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Michigan Center for Rural Health. Report of 2011 Activities. MCRH. Our Vision: “The Michigan Center for Rural Health will be universally recognized as the center for expertise for rural health in Michigan through creative and visionary education, service, and research.”

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michigan center for rural health

Michigan Center for Rural Health

Report of 2011 Activities

  • Our Vision: “The Michigan Center for Rural Health will be universally recognized as the center for expertise for rural health in Michigan through creative and visionary education, service, and research.”
  • Our Mission: “To coordinate, plan, and advocate for improved health for Michigan’s rural residents and communities.”
mcrh history
MCRH History
  • Formed in 1991 as part of a nation-wide federal and state initiative to recognize importance of rural health care.
  • Granted 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status by Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
  • Offices located on Michigan State University campus.
  • Governed by Board of Directors with representatives from state-wide organizations and state government departments.
mcrh staffing
Six full-time employees

Executive Director

Recruitment & Retention Services Coordinator

Hospital Programs Manager

Education & Communication Coordinator

Program Assistant

Two Administrative Assistants (both MSU students)

MCRH Staffing
mcrh program areas
MCRH Program Areas
  • Communication and Education
  • Hospital Programs
  • Recruitment and Retention Services
  • Emergency Medical Services
communication and education
Communication and Education
  • Conferences
    • Annual Rural Health
    • CAH conference
  • Workshops, Newsletters and Listservs
  • Grand Rounds
    • In 2011, there were 39 one-hour videoconferenced topics in arthritis, geriatric, psychiatry, nursing, pharmacy, EMS, and social work broadcast to a total of 3,345 providers.
  • Michigan Health Alert Network (MIHAN)
    • A web-based health alert network system for hospitals, local public health agencies, and certified rural health clinics.





Increase in G.R. Participant Numbers





Growing Education Opportunities Throughout Rural Michigan






Increase in # of G.R. Sessions Offered





Growing Education Opportunities Throughout Rural Michigan

video conferencing sites
Video-conferencing Sites

Video-conference process for presentation of program from MSU to REMEC Telehealth Network, UPTN, and SW Telehealth Network.


Traverse City


grand rounds
Grand Rounds

1 of 2 videoconference rooms we use. Room 204 CAS.

hospital programs
Hospital Programs
  • Michigan Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program
    • Provides services to Critical Access Hospitals and their communities (Quality Network, Financial Benchmarking Project, Board of Directors Education, HIT readiness analysis).
    • There are 35 Critical Access Hospitals in Michigan.
performance quality improvement
Performance/Quality Improvement

34 CAHs received Michigan Rural Health Quality Improvement Award for calendar year 2008. Partnered with MPRO.

Inpatient Clinical Performance.

Emergency Room Transfers (7 measures).

quality performance improvement
Quality/Performance Improvement

CAH - CFO Financial Benchmarking Group.

22 CAHs participating.

Collect & compare relevant CAH financial data.

Acute Care, OR, Lab, Radiology and ED.

recruitment and retention services
Recruitment and Retention Services
  • Objective: “To be a single point of contact to rural facilities with questions regarding recruitment, retention, medical staff development, loan repayment and visa or contract issues.
  • Advocates for recruitment initiatives to improve access to care in rural Michigan.
  • Assists rural communities by offering:
    • Physician recruitment assistance to place physicians in rural Michigan.
    • Primary Care Community Medical Staff Needs Analysis.
    • Presentations of rural health care opportunities.
    • NHSC, State Loan Repayment, and contract review.
  • EMS Education via teleconferences (221 people).
  • Online Medical directors course.
  • Bi-Monthly Newsletter.
ems education
EMS Education

In 2009, 49 EMS agencies participated in the EMS Education series.

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EMS Education
  • 4 sessions held quarterly, with an extra session relating to the H1N1 epidemic.
  • 222 participants with 152 receiving continuing education credits.
  • Technology upgrade.
state rural health plan
State Rural Health Plan
  • Implementing Access to Care and Recruitment/Retention of Provider objectives at conferences and through partnerships.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Community Matching Grant program through legislature (12 grants).
  • Healthy Lifestyle Community Matching Grant program through BC/BS Social Mission Department (12 grants).
healthy lifestyles community grant program
Healthy Lifestyles Community Grant Program
  • A matching community grant program for the Healthy Lifestyles section.
  • $5,000 to twelve communities.
  • Community matches the amount to create a $10,000 Healthy Lifestyles project.
healthy lifestyles legislature funded
Healthy Lifestyles– legislature funded
  • September 2008-October 2009
  • Twelve Communities

2008-2009 Legislative Grantees

healthy lifestyles legislature funded1
Healthy Lifestyles – legislature funded
  • 4,201 rural residents were involved in various Healthy Lifestyle programs (mileage clubs, weight loss contests).
  • 564 children received health screenings.
  • 1,428 people attended “Health Fairs.”
  • 26 health care providers received education on discussing healthy lifestyles with their patients.
  • 17 schools introduced either the Exemplary Physical Education Program, Michigan Model for Health Curriculum or the Coordinated School Health Program.
  • 2,182 community members received fact sheets or newsletter.
other healthy lifestyle grants in progress
Other Healthy Lifestylegrants in progress
  • 6 Legislative Grants from FY 08/09 (final report due September 2010).
  • 12 BC/BS Foundation (final report due April 2010).
  • Money has been appropriated for fourteen (14) Healthy Lifestyle grants in FY 09/10.
new for 09 10
New for 09/10
  • SEARCH: Students/Residents Experiences and Rotations in Community Health.
  • M-CEITA: Michigan Center for Expanding Information Technology Advancement.
  • Rural OsteoChamps.
  • John Barnas
  • Barnas@msu.edu
  • 517-432-9216