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January 15, 2021

 

 
 
 
 

Registration is open!

 

The 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference will be presented virtually on February 24-25, 2021, in conjunction with the Governor's Rural Affairs Council and Rural Partners. Please visit our conference portal page to register and check the most current schedule. The registration fee is $25 per person for both days.

 

 
 
 
 

From Laura Hepp Kessel, Chair, Rural Partners Board of Directors:

The 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners will be held virtually, beginning at 9 a.m. March 2, 2021. If you plan to attend, please send a message to Janet Bascom at info@ruralpartners.org. We’ll send a link to the meeting before March 2. Watch for an email in the coming weeks where you can provide feedback regarding topics of interest for our annual meeting. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to participate in the online survey when it is emailed to you. We hope you can attend the annual membership meeting!

 

 
 
 
 

January is Radon Action Month in Illinois. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is naturally produced from the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. Statistics show radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. An estimated 1,200 people in Illinois develop radon-related lung cancer each year. “Radon related health risks are preventable,” said Acting IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) Director, Alicia Tate-Nadeau. “Radon can be detected with a simple test and mitigated through well-established techniques. With greater awareness we can save lives.” IEMA and American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) kicked off its annual statewide contest that encourages Illinois school students to use their creative talents to promote radon awareness. The Illinois Radon Poster Contest is open to students ages 9-14. Entries are due by March 6. Prizes include $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. For more information about the poster contest, visit the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALAIL) website

 

 
 
 
 

The USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high-quality research addressing important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The program stimulates technological innovations in the private sector and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses. The SBIR program also fosters and encourages participation by women-owned and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses. All Phase II projects must have previously completed a successful USDA Phase I project before applying for a Phase II grant. USDA SBIR has awarded over 2,000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. Full RFA details for SBIR Phase II.

 

 
 
 
 

Local Government Education welcomes Rural Partners to host noon-time telehealth webinars on January 21, February 12, and February 17. Part 1: SIU Medicine’s Telehealth Program and Experience will discuss how SIU Medicine’s “telehealth to the home” services have expanded and continues to seek feedback from their patients and work towards the future demand. Part 2: The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities will define telehealth, examine its development and the seismic change in healthcare during the pandemic. Finally, Part 3: The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies looks at existing research on telemedicine that suggests that access to care, or convenience is a major determinant of demand. Questions that presenters will address are: How significant is telemedicine as a model for healthcare provision in Illinois?  Does preference for telemedicine differ between the metro and the nonmetro population?  What is the societal value of telemedicine? Go to the registration page for the Rural Partners Telehealth Webinar Series, for further information.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 21 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 1): Remarks and Presentation

January 27 - National Association of Counties' Federal Legislative Update

February 12 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 2): The COVID-19 Telehealth Sea Change and New Opportunities

February 17 - Rural Partners Telehealth Series (Part 3): The Value of Telehealth to Rural Economies

February 19 - Governor's Hometown Award Application Due Date

February 24 & 25 - 32nd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

March 2 - 2021 Annual Membership Meeting of Illinois Rural Partners

 

 
 
 
 
 

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