• 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

  • 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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