Feb 10, 2024 - New kiosks offering free COVID-19 and flu tests as well as other healthcare supplies are being placed in public places around the state of Washington. The kiosks are an effort to improve public health, particularly for underserved populations including for local Native American tribes.
Feb 8, 2024 - Discusses projected nursing workforce shortages in Arizona. Discusses the causes and impact of shortages in both rural and urban areas, noting that rural residents are often required to travel to urban areas to access care leading to overburdened facilities. Highlights strategies to reduce the shortage.
Feb 8, 2024 - Highlights the role access to higher education plays in maintaining a robust workforce in rural areas. Discusses the current distribution of the health workforce and projected shortages in Montana. Discusses rural challenges in providing access to education and potential solutions for expanding it.
Feb 7, 2024 - Highlights proposed legislation in Colorado to address availability of mental health resources for the agricultural community. Discusses mental healthcare workforce shortages, distances to care, and the unique barriers experienced by migrant workers.
Feb 7, 2024 - Interviews a midwife offering services in a rural Minnesota community with a labor and delivery department closure. Discusses the planning required to travel multiple hours in order to give birth, insurance considerations, and home birth as a solution for limited access to care.
Feb 7, 2024 - Profiles one of New Mexico's rural and tribal health councils which works to address health issues in their communities. Programs include home modification, exercise classes for older adults, overdose prevention resources, and more. Discusses the importance of understanding a community's culture and local barriers to care for resource and service providers. Describes sustainability and funding challenges.
Feb 7, 2024 - A New York medical center will install telehealth kiosks in banks in 3 rural towns. The kiosks will offer privacy for measuring various health indicators as well as virtual consultations with healthcare providers.
Feb 6, 2024 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comments on an information collection request titled "Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program National Impact Study, OMB No. 0915–xxxx—[New]." The information collection will be used to examine Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) Program impacts on children/adolescents and their families/caregivers, including changes in children's and adolescents' and their families'/caregivers' access to behavioral health care; their subsequent receipt and utilization of behavioral health care, including culturally and linguistically appropriate care; related behavioral health impacts; and monetary and societal cost-benefits. Comments are due by April 8, 2024.
Feb 6, 2024 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Tribal and Indian Affairs from February 27-29, 2024. The Committee will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters relating to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations, and Native American Veterans. The agenda will include, among other things, updates on the Native American Direct Loan Program; homeless programs; Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health/VA Staff Sergeant Fox Grant for suicide prevention, family counseling, women's domestic violence program; the Tribal Veteran Service Officer Representation Expansion Project; Reimbursement Agreement Program/Tribal Health Programs/Purchase Referred Care expansion; claims clinic events in Indian Country; and the VA Office of Connected Care.