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The Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA) is a non-profit, grass-roots, member-driven organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. MRHA accomplishes its mission by engaging in partnerships and providing leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communication, education, and research.

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Health care and public transit partners awarded funding - HealthTran Receives $499,906 from Missouri Foundation for Health (PDF)

Saint Louis Community College to Train Health Information Technology Professionals - click here for more information!


Rural Spotlight is a resource aimed at supporting rural healthcare providers by showcasing current information available for assistance.  It is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health.

Letter to Secretary Sebelius regarding CAHs and H1N1 and 1135 Waiver - Click to view documents.





The Adolescent Shorts Newsletter, along with other adolescent health related publications, is available through the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) website at  The latest issue is titled “Transitioning Youth with Special Health Care Needs to Adult Health Care Services, Part 2”.  Adolescent Shorts is a bi-monthly newsletter co-published by the DHSS Adolescent Health Program and The Children’s Mercy Hospital.  The newsletter addresses current issues and promotes best practices in adolescent health care.  For more information on Adolescent Shorts, contact Patti Van Tuinen, at 573-751-6188, or e-mail


America's Health Literacy: Why We Need Accessible Information
This new Issue Brief summarizing health literacy findings from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) has just been published by the Department of Health and Human Services.  A collaboration of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this eight page Issue Brief is crafted for a policy audience, and includes policy implications of the findings.  “America's Health Literacy:  Why We Need Accessible Information” can be found on the ODPHP's Health Literacy Improvement Website:


Task Force recommends screening adolescents for clinical depression
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now recommends screening adolescents 12-18 years of age for clinical depression only when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. (B recommendation)  The Task Force found insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening children 7-11 years of age for clinical depression. (I statement)  The Task Force reviewed new evidence on the benefits and harms of screening children and adolescents for clinical depression, the accuracy of screening tests administered in the primary care setting and the benefits and risks of treating clinical depression using psychotherapy and/or medications in patients 7 and 18 years of age. 


National Diabetes Education Program
The NRHA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health and other national organizations to promote the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP).  The NDEP develops and disseminates educational information on diabetes in minority communities.


The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced "H-Cup") is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP databases bring together the data collection efforts of State data organizations, hospital associations, private data organizations, and the Federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data (HCUP Partners). HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States, with all-payer, encounter-level information beginning in 1988. These databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, State, and local market levels.



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