview on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction and provides resources and strategies for assisting victims, discussing the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s global response model.  

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the prevalence and core issues that American victims of abuse and assault face while living abroad
2. Recognize the unique barriers American victims of abuse and assault face while living abroad
3. Consider best practices for serving American victims who have experienced intimate partner violence while overseas

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National Fatality Review Conference Call for Proposals

The national 2015 NDVFRI conference will take place May 17-19 in St. Petersburg, FL. Fatality Review: Communities & Social Change will explore the ways communities have changed their responses to domestic violence as a result of their fatality review work. The conference highlights the importance of civic engagement, agency and stakeholder contributions, and democratic practice.

The NDVFRI conference workshop proposal deadline has been extended to December 5, 2014. We are currently engaged in a rolling review of proposals. For more information, conference registration, and the Call for Proposals application, visit our conference website.

Please join us in the third of our series of webinars on fatality review through the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative.

The main purpose of reviewing domestic violence fatalities is to prevent future domestic violence and deaths. Review teams seek information about a victim’s death from multiple sources such as law enforcement, social service, and health care to identify risks, system breakdowns, and strategies to ensure safety.  However, to understand what life was like for the victim and what it was like engaging with service agencies, review teams across the country and in England are also talking with those who may have known the victim best: family, friends and community members. This webinar will explore the importance of involving family/friends/community with the domestic violence fatality review process and how they have enhanced system changes and fatality prevention.

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Presented by:

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

There is a large unmet need for immigration legal services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.  Abusers, offenders and perpetrators of crime often use a person's lack of immigration status as a principal control mechanism and a means of exploitation.  If immigration legal services are local and available then survivors of crime may regularize their status and be able to leave the abusive relationship or cooperate fully with law enforcement to convict the offender. Lack of capacity to respond to immigration issues puts survivors of crime at a severe disadvantage.  

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) agency recognition and staff accreditation is the Department of Justice’s certification of nonprofit legal immigration programs and their staff.  It allows non-attorneys to practice immigration law as authorized representatives.  Increasing the number of BIA recognized agency locations and accredited staff is essential to responding to the immigration legal services needs of immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  

With the support of the Office on Violence Against Women, CLINIC has been able to provide grantees with substantive immigration law training and assistance with the application for BIA recognition and accreditation. We are pleased that a number of grantees and their partners are now authorized and providing immigration legal services to their clients. Please join this webinar if you would like to learn more about the training and technical assistance that CLINIC will be offering to grantees in 2015.  Presenters will provide a brief overview of the recognition and accreditation process and explain the topics and format of immigration law trainings to be offered.   

Registration: This webinar is open to Legal Assistance for Victims, Rural Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence and Stalking grantee and partners, as well as recipients of the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program (STOP) sub grantees.  Contact Silvana Arista at for registration and information.  

To register for the training, please click on the following link:

This project is supported by Grant No.  2014-TA-AX-K028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Review of HRSA’s Rural Health Network Development 

Planning Grant Program | Recording 

Presentation: /sites/

Monday, November 24, 2014 

10:00 – 11:00 am MST 

The Rural Health Network Development Planning Program promotes planning and developing healthcare networks to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and, (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. 


(1) Must be located in a rural county or eligible rural census tract; (2) be a public, non-profit , tribal, faith-based, government and/or community organization; (3) Be in a network with at least 2 other organizations and 3 or more health care providers. 

Please register for this free webinar at:

Any questions, please call or email Joyce Hospodar at 520.626.2432 | 

Link to Guidance:

Sponsored by: Arizona State Office of Rural Health Program | Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

It is increasingly acknowledged that efforts to promote victim and community safety and prevent sexual victimization can be enhanced when sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management professionals work together toward a shared vision.  Recognizing this potential, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is supporting four national organizations – the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the Resource Sharing Project (RSP), and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) – to partner on a novel initiative to support collaboration between sexual assault victim advocates and sex offender management professionals. This support will take the form of on-site training, technical assistance, written resources, and webinars.

Please join us for the first in a series of webinars to be delivered under this national initiative. In this webinar, the presenters will provide an overview of the project and highlight the findings of a needs assessment completed by a national sample of representatives from the victim advocacy community. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about perspectives on collaboration between these stakeholder groups;
  • Develop an understanding about current trends and practices;
  • Hear factors that support or create barriers to collaboration;
  • Share promising strategies they have learned and used in the field; and
  • Learn about project resources and next steps.

Registration is required to participate in this webinar. After your registration has been processed, you will receive instructions for joining the webinar.

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  • Karen Baker, Director, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
  • Kurt Bumby, Director, Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
  • Maia Christopher, Executive Director, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

Rural images - ArizonaSave the Date!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  |  8:15 - 4:15
Arizona State Capitol  |  Phoenix, Arizona

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Presented by the Center for Rural Health in collaboration with the Arizona Rural Health Association. 

The Arizona Rural & Public Health Policy Forum is designed to address current rural and public health policy issues and their impact on Arizona's rural and tribal communities, provide information on organizations legislative priorities for the upcoming session, and encourage networking.

ATTENDEES:   Policy makers, health care providers, community leaders, public health practitioners, legislators and others that live and/or work in rural/tribal communities.

► To register and pay with a credit card, click here.  

► To register and pay with a check, click here to download registration form. 


Questions - Contact:

Rebecca Ruiz  |  520.626.2243   |


National Rural Health DayThe Univ. of AZ Center for Rural Health will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 20, 2014.

                  NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues.  Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November.

                  Approximately 62 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” notes NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

                  These communities also face unique healthcare needs. “Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle 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,” Eisinger says. “Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents.”

                  State Offices of Rural Health play a key role in addressing those needs. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. In the past year alone, State Offices of Rural Health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities.


TeamSTEPPS® is an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) program that many implement to change the institutional culture around patient safety. TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.

In our AzFlex work plan this year we are helping organizations interested in implementing TeamSTEPPS®. We have scheduled an online webinar for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:00 – 11:00 am to introduce this opportunity and assess your organization’s interest.

Please register to the attend our TeamSTEPPS® webinar at:

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Thursday | November 20, 2014 |10:00 am - 11:30 am

2014 CAH Financial Indicator Report Webinar
Presented by: George Pink, Ph.D | Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

1. Arizona CAH Financial and Operational Indicators, 11th Issue Report

  • How does the 2013 financial performance of CAHs in AZ
  • compare to the US?
  • What might influence financial performance of CAHs in AZ?
  • How did CAHs in AZ perform against benchmarks in 2013?

2. Leadership Response
3. Group Discussion

The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of a new final report entitled "Rural Border Health Chartbook II."
The forty-four U.S. counties in states that adjoin the border with Mexico (Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas) share many health concerns with corresponding counties in Mexico.  The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission established health goals for the region, in which eight of ten leading causes of death are the same across both countries. The chartbook presents a cross-sectional analysis of border counties, urban and rural, comparing these counties to other counties within the four border states and to rural and urban counties in the rest of the United States.
The Full Report and Fact Sheet are available on our website as well as through the links below.  
Questions pertaining to this report should be directed to: 
Dr. Janice Probst
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 803-251-6317

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Presenter: Joanne Archambault, Executive Director, End Violence Against Women International, Retired Sergeant, San Diego Police Department.

Description: This webinar is specifically for front-line law enforcement professionals. In fact, the webinar is being held on a Sunday morning, which is typically a slower time for law enforcement, in the hopes that graveyard and first watch officers can participate.

Even when properly investigated, the majority of reported sexual assaults are not successfully prosecuted. Prosecutors often argue that police reports are severely lacking while law enforcement argues that prosecuting attorneys want a sure win. No matter how good an investigation is--the prosecuting attorney may not feel confident filing criminal charges if the reports are incomplete or inaccurate. Or if the prosecutor files charges, the defendant may be acquitted if the reports summarizing the investigation are poorly written.

Defense attorneys often win cases because they attack the credibility of the investigation and the perception of the victim's credibility, often with ammunition that comes from the investigator's own reports.

A good report is more than an accurate summary of the facts. A good report anticipates potential defense strategies and provides the information necessary to counter them.

This webinar is designed to help investigators write a report that will support successful prosecution. The session thus begins by outlining the many purposes of an investigator's report, and goes on to summarize some of the various techniques for effective report writing, such as:

  • Recreating the reality of the sexual assault from the victim's perspective
  • Preserving the exact words used by the victim
  • Describing what the victim was thinking and feeling at the time of the sexual assault
  • Using descriptive wording when accurate and appropriate
  • Documenting the entire context of force, threat, or fear that the victim experienced
  • Using the language of non-consensual sex and creating accurate "word pictures
  • Documenting unique factors that affect the victim's experience, perspective, and response
  • Summarizing the evidence and corroboration uncovered during the course of the investigation
  • Exploring the benefits of recording victim's statements, for both the investigator and the victim
  • Documenting suspect statements, especially those that corroborate the victim's account or provide an implausible or even absurd version of reality