• 14 Aug 2017 1:33 PM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    KRHA executive director, Tina McCormick says that "The Kentucky rural health association has been a 501c6 non profit since its inception.  We are excited to change our status to a 501c3 in order to better serve all Kentuckians.  Our mission is improving the health of Kentuckians through education and advocacy and we feel this change in our non profit status will allow our outreach to grow while obtaining additional funding to support those goals". This will be possible because contributions to KRHA are now fully deductible as charitable contributions. 

    The Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA) educates providers and consumers on rural health issues and advocates actions by private and public leaders to assure equitable access to health care for rural Kentuckians. It has sponsored conferences, discussions and workshops on current topics pertaining to rural health. Whether it provides Medicaid updates to rural members, works to recruit health professionals to rural areas, or sends representatives to meetings of the National Rural Health Association, the KRHA has been faithful to its two goals of educating members on rural health issues; and serving as an advocate for equitable access to health care for rural Kentucky.

    Whether you are a local official, clinician, teacher, or simply an interested citizen, you will benefit from joining and supporting the Kentucky Rural Health Association. The membership fee is modest, but the impact can be tremendous. As a KRHA member, you will have an opportunity to hear about why and how decisions affecting you are being made, and be able to express your opinion to the people who make those decisions.

    To donate to the Kentucky Rural Health Association you can visit www.kyrha.org/Donate.

    For more information about the KRHA visit www.kyrha.org or Facebook.com/KentuckyRHA


  • 24 Jul 2017 5:43 PM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    KY Students can get involved with KRHA   

    When Kentucky college students who have an interest in rural health return to campus this fall, many will have the opportunity to network with others who have similar interests.

    There are Student Rural Health Chapters on the campuses of Western Kentucky University, Asbury University and Alice Lloyd College.

    The South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC), along with Western Kentucky University, has offered the opportunity for students to be a part of a Student Rural Health Association at WKU since the spring of 2015, says WKU advisor Catherine Malin.

    “Our organization is involved in a variety of projects,” Malin said. “Each month we focus on a different medical topic relevant to rural health. Students watch documentaries, debate current events, and bring in guest speakers. Students also complete a variety of community service projects.”

    Topics have included international healthcare, healthcare economics, oral health, and a health profession student panel. One of the main service projects, Malin says, is a food drive for the WKU food pantry.

    Another way that the SRHA has been active is by participating in a 2016 Really Rural video contest for National Rural Health Day, which they won! As a result, a WKU student got to attend the National Rural Health Association annual conference in San Diego, California.

    While the organization is open to all WKU students, most of the organization's member are pursuing a career in the health field.  Ms. Malin listed pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, nursing, healthcare administration and pre-physical therapy students as some of the past members.

    The current leadership team for the SRHA at WKU includes:

    President: Madelaine Blackenship

    Vice Presidents: Isaac Stevens and Dixi Secula

    Treasurer: Katherine Citak

    Secretary: Tiffany Taylor

    Staff Adviser: Catherine Malin

    For more information about the SRHA at WKU or to become a member you can visit www.wku.edu/scahec/srha.php

    To start an SRHA at your college or university, contact Tina McCormick, KRHA Executive Director, at (270) 577-1707 or krha@twc.com.


  • 26 May 2017 11:05 AM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    Southern KY AHEC/KRHA welcome health communications intern

    The Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center and the Kentucky Rural Health Association welcome Anna Poynter as the 2017 Kentucky Rural Health Communications Intern.

    Poynter, who will graduate from the University of the Cumberlands in 2018, is a double major in communications and public health.

    "I am excited to have this opportunity to intern for both AHEC and KRHA because I am getting to experience their missions firsthand, which are both to improve health in Kentucky,” Poynter said. ‘It’s an opportunity to apply what I have learned in creative ways and at the same time be a part of the important work that these organizations do.”

    The Centers for Disease Control defines health communication as "the study and use of communication strategies to inform and influence individual decisions that enhance health." Poynter will engage in a range of activities designed to promote health changes in individuals and rural communities, including message development, provider-patient communication studies, and the use of social and traditional media.

    The So KY AHEC/KRHA partnership means Poynter, who will work primarily out of the So. KY AHEC office at Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon, will focus much of her work on the 15 counties of the So. KY AHEC region while also addressing issues that affect rural Kentuckians throughout the state.

     

    “We are excited for this opportunity to partner in the hosting of a health communications intern,” said Andrew Bledsoe, president of the KRHA. “Anna will get meaningful experience while providing us with a unique perspective as we work towards advancing our strategic objectives, many of which involve communications.”

     

    “We realize the importance of outreach to move this association forward,” said Tina McCormick, KRHA executive director. “I am thrilled to welcome Anna to our team as we work to improve the health of Kentuckians through education and advocacy.

    The So. KY AHEC created the internship in 2016 and seeks a new collaboration every year to assist with funding and direction. Last summer, the AHEC partnered with the Colon Cancer Prevention Project to create awareness of the need for colon cancer screenings. Intern Dalton Godbey, a communications major at Western Kentucky University, told the stories of colon cancer survivors throughout the region via newspaper articles and a video.

    The So. KY AHEC, one of eight regional AHECs throughout the state, focuses on improving the health of its 15-county region, from Madison County down to the Tennessee border, through education and workforce development. In addition to Continuing Education programs, the So. KY AHEC facilitates rural health professions student rotations, health careers promotion and education, health education, and community outreach.

    “This internship plays to the strengths of our AHEC,” said director Dwain Harris. “It allows us to educate while increasing our capacity as an outreach organization and statewide partner.”

    Poynter is no stranger to the AHECs, having been involved in multiple health career camps and other activities since she was in middle school.

    For more information about the So. KY AHEC’s Rural Health Communications internship, email dharris@soahec.org.


  • 13 Apr 2017 3:05 PM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    The Kentucky Rural Health Association invites you to submit a proposal for concurrent sessions (panel, individual or group) for the Annual Conference scheduled for November 16-17, 2017 at the WKU Knicely Center in Bowling Green, KY.


    Please see the attached call for proposals instructions for more details on how to submit a proposal. The disclosure form is also attached and will need to be uploaded when completing the proposal within the survey tool.


    Should you have any questions please contact Kayla Combs.

    • Please click here for KRHA Call for Proposals Instructions
    • Please click here for  SPEAKER APPROVAL FORM WITH DISCLOSURE


  • 15 Feb 2017 7:30 AM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    Greetings from the Governance Committee!

    Our charge is to “oversee issues concerning the infrastructure of the Association, such as amendments to the bylaws, modifications and additions to the Policy Manual, and leadership development.” This year’s team consists of seven highly-engaged members: Bryant Hileman, Susan Starling, David Bolt, Steve Fisher, Benjamin Minnis, Christine Romani, and chair Julian Cunningham.

    We are excited about our goals for 2016-2017! We began by organizing a Special Meeting of the KRHA membership, which allowed the general membership to vote on amending the Articles of Incorporation. The meeting was scheduled and occurred on January 18 in Louisville. The amendment passed unanimously, which will ultimately modify KRHA’s tax-exempt status to 501(c)(3). This modification will have huge financial implications for the Association going forward; we will now be qualified for monies that we were previously ineligible for. 

    Other initiatives include:

    1) Defining the function and power of the Executive Committee

    2) Requiring board member participation on at least one committee

    3) Establishing an objective guideline for the nomination of board members

    4) Adjusting the nominating and voting procedures for board and officer positions

    5) Assessing bylaws against the 2015 amendments to KRS Chapter 273

    6) Evaluating portal capabilities to improve document storage and accessibility

    7) Developing a comprehensive policy manual and making necessary revisions to standing policies

    8) Establishing an objective guideline for managing sponsorship requests

    We look forward to helping KRHA be as effective and efficient as possible in assuring rural Kentuckians receive quality health care. If you have any questions or feedback, or if you would like to get involved, please contact Julian Cunningham at Julian.cunningham@uky.edu.
  • 13 Dec 2016 6:03 AM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)


    Amid evidence of its rural, Appalachian students’ low application and matriculation rates to in-state medical schools, the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (NE KY AHEC) has developed two physician pipeline programs designed to produce more – and more competitive – regional applicants. Results from these efforts were recently published in a rural health-themed supplement to the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in an article titled “Priming the Physician Pipeline: A Regional AHEC’s Use of In-state Medical School Data to Guide Its Health Careers Programming.” The article was authored by NE KY AHEC Director David A. Gross, Assistant Director Lainey Mattox, and Marketing Assistant Nicole Winkleman.

    Prior studies cite multiple factors contributing to the longstanding shortage of physicians in Appalachian Kentucky, including a comparatively low number of native students who apply to and subsequently are accepted into medical school. To assess the situation within its service region, the NE KY AHEC collected county-level applicant and matriculant data from the state’s three medical schools for a five-year period (2009-’13). The findings were disturbing: fewer than 30% of northeastern Kentucky’s applicants were accepted into medical school, two counties had zero applicants, and 12 of the region’s 17 counties had four or fewer matriculants.

    To address these issues, the NE KY AHEC developed two health careers pipeline programs targeted toward college undergraduates:

    • The Summer Health Internship Program (SHIP), which places pre-medical and other health professions students in health-focused organizations for six-week paid internships; and

    • Successfully Training and Educating Pre-medical Students (STEPS), which provides students with Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) reviews and a practice exam, physician shadowing, an application process tutorial, mock interviews, and other activities aimed at preparing them for acceptance into medical school.  

    Since 2013, the NE KY AHEC’s physician pipeline programs have yielded positive results. At the time the article was submitted, three cohorts had completed SHIP, with a total of 21 participants.  Of these, eight pre-medicine students had matriculated to or been accepted by a medical school. Two cohorts had completed STEPS, with a total of 18 participants. Average MCAT scores of STEPS participants increased by 4.6 points in 2014 and 7.6 points in 2015 – and, of the 16 students who met all program requirements, 14 had matriculated to or been accepted by a medical school.

    “The goal of this Federal Office of Rural Health Policy-supported issue was to highlight promising solutions to longstanding rural health challenges,” Gross said. “Rural physician shortages have been an intractable problem across Kentucky, but following implementation of our programs, the number of in-state medical school applicants and matriculants from the Northeast Kentucky AHEC region increased in both 2014 and 2015. These preliminary outcomes suggest additional analysis of such programs is warranted to assess their long-term impact in alleviating the rural provider shortages in Kentucky and elsewhere.”

    As a result of the journal publication, STEPS also was recently featured on the federally funded Rural Health Information Hub’s Models and Innovations web page here.

    (Blog by David A. Gross, MPA, Director, Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center)



  • 06 Dec 2016 9:01 AM | Tina McCormick (Administrator)

    As a way to showcase the variety of KRHA members, we are pleased to introduce our New Member Spotlight as a component of our KRHA blog series!

    This edition’s New Member Spotlight is on Pain Management Group.

    About PMG:

    Pain Management Group (PMG) is a leading provider of balanced, quality, hospital-based pain management centers. PMG specializes in joint venture partnerships with hospitals to develop and operate pain management facilities that provide patients with the highest level of health care.

    Their diversely talented team works closely with partnering hospitals to organize pain as a service line and maximize hospital resources and services. PMG contracted physicians work with hospital clinical staff in a program that strengthens communities by helping patients return to work and a life uninhibited by pain.

    Why did you join KRHA?

    Christina Muryn, Business Development Manager, explains that as they seek to expand their partnerships, build more relationships within the industry, and identify significant areas for growth, joining KRHA was a great fit. The opportunity to network and get more involved in the area was a large reason for wanting to join.

    “We joined KRHA for a few different reasons, mostly to meet new hospitals and other partners. We look forward to sharing our quality programming with those we meet through this organization” said Muryn.  

    Pain Management Group is also a Bronze Sponsor of the KRHA.

    (Article by: Taylor Readnower, Program Associate, Southern KY Area Health Education Center)

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