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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Medical Director, Cardiac Imaging- Hollywood, Florida

About the Opportunity: Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI), part of the Memorial Healthcare System (MHS), the second largest public health care system in the country, is looking for a BC/BE cardiologist with special expertise and training in cardiac imaging including MRI, CT, and echo cardiography. The successful candidate will join a hospital based multidisciplinary cardiology team which includes a heart failure service and heart transplant. The work and call will be dedicated exclusively to cardiac imaging only. The desired candidate will have completed a three year ACGME accredited Fellowship in cardiology with additional Fellowship training completed in advanced cardiac imaging including advanced echocardiographic techniques, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRI, and CT. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in transplant, heart failure, and heart assist technology including VADs. Experience with IAC accreditation required. This is an employed position with competitive compensation and full benefits.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Physician Assistant - Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Regional Cancer Center has an opportunity for an experienced Physician Assistant to join the multi-disciplinary, fellowship trained Urologic Oncology team of physicians.  With 5 urologists all trained in multiple aspects of therapy, patients are given multiple options for treatment and are ensured they have all information on each treatment available.  Their decades of combined experience results in better outcomes for their patients, and ensures that patients receive cross-coverage care. 

While each physician has numerous areas of expertise and practices general urology, each also has a “champion area” in which he or she puts special focus.  With an extensive ability to provide hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and an active, robust and state-of-the-art clinical trials program, LRCC’s Urologic Oncology Department is leading the way in treatment options.

Ideal candidates will have a BA/BS (MS preferred) and graduation from an AMA accredited PA program, and current State of FL PA licensure (or eligibility).

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist- Stuart, Florida

Martin Health is seeking a full time Clinical Pharmacy Specialist who under the supervision of the Clinical Pharmacy Manager and the Pharmacy Operations Manager will help oversee clinical pharmacy activities for the health system.

As the Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, you will develop monthly agendas with assistance from the management team, prepare monthly meeting materials for the P&T staff, prepare detailed drug monographs for formulary addition requests, conduct quarterly Medication Use Evaluations (MUE) and present at P&T meetings, coordinate any follow-up needed from the P&T meeting, prepare any memos to be distributed from the P&T Executive Committee and review formulary on an annual basis (with formulary sub-committee) to make recommendations for positive change.

Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated knowledge and skills in clinical activities including but not limited to pharmacokinetic dosing, TPN dosing, medication use evaluations, adverse drug reaction programs, antibiotic utilization, formulary monographs. Additionally, a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, an active Florida Pharmacist license, five years of acute care clinical pharmacy hospital experience (or PGY1 Residency and three years of clinical pharmacy hospital experience), in addition to strong organizational, communication and motivational skills are required for consideration.

We offer a very competitive compensation and benefits package and an incomparable environment – both inside and out. The Treasure Coast offers a great lifestyle for singles and families alike, with excellent schools, affordable homes, unlimited recreation and Stuart’s charming downtown center.

There is no better place to realize your career dreams – learn more about this excellent opportunity and apply online at www.martinhealth.org/jobs.

Martin Health System is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Administrative Director, Clinical Lab- Tampa, Florida

Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Chemistry or related area from an NACCLS approved program; current Florida Medical Tech and Florida Supervisor’s license; 5-7 years of progressively responsible management experience, with at least two (2) years in upper management of the lab; and must meet the qualifications for Technical Supervisor and/or General Supervisor for laboratories performing high complexity testing as outlined in CLIA 88 regulations.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Clinical Specialist (Pharmacy)- Hollywood, Florida

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) 

BS in Pharmacy Degree with at least 2 years of inpatient Hospital Pharmacy Experience.
Active Florida Pharmacist License in good standing.
Residency and/or Board Certification Preferre

 

Provide and monitor specialized clinical service(s). Provide direct patient care upon physician request or consultation to individualize drug regimens for adolescent, adult and geriatric and pediatric patient populations, demonstrating competency based upon the area(s) of assignment. Provide drug distributive functions as assigned. Demonstrate ability to work with the patients' growth and development based upon population groups, and meet standards of quality as measured by the QI process.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Ophthalmology Physician -Fort Walton Beach, Florida

White-Wilson Medical Center is seeking a general Ophthalmologist to join our physician owned group. With over 50 physicians in more than 20 different specialties, we provide a range of healthcare services to the local community. The candidate will perform comprehensive patient examinations in the clinic and surgeries in our Ambulatory Surgery Center. Must be Board Certified and self-motivated. Annual salary commensurate with experience and training. White-Wilson Medical Center offers excellent benefits and bonus incentives. The Fort Walton Beach area is a great place to live. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, mild weather year-round and an affordable cost of living. It is a small-town environment with many cultural and social benefits. For more information on our area, go to www.fwbchamber.org or www.emeraldcoast.com.

Please email your resume and compensation to Maggie Music at mmusic@white-wilson.com

2+ years of experience Board Certified

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Circulating RN- Sebring, Florida

Job Summary: Provides direct patient care to neonate through geriatric patient populations. Addresses the psychosocial, physical and general aspects of care related to the surgical environment. Communicates with surgeon and anesthesiologist continuously and as needed about patient condition. Assists with the maintenance of surgical equipment and inventory. Participates in performance improvement activities. Assesses operating room for equipment functioning and readiness, obtains supplies for individual cases and ensures all appropriate needs of surgical operating team are met. Monitors, positions and assists patient during procedure.

 

Regulatory Requirements:

  • Graduate of an accredited school of nursing.
  • Current Registered Nurse licensure in the State of _FLORIDA.
  • Current BCLS certification.
  • Current ACLS or Basic EKG or Arrhythmia-identification certification.
  • Minimum of one (1) year work experience in the operating room preferred.

Language Skills:

  • Able to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Additional languages desirable.

Skills:

  • Basic computer knowledge.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: RN Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit - Orlando, Florida - Nights

Job Summary:

The RN is a registered professional nurse who is responsible for providing and supervising direct and indirect total nursing care responsibilities to identified age specific groups. Utilizing the nursing process (assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating) in achieving the goals of the nursing department.  For job class codes GRN and R120, graduates nurses and experienced nurses entering a training program will be under the direct supervision of a preceptor for all principal duties and responsibilities during the training program with eventual transition to independent practice after successful training program completion. Adheres to the Florida Hospital Corporate Compliance Plan and to all rules and regulations of all applicable local, state and federal agencies and accrediting bodies. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

 Knowledge Skills, Education & Experience Required:
• American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
•If certification is from another agency, certification from AHA must be obtained within 90 days of hire.
•AHA Advanced life support certification (ACLS, PALS, NRP) per specialty/unit requirements
•If certification is from another agency, certification from AHA must be obtained by 90 day evaluation
•EKG, ACLS, PALS, NRP (based on patient population; See document EKG and Advanced Life Support Requirements) (preferred)

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
•Graduate of a school of nursing. 
•Bachelor’s degree in nursing (preferred)

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:

•Current registration with Florida State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse.

 Job Responsibilities:  

Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program.

·               NURSING PROCESS: Completes timely assessments per Practice Guidelines including physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, spiritual and life-style factors, including signs of abuse or neglect. Makes appropriate decisions and interventions and nursing diagnosis according to patients actual or potential health conditions or needs. (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2012)

·               NURSING PROCESS: Based on the assessment and diagnosis, sets measurable and achievable short and long-range goals for the patient (ANA, 2012), assisting in the development and implementation of an individualized plan of care. Prioritizes and completes follow up assessments, evaluates and modifies plan of care as need. Nursing practice reflects mutual goal setting and whole person care including meeting the needs of the mind, body and spirit. (King, 1995)

·               NURSING KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates the ability to assess and interpret diagnostic data relative to patient age and condition, including, but not limited to lab results, non-invasive monitoring data and interdisciplinary team notes. Nursing practice reflects the application of knowledge and skills pertaining to all diagnoses, procedures, medications, complications, and equipment associated with unit patient population. 

·               PATIENT SAFETY: Nursing practice reflects the application of knowledge, skill and adherence to all pertinent regulatory standards.  Follows strict infection prevention precautions. Adheres to policy and procedure regarding all aspects of medication safety. Practice reflects importance of patient teaching and takes advantage of opportunities, both planned and unplanned, to carry it out in accordance with plan of care.

·               COMMUNICATION: Promotes an exceptional patient experience by abiding to compassion and image standards and fostering excellent nurse-patient relationships through effective/therapeutic communication with the patient, family, and visitors, including but not limited to and as applicable, hourly rounding. Exhibits ability to utilize appropriate techniques, verbiage, and resources in all interactions with the patient to their level of understanding.  Communicates effectively with interdisciplinary team by completing thorough hand off communication in all situations. Follows chain of command when appropriate.

·               DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the recording and accessing of all patient information in electronic medical record according to policy and in real time. Performs appropriate and legible documentation, recording all procedures and assessments within established timeframes, and in accordance with standards of care, departmental policy and practice guidelines. 

·               PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Abides by American Nurses Association Scope, Standards and Code of Ethics. Participates in practice changes, process improvement initiatives and completes all required education by the due date. Supports quality standards and initiatives set by the department.  Exhibits desire to learn, teach, mentor and advance nursing skills. 

·               RELIEF CHARGE NURSE (as applicable): Under the supervision of a manager, assumes authority of the daily operations of the unit/department and is the primary resource nurse for a specific shift. Manages staff accountability and adherence to regulatory requirements. The leadership responsibility includes but is not limited to facilitation of the team dynamics of patient care, patient experience and patient flow including managing staff assignments.  Additional management responsibilities include effective conflict resolution, patient/staff rounding and communication, resource utilization, comprehensive hand off communication and completion of unit specific audits/checklists as required or assigned. 

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: RN - Surgical PCU - Celebration, Florida - Nights

Job Summary:

As a RN, you will make providing service your priority while caring for the whole person in a faith-based atmosphere.

The RN is a registered professional nurse who is responsible for providing and supervising direct and indirect total nursing care responsibilities to identified age specific groups. Utilizing the nursing process (assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating) in achieving the goals of the nursing department. For job class codes GRN and R120, graduates nurses and experienced nurses entering a training program will be under the direct supervision of a preceptor for all principal duties and responsibilities during the training program with eventual transition to independent practice after successful training program completion. Adheres to the Florida Hospital Corporate Compliance Plan and to all rules and regulations of all applicable local, state and federal agencies and accrediting bodies. Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.

Knowledge Skills, Education & Experience Required:

•American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

◦If certification is from another agency, certification from AHA must be obtained within 90 days of hire.

•AHA Advanced life support certification (ACLS, PALS, NRP) per specialty/unit requirements

◦If certification is from another agency, certification from AHA must be obtained by 90 day evaluation.

•EKG, ACLS, PALS, NRP (based on patient population; See document EKG and Advanced Life Support Requirements) (preferred)

•Graduate of a school of nursing.

•Unit related experience is required for unit placement

•Bachelor’s degree in nursing (preferred)

Licensure, Certification, or Registration Required:
•Current registration with Florida State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse.
•Professional certification (preferred)

Job Responsibilities:
•Demonstrates through behavior Florida Hospital’s Core Values of Integrity, Compassion, Balance, Excellence, Stewardship and Teamwork as outlined in the organization’s Performance Excellence Program.

•NURSING PROCESS: Completes timely assessments per Practice Guidelines including physiological, psychological, developmental, sociocultural, spiritual and life-style factors, including signs of abuse or neglect. Makes appropriate decisions and interventions and nursing diagnosis according to patients actual or potential health conditions or needs. (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2012)
•NURSING PROCESS: Based on the assessment and diagnosis, sets measurable and achievable short and long-range goals for the patient (ANA, 2012), assisting in the development and implementation of an individualized plan of care. Prioritizes and completes follow up assessments, evaluates and modifies plan of care as need. Nursing practice reflects mutual goal setting and whole person care including meeting the needs of the mind, body and spirit. (King, 1995)
•NURSING KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates the ability to assess and interpret diagnostic data relative to patient age and condition, including, but not limited to lab results, non-invasive monitoring data and interdisciplinary team notes. Nursing practice reflects the application of knowledge and skills pertaining to all diagnoses, procedures, medications, complications, and equipment associated with unit patient population.
•PATIENT SAFETY: Nursing practice reflects the application of knowledge, skill and adherence to all pertinent regulatory standards. Follows strict infection prevention precautions. Adheres to policy and procedure regarding all aspects of medication safety. Practice reflects importance of patient teaching and takes advantage of opportunities, both planned and unplanned, to carry it out in accordance with plan of care.
•COMMUNICATION: Promotes an exceptional patient experience by abiding to compassion and image standards and fostering excellent nurse-patient relationships through effective/therapeutic communication with the patient, family, and visitors, including but not limited to and as applicable, hourly rounding. Exhibits ability to utilize appropriate techniques, verbiage, and resources in all interactions with the patient to their level of understanding. Communicates effectively with interdisciplinary team by completing thorough hand off communication in all situations. Follows chain of command when appropriate.
•DOCUMENTATION: Demonstrates knowledge and skill in the recording and accessing of all patient information in electronic medical record according to policy and in real time. Performs appropriate and legible documentation, recording all procedures and assessments within established timeframes, and in accordance with standards of care, departmental policy and practice guidelines.
•PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Abides by American Nurses Association Scope, Standards and Code of Ethics. Participates in practice changes, process improvement initiatives and completes all required education by the due date. Supports quality standards and initiatives set by the department. Exhibits desire to learn, teach, mentor and advance nursing skills.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity - LPN with Pediatric Experience - Manatee County

Location: Manatee County

Date of Vacancy: 7/29/14
Closing Date: until filled

Job Summary: These individuals are responsible for providing quality health care to patients while following the direction of senior licensed nurses and medical providers. They assist in the maintenance of an environment conducive to the health, training, and well-being of peers and patients. This position is not intended to be utilized solely at one location, but may need to float to various sites as needed at the direction of the Department Head.

Requirements:

  • Licensed by Florida Board of Nursing
  • Maintains current CPR certificate
  • I.V. Certification preferred
  • Ability to function efficiently under stressful situations
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to speak Spanish is helpful

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Rural Health Job Opportunity - Breast Health Navigator - Sarasota, FL

At Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, our community-owned regional medical center and leading acute care hospital is named by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's Best Hospitals”, ranking above all other Florida institutions in several specialties. These awards combined with our supportive team environment help to ensure your success!

  • Top 100 Hospitals to Work For
  • Regions only Magnet Hospital
  • Consumer Preferred Hospital
  • One of just five hospitals in nation awarded with HealthGrades’ two top awards – “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” and Patient Safety Excellence Award – six years in a row.
  • 5-star ratings in 23 specialty areas

The Sarasota Memorial Breast Health Center is proud of its commitment to breast health and the well being of women in this community. Advanced imaging technology is combined with comprehensive and compassionate care. Superior screening and diagnostic services are provided in a comfortable and supportive environment. To ensure our continued success and outstanding quality, Sarasota Memorial is committed to hiring the most talented team members. We constantly strive to find the most talented staff to help deliver excellence. Currently, we are seeking an experienced: Breast Health Navigator Sarasota, FL 

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Regional Operations Director Of Hospice - Coastal, FL

Galileo Search is conducting a national search for an experienced hospice operations and business development leadership professional. Our client is an award winning, non-profit hospital system who has asked us to find a “highly promotable” hospice operations executive. For this high profile career opportunity, we are seeking a business savvy individual with proven leadership experience. They must have excellent communication skills, management and operations expertise. Highly prized are those with expertise in the principles and methods of management andleadership; in regards to interdisciplinary hospice services, budgeting, human resource management and administration. Excellent time management, critical thinking, project management, interpersonal relationship building, public relations and customer service skills are essential to this role.


POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Regional Operational Director of Hospice will be responsible for the management of the regional branch office. They will oversee the administrative staff, service line operations managersand ensure excellent clinical service delivery, proper staffing, education, effective customer service and resolution of issues both internal and external. Their focus will be the growth and business development within the designated geographic area. The Director will develop and implement strategic initiatives to improve the operations of the region. They will be a key member ofthe executive leadership team. Our client’s hospice operation is a multi-site organization; all current facilities are within a 37 mile radius. Facilities include: business offices; care centers, grief centers and resale shops. Programs include: medical care, nursing care, personal care, emotional care, and spiritual care. Services are provided in-home, at assisted living facilities, in a nursing home or at patient’s preference.

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Registered Nurses – Emergency Department - Deland

Salary: Open

Type: Full Time - Experienced

Sector: Hospital, Public and Private

Discipline: General Nursing

Required Education: 2 Year Degree

Registered Nurses – Emergency Department

Ask about our generous sign on bonus* (* Restrictions apply)

At Florida Hospital DeLand, we were recognized as being in the top 5 percent of Emergency Department’s nationwide for our patients’ results, and one of the Top 3 healthcare facilities to receive a Grade A in Hospital Safety in the Volusia and Flagler Counties for in the Fall of 2013. The Emergency department at Florida Hospital DeLand encompasses 11,000 square feet with 23 examination rooms, and nine of these are dedicated to patients with high cardiac risk. Florida Hospital DeLand offers a Fast Track area in the Emergency Department. This area is designated for patients who have minor injuries or illnesses. The Emergency Department proudly serves over 50,000 patients each year.

Our Emergency Department Staff is commitment to providing excellent patient care. It is our goal at the Florida Hospital DeLand, Emergency Department to honor the trust that our patients have for us by giving our patient highest level of services. Currently, we are seeking RNs for a variety of Full-time Opportunities within our fast-paced Emergency Department.

Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year prior experience within an ER or urgent care setting, current FL RN license, BLS, ACLS and PALS certification.      

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Rural Health Job Opportunity: Ophthalmology Physician - Ft. Walton Beach

White-Wilson Medical Center is seeking a general Ophthalmologist to join our physician owned group. With over 50 physicians in more than 20 different specialties, we provide a range of healthcare services to the local community. The candidate will perform comprehensive patient examinations in the clinic and surgeries in our Ambulatory Surgery Center. Must be Board Certified and self-motivated. Annual salary commensurate with experience and training. White-Wilson Medical Center offers excellent benefits and bonus incentives. The Fort Walton Beach area is a great place to live. We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, mild weather year-round and an affordable cost of living. It is a small-town environment with many cultural and social benefits. For more information on our area, go to www.fwbchamber.org or www.emeraldcoast.com.

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Please email your resume and compensation to Maggie Music at mmusic@white-wilson.com

2+ years of experience Board Certified

Posted: August 29, 2014

Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Full Time - Experienced

White-Wilson Medical Cent

 

2014 NHSC New Site Application Cycle Open

The 2014 NHSC New Site Application cycle is now open to those sites that have never been approved as an NHSC site. All completed applications must be submitted by June 16, 2014, at 11:59 pm, ET to be considered for an award. Please refer to the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide for all of the program requirements.

In order to apply to become an NHSC-approved site, a facility must submit an NHSC Site Application through the NHSC’s Customer Service Portal. For the upcoming application cycle, only sites that have never been approved as NHSC sites are eligible to apply.  Previously approved NHSC sites will have an opportunity to recertify in fall 2014. The NHSC encourages eligible sites to apply as early as possible. On average the site application cycle can take 2-3 weeks from start to finish.

Before applying to become an NHSC-approved site, please encourage facilities you come in contact with to closely review the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide.  Please note that all auto-approved sites do not need to apply but must contact Regional Office staff found on page two of the “Resources in Your Community” document to add new sites to the NHSC system of record.  Auto-approved site types are listed in the NHSC’s Site Reference Guide.

It is an exciting time to become an NHSC-approved site.  The benefits include access to:

  • NHSC Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program providers who are currently seeking employment at NHSC-approved sites; 
  • The NHSC Jobs Center, where NHSC-approved sites post job openings and site profiles, which attracts over 22,000 unique visitors each month; and
  • NHSC Virtual Job Fairs, which enable NHSC-approved sites the opportunity to recruit providers in a cost effective manner since interaction is facilitated online via the internet and phone.  

A technical assistance conference call will take place on May 1, 1-3 pm ET.  Please encourage applicants to access the call by having them dial 1-888-391-7045, passcode 2240736.  An on-demand webinar will also be posted on the NHSC Website shortly after the New Site Application cycle opens.  In addition, please view a video of Cuba Health Center, one of our member sites, to learn about the benefits of becoming an NHSC-approved site.


America's Rural/Urban Divide

A special series from Governing 

How governments respond to the widening rift between rural and urban America can either help bridge the gap or drive the country down an even more divergent path.

For the first time in history, more people worldwide live in cities than outside them. Across the globe, urban areas add more than 60 million new residents every year. In the United States, of course, the rural-to-urban tipping point happened generations ago. Today, nearly 80 percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas). But it’s a demographic shift that’s ongoing.

It’s the age of urban ascendance. But it’s also an age of urban/rural discord. In an ever-flatter world, big cities often identify more with urban counterparts halfway across the globe than they do with rural leaders just down the road. Chicago woos jobs from Shanghai, but may not coordinate with small towns in downstate Illinois. Boston aligns itself more with Berlin and Beijing than with the Berkshires.

There’s always been a gulf between rural and urban America. But that rift is widening -- in politics, in funding, in economic mobility, on social issues. How government leaders respond to that rift can either help bridge the gap between cities and rural areas, or drive the country down an even more divergent and potentially debilitating path.

Rural Areas Lose People But Not Power

Rural lawmakers are dwindling in number as people continue to migrate to metropolitan areas. But the battle between urban and rural politics is as big as ever -- and those out in the country may be winning. Read More.

Can Cities and Rural Counties Come Together? 

Recent political battles have highlighted the decades-old divide between urban and rural areas, making groups that occupy a middle ground more necessary than ever. Read More.

Rural Hospitals Are on Life Support

Hospitals may be rural America’s single most important and endangered institution. Between having to serve some of the sickest and most expensive populations and federal cuts, can small town America save more from closing? Read More.

Cash-Strapped Governments Lag Behind Their Rich Citizens

Boom times in oil and agriculture have brought new wealth to people in many rural counties. But the money in bank accounts is not translating into more money for government. Read more and view an interactive map of personal income data by county.

Now Open: C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award Nominations

Call for Nominations for the 2013
C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award
Statewide Award is accompanied by a contribution from Humana

The call for nominations for the 2013 C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award is officially underway! Do you know an older person in your community who has made a difference as a volunteer advocate for older Floridians? Why not nominate them for the 2013 C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award to be awarded in Spring, 2014 at a ceremony at the State Capitol. The Award is recognized by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

The window for consideration for this award will close in mid-March, so CCHOAA judges recommend not delaying your nominations.

C. Colburn Hardy was a community leader and author of numerous financial publications. In addition to being an active supporter of the Florida area agencies on aging, a member of the Claude Pepper Commission, White House Conferences on Aging and volunteer legislative lobbyist, and a long-standing member of the Florida Council on Aging, Hardy also served as a New Jersey State legislator. It is in his honor and the memory of his spirit, service and accomplishments that the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award was established by his family and friends.

The award has been presented annually to a year-round older Florida resident who as a volunteer has made significant statewide contributions to policies, programs or services for older Floridians. This individual demonstrates vision, advocacy, and leadership regarding the future of services for Florida's growing older population.

Previous awardees include E. Bentley Lipscomb, St. Petersburg, Director, Florida AARP (1999); William E. Hale, M.D. Dunedin, Founder, Florida Geriatric Research Program of Morton Plant Mease Health Care (2000); Jose Colon, Casselberry, Statewide SHINE Program leader (2001); Willis N. Murray, Miami, Chairman of the Board, Dade Alliance for Aging (2002); Stanley Godleski, Sarasota, Contributions to telemedicine and end of life care (2003); Norman L. Bungard, St. Petersburg, Member, Florida Silver Haired Legislature (2004); John Stokesberry, Miami, Former CEO, Florida Office on Aging and Adult Services (predecessor of DoEA); former CEO, Alliance for Aging of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (2005); Austin Curry, Tampa, President, Elder Care Advocacy of Florida; Senate President, Florida Silver-Haired Legislature (2006); William (Bill) Humphrey, New Port Richey, Director, VITA, annual preparation of 10,000+ tax returns for seniors through public-private partnerships (2007); Norma Lemberg, Coral Gables, Norma launched, with Coly Hardy, Older Americans Act statewide programs and was an advocate for transportation programs (2008); Linda Rubens, R.N., Jacksonville, Vice Chair, Florida Statewide Advocacy Council,(2009); Joseph Schwartz, Coral Springs, Former Pharmacy and Drug Companies Executive involved in statewide education and training programs for seniors and law enforcement officers (2010); Esther "Tess" Canja, Port Charlotte, Charter Member of TEAM Port Charlotte, served in various national, state and local AARP leadership positions as well as volunteer advocate for seniors in Florida (2011); and Judith Thames, Orlando, former Florida State President of AARP, advocate for transportation and mobility programs, Winter Park Health Foundation Board member, and Vice President of LIFE@UCF (2012).

For several years, the prestigious award has been accompanied by a contribution from Humana to a relevant Florida non-profit organization selected by the awardee.

For more information, please contact The Honorable Dorcas Hardy or Moya Thompson. To download nomination forms, please visit www.cchoaa.org.

Since 2012, health care company Humana Inc. joined as a supporter of the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award. Humana, Florida's largest Medicare health benefits company with more than 500,000 members statewide has long been a supporter of programs that recognize the volunteer work of seniors in the community. For more information, go to www.humana.com.

Guest Blog- Fla. Tracking Program

The Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is excited to be a guest blogger for the Florida Rural Health Association, as we are eager to share our experience as exhibitors at the 20th Annual Educational Summit.

We exhibited at the Summit on November 21 and 22, 2013, in Gainesville. Our exhibit featured a display about data visualization and reporting, which is part of the enhanced surveillance and outreach efforts of the Florida Tracking Program.

As exhibitors, we were able to share our message with over 100 attendees, and 26 other exhibitors. We made many wonderful contacts, and met many new partners and potential collaborators. One such collaborator is Dr. Christopher Sullivan with Image Research, LLC. Dr. Sullivan teaches a class on Public Health Informatics at Nova Southeastern University.

After talking with our epidemiologist, Melissa Jordan, it was discovered that his students were interested in learning more about Geographic Information Systems, or GIS. Chris Duclos, the Florida Tracking Program Manager and GIS expert, agreed to be a guest lecturer for the class. He showed the class how to create maps using the mapping software ArcGIS. He introduced our web site to the students, and showed students the different mapping tools available at www.floridatracking.com .

This is just one example of the many great opportunities presented to our program as RHA exhibitors. We hope to attend the 2014 Summit in Orlando! We look forward to learning more about the RHA, and hope to provide meaningful data for rural communities in Florida.

For more information, please visit our web site at www.floridatracking.com.