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Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Care to Address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Mental Health Disparities
Oct 17, 2018 - Blog post from the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities on the mental health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people as well as the importance of culturally competent assessment and care. Discusses mental health disparities, historical trauma, and discrimination.
Source: National Partnership for Action Blog
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How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation
Oct 17, 2018 - Reports on the growing impact that fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are having on the opioid crisis, challenges in detecting fentanyl, and the dangers it poses due to its lethality and role in overdose outbreaks.
Source: Stateline
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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Stigma Surrounds Addiction Treatment for Pregnant People in Indian Country
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the issue of opioid misuse disorder among pregnant women on Native American reservations and the stigma related to seeking treatment while pregnant. The rate of drug-related deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives is nearly twice that of the general population and in 2015 they had the highest rates of death from drug overdose of any ethnicity. Also touches on efforts on reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin to address these issues.
Source: Rewire.News
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The Doctor And The Epidemic: Three Years At Ground Zero Of The Opioid Crisis
Oct 15, 2018 - Highlights the work of Dr. Rahul Gupta, a West Virginia doctor who worked as the state's chief health officer during the height of the opioid epidemic. Discusses stigma and the creation of a data profile based on 830 residents who fatally overdosed in 2016 to serve as a "social autopsy" to help local health officials identify and connect people to resources. Also touches on a contaminated water crisis in the state and on Gupta's future work, including mothers with opioid use disorder and infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Source: 89.3 WFPL
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Reflecting on One Year of Innovation at Rural Development
Oct 12, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development. Discusses the Rural Development Innovation Center, created one year ago, and its work in rural areas related to disaster recovery, rural access to capital, data analytics, economic development, workforce development, and the opioid crisis, among other things.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog
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Compassion, Faith Drive FPOY to Help Patients, Community
Oct 11, 2018 - Will Cooke, M.D. has been named the American Academy of Family Physicians 2019 Family Physician of the Year. Provides highlights from his career, including his work with HIV/AIDS patients and how he helped his community of Austin, IN during the worst drug-related HIV outbreak in the United States.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Avera Receives Helmsley Grant to Extend Behavioral Health Telemedicine
Oct 10, 2018 - Avera Health, with funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, is adding behavioral health services to the list of telemedicine applications available through Avera eCARE in an effort to increase access to mental health services in rural areas. The virtual behavioral health team will first focus on providing services for people in crisis presenting at emergency departments and lend off-hours response support for inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Mobile support will also be provided to first responders dealing with individuals experiencing a crisis in order to get them care quickly.
Source: Avera eCARE
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As I Quickly Learned, California’s North Coast Is a Tough Place to Find Mental Health Help
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post detailing the struggles to find mental health services in rural Mendocino County, California, written from the perspective of a writer who moved to the area and wrote a series of articles for the local paper on the issue.
Source: Center for Health Journalism
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Q&A: To Shape an Effective Response to the Opioid Crisis in Texas, You Need to Ask ‘Will It Work in Odessa?’
Oct 9, 2018 - Interview with Karen Palombo, substance use disorder (SUD) team lead in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Mental Health and Substance Use Division, discussing policy and program development in the state to address treatment for substance use disorder.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy
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