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News by Topic: Health disparities

Jan 23, 2020 - Features the new executive director of the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC), a group dedicated to research and advocacy to improve the health of America's frontier. Explains the challenges frontier communities face and how to define "frontier" for the purposes of state and federal funding.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 23, 2020 - Summarizes a policy brief from the National Rural Health Association, describes how one third of rural emergency medical services are extremely short-staffed and in "immediate operational jeopardy." Addresses contributing factors such as the disparity that rural residents are more likely to die following traumatic injury than non-rural patients.
Source: The Rural Blog
Jan 22, 2020 - Summarizes a study conducted by the non-profit ACT, which identified that students of color felt more uncomfortable seeking mental health support than their white counterparts. The survey also found rural students had more trouble accessing mental health services, recommending schools offer students the option to teleconference with counselors.
Source: Diverse Education
Jan 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting information to inform future activities that support health equity in tobacco prevention and control among certain population groups. Factors impacting the disparity population groups include age, disability, rural/urban status, income, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, among other things. Information must be submitted to the CDC by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 17, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found a disparity in access to preventative dental care for rural and urban residents of Utah. The findings show that most hospital visits to address oral health problems happened outside of regular business hours, with patients of color more likely to visit the ER for dental care than white patients.
Source: The Times Independent
Jan 15, 2020 - An independent panel created by the National Institutes of Health recommends additional research in assessing and addressing disparities in access to healthcare in order to prevent disease in underserved patients. The report identifies 26 recommendations for addressing research gaps and how healthcare systems can better implement preventative services.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 14, 2020 - The University of Kentucky conducted a study in which Appalachian Kentucky participants took part in a self-care course and focused on reducing risk factors for heart disease, such as weight, cholesterol, or blood pressure. During the process, researchers learned from the residents and adapted their program to fit the cultural needs of the area.
Source: American Heart Association
Jan 13, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on January 30-31, 2020. The meeting will focus on the discussion of strategies to improve access to and success of clinical prevention services among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the call is required by January 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 11, 2020 - Describes how telehealth can be used to connect rural patients with specialty oncology services through a partnership between Tahoe Forest Hospital and University of California Davis. Initial visits are held at the Cancer Center, but follow up visits can be completed with the patients preferred provider, decreasing travel times without sacrificing care.
Source: Targeted Oncology
Dec 18, 2019 - American Indians in Minnesota have the highest opioid overdose death rate among Native Americans in the country. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth medical school and White Earth Nation officials partnered to examine opioid overdoses among American Indians and identify underlying reasons of opiate use and ways to prevent future deaths.
Source: West Central Tribune