USDA 2020 Grants Available

On February 10, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the window for the distance learning and telemedicine grants (DLT) has opened with an application due date of April 10, 2020. Over $71 million is available with grant awards ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000 for the FY 2020 program. Applicants are required to provide a minimum 15 percent match and spend down the award over three years.

The intent of the DLT program is to benefit rural areas (populations of 20,000 or less). While some projects could include end-users in more urbanized areas, the USDA will evaluate projects based on their benefit to rural areas. Thus, to be eligible to receive a grant, an application must meet certain rurality scoring thresholds for all hub and end-user sites included in the proposed project. USDA will offer special consideration to applications that have the primary purpose of STEM education, opioid or other substance use disorder treatment, or are in an Opportunity Zone. 


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Best Marketing and Promotion Tips for Telemedicine

Pat Fredshaw

Your organization has started a telemedicine program, and it’s the best thing since sliced bread! Unfortunately, the program is suffering from low patient volumes; it looks like you may have to abandon the program due to lack of financial sustainability. Before your organization sunsets the program, make sure you have properly marketed program properly.  Check out this article for some tried and true marketing tips!


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Virtual Office Hours

The UMTRC hosts topic-based Virtual Office Hours twice a month. 
Bring a cup of coffee and join us for an informal discussion. 

Our March Virtual Office Hours will be: 

Tuesday, March 10th – "Telemedicine Marketing Tips"
1:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern


Thursday, March 26th – "Grant Writing Tips"
1:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern

 No RSVP Necessary!


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UMTRC Stakeholder Calls

As part of our outreach efforts, the UMTRC has hosted virtual stakeholder calls with each state in our region every 4th month for the last several years.  Beginning in 2020, these calls will be hosted quarterly and will include all states (IL, IN, MI, and OH).  

Here is the 2020 stakeholder call schedule: 

April 15th, from 2-3pm Eastern 

July 22nd, from 2-3pm Eastern 

October 21st, from 2-3pm Eastern




Upcoming Webinars

IRHA Lunch & Learn
"Opioid Use Disorder" 
March 4, 2020 at 12pm Eastern

Hosted by: Indiana Rural Health Association
Presented by: Jennifer Hutchens, PsyD, HSPP

∙Explain a brief history of the rise of opioids
∙Explain the social impact of opioid crisis
∙Explain the medical care impact of the opioid crisis
∙Explain the financial impact of the opioid crisis
∙Explain the treatment for Opioid Use Disorder




IRHA Lunch & Learn
"E-Cigarette Use in Rural Indiana"
March 11, 2020 at 12pm Eastern

Hosted by: Indiana Rural Health Association
Presented by: Desmond Atem, Lara Kish, Katie Lugar, Mitchell Western, & MacKenzie Whitener

Recent increases in the use of e-cigarettes are driving increases in tobacco product use among youth. Further, young people who use e-cigarettes are four times more likely to use combustible cigarettes. This presentation discusses the correlation between current e-cigarette trends and usage in rural Indiana, clarifies the correlation between web/news trends with recent health outcomes, and identifies factors for increased use of e-cigarettes among the youth.




Upcoming In-Person Events

 HIMSS 2020
March 9-13, 2020
Orlando, Florida

The 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition, March 9–13, 2020 in Orlando, is the can’t-miss health information and technology event of the year, where professionals throughout the global health ecosystem connect for the education, innovation and collaboration they need to reimagine health and wellness for everyone, everywhere. In a time of unprecedented healthcare disruption, HIMSS20 calls health information and technology professionals around the world to one essential, simple, bold action: Be the change.




Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Waiver Training
March 17, 2020
Biltwell Event Center
950 S. White River Parkway W. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46221

 This FREE training will assist physicians, nurses, physician assistants and psychiatrists who wish to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders.  There is a shortage of providers to fulfill this need so we encourage all to take advantage of this opportunity.  



IRHA Spring into Quality and Rural Health Clinic Workshop
March 18, 2020
Biltwell Event Center
950 S. White River Parkway W. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Fantastic speaker line-up covering various topics including ways to collaborate with your Health Department, canine support in the hospital setting, and the eye-opening presentation of Compassionomics.  We are honored to welcome Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, to speak about Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference.  You won't want to miss this!




UMTRC 2020 Annual Conference
"Defining Your Telehealth Strategy"
July 14-15, 2020

South Bend, Indiana

We are back in South Bend again this year - home to St. Mary’s College and Notre Dame.  South Bend is located in north central, Indiana and central to the UMTRC states of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio. Join us for a jam packed couple of days as the UMTRC brings speakers from across the country to help your organization to develop your telehealth strategy. The conference will start off on Tuesday morning with a telehealth 101 session at 10am.  With a total of 3 keynotes, 12 breakouts, and individual state networking sessions, this is a telehealth conference you do not want to miss!




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This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number G22RH3051 under the Telehealth Resource Center Grant Program for $325,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.



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