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CDC: More Obesity in U.S. Rural Counties than in Urban Counties
Jun 14, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which found that obesity prevalence was significantly higher among adults living in rural counties than among those living in metropolitan counties. Includes some discussion of the health risks of obesity, steps rural communities can employ to address this disparity, and the CDC's High Obesity Program (HOP).
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Equity Data Access Program
Jun 7, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is supporting three "seats" in the CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) to assist researchers in gaining access to CMS restricted data for minority health research. Awardees will gain access to CMS data to conduct health services research focusing on minority populations. This announcement seeks brief project narratives for specific applied research projects that relate to creative and innovative methods for using CMS data to identify, document, assess, and evaluate health disparities among Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Applications must be submitted by June 16, 2018.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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As California’s Largest Lake Dries up, It Threatens Nearby Communities with Clouds of Toxic Dust
Jun 6, 2018 - Details the health and environmental impacts related to California's Salton Sea drying up. As more and more of the sea floor is exposed and dries out, most dust is blown up into the air. Thick with years of agricultural run-off, this dust has contributed to this rural area having some of the highest rates of asthma in the country.
Source: The Verge
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As Fatal Overdoses Rise, Many Americans See Drug Addiction as a Major Problem in Their Community
May 30, 2018 - Highlights the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey, which found that 9 out of 10 rural residents say that drug addiction is a problem in their community. Also provides an overview of the opioid epidemic and who it is impacting, comparing overdose mortality rates in urban, suburban, and rural areas, and between racial and ethnic groups.
Source: Fact Tank, Pew Research Center
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Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Bill Allowing 'Dental Therapists' to Practice in Arizona
May 17, 2018 - Details a new Arizona law allowing dental therapists to work in certain circumstances, either under a collaborative agreement or the direct supervision of a dentist. Supporters believe that this will improve access to dental care in rural and tribal areas. Opponents argued that everyone deserves the same high level of care and that efforts should be made to encourage dentists to practice in rural and tribal areas.
Source: azcentral
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Asthma Rates Highest Among Poor, Minority Communities in Eastern N.C.
Apr 27, 2018 - Details a new study which found that the rate of asthma-related emergency department (ED) visits in North Carolina is highest in the rural eastern area of the state. The majority of asthma-related ED visits took place in rural counties, regardless of which region they were in. The greatest increases were in children between 5 and 9 years of age. Also touches on potential triggers like second-hand smoke, poor housing conditions, and the state's agricultural industry.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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