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Feb 22, 2024 - Discusses challenges with accessing mental healthcare for rural areas, focusing primarily on workforce shortages, lack of inpatient care, distance to care, and broadband.
Source: 13 WREX
Feb 22, 2024 - Highlights research being done in Pennsylvania to investigate the impact on rural communities when local pharmacies close. Notes proposed solutions and challenges that still remain.
Source: 90.5 WESA
Feb 21, 2024 - Summarize a recent study finding race disparities in buprenorphine prescribing for in both rural and urban communities. Study examined 2018 prescribing data at the zip code level. Notes that the lack of medical providers for the rural minority communities is the reason for the rural disparity. Also discusses urban disparities trends and the impact these trends have on overdose mortality for various race and ethnicities.
Source: 90.5 WESA
Feb 21, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will begin to accept applications for the Rural eConnectivity (ReConnect) Program for fiscal year 2024 on March 22, 2024. The ReConnect Program provides loans and grants to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. Applications that will assist rural communities to recover economically, ensure rural residents have equitable access to Rural Development programs and benefit from Rural Development funded projects, and reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities are encouraged. Applications are due by April 22, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 20, 2024 - Discusses the opening of an additional distribution site for a Pennsylvania organization offering weekend meals to students. The new site will allow for easier access to rural students, described as a barrier for the main distribution center previously.
Source: The Tribune-Democrat
Feb 20, 2024 - Highlights an oncology practice launching a community-based participatory research project related to breast and prostate cancer telehealth care in rural Tennessee. The project will address barriers to care and includes Community Advisory Boards (CABs) to identify challenges and best practices. Discusses disparities in telehealth access for rural residents and the importance of community engagement in the project.
Source: Victoria Advocate
Feb 20, 2024 - Highlights a rural Texas library participating in a program offering a certified peer specialist to address mental health and wellness in their community. Describes the peer support model the program is built on, how COVID-19 highlighted community needs, advice to other libraries, and resources for informing mental wellness programming.
Source: WebJunction
Feb 20, 2024 - The Bureau of Indian Education has launched a behavioral health support line for funded schools and programs. The line offers both crisis support and non-crisis information that is culturally relevant in addition to trauma-informed onsite and virtual support.
Source: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Feb 19, 2024 - Highlights a Critical Access Hospital in Iowa expanding the obstetrics department in spite of the statewide and national trend of department closures across the country. Discusses partnerships with nearby clinics, the importance of labor and delivery services to small communities, and philosophies of care.
Source: WSIU, PBS, NPR
Feb 19, 2024 - Discusses the use of buprenorphine in a pilot project in a rural Maine jail to address substance use disorder. Discusses program successes and notes that it fills gaps in addiction treatment access in rural areas.
Source: News Center Maine