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News by Topic: Health disparities

Apr 1, 2020 - University of Alabama at Birmingham created an online symptom checker to identify hot spots and monitor the spread of coronavirus in underserved and rural areas of the Deep South. Describes how the data will be used to understand health disparities and identify priorities during the course of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Apr 1, 2020 - Summarizes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows patients with underlying health issues are more likely to need treatment in a hospital and are at a higher risk of dying if exposed to coronavirus. Describes how the disease could affect minority, low-income, and rural populations with existing health disparities.
Source: NPR
Mar 31, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health announced it has extended the deadline to submit comments to a Request for Information regarding rural maternal and infant healthcare. The new deadline is May 31, 2020.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 30, 2020 - Explores the benefits of using telehealth to help diabetic patients receive treatment, especially in rural areas where access to care is limited. Several advantages of telemedicine include consistent monitoring, lifestyle modifications, patient engagement, depression treatment, preventative programs, and cost control.
Source: HIT Consultant
Mar 30, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that suggests rural doctors with specialized training in managing artificial heart pumps can perform follow-up care for heart failure patients when working with cardiovascular experts. Describes how this program reduces a disparity among rural patients who often find it difficult to travel long distances for specialty care.
Source: University of Utah
Mar 25, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found lung cancer patients were less likely to receive chemotherapy if they lived in rural areas or were on Medicaid or uninsured. Researchers describe that rural residents are more likely to have to travel long distances for follow-up treatment.
Source: News Wise
Mar 24, 2020 - Several measures have been taken by the federal government to lower barriers to virtual healthcare services during the coronavirus outbreak, but many rural areas still lack the internet access necessary to utilize telehealth. Describes how this disparity may put rural residents at risk if they have to leave their home to receive care, introduces possible solutions to the issue.
Source: Morning Consult
Mar 24, 2020 - Examines how the coronavirus outbreak is amplifying health disparities among homeless, low-income, elderly and rural populations. Describes how social determinants of health affect these populations and limits the care they receive during public health emergencies.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Mar 24, 2020 - Analyzes the risks that rural areas of the country face if exposed to coronavirus, including health and economic consequences. Includes statistics on the prevalence of chronic disease, test kit availability, and percentage of recreation dependent counties in rural versus urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 19, 2020 - Video interview featuring the only physician in Fort Gaines, Georgia, a rural town where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line. Describes how she works with limited resources and handles being the only doctor in her town.
Source: PBS