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Jan 5, 2023 - Announces new guidance that allows state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs) to pay specialists directly when a beneficiary's primary healthcare provider asks for advice. This links routine care with specialty care, allowing more people to benefit from practitioners with specialized knowledge.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jan 5, 2023 - Describes services provided at a school-based clinic in rural Delaware County, New York, offering healthcare for students who are ill, as well as routine check-ups, immunizations, and dental care.
Source: WRVO
Jan 4, 2023 - Clark County Pharmacy in rural Kahoka has served Northeast Missouri for 35 years. Staff members attribute the store's success to dedication to the community, and the team's willingness to adapt in changing times, including by delivering prescriptions, keeping the drive-thru window open during the COVID-19 pandemic, and offering vaccinations.
Source: WGEM
Jan 4, 2023 - Describes efforts of the nonprofit group Alaska Community Action on Toxins to address the accumulation of toxic chemicals in places such as Sivuqaq, a tribal community in which elements of the traditional diet of marine animals, vegetables, and birds have become contaminated by military waste and other toxicants.
Source: Environmental Factor
Jan 4, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in which people living in America reported on their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021. Includes information on perceived impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 3, 2023 - Describes challenges faced by rural families living in areas where affordable childcare is scarce. Also examines funding and reimbursement programs for early childhood education and food security.
Source: Fortune Well
Jan 3, 2023 - Describes a fully remote clinic staffed by a Portland State University professor and graduate students, offering stuttering assessment and treatment to families who otherwise wouldn't have access to speech therapy. Funding is provided by the Oregon Scottish Rite, and services are free for users.
Source: Portland State University
Jan 3, 2023 - Announces that 6 teams of Florida State University researchers and community partners participated in Collaborative Collision for the chance to win funding for projects exploring solutions to challenges facing rural communities. Team projects included identifying resources and barriers that exist for neurodiverse people, strengthening disaster resilience, improving health outcomes in a Florida school, and exploring opportunities for intervention for women experiencing postpartum depression.
Source: Florida State University News
Dec 29, 2022 - Describes the lingering effects that surges of COVID and other infectious diseases have had on Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas; St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, Louisiana; and Bellin Health Oconto Hospital, in rural Wisconsin. This has compromised hospitals' ability to best serve their patients, by changing some operations permanently and postponing other projects and plans.
Source: Vox
Dec 29, 2022 - Describes the impact that the Critical Access Hospital program has had in providing care to rural Kentuckians, and ensuring the financial viability of small, rural hospitals. Also notes that expansion of the Medicaid program has been important to the viability of rural Kentucky hospitals.
Source: Marshall County Tribune-Courier