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Rural Health
News by Topic: Health disparities

Jan 30, 2020 - Summarizes findings in a new index of Deep Disadvantage, which reveals that rural counties are much more likely to be disadvantaged. Researchers discuss how poverty has an effect on life expectancy and highlight the importance of addressing these disparities among rural populations.
Source: University of Michigan
Jan 28, 2020 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) partnered on a Health IT modernization effort that aims to improve healthcare delivery for American Indians and Native Americans. Describes the importance of obtaining input from real people during the design process and includes a list of upcoming blogs addressing different health disparities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 27, 2020 - Healthcare professionals from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are addressing maternal morbidity by focusing on mothers' health in their "fourth trimester," the end of the pregnancy through the first year. Describes that there is a higher risk for maternal health issues in rural areas and explains how communities can help.
Source: The Beaver County Times
Jan 27, 2020 - The world's first indigenous health Ph.D. program will launch this fall at the University of North Dakota, addressing a global need for well-trained administrators that understand indigenous health issues. The program will also offer distance education opportunities for students located in other areas of the country.
Source: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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