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Top news stories from the past 60 days. For more, see news by topic or news by state.

Aug 25, 2021 - Reports on the Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT), a telepsychiatry trial focusing on rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and patients who had screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or bipolar disorder. Notes that according to the results of the trial, treating mental health issues among underserved populations through telepsychiatry increases quality of life, perceived access to care, and minimizes barriers to accessing care.
Source: UW Medicine
Aug 24, 2021 - Analyzes Bureau of Labor Statistics data between 2000 and 2019, finding that while the U.S. overall saw a 14.8% increase in jobs, rural counties saw a 1.1% decrease in jobs. Notes that rural recreation counties saw the largest job growth and that higher percentages of adults with college degrees also correlated with larger job gains. Offers a map with county-level jobs data.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 24, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccination as of August 19, noting that rates of rural vaccination increased by .5% compared to 2 weeks prior to 37.6% of the rural population. Offers a map with state data on one-week gains in rural vaccination and a comparative chart of rural and metro vaccination levels by state.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 23, 2021 - Article and video describing the experience of John Painter II, a Pennsylvania farmer with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19 infection, discussing the role that perspectives like Painter's play in encouraging vaccination among rural agricultural communities. Describes the types of conversations that Painter encountered after the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau video about his experience was released and the importance of authentic messages about peer experiences with COVID-19 and vaccination.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 23, 2021 - Reports on dangers related to high heat in southeastern California for agricultural workers, describing the experiences of workers with heatstroke, increases in emergency room visits for heat exhaustion or heatstroke, and stigma associated with taking breaks during harvest. Discusses heat's impacts on health conditions, including dehydration related to antidepressant or diuretic medications, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 23, 2021 - Describes the challenges facing rural elders and people with disabilities related to public transportation to access healthcare and other daily needs. Highlights community-level and nonprofit programs offering assistance, as well as the larger planning issues that are needed to expand transportation access.
Source: KKTV
Aug 19, 2021 - Reports on COVID-19 infection and mortality data for the week of August 8-14. Notes that rural COVID-19 infection has nearly doubled to 137,204 new cases and that deaths rose 140% to 839 compared to data from late July. Provides a map with county level data for all states except Nebraska, charts offering state rankings, and week-by-week data on infection rates and new deaths.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 19, 2021 - Reports on shortages of hospital beds and staff in areas of high COVID-19 infection rates, noting impacts on both urban and rural hospitals and that in some cases hospitals are transporting patients hundreds of miles to receive care. Discusses the double impact of COVID-19 increases due to the Delta variant and the backlog of patients seeking care that was delayed during the first year of the pandemic. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: Los Angeles Times
Aug 18, 2021 - Summarizes a study of diabetes-related amputations between 2009 and 2017 that found that major and minor amputations increased during that period for rural residents and that minor amputations increased for Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. Discusses health disparities and lack of access to specialized diabetes care in rural areas.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Aug 17, 2021 - Reports on initiatives and legislative efforts to identify and redesign high-risk rural roads and intersections to make them safer. Discusses concerns among local and regional leaders, law enforcement, and transportation departments about rural transportation safety and challenges related to funding and legislative procedures.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts

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