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Telemental Health Training and Credentialing is now available. This training is provided to professionals and health professions students involved in behavioral health, with priority given to those organizations affiliated with Virginia AHECs.  

This free training is a value of $382.50, includes 9 modules and a comprehensive exam, and must be started no later than August 23rd.  Participants must register for the training through the following link, and then an email will be sent to participant to logon to the training site.

For more information about the training and credential requirements, please visit:

The Rural Summer Immersion Program took place June 3-14 in the Middle Peninsula region of the AHEC of the Rappahannock Region.  AHEC Scholars were given top priority for this program.

The goal of the rural immersion program was multifaceted and included current healthcare students a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about healthcare in rural hospitals and other care facilities
  • Discover advanced telehealth capabilities
  • Work with community-based organizations
  • Navigate interdisciplinary teams
  • Address opioid misuse in rural communities
  • Experience life in small towns and rural areas

Such opportunities serve to foster a connection between the students and the people and atmosphere of the rural community, optimistically resulting in their intent to live and work in an underserved area upon graduation.

Rural Summer Immersion Program Participants
Watch the Video
Telehealth Etiquette Tips sponsored by Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance

Presented by:
Christy Helsel, RN
Telehealth Program Director, Riverside Health System

Practice Administrator , Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

This educational video was funded through a grant by the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity through MOA Number: 557V632596

Cathy Eades, Bay Aging; Donna Dittman Hale, Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance; Christine Jensen and Rick Jackson, Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health

Tappahannock, VA – Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance (BRTA) is pleased to be named a Rural Health Community Champion for innovative efforts around the use of evidence-based models from US Dept of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program. There were over 130 nominations detailing impressive work in rural communities across the country. BRTA has also been distinguished with an honorable mention in the category of creative partnerships.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Rural Health Care Services Outreach program expands health care delivery in rural areas based on evidence-based or promising practice models. HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “These organizations are an essential part of the health care system because they understand their local communities, are able to fill significant health care gaps and ultimately improve the quality of life for those living in rural America.”
Tappahannock-based Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance Bridges to Care Transitions project was built around a creative integration of three evidence-based models of care with Remote Patient Monitoring, in order to improve access to and quality of rural health care among an older population with chronic illness and high rates of hospital (re)admission: The Coleman Model®, The Healthy IDEAS Model, and The Stanford Model for Chronic Disease Self-Management.
The ultimate goal of the Bridges to Care Transitions project is to assist patients in developing chronic disease self-management skills to reduce unnecessary emergency department visits or hospitalizations, as well as to understand when to seek primary care. In working with its project partners, Bay Aging, which provides Care Transition Coaching and Healthy Ideas, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Service Board, Professional Support and Mental Health Services, Riverside Center for Excellence in Lifelong Health – Evaluation Team, and Riverside Health System – Remote Patient Monitoring, BRTA has been exploring a number of strategies to sustain the project beyond the lifetime of the grant. BRTA has successfully integrated telehealth and face-to-face healthcare for both physical and behavioral health among our rural population in the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore, whose access to healthcare has been severely limited by provider shortages, long travel distances, and poverty.

BRTA has created significant impact in improving health and healthcare access, quality, and affordability through its Bridges to Care Transitions project. It is estimated that at least $919,200 in net savings has been achieved when taking into considered the cost savings for in-patient care, transportation, personal care, and caregiver and community services. Remote patient monitoring and care transitions coaching, including chronic disease self-management education and behavioral health screening and treatment, have improved health care. Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance is a non-profit network working to connect healthcare providers, patients, educators, and consumers and their families to a comprehensive continuum of care using telehealth technologies. Members of the Alliance include Riverside Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, HCA Capital Region Hospitals, Bay Aging, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board, Rappahannock Community College, Bay Workforce Investment Board, and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The Health-E Learners Program, through Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance, has made a commitment to our schools to provide Telehealth visits for those who do not have insurance, and need financial assistance.If you are self-pay and do not have insurance, you may receive a reduced fee on a sliding scale, based on income.  Click on the link below to access the application.

Financial Aid Application Request

Sirviendo a los condados de Essex, Northumberland y Westmoreland


La Alianza de telesalud de Bay Rivers ha comenzado una empresa importante para llevar centros de telesalud basados en la escuela al cuello norteño de Virginia.  Esto se está haciendo a través de una asociación extensa con el sistema de salud de Riverside, el sistema de salud de la Universidad de Virginia Commonwealth, la Junta de servicios comunitarios del cuello del norte de la península media, el Departamento de salud de Virginia de la oficina de equidad de salud Escuelas públicas, escuelas públicas del Condado de Northumberland, escuelas públicas del Condado de Westmoreland, Universidad de comunidad de Rappahannock, el centro para la innovación rural de la salud, y soluciones de la salud de la comunidad. los centros de telesalud basados en la escuela de

serán alojados en cada escuela pública ubicada en los condados de Essex, Northumberland y Westmoreland.  En el nivel elemental de la escuela, los centros de telesalud estarán in situ en la primaria Essex, la primaria de Northumberland, la primaria cople y las escuelas primarias del distrito de Washington.   En los niveles de la escuela intermedia y secundaria, Essex intermedia, Northumberland Middle, Montross Middle, Essex High, Northumberland High, y Washington y Lee High Schools también tendrán centros de telesalud.  Todos los estudiantes merecen tener acceso a servicios de salud de alta calidad, porque esto aumentará su capacidad de aprender.  Algunos de los objetivos son reducir el número de ausencias estudiantiles de la escuela, y las ausencias de los padres del trabajo; mejorar el acceso de los estudiantes a la atención odontológica, nutricional, conductual y primaria; y, en última instancia, mejorar los resultados de salud general para los estudiantes.  Este proyecto innovador está siendo financiado a través de una subvención recibida del Departamento de salud y servicios humanos de los Estados Unidos, administración de recursos y servicios de salud, Oficina Federal de política de salud rural, oficina para el avance de la telesalud, telesalud Programa de subsidio de red en Rockville, Maryland; Grant #H2ARH30289.

Enviado por Iris Lane, SBTI/BRTA proyecto Coordinador

Para más información sobre el programa de estudiantes del ramo pagan, haga clic en el siguiente enlace:

Flyer para estudiantes de salud

Serving Essex, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties

Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance has started a major undertaking to bring School-Based Telehealth Centers to the Northern Neck of Virginia.  This is being done through an extensive partnership with Riverside Health System, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board, Virginia Department of Health Office of Health Equity, Essex County Public Schools, Northumberland County Public Schools, Westmoreland County Public Schools, Rappahannock Community College, the Center for Rural Health Innovation, and Community Health Solutions. 

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The focus of the Bridges to Mental and Behavioral Health project is to improve and expand Telehealth activities that will lead to the successful use of Telehealth for the provision of mental health to individuals in rural nursing homes, mental health clinics, and hospitals, by linking them to distant specialists. This project targets older adults; over 45, who have been diagnosed with mental/behavioral health disorders, dementia, depression, anxiety, delirium and other cognitive and neurological disorders. The project also includes continuing medical education for health care providers and caregivers using video-teleconferencing and focusing on mental health.