In 2012 and 2013, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health sponsored TEMS training sessions for rural emergency medical services providers. TEMS is comprehensive pre-hospital medical support of emergency response teams involved in active crime scenes or other hazardous situations, including…
Rescue Divas is a hands-on residential camp designed for middle school girls interested in exploring careers in emergency medicine.
Each year the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health collaborates with the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative to plan the annual Rural Hospital Finance Workshop. The workshop consistently receives rave reviews each year, and has grown to be a valuable resource for finance professionals in Wisconsin's rural hospitals.
Since 2003, the Office of Rural Health has funded over 60 Rural Community Grant projects, providing resources to rural coalitions working to address health challenges in their community. One of these successful projects was Langlade Hospital's Medication Safety Red Bag Program, developed to address medication safety and reduce accidents related to medication misuse.
The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, in partnership with the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC), provides an opportunity for Critical Access Hospitals in Wisconsin to adopt and implement web-based event reporting. Through this project hospitals have gained a better understanding of systems issues related to patient safety.
To assist local EMS leaders, our office sponsors an EMS Leadership Academy — a 60-hour leadership development and training program specifically designed to build the abilities and skills of those operating local EMS agencies.
Wisconsin is fortunate to have a well-funded Health Professions Loan Assistance Program, which leverages federal funds to provide education debt repayment awards to providers who agree to work in these rural and urban underserved areas. These awards are a provider recruitment and retention tool.
In 2011 the Office of Rural Health began hosting training opportunities targeted at rural hospital foundations. Topics have included engaging physicians and staff in philanthropy efforts, building board engagement, planned giving and designing appropriate metrics to measure success.
In 2012-2013 the Office partnered with the University of Wisconsin Masters of Public Health program to provide support to rural community grant recipients in developing evaluation plans, needs assessments and program planning. MPH students fulfilled a field experience requirement working in a rural setting, many for the first time.
The Rural Health Initiative is a program designed to address growing concerns on the health and safety issues facing today’s farm families. At the center of this program is a healthcare professional who makes house calls to interested farm families to provide health screening, information, education, and referrals.