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Newsletter of the New England Rural Health RoundTable

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Connecticut Rural Health Office Lends a Helping Hand
With today's slumping economy, local, state and federal budget cuts, more and more agencies and healthcare organizations are forced to rely on grants to sustain and enhance their existing services. The Connecticut Office of Rural Health sponsored a one-day grant writing workshop for rural providers as a means to offer assistance and support toward obtaining new funding sources. Thirteen people from various healthcare organizations attended the workshop on September 27, 2002 held at Northwestern CT Community College.

Alexandria Sergio and Donna Gold, consultants for Clemow Consulting Group, LLP conducted the workshop "Grant Writing and Beyond". The presenters' extensive backgrounds in both private and federal grantsmanship made for a vast array of information from which to draw. Program topics included: a discussion of unique issues related to providing healthcare in rural areas, identifying funders, techniques in approaching funders, development strategies, project management, strong proposal presentations and follow up actions with funders. Specific materials for each participant included: listing of funders, resources for finding and researching funders, guidelines for approaching and cultivating funders, resources for the grantseeker, guidelines for researching government resources, types of government funding, a listing of the five elements every winning proposal must have, procedural steps in writing the grant proposal and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy common grant application.

Often providers think of only state and federal funding opportunities. Much of the presentation was devoted to working with local, regional, and national foundation organizations. The participants discovered various opportunities and how the approach and interaction with foundations can differ from that which is used for government funded projects.

Program evaluations acknowledged both the need and benefits of this workshop. At the conclusion of the program participants felt more confident in their ability to seek, write, and sustain grants. The CT - ORH will continue to offer technical support to those seeking and writing grant applications. The attendees of the program were asked to inform CT - ORH of grants for which they apply

Affordability and Accessibility
Maine's Annual Rural Health Conference
Scheduled for December 5th and 6th
The annual Maine rural health conference will provide an exciting opportunity to learn more about efforts and strategies to improve the health of rural communities. Participants will learn about funding through philanthropy, changes in Medicare, current projects to address healthcare workforce, what mental health parity really means to rural communities and more. The conference will be held December 5th and 6th at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, ME.

Join fellow health care professionals to hear the latest on major policy issues that will impact how health care is delivered in rural areas. National and state policy experts including Marcia Brand, Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy; David Hartley, President of the Maine Rural Health Association; Val Schott, President of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA); and Wayne Myers, a resident of Waldoboro and President-elect of NRHA will address participants and respond to your questions.

Maine has an impressive array of philanthropic organizations, given the small population in the state. For the first time in recent years, the major philanthropic organizations active in the state will be together to address how to support rural health care. In addition, organizations and stakeholders involved with healthcare financing will come together to address current challenges created by market forces, policy priorities, and the state budget as we envision the future of health care funding in rural communities. Other conference topics include the results of the Maine Health Access Foundation needs assessment, rural health disparities, and integration of services for Maine's young people.

Registration information is available by calling the Maine Rural Health Association at (888) 846-3783. The conference is co-sponsored by The Maine Health Access Foundation and the Maine Department of Human Services, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care.

Newsletter Fall 2002
Page 12
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