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Violated: How the Indian Health Service Betrays Patient Trust and Treaties in the Great Plains
Dec 5, 2018 - Details issues faced by Native American patients utilizing Rosebud Indian Health Service in South Dakota. Attributed to insufficient funding of the Indian Health Service (IHS), among other things, a number of patients report being adversely affected by the care provided to them here.
Source: Argus Leader
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‘I Don’t Want to Be a Statistic’: Women in Rural SC Battle Soaring Infant Mortality
Dec 4, 2018 - Details the health disparities in South Carolina for expectant mothers. Women in rural areas have less access to prenatal care and tend to have worse outcomes. African American mothers also tend to have worse outcomes.
Source: Post and Courier
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Rural Health Expert Weighs In On Latest CDC Report Of U.S. Decrease In Life Expectancy Rate
Nov 30, 2018 - Radio interview with Ted Matthews, a psychologist with Minnesota's Department of Agriculture who provides mental health services to farmers around the state. Discussion focuses on the recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documenting a decrease in the life expectancy rate in the U.S. attributed in part to drug overdose deaths and suicides. In Minnesota, there has been a 40% increase in suicide in the last 20 years.
Source: NPR
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Take Pride in Your Health with PrEP
Nov 28, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service on encouraging American Indian and Alaska Native people who are at higher-risk for HIV infection to consider a daily pill that is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. American Indian and Alaska Native people had lower survival rates from HIV due to prevention challenges like cultural stigma and poverty.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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Dementia in Indian Country
Nov 21, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on dementia. Dementia incidence is high among Native American and Alaska Native people. Tools to evaluate and test for dementia were not developed for tribal populations. Because the average life expectancy used to be much shorter, dementia is a relatively new problem that tribes may not have the language or understanding to describe.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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HRSA: Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality Federal Register
Nov 19, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) will hold a public meeting on December 4-5, 2018. Agenda items include includes updates from HRSA, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and the Healthy Start Program, and a briefing on infant mortality and health disparity data in the U.S., among other things. The final meeting agenda will be available on the ACIM website.
Source: Federal Register
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Northern Navajo Medical Center Partners to Improve Access to Healthy Foods in Shiprock, New Mexico
Nov 19, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) highlighting the Northern Navajo Medical Center's collaboration with community organizations to address food insecurity, obesity, and diabetes, which affect Native American communities at high rates. Highlights small interventions that they hope with affect big change in the community.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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Frail Older Adults Not Getting the In-Home Health Care They Need
Nov 15, 2018 - Highlights a recent study which found disparities between the need for home-based medical care and what is actually provided, between male and female patients, and between patients of different races. Specifically discusses access barriers to home health care in rural areas. The study found that rural residents were 78% less likely to receive home-based care than residents in the most metropolitan counties.
Source: Home Health Care News
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On National Rural Health Day, We Recommit to Improving Rural Health
Nov 15, 2018 - Blog post from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma on National Rural Health Day, the challenges and strengths in rural health, and CMS's contributions to rural health, including the agency's Rural Health Strategy.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Blog
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Rural Americans More Likely to Die from Preventable Causes
Nov 15, 2018 - Blog post from the National Conference of State Legislatures celebrating National Rural Health Day and drawing attention to rural health disparities. Although the country as a whole has seen declines in four of five leading causes of death, that decline is slower in rural areas. Rural people experience higher death rates from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke.
Source: National Conference of State Legislatures Blog
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