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Small Town Doctors Having Big Impact on Rural Health
Dec 11, 2017 - Highlights the work of a doctor in a rural Oklahoma town to discuss the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment program and the Oklahoma State University rural residency program. Both programs are aimed at recruitment and retention of physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Source: NewsOK
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Colorado Divide: In Rural Colorado, Doctors Are Retiring and Dying — and No One Is Taking Their Place.
Dec 10, 2017 - Details Colorado's high demand for physicians. In several rural counties, there is no hospital, and in some there isn't a clinic either, meaning long travel times for residents to access care. Where practices exist, they often have positions open for years because they are unable to recruit physicians. With older doctors reaching retirement age or passing away, this issue is poised to get worse. Includes county-level data on healthcare facilities and leading causes of death in Colorado.
Source: The Denver Post
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A Conversation with Nicole Weathers
Dec 5, 2017 - Radio interview with Nicole Weathers, MSN, RN, Program Manager for the University of Iowa College of Nursing - Online Residency Program. Discussion includes the roles of nurses in rural areas, nurse residencies, and the benefits of this online residency program for nurses practicing in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision Federal Register
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program. Proposed revisions include adding the Deferment-HRSA Form 519, which is used to document borrower's deferment status, and the AOR-HRSA Form 501, which provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with information about HPSL and NSL program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Scholarship Program, OMB No. 0915-0301-Revision Federal Register
Nov 29, 2017 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program. The proposed revisions will incorporate a new CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify participant transfers to critical shortage facilities, and update the Initial Employment Verification Form to include all eligible service sites listed in the NURSE Corps SP Application and Program Guidance. Comments regarding the proposed revisions must be submitted no later than January 29, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program OMB No. 0915-0140-Revision Federal Register
Nov 27, 2017 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection activities as part of the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The revisions will add two new forms: (1) The CSF Verification Form, which is used to verify transfers to critical shortage facilities not already recorded in the online portal; and (2) the NURSE Corps Nurse Faculty Employment Verification Form, which is used to determine if nurse faculty participants are eligible to transfer to another approved school of nursing. Comments regarding these revisions must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Explore: How Many Young Doctors Does Your State Retain after Residency?
Nov 9, 2017 - Discusses the difficulty states face in trying to keep new doctors in state and in encouraging them to practice in underserved areas after they have completed their residencies. Also highlights data from a new report from the Association of American Medical Colleges tracking doctors and doctors-in-training by state.
Source: STAT News
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A Conversation with Roger Wells
Oct 17, 2017 - Radio interview with Roger Wells, a Physician Assistant at Howard County Medical Center. Discussion includes the history of Physician Assistants, the role they play as part of a medical team and how they can increase access in rural areas, and the creation of the Howard County Wellness Institute, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs
Oct 17, 2017 - Highlights the difficulty of accessing mental healthcare in rural West Virginia. Residents are faced with barriers like few providers, long wait times, distance, and limited access to vehicles. With the local economy struggling, common mental health ailments like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated. This is particularly concerning because the region has high suicide rates and because lack of mental healthcare can contribute to other health issues.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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WICHE Program to Benefit Healthcare Students
Oct 16, 2017 - Highlights the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)'s Professional Student Exchange Program which allows healthcare students from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to pursue degrees in 15 Western states. Students pay in-state tuition rates for advanced degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, and optometry, among others.
Source: Saipan Tribune
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