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HHS Awards $293 Million to Expand Primary Health Care Workforce
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) and the Nurse Corps programs, which provide scholarships and loan repayment to providers for working in areas of the country with limited access to care. $293 million in funding will connect primary care providers and students to rural, tribal, and other underserved communities across the country.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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A Conversation with Portia Brown
Oct 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Portia Brown, Vice President of Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Luray, Virginia that also has five Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) associated with it. Discussion includes her role as a Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association; the Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education (UPCARE) project, an education program focused on training nurses to serve in primary care and mental health in rural areas of the state; and a program being deployed in RHCs that uses a clinical pharmacist to address potential opioid addiction in patients.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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UNK Program Addresses Need for Rural Health Care Providers
Oct 6, 2018 - Highlights the Kearney Health Opportunities Program, a health professions education program that provides full-tuition scholarships to the University of Nebraska at Kearney and guarantees admission to the health professional program of their choice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for students who commit to practicing in rural areas of the state.
Source: Kearney Hub
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Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community
Oct 3, 2018 - Highlights the experiences and difficulties of a rural primary care physician in Ohio. Touches on the challenges of operating a solo practice, like additional administrative duties and extra work to maintain electronic health records (EHR), issues with recruitment and retention, and more. Also explores the joys of this kind of medicine and the important role he serves in his community.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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The Forgotten Frontier: Nursing Done in Wild Places
Sep 20, 2018 - Highlights the history of the Frontier Nursing Service, which was founded in 1925 in Appalachian Kentucky to provide healthcare in a remote area with few healthcare providers. Features reports and documentaries that captured the care provided, including midwifery services, vaccinations, and other services to meet the healthcare needs of the population.
Source: Circulating Now
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I Hired a Community Health Worker and Now We Work Miracles
Sep 17, 2018 - Post from the American Academy of Family Physician's Fresh Perspectives blog, which features posts from doctors new to practice. Highlights the impact hiring a Community Health Worker in a small town practice has had on improving patients' health and removing barriers to accessing care.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians, Fresh Perspectives
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UMaine System Launching Effort to Meet Growing Demand for Nurses
Sep 12, 2018 - Details the efforts of the University of Maine to address the state's current and future nursing shortage by addressing the financial burden and providing assistance to nursing students, including those in rural areas.
Source: Portland Press Herald
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Nurse Practitioners and Country Living
Sep 11, 2018 - Details the results of a study looking at trends of nurse practitioners who practiced in rural and nonrural primary care settings between 2008 and 2016. Results showed that the proportion of nurse practitioners as a percentage of total primary care providers grew in both rural and nonrural areas.
Source: Public Health Post
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