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Litte Dixie staff helping with housing through USDA

Little Dixie Serves as Intermediary for 502 Direct Loan Program

Through a partnership with USDA Rural Development, Little Dixie Community Action Agency is serving as Intermediary for the 502 Direct Loans in a six state area. We were initially assigned four states -- Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska, and in February 2016 we added two states -- Louisiana and Missouri.

LDCAA works to obtain USDA Rural Development approval and perform quality reviews on 502 Direct Loan applications prior to submission to Rural Development. We currently oversee 10 certified packagers of these loans in these six states. There are currently five 502 Direct Loans submitted to USDA Rural Development for processing.

As the Intermediary, we strive to increase the number of certified 502 loan packagers across the six-state area for the purpose of identifying eligible loan applicants. By doing this, we assist in providing affordable housing for the low/very low income families. More details here.

RHN Helps Members Enhance Technological Infrastructure

High speed data service improvement for 3 member sites

  • 45 M to 100 M

  • 1.5 M to 70M

  • 1 M to 100M

Added email encryption service

  • HIPAA compliant for PHI

  • User-friendly one click encryption in existing mail interfaces

Delivered secure SMS service to 6 member orgs (80 users)

  • Android, iOS and PC

Joined HIMSS as a Non-Profit partner Organization


RHN Provides Food to Families and Seniors in Need During the Holidays

RHN members identified patients most in need of support. These families were deemed most likely to be readmitted to the hospital, or who were not able to leave their homes. As a result, RHN provided meals for 150 meals to raise funds and was able to feed 40 elderly residents.

Additionally, canned goods and other food items were delivered to 65 residents just in time for Thanksgiving.

The Supporting Tri-County Aging Residents (STAR) tree was instrumental in collecting 34 warm blankets and collected 1800 pounds of food for that was distributed to 65 elderly residents last December.

RHN member, Millennium Home Care, writes:
Thank you so much for the food that you gave us.  The six people that we were able to help over the holidays were so very grateful.  One gentleman said that this was the true meaning of the holidays helping others and that he would have a nice dinner because of the food.  One lady said that we had made her day.  All six clients said was a difference the food made for them especially at this time of the year.  The food that you brought us this week will go to different people so that everyone one can benefit.  Thanks so much!

"Push We Care" Bus Arrives

Pushmataha County residents now have access to a mobile health screening and resource unit.

This is the realization of a multi-year project involving the work of numerous partners culminated with the delivery of the "Push We Care" Mobile Health Screening and Resource Unit. Pictured is Smart Start Tri-County Director, Tonya Finley, (right) with the new bus with Care Coordinator Manager with the Little Dixie Healthy Start Program, Pam Waugh (left), and Drug Free Communities Program Director Michele Frazier (center). This mobile unit would not have been possible if not for the tireless efforts of the following groups: Pushmataha County Turning Point Coalition, USDA Rural Development, Smart Start Oklahoma, Project SPIT, Shape Your Future Oklahoma, Little Dixie CAA, Zen Gee Counseling and Psychological Services, LLC, SequelCare of Oklahoma, New Beginnings, The Convenience Center, Mills Quick Lube and Clean, and AmeriState Bank.

The handicap accessible unit, which features a wheelchair ramp, has equipment, all necessary supplies and educational material regarding numerous health issues from various coalition partners. The "Push We Care" bus is operational and free mobile health screenings are being provided by a volunteer staff of trained nurses or other providers to residents within Pushmataha County. Individuals with abnormal results will be referred to area providers for further testing and/or treatment.

The screening unit will conduct between eight to 12 trips a year, with the primary focus being to increase access to health care screenings and needed referrals within the extremely rural areas of the county. The "Push We Care" Bus has also been approved and listed as an Emergency Response Vehicle should a catastrophic event occur in the county.  This listing for the Emergency Response Vehicle was made possible through the efforts of Jeremie Fisher and Pat Fowler with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

For more information on this service, please contact Tonya Finley, Smart Start Tri-County Director, at (580) 326-3351.

November is National Diabetes Month

This November, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are proud to support National Diabetes Month 2014. Throughout National Diabetes Month, the NDEP and its partners will promote "Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes" to help people with diabetes learn they are at greater risk for heart disease, and also how they can lower that risk by managing the diabetes ABCs: The A1C test, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Stop Smoking. This link provides more information.

Angie Batton Nominated Leader of the Year

Congratulations to one of RHN of Oklahoma's members, Angie Batton. Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA) honored six individuals who exemplify increasing access to affordable health care in Oklahoma during the recent OKPCA Annual Conference. Leader of the Year is Angie Batton, RN, CEO, Pushmataha Family Medical Center.

Broken Bow Police Department is 167th Drop Box Location

Broken Bow Police Department (pictured above) is now home to the 167th  Drop Box placed as part of the Safe Trips for Scripts program, sponsored by Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

McCurtain County Coalition for Change Awarded $10,000

The McCurtain County Coalition for Change, a certified County Health Improvement Organization (CHIO), was awarded a $10,000 Quality Improvement project to support proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs.
With this grant, the McCurtain County Coalition for Change CHIO was able to provide lock boxes to 14 participating physicians. The lock boxes are an example of what type of storage device to purchase when locking up prescription drugs. 

These lock boxes can be purchased or ordered at local medical supply companies, local pharmacies or retail stores.  The CHIO organizations' intention is for patients to be educated on prescription drug storage and disposal during their office visit.  Brochures have also been made available with additional educational materials to follow.

This is an effort to make our community a safer place and avoid possible tragedies.

Contact Robbie Mullens, Region 6 Prevention Director with SOIC, at 580-286-8604, or Deanne Taylor, Rural Health Network of Oklahoma and SE OK CHIO Coordinator at 580-271-1316, for additional brochures or questions regarding the Quality Improvement project.

New FQHC Comes to Clayton

Pushmataha Family Medical Center in Clayton Oklahoma began seeing patients in their new facility on June 4, 2014. The ribbon cutting/Grand Opening was held on June 27.
On May 1, 2012 PFMC was awarded a Federal grant in the amount of 4,393,302 to build, equip, and furnish the new facility.  RHN of Oklahoma played a role in assisting with IT for the new facility.

The facility is 12,714 sq ft. and offers Medical, Dental, and Behavioral Health services along with state of the art x-ray, a moderate complexity lab, Outreach and Enrollment assistance, and administrative offices.
This facility is open to everyone.  We offer a sliding fee scale discount to those who are below 200% FPL. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most other private insurance.

This is a Federally Qualified Health Center and was funded 99.9 percent by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Although we work closely with the Choctaw Nation Health Services and will provide services to Native Americans, PFMC is not a Tribal facility.

Bringing Awareness to Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Avy Redus with the Oklahoma State Department of Health addresses those in attendance at a recent Lunch and Learn regarding proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs and unintentional poisoning in Oklahoma.

Download list of prescription drop off locations (PDF 104 KB).  Text

First Image of members during meeting

Second Image of members during meeting
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