Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Primary Care HPSAs in Oklahoma: 2007 vs. 2012

The web mapping application below (click the image or this link to activate the map) allows you to view the change in primary care health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) in Oklahoma from 2007 to 2012. The portion of the map to the right of the red line shows the primary care HPSAs, by type, in April 2007. The portion of the map to the left of the red line shows the primary care HPSAs, by type, in January 2012. By adjusting the position of the red line, you can view how the primary care HPSAs changed from 2007 to 2012. The Map Legend drop down menu on each map provides a key to the different types of primary care HPSAs. The Health Resources & Services Administration provided the data for this map.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Keeping the Wolf at Bay

From the April 2012 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Val Schott, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma Health Information Exchange Trust (OHIET), provides an update on the Trust's activities for the past month.

Clicking the image will open the article as a PDF.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Creating a StORM at the OSU Center for Health Sciences is a Good Thing

From the April 2012 edition of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association's Oklahoma D.O., Vicky Pace, M.Ed., Director of Rural Medical Education at the OSU Center for Rural Health, chronicles the Student Osteopathic Rural Medical (StORM) Club at OSU CHS and how the club is helping to shape a new generation of rural physicians.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Evidence-Based Heart Failure Quality Improvement Programs & Strategies for Critical Access Hospitals

This policy brief focuses on evidence-based heart failure Quality Improvement (QI) programs and strategies that are applicable to CAHs. The Flex Monitoring Team prepared this brief as part of a larger project whose purpose is 1) to identify successful evidencebased quality improvement (QI) programs and strategies related to acute myocardial infarction (AMI), pneumonia, heart failure and surgical care improvement that could be replicated in CAHs and 2) to disseminate information about these programs and strategies to State Flex Programs.

Download a copy of this policy brief from the Flex Monitoring Team.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Rural Health Option: Increasing Interest in Rural Primary Care Using an Innovative Elective Curriculum


OSU Center for Rural Health staff members Denna Wheeler, Ph.D., Director of Rural Research & Evaluation, and Vicky Pace, M.Ed., Director of Rural Medical Education, recently presented the results of a three-year program evaluation associated with the elective curriculum in rural health designed to promote student selection of primary care residencies and rural practice locations. The OSU Center for Rural Health developed the innovative two-semester rural health elective curriculum for 1st and 2nd year medical students at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Enrollment in the two elective courses, Perspectives in Rural Health and Rural Medical Care, grew faster than projected. Perspectives in Rural Health grew from 12 students in the spring 2009 to 20 students in spring 2010. Rural Medical Care began with 17 students in fall 2009 and had 32 students enrolled for fall 2011. Student course evaluations are consistently positive with 92% of students rating the Rural Medical Care course as 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' and 100% of the evaluations of the Perspectives in Rural Health were in the 'Excellent' or 'Very Good' categories. Six students from the 2011 graduating class completed the elective and 26 students are currently enrolled in the courses. Dr. Wheeler and Ms. Pace presented their research at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine's 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Grants 101


Presentation given by Jeff Hackler, J.D., M.B.A., Assistant to the Dean for Rural Service Programs, at the 2012 Oklahoma Rural Hospital Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The complete conference agenda, including links to other presentations, is available on OFMQ's website. View photos from the conference on the OSU Center for Rural Health's Facebook page.