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County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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How Suicide Trainings, Community Connections Could Patch Holes In Amador’s Mental Health Safety Net
Sep 13, 2018 - Details community-level efforts to reduce suicide rates and increase access to and use of mental health services in California's rural Amador County. The county has the third-highest suicide rate in the state, which is nearly three times the state average. Efforts include a new clinic, community awareness events, training to help community members recognize red flags and learn how to talk about suicide, and more.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Chronic Loneliness Is A Major Cause Of Suicide For Seniors, Especially in Rural California
Sep 12, 2018 - Discusses the health risks associated with chronic loneliness and isolation. In California's rural Amador County, one third of the suicides between 2010 and 2017 were over the age of 60. Rural communities often have older residents and are generally more isolated due to their geography. Also highlights community interventions designed to fight loneliness and provide community for older residents.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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