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News by Topic: Access

Nov 17, 2021 - Describes the Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT), a trial to offer mental telehealth services through a collaborative care model, with local care managers and clinics delivering treatment. Addresses the history of collaborative care and policy challenges related to integrating urban-based providers into rural clinics.
Source: Stat
Nov 17, 2021 - Describes a series of screening and vaccination clinics organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) and partner organizations and held in 32 rural counties in eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia. Discusses participation in the clinics, efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination, and information sharing with rural residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 16, 2021 - Describes the need for expanded rural medicine training and American Medical Association-funded programs that increase exposure to rural medical career pathways. Describes AMA policy changes to increase rural medicine training, develop remote education opportunities, and address rural physician workforce shortages.
Source: American Medical Association
Nov 15, 2021 - Reports on challenges facing independent rural pharmacies related to insurance reimbursement and competition with chain and mail-order pharmacies. Notes that between 2003 and 2018, 1,231 our of 7,624 independent rural pharmacies closed, and describes the impacts that closures have on rural access to medications, vaccinations, and testing that pharmacies offer.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Nov 15, 2021 - Blog post examining the role of social workers in rural areas and the challenges they face related to poverty, lack of transportation, mental health risks and care shortages, all of which increase the scope of practice for rural social workers.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Nov 12, 2021 - Perspective piece describing rural health disparities and health equity challenges facing rural communities, addressing collaborative efforts between rural hospitals, organizations, elected officials, and community leadership to offer health education and wellness promotion. Highlights such efforts in western Tennessee.
Source: American Hospital Association
Nov 12, 2021 - Describes efforts to maintain rural obstetrics units in areas where there are few births, examining the issue of defining the low-volume threshold for maintaining clinician skills and patient safety. Highlights research into the topic, billing and payment issues, and the importance of obstetrics units to rural communities.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Nov 11, 2021 - Discusses the development and impacts of the Project ECHO program on increasing access to specialty care through training for rural practitioners and medical assistants. Explores research into Project ECHO's benefits for patients and the program's challenges moving forward.
Source: Stat
Nov 10, 2021 - Announces $4 million in grants to support healthy food access and create jobs in rural areas through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program. Grocery stores and food distributors serving rural and underserved areas can apply. Offers application information and a link to register to an informational webinar on Wednesday, November 17.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nov 9, 2021 - The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking comments on proposed changes to the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) which is designed to collect data on the physical and emotional health of children age 18 and younger, including information related to access to healthcare, family interactions, and school and after-school experiences, among other things. Comments are due by January 10, 2022.
Source: Federal Register